The many shades of Robbie Gray.
As I began to think of penning this piece on Robbie Gray a big flashing warning signal appeared on my treadmill. LUBE. Hmmmmm treadmill you’re absolutely right. You need a hell of a lot of that close by when you’re thinking of selecting Robbie Gray.
If you picked Robbie Gray for round 1 this year it was a brilliant selection. I didn’t. If you picked Gray & Parker I’m tipping you had a pretty good season. Picking the break out guys is a tough gig. If you did pick them both or even 1 of them its kudos to you. There had been shades of Gray. Shades of brilliance & shades of will the prick get on the park. It all added up for mine to shades of frustration.
If you looked at Robbie Gray’s history before the 2014 season there wasn’t too much to get excited about. Granted the obvious talent was there. Nabbed by Port with pick 55 he looked like a bargain. But was he SC worthy? He was like that chick you meet in a bar. You buy her drinks & she bleeds your wallet, the conversation is great, then she goes home with another bloke. You’ve done the hard yards & put your cash on the line & been torched.
78 is the number. In the previous 6 seasons Robbie Gray had played 78 of a possible 132 home & away games with an average of you guessed it 78. In round 2 against Adelaide he scored 78. He did actually play 22 games in 2011. But he only averaged 90. This year he finished with an awesome average of 111 & played the whole season. He is the poster boy for inconsistency.
He followed his 78 against Adelaide with a 79. At this point many owners would have been scratching their noodles as to the validity of this selection. They needn’t have. Round 4 sparked the beginning of a SC scoring rampage. 8 consecutive tonnes & 4 of those 120+. Owners experienced an arousal curve so extreme they were easy to spot in public. And if you had him for the SC finals he repaid your faith in spades. 126 148 174 & 123. Cut it out!
Opening on the market at 440k in 2014 & ending the season at 613k is not laughing all the away to the bank. It’s more like standing on the bank mangers desk, dropping your pants, delivering a sizable reverse kanga & using his face as toilet paper. Cop that! Break out year of Epic proportions.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||111|
|100+ games last season:||15|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4|
|Price range last season:||$442K – $613K|
|Missed games last season:||0|
|Significant history:||He has been recognised as a gun player for quite some time. Getting on the park has been a huge problem.|
Sometimes the stars align & guys go from quality to elite. This season it was Gray, Parker & Rockliffe. I’m really not sure what to make of this guy just yet. One brilliant season Isn’t enough for me. But what I do think is Port having a great chance for the 2015 flag. And I think they will win a vast majority of games. Watching the way Port play is awesome. They truly are a team, & Robbie Gray is one of the stars of the show.
It’s obvious. The man has a huge injury history. It’s also worth noting that Port has a tough early season draw. That means to me he may drop in value. I look at this guy & I just can’t help of Ben Reid. Just when you think it’s perfect it turns to crap.
You would hope if you were picking him for rnd 1 he would be a set & forget premo. But with Port’s tough early draw & the history Robbie Gray has I see his selection purpose sitting in the post bye section. In fact that’s exactly when I plan on loading up on the tremendously fit Port boys who I think will make a huge charge at the flag.
- 34 goals from a Mid/Fwd in 2014 is outstanding
- Finds plenty of the pill
- Plays team footy (like all the Port boys)
- Very good decision maker
- Injury History
- Injury History
- Has left many a coach frustrated with his durability
- Final Verdict
Poor kicking for goal in the prelim is the only reason the 2014 Premiership cup is not in Alberton. Port ran all over the Hawks. But they ran out of time & only have themselves to blame. Whilst the Hawks kicking for goal was superb, Port’s was awful. And that proved to be the painful difference. They would have done to Sydney what the Hawks did in the GF, absolutely murdered them. What does that add up to, an ever hungrier Port in 2015. Robbie Gray is a huge part of the Port engine room. Whilst it’s very unlikely I will grab Gray for round 1 he will be firmly on my watchlist throughout the early part of the season. For mine post bye load up on the Port boys. And if the 2014 form continues make Gray a priority upgrade.
95/5 upgrade target
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