That's one man they can't afford to lose. He would have been particularly important in yesterday's conditions.
Great player and great leader. They are certainly a much better team with him in it. Unlucky not to have been picked up by an AFL club at some stage. I reckon he could have developed into anything if given the chance as a full time footballer.
Agreed, Josh is a fantastic captain and a huge loss.......but to go from what we've produced over the last three round to THAT performance is about way more than just Josh being out.
The conditions on Sunday meant it was an absolute scrap, and Josh would have been very handy in that type of game with his physicality and direct footy.
As it was, Coburg coming off a poor fadeout and with only one win were desperate, the conditions suited them, and Frankston didn't match their intensity.
Another factor was Coburg adjusted their style of play to suit the windy conditions much better, and it didn't seem there was much of a change made by the Dolphins. Coburg were having one, maybe two handballs then a long kick to a moving target, Frankston overused the ball all day and pissfarted around with handballs and short kicks, so with Coburgs high pressure and the strong wind there were a massive amount of clangers. It gave the Coburg defenders plenty of time to set up and repel the attacks. Interesting stat was the handball count - Coburg 96, Frankston 151.
Even though it was an ordinary day for the Dolphs there were a few positives. Begley was superb in defence - 28 disposals, 8 marks and 7 clearances. Bradtke had a good first half at full back but faded, but he looked very comfortable in defence. McLaughlin is finding touch with 5 strong marks inside 50. Think he will develop into a very good VFL footballer. Max Williams had another good day. You wont see it in the stats but he continued to crash packs and thumped the ball forward numerous times, something Frankston has been lacking since Dylan Gordon played that role so effectively a few years ago.
I think Danny has to make some decisions as to where he is going to play a few blokes especially Duman. He is our best defender, very good at reading the play and taking intercept marks, but at least three times this year has played at full forward andt it hasnt really worked. Admittedley he has kicked a few goals but he has to play in defence.
Seems that every week there is the same three or four who aren't contributing. Something needs to be done, you cant be successful with long term passengers - either different roles have to be found or back to suburban footy.
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