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Noah Balta - Welcome to Tigerland

Mr Brightside

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Definitely love the spark he ads when he goes into the ruck , however I’d rather adopt the “break glass when needed” attitude with NB , so I’d lock him in the back half and only move him out when like yesterday the games getting away from us, much rather Nank gets a chop out from CJ going forward .
 
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123cups

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I loved Balta's game. He looked like a man possessed, competitive beast, and again with the comparison - was like Alex Rance. Keep going and he will become one of the league's absolute best players.

The move to the ruck happened after he vented at the umpire. I liked the move purely the point of view of it being a good competitive release valve for him at that stage of the match.
 

craig

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Flying under the criticism radar a little too much for my liking. How are those Alex Rance comparisons going atm?
Having a bad start to the year.

Don't know if the ruck change impacted at all but he's not playing with the same intensity.

Might be thinking its just going to happen again and has forgotten what he did last year.
 
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The_General

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Flying under the criticism radar a little too much for my liking. How are those Alex Rance comparisons going atm?
I disagree. Our mids and forwards are letting the ball fly through the middle of the ground and it's making it hard for all defenders. For gods sake, Tex Walker looks like Plugger Lockett at the moment. There's more to this than Balta. The rules have made it significantly hard for defenders - which was the intent in the first place.
 
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zippadeee

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That's 2 off the ball free kicks he has given away this year.
The one against Georgiadis was costly, but last night he was delist quality.
He needs a rocket from dimma
 

Mr Brightside

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I think it’s a must he be locked in down back, with just the odd break glass moments in the ruck or forward, when Balta started to shine DTLD was out injured , need to rejig that mix again , might be worth trying Balta more in Grimes‘s/Rances role and letting Grimes go back to his traditional lock down role, with DTLD grabbing the big blokes .

No need to panic , we need Tigga back , however we’ve added a little beauty down there and imho we’ve got a good tall defender coming along in Biggie, Basher is the one that’s going to be hard to replace soon.
 
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Smoking Aces

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I think it’s a must he be locked in down back, with just the odd break glass moments in the ruck or forward, when Balta started to shine DTLD was out injured , need to rejig that mix again , might be worth trying Balta more in Grimes‘s/Rances role and letting Grimes go back to his traditional lock down role, with DTLD grabbing the big blokes .

No need to panic , we need Tigga back , however we’ve added a little beauty down there and imho we’ve got a good tall defender coming along in Biggie, Basher is the one that’s going to be hard to replace soon.
It begs the question whether we are too top heaving down back? Something we might need to look at when Vlastuin is back.
 
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Mr Brightside

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It begs the question whether we are too top heaving down back? Something we might need to look at when Vlastuin is back.
Personally don’t think so SA , especially with so many teams going a 3 headed monster , DTLD is the only player who can’t play on the mids and smalls , though he does his job in the bigs .
 
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eZyT

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Flying under the criticism radar a little too much for my liking. How are those Alex Rance comparisons going atm?

was he as bad in real life as he was on the wireless?

he appeared to sulk, walk, and go the knuckle?

it appeared a petulant display.

sipped a bit of his bath a reckon.

just a sip. He'll be right.
 
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Dont Argue

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He is ball watching rather than playing instinctively. That’s a player low on confidence.
He needs to compete and play with energy.
Last night he was constantly caught in no man’s land.
A terrible place to be for a footballer.
 
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Ridley

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Young Jackson pulled Noah’s pants down last night in front of 60k at the G.

Noah has a had a poor start to the year. He needs to work his arse off and find the form that made him a star last year. He looks all out of sorts at the moment.
 
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was he as bad in real life as he was on the wireless?

he appeared to sulk, walk, and go the knuckle?

it appeared a petulant display.

sipped a bit of his bath a reckon.

just a sip. He'll be right.
I hope it was just a case of not being able to handle the conditions but IMO he looked sluggish & was fumbly vs the Dees.
A far cry from the thoroughbred he was last season right now. Maybe it is confidence at being shuffled around but to be frank, he looked at sea.
Noah has heap of talent but he can't get by on that alone. Needs to keep honing his craft & as he's been told many times just get back to doing the simple things well. Will be looking for an improved performance vs the Dogs.
 
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22nd Man

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I disagree. Our mids and forwards are letting the ball fly through the middle of the ground and it's making it hard for all defenders. For gods sake, Tex Walker looks like Plugger Lockett at the moment. There's more to this than Balta. The rules have made it significantly hard for defenders - which was the intent in the first place.

So if the rules have made it hard for defenders then it's made it easier for forwards. Can someone send that memo to T Lynch.
 

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I disagree. Our mids and forwards are letting the ball fly through the middle of the ground and it's making it hard for all defenders. For gods sake, Tex Walker looks like Plugger Lockett at the moment. There's more to this than Balta. The rules have made it significantly hard for defenders - which was the intent in the first place.
I'm fine with you disagreeing. Still think Balta is off his game.