Christian “Bullseye” Salem: Hell of a set of Steak Knives!
I couldn’t tease the community & not follow up with researching Bullseye.
I call him Bullseye because everything you read & hear about the guy revolves around how good he is at hitting targets.
But before we analyse him to the bullseyeballs: it’s time to Whack Basket case Melbourne Pre Paul Roos.
What the hell were the Melbourne recruiters smoking when they passed on Nic Nat Dog Dog for Jack Watts, an unproven schoolboy bean pole? The rest of the recruiters must have been pissing themselves when Melbourne called his name, especially West Coast. Some of the recruiters probably didn’t even know he existed.
You’d think maybe that was just an isolated incident. Well it wasn’t. It’s not just the members who were disappearing to the slopes in winter. The recruiting team was there as well. I don’t need to tell you who all there botched first round selections are. You can find them all on street corners of the CBD selling “The Big Issue”. Hasn’t Melbourne had a few of those?
One day in the Melbourne Board room after plenty of bottles of red.
Who’s this Stefan Martin bloke? He’s a Dean Cox style Ruck Forward Midfielder. Err Dime a dozen, sounds useless, let’s get rid of him.
Wasn’t it fitting one of the teams he tore apart last season was Melbourne!
Rockcliffe, Hanley & Zorko appreciated him. The four man rampage they went on will never be forgotten.
Another boozy night in the boardroom:
Lads. The AFL & the fans aren’t happy with what’s going on around here. The AFL is insisting we get someone in here who knows what they’re doing, or they’ll be big trouble. Ah shit has it come to that already. Well we haven’t made a good decision for decades. Righty oh, whoever’s got the chequebook give it to Roosy.
Someone with a downed head handed Roosy a blank chequebook & he signed up. I couldn’t believe he did. It wasn’t a rebuild. It was start from scratch. He quickly realised recruiting & list management hadn’t been a strength at Melbourne. And he needed to find a bloke who knew a few things about junior football talent & couldn’t ski. And he found a cracker, Josh Mahoney.
Josh Kelly had been talked about for quite some time as the clear number 2 pick in the 2013 draft. And Melbourne was holding the keys. Mahoney stunned everyone by trading the rights to Kelly to GWS for some bloke called Dom Tyson a guy who’d played a hand full of games & pick 9. Based on history you could be forgiven for thinking this was just another Melbourne balls up. Pick 9 became Kelly’s Schoolboy friend Christian Salem. It must have been quite a schoolboy team with those 2.
Well it wouldn’t be a bad idea having a bob each way on Dom Tyson winning the Brownlow. The umpires certainly think he’s pretty good. In his first full season of senior footy he polled 11 votes in a train wreck. That is astonishing. He also finished the season with a very impressive SC av of 94. For effectively his first season in a team that won 4 games that’s incredible. Make sure he’s in your 2015 calculations.
What a ball tearer of trade Mahoney made in Kelly for Tyson on its own. And My god, what a set of steak knives that came with it: Christian Bullseye Salem.
In my Dependlebury article I discussed the rare an unteachable ability of pretty much situational awareness to instantly know which way to go & exactly what to do with the pill. Bullseye has this gift as well.
His Schoolboy coach Robert Shaw on Bullseye:
“We are talking the school competition, which is a very strong competition, but he is the best kick I have seen at this level,”
“Some blokes can kick it 60m and it feels like it takes three minutes to get there, but no one gets the ball quicker from a to b than Salem.”
“He just makes it so difficult for the defenders to defend it because of the penetration and speed he puts on the ball. So it makes him a very clean and damaging player”
You had me at best kick. Hence the 145 SC average in his TAC year. To be able to average that you have to be an incredibly accurate disposal & accumulator of them.
I seriously rate Robert Shaw as a coach & football analyst. I love listening to him on SEN. He knows his stuff. He doesn’t dish out praise like this for no reason.
Another review I found:
“There are some elite ball users in this draft, but Salem can class himself a cut above most, so damaging is his ball use. Along with his damaging disposal, is his ability to hold his feet, rarely fumble or turn the ball over and always offers exceptional disposal under pressure. A supremely gifted athlete, Salem is a brilliant runner and when he takes off down a wing with the ball in hand, it is poetry in motion – he is a ripper! Physical, unforgiving – complete with speed and agility – and of course, that highly reliable long raking left boot, he is always composed and reliable with the ball in hand. Salem is also a natural tackler, he displays courage and leadership and knows how to finish on goal, yet has the tenacity and hunger to put his head over the ball and win it.”
If you’re reading between the lines a SC beast is coming.
My young friend said Josh Kelly for Dom Tyson was a great deal for Melbourne on it’s own. He’d seen plenty of Tyson as a junior & said he much was better than Kelly. And after the stunning season Tyson had, who could argue.
They said it would take years to see who got the better of that deal. Well the contest is already over. Kelly will have a hell of a job matching Tyson, let along being better. He’d have to turn out better than GAJ for GWS to claim that as a win.
Finally there is hope at Melbourne. Put a couple of geniuses in the place & WHOOSKA! Mahoney’s ballsy trade may very well prove to be the crown jewel move in turning a basket case into a powerhouse. And believe me the foundations are in place.
