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Title: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on November 25, 2016, 08:00:43 PM
Welcome Shai

 :)
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 25, 2016, 08:01:57 PM
SHAI BOLTON
8/12/98, 178cm, 68kg
South Fremantle

The exciting and energetic half-forward is a chance to get through to the Pies' pick, and he would bring a new element to their forward set up. Bolton can do things few others in the draft can produce. He has a great natural leap that helps him soar over and into packs, and he's just as nimble at ground level. He's a run-and-carry player with genuine pace (he ran the 20m sprint in 2.95 seconds) and can skip away from congestion to break the game open.

(http://s.afl.com.au/staticfile/AFL%20Tenant/AFL/Files/Images/2_U18VMWA16MW1045.jpg)
http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-11-24/callum-twomeys-2016-phantom-draft
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on November 25, 2016, 08:02:07 PM
That was my mail......
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 25, 2016, 08:03:34 PM
'He does things I've never seen': Why Shai Bolton stands out

Ben Guthrie 
afl.com.au
November 15, 2016



SHAI Bolton is one of those players who will regularly bring the crowd to its feet.

The wiry West Australian draft prospect is blessed with blazing speed, a supreme confidence in his ability and a natural instinct for the game.

"He does things on the football field that I've never seen another player do," South Fremantle player development manager Jason Pedulla says.

One of those audacious things he attempted was a handball behind his back to a teammate for his colts side early in the WAFL season.

It was the round three game against East Perth when the ball became lodged behind Bolton's back when he attempted the unthinkable.

"To even think about trying to do something like that is rare and to pull something like that off is even rarer – he's extremely enjoyable to watch," Pedulla says.

Those special attributes were on display in the NAB AFL All Stars game on Grand Final eve, as Bolton collected 16 touches, seven inside 50s and a goal in a standout performance.

Anyone who was watching from the Punt Road Oval stand that afternoon saw Bolton leave opponents in the dust with his run and carry and use his spring to haul in a footy he had no right to mark.

It was a performance that put him in top-20 contention in this year's NAB AFL Draft.

"As soon as I get the ball and I have space I try to take off," Bolton says.

"You've got to play to your strengths and that's mine."

Bolton, who turns 18 in December, followed that up with bags of four goals in two straight finals games for South Fremantle to end the season.

The 177cm small forward, who can also push onto the wing when required, also kicked seven goals from 20 disposals in round 22 to further underline his talent.

He also demonstrated mental resilience to bounce back from stress fractures in his back that kept him sidelined in his bottom-age under-17 season.

Bolton, who lived in Mandurah in 2016 after originating from Forrestdale just outside Perth, has a strong football pedigree. His father Darren played two matches for Fremantle in 1999, which he feels has been helpful as he prepares for his own football journey.

Despite his standout showings at WAFL level, Bolton – even by his own admission – was a little down on his output when playing for Western Australia in the Under-18 Championships.

The unassuming youngster still kicked five goals for the carnival but won just 27 per cent of his possessions contested – the second-lowest percentage of any player to play at least three games in division one.

Even still, AFL talent development manager Michael Ablett has watched Bolton play regularly this season and believes clubs would be silly to pass on such a talent.

"You've got to take the good with the bad," Ablett says.

"He's going to do some things where he might cost you a goal and then he might kick four in a quarter and win you a game too.

"That's what makes those guys so valuable and that's probably why they go a little bit earlier in the draft than what they maybe should."

To confirm his standing in the draft, Bolton ran 2.95 seconds in the 20m sprint test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine and placed second in the running vertical jump test (94cm off his left leg) behind only top-pick fancy Andrew McGrath.

Pedulla stressed to Bolton throughout the year to keep the natural flair in his game, but also to focus on doing the team things like chasing and pressuring the opposition.

"He needs to do the little things week in, week out and the flashy things are going to follow," Pedulla says.

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-11-15/he-does-things-ive-never-seen-why-shai-bolton-stands-out
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Go Richo 12 on November 25, 2016, 08:04:19 PM
Welcome Shai and well done Doc, too.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: TigerLand on November 25, 2016, 08:06:41 PM
Finally some X factor....

Rioli and Bolton look delicious.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Raoul Duke on November 25, 2016, 08:07:51 PM
Got some real X factor this kid.

Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 08:07:59 PM
seems to have attributes you want off half back, so we may yet get the chorus from the played out of position choir
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Diocletian on November 25, 2016, 08:09:48 PM
Just massively relieved it wasn't Himmelberg more than anything...
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Dougeytherichmondfan on November 25, 2016, 08:14:44 PM
Yarran mk 2  :shh :shh
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:16:08 PM
Must be played in the back line for at least the first 5 years of his tenure as the experts say, before we figure out he is actually better as a forward, wingman.....

But by then though he will be traded back to WA or he will leave because we cant manage Aboriginal players...
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 08:19:48 PM
 :lol
even worse, they may instruct him to look at the ball as he kicks it.......
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:21:56 PM
Must be played in the back line for at least the first 5 years of his tenure as the experts say, before we figure out he is actually better as a forward, wingman.....

But by then though he will be traded back to WA or he will leave because we cant manage Aboriginal players...

I'd have thought he would be too skinny for you
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:22:07 PM
Play him back, that's all that matters.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Diocletian on November 25, 2016, 08:22:51 PM
:lol
even worse, they may instruct him to look at the ball as he kicks it.......

Don't be ridiculous Al...this isn't Auskick....
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:24:59 PM
:lol
even worse, they may instruct him to look at the ball as he kicks it.......

Don't be ridiculous Al...this isn't Auskick....

Are you sure, Batch is still in team...
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Chuck17 on November 25, 2016, 08:26:48 PM
Does anyone know how he goes signing an autograph?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 08:29:36 PM
:lol
even worse, they may instruct him to look at the ball as he kicks it.......

Don't be ridiculous Al...this isn't Auskick....

Are you sure, Batch is still in team...
the funny thing is that according to the footballing philosophy of wat, anyone that has more pace and skill than batch is wasted down back
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Chuck17 on November 25, 2016, 08:30:56 PM
:lol
even worse, they may instruct him to look at the ball as he kicks it.......

Don't be ridiculous Al...this isn't Auskick....

Are you sure, Batch is still in team...
the funny thing is that according to the footballing philosophy of wat, anyone that has more pace and skill than batch is wasted down back

Yeh but since he backs Hampson he has no credibility
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 08:32:59 PM
your not seriously suggesting there was credibility before that, are you?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Chuck17 on November 25, 2016, 08:36:12 PM
Good point Penny, that was a bad call
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:37:48 PM
Shai's thread is off to a promising, OER start.....
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Diocletian on November 25, 2016, 08:40:03 PM
dud, delist....
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Go Richo 12 on November 25, 2016, 08:40:57 PM
Shai's thread is off to a promising, OER start.....
Even more promising is the prospect of Claws 1000 word post on the players we should've drafted instead of him.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: TigerMonk on November 25, 2016, 08:41:01 PM
Got to be happy with this lad.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:47:19 PM
Good point Penny, that was a bad call

Oh yes.....the experts are the ones with cred....no one else dare.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Diocletian on November 25, 2016, 08:48:59 PM
Please stop wasting bandwidth.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 08:49:55 PM
Good point Penny, that was a bad call
Dont let it get to you.
The one thing i have learned from certain posters, is that when you say stupid poo, just pretend it never happened, carry on as before, and keep sprouting stupid poo
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:50:13 PM
Please stop wasting bandwidth.

Leave.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on November 25, 2016, 08:50:50 PM
Good point Penny, that was a bad call
Dont let it get to you.
The one thing i have learned from certain posters, is that when you say stupid poo, just pretend it never happened, carry on as before, and keep sprouting stupid poo

^^^^^
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: The Machine on November 25, 2016, 09:18:38 PM
Best player available  :thumbsup
Welcome exitment machine!
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: MintOnLamb on November 25, 2016, 09:39:51 PM
Welcome Shai, Begley was my better pick so prove me wrong.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: tdy on November 25, 2016, 10:08:42 PM
Um we have Lloyd and Rioli why do we need a third small forward?
What so we can play him for a few games impress the other clubs and use him as trade bait next year for a tall half back? Other than that there seems little point.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 10:12:01 PM
why does he have to be a small forward?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WilliamPowell on November 25, 2016, 10:14:19 PM
Think both Rioli and Bolton once they develop (read put on some more beef) will be able to rotate through the mid field.

