“They just haven’t got the underbelly, they haven’t got it under the shirt,” Gould said on 100% Footy. “I’ve looked at some of their second halves this year against quality sides – they’ve frittered away big leads.”
The criticism stung, but six weeks later they did as Gould foreshadowed and surrendered an 18-8 half-time lead against the Rabbitohs at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night to see their season slip away. They “capitulated”, the coach said after the game.
Arthur tried to use the chorus of criticism surrounding his team to light a fire that would inspire a run for the title. Unfortunately, the run never came. Arthur, an old-school players’ coach, has been afforded every opportunity to prove his way is the right way.
The club has backed him. But while his way isn’t necessarily the wrong way, the club will now demand he works with head of football Mark O’Neill in the off-season to find a better way to ensure results improve in 2021.
Arthur has been somewhat reluctant to embrace the power of mindfulness when it comes to impacting results with the coach prioritising football matters over mental ones.
While the players all love playing under Arthur given how staunch he is in their support, there is a concern at the club and an understanding from the coach that mollycoddling the players may have only exacerbated a potential mental weakness.
Arthur has proved himself as a coach who can lead teams through adversity. He’s now transformed into a coach who can produce regular finals appearances. The next step is there to be taken and while the club would love nothing more than to see him make it, the option of someone else doing so could become a reality if the Eels fail to capitalise on a premiership window that Arthur has helped force open.
The club recently handed Arthur a one year contract extension that sees him through until the end of 2022, but with Craig Bellamy, Trent Robinson and Wayne Bennett all off contract at the end of next season, don’t expect the Eels to let an opportunity slip.
Nathan Brown took St George Illawarra to four finals appearances in five years between 2004 and 2008, failing to turn the opportunities into a grand final. It took Bennett’s arrival for the club to finally shake the chokers’ tag and end a 31-year drought in 2010. Parramatta now stand at 34 years and counting.
Michael Chammas is a sports reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald
A bus has collided with a train in Thailand, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more, officials say.
The crash happened on Sunday morning, 50km (31 miles) east of Bangkok.
Thai police said passengers inside the bus were on their way to a temple to mark the end of Buddhist Lent.
Images from the scene show the bus upturned on its side, heavily damaged and objects scattered along the train tracks.
Rescue workers say they need a crane to be able to lift the bus.
There were 60 passengers travelling in the bus at the time of the crash, province governor Maitree Tritilanond said.
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha gave his condolences and called for a thorough investigation.
Traffic collisions are common in Thailand, with poor safety standards and busy roads thought to be key factors. A 2018 report from the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thailand had the second-highest traffic fatality rate in the world.
In March 2018, at least 18 people died and dozens wounded when a bus in north eastern Thailand swerved off the road and smashed into a tree.
At least three people were killed in 2016 when a train collided with a double-decker bus carrying tourists at an unguarded railway crossing west of Bangkok.
Lil Costello isn’t letting her city-dwelling life stop her from achieving her dream of being a farmer.
Instead, she helps turn residential backyards into urban farm vegetable plots.
“It’s small-scale farming right in your very neighbourhood,” Ms Costello said of her network of market gardens in Canberra’s inner north.
“[It creates] a huge amount of security in terms of food and diet, but also social opportunities and connection.”
Ms Costello said that, after this year’s devastating bushfires and amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, people’s hunger for sustainable food projects and community creativity grew — and interest in her Inner North Urban Farm project surged.
So, last month, as Canberra’s major political parties launched their election campaigns, Ms Costello and co-founder Karina Vennonen took matters into their own hands.
Rather than waiting on environmental policy announcements that may not come to fruition, they launched a crowdfunding campaign to create more urban vegetable plots, attracting strong local support — including from rugby union player and Canberra local David Pocock.
Within two weeks their $11,000 target was reached, paying for enough seeds, compost, mulch, shade cloth and irrigation for five plots — one at Ms Costello and Ms Vennonen’s place, the others in the backyards of enthusiastic supporters who volunteered their patch of grass rent-free.
Investors in the pair’s small-scale farm will receive produce boxes when the crops are harvested and the farmers get the security of knowing all food is sold and initial costs covered.
“We have had way more land offered to us than we can actually use between the couple of us that are working regularly with this project,” Ms Vennonen said.
