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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    How so? Those stats say his kicking so far this year is above the league average after 3 seasons below average. His kicking inside 50 is particularly good.

    He's still no Bont but his field kicking seems to have improved. His goal kicking on the other hand...
    The stats show his kicking inside 50 is far better than his field kicking, just like Smith. There is a marginal increase in midfield field kicking this year (albeit from a small sample). Also note a long kick down the line is considered an effective kick as long as it isn't marked by an opposition player, despite being perhaps the easiest kick in football to execute.

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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    The stats show his kicking inside 50 is far better than his field kicking, just like Smith. There is a marginal increase in midfield field kicking this year (albeit from a small sample). Also note a long kick down the line is considered an effective kick as long as it isn't marked by an opposition player, despite being perhaps the easiest kick in football to execute.

    Clay kicked 8 goals 1 behind in the 2016 finals series (and was a contested warrior).
    Is kicking inside 50 for that stat kicks whilst he is inside 50, or kicking from outside 50 into the forward 50? Either way they are the most difficult kicks to execute in the game and he seems to be performing well there.

    Clay was always a good kick for goal, Dunkley never has been and probably never will be.

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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    The stats show his kicking inside 50 is far better than his field kicking, just like Smith. There is a marginal increase in midfield field kicking this year (albeit from a small sample). Also note a long kick down the line is considered an effective kick as long as it isn't marked by an opposition player, despite being perhaps the easiest kick in football to execute.

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    As a mid, Dunks is way ahead of Clay.
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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    He's the new Clay Smith for kicking based on those stats. Terrible action, questionable field kick (still), but ok forward.
    I would've thought he's the opposite to Clay based on those stast. Dunkley is a pretty decent field kick (particularly this season) but a poor kick at goal. While Clay was a pretty ordinary field kick and an excellent kick for goal.

    Both have wonky actions with bad ball drops but Dunkley seems to be able to get ball to foot pretty reasonably in open play and be effective enough, his goal kicking is just rubbish. Clay's problem was he was right handed and left footed, so getting the ball to foot in open play was always a problem, but when he had time and composure from a set shot was very accurate.
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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Were Clay's kicking problems anything to do with his knee injurys? I cant imagine they would have helped
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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Were Clay's problems anything to do with his knee injurys?
    No, he hadn't done a knee until his second season at the club. His kicking has always been wonky.
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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Greystache View Post
    No, he hadn't done a knee until his second season at the club. His kicking has always been wonky.
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    After speaking to Obie for about fourty-five minutes on the telephone we
    Finally arrived at the truth of the matter and said that we had to go down
    And pick up the garbage, and also had to go down and speak to him at the
    Police officer's station. So we got in the red vw microbus with the
    Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction and headed on toward the
    Police officer's station.
    Now friends, there was only one or two things that Obie coulda done at
    The police station, and the first was he could have given us a medal for
    Being so brave and honest on the telephone, which wasn't very likely, and
    We didn't expect it, and the other thing was he could have bawled us out
    And told us never to be seen driving garbage around the vicinity again,
    Which is what we expected, but when we got to the police officer's station
    There was a third possibility that we hadn't even counted upon, and we was
    Both immediately arrested. Handcuffed.
    And I said "Obie, I don't think I can pick up the garbage with these handcuffs on. "
    "He said, "Shut up, kid. Get in the back of the patrol car. "


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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Twodogs View Post
    Were Clay's kicking problems anything to do with his knee injurys? I cant imagine they would have helped
    I remember a conversation someone had with B-Mac about Clay.

    "Gee I wish he could kick"
    BM: "I don't, then we wouldn't have gotten him at pick 17"

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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    I think the evidence is there from last year and this that Dunks performances are mirroring the teams. When Dunks has a blinder in the middle, we also do well.

    I'm glad to see that Bevo has now realized this, perhaps they can now figure out why McLean has been inconsistent this year.

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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberdoggie View Post
    I'm glad to see that Bevo has now realized this, perhaps they can now figure out why McLean has been inconsistent this year.
    McLean hasn't been getting as much time on ball so is getting less of the ball.
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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Dunkley's form improvement just happens to coincide with him spending more time in the last 2 weeks in his best position. Hopefully Bevo resists the urge to leave him more forward than in the midfield.
    I really want to see how he performs against Geelong this Saturday
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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Over the last couple of weeks he has taken on that extractor role from Libba. I didn’t think they’d play in the center at the same time but it works with some elite polish as the second touch - Macrae or Bont

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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by AshMac View Post
    Over the last couple of weeks he has taken on that extractor role from Libba. I didn’t think they’d play in the center at the same time but it works with some elite polish as the second touch - Macrae or Bont
    Not sure if it’s a coincidence but Libba/Dunkley seem to be our barometer. Libba was on fire early in the season and we played well. As his form curtailed, so did ours. Dunkley’s increased midfield time at the expense of Libba’s has seen him play 2 blinders and our form seemingly return.

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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    Players to have had 40+ disp, 10+ tackles and 1+ goals in a V/@AFL game

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    Joel Selwood (x2)
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    Re: Josh Dunkley - A power Mid in 2019

    He's doing well to hold off signing the contract he's been offered. His manager will be asking for more money or an extra year.
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