Daniel McKenzie: Another ripper Daniel
I do apologise community in this piece being a little later than expected. Some would blame Tinder, & if you did you’re absolutely right. I have had the recent pleasure of liaising with a participant who (not to my initial knowledge) had a tattoo that runs the length of her spine. One day I asked her what it was all about.
It was the Latin phrase “I will find a way or make one”. My god. Has there ever been a more appropriate backline statement. She even got a Tatt. What a lass.
Jock’s new year’s resolution was less woman & more supercoach. Maybe I should follow suit. But if they are delivering wisdom tatts like that, then maybe not.
Sometimes in times of crisis you need to call on a brother. This backline dilemma isn’t getting any easier to solve.
Some of you may be surprised to learn that I’m not the first famous Pie to grace this wonderful planet. Indeed, I have some ancient brothers from the past that made a name for themselves to.
Most recently a brother from the past had a role in Kill Bill 2, Piemai. He’s the brother you call on when you need someone taken care of. He’s a bit like Jock with a hangover, a grumpy bastard. He’s also the owner of the now legendary 5 point palm exploding heart technique. Last bloke you’d ever want to piss off. At a time of supercoach crisis he’s not the bro to call on.
My other long lost brother is known for some good theories, Piethagoras. He was pretty good at his maths & working out problems. Surely he’s my go to brother in this time of need.
One evening I grabbed my Ouija board & a cup of mushrooms. It’s time for a chat with my brother.
Here’s the highlights of the conversation:
Pieman: Brother I really need your help.
Piethagorus: What do you want, you one eyed tinder junkie.
Pieman: I’m really not sure what to do about my supercoach backline in 2015.
Piethagoras: WTF is that.
Pieman: it’s a game we play that involves mathematics & strategy.
Piethagoras: Keep going Pieman you have my interest.
Pieman: The idea of this game is to buy people at a reasonable price & gain as many points as possible
Piethagoras: Right make me a martini while I research this supercoach business .
Pieman: Wombat has a theory Piethagoras what do you think of it
Piethagoras: You, wombat & dools are drunks.
Pieman: can’t argue.
Piethagoras: it seems these backline players are fickle.
Pieman: They suck
Piethagoras: You must spend as little as possible on this line Pieman to achieve a satisfactory outcome.
Pieman: what is the secret.
Piethagoras: Rookies Pieman Rookies.
Pieman: Yes Piethagoras YES find some more rookies.
Piethagoras: And don’t go spending over 500k on any defender.
Pieman: I promise I won’t great Pie
Piethagoras: Don’t be afraid of some mid-price madness, certainly consider a Ibbotsson & Waters.
Pieman: But they are inconsistent & injury prone
Piethagoras: All defenders are fickle Pieman Piethagoras: You must find 6 defenders that will start your season with an aggregate of 80 points each, & you must try to spend less than 2 million dollars on the 6 of them combined, find the Rookies Pieman, find the rookies.
I might go back & consult with Piethagoras about the Ruck situation.
What Piethagoras is alluding to is simple. Wombats number of 478 in defence would have kept you in the hunt last year providing you nailed your other lines. If you could have spent an average of 333k instead of the 400k normally required for an 80 average on players then you would be in a great place. For that to take place decent rookies will be needed. Is there a Tom Langdon in 2015?
From the research I’ve done so far into the rookies I don’t think we will have any trouble filling Mid & Fwd positions. But it appears that’s not going to be the case with Def & Rucks. Which may mean I need to abandon Piethagoras theorem & have a Waters at D5 or D6. Which would suck. I’d hate to have to spend up on Defenders who may or may not be any good. From the garbage we’ve been dealt picking the top 6 or top 10 is impossible. All the good ones from last year are only Mids. Pfft.
I don’t generally agree with wombat. He’s a fury fruit loop who can’t even touch his own Wang. But his quest to the desert needs to be acknowledged. The hidden message is spend is as little as possible for the decent outcome on the defensive line. If indeed we can get that opportunity when round 1 comes around. But absolutely plan for a backline with & without rookies.
White men can’t jump? Daniel McKenzie can.
As far as rookies go & if history is anything to go by the Defensive & Ruck ones are the hardest to find.
Picking a defender at 500K or over is painful at the best of times. The only one I’d really love to have in my team is Malcheski. But he’s priced out of the park & moving from the Sydney defence to the much younger GC defence will surely have him a marked man. At 566k it’s absolutely not an option. You’re paying for his ceiling.
