Brendon Goddard is his own worst enemy
Nearly two years ago Brendon Goddard leapt over Collingwood’s Luke Ball and took one of the greatest marks in grand final history. The mark fittingly illustrated his standing in the game, a step above everyone else.
Goddard was arguably the most damaging player in the competition, primarily because he was a genuine utility, capable of dominating a match from anywhere on the ground. Whether it was rebounding out of defence with meticulous disposal, providing a genuine forward marking option or just running amok in midfield, Goddard could do it all.
Sadly the once dominant force is now easily dismantled. The 2012 model of Goddard contains a severe attitude fault. Unable to shrug a close-checking opponent, he becomes frustrated and seemingly lacks application. Sad simply because he is not easily beaten by opponents, he defeats himself through poor attitude and demeanour.
His numbers show a substantial decrease in statistics indicating effort. Goddard’s average tackles per game has faded to 2.6 compared to last year’s 4.0. Similarly, one-percenters have reached an eight-year low of 1.8 per game.
Frustrated with the tactics of his opponent, Goddard’s temper reached boiling point during Sunday’s clash with North Melbourne. Tagger Sam Wright copped a swinging forearm from the former number one draft pick.
The reckless act cost Goddard two matches during a critical period of St. Kilda’s season. The Saints are one of many teams fighting for a finals berth; they need wins to secure their place.
Next weekend’s clash against the Lions at the Gabba is pivotal as both teams vie for seventh and eighth positions on the ladder. Goddard’s strike could prove costly should the Saints miss out on September action.
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