Ben Long. “NOMCOC”
Six blokes from the VFL landed onto AFL lists in the 2016 draft. That’s a very high number compared to usual. Half of those ended up on the Cats list. Given they are mature aged & picked for a good reason they are all SC relevant. But the first to be taken in the draft was Nomcoc.
Nomcoc is a mature age NT lad that spent 2016 shoving it up the 18 sets of recruiting staffs buttholes that overlooked him in 2015.
Nomcoc was a busy boy in 2016 playing for at least 3 different teams that I know of. He played for the NT Thunder, The Allies team at the National Champs & finally he came in for the last 7 games of the Bulldogs VFL side.
Luke Ryan was not the only bloke that left a significant impression with limited VFL outings. 2 months after Nomcoc showed up he left with a premiership medallion.
There is a rule in the VFL called the 23rd man rule. Meaning you can basically add an overage bloke from the TAC cup that is still under 21 to play as your 23rd player. After his other commitments were finished the Bulldogs called up Nomcoc for an end of season cameo.
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The first time I laid eyes on Nomcoc was VFL preliminary final day. My Magpies were hot favourites to role the dogs & make the GF. But Nomcoc & his team mates had other ideas. By the end of the afternoon Nomcoc announced himself as a JET & the Dogs handed my Pies an absolute hiding.
Nomcoc finished the afternoon with 17 damaging touches (9 contested) 6 marks, & 6 goals. If you don’t mind! I was certain by the end of that it was just a matter of when he was taken in the draft.
He starred again the following week with 2 more goals in the dogs come from behind GF victory over the Casey Scorpions.
The Dogs wen’t to the draft with the intention to grab the young star….
Clubs will always say when they get to the draft “we’re just going to pick best available”, but that’s Bullshit. Clubs weigh up best available versus a needs basis. Hugh McLuggage was for many months touted as the number 1 pick. And, for a very good reason. He averaged nearly 30 damaging disposals & more than 2 goals a game. So the needs basis selections started at pick 1. The Bombers opted for Andy McGrath who is a version of Michael Hibbered with all the drugs that Windy Hill has ever seen pumped into him.
McLuggage was overlooked again by the Giants who didn’t need a 25th gun goalkicking midfielder. They went for big bodied bull Tim Toranto. I’ll be more interested in him when he lands at the Blues for the 2018 season. But McLuggage didn’t get past the Lions pick 3. The Lions came straight out after that & said we would have picked him at pick 1 if we had that pick. And I have no doubt they would have.
When the Bulldogs first pick arrived at pick 19 somehow young gun Ruck Tim English (remember that name folks, this is Brodie Grundy all over again) was still there. Given they don’t have a real recognised Ruckman they couldn’t pass him up. But the Bulldogs had their pick 28 squarely lined up to grab Nomcoc. But it didn’t happen. The Saints stole him with their first selection at pick 25. I think he really complements the Saints list. A high quality needs basis selection.
The saints have built their spine & now they need some quality smaller players. And Nomcoc is a Gem!
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Well if Ben Long was a racehorse he’d be bloody expensive. His blood line is ridiculous.
NOM: Nephew of Michael Long the Bombers great
COC: Cousin of Cyril Rioli
Nomcoc brings an extremely unique skill set to the AFL & his team St Kilda. It’s rare we have a smaller bloke listed as a DPP Defender/Forward. But, there is very good reason. He can play anywhere. He proved it by kicking ass at any role he was given in 2016.
He can play as an attacking forward like he did for the dogs; he can play as a defensive forward, an attacking defender or a defensive defender. And a midfielder. But I’m sure he won’t do that in 2017. And he can play any of those roles very well. There aren’t many blokes in the AFL that have that skill set. I’m struggling to think of one.
Nomcoc can play like Eddie Betts at one end or be sent down the other end to shut him out of the game. Just ask Gun pick 4 from the draft Ben Ainsworth.
Another game he carved up last season was playing for the Allies against Vic Country. He was given the task of shutting down Ainsworth. Ainsworth is a pill collecting & goal kicking gun. But Nomcoc smashed him & kept him to a measly 5 touches for the day. He truly was Ainsworth Nothin that day. It was the most significant reason the Allies beat Vic Country.
Nomcoc is also a deceptively strong & extremely competitive. Some bloke tried a don’t argue on him last year & ran straight through it & nailed the bastard.
Draft Combine Results:
Beep test: Level 13.6 (pretty good)
3K Time trail: 10 minutes 52 seconds (pretty good)
20 metre sprint: 3.03 seconds (pretty quick)
Repeat Sprints: 25.90 seconds (pretty good)
Kicking test: He finished third overall (Elite)
So what does that tell me. Well I’d already seen with my own eyes that he’s elite at kicking the pill, but Nomcoc will NOT play in the saints midfield in 2017. I don’t think they got him with much intent to run through the midfield anyway.
Bench only cow. He’s not running through the midfield & won’t get copious amounts of the pill to be a great scorer. The fact that you can select him on 2 lines is very handy. It’s hard to say how the Saints will use him given his versatility.
He could be in & out of the side like most rookies can. I could see him given a defensive shut down role on a dangerous small forward. And if that’s the case he will score stuff all.
- Can kick goals
- Damaging with ball in hand
- Pretty good runner & quick off the mark
- Big game player
- Good tackling & defensive pressure
- Won’t return huge numbers
- Could be in & out
- Role uncertain
Anyone that’s directly related to Michael Long & Cyril Rioli is going to be electrifying & fun to watch. And Nomcoc certainly is.
I wish I could give more stats on this bloke but the truth is there is stuff all on him. He really shot to prominence late in 2016.
I think Nomcoc is a significant chance to see some action in 2017. I’d prefer if he came in later so we can get a couple of looks. But we can’t choose these things & given he’s mature age & so versatile he’d have to be a big chance for round 1.
Nomcoc is High on the bench radar
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