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News From ball boy to the NRL: This Bulldog’s blood is as blue as they come

Discussion in 'Bulldogs Discussion' started by beastwood89, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. Wahesh

    Wahesh The Forefather of The Kennel

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    I was born in Canterbury hospital (which is just up the road from Belmore Sports Ground) - Wakeham was born in Kogarah. He ain't as blue as me!
     
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  2. wendog33

    wendog33 Kennel Addict

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    Agree 79 but he is 21 already so its not as though he is a teenager. The club must back him.
     
  3. Spoonman84

    Spoonman84 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I get a bit of a Polla Mounter vibe from Wakeham its more from his attitude more then anything.
     
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  4. Alan79

    Alan79 Kennel Immortal

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    I look at halves as traditionally fitting into two moulds. You have those that are primarily organisers who might not always look sensational, and your running halves that tend to look exciting. For some there is overlap.

    Cronk is the best example of the organising half in recent years. He could still make some decent runs when he saw the chance there but his strength was in helping others to exploit chances. I see Cogger as being closer to this type of half. His short kicking game is pretty decent given that our pack wasn't dominating. We'd been missing that for a long while. His ceiling gets higher if our forwards are applying pressure. A good organising half will typically provide repeat sets with their short kicking game if their pack can get them in a position to do so. Given that this was Sherwins strength I hope that he's instilled this ability in Cogger, Lewis and Wakeham.

    I honestly don't care who winds up as our starting halves combination as long as they're in form.
     
  5. Turvey Chip and Chase

    Turvey Chip and Chase Kennel Regular

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    That’s beautiful, and we can enjoy him while we have him, but don’t get attached to these blokes. Heard it ALL before from SBW, Mason, Barba etc....
    Just get out there and rip in kid
     
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  6. flamebouyant

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    Cheers for posting this. Such a good read!! Love this kid. Hope he succeeds!!!
     
  7. Alan79

    Alan79 Kennel Immortal

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    I'm not sure who will get the chance to start the season. I'd probably lean towards Cogger, but I don't care if Wakeham is there. It's just good to have competition for the spots. It's been a long while since we've been in this situation. Hopefully all three candidates for the two positions stand out enough when they get chances that this debate is still happening at the end of the season. Ideally the one I want to be under the most pressure to fight for a halves spot is Foran. If we're in a situation where we don't have to rush him into the 17 it means that at least 2 of our halves are killing it.
     
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  8. TwinTurbo

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    Right now we are blessed with a good cross section of halves with quite disparate abilities, as well as physiques. I'm really looking forward to this season to see which of them kicks on and cements an NRL role for the years to come. It's right there for them to take it, in both hands, they just have to step up and show that they are worthy.

    Go Dogs
     
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  9. Psycho Doggie

    Psycho Doggie Kennel Enthusiast

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    You noticed that too. Has to be a deliberate strategy by the club.
     
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  10. Psycho Doggie

    Psycho Doggie Kennel Enthusiast

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    Interesting that the moment Martin left Pay calls this kid and gives him the vacant bench spot. Clearly therefore Pay has been watching him, and has a strategy for bringing him into first grade.
     
  11. Spoonman84

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    I just hope he plays in the halves all year either in CCup or NRL. He isn't a hooker and it will just stunt his development being on the bench in NRL.
     
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  12. albatross

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    Cogger's no Alfie, which is about the best a player of his size and speed could be (Baa was more solid and faster). He's more of an Adam Reynolds / Aiden Seizer sort of player, but with less pace. Both were better at Cogger's age. especially Reynolds. I thought he'd do more with his opportunities last year but he's young so could still make a solid first grader. This year is important for his career.
     
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    fair points on both... I definitely haven't given up hope on him myself, as it was his first full season last year and he did improve and like Alan said, didn't have much to work with.. I just think think we've been lacking in the creative department for so long that we've got to play Wakeham.. he just seems to see things a bit differently to the other guys we have played in the halves recently... even if Lewis moves to another position and they go with Cogger/Wakeham
     
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    They are trying very hard and as I’ve said before they aim to send a dozen weekly reports to the media. I’m glad we are getting positive media attention now
     
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  15. Psycho Doggie

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    A dozen! I don't mind this strategy, it beats sitting back whinging about how unfair and biased the media is, which feels good for the moment, but achieves nothing.
     
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    I don't agree with "it achieves nothing", one of the measures sponsors, advertisers and potentials look at is how much media coverage a team gets. It's doesn't matter whether it FTA TV, Pay TV radio, newspapers, online or other social media. Every time they see potential for their name to be mentioned of their logo shown makes us more attractive to them. So the more media attention we can generate the more attractive we look the higher chance there is of landing a major sponsor plus retaining the ones we already have for longer and for money money. Fans want results, but sponsors want value for their money in brand recognition.

    Go Dogs
     
  17. Natboy II

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    Exactly right. It gives them more to choose from and less need to make shit up to fill pages
     
  18. Psycho Doggie

    Psycho Doggie Kennel Enthusiast

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    Sure, its not like negative media attention ever cost us sponsors...
     
  19. GrogDog

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    I would give Lachie and Wakeham the early run and if Lachie can't keep up then try a Wakeham/Cogger combo. Wakeham is our only natural half that I can see and I think Lachie is destined for Lock, like a Travis Norton mould. Good article.
     
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  20. Prison Mike

    Prison Mike Kennel Immortal

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    I'm a Cogger fan, but yes if Lewis is going to start he has to be the 6... None of this halfback shit being tossed around
     
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