“With more workers we could take on more land and actually grow a lot more food and it can really provide a lot of great jobs for people.”
The pair would like to see more support to get young people into “climate safe” jobs and believe food security is an important issue for Canberra — though one largely ignored by the major parties this ACT election campaign.
Ms Costello said political parties should be exploring better ways of farming in smaller urban spaces like hers, and researching how to produce affordable and healthy food for everyone.
“Creating a stronger food system isn’t just about having fun at the community garden on the weekend,” Ms Costello said.
“Gardening and nurturing the soil are serious business.”
So if food security and urban farming is not on either major political party’s radar, what are some of the other environmental issues at play in the 2020 election?
During an ACT election shaped by people’s experiences in the COVID-19 world, environmental policies have indeed taken centre stage.
The enforced isolation earlier this year seems to have prompted people to take more notice of their natural surroundings — something urban forest expert at the Australian National University, associate professor Cris Brack, is not surprised by.
“When we got the lockdown and people couldn’t go anywhere they started really appreciating their local environment,” Dr Brack said.
“I think that’s in the forefront of a lot of people’s minds.”
One of the major environmental battlegrounds in the election has centred around the planting of trees.
While the Canberra Liberals have several grassroots plans, including to “support new and existing community gardens”, the centrepiece of their pitch for the ‘green vote’ is to plant one million trees.
They have pledged to plant these trees over a decade, providing up to 10 trees for new properties, a tree for every kindergarten child, and planting along cycle paths and in the charred Namadgi National Park.
The Canberra Liberals also support moves to a zero-emissions bus fleet and removing organic waste for landfill, but on reaching zero net emissions by 2045, Leader Alistair Coe points to his tree policy — which Dr Brack says has its limitations.
“It’s not enough by itself, but yes it’s a significant amount,” he said.
“You still need to do other things if Canberra is still looking to be carbon neutral.
“The trees will do it, but they won’t do it themselves.”
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While he had often been critical of governments in the past for being poor on the environment, Mr Wade said Labor had a “positive approach” this election, and the Liberals’ tree planting policy was a “good thing”.
“I think the urban tree program’s a valuable program, but I think also the amount of resources they put into places like Namadgi,” he said.
“That’s a treasure and I think that’s underutilised and under-resourced.”
An urban biodiversity haven central to Greens’ vision
Valtteri Bottas will be hoping to continue his mid-season championship charge and further cut teammate Lewis Hamilton’s lead at the top in tonight’s Eifel Grand Prix.
Bottas produced a blistering track record on his final qualifying lap on Saturday to edge Mercedes teammate Hamilton and claim pole position at the Nurburgring.
The Finn clocked a best lap of one minute and 25.269 seconds to beat the championship leader by two-tenths of a second in very cold conditions following only one practice session after Friday’s running was cancelled due to fog.
It was Bottas’s third pole this year and the 14th of his career, a feat that he hopes can help him keep alive his championship challenge. After winning in Russia two weeks ago he lies 44 points behind Hamilton.
The two ‘black arrows’ were pushed all the way by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who lost grip on his final run and wound up third ahead of Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Alex Albon in the second Red Bull car.
“It is such a nice feeling when you do it on the last lap — my last lap was spot on,” said Bottas.
“It’s been pretty tricky with short practice and these conditions getting the tyres in the sweet spot, that was one of the bigger things today.”
Bottas claims Russian GP
The chilly autumn weather has shaped practice and qualifying. Friday’s practice sessions were wiped out by fog and rain.
“I believe I can win,” said Bottas. “That’s the only goal for tomorrow and hopefully we can have a good start.” Both Bottas and Hamilton suggested F1 can do away with Friday practice, condensing race weekends into two days.
“I don’t think we need to be in on Fridays,” said Hamilton. “Currently, in a normal weekend, I feel like there is too much practice,” agreed Bottas.
Hamilton, who needs just one victory to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Grand Prix victories, had to settle for second on the grid.
“Valtteri is two-tenths ahead and he did a good job, so congratulations to him,” he said. “There is plenty of time for me to regain.”
‘They’re trying to stop me’
Leclerc surprised himself with his speed to make the second row. “Since the start of the season, we have struggled to make our tyres work whenever it has been cold, but today it just seemed like it worked out for us.
