Ever so Dependlebury. The Scott variety.
There is a good reason this man is Dependlebury. In his debut season he played 9 games. In the next 8 seasons he has played 22 games 3 times, 21 twice, 20 twice & 18 once. Only 10 games missed in 8 years. And if you look at the last 4 years he has missed 5 games (4 of those in 2012) & had a combined average of 126.2. Significant as Higgo would say!
I am writing this article to you the fine community on one of Pieman’s favourite days of the year. Having just been through an extremely expensive divorce (supercoach may have been a factor), I just need to win supercoach for the next 19 years to break even. Shazza joins Narelle on the scrapheap. But Shazza has some very deep pockets. 140 years ago the VRC (Victorian Racing Committee) came up with an idea of ladies day in the spring carnival, aka Oaks day & ultimately bloke’s day. Make a day for the ladies & the blokes will follow. And they were right! But since the introduction of Tinder, every day is Oaks day for the Pieman & I don’t need to go. So I can sit back & punt with a filly from home.
The Magpies skipper had a pretty ordinary season by his lofty standards. A back injury he carried through the 2nd half of the season sort of took its toll. If an average of 124.5 from 21 games is not great, then you must be a superstar we all expect the almost ridiculous from. And from Pendles we do. Having analysed Joel Selwood 22 games & 120+ avg, this is part 2 of my Dependlebury Midfield.
There is a very good reason why we see Ablett & Pendlebury as absolute must haves for our sides. They both possess a skill that few if any other players in the competition have. And it translates to elite SC scoring status. Both can get the ball in extremely heavy congestion surrounded by mega fit athletes & make them look like witches hats. It’s kind of like they have 12 eyes around their heads. As soon as they get the ball they know exactly which direction to go to & create 5 meters of space instantly & then they dash off & hit a target. It’s just as simple as that. The only choice you have is to put a tagger on them with eyes only for the player. And guess what, eyes for the player means free kicks & more points for owners. Tagging the absolute elite players is a tough gig.
Taking the one eyed blinkers off I think the space creation skill is Pendles best asset. And for mine he can do it better than Abblett, just. But that’s the end of the comparisons; what Abblett can’t do can’t be done. At the peak of his powers Juddy could do the impossible. He was so quick he didn’t need the eyes in the back of the head & he could run straight & so fast he was rarely stoppable. But the fast twitch fibers don’t last forever. Mercurial vision lasts longer.
There is some cause for concern for Pendles in 2015. His trusty centre bounce buddy Beams is gone. And Beams used to regularly attract the tag. So does that mean the focus is 100% on Pendles. Well unless Swanny can recapture past form it probably does. Regardless it’s not like he wouldn’t be used to it. Keep in mind that Beams missed almost all of 2013 & Pendles averaged almost 127 per game. Finally what Swanny really dealt with in 2014 has been revealed. How could such an awesome player drop off so quickly? Botched surgeries & other problems & probably Fwd status says people watch this space. He could be back.
|2015 Price:||$668,800 (GAJ, Pendles & Selwood) will cost the farm|
|Games last season:||N/A|
|Average last season:||124.5|
|100+ games last season:||19 of 21|
|Sub 80 games last season:||0 (lowest score of 88 in rnd 23) other sub 100 was 93|
|Price range last season:||$583 – $695K|
|Missed games last season:||N/A|
|Significant history:||The boys picked in front of him in the 2005 draft were Murphy, Thomas, Ellis & JJK. At pick 5 he was the number 1 draft pick that year.|
It’s funny Carlton could have had Selwood & Pendles. Instead they took Murphy & Gibbs. Who would you rather have? And if they didn’t cheat the system add Goddard & Wells also in the line-up. Sorry Baggers…. With Juddy, what an era that could have been! HA
Not a great deal. You get what you’re getting from the man they call the Rolls Royce. The only question is will the loss of Beams effect his output. History says NO.
- Elite evasive player.
- Elite Skills.
- He’s not as good as GAJ. But who is.
Once again it’s a lock him away & throw away the keys. Dex will be delivering the last of the Triple Crown club captains “GAJ”, in an eagerly anticipated piece. If you can find a way to get them all, it’s Park Lane & Mayfair with hotels on top. If you look at where it all went wrong last year then leaving Pendles & selwood out in round 1 would have been an ouch. Certainly was for me. 43 from 44 possible games between Pendles & Selwood. That’s more a nice return. And the scoring let no one down that owned them. One had no preseason & the other a 2nd played injured. Yet they delivered as few ever could.
Make up your own mind, but starting with GAJ, Pendles, & Selwood would be “delicious”! But can we afford them all. But if you want uber-elite durable scoring weapons you will be slugged.
19 from 21 tonnes: It’s a Meg Ryan YES, YES, YES for mine. “I’ll have what she’s having”
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