Walks softly carries a big stick.
- Jul 13, 2003
Outrage from the media would be totally off the planet. Disrespecting our opponents n treating the comp with contempt. They'd be splattering all over us like a massive wet fart if we dropped an expected win or ( dare I contemplate ) lost a final while doing something like this.I'm looking forward to more innovation in 2020. How about this for audacious?
The Tigers become the first club to adopt a situation selection policy. That is, we pick the side on a horses-for-courses basis.
The coach hinted at such a thing late in the season when discussing the way he'd deploy the rucks. Not only did he talk about 1 ruck vs 2 rucks but he also considered varying the mix of Chol, Nankervis and Soldo depending on the opponent.
With a list as deep as ours, could you imagine each player being managed for, say, 15 games in the H&A then hitting the finals as fresh as a daisy?
And could you imagine analysis so deep and insightful that even the great players (Rance, Martin, etc) are rested for matches because they are surplus to needs on any given week?
Yeah, I know players want to play and continuity is important.
But look at how damn fresh we were on grand final day, in part on the back of Caddy, Cotchin, Nankervis, Riewoldt, Pickett and Short missing big chunks of the season.
And we did it while "walk-up starts" Rance, Stack, Grigg, Graham and Higgins weren't even there.
It was also great to see CCJ, DES, Balta, Naish and Ross get good game time this season... and not look out of place.
Of course it won't happen, but if any club has the list to pull it off, it's ours.