Won't be limited to just playing as small forwards
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: The Machine on November 25, 2016, 10:14:42 PM
Um we have Lloyd and Rioli why do we need a third small forward?
What so we can play him for a few games impress the other clubs and use him as trade bait next year for a tall half back? Other than that there seems little point.


At this pick you select the best player available. If it ends up being an upgrade on Lloyd, all the better.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: tdy on November 25, 2016, 10:24:30 PM
why does he have to be a small forward?

Because small mids like Edwards get pushed off the ball, thats why nearly all mids are 6 foot these days or solid types.  There's a couple of small mids going round in the bulldogs but there are more Chris Judd types than Tony Liberatore's by a mile these days.

Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 10:28:37 PM
You thought those stints rioli had on the wing were a waste of time?

the attriubes reported about the kid suggest he can play and do damage at any line on the ground.

there are more tricks to winning the ball and avoiding tackles than pure strength
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: The Machine on November 25, 2016, 10:29:43 PM
why does he have to be a small forward?

Because small mids like Edwards get pushed off the ball, thats why nearly all mids are 6 foot these days or solid types.  There's a couple of small mids going round in the bulldogs but there are more Chris Judd types than Tony Liberatore's by a mile these days.


Edwards is 6 ft tall.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 25, 2016, 10:33:40 PM
all this and he only weighs as much as a female Chinese gymnast.  67kg, ffs a couple of house cats could bring him down. 
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 25, 2016, 10:34:33 PM
gotta get hold of the sword namer first
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 25, 2016, 10:35:26 PM
lol he is quick
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: The Machine on November 25, 2016, 10:35:32 PM
all this and he only weighs as much as a female Chinese gymnast.  67kg, ffs a couple of house cats could bring him down.

If you can catch him :whistle
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: tdy on November 25, 2016, 10:40:06 PM
Think both Rioli and Bolton once they develop (read put on some more beef) will be able to rotate through the mid field.

Won't be limited to just playing as small forwards

I'm not sure about that,  even ruck rovers are 6 foot these days.  Jobe Watson is 190cm PatrickCripps 195cm.  I don't see a Dahlhaus tackling machine in Rioli but I stand to be corrected.
Maybe this guy is as tough as nails.  The bio says The 177cm small forward, who can also push onto the wing when required  so maybe he can be a running mid like
Lewis Jetta but even a guy like Jetta is 5'11''.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: tdy on November 25, 2016, 10:42:19 PM
why does he have to be a small forward?

Because small mids like Edwards get pushed off the ball, thats why nearly all mids are 6 foot these days or solid types.  There's a couple of small mids going round in the bulldogs but there are more Chris Judd types than Tony Liberatore's by a mile these days.


Edwards is 6 ft tall.

Wow I did not pick that, he is as light as a feather for a 6 footer.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 25, 2016, 10:42:45 PM
Will be awesome.  Hope he gets into like Oleg and Rioli did this year
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Raoul Duke on November 25, 2016, 11:28:48 PM
Played as a forward in the colts,played on ball for most of his U18 champs games & also on ball in the All stars game.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Yeahright on November 26, 2016, 12:39:28 AM
Shai's thread is off to a promising, OER start.....
Even more promising is the prospect of Claws 1000 word post on the players we should've drafted instead of him.

At least he won't come on and claim he knew who we were taking after the fact :lol :lol
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 26, 2016, 03:27:37 AM
VIDEOS:

Shai Bolton v Allies (2016 Under 18 Championships):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHJcCtLh7lo

DRAFT WATCH: Shai Bolton - News:  https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/video/watch/33316822/draft-watch-shai-bolton/

Shai Bolton (2016 NAB AFL U18 All Stars):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45RcgmItFoA

Richmond Tigers Draftee: Shai Bolton Highlights:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcAx8G9-ohk
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 26, 2016, 03:46:25 AM
PICS:

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http://www.aflphotos.com.au/galleries/results/?q=shai+bolton
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 26, 2016, 03:52:11 AM
Shai Bolton
South Fremantle (WAFL), 178cm, 68kg

VIDEOS:
http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2016-11-25/2016-draft-pick-29-shai-bolton-jrz
http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2016-11-25/boltons-blistering-speed-jrz
 
Shai Bolton is an exciting small forward from WAFL club South Fremantle, who has the ability to break games open with his electric speed and evasiveness. 
 
