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Best Defence

Best Defence

Maximumlnsanity

Fuck that's so hard. Not picking Barry, Bolton, Shaw, Mattner, Crouch, Kennelly, or Johnson was tough but ultimately I think this is our best back 6 Rampe, Richards, Smith, Malceski, Grundy, Lloyd


Riot_From_The_Couch

I think Bolton was better than Grundy but we've just had solid defender after solid defender for a good while. You didn't even mention LRT!


Maximumlnsanity

LRT was more of a cult hero than anything


samwise000

Crazy to think that was basically our actual defence line up 5 or so years ago


dazedjosh

No mention of Dunkley or Roos? I'm assuming this is going back to when you started watching?


newt16

Dunkley definitely came to mind for me


Maximumlnsanity

That and there were only like 5 good defenders in the AFL between 1897 and 2000


RodeoTurdClown

Gavin Wanganeen, Dustin Fletcher, Mark Thompson, Barry Davis, Mark Harvey, Damien Hardwick.


jackplaysdrums

Can I take 6x Fletch?


ComradeSomo

Technically you can only have two.


twiganthony_L_cigar

Astbury Rance Grimes Houli Balta Vlastuin


voidedexe

As far as my football knowledge goes, none of those guys have ever played for University.


S_Saed17

Rance, Grimes, Gaspar, Bowden, Houli, Short


B4DataLore

Scarlett, Enright, Taylor, Miburn, Stewart, Lonergan. Edit: Hunt, Mackie, Blicavs, Kelly and Egan stuff to miss out.


Godlee84

That’s a bloody good defence.


B4DataLore

Can't really think of a player this defence doesn't have a match up for. I guess if you want some more pace you could bring in Hunt for Mackie or Stewart even though they're by no means slow.


Godlee84

Yeah I can’t really disagree. I knew Geelongs defence would be one of the best.


B4DataLore

Amazingly all of those players are from the last 20 years. We've been blessed with some incredible defenders over our successful period.


Godlee84

Absolutely. I feel the same way about the Eagles. Certain teams are just really good at developing talented players.


mxnoob983

Egan>Lonergan in their primes but holy crap that is an incredible defence


B4DataLore

Lonergan takes the best tall every week to allow harry to intercept. One of the only defender I've seen regularly keep buddy quiet. Egan was great but he didn't have a long enough career to have him over domsy.


mxnoob983

Fair enough. Only said so because I prefer to look at in their prime performance. No doubt Lonergan had the consistency over time which is especially amazing given what he went through. Egan was on track to be an all time defender IMO


thereisatown

Needs more Milburn.


B4DataLore

Ah fuck I knew I was forgetting someone obvious


Skiapodes

Who would you take as the 7th defender to start on the bench? From your list, I'd probably pick either Mackie or Hunt (maybe Kelly), but there are dame good arguments for all of them.


mxnoob983

Depends how attacking you want to go. A good defence needs balance. I'm inclined to say Mackie although he might not quite have reached the heights of some of the others. The only thing that defence is missing is a bit of rebounding pace


Skiapodes

Oh that's a point. If a bit of speed is specifically what you're after, how's this for a curve ball: David Wojcinski.


mxnoob983

Good curve ball. Such an incredible amount of defensive talent out of Geelong over the years, and even now the unheralded guys like Bews would be stars in plenty of other teams.


PedanticOkra

Moore, Gibson, Birchall, Knights, Langford, Ayres Honorable mentions: Lake, Guerra, Sicily, Croad, Mew (Not including players like Hodge and Burgoyne because they're sort of half mid, half defenders, occasional forwards).


Midgemania

I think you can safely call Hodge primarily a defender. Won 2 Norm Smith medals from the half back line. Other than that, good calls!


PedanticOkra

I guess then I would replace either Moore or Langford with Hodge (both being fullbacks, so technically don't need both).


Themirkat

Hawthorn had an 18 man defence at times


Codyfucksticks

FB: Jonas, Wakelin, Wilson HB: Wanganeen, Chad Cornes, Peter Burgoyne


freelivingaussie

Darryl White. Harris Andrews. Mal Michael Chris Johnson. Justin Leppitsch. Daniel Merritt. Int - Darcy Gardiner. Daniel Rich.


KissKiss999

Probably dont need Merritt with all the other talls so personally would put Rich onto the flank. I like Gardiner but Patful probably had the better career and Id be tempted to put someone like Ashcroft on the bench


freelivingaussie

Yeah could easily do that. Ask again in 2 years and it’s likely we have Starcevich in the team. He’s becoming that good.


Korasuka

Rutten, Mcleod, Laird, Talia, Lever (yes, he was very good for us and Doedee is still developing), and Bassett.


Godlee84

A little surprised you didn’t pick Ben Hart. He was a brilliant defender.


