Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
Chris Grant played his best footy at CHB and wouldve had the Brownlow in 97 and he was stuck up forward with James Cook (remember him!!! sh1t! the crap that got on a list back then!) when DJ ran riot and stayed up there for the duration of the final quarter.
TT, agree about the gamble on the Robran/Smith matchup, but surely you would play it safe and go with Croft, Grant or even Ellis at least until the game cooled down and re-evaluate at quarter-time.
Re: The zigzag run and kicking game - totally agree. At its best its an ubertactic - I remember watching the Bullies come to our house 3 straight times and rip us apart, but when its foiled or the players are just 1% off it falls apart.
There's always the question of what he could achieve with a squad like Brisbane's or Port's, but there wasn't much better going around in years 97-99 (as you said), and he ultimately ended up with nothing.
Still, I agree he's revolutionary, but yeah ... if you can't do better than 2 Prelims since 1996 with blokes like Wynd, Grant, Libber, Johnson, Darcy, Brown, Cameron, West, Romero, etc in your squad then you start to wonder.
"They picked on the wrong man - and the wrong country. It was like pouring petrol onto a fire as far as I was concerned.
There's an old saying that the dog that barks loudest never bites. They did a lot of barking but we bit them pretty hard. Uruguay's attitude just showed how scared they were of us - it was their last resort."
- Vincenzo Grella, Parma & Australia.
Last edited by dyertribe; August 5th, 2002 at 15:28.