Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

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Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby BackFromUSA » Tue 05 Dec 2017 3:23pm

Let's do this as

- best lock down flanker
- best rebounding flanker
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby BackFromUSA » Wed 06 Dec 2017 8:41am

Some names that come to mind ...

Besanko
Aussie Jones
Peckett

Who else?
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby saynta » Wed 06 Dec 2017 9:07am

Daryl Griffith
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby bergsone » Wed 06 Dec 2017 9:54am

David Grant
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby spert » Wed 06 Dec 2017 10:00am

Trev Barker

Jason Gram was one of our best rebound half backs- a proven finals performer
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby Drake Huggins » Wed 06 Dec 2017 6:21pm

Austinnnn Jones. What a gun.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby BackFromUSA » Wed 06 Dec 2017 6:56pm

Barker should have been at half back flank but we needed him everywhere!
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby Linton Lodger » Wed 06 Dec 2017 8:12pm

Barker would have been if he'd played there enough, unfortunately he was always needed to fill other holes. Therefore I'm going for Austin Jones.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby BackFromUSA » Wed 06 Dec 2017 10:42pm

Cat Colling?
Jim O'Dea?
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby perfectionist » Thu 07 Dec 2017 9:23am

Justin Peckett was certainly one of the most skilful. He was a good runner, could kick both feet and could mark overhead. He was also a good reader of the play. A most underrated player who had 252 games with the Saints. He was second in the B&F twice, including in 1997.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby whiskers3614 » Sat 09 Dec 2017 4:24pm

Does BJ belong in the rebounding flanker category or more of a general utility?
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby Trev from the Bush » Sat 09 Dec 2017 11:42pm

Barks.

Daryl Griffiths should have been one of the Club's greatest ever players but for leaving at the ripe old age of 23. Terrific on a back flank, but a star as a ruck-rover. Made his debut as a full forward aged 17 in 1963, kicked a goal with his first kick in the opening minutes at Windy Hill and was brutally cleaned up by "Bluey" Shelton a few minutes later. His first season lasted all of 5 minutes.

Jimmy O'Dea was a great servant over 13 or 14 seasons, Greening incident and all. A good size and tough as they came.

Aussie absolutely blossomed when he took on the role of a running half back; I was very surprised when he retired. But Trevor Barker, brilliant at full back, became a real star on the back flank.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby avid » Sun 10 Dec 2017 3:25am

Austinn Jones for me -- quite easily. His delivery out of defence was absolutely superb.

Joffa Cunningham next.
I loved Jimmy O'Dea.
And for some reason I rate Brett Voss very highly there too.

Trevor Barker and Robbie Muir were both superlative defenders -- amongst our greatest ever -- but were they half back flankers?
Alex Jesaulenko was an OK player too.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby older saint » Sun 10 Dec 2017 2:26pm

Best rebounding HBF - B Voss/A Jones
Best lock down - Dempster
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby George27 » Sun 10 Dec 2017 9:48pm

I have Barker as the best HBF, Aussie on the wing, and Darryl Griffiths off fhe bench as a midfielder who could also play HBF.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby George27 » Sun 10 Dec 2017 9:54pm

George27 wrote:I have Barker as the best HBF, Aussie on the wing, and Darryl Griffiths off fhe bench as a midfielder who could also play HBF.


Re the question from Whiskas re BJ, I have him on the other back flank. I am waiting for BFUSA to invite us to pick our best team of the last 50 years. I go back further than that, but will enjoy the (friendly ) debate when we try to put these champions into a team.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby saynta » Mon 11 Dec 2017 10:45am

bergsone wrote:David Grant



Great player and a better than average mark.
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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby Drake Huggins » Mon 11 Dec 2017 11:43am

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Re: Best half back flanker in the past 50 years

Postby leighsaintsince66 » Sun 24 Dec 2017 12:27am

Neil Besanko "Racehorse" was a competent half back.
He was one of the fastest players I have seen at the Saints, along with Aussie Jones 2-3 decades later.

Aussie of course, was also a very fine half back (and wing), with pin-point disposal.
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