James Frawley’s contract came up for renewal. Mahoney had a decision to make. Recontract him or exploit free agency rules & grab pick 3 (Angus Brayshaw GUN). All Frawley got from Mahoney was a post it note stating “don’t even think about coming back”.
Want an opportunity to see Hawthorns contract & match it. Nup, See ya James.
In a little over 12 months & without anyone realising Mahoney’s version of the Fab 5 was already complete. There was a little luck with St Kilda passing on Petrecca for McCartin.
That makes Tyson, Viney Petrecca, Brayshaw & Bullseye. Bullseye may well prove to be the best of the lot. There is only one word for that midfield in the not too distant future. Formidable! If Trengrove & Toumpas can come on it’s going to be Lethal. Simon Goodwin must be licking his lips about what he has in front of him. And soon a lot of Melbourne players will be SC relevant. When was the last time someone said that? Never would I suggest.
If only they had Nic Nat & Stefan Martin tapping the ball to them. Oh dear.
|Games last season:||12|
|Average last season:||34|
|100+ games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 games last season:||11|
|Price range last season:||$167K – $215k|
|Missed games last season:||10|
|Significant history:||Pick 9 2013 National Draft. Part of the Dom Tyson Pick 2 trade. 2013 TAC season Bullseye had an outstanding Abblettesque SC average of 145. Wow!|
Bullseye was nursed into the AFL system by Melbourne & had plenty of sub affected games in 2014, in fact half the games he played. So don’t read too much into the above mentioned numbers. What happened at last year at Melbourne was embarrassing. Clearly pre Rossy no one taught the Melbourne players defensive pressure or how to retain the pill. So Melbourne 2014 was a televised training drill & it sucked. We switched off as one very early. Certainly makes sense why the only people who realised how good Dom Tyson was were the umpires.
What Melboune have is a serious POD with Bullseye. A guy that is willing to take it upon himself & drag his team over the line. I’d suggest that will translate into some pretty good SC scoring in years to come.
Bullseye did give Demon fans a taste of his match winning ability in round 13. He came on as the sub & in the last minute of the game he found space & charged into the forward 50 & took a grab. He showed great composure & put the pill straight over the goal umpires hat & sunk the Bombers by a point.
With the exception of that game if you wanted to know what an audience watching a Melbourne 2014 game looked like cast your mind back to the famous role call classroom scene in Ferris Beulers day off…..Beuler……Beuler….Beuler…..Fry….Fry
If the only thing on telly was a Melbourne 2014 game I’d definitely pull an Elvis & shoot the Telly.
I insist that all footage, archives & any evidence of Melbourne’s 2014 season be placed into a room for a professional to deal with. Daniel Kerr is the man for the job. Burn baby burn.
Bullseye is not the athlete Josh Kelly is. He doesn’t have a great AFL tank yet & hence his sub roles in plenty of games. Not a great size about him just yet. But not many are at that age. Certainly no quadzilla for size. His tank found him out & the rigors of an introduction to the AFL. But I have no doubt he will overcome that at some point sooner rather than later.
Cash cow, & possible future permanent fixture in your team in the not too distant future. I feel that with another preseason under his belt the vest will fall to one of Melbourne’s newer boys. And that will mean Bullseye will be completely unleashed. All he needs is big tank & he’s away. I can’t stop thinking of that 145 TAC av. And I certainly can’t help thinking about what my young friend had to say about him. If he can achieve half of 145 next year he’s a good pick. If he can start hitting Jesse Hogan lace out then you simply pick them both. If Hogan could choose 1 bloke sending the pill to him I guarantee its bullseye.
Apart from the incredible skill Bullseye has, my buddy said his best attribute was the ability to change games in his teams favor. And then win the game by himself!
- Game changer
- Match Winner
- Elite Disposal
- Pendles evasive skill
- Not a great tank yet
- Body hasn’t filled out yet
- Can go missing
Dex & I love contested beasts that tackle & kick goals. And that’s exactly what Bullseye does.
When I had the conversation with my friend around Lamb Chop he shot him down in no uncertain terms. He diverted the conversation to Bullseye, there was Manlove there, He was much more of a fan of Bullseye than Josh Kelly. And now I understand why. Kelly had the tank was ready to run out a game in the AFL well ahead of Bullseye. And I suspect this is why he slid to 9. Give me a quick summary of him I asked: He’s a freak of nature talent. My friend was very complementary of Nathan Freeman & said he’s going to turn into a very good player. But he wasn’t in the same league as Bullseye. Bugger we missed him by 1 spot. We may rue not using pick 6 on him. But Scharenberg as a junior was one hell of a talent as well. And with Daisy & Heath Shaw gone he was a need.
It’s all about the tank for Bullseye. You can have a good one at Junior footy. But this is a whole new level. It was found out in 2014. And I would suspect he was playing a brand of footy he wasn’t used to!
If Bullseye can pick up the Mid/Fwd status I’m going to find it very difficult to knock him back. He is a goal kicking midfielder by nature.
As a Mid only I will look at it from this perspective. Bullseye & Freeman would have cost 330k+ last year. This year the same combo will come in at around 300k & with another preseason under the belt.
Either way an uninterrupted preseason & I’m signing up.
Top of the watchlist!
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