Bolton’s introduction to the talent pathway was in 2013, as a member of the Flying Boomerangs Indigenous Academy, before spending three seasons in the WAFL colts with South Fremantle. 
 
In the 2016 season, Bolton averaged 17 disposals and two goals per game, with a season-high seven goals against East Perth in round 22.
 
His early-season form was rewarded with selection in the WA state under-18 Academy and he played all four national championship matches for WA. 
 
At the national combine, Bolton produced some exceptional results.
 
Bolton was educated at Wesley College in Perth, where he boarded for several years, participating in their football and basketball programs.
 
His father Darren also was a talented footballer, winning the 1998 best and fairest for Peel Thunder in the WAFL and playing two games for Fremantle in 1999.

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2016-11-25/pick-27
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 26, 2016, 04:04:37 AM
News articles:


Tigers fill the need for speed with Shai Bolton

AFL.com.au
26 November 2016


HAVING lost Chris Yarran to retirement and Brett Deledio to GWS, Richmond opted for pace in selecting electrifying Western Australian speedster Shai Bolton with its first selection in the NAB AFL Draft.

Bolton has already starred on Punt Road, collecting 16 touches and kicking a goal in the NAB All Stars game on Grand Final day.

Having traded in tough midfielders Dion Prestia and Josh Caddy, the Tigers will have an electrifying forward line if Bolton can eventually slot in next to Daniel Rioli.

Richmond recruiting manager Francis Jackson said Bolton's speed was a handy asset.

"It won't go astray," Jackson told AFL.com.au.

"We added Daniel (Rioli) last year and provided a lot of excitement and we think Shai is well placed to do the same." 

Both are noted tacklers who will put enormous pressure on opposition defenders while feeding off any crumbs from Jack Riewoldt.

Bolton was, by his own admission, slightly inconsistent during 2016 but he is capable of turning a game in minutes with his goal sense and capacity to do the unexpected.

He will only turn 18 in December and overcame stress fractures in his back to sit out of football in 2015 however Jackson remains optimistic he could play senior football in 2017.

From Mandurah in Western Australia, Bolton's father Darren played two games for Fremantle in 1999 taking on Carlton and Hawthorn.

He moved to Perth to board at Wesley College for three years and is expected to have no hesitation about shifting to Victoria to play football.

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2016-11-25/tigers-fill-the-need-for-speed-with-shai-bolton
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 26, 2016, 04:05:35 AM
Dedicated Bolton set to realise dream

Dale Miller
PerthNow
21 November 2016


RECRUITERS watching Shai Bolton have seen his speed and mercurial talent.

He is hoping they have also noticed his dedication.

An electric showing in this year’s inaugural under-18 All-Stars exhibition match has catapulted the 17-year-old into the frame as an early second-round selection in Friday’s national draft.

Bolton’s marking ability, explosive pace and tackling pressure have drawn comparisons to idol and Norm Smith medallist Cyril Rioli.

But the South Fremantle forward is at pains to point out he has the work ethic to go with his X-factor, saying he can survive the call of home that affects many young Aboriginal players drafted out of WA. The son of former Fremantle midfielder Darren Bolton, the teenager spent more than three years boarding away from family at Wesley College.

This year he made an 80-minute round journey from Mandurah at least three days a week for training at Fremantle Oval.

Having picked the brains of good friend and Carlton trade recruit Jarrod Pickett, Bolton knows to expect hours in the gym to prepare his light 178cm frame for the elite level.

“Obviously everyone’s going to get homesick now and then, but I’ll be able to deal with it,” Bolton said. “It’s pretty much been my dream since I was little to make the AFL.

“Mum always dropped me off at training and took me to games, but as soon as I turned 17 I ended up getting my licence. I didn’t want to rely on Mum any more.

“I drove up to Fremantle three days a week. I made sure I was at training early.”

An invitation to join the State under-18 academy program convinced Bolton he could make it in the AFL.

It was the boost of confidence he needed after being diagnosed with stress fractures in his back and being forced to sit out football for all of 2015.

“It was pretty tough, but I put all my effort into my recovery for my back,” Bolton said. “I’ve done everything I could to make myself right for this year.”

The diligence has been worth it. Bolton finished this year with a bang, booting four goals in each of his two colts finals for South Fremantle.

