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Noah Balta - Welcome to Tigerland

tigermike

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Who is the best ever swing man to play the game? Just curious
Some pretty handy Premiership Tigers to play a variety of roles in past years...
Dick Clay - Full Forward, wing, Full Back.
Kevin Sheedy - Ruck rover, Back pocket, Forward pocket
Barry Richardson - Full forward, CHF, Full back
Roger Dean - Back pocket, Half forward
Billy Barrot - Centre, Half forward, Full forward
And of course more recently Dusty plays Midfield, Full forward.
 
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Bullarto Tiger

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I know it's early days, and some will howl me down for even suggesting this, but I believe that over the journey Balta will ultimately prove to be a more formidable player than Rance.
I know it's setting the bar at a very high level, but I see Balta as being a gun player for the Tigers in a few different roles.
After he has his second premiership medallion around his neck at the end of season 2021, the sky will be the limit for Balta.
 
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Sintiger

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Jim Jess was the best we have had. We have to play Balta as a genuine swing man. So valuable to have a player like this.
I can see him as the 2nd key forward post Jack changing in the ruck as well. What a weapon, so many possibilities
 
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aoc1974

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It's a couple of weeks old, but an enjoyable read.

Thanks @tigerman hadn't seen that article. .... Rewatched the prelim today and there's something definitely special about Noah. .... if the boys stay hungry, the ride we're presently on hopefully has a bit left in it yet!
 
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The Big Richo

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I think he will be our answer in the ruck next season without Soldo available.

The question will be where does he play apart from back-up ruck? Would be an unusual structure to go from a key defence post into the ruck so he may well find himself forward.
 
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Razorgang2

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I think he will be our answer in the ruck next season without Soldo available.

The question will be where does he play apart from back-up ruck? Would be an unusual structure to go from a key defence post into the ruck so he may well find himself forward.
So TBR, who do you propose we replace him with down back? Garthwaite? :rotfl1
 

antman

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I think he will be our answer in the ruck next season without Soldo available.

The question will be where does he play apart from back-up ruck? Would be an unusual structure to go from a key defence post into the ruck so he may well find himself forward.

Yep... hopefully we have a full deck down back of talls/hybrids - Astbury, Grimes, Broad, Vlas. Noah ruck and forward and maybe occasionally down back in an emergency. Might depend on progress with CCJ as well.
 
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CarnTheTiges

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Some pretty handy Premiership Tigers to play a variety of roles in past years...
Dick Clay - Full Forward, wing, Full Back.
Kevin Sheedy - Ruck rover, Back pocket, Forward pocket
Barry Richardson - Full forward, CHF, Full back
Roger Dean - Back pocket, Half forward
Billy Barrot - Centre, Half forward, Full forward
And of course more recently Dusty plays Midfield, Full forward.
Forgot Francis Bourke - wing, Full Back (was nominated in the AFL’s team of the century in both positions).
 
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