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Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Fri 22 Dec, 2017 10:13 am
by WestsBenTigers
willow wrote:
Wed 20 Dec, 2017 11:50 am
I'm torn between Suli and Marsters or Suli and Milne. I definitely have Nofo and Fonua on the wing though.
Suli and Milne, with Marsters being our bench utility

3. Milne
4. Suli

14. Marsters

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Fri 22 Dec, 2017 1:29 pm
by colmcd
Geo. wrote:
Thu 21 Dec, 2017 3:51 pm
Wow with all this great depth in the backs and forwards I'm not sure why we are not Premiership favourites,,
hmmm... Stars?

I like Lolohea, but he is no Tedesco, Tribovich or Slater.
Likewise I like Brooks as a person, but he does not compare with Cronk, Thurston, Milford, DCE, etc.

and our forward pack is good. But put Packer, Matalino and Twal against Tolomolo, Scott, Cooper or against Gallen, Fifita and Lewis Or against Bromwich and the storm and you can see were not a top 4 side.... Not yet.

That does not worry me. We will get there. We may do very very well this year or we may come 12th..... Good teams take time to GEL and if we do better then 10th I will be impressed.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Sun 24 Dec, 2017 3:28 pm
by Earl
I agree with Geo. I reckon we will win the comp this year.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Sun 24 Dec, 2017 5:04 pm
by Balmainian
Tacky wrote:
Thu 21 Dec, 2017 2:51 pm
colmcd wrote:
Thu 21 Dec, 2017 2:25 pm
I keep reading our team list and I am just seeing too many backs. Everyone seems to knock the speed of our players, weirdly I would not be surprised if Luke Brooks was faster then our wingers.

1. Lolohea
2. Nofoaluma
3. Milne
4. Suli
5. Fonua

Oh that leaves out:
Marsters, Naiqama, Thompson, Cheekam.

Far too much depth on that bench. Marsters is a welcome surprise, but having 3 spare tyres sucks. I think Cheekam is the odd one out.

It is a real shame because these guys are all semi first grade. Naiqama particularly has probably earned a starting spot (from a no way you play spot).

Cleary recruited one more player then he needed, meaning we could have upgraded someone to Graham, Heighinton, Morris or another player that was on the market. Its a mistake but not a bad one at all.
We've got plenty of depth in our forwards as well:

Backrowers: Chee-Kam, Lawrence, Aloiai, Eisenhuth, Taylor, McQueen, Sue, Rochow, Marsters.
Front rowers: Matulino, Packer, Twal, Grant, Sue, Eisenhuth, Felise.

Not looking to bad there. Also yeah, I'm pretty sure Brooks is faster than any of our outside backs.
maybe we should throw brooksy on the wing

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Sun 24 Dec, 2017 7:24 pm
by WT2K
Suli (if fit) and Milne with Marsters as bench utility.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:00 pm
by Balmainbred
Masters running off Reynolds,I like it.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Mon 12 Feb, 2018 9:50 pm
by Tigerdon
I'd still go Marsters and Milne. are they both only being looked at as right centres ? Who plays left centre ?
I guess Marsters did play right centre last year and Milne played right in the WC.
Suli and Kev played mostly left last year and MWZ played some left wing. Not sure of Fonua's preference

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Mon 12 Feb, 2018 10:00 pm
by GNR4LIFE
With the talk of MWZ turning heads, I'm starting to think Fonua may play in the centres with Milne. Marsters playing in the centres last year was good when we had no depth. We have too much talent this year for him to play there imo.

1. Tui
2. Noffa
3. Milne
4. Fonua
5. MWZ

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Mon 12 Feb, 2018 10:42 pm
by jrtiger
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Mon 12 Feb, 2018 10:00 pm
With the talk of MWZ turning heads, I'm starting to think Fonua may play in the centres with Milne. Marsters playing in the centres last year was good when we had no depth. We have too much talent this year for him to play there imo.

1. Tui
2. Noffa
3. Milne
4. Fonua
5. MWZ
I think you have a point there. Both Milne and Marsters have been training on the right side and with no specialist left centre now that Suli's gone, it'd be logical to slot Fonua in there, he played there at Melbourne...

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 12:00 am
by sideline eye
Is it really too much to expect that a first grade centre could pass a football the other way? I'm sure if it meant not playing NRL, they'd soon pick it up. Wouldn't even require a high IQ.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 4:35 pm
by Harvey
sideline eye wrote:
Tue 13 Feb, 2018 12:00 am
Is it really too much to expect that a first grade centre could pass a football the other way? I'm sure if it meant not playing NRL, they'd soon pick it up. Wouldn't even require a high IQ.
Depends on how tall the players around them are

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:01 pm
by 851
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Mon 12 Feb, 2018 10:00 pm
With the talk of MWZ turning heads, I'm starting to think Fonua may play in the centres with Milne. Marsters playing in the centres last year was good when we had no depth. We have too much talent this year for him to play there imo.

1. Tui
2. Noffa
3. Milne
4. Fonua
5. MWZ
I can live with that, better overall than last years back 5

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 5:41 pm
by GNR4LIFE
Imo, Marsters is the odd one out. At full strength idk where he fits in.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 6:56 pm
by Cairnstigers
The bruise brothers
2 Nofo
3 Masters
4 Milne
5 Fonoa

All hard runners of the ball

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Tue 13 Feb, 2018 10:32 pm
by formerguest
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Mon 12 Feb, 2018 10:00 pm
With the talk of MWZ turning heads, I'm starting to think Fonua may play in the centres with Milne. Marsters playing in the centres last year was good when we had no depth. We have too much talent this year for him to play there imo.

1. Tui
2. Noffa
3. Milne
4. Fonua
5. MWZ
Prior to the confirmation of the Suli situation, I would have had Esan struggling to get a spot as well, but with that departure and his apparent trimmed down condition, he now fills a position for mine. That is provided that he or Taane can play on the left, which should be fine as most have trouble passing left to right.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Wed 14 Feb, 2018 7:18 am
by Mighty Tiger
Wouldn’t surprise me if Mahe/Milne are centers with Masters a bench utility.

Don’t get me wrong really like Masters but with Reynolds & Tohi on the edge these 2 could create massive havoc.

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Wed 14 Feb, 2018 8:01 am
by Needaname
In the other article on Fonua this is quoted.
‘He's locked in a battle with the likes of Esan Marsters and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak for a spot on Ivan Cleary's left side and will be putting his best foot forward in Saturday's trial against North Queensland in Cairns.’
Does that guarantee a spot for Nofa, Milne and Kev?

Re: The Contenders: Centre

Posted: Wed 14 Feb, 2018 8:36 am
by Boonboon2
Needaname wrote:
Wed 14 Feb, 2018 8:01 am
In the other article on Fonua this is quoted.
‘He's locked in a battle with the likes of Esan Marsters and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak for a spot on Ivan Cleary's left side and will be putting his best foot forward in Saturday's trial against North Queensland in Cairns.’
Does that guarantee a spot for Nofa, Milne and Kev?
I read it as those 3 are competing for the 2 spots on the left. So at centre either Fonua or Masters and at wing Fonua or MWZ.

I think Kev is prob destined for FB in NSW cup