1st Grade Fringe
- Aug 21, 2019
Walker got punished by TPJ but has been better for it since, his forwards are looking after him. Walsh’s long ball has been shelved since it looked like a real threat, hoping he’s shifted to halfback for next season.It looks like Reese is suffering from 'getting smashed by big blokes' syndrome. You see it frequently with these young superstars who come into first grade fearless and cocky. They play without fear and with supreme arrogance for several weeks until gradually - blow by blow, mistake by mistake - that fearlessness and cockiness gets hammered out of them by the size and strength of the players they're running into.
Look how timid Reese looks returning kicks now compared to when he first landed in first grade. He almost looks terrified. The reality of his size, his comparative lack of strength, and the defensive capabilities of the opponents are all conspiring against him. I'm sure it's been a daunting realisation that the speed and agileness that carried him so successfully through his junior days aren't as potent currency in the big time.
Likewise, his confidence has clearly taken a battering. Failure fuels doubt and doubt is the biggest curse of the instinctively talented. A few passes haven't hit the mark, missed kicks at goal, a penalty not finding the line, being caught out of position and being brushed aside when he's the last line of defence ... all of that would be impacting on his pysche. Exuberance of youth has had a reality check.
Not to say he isn't a superstar in the making. It's more that the making is in progress. And possibly a few years away yet. It's pretty evident he needs to bulk up considerably. But, more importantly, he'll need to get that fearlessness back. Without that, his instincts will be worthless.