Blake Ayshford - very impressed

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Re: Blake Ayshford - very impressed

Post by willow » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 10:29 am

Sheens told him a few weeks ago he was under real pressure due to some of his poor defensive attempts resulting in tries (The Cowboys and Manly game are two matches that stand out) but since that talking to he has really stepped it up and worked hard. He's a hard fellow to put on the deck and while he has come up with some missed tackles, none of them have resulted in tries and he has come up with some good one-on-one defence. Put another 5kg on him for next year and he'll go real well.

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Post by 851 » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 10:31 am

When I was watching him in Toyota cup I was not impressed,but since he has been given a shot in the NRL he has improved each week,Easts must be cursing their buying policy after letting a rare junior go.
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Post by Guy » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 10:33 am

I think his defense was close to perfect last night. He came inside on more than a couple occasions to make some extremely important tackles. I had a feeling that all the talk in the media as to whether he would play or not would put added pressure on him to deliver but man did he stand up

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Post by hybrid_tiger » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 10:52 am

He has improved out of sight from earlier in the year.

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Post by flash » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 10:57 am

If it wasn't for Ayshford paying special attention to Dugan we would not be playing next week, Dugan cut us up and Blake must have tackled him 10 times after others had fallen off.

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Post by GlennC » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 11:01 am

All I read on this forum was people criticing Ayshford a few months ago. Glad he's proved those people wrong.

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Post by tig_prmz » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 11:19 am

Kaiser wrote:He has been brilliant the last 2 weeks.... the best games i have seen from a center in a very long time!
OOOFTT!! thats a huge wrap!!
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Post by bonstonker » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 11:30 am

smeghead wrote:I honestly believe it Bon. I think alot of the chopping and changing in the halves hurt the cohesion of our defence as a whole. He did make some poor defensive reads but in balance I think he has been great all year. Ever reliable and always making the important metres out of our own end.

In saying that the growth at the back end is obvious. He is feeling more comfortable by the look of it and more and more of his ball playing abilities will come through in time
to each their own i guess.
i've said pretty much nothing on ayshford,brown and daniella all year,as i wanted to see how they went over a full season.
especially brown and daniella as i hadn't really noticed them at their previous clubs seeing as i only watch tigers games.
but all 3 have shown growth over the course of the year and proven their worth to the team.

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Post by william rodgers » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 11:39 am

I think blake has really matured the last 5 weeks he has more confidence, & having a regular half & five eight inside of him really helps, but also the kid is only 20 @ the most & is still growing & gaining in confidence.

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Post by Blackpearl » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 11:41 am

tig_prmz wrote:
Kaiser wrote:He has been brilliant the last 2 weeks.... the best games i have seen from a center in a very long time!
OOOFTT!! thats a huge wrap!!
x 2, ayshford is one of the form centres of the competition at the moment, onya blake
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Post by Centaur » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 11:41 am

Has been playing awesome, which he needed to because his spot was and should have been under pressure. He looks so hard to tackle, but sometimes I wish he removed his blinkers and realised that he can offload after one of his half breaks - he doesn't need to do it all.

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Post by redemption » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 2:01 pm

His spot was never under pressure I can assure you! That was just Sheens giving him a rev up!

Daniela & Brown are miles behind him in the pecking order! He has been as safe as Lawrence all year!

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Post by Tigerstripes » Sat 18 Sep, 2010 7:08 pm

flash wrote:If it wasn't for Ayshford paying special attention to Dugan we would not be playing next week, Dugan cut us up and Blake must have tackled him 10 times after others had fallen off.
Agreed. Glad someone else noticed. He seemed to make it his personal mission to mark Dugan and thank goodness he did.

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Post by The Phantom » Mon 20 Sep, 2010 7:52 am

Yossarian wrote:I admit I had my doubts about him at stages of the season but I think Blake has really stood up in the finals. His defence is much better, he's been strong in attack, and made good decisions.

Hope he can keep his form up.
My thoughts also.....

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Post by fainty » Mon 20 Sep, 2010 3:21 pm

I had a few heated arguments about this kid with some of my mates. I have huge wraps on him...he is only 20 and could develope into a very very good player. I noticed today that Croker from canberra was named in the kangaroos train on squad, which does get cut, but I believe that if he keeps up his finals form he should be also named into the squad.

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