Teammate Sebastian Vettel qualified 11th after being out-qualified by Leclerc for the eighth consecutive weekend.
“You know, Seb is a four-time champion and I am sure he will come back to where he needs to be.”
Daniel Ricciardo was sixth ahead of his Renault teammate Esteban Ocon, Lando Norris of McLaren, Sergio Perez of Racing Point and Carlos Sainz in the second McLaren.
Shortly before qualifying, Racing Point announced that Nico Hulkenberg would step in for Lance Stroll who was “unwell”.
Hulkenberg, who covered for Stroll’s teammate Sergio Perez at Silverstone, was called at short notice from a Cologne cafe. After a dash up the autobahn he made it to the track and without any practice, qualified at the back of the grid.
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The round six match, all the way back in June, was one of the Cats’ best for the season.
Trailing by 22-points some 12 minutes into the second term, the Cats kicked nine goals in a row to blow Brisbane out of the water at the SCG.
Geelong also did this with only two fit men on the bench – Quinton Narkle and Mitch Duncan were injured in the first quarter.
Chris Scott said in the lead-up to both the Collingwood and Port Adelaide finals that it was hard to take much from prior contests this season due to its unprecedented nature.
Ablett was uncharacteristically wayward at times on that night, but he still kicked two long-range goals. It was the last time he kicked multiple goalsin a match.
Patrick Dangerfield. For someone who has played in so many preliminary finals, and won almost everything there is to win in the AFL, it is absurd he has never played in a grand final.
Yes, Collingwood were listless, but the intensity with which he played in the semi-final was Dangerfield at his very best. From the outside looking in, that signalled that his desire to win a flag had never been higher.
Sure, Ablett may be playing his last game and his deft kicking and class can hurt teams, but the sheer momentum Dangerfield seems to hold at this point in the season is pure X-factor.
Charlie Cameron is undoubtedly Brisbane’s X-factor, and his three goals, five score involvements and four tackles against the Tigers was a reminder of that.
Geelong will remember all too painfully the 2017 preliminary final where Cameron, then playing for Adelaide, booted five goals in one of his career-best performances.
Collingwood learnt the hard way that if you let Geelong have the time to set up the field in the structured way they like, it is nearly impossible to move the ball with any fluency.
Brisbane, across the home-and-away season, were more likely to score from turnovers, while Geelong were the most likely of any team to score from stoppages.
The likes of Lachie Neale and Mitch Robinson will be crucial to stopping the Cats in this respect.
Harris Andrews, along with his fellow defenders, will clearly be important for the Lions’ intercept marking and turnover-creating capabilities. Hawkins was one of few forwards to get a hold of Andrews this season.
The biggest difference between the sides is their disposal efficiency differential ranks in the home and away. The Cats were ranked first and the Lions 12th.
This speaks to the Cats’ desire to control the ball more and play with less speed. They prefer to pick off their targets forward of centre, while there is a little more chaos in Brisbane’s method.
For a side that relies on turnovers for their game plan, the Lions will have to really knock the Cats from their usually composed method to get a foothold in the game.
With Andrews, his fellow defenders and the pressure of Brisbane’s smalls and midfielders this is possible.
Jarrod Berry was important against the Tigers in the qualifying final.
He has a knack for getting to good positions just outside of stoppages, to be an option for his teammates to clear immediately contested situations. From there, his ability to pick the right kick that either clears the area or finds a teammate is good too.
This is an incredibly tough call. Another preliminary final loss for Geelong, and Dangerfield, would be tough to take, though getting there in a season such as this one is a huge achievement. Even still, it’ll be a Brisbane win, on their home deck and with a home crowd behind them. Don’t expect the Cats to wilt, but also hard to see the Lions passing up this Gabba grand final opportunity. Lions by 8 points.
England captain Harry Kane could miss Sunday’s Nations League game against Belgium after sustaining a muscle injury in training, British media said.
REUTERS: England captain Harry Kane could miss Sunday’s Nations League game against Belgium after sustaining a muscle injury in training, British media said.
Kane sat out England’s 3-0 friendly win against Wales on Thursday but was expected to return to the side for the game against top-ranked Belgium.
The 27-year-old has been plagued by injuries, with a hamstring tear last season prompting doubts over his participation in the European Championship before the tournament’s postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho expressed concerns this month over Kane’s workload and called on Southgate to protect the striker by not playing him in all of England’s games during the international break.
