Joffa Burns wrote: Sorry guys but I doubt anyone who saw George play could liken him to Billings.
George was probably 187cm in a time when that was KPP height and rucks were 193-195cm.
George was a great one on one contested mark and on the lead played FF or Tall HFF with a racking deadly left foot.
Billings is a small outside mid/forward.
Being left footers is about the only remote similarity.
Sorry JB but Billings is also a very good one on one contested mark and has a raking left foot (kicked a couple outside 50m last year)
He is also listed as 184cm (6ft 1) - 1cm shorter than George who is listed at 185cm - don't know how that is small - medium but not small
Didnt realise that George was born in Caulfield as well - Victorian born
Sorry guys if I come off as testy here, but George was a big favorite of mine and I stand by the comment anyone who compares Billings to George Young has never seen Young play.
Secondly the height comparison 184 to 186cm is not remotely relevant given the 40 year gap in which they played. Big Nick was 191cm, how would he go against Sandilands in a ruck contest?
George played in the early 70’s and at 186 was a very tall flanker or a mid to slightly short KPP.
In our 73 finals team V Essendon we had Jeff Sarau in ruck 191cm, Alan Davis at FF 180cm, Barry Lawrence at FB 183cm, the big cowboy who stood a towering 189cm and tall wingman Johnny Manzie at 179cm. The tallest player on the day for the saints was ruckman Bryan Mynott at 193cm.
Bryan Mynott was not as tall as Carlton onballer Patrick Cripps.
George Young was a great one on one marking player, a great kick for goal and brilliant on the lead. He could turn a player inside out as many left footers did in that period but for such a skilful player was not overly competent on his right foot.
Billings is a talented outside mid who is yet to hit his potential, he is not a marking forward target and nor is he a contested one on one marking specialist.
The comparison is not remotely similar in my humbled but first hand memory/opinion.