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Decisions to be made for next year

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Downie, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. Downie

    Downie Active Member

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    1. Matt Orford - yay or nay?
    I reckon he should be off before the season starts. We have quite a few players coming off contract next year so we should use his money to front-load some contracts so we have more to spend in 2011. Hodkinson or even Daley Cherry-Evans are both good prospects having led their teams to very successful seasons in disruptive circumstances. Hodkinson probably deserves the shot considering he led the Sunshine Coast to the Premiership in their first year after a really poor start.

    2. Our backline. Given Stewart and Robertson are certain starters at fullback and wing, and Lyon will definitely be at centre or five-eighth, we have to fit David Williams, Matai, Farrar and Foran into three positions. Who gets left out? Will Matai be having surgery? Foran off the bench?

    3. Kinda leading on from that one, who takes L'Estrange's spot on the bench? I have a feeling we'll miss him more than we think as Ballin had a pretty average year. I'm not sure if he has the creativity from dummy half that we need and he's been lacking in games when he's had to play 80 minutes. Foran be worth a shot as interchange hooker? He'd be very dangerous around the ruck against tiring defences. Buhrer from the Under 20s team? He was originally a hooker but played most the year at lock I think. Or someone from outside the club (we were looking at Kingston or someone, weren't we?).

    4. Our prop rotation - we'll have five props in Kite, Perry, King, Rose and Cross who'll all want a place in the 17. King and Rose were our two best this year, Kite and Perry both need rockets up their collective if they want to keep their place for 2010, especially if we look at getting Burgess for 2011.

    Easiest way to sum it up? With a YART of course  ;)

    1. B. Stewart
    2. Robertson
    3. Matai
    4. Farrar
    5. D. Williams
    6. Lyon
    7. Hodkinson
    8. Kite
    9. Ballin
    10. King
    11. Watmough
    12. G. Stewart
    13. Rodney

    14. Foran
    15. Gulavao
    16. Rose
    17. Perry

    18. Bailey
    19. Cross
    20. Tony Williams
    21. Buhrer
    22. Lussick
    23. Hopoate
    24. Mauro
    25. Cherry-Evans

    Tough decision to leave Foran on the bench but with a rookie halfback Lyon had to slot in at five-eighth. David Williams lucky to retain his spot but we need a personality player, he'll have to be on top of his game though as Foran can easily play at centre and Farrar on the wing.

    Still have heaps of depth though, especially in the forwards. Bailey, Cross and Williams could easily have spots on that bench.

    Can see us retaining Orford for another year though unfortunately :(
     
  2. Moops

    Moops Well-Known Member

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    To me, I don't think Kite cares one way or the other whether he starts or not. He has lost the hunger. Shop him around? Shop Bailey around? Wolfman is a liablity as he can't catch or tackle. Orford? see ya!! Perry? If he can get the aggression of 2008 back, he is worth it.
     
  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    dont forget we have gulavoa or however it's spelt coming over next year....another backrower in our already choc full ranks.

    I expect us to scrape into the finals at best last year, and dont think we will be back on the pace for at least 3
     
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Shop Kite and Matty in a swap for Burgess.   
     
  5. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I thought the possible deal was Hall with Kite as the top up. But this has merit DSM.
     
  6. Brookvale

    Brookvale Well-Known Member

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    Can Foran play halfback or is he more a five eighth/centre
     
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He can play all.  Jesus, playing half isn't that difficult, it just looks that way with matty. 
     
  8. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Kite's 1st year with us was below par, but he picked it up after that, so I am happy he gets next year with us to see where he is at

    His last 2 games were actually a big improvement, and he was saying in RLW that he owes Des big time

    There is also the old saying about front rowers peaking around 30, I think Kite is still 27-28 so the best of him may be yet to come
     
  9. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Kite has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but when he gets shadowed by the King Dog then you know it hasn't been a big year :)
     
  10. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Kite has to go, or have a year off.  He's got that backing into tackles thing happening again.  Maybe he's just not into it anymore. 
     
  11. missing_something

    missing_something Active Member

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    There is that saying but you'll see in most cases of that happening the guys have come into 1st grade @ 23 - 25, The front rowers that come in young for example Kite and O'Mearly seem to peak earlier.
     
  12. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    True, but O'Meley was always a front rower

    Kite was a 2nd rower, not sure exactly when he switched, may have been just before joining us
     
  13. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    Now that is what I call resurrecting a career.
     
  14. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Currently playing in the Cancun league.
     
  15. eagle_predator

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    Now that is what I call resurrecting a career.
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    ;D
     
  16. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    One of my favourite moments in Manly history was the time back in the late 60s/early 70s when St Matthew's Church on the Corso in Manly had the sign - What would you do if Jesus Came to Manly?

    Some wag wrote underneath - Play him at 5/8 and put Bobby Fulton in the Centres!!!!
     
  17. conanu

    conanu Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I think alot of people have forgotten that Kite lost his father after the GF last year and that is a big thing in anyones life. To be honest when i lost my own father things outside of family seem to pale into insignificance, that considered he didnt have that bad of a season just a little of the pace i would expect a good break from now till next year wil do him good i reckon he will go alright next year as will Perry, Cross, King and George that will be some front row!!
     
  18. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think alot of people have forgotten that Kite lost his father after the GF last year and that is a big thing in anyones life. To be honest when i lost my own father things outside of family seem to pale into insignificance, that considered he didnt have that bad of a season just a little of the pace i would expect a good break from now till next year wil do him good i reckon he will go alright next year as will Perry, Cross, King and George that will be some front row!!
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    Fair call. I haven't had to experience that yet, but I certainly fear that experience more than any other in my future at this point
     
  19. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    "Its OK Molly.........the love inside..........you take it with you when you go"
     
  20. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    ha ha ha that is gold! Times just don't really change that much do tgey
     

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