Ottens vs Lucas
Both have been dubbed as the next great centre half-fowards. Who do you think can fufill his potential ? I think that theses two will bring back the days of Dermott and Carey.
Here are 2 very good articles about each player:
ROYCE Hart, Terry Daniher, Dermott Brereton, Stephen Kernahan, Wayne Carey ... Brad Ottens?
Richmond's Ottens is being given the chance to establish himself as the next great centre half-forward of the AFL and his coach Danny Frawley believes he can do it.
The 21-year-old will take the field against St Kilda tomorrow having played just half a dozen games in what has been regarded as the most difficult position in the game.
'He's a terrific talent, he can play ruck and is trying to play centre half-forward,' Frawley said.
'It's a very hard position to play but he's got all the attributes to maybe play a long career at centre half-forward.
'He can win the ball at ground level, he can win it in the air, he's got a very quick brain and his use by hand and foot is good, so he's going to have a crack at that position.
'Only the minority are able to play there for a number of years and to play there for ten years, you're a great player.
'He's played there about six games, so let's see what happens over the next ten years.'
Ottens certainly had the grooming to be the next big thing in the key attacking post - he was recruited from South Australian club Glenelg, where Kernahan also made his name and for which Hart also played in the 1969 grand final.
Ottens will have few better opportunities to show his best than tomorrow, as injury-struck St Kilda is having difficulty putting together an effective defensive unit.
The Saints would be further stretched tomorrow by the return of Tigers full forward Matthew Richardson from a hamstring injury, while ruckman/forward Brendon Gale was also deemed fit despite injuring his shoulder last week.
Off-season recruit Fraser Gehrig has been one of the Saints few well-performed defenders in 2001, and his pace and athleticism makes him the likely opponent for Richardson.
That could leave 18-year-old Saint Justin Koschitzke to mark Ottens, perhaps marking the start of a long rivalry between two of the most talented young big men in the game.
SCOTT Lucas copped bad press last year.
It was as if he was being vilified for failing to keep pace with teammate and friend from junior days, Matty Lloyd, but who has?
Lucas was seen to be a brilliant youngster who had lost his way.
Worse, he was seen to be hungry, notorious for choosing to kick for goal from distances that Ben Graham would consider beyond him.
Being both tall (192cm) and one-sided, he was outstanding for all the wrong reasons.
Yet, the same Lucas played 23 of a possible 25 games last year, kicking 57 goals, a total that would have won the goalkicking award at 11 clubs.
Problem was Lloyd kicked 109, and James Hird was even better up forward.
Kevin Sheedy, though, is nothing if not loyal. He sticks with his men, and, despite the speculation, Lucas never was leaving Windy Hill.
Lucas, 23, is repaying the faith.
He is averaging 14 possessions and five marks from his 14 games this year, and has kicked 16 goals (and 20 behinds).
He looked more assured against the Bulldogs last Friday night than he has in a long time, accumulating 20 possessions, taking eight marks and kicking three goals.
He first reminded us just how penetrating he can be on the left foot, clearing the flood from farther than 60m.
He is maturing, and he will be better for the pain and frustration of the past two years.
In 1998, Lloyd finished third in the best and fairest with 70 goals from 23 games; Lucas sixth with 49 from 23.
In August 1998, in a joint interview in the Herald Sun, Lucas said his dream was to play 200 games with Lloyd as Essendon's key forwards . . . ''Dunstall and Brereton sort of thing''.
They had played 54 games each at the time.
Six months later, they reached a fork in the road.
Lloyd continued towards his destiny as a champion; Lucas struggled for form in the early part of 1999 before suffering a shocking broken ankle. As if there's a ''good'' broken ankle.
The road back has been longer and more hazardous than Lucas would have expected.
More recently, he seems to be enjoying his footy more, as you should as an automatic selection at Essendon. He seems more relaxed, more adventurous. He is more productive.
At 23 and with 106 games and 164 goals to his name, it is very early on in the Lucas story.
Lloyd and Lucas are back on track to becoming the Dunstall and Brereton of their time, albeit in different style.
I say that right now, Ottens is on form and Lucas is not. But Lucas in my opinion is MORE of a centre half foward. Ottens can mark, but he can be marked out of a game very easily. While Lucas always gets the goals, disposals and marks. For me it's Lucas. But next year, both of these players should be amongst the top 15 in competion.