Korasuka

I'm open to suggestions of who he could replace. We have a history of strong defence (in the last few years our backline has changed the least) so you could make two excellent teams of defenders.


Mr-Mystery-Guest

Hart was a much better player than Lever and Basset. I’d probably have Johncock in over Basset as well.


Hendo8888

FB: Bassett Rutten Hart HB: Laird Talia McLeod Depending on what you consider Simon Goodwin to be, he could replace Bassett. Nigel Smart also an option.


japanpole

I feel like Nigel Smart should be in there. If you see his impact on the GF tilts, he was immense and could go up the other end and score goals. An absolute gun “small” defender


Godlee84

Fair point. As an Eagles supporter I just remember Hart jumping on everyone’s head over and over again lol.


thejamjamjimjam

Peter Cavan and Rod Jameson stiff


fiftyshadesofcray

Stiffy also stiff


Y_Brennan

Rutten, Talia, Brown Doedee, Smith, McLeod For Me Lairdy looks better as a mid and I can't really remember Basset so this is my back six


troffieee

Maxwell, Prestigiacomo, Maynard Howe, D Moore, H Shaw


Taylor_made2

Swap out Maxy for Jimmy Clement and I'm with ya


Godlee84

No space for Coventry?


mxnoob983

Howe/Tarrant/Clements Leon/Moore/Shaw Maynard off the bench


Korasuka

Prestigiacomo's biggest talent is getting everywhere without being stopped because opposition players can't say his name fast enough.


B4DataLore

Maxy was a great leader but much like Tom Harley I wouldn't rank him among our best defenders.


Camma14

I'd like to see Mal Michael in there


Lastcaress138

Can I just say Rance x6?


Godlee84

Lol. Only if we can have one.


beanstalkbarney

As in you want one of those 6 Rances? Deal Rance * 5 and Dylan Grimes


Wishfyfewas23

McPharlin, Johnson, Ryan, Grover, Kickett and Parker. Ibbotson, Hayden and Duffield very close. Could easily put any one of them or all in. If Pearce wasn’t so injury prone, I honestly think he could’ve been in the convo for this team by now too. He’s an AA caliber player. Literally the twin of Darcy Moore. Both AA level key defenders with amazing athleticism for their height but just can’t get their body right


random555

No AA full back M.Pavlich?


Nixion_Strange

Whitten, Sutton, Grant, Henderson, Morris, Murphy. Only seen 3 of them play but the other names should speak for themselves. Henderson is probably the least well known. Fun fact, Coleman has less goals against Footscray than any other side and for most of those games was playing against Henderson.


dazedjosh

Again only going back as far as I stated watching in the early 90s. You know it's tough when you're cutting people because they "only" got one AA nod. Paul Roos, Craig Bolton, Dane Rampe, Leo Barry, Jarrad McVeigh, Ted Richards Near misses - Andrew Dunkley, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith, Nick Malceski


bfisher91

Gaspar, Rance, Grimes Houli, Vlastuin, Newman Hon. mentions: Astbury, Short


Frogmouth_Fresh

Dale Morris, Easton Wood, Caleb Daniel Jason Johannissen, Chris Grant, Robert Murphy Assuming all are in peak form. The next question will probably be forwards, where I'd also pick Chris Grant, so assuming you can only pick a player once in the team and Grant is CHF, put in Brian Harris, specifically Harris and not Lake


westernvaluessmasher

keithy's stiff to miss out but its hard to find any real criticism in this one


Frogmouth_Fresh

Keath is a very good player, but also he has only played for us a couple years so I picked players who were with us longer.


westernvaluessmasher

oh no i meant matthew boyd hahaha. yeah keath is actually a good call too though


Frogmouth_Fresh

Yeah on reflection Matty Boyd could be picked at half back too.


westernvaluessmasher

yeah it depends what you're going for in the defence. if you're looking for a tougher player against a more physical team, you would want boyd, better users of the ball, you'd want murphy and jj, if you wanted a better kick who was more of a goalkicking threat you'd want gilbee (bob kicked alot of goals but he was a half forward flanker for half of his career iirc)


legoland6000

McIntosh over 4 time All-Australian Darren Glass?


Godlee84

Yeah I know, it was a close call. It’s mainly because I grew up watching McIntosh play and his ability to spoil the ball was insane.


curryone

Correct me if I'm wrong other dees fans but would it look like Lever, May, Whelan, Rivers, Frawley and Howe..? Can't speak for players prior to 2000 unfortunately and may have missed players like Bruce and Yze who spent some time out back during their careers. Also could slide Hibberd and Jetta here - unsure how they match up against Whelan, Rivers etc


HelloStonehenge

Trent or Jared Rivers?


curryone

Jared


Count_Critic

Swap Macintosh and McKenna for Glass and Sheppard for me.


Priestess-Of-Winter

Weitering and Jones is enough