The forgotten Matt Scharenberg.
by Pieman“He’s the best junior footballer I’ve seen since Wayne Carey” Mark Chocco Williams 2013 “He’s seriously injured just about everything below his penis” Pieman 2016
Never before has this Pieman been so excited about a recruit to the CFC. In 2013 the Pies traded their way into position to snare the sublime ability of Matt Scherenberg.
In June 2013 Scharenberg’s draft range was pick 1-5. He was considered an elite talent that could play anywhere on the park. He was though thought to best suited as a rebounding intercept defender with elite disposal on both feet. Unfortunately those feet were the beginning of a nightmare run of bad luck for the young prodigy.
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What was thought to be an injury that required rest, resulted in the sesamoid bone being removed in both of his feet & his 2014 preseason ending in ruins. It took many months for those injuries to heal & in his 5th game of VFL football in August 2014 disaster struck again. In a Friday night VFL match against Bendigo Scharenberg did an ACL.
After 12 months on the sidelines Scharenberg played 4 AFL games right at the end of the 2015 season. And whilst he didn’t rip games apart I liked what I saw. Composure & skill.
On the back of those games Scharenberg hit the 2016 preseason full of optimism. But it wasn’t to be. Whilst partaking in a standard training drill disaster struck again. This time it was his other ACL.
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There was a reason Chocco delivered that assessment on Scharenberg as a junior. He was Mr Versatile who could do anything & do it with class & precision. His lists of strengths in his draft year were astounding. His weaknesses were hard to find.
Truth be told, how would you like a cheap player with these skills in your supercoach backline:
Brilliant kick either side of the body, elite reader of the play, excellent overhead & below the knees, incredible vision agility & awareness, reliable shot at goal, goes forward & makes instant impact & racks up rebound 50’s.
As a cheap rookie coming into his 4th season the Pies want & need this investment racking up the pill & hitting targets. His purpose will be simple. Quick cash before he breaks again! But if he can stay on the park, who knows where the ride will end.
2 words. Jonty Scharenberg. The young fella was a certainty to get drafted. But it didn’t happen. Then he was a certainty to get picked up early in the rookie draft. But he was overlooked again. Why you may ask. Well Matt Schaerberg isn’t the only sibling to have suffered from serious ACL injuries. The eldest of the 3 Jake has suffered the same fate. And Jonty was a victim of this family history. Don’t expect Matt Scharenberg to hang around for the season.
- Utility swing man that can seriously influence the game either end
- Elite Kick both sides
- Rebound 50’s with vision awareness & execution
- Injuries, injuries, injuries with this history he can only be an outside uncontested player
- No good as a ruckman. Can play anywhere else
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— Skywalker FC (@Seekersupacoach) December 9, 2016
I’m not keen on the hopes for the Pies 2017 season. But make no mistake the Pies want this man on the park desperately. He’s too good to have sitting on the sidelines. And he’s far too cheap to ignore.
If he gets through preseason & is named in round 1, he’s a lock. No If’s buts or maybe’s. And put him on the ground.
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