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Pick 29: Shai Bolton

Tigertool

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We only scratched the surface of Shai last year.

He’s shown the ability to go into the midfield as in rounds 16-19 last year he had disposals of 22, 26 & 29 disposals in consecutive weeks.

Certainly showed fantastic goal sense and agility during games last year.

I’d like to see him played on a wing this year. He could possibly still require some frame bulk for a permanent wing position.

I expect him to flourish in whatever position he plays in. I honestly think he’d finish our season as our number 1 small forward if given the remainder of the home and away to purely play there.
 
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Sintiger

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Like many of us I have spent the lockdown period watching plenty of tiger games.
When comparing 2017 to 2019 one area that we have definitely improved is forward. One aspect of that is Lynch but this bloke is definitely an upgrade on Butler.
The addition of Bolton, Stack and Pickett has also added enormously to the skill level and X factor we have around the ball.
 
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momentai

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We only scratched the surface of Shai last year.

He’s shown the ability to go into the midfield as in rounds 16-19 last year he had disposals of 22, 26 & 29 disposals in consecutive weeks.

Certainly showed fantastic goal sense and agility during games last year.

I’d like to see him played on a wing this year. He could possibly still require some frame bulk for a permanent wing position.

I expect him to flourish in whatever position he plays in. I honestly think he’d finish our season as our number 1 small forward if given the remainder of the home and away to purely play there.
He has fantastic evasive skill and great speed. He also has a great feel for the game and exquisite timing. He is a the best of this type since Kevin Bartlett and will spend much of this season in the midfield.
 

antman

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He's corrected the team part of his game now - I reckon some of those selfish incidents early in his career were called out by other players and coaches and he got the message. Now he looks for players in a better position as well as doing the freakishly skilled stuff. Looks on the up.
 
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craig

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He's corrected the team part of his game now - I reckon some of those selfish incidents early in his career were called out by other players and coaches and he got the message. Now he looks for players in a better position as well as doing the freakishly skilled stuff. Looks on the up.
Yep.

Could be anything, supremely talented.
 

The Big Richo

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I was watching a Fox Footy recall today when Jack and Nick Riewoldt did a few Rich v St Kilda games.

There was one that we won in a close one and Jack kicked 8 I think.

One of the goals saw him get out the back and run from 40 metres to the goal line without an opponent and Nahas was also running in from the other side and should have received the handball.

Jack said Cotchin, who was yet to be Captain at that stage, took him aside afterwards and said if he wanted to be a leader he needed to be a better teammate in moments like that.

I think Bolton would have received a similar talk last year and has improved as a result.
 
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Baloo

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He's corrected the team part of his game now - I reckon some of those selfish incidents early in his career were called out by other players and coaches and he got the message. Now he looks for players in a better position as well as doing the freakishly skilled stuff. Looks on the up.
There was a play last year I think. Forget the game but Bolton took a brilliant mark over a couple of opponents. Landed on his feet and instead of holding the ball up and taking the glory, he dished off a handball super quick to a team mate in space. It was that moment that I was convinced that Shai has bought into the club mantra.

He will be special
 
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daniel30

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Still scratched the surface in his game.Doesn't need a heap of possessions to have a impact and rarely waste the ball in hand.
 

antman

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There was a play last year I think. Forget the game but Bolton took a brilliant mark over a couple of opponents. Landed on his feet and instead of holding the ball up and taking the glory, he dished off a handball super quick to a team mate in space. It was that moment that I was convinced that Shai has bought into the club mantra.

He will be special
not to mention the brilliant mark above two players then the quick play-on to Lynch free, who kicks the goal in the Brisbane final. If you watch the footage you can see Edwards on the sideline smirking as Shai takes the mark.
 

Rfc4Ever

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Bolton got 2 x 25+ touch games 2 weeks in a row last year. Plus kicked at least a goal in both.
Pretty darn good stats for a young half forward, in fact they are amazing stats.
Sure, the Gold Coast game was a walkover, but the Giants were competitive.
He has potential to play more mid and possibly on the wing.
 
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Streak

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I thought a seminal moment for him came in the GF. He took a huge hit for the team that would have hurt. He could have shirked it, but he knew what was coming and he took it. We kept the ball moving forward because of what he did. It sure earned my respect.
 
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DavidSSS

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not to mention the brilliant mark above two players then the quick play-on to Lynch free, who kicks the goal in the Brisbane final. If you watch the footage you can see Edwards on the sideline smirking as Shai takes the mark.
That was definitely the moment when you saw the team lesson had been learned. You take a speccy but don't dwell on it, rather he looks for the next thing he can do to contribute to the team. Passing it to Lynch who was in a prime position to kick a goal was brilliant.

The trick will be balancing the team imperative with the times when a flash of brilliance is the best thing to do. No player can always choose correctly but if Shai can consistently get most of these decisions right he'll be a star for a long time.

Great to see him do well.

DS
 

Ridley

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I thought a seminal moment for him came in the GF. He took a huge hit for the team that would have hurt. He could have shirked it, but he knew what was coming and he took it. We kept the ball moving forward because of what he did. It sure earned my respect.
Pretty sure that passage of play led to Marlon's goal. It was great stuff from Shai. A real sign of maturity and his willingness to do the team thing.
 
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Sintiger

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Pretty sure that passage of play led to Marlon's goal. It was great stuff from Shai. A real sign of maturity and his willingness to do the team thing.
Despite the flashes of brilliance we see and some pretty special moments of skill that is still my favourite Shai Bolton moment. No stat, big hit but do the team thing. I bet you it's been highlighted in the team meetings a lot as well.
Also needs to be remembered that he fed out the handball to Prestia that resulted in the goal that killed off the Cats in the Prelim final. Could have had a shot under pressure but saw a teammate in a better position
 

Ridley

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Despite the flashes of brilliance we see and some pretty special moments of skill that is still my favourite Shai Bolton moment. No stat, big hit but do the team thing. I bet you it's been highlighted in the team meetings a lot as well.
Also needs to be remembered that he fed out the handball to Prestia that resulted in the goal that killed off the Cats in the Prelim final. Could have had a shot under pressure but saw a teammate in a better position
Yep it just shows what high quality coaching and development can do. A few years back I didn't think we had that at RFC; it is now very obvious that we not only have it but at the moment it is unarguably the best in the AFL.

It's a real credit to Dimma, and the whole club really.
 
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