Brodie “The Slider” Grundy
On draft day of 2008 Collingwood list manager Derek Hine had his eyes on what he thought would be 2 gun midfielders.
Armed with pick 11 he thought one of them was a chance to slide through to that selection. Pick 11 rolled around & to his shock they were both still there. He agonised over the selection & finally picked the bloke that kicked 10 goals in the TAC Cup Grand Final weeks earlier (I watched that game) & couldn’t believe he was still there at pick 11 either. That was Steele Sidebottom.
As Derek’s next selection at pick 29 rolled around he couldn’t believe his luck. The other bloke was still there & he couldn’t spit his name out fast enough, Dane Beams. The slider. But there were others. Dan Hannebery was the next selection at pick 30 by the Swans, & at pick 44 the Crows nailed a ripper in Rory Sloane.
Fast forward to Draft day in 2012 & lightning for Derek struck again. All year Brodie Grundy’s name had been mooted as a top 3-5 selection, & absolutely no chance of not being selected in the top 10. This was the first year of Nathan Buckley being in charge.
Having made the Grand Final in 2011 the Pies were knocked out in the 2012 Prelim. Buckley said enough was enough. Young premiership players were an unnecessary commodity & it was best to get rid of them. First to go was Sharrod Wellingham, a promising midfielder. The price was pick 18 from West Coast.
Derek was extremely keen on Brodie Grundy, but thought at his first selection of 18 he would be long gone. But it wasn’t the case. Derek was a fumbling stunned mullet trying to spit Brodie Grundy out when he slid to 18. And today there can be no doubt he should have been right at the top of the draft.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$520,500|
|Games last season:||21|
|Average in 2016:||95.7|
|100+ games last season:||11|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range in 2016:||$414K – $503K|
|Missed games last season:||Missed just the 1 game in round 1|
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In round 1 Witts was selected in favour of Grundy, an experiment that lasted only 1 game. 6 months later Grundy dropped Witts off at the airport & waved him farewell to the GC Suns. Witts had no chance of toppling the ever improving Grundy.
Grundy’s rise for a ruckman is premature. Still at only age 22 he’s a puppy. His 2014 Supercoach average of 62.9 rose in 2015 by a staggering 27.7 points per game. Fair to say that was a reasonable breakout. He managed to add another 5.1 points per game in 2016.
Grundy’s first half of the season was just so-so at best. Just the 3 tonnes from his first 11 matches. What followed post bye has caught the eye of any astute SC researcher. In his final 10 games of the season he registered 8 tones & a low score of 91. For a 22 year old Ruckman that’s astonishing.
There is only 1. A set & forget Ruckman that you hope can improve even further & push his average over the 105 points per game mark.
He hasn’t played 22 games in a season yet. And that’s what you need from your set & forget ruckman. Having said that he played 21 last season & only missed the round 1 game. His highest score last season was 127, & he hasn’t shown the capability that Gawn & Goldy have to blow the roof off the joint for 160+ games. From my viewpoint he’s not overly good below his knees yet & gives away plenty of frees.
- His Supercoach average is heading in the right direction
- Has a good midfield to tap it to
- He’s a competitor & he’s driven
The worst thing about the 2017 AFL season is already Brodie Grundy’s extremely hairy legs pic.twitter.com/HdLhoIojgc
— Jordan (@WlTTSJW) November 11, 2016
- His coach
- Clumsy giving frees away
- At ground level he’s ordinary
- Not overly effectively resting forward (10 goals for the season)
I think everyone is pretty much done experimenting outside the set & forget combo. Think TBC & Lobbe. So picking 2 from the Tripple G Banger combo of Gawn Goldy & Grundy will be popular. My problem is not with Grundy here. It’s about what I think 2017 holds for the Pies.
The idea of the trade period is to improve your list. Offering a 32 year old Daniel Wells a 3 year deal has a 99.5% chance of failure. Chris Mayne a 4 year deal has a 103.7% chance of failure. And let’s not start on Lynden Dung Beetle.
What left the building was a lot better than what walked in. Does the list have scope for significant improvement to take it further & boost Grundy’s stocks past Gawn & Goldy. The answer to that is an emphatic No for mine. Mark my words 2017 will be turmoil at the biggest club in the land. Buckley’s reign of shitness will finally come to an end, & Paul Roos will have the largest cheque in footy history on his desk. I’d be extremely hesitant on picking any Pies players in 2017, at least to start with. Buckley has stated he’s playing Pendles as a key Fwd in 2017. What a spastic he is. Add this up with Goldy being much cheaper in 2017 & not picking Gawn Supercoach suicide, I think the answer is simple.
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