Willie Rioli Supercoach 2017
Going through my rookie research I was staggered to find yet another Nomcoc. Albeit for one different reason.
This one has forward thinking visionary parents that named him Willie.
Right here we have:
Nephew Of Maurice
Cousin of Cyril
How many bloody cousins does Cyril have! I’m hearing 630 & growing daily.
Back in a time before the Tigers were quick-finals-exit specialists, they could lose Grand Finals. The last one they participated in was 1982. On that day Maurice Rioli made history as the first man to be awarded the Norm Smith medal in a losing side. Richmond has won nothing of significance since then until the AFL gifted Trent Cotchin a brownlow. Still makes me feel sick.
So what do Maurice Rioli Michael Long & Cyril Rioli all have in common? They are all Norm Smith medallists. So both of the Nomcoc’s come from absolute football royalty.
Nomcoc V2.0’s pathway onto an AFL list is a lot different to Nomcoc V1.0. But once again we have a mature age recruit purpose selected to fill a void.
It wasn’t an easy road for Nomcoc 2.0. He’s made his way onto the Eagles list via the SANFL. When he missed out on being drafted as an 18 year old his parents got in his ear. No Rioli had ever played in the SANFL so they encouraged him to be the first. And eventually he did. But it took him a couple of years. Nomcoc V2.0 was never willing to give up on his dream on playing AFL.
But he had a problem..
He was a fat bastard.
One evening Nomcoc 2.0 phoned a couple of friends. They were Relton Roberts & Chris Yarran. At the conclusion of these conversations Nomcoc 2.0 was left with no doubt that AFL teams don’t like fat bastards. Nomcoc 2.0 had a decision to make. If he was going to have any chance of playing AFL he needed to get fit. And to his credit that’s exactly what he did.
A self confessed junk food addict went from Maccas freak to Steak & salad. He became absolutely dedicated & peeled off 16kgs of fat in one preseason. When Nomcoc V2.0 stepped out on the park in Round 1 for Glenelg he was no longer a fat bastard. Instead he was a lean quick goal crumbing Gun.
The first evidence of the impact of his weight loss was in May when he represented the SANFL in a match against the best of the VFL. Nomcoc 2.0 got his name up in lights with 4 goals. Towards the end of the season he put on a 5 goal match winning masterclass against Norwood that really caught the eye.
And after completing a stunning season with Glenelg his dream was realised.
|2017 Position:||FWD only|
|2016 SANFL Games:||16 (AVG 1.4 goals a game)|
|Height & Weight:||177cm & 75kg (was 91kg)|
|Draft Selection:||Pick 52 West Coast|
|Estimated 2017 SC Avg:||50-60 PPG|
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Let’s cross to Bruce McAvaney for his thoughts on the prospect of another Rioli playing AFL footy this year.
Sorry Bruce – I’ll leave you to it mate.
It’s important that whilst Nomcoc 2.0 & Nomcoc are similar in some respects Nomcoc 2.0 does not provide the versatility the Nomcoc does. He is a Fwd only for a reason, that’s all he can do. He is a genuine clever crumbing shark who is deadly accurate with his peg. Known to be able to kick goals from anywhere & on any angle. He is also well known to be an accurate & reliable set shot.
Nomcoc 2.0 at the combine ran a 2.98 over 20 metres which is quick, & ran a respectable 13.2 beep test. That’s good enough to play as a small forward in the AFL.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) January 12, 2017
Let’s let his coach Adam Simpson take care of this.
Simpson said the 21 year old, who impressed for Glenelg in the SANLF this season, was targeted to fill a specific need for the Eagles;
“There is a small crumbing forward position available, so if he keeps tracking the way he has there’s no reason why he can’t play early”
“We will see how he goes. At the moment we really like what we see & we’re really happy with what we have got”
On his body change:
“It shows commitment, doesn’t it. The word is he’s lost a fair bit of weight & it’s self driven. We admire that. When you see someone like that who’s done it on his own, I think it definitely helps. And when you lose that much weight & get that much fitness, you’re always going to play better too, aren’t you”?
Not a hell of a lot here. Injury I suppose & perhaps he may get dropped. But once again I can’t see him being a high scorer. Small forwards never really are.
- Knows how to find the big sticks
- Excellent gatherer of the pill
- Elite kick
- Forward Pressure
- Significant improvement to his endurance
- Won’t play anything but a small Forward
- Won’t score much
Nomcoc 2.0 has been cherry picked to come in & play a role. No doubt about it.
His job will be to hang around the feet of Kennedy & Darling & shark goals & create forward pressure to keep the ball in.
It’s Nomcoc 2.0’s spot to lose.
So Nomcoc vs Nomcoc V2.0..
High on the Watchlist!
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