Geez, easy to be a sideline critic, but what is it with Pavlich and the post?
I was at the game last Saturday when the Blues got over the top of Freo and Pavlich had the chance to take that game by the scruff of the neck, as he was the dominant player in the first 10 mins of that final quarter. He is obviously very strong, brilliantly balanced and great skills overhead, at ground level and generally kicks well - but, where does his kicking boot go in the 4th?
Again yesterday against the Power, a crucial poster in the 4th that would have brought Freo back to 9 points with 6 minutes to play.
I have no doubt he is carrying the weight of the dockers on his back and no doubt he's got the yips. Watching the TV, you just know Freo aren't going to make it through to the end of the 4th quarter and now, we also know that its better than 50/50 that Pavlich won't kick these crucial 4th quarter goals.
Not trying to can the bloke - I am sure the other 15 teams would have him on their squads; but obviously raises the old questions and a bit of banter....
Put these blokes in order, please - as CHF - not wingers or on-ballers. Are any of these blokes 'champions' based on goalkicking under pressure?
1/ Matthew Pavlich
2/ Matthew Richardson
3/ Nick Riewoldt
And don't tell me that these blokes are within a bull's roar of Franklin at present - even with Franklin's 50% conversion rate, he is gold (almost as good as Fev!)