You and a lot of others would love to think you are right and Hawks & Swans are on the ropes and the elevator has only one way, down. But you are wrong about the Swans at least. The Swans list is young and really strong. When the young guys mature, in 1-2 years if given game time, we will be on top again. You make wild assumptions on 4 injury riddled games all of which the Swans could have won if not for running out of legs. Fitness and form are more the key here not the list or recruiting. Injuries and the form of senior players have played a part even though Cameron Rose doesn't seem to think so. Don't assume that as soon as the swans injury riddled senior players are back, in the next two weeks, that things won't turn around. That means we can rest an injured Hannaberry and get him scraped (knee).
Our footy club has recruited very well. But due to a 2 year trade ban we have had to recruit young. This we have done and since those two years we have brought, Heeney, Mills, Papley, Newman, Hayward (remember that name, because when he wins the goal kicking you won't soon forget), Jones, Hewett, Florent, Fox, Robinson (injured), Marsh, Dawson, Naismith, Aliir, Lloyd & Rampe.
There are players playing reserves like Rose, Fisher, Ronke, Maibaum, Talia, Cameron, O'Riordan, Melican, Edwards & Pink who are all a bit handy. I bet you don't know that Toby Pink, a CHF, played full forward in just his second NEAFL game and kicked 6 goals. Or that Maibaum has played so well his opponents have yet to hit the scoreboard. Or that Lewis Melican, he has kept all opponents this season to less than a hand full of disposals, is so close to senior selection he has been upgraded from the Rookie list. Fisher is an ex-GWS Academy player and he could turn out better than the draft picks they got if NEAFL form is any indication (30+ both games).
So no I can't agree with you re Swans. I don't think you have a clue about our list at all. Otherwise you wouldn't make sweeping statements.
I agree Andrew. John, the game changes with the good rule changes but there are several rule changes and interpretations that are ruining the game for me. Especially the interpretation of the incorrect disposal. Far too many throws and dropping the ball go un-adjudicated. this is turning the game into a form of Rugby Union. Now Rugby Union is a dying game so why would you try to emulate it? Beyond me.
The powers that be in the AFL are just children anyway or att least their attitude is childish. When I hear a CEO say 'get over it' I know we have an immature person running the show. 'Get over it' is a saying used by people who have no idea of the issues that are being put to them or have trouble empathizing with other people and seeing the opinions of others as valuable and viable. The AFL will never conquer the world with this administration because they are inwardly focused and basically seem to be penalised with narcissistic personality disorder. They are more focused on the rules of the game than growing the game. The biggest growth could be in poorer countries but of course this administration doesn't think that is viable. In years to come they will be proved wrong.
In other words they have absolutely no vision for the future of the game, only their own self interest.
Yeah i said to my nephew, a Hawks member, now you know what Mitchell's problem is. His handball is super, his kicking is sus if not dreadful.
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