The following morning I noticed an article about the Saints time trials. Daniel McKenzie’s name appeared in the top 10. Hmmm isn’t that the guy the Saints just picked at 22. He’s only been there 2 months. If that. Indeed it was. Cracking the top 10 in his first preseason…movement. Further research Mid/Def at 117k. Laptop rising. 89% DE at the championships….goodness time to put the washing on.
The Doggies wasn’t the only team I was really interested in who they drafted. The Saints & Dees were the others. The Saints strategy was purely identifying & solving needs. A quality key forward McCartin, Tick. A quality Key Position Swingman Goddard, Tick. A quality small forward Lonie, Tick. And a quality running Half back/Mid McKenzie, Tick. A very nice hall by the Saints.
Straight after the Saints nabbed Hugh Goddard (DEF/FWD), they grabbed another DPP Daniel McKenzie (MID/DEF). He comes at a very tasty price of 117k. What I find of particular interest like the other Daniel sun of the Caleb variety is that both have elite endurance & DE (disposal efficiency). And they both know how to find the pill.
Whilst he only played one game for Vic Metro at the Nationals his stats were excellent. 18 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles & 89% DE. He was also instrumental in the Oakleigh Chargers winning the flag.
One thing I really took note of was Alan Richardson’s comment that “I don’t care about birth certificates”. Meaning if you’re in the best 22, you’ll be playing.
Daniel McKenzie’s draft combine results were outstanding. He finished in the top 7 of the 3km time trial, agility test, repeat sprints & the running vertical jump. Like Nugget he’s a rare breed of a footballer that is also a gifted athlete. Given Richardson’s statement about birth certificates & the fact that this bloke has got a tank, some size & skill, he’s a huge chance for game time in 2015.
|AFL Team:||Saint Kilda|
|Former Team:||Oakleigh Chargers|
|Listing:||In the best 22|
|Significant history:||Round 2 pick 1 (22 overall). 6th place in the All-time list of running vertical jump 94cms. 4 top 7 finishes at the combine. BOG for the Oakleigh Chargers in the premiership decider. Big game player.|
With a running vertical leap of the very top echelon it doesn’t come of great surprise that McKenzie is noted for his marking ability. Because of his leap & agility he also has the ability to play as small or tall defender. He can also move up through the ground & hit targets from either side of his body.
“At the next level, a club that is fortunate enough to call him theirs will have flexibility and versatility in abundance with McKenzie. As a defender, he uses his body positioning quite well, often playing in front and gets good location on his opponent, sticking close and using his strong core to back himself in a one-on-one contest, where his first instinct is to spoil or manoeuvre his opponent under the ball.
Although McKenzie doesn’t have a penetrating kick that’s reliable over 50 metres, he’s precise over 40 metres, and in particular has a habit of making bullet-like passes on a wing, or cutting inboard from defence.
His marking however, arguably defines him. He reads the kick off an opposition boot well, moves fluently into space, reading the ball in flight before taking the mark in defence and using the ball truly by foot.
His ability to take intercept marks, go back with the flight of the ball with incoming contact, and take contested marks, sets him apart from other midfielders”
Source: Paige Cardona
I like the sound of that. An intercept marking midfielder YES PLEASE!
At his rock bottom price there isn’t much. Playing 2 games & heading back to the two’s would be about it.
Rookie priced cash cow Mid/def. Given he has that DPP in Def that’s gold. In fact he would actually be handier as a downgrade option down the track. Starting with swingsets isn’t really that important. Finishing with them certainly is.
- Elite Endurance
- Intercept marking ability
- Skilled either side of the body
- Defensive pressure
- Doesn’t hit the scoreboard
- Can go missing
It wasn’t an easy decision for the saints to move Rhys Stanley on. But they knew that with consecutive picks in the early 20’s they would be to pick off some talented players. And they most certainly did. Both Goddard are McKenzie were tipped by many to go as first round picks. What the Saints have done for us is given us 2 bargain priced DPP defenders that will likely see game time in 2015. When remains to be seen. And both should be at the pointy end of your watchlist.
As I previously stated if he doesn’t get picked early I wouldn’t be disappointed. If he came in later, that would be fantastic. Later in the season is where DPP players become oh so important. I didn’t complete my mid/def swingset last season & it was costly. Completing that swingset is firmly at the top of my to do list for the 2015 season. Given the 3 mid bench positions it will be easier.
Whenever he pops up in 2015 I’m certain he will be in my team. Elite endurance athletes with speed, agility, incredible leap & know how to use the footy don’t grow on trees. I’m sure Jock will be wrapt to have him.
Round 1: Chuck the keys out.
Later in the season: That would be GOLD!
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