Then in the All-Stars match at Punt Road on grand final eve, Bolton collected 16 disposals, seven inside 50s and a goal. The performance prompted a string of calls from AFL clubs.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/afl/dedicated-wa-talent-shai-bolton-set-to-realise-afl-dream/news-story/5b0b1ca2dfde99d85ca3d485365ce20e
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 26, 2016, 04:06:53 AM
Draft hopeful Shai Bolton wants to follow in Cyril Rioli's footsteps

Larissa Nicholson
The Age
14 November 2016


Draft hopeful Shai Bolton is a quiet teenager, but his eyes light up when he talks about his football idol Cyril Rioli.

And given he is considered one of this year's most talented youngsters, the 17-year-old forward may just get his own chance to star on the big stage.

Bolton was born into a WA football family. His father Darren Bolton played a couple of games for Fremantle in 1999 and won two best-and-fairest awards for the Peel Thunder in the WAFL.

His uncle Allistair Pickett is a two-time Sandover medallist, the top award in the state league.

Bolton lives with his mother Kylie, a social worker, an older brother who is employed on a fly-in-fly-out basis on the mines, his 14-year-old sister and his brother's two young children.

Bolton is working towards becoming a personal trainer, studying the course online this year which gives him the ability to concentrate on his football.

He said his father had given him tips on how to improve his football in his all-important draft year and his mother had been a huge help.

"When she was young she was pretty sporty, she was pretty good at netball, athletics," Bolton said.

"She's been really encouraging, she makes sure she's at every game, she's been really supportive."

The small forward plays for South Fremantle and was a standout performer in the All Stars Under-18 clash in late September.

Like most draft prospects, Bolton will just be happy if an AFL club picks him – he is willing to go anywhere.

But asked which AFL team really catches his eye, he nominates Hawthorn.

"They're so good in the way they use the ball, their crumbers, they're smart players, all of them," he said.

Little wonder then that Rioli is his favourite. "He's just crazy, his goals, his screamers, for a little person he's pretty crazy," Bolton said.

Bolton said he was happy with his preparation this year. He had worked hard and achieved all that he had hoped.

On draft night, he will probably sit at home with his family until he hears the news, then have a barbecue afterwards, hopefully to celebrate the culmination of a lot of hard work.

"I just love playing football, ever since I was little I've been growing up with it," he said.

"My whole family's been playing, watching my dad play, I just love everything about football."

http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/draft-hopeful-shai-bolton-wants-to-follow-in-cyril-riolis-footsteps-20161112-gsnw08.html
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 26, 2016, 04:07:50 AM
Dynamic forward Shai Bolton was the standout in the Bulldogs’ loss to East Perth in the colts. Bolton kicked four goals for the second week in a row, and added seven inside 50s and 19 touches to his stat line as well. Bolton possesses some genuine x-factor and is a player capable of causing any side headaches playing as a small forward who can also get up the ground when needed.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sport/afl/a/32617427/draft-watch-who-is-was-next-big-thing/
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: 1980 on November 26, 2016, 06:32:25 PM
Must be played in the back line for at least the first 5 years of his tenure as the experts say, before we figure out he is actually better as a forward, wingman.....

But by then though he will be traded back to WA or he will leave because we cant manage Aboriginal players...

You can bet your house on that happening
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: lamington on November 26, 2016, 08:15:44 PM
Could be something. Chad wingard isn't that much taller at 182 so get this guy on the hugh jackman diet and he could be a beast of a forward who provides relief in the midfield.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: MintOnLamb on November 26, 2016, 08:50:12 PM
GFL
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: The Machine on November 26, 2016, 09:05:56 PM
This kid does some special things. Could be our very own Eddie Betts as i see many similarities between the two. Great selection M. Clarke :clapping
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Raoul Duke on November 26, 2016, 11:14:06 PM
This kid does some special things. Could be our very own Eddie Betts as i see many similarities between the two. Great selection M. Clarke :clapping
When he plays through the centre its like watching the 2nd coming of Michael Long.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Ruanaidh on November 27, 2016, 07:54:13 AM
This pick worries me. I hope they did due diligence by interviewing this kid in the lead up to the draft as he fits the 'go home' profile. We can't afford to speculate with our first pick.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: taztiