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CarnTheTiges

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tigerlove said:
Well his opponent O'Brien had 19 disposals and 22 hitouts to advantage (Chol had 1). Count how many in effect disposals that comes to. Chol was totally flogged. Even Balta had 3 hitouts to advantage from 9. Soldo is a dinosaur but atm you'd have to have him over Chol. CCJ has been injured but played well in the ruck today in the VFL.
Even with Soldo giving nothing around the ground? Hampson was pretty good at hitouts when fit.
 

year of the tiger

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tigerlove said:
Well his opponent O'Brien had 19 disposals and 22 hitouts to advantage (Chol had 1). Count how many in effect disposals that comes to. Chol was totally flogged. Even Balta had 3 hitouts to advantage from 9. Soldo is a dinosaur but atm you'd have to have him over Chol. CCJ has been injured but played well in the ruck today in the VFL.
I hadn’t checked the stats but that’s pretty poor reading. I couldn’t believe the number of times our rucks didn’t compete at the centre bounce - could understand Giggs standing back last year given his size but not Balta or Chol.

Nankervis, where’s Nank, we miss him.
 

Brodders17

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Mar 21, 2008
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Yeah, Ive had him in Supercoach, he's been good lately. But he is by no means a premier ruck. He's only played 13 senior games. He got severely towelled up by Gawny only 2 weeks ago. Thats a rookie in anyones language.

The fact that Adelaide have been able to nututre him in the magoos for 5 years is indicative how much some clubs rate the importance of good ruck depth and how little we regard it.

Pundits have been asking for years "what happens to Richmond if Nank goes down?" - well now we are finding out.

A lot of pressure on CCj going forward, eh. Theres not a lot else.
we found out what happens when are 2 best ruckman are out. the week before Stanley was pretty ineffective, as was Ceglar Soldo's last game.
if The Crows 2nd ruck was out, they would have had a debutant, or Jenkins, as their ruck.
 

Jonesracing82

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Am a huge Balta fan like many on here tho i have noticed in the ruck he constantly jumps too early, by the time he could touch the ball most times he's back on the ground....
 

Dont Argue

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Jonesracing82 said:
Am a huge Balta fan like many on here tho i have noticed in the ruck he constantly jumps too early, by the time he could touch the ball most times he's back on the ground....
How many seasons can a 194cm player continue to compete and jump over 200+ cm monsters without destroying them?
The club don’t see him as a forward going forward according to Leppa at a recent briefing, he doesn’t seem capable and most supporters don’t want him as a defender, he’s too small as a ruckman and doesn’t yet have a tank for a follower and ( especially ) for a wingman which both require elite tanks let alone average ones.
He’s exciting but we are no closer to discovering where to play him.
One thing is certain. He should never again be compared to a young Richo. Not in the same league.
 

DavidSSS

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Dont Argue said:
How many seasons can a 194cm player continue to compete and jump over 200+ cm monsters without destroying them?
The club don’t see him as a forward going forward according to Leppa at a recent briefing, he doesn’t seem capable and most supporters don’t want him as a defender, he’s too small as a ruckman and doesn’t yet have a tank for a follower and ( especially ) for a wingman which both require elite tanks let alone average ones.
He’s exciting but we are no closer to discovering where to play him.
One thing is certain. He should never again be compared to a young Richo. Not in the same league.
Good points, I agree, too short for a ruckman these days, even Nank is problematic at 200cm.

Sounds to me like we really need to sort out where he would be best suited and soon. He clearly has talent, needs to be trained for a particular position, leaving him to fill whatever role needs filling isn't doing the club or Balta any good.

DS
 

TJsFurrow

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These sorts of athletes can be problematic. I remember a similar dilemma about Goodes early in his career, Blicavs too, and I'm sure a few others. Noah doesn't look comfortable as a key forward or back - he just likes to run with the pill and tee off. Power and meterage. Half back? Bachar's oversized understudy?
 

agincourt

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Jun 4, 2004
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Bit of the "forgotten man" is Balts....... :confused:

I just read he hurt himself in the VFL on the weekend.....but no details of the injury.

Anyone know more?
 

zippadeee

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Chol has gone past him.
He needs a full pre-season to try to get his body right so he can run out games. Weight?
Can be anything. Its up to him
 

eZyT

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If Balta turns out to be a faster, longer-kicking, more aggressive version of Adelaide's Tom Lynch, I'll be very happy.
yeah. we might as well through in better looking , more consistent and more durable while we're at it?
 
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craig

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As a ruck roving type with licence to play all over he'd be a very big point of difference against oppositions.

Once the lad starts reading the play and the ball better and starts clunking marks around the ground he will be a serious weapon.
 
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Don’t Argue

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The forgotten man or yesterday’s news?
It appears it’s key position defender or bust for Noah. I was pumping for this early days but was impressed by his flexibility when they moved him around early this year.
With the promotion of Chol, don’t think the club sees him as that 2nd ruck/forward.
I know many want him as an onballer or wing however he may never have the tank for that. I heard he played some time in the ruck again the other day so not sure what to make of this. He’s a confusing type and think the club aren’t 100% sure either. They’re calling him a work in progress in the latest VFL report. Whatever that means
 
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