First Ferris Beuler gave us “Abe Froman the sausage king of Chicago”
I give you “Luke Ryan the intercept king from Coburg”
Coburg has been a happy hunting ground in recent times for us SC rookie lovers. In most recent years they have given us Adam Saad & Michael Hartley. And now we have another beast to salivate over.
Ryan spent the last preseason with the Bombers VFL squad but he was cut for his “lack of contested possession”. And boy did he make them pay. Coburg was quick to pounce, & Ryan did not disappoint.
He was asked to earn his spot in the senior side. After 2 games in the reserves that he tore to shreds he was called up.
His VFL debut game against the Box Hill Hawks was staggering. He racked up 30 touches with 12 marks of which 7 were intercepted & 5 contested. 23 of those touches were kicks & 10 rebound 50’s. He also recorded 87% DE. That’s one hell of a game & it was in a loss.
What did eventually stop Ryan was injury. He only played 10 games for the season. But that was enough to have only the Giants & the Blues not rock up at his doorstep looking for his signature. One recruiter said he was easily the best player in any of the VFL SANFL or WAFL. Not surprisingly he won the VFL rising star award & a spot on Freo’s list.
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The above numbers don’t do a proper justice to how fine Ryan’s season was. Peter German the Coburg coach realised quickly he had an intercept/rebounding gun on his hands & started experimenting him in other positions. He even played as a 3rd forward.
As the season evolved, Ryan received a licence to run. It was his game against Werribee that pleased German most.
“You couldn’t get the ball past Luke that day,” German said.
“I watched the game back from the behind-the-goal vision, and predominantly watched him.
“His decision-making to know when to drop off at the right time and to get to the ball and set up re-entry and scoring attack was (impressive).
“To me he was so coachable. The more we gave him, the more he showed.”
Most mature age players come though via the rookie list. But that’s not the case here. He was picked up by Freo with pick 66 in the national draft. It came as a surprise to many he lasted that long. But as I have already stated this was a ball tearer of a draft. Quality everywhere you look.
Ryan’s greatest strength is reading the play. He can judge ball movement & make the right decision as to stay on his man or peel off.
If he does get a gig then he is a rookie you could have some faith putting on the ground. He obviously has a game conducive to SC scoring.
Injuries & Ross Lyin. A broken collarbone & ankle injury ended his season. So he is susceptible to injury. And Ross Lyin is an ass clown.
- Uber Elite Reader of the play
- Uber Elite disposal
- Intercepting GUN
- Racks up Rebound 50’s
- Needs to improve his Upper Body strength
- Also needs to work on his pace
A bloody fantastic Christmas gift for the Community Pieman! Ripping write up.
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