I had planned on live blogging/tweeting the AFL Draft buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut things got in the way. I call those things cars – I was stuck in traffic on the way home from work. And you know what? It was a good thing I didn’t. Because this draft was… uneventful. It was great and everything, don’t get me wrong, but if we’re being honest, didn’t everyone draw who we thought they were going to draw? More or less? However, as a sports blogger who loves AFL (only three more months til round one!) I would be disappointing if I didn’t at least write a little something about yesterday. So here we go. Five thoughts on yesterday’s draft.
GOOD GOD. TOM BOYD IS HUGE.
Left-footers are where it’s at. One reason why 8 of the top 10 picks were leftys? (Well… not THE reason but a fun reason, I think). Leftys are over-achievers (percentage wise, since if you had to compare to pure numbers they’d be at a horrible disadvantage.
And this is purely an opinion, but I think leftys are also more likely to be able to play both sides. Have you ever met a tremendous athlete who wasn’t at least competent at basic game skills on both sides? Let me tell you two reasons why this is a big deal. The first is they’re more versatile. They can make better kicks from weirder spaces. FACT. Reason #2: if you can play well on both sides… you are committed. No one who is just ‘eh’ about a sport learns both sides. IT IS NO FUN TO USE YOUR NON-DOMINANT HAND. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE DRYING TO EAT SOUP WITH CHOPSTICKS. You learn both sides if you want to be good.
Just a thought.
I don’t know how they did it but Collingwood played this one GOOD. They got rid of some dead weight (I love nearly all the players they got rid of but, if we’re being honest, Collingwood is better without them and they’re better off elsewhere – so far) and got some pretty solid players (Jesse White – I hope you kill it).
And MELBOURNE?! REALLY? MY GOD. YOU NEED MY HELP DESPERATELY.
How on Earth did Melbourne only get one pick in the top 20 (the same number as Hawthorn and Freo – the premiership competitors)? I mean… I know HOW (I know how trading works) but who let that happen? So much foolishness.
If I were a coach (which I won’t be, because I’m going to be CEO… that, I just don’t convey the same power and authority that men do when they wear polos and rain jackets – maybe it’s because I’m petite) I would do the draft the way that GWS did it: GET THE BEST PLAYERS. It sound obvious when you say it like that because, well, duh, aren’t they all trying to get the best players? Yes, but lots of clubs fill holes. That’s a good technique, if you’re already 100% certain that you’re set with what you’ve got. Essendon, for instance – solid back line. No need to recruit defenders (unless, of course, Tom Boyd was a defender). But most of the time, clubs don’t have that kind of certainty. At first I thought it was a bit nonsensical for GWS to get Tom Boyd considering they’re already got two solid forwards (Jeremy is obviously better than Patton but we’ll put my prejudices aside for a moment) and a few other useful guys up front but consider this: Patton is injury-prone and Cameron can’t do EVERYTHING. Plus… can you ever have too many scorers? It’s a round-abut way of saying it (sorry – I am famished at the moment) but I would do it like GWS and just get the best players – holes be damned! (Not completely, but you get my drift)