If Kane misses out, in-form Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who scored the opener against Wales, should retain his spot in the side.
Winger Jadon Sancho and striker Tammy Abraham are in line to return after missing Thursday’s game due to a breach of virus regulations.
England, second in League A Group 2 in the Nations League, play Denmark on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
Another week, another Richmond controversy. But the Tigers’ new-found status seems to be helping them.
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Catch up on the big storylines out of semi-final weekend in Foxfooty.com.au’s Talking Points.
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‘Get out of there Ray!’
TIGERS ARE THE AFL’S VILLAINS, AND THAT’S A GOOD THING
Just three years ago, the story was simple.
It wasn’t as if Adelaide was some superpowered villain, yet most neutral observers came out of the 2017 Grand Final happy for Richmond’s win.
Though it wasn’t a glorious underdog story to the extent of the 2016 Bulldogs, it was still a club finally reaching the pinnacle after decades of pain and starvation from success. You could feel happy for the Tiger Army, finally getting to celebrate a flag after 37 years without one.
But as everyone who’s lived through 2020 knows, a year is a long time. So three years is an eternity.
In those three years, the Tigers have won and won and won some more. With two more victories they’ll become a dynasty – just the ninth team in VFL/AFL history to win three premierships in four years.
And the price of becoming a dynasty is becoming hated.
We see it across the sporting world. The New York Yankees of the late ‘90s became a behemoth. The New England Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, went from a laughing stock to making nine Super Bowls in 19 years.
In perhaps the most recent and apt comparison, the Golden State Warriors went from years of failure, to beloved, to a team almost everyone was happy to see not make the Finals for once.
So it’s natural for most footy fans to be rooting for teams other than Richmond over the next fortnight. A Brisbane flag would be well received. A Port Adelaide flag too. Even most would agree a Geelong flag would give Gary Ablett a fitting ending – though the Cats’ omnipresence at the top of the ladder means they’d still prefer someone else.
But the truly great dynasties have something extra.
With the Yankees, it was spending millions more than anyone else. With the Patriots, it was the infamous ‘Spygate’ cheating scandal (to name just one). With the Warriors, it was adding Kevin Durant to an already star-studded group.
With the Tigers, it’s what they call “playing on the edge”. It’s what others would call “over-aggression” and becoming “really unlikeable”.
The somewhat unfortunate poster boy for Richmond’s aggression is Tom Lynch, who – as we’re reminded every time he does something wrong – is a lovely guy, and relatively quiet off the field.
Lynch fined for knee incident
But his knee drop to the neck of Dougal Howard during the semi-final win over St Kilda was his fifth Match Review incident this season.
In fact, it’s worse than that – the misconduct charge was his fifth incident in eight games, following misconduct against Brisbane’s Alex Witherden (Round 10), two striking fines against Gold Coast players (Round 12) and a Tribunal hearing for striking Michael Hurley (Round 13), of which he was cleared.
None of these incidents in a vacuum was worthy of a suspension. As a whole, they suggest a pattern of behaviour that is out of place in today’s game.
“They’re becoming very unlikeable, I’ll say that about Richmond,” Kane Cornes said on SEN’s Crunch Time.
“They wouldn’t care about that because all they care about is winning and they have the respect clearly but this year they’ve become a really unlikeable team.
“I thought what Trent Cotchin did to Zak Jones, that really dangerous, high sling tackle had more of a chance to cause injury than Tom Lynch’s knee on Dougal (Howard).
“They’ve been a really unlikeable team this year, they’ve been hard to watch at times.”
The Cotchin incident mentioned by Cornes was particularly odd. It was rough, and after the whistle, yet it didn’t warrant a free kick – primarily because it came seconds after the Tigers gave away a different free kick. It also wasn’t assessed by Match Review Officer Michael Christian.
So was it a serious, dangerous incident? Or not worth noting by any of the AFL authorities? We don’t have the answer. And perhaps the fact a Richmond player did it made it draw more attention than it otherwise would have.
That’s where the Tigers are now at. Because they’re successful, and because they’re playing on the edge, they’re inching towards pantomime villain status. They just need to twirl their moustaches a bit more.
