Tom “Bulldogs Legend” Boyd
In June 2016 a fight broke out in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, which is scarcely believable. But it would prove to be the most significant brawl in the Western Suburbs that didn’t result in a life sentence.
Tom Body accidently cleaned up Zaine Cordy during a VFL game. And later that evening, with a few jars under the belt Zaine Cordy got a bit lippy over Tom Boyd’s contract. The result was both players being suspended.
But it was a turning point!
4 Months later A Legend was born……
With the match in the balance:
Morris mows down Buddy & the ball spills free:
“Tom Boyd’s got it………..Tom Boyd goes long…………..how will it bounce………..the stadium holds its breath…….it’s a GOAL, & the Western Suburbs ERUPT”
And just like that, no one will ever give a shit about Tom Boyd’s contract AGAIN.
— FOX FOOTY LIVE (@FOXFootyLive) October 1, 2016
It wasn’t just his stunning Grand Final that caught my attention. Tom Boyd’s whole finals series was very good. He started growing in confidence game by game. When Roughead copped the Falcon of the century & almost lost an eyeball , Boyd was faced with the arduous task of taking on Mummy for the rest of the game.
And he did an excellent job in helping the Bulldogs reach the Grand Final. The following week he was epic & stunned everyone, kicking crucial goals & plenty of colossal grabs. The fairytale completed with his epic goal from inside the centre square that ended a cracking contest & delivered the Bulldogs the most unlikely & incredible flag.
Oh how sweet it was. Ironically, it was the man the Doggies risked the farm on that delivered it.
|Games in 2016:||11|
|Average in 2016:||53.3|
|100+ games in 2016:||0|
|Sub 80 games in 2016:||Shitloads 9/11|
|Price range in 2016:||$264K – $284K|
|Missed games last season:||
It was shades of Tom Hawkins who was considered up until the 2011 GF, a spud. But Hawkins like Boyd picked the greatest of all occasions to break out & reap havoc. And since then Hawkins has become one of the premier big men in the comp. In 2011 Hawkins had an Av of 69.6, & boy did he grow in confidence with the monkey off his back. In 2012 he went on to Av 95.1.
What I find most interesting about this potential selection is the likely hood that Boyd will be a DPP Ruck/FWD. But he also spent time in defence. How about a Ruck/FWD/DEF. The other thing to take into consideration is Boyd’s SC finals average was 82 compared to the regular season of 53.
And now that the monkey is off his back forever, I smell some value.
Boyd has had a post season shoulder reconstruction, which makes his late season heroics even more impressive. How much of the preseason will he miss? Will he be slow out of the blocks next season as a result? He may even have a role change & stay at home more.
I think given the partnership he formed with Roughead during the season will result in the addition of DPP. Having someone that can cover your ruck line is very important. It can prevent a donut or perhaps a few. Finding a rookie priced R3 is remarkably difficult at the best of times. I would see the selection of Boyd really as one of 2 reasons. He’s too expensive at be your R3, so he would need to be a Fwd line selection to either cover your Ruck line or generate some cash. I think an AV of 80 is not out of reach next season for Boyd. With the inclusion of Cloke it’s unlikely he will demand the biggest gorilla. That is until Cloke is dropped to the VFL.
- Can kick goals
- Great contested mark
- Will get points from the Ruck
- The pressure of his contract is gone
- Shoulder Reconstruction (That stuffed Gary)
- Can go missing
- Key position player
- Has only played 34/66 home & away games thus far
290K is an awkward price. It’s somewhere in-between & expensive rookie & a mid pricer. But it’s a risk reward business. If you were to pick Boyd it’s with the view to move him to the F7 position with an R3 Ruck/Fwd to swing cover, or make some coin on & upgrade him. I also like the look of the Dogs early season draw.
I’m not expecting Boyd to come out & average 95 like Hawkins did. But I think an Av of 80 like he did in the finals is a distinct possibility. With the monkey off his back, who knows what he capable of. I seriously believe there is a lot more improvement left in Tom Boyd. Don’t forget in his draft year he was the standout number one pick by the length of Flemington. Will he reach his full potential in 2017 is the question.
One of the great lessons of 2016 for me was the importance of covering the Ruck line. And for that reason Tom Boyd is:
NOT RULED OUT
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