Originally posted by tigerTUFF
Robert Shaw, Ive always respected him greatly as coach, master tactician.......Bode, how long has he been a crows player? I like the look of him and b4 this season I hadnt heard of him, very hard at it.
Shaw would've had a Premiership in 1996 when we got off to that 6-2 start and then that disgusting injury-plague hit us and we won 2 more for the rest of the year.
One thing that has always stuck in my craw was how Blight was hailed as the messiah and genius for the Premierships in 97/98. The facts were he inherited a squad that Cornes and Shaw built alone - not one key player in both Premierships was recruited or nurtured by Blight.
Cornes: Rehn, Hart, Smart, Jameson, Modra, Robran, Pittman, Ricciuto, etc.
Shaw: T. Bond, Ellen, Koster, D. Jarman
, Connell, Edwards
The only decent player Blight recruited was Brett Burton, but that was largely under the influence of Crows ruck/assistant coach Mark Mickan who for some reason recommended half of his sh1tty Woodville/West Torrens Eagles squad to the Crows after a one-year stint as head-coach there in the SANFL.
Blight was at the helm when Mickan recommended Ken McGregor over Matthew Pavlich (both WWT Eagles) for the rookie list in 1999 - and now we're gonna have to pay a million to get him back, if at all.
Re: Bode ... we recruited him from the Power at the start of last season but he badly injured his hand and then had some other problems that limited him to only 1 game. He was a semi-regular rover/small-forward with the Power for a couple of years before that but never hit the headlines. He also played a bit of county cricket as a lad in England before throwing the willow away to concentrate on the sherrin.