And in a way, isn’t that a good thing? Any good story needs a bad guy, so it’s better for the viewers, and if the team is smart, it’s good for them too.
Richmond has very clearly embraced their status and taken an us-against-the-world mentality. It’s an added piece of motivation – which can sometimes be a question when you’ve been so good for so long.
Think of it this way, Tigers fans: wouldn’t this flag be extra sweet, because of the way everyone is acting towards your club?
Tigers put Saints to sword
NEW THEORY BEHIND $5M SAINT’S STRUGGLES
While his team’s 2020 campaign will be widely lauded, Bradley Hill’s first season in St Kilda colours was a tough slog.
The most high-profile and highest-paid of the five players recruited to the Saints 12 months ago, Hill arrived hoping to fill a chasm and become the club’s key linkman when transitioning from the defensive 50 to the forward 50.
Saints fans caught a glimpse of that throughout the season – his aerobic power in the Saints’ Round 4 win over Richmond was something else. But they didn’t see it enough.
After being stiff to not make the All-Australian 40-man squad in 2019, Hill, who signed a long-term Saints deal estimated to be around $900,000 per season, was arguably lucky to hold his spot for all 19 St Kilda games.
Saints coach Brett Ratten said after a loss to Geelong that Hill’s teammates weren’t looking for him enough during games. That issue seemed to temporarily correct itself, but Hill faded badly towards the back-end of the season.
The 27-year-old mustered just 12 and 11 disposals in his two finals against the Bulldogs and Tigers respectively.
Speaking on SEN on Saturday, Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes revealed his theory on why gun runner Hill struggled in Saints colours in 2020: The shortened 16-minute quarters.
“I think he’s the one player in competition that’s been most affected by the shortened quarters and shortened games,” Cornes told SEN’s Crunch Time.
“He’s the best and most powerful runner in the game. Some would say it’s a minor thing, but you shortened the game by the amount that we’ve shortened it this year and it takes away one of his biggest strengths. The 25-minute mark of a normal quarter onwards, he was good for four or five touches – and he’s a 10-possession last quarter player.
“We can we can judge him harshly – and we will because he is that high price recruit – but I think once games go back to their full length, he will be a much more effective player than what he has been this year.”
Cornes gets the last laugh!
But as SEN co-host Sam Edmund pointed out, quarter lengths mightn’t return to 20 minutes plus time on, with the league considering only a slight increase to the 16-minute quarters we’ve seen this season.
Fellow panellist Gerard Whateley said he wasn’t utterly convinced that was the reason behind Hill’s down year, adding he thought Hill could be “more committed to the task at hand than he has looked at various stages” and the Saints had a right to demand that from him.
“Hill’s at his best when he’s fed (the ball) and things are on his terms. (But) you have to add a little bit more to your game if you’re prepared to take the cheque that he’s taking,” Whateley told SEN.
Cornes said Whateley’s point was fair, but added the Saints knew what type of player they were recruiting.
“He’s never been a big tough, inside midfielder. They identified that speed on the outside and the role on the wing after going after Andrew Gaff as well.
“They knew what they were getting. But I think there is a subconscious level of security that kicks in when you get that big, bumper long-term deal – and that happens across the board.”
WHAT BOMBERS’ BUMPER DRAFT HAND COULD MEAN
There’s plenty of doom and gloom around about Essendon’s off-season so far; and fair enough, too. You build your list to try and find stars like Joe Daniher and Adam Saad, not to lose them.
But at the same time, if the price is right for both players, it could hand the Bombers a historic chance to re-load at the draft.
This year isn’t the ideal time to do it, admittedly. Most draft-age players have been unable to show their talents in under-18s matches due to the pandemic, and the draft was already going to be heavily compromised through Academy players.
But with the Bombers already holding Pick 6, they could very quickly find themselves holding three top-ten selections.
Let’s say the Dons end up with Picks 6, 7 and 8 – their original pick, Carlton’s first-round pick for Saad and a first-round compensation pick for Daniher walking as a free agent.
That would end up being a replica of what Fremantle had in 2019, once someone (likely Adelaide) bids for Bulldogs Academy prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan at the top and pushes them down the order.
The Dockers had picks 7, 8 and 9, selecting Hayden Young, Liam Henry and most notably Rising Star winner Caleb Serong. That’s two very promising players AND the pick of the bunch through one year.
So who else has had the chance to shop early and often, and what have they done with the picks?
THREE OR MORE TOP TEN AFL NATIONAL DRAFT PICKS (Since 2000)
Fremantle (2019): Hayden Young (7), Caleb Serong (8), Liam Henry (9)
Gold Coast Suns (2018): Jack Lukosius (2), Izak Rankine (3), Ben King (6)
Gold Coast Suns (2016): Ben Ainsworth (4), Jack Scrimshaw (7), Will Brodie (9), Jack Bowes (10)
GWS Giants (2011): Jonathon Patton (1), Stephen Coniglio (2), Dom Tyson (3), Will Hoskin-Elliott (4), Matt Buntine (5), Nick Haynes (7), Adam Tomlinson (9), Liam Sumner (10) [Toby Greene 11, Taylor Adams 13, Devon Smith 14]
Gold Coast Suns (2010): David Swallow (1), Harley Bennell (2), Sam Day (3), Josh Caddy (7), Dion Prestia (9), Daniel Gorringe (10) [Tom Lynch 11]
Hawthorn (2004): Jarryd Roughead (2), Lance Franklin (5), Jordan Lewis (7)
As you can see, there are some huge hits in there, but also some misses – which is sort of the point.
If you have one first-round draft pick and you miss a good player, it hurts. If you have multiple chances, you’re dramatically reducing your chances of missing.
The draft is a dart board. You want early throws, and you want as many as possible, because no matter how much you practice, sometimes your arm does funny things.
THE CATS TWEAK THAT MIGHT EXPLAIN CROUCH PLAY
If that’s what Patrick Dangerfield can produce as a more permanent forward for Geelong, look out.
And we could see it come to fruition should the Cats land Adelaide free agent Brad Crouch.
The Cats superstar was breathtaking in his club’s commanding semi-final win over Collingwood, particularly when he truly broke the game open in the second term with two classy checkside goals, a few towering marks and a goal assist that set up a Tom Hawkins major.
Dangerfield and Hawkins would both finish with four goals in a sign the two veterans could form a tantalising forward 50 partnerships if given the opportunity to thrive.
Pies enter the DANGER zone
But can the Cats afford to take Dangerfield – who’s made eight of the past nine All-Australian sides primarily off the back of his on-ball dominance – away from the middle? Melbourne champion Garry Lyon reckons it’s time to pull the trigger.
“Does he (Dangerfield) have to play 70 per cent-plus forward for Geelong to win this premiership?” Lyon asked on Fox Footy.
“I’m starting to prepare him for life as a 75 per cent forward. That’s where I think Geelong are at.”
But as dual premiership Kangaroo David King pointed out on Fox Footy’s First Crack, Dangerfield is still one heck of a midfielder. Against the Pies, he attended six centre bounces and won two clearances – a better strike rate than teammates Joel Selwood (2 from 19) and Cam Guthrie (2 from 20).
What would make Dangerfield conundrum easier, though, is if the Cats could land a pure inside ball-winner during the upcoming AFL exchange period.
Enter Adelaide’s leading contested possession player in Crouch, who’s eligible for free agency and been strongly linked to the Cats for many weeks.
St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt put two and two together, asking on Fox Footy: “A left-field one: Looking at Geelong and their recruiting, is that why they’re into a player like Crouch do you think?
Lyon replied: “Possibly. They asked the question of Jack Viney as well.”
Triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown added the Cats should take a “horses for courses” approach with Dangerfield as he can easily swing on ball or into the forward line at short notice.
Gaz’s silky skills hurt Pies
But King said Dangerfield as a forward was a more damaging and unique asset.
“The bottom line is they’ve got multiple options that can go through the midfield,” King told First Crack. “They’ve only got Hawkins – (Gary) Rohan is in and out of games and you can’t bank on him – and if you’ve got Hawkins and Dangerfield, you’ve got goalkickers. You can’t replace them.”
As Riewoldt pointed out, Dangerfield had the potential to be an outstanding goalkicker if he was given the chance to train with the forwards group.
“At the moment as a forward, Dangerfield is a ‘stand and deliver’ forward,” he said. “He relies on athleticism; he doesn’t have any forward craft.”
Lyon added: “He’s just playing brutally. If he adds some nuance to that, then look out.”