Why take a ride on a Vespa when you can take a ride on a Harley?
By TRIGGER HAPPY.
As a Vespa quietly goes about its business it is fairly inconspicuous nothing flashy but gets the job done. When a Vespa passes you in the street you may give a cursory glance or might not even look up when it passes you by.
A Harley on the other hand is attention seeking, loud and bound to make you look up. It is flashy and catches the eye. Sure not everyone owns one but most people at one stage would have had a dream to go for a Harley ride.
It might cost you a bit more but the Harley ride has more appeal. Much like Supercoach.
No offence to Dennis Armfield but he quietly goes about his business on the footy field, not a big scorer but gets the job done each week. The Vespa.
Harley Bennell on the other hand may cost you a bit more but when he plays he catches the eye, makes you take notice, can go huge and unfortunately for him gets in the paper a little too often but when he roars past you sit up and take notice.
Too good to be true? Surely there is a catch?
How can you take a Harley ride for the same price as a Vespa when usually a Harley ride is twice expensive? Well this Harley ride comes with a disclaimer of take it at your own risk. In the past this Harley ride has been in trouble with the boys in blue as well as the club and has been in the repair shop on a regular basis spending all of 2016 up on blocks and out of action in the repair shop. So if you did take this Harley ride it would be based on what he has done in the past.
So let’s take a look:
|Games last season:||Zilch|
|Average in 2015:||102|
|100+ games in 2015:||6|
|Sub 80 games in 2015:||2|
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There is one outstanding quality that young Harley has in spades that most footballers would give their right arm for. He was born with something special that separates him from most.
One word: TALENT
I’m talking about pure football ability. You either have it or you don’t and that won’t change no matter how many gym sessions, diets or psychology sessions you do.
Harley is extremely talented if focused he could be an elite player. He is that good. Quick, skilled and a classy finisher that can kick goals. But talent can only get you so far. You need to be able to firstly get on the park and this has been a problem for young Harley throughout his entire career.
Geez where do I start? This guy is a walking headline both on and off the field. When the plane took off from Gold Coast with Harley on board it nearly didn’t get off the ground such was the amount of baggage that Harley brought with him. To say he had a chequered past would be the understatement of the year.
Below is a brief summary in case you have been living under a rock.
- Dropped for disciplinary reasons Rd 3. Debuted Rd 2.
- He returned in Rd 4 but again was dropped two weeks later.
- Returned to team Rd 11 against West Coast in Perth. Stayed in Perth, missed compulsory training dropped again.
- Dropped in May after drinking alcohol after game despite the team agreeing to avoid alcohol for the week
- July. Photo splashed over all the major newspapers of Bennell preparing to inhale a white powder (I don’t think it was Talcum)
- Karmichael Hunt makes police statement and rats out teammates who he shared cocaine with. Harley is implicated.
- Drunken altercation in Surfers Paradise.
- Last straw for Suns traded to Fremantle in October
2013 – Missed 6 games with a hamstring and 1 with a knee
2014 – Missed 6 games with a calf including first 5
2015 – Missed 3-4 games with a calf
2016- Missed entire season with a calf
2012- Missed zero games playing all 22. Second in B&F behind God himself
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) December 20, 2016
I think Harley Bennell has to at least be part of your thought process when picking your forwards next year as after the metamorphic transformation of our forward line I don’t think you can eliminate anyone and must look at all the options.
Just for a moment ignore the risk section.
If you can do that this and look at Harley the footballer this puts Harley Bennell right at the top of the forward line tree next year. Even the great man our leader Jock has said “This guy has a prodigious talent”. He is one of the few forwards who can go big and go big on a regular basis. You don’t go number 2 in the draft unless you can play and boy can this kid play.
Bennell has averaged over 95 for the last 4 years (2011-2015). In 2015 he achieved a career high average of 102 SC points despite all his woes and posted 3 massive scores over 140. That is elite for the forward line. Priced at 71 if you ignore the risk then bang! Lock in a safe, lock in the cupboard, lock the room, lock the house and bury the key. With those numbers he could easily be number one forward in 2017.
Let’s have a look at what we have in the forward line. Top forward avg is just on 100.
Dahl – likely to be in just about every team
Nroo – getting old in the tooth – KPF
Buddy – KPF a real rollercoaster I believe a member of the community did an article on him
Lynch – KPF one his way up
Heeney – young gun on the way up but unproven
Caddy and McCrae – both gained dpp status can they take it up a notch?
I think most of these guys have had an article written on them so go into the index and have a read up if you want any more information on their potential as a key plank of your supercoach side next year.
So for Harley Bennell the rewards are huge.
So this is a classic Risk v Reward Selection.
- DPP forward who can go big
- No chance of a tag running through the Freo midfield
- Underpriced for what he can deliver
- A goal kicking mid
- Doesn’t go as low as a KPF lowest score in 2015 was 70. 6 tons.
- Has been known on occasion to partake in some extra curricula activities outside of playing footy which have been frowned on by the community
- Injury prone
- The Ross Lyin Factor.
As always the latest news on Harley is a good news/bad news story
Firstly the Bad.
In the headlines again this time his car was impounded by police for driving without a licence.
Of supercoach relevance:
Bad – injured again in preseason this time his other calf
The good (potentially) :
Young Harley sent over to Germany to see world renowned specialist Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt – try saying that with a mouth full of peanuts.
The source of Harley’s recurring soft tissue injuries has been identified during the specialist treatment in Germany with the treatment to quote Ross “really, really positive”.
Apparently the Doc has worked on Usain bolt so if anyone has a chance of fixing Harley’s leg it’s the doc. While I don’t expect him to win a gold medal this could win you supercoach.
Risk V Reward.
So here we have a guy who played up in his first season, settled down in his second showing us what he can do in a GC midfield which was often on the end of a hiding every second week. Year 3&4 played in patches but missed a number of games due to injury and then in 2015 went right off the rails, was traded by GC despite this averaged over 100 SC points. Missed all of 2016 with a calf.
Talk about an Enigma. If ever there was a speculative pick then this has to be it.
One thing we can be sure of is Harley Bennell’s talent. Let’s hope we are still to see the best of Harley Bennell.
Understandably many will overlook young Harley due to uncertainties that surround him as it is difficult to trust someone who has significant risks both on and off the field.
I guess I’m a glass half full guy who trusts the doc to fix young Harley as the rewards at his starting price for a fit and firing Harley outweigh the risks for mine. So I am willing to jump on and take a Harley ride if he comes out of the workshop tearing up the track and rearing to go Rd 1. Sure there may be a few bumps but as long as you ride the bumps and don’t crash this may well be a ride worth taking.
Who’s with me?
A great bloke to chat fantasy footy with. Ripping write up Trigger
|This article has been penned as part of the Jock Reynolds Community Series, where anyone from within our proud community can have their say in front of their peers. These men and women have displayed the spirit of togetherness, positivity and community that we value significantly.|
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