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Unread post by softlaw » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:16 pm

McIlwrick and Liddle both did a great job in defence around the middle.
& their attack wasn;t bad either ;)
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Unread post by sheer64 » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:18 pm

Mcilwrick is owning his spot
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Unread post by innsaneink » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:21 pm

McIlwricks a tough little bugger and didn't put a fit wrong and Liddle is a fine young prospect

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Unread post by bathursttiger » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:25 pm

Great effort from both guys tonight I think McIlwrick could be the buy of the year

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Unread post by Trisdar » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:25 pm

they were amazing. so impressed with all of the team


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Unread post by Trisdar » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:25 pm

they were amazing. so impressed with all of the team

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Unread post by jirskyr » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:38 pm

sheer64 wrote:
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:18 pm
Mcilwrick is owning his spot
I can't believe how much better McIlwrick is than his reputation suggested.

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Unread post by Club Sandwich » Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:42 pm

You beat me to it Softlaw. Was going to start a topic praising both of them but now the question remains, who do we start? They're both playing well and based on tonight's performance they both deserve to start.

Can Liddle play 5/8 or halfback alongside Brooks? Would that work?
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Unread post by nrlcountrytiger » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 7:52 am

Mcilwrick is playing awesome he's one of our best defenders and he's choosing his runs well and liddle made some cracker tackles and is probly future origin 9

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Unread post by jadtiger » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 7:56 am

Mcilwrick has proven to be the most astute buy that JT made.It is only early days i know but i am very happy having him here

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Unread post by WestsBenTigers » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 8:02 am

TigerWoods wrote:
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:42 pm
You beat me to it Softlaw. Was going to start a topic praising both of them but now the question remains, who do we start? They're both playing well and based on tonight's performance they both deserve to start.

Can Liddle play 5/8 or halfback alongside Brooks? Would that work?
Can either MM or Liddle go the 80?
If so, do we drop one or put one to the halves?

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Unread post by Tigerdon » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 8:10 am

McIlwrick and Ava did a lot of damage to the Cowboys middle. I don't think Liddle could have done what McIlwrick did as a starting hooker, just yet. I think he is still a bit to learn defensively. He got his head in the wrong spot a couple of times. If he keeps doing that he might be out of the game for periods of time. McILwrick seem really composed and right on top of his game. If he can keep that standard up he should be in 1st grade for years.
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Unread post by Mighty Tiger » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 8:12 am

Matt has been impressive, great find and hope he is rewarded with a contract extension quickly.

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Unread post by Telltails » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 8:17 am

Yep I was critical of McIllrick when he signed but I cant
fault his effort. Great to see him making the most of his opportunity. Hope he can sustain it.

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Unread post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 8:19 am

TigerWoods wrote:
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:42 pm
You beat me to it Softlaw. Was going to start a topic praising both of them but now the question remains, who do we start? They're both playing well and based on tonight's performance they both deserve to start.

Can Liddle play 5/8 or halfback alongside Brooks? Would that work?
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. McIlwrick has done nothing to warrant being benched.

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Unread post by glebe_tiger » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 8:29 am

McIlwrick has been one of the shining lights so far in 2017. Him and Liddle will secure us in the 9 for some time to come. Ballin shouldn't see first grade.

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Unread post by The Queen » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 11:45 am

jirskyr wrote:
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:38 pm
sheer64 wrote:
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:18 pm
Mcilwrick is owning his spot
I can't believe how much better McIlwrick is than his reputation suggested.

He had great reputation before he got here nothing wrong being stuck behind Ennis last year or before that Jake Friend from east and before that Glen Buttriss was a good hooker as well... Matt was state cup hooker of the year last year he is a good player just had a few great players in front of him

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Unread post by jirskyr » Sun 09 Apr, 2017 12:50 pm

The Queen wrote:
Sun 09 Apr, 2017 11:45 am
jirskyr wrote:
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:38 pm
sheer64 wrote:
Sat 08 Apr, 2017 9:18 pm
Mcilwrick is owning his spot
I can't believe how much better McIlwrick is than his reputation suggested.

He had great reputation before he got here nothing wrong being stuck behind Ennis last year or before that Jake Friend from east and before that Glen Buttriss was a good hooker as well... Matt was state cup hooker of the year last year he is a good player just had a few great players in front of him
I am aware of who he was behind at former clubs, honestly though not a great reputation. Great reputation means general footy supporters know who he is and are excited about him coming to the club. I think it's fair to say most forum readers, who are generally keen students of the game, didn't know much about MMc's game except he'd been around a while and never quite made it. And being signed as a Farah replacement, there was even more scrutiny on what type of footballer he was.

Of course not to take away, he's been behind some quality hookers as you note, but this is his 6th season since debut - he's played at least 2 FG games every year since 2012, but never more than 8 games total (i.e. if he plays 3 more matches for us this season and it's his best ever year).

He's only started 13 times of the 29 games before coming to Tigers and only scored 1 previous try.

And beyond all that, I'm not doubting he's had a good career in ISP with some first-grade time, but he looks to me to be a legitimate full-time FG player. Not just passable, not just gap-filling for Ballin like JLJ, actually the best form hooker we have at the club and for me as good so far as anything Farah's done this year or last year. Different styles of course, but I just love seeing a hooker who can deck the opposition rather than just holding onto the footy and hoping. Robbie's getting on, not quite the fleet foot, MMc has made some really judicious runs this year and doesn't waste his time constantly trying to pull ruck penalties. MMc doesn't kick but I can hardly find fault with his first 6 games for us, really way above anything I expected of him.

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