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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Season 2017

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Dan, Feb 27, 2017.

By Dan on Feb 27, 2017 at 8:10 PM
  1. Dan

    Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor 2018 Tipping Competitor

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    FREE-SHIPPING-The-Good-the-Bad-and-the-Ugly-font-b-Poster-b-font-font-b.jpg After an epic 10 year finals run, racking up 4 grand finals and 2 premierships along the way, 2015 was of course a calamitous fall from grace. None the least of which being the dismissal of a club legend in Toovs.

    As a result 2016 was to be the instant righting of the ship. Bozo’s broom was as swift as it was sharp, with the 14 plus removed players proven correctly to be superfluous to Brookie needs given names like Sao, Lui, Hasson, Sene-Lefao, Chee-Kam and Littlejohn have barely been sighted in first grade since.

    On top of that the most feared loss in Foran turned out to be the very large bullet dodged after that spectacular car crash out on Parramatta Road. Forgive the interlude, but just how he managed to weasel out of a 4 year Eels deal only to turn up in Auckland months later, like everything is suddenly just fine thanks, is simply staggeringly beyond belief. Wasn’t King Arthur supposed to be the only coach in the land? Still, this time next year we’ll likely be discussing his arrival in Brisbane, or Townsville… or perhaps Toulon.

    But back to 2016...

    Describing the season as “injury riddled” would of course amount to a monumental understatement, complete with it’s record number of players required to fill 17 jerseys, and capped off by the now crushingly sad losses of Stewart and Matai. Add to that a coach on shaky learner plates, and… well we all know the rest. Considering where we finished it was in fact a pretty game effort, albeit a 2nd straight year in the wrong half of the table.

    Which bring us to Season 2017.

    For the second successive year Bozo’s broom has swung into stunning action, swiftly dispatching yet another extraordinarily large list of names. Adding those who found the exit for contract or retirement reasons, and suddenly there’s an unprecedented tally including Symonds, Mateo, Burgess, Green, Leary, Starling, Wiliame, Vave, Parcell, Buhrer, Lyon, Stewart and Matai (not to mention a further list of reserve graders like Knight, Hodges, Satini, Pratt, Goodall etc). Surely the biggest turnover in our club’s history, or at any club for that matter.

    Parcell (who could have been the next Ballin) and Buhrer still hurt for mine, but as the saying goes in Bozo we trust.

    In terms of the new crop it seems a mixed bunch on face value given 4 of them were languishing in reserves last year.

    At the very least, Lane looked to be an outstanding prospect at Belmore before a mysteriously anonymous year in Auckland, so we can only hope his seemingly abundant untapped talent is as large as his hulking frame.

    Sironen too seemed to have the world at his all too infamous name’s feet, only by his own admission to largely forget to turn up. That said, the fact that Jason Taylor must surely win the award as the most naively clueless coach in the games recent history no doubt didn’t help matters either. Seriously has there ever a bloke more stunned in the headlights?

    Hastings appears to only have problems off the field, so one can only hope he’s had a solid Bozo introduction to sort that out. He certainly has bucket loads of talent and would surely make a brilliant no. 9, not to mention first choice goal kicker.

    And then there’s Uate. Crikey it’s got me stumped. Just how do you go from an Origin V8 danger machine to a spluttering Hyundai Getz dumped permanently to reserve grade, at by far and away the worst team in the comp? We can only pray the Narrabeen sand hills have him ready to fire.

    Notwithstanding the above question marks, the addition of proven star playmaker Green, in addition to future stars in Perrett, Kelly and Cullen are all very big ticks, as is the further addition of depth in Kennedy, Jono Wright and Joey Lussick. Adding those names to the star backbone of DCE, Walker, Taupau and the superhero Trbojevic’s, and the skies are suddenly looking very blue at Brookie, aka ‘Lottoland’.

    So where to from here?

    TUESDAY.
    For mine the biggest issue is not the immediate results, but the TEAM SELECTION.

    I really want to see Barrett back our youth and I’lll be seriously annoyed if we play it safe and park our future stars.

    The time to play them is NOW. As they say, if you’re good enough you’re old enough. Is finishing a commendable 11th really our goal, our should we follow the lead of Penrith and Canberra and rebuild a premiership team with stars of the future? Imagine having left Tom and Jake in the NSW Cup last year. It’s a no brainer.

    CF2’s ROUND 1 TEAM:
    1. Tom Trbojevic: will kill it this year with his ankle sorted plus extra speed and size

    2. Jorge Taufau: but we need the fully energised version not the goes missing one

    3. Dylan Walker: why on earth was he ever put in the no 6? Speed speed speed

    4. Brian Kelly: the moment to shine is NOW - plus to quote Bozo ‘there’s no substitute for speed’, and combined with Walker we’d suddenly have strike weapons on both sides

    5. Peter Schuster: covers fullback and fast, the moment to shine is NOW

    6. Blake Green: perfect partner for DCE as the trials showed

    7. Daly Cherry-Evans: captain (and quite rightly so)

    8. Brenton Lawrence: back to fitness to lead from the front again

    9. Api Koroisau: most champion teams have a dangerous no 9 with the ball, run Forrest run

    10: Lloyd Perrett: big young body, the moment to shine is NOW

    11. Curtis Sironen: redemption time, the moment to shine is NOW

    12. Marty Taupau: pleeeeeease don’t pick him at prop where he’ll just be dragged up the middle by 4 defenders, his biggest threat is causing carnage on the edges fending off lone defenders and offloading to the halves or speedsters Kelly, Walker, Tom T

    13. Jake Trbojevic: phar lap will only get better

    14. Jackson Hastings: crazy talent, the moment to shine is NOW

    15. Addin Fonua-Blake: size baby size

    16. Nate Myles: on major watch given anything less than rip, tear and bust and it’s Blacktown

    17. Frank Winterstein: Gotta love the 200km to training story (but surely there’s a spare apartment at Mona Vale?)

    18. Shaun Lane: emergency warm up


    NOT SELECTED:

    19. Uate: outside backs should ideally tick 2 of these 3 critical boxes: 1. SPEED; 2. MUSCLE; 3. HEIGHT. Feels like only no.2 applies here.

    20. Matt Wright: ditto above

    21. Jono Wright: ditto abobe

    22. Cullen: not far off selection and perfect cover for injuries

    23. Lewis Brown: being a handy utility is handy, but we need 17 game breakers out there

    24. Peter Godinet: great kid, too small, depth cover only

    25: Joey Lussick: emerging talent, but also depth cover atm

    INJURED:

    Darcy Lussick: along with Taupua pick of the forwards last year. Straight to starting side when fit.

    IN SUMMARY:

    Youth, size and speed, that’s what I want to see in 2017. Bring it on. See you at “Blottoland” on Sunday.
     
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    Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Dan, Feb 27, 2017.

      1. Loobs

        Loobs Scott Fulton’s 5th Cousin

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        Fark was just thinking we need another season preview posted @:D
         
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        • Kevinward777

          Kevinward777 Well-Known Member Premium Member 2018 Tipping Competitor

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          Cannot disagree with any of that. Very well articulated summary. Hope Baz reads it.
           
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          • mickqld

            mickqld Sack Greenslime

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            Great read. A pulizer compared to the gutter trash that comes from the Daily Telecrap.
             
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            • mickqld

              mickqld Sack Greenslime

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              And yes yes yes to not wasting Taupau at prop.
               
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              • Mitch

                Mitch Well-Known Member

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                I read him quoted in an article last week saying that he's focusing on looking to bust out 60+ minutes a game so I could only assume that is in the back row, however all the early mail has Winterstein and Sironen locked in the 11 and 12.
                 
              • Shoe1

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                Cf2 is back is back
                 
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                • bazeagle

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                  Awesome return from Cf2is back after an unexplained absence. As per the norm, in his return there are accurate assessments all across the park. Bozo and Baz better read it this morning and read it out to the squad. The best point of all is it's about picking the right players/bench FIRST and in the right POSITIONS in the team then worry about results. It's true, it's time for the manager and Bozo to back the youth and build a real force out on the park. Bring the lot on.
                   
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                  • Hgbcds

                    Hgbcds Well-Known Member

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                    Well no way in this world is Kelly and shuster playing first round together , 2 players with zero nrl experience would be dumb. Kelly will start though.winterstein on bench who is a second rower with no utility value on bench?. perrit won't start.
                    1.tom
                    2.uate
                    3.walker
                    4.kelly
                    5.tafua
                    6.green
                    7.dce
                    8.lawrence
                    9.api
                    10.marty
                    11.winterstein
                    12.sirronen
                    13.jake
                    Bench brown,myles,Perret,afb.
                     
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                    • Fluffy

                      Fluffy Well-Known Member

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                      Perrett straight in to the starting line up?

                      Must have seen a lot more in him than I have. I would have AFB as the young monster long before Perrett.
                       
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                      • Lyonstomenzies

                        Lyonstomenzies Well-Known Member Premium Member 2018 Tipping Competitor

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                        Lewis Brown is part of the leadership group outlined by TB.

                        He will probably be in the starting side/goal kicker/vice captain etc...
                         
                      • Mark from Brisbane

                        Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member 2018 Tipping Competitor

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                        Lol......might be better played as the drinks runner!
                         
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                        • Woodsie

                          Woodsie played strong, done good.

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                          You see @Snake another excuse to mention Brad Parker because @cf2 forgot to mention a kid that debuted for us at the age of 19yo and will be a very good player.
                           
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                          • Frank

                            Frank Well-Known Member

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                            You're not going to win a Pulitzer.:)
                             
                          • anthonyb1965

                            anthonyb1965 GO Manly Premium Member Super Coach Member 2018 Tipping Competitor

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                            Welcome back mate, my favourite game summaries!!
                             
                          • Dan

                            Dan Kim Jong Dan Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor 2017 Tipping Competitor 2018 Tipping Competitor

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                            I didn't write the article it was written by cf2
                             
                          • Woodsie

                            Woodsie played strong, done good.

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                            My apologies ..... dotage is a bugger.
                             
                          • maxta

                            maxta Well-Known Member Premium Member 2018 Tipping Competitor

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                            Hard to fault this report cf2 and enjoyable read....better than most of the Experts columns imo....
                            Only have slightly debatable differences - but happy with your 17
                            Would only have Uate in for Schuster (Though fully get your youth gig).....
                            Lane for Winterstein, though again get it...(Defensively the better option)
                            Not much else to add - Well played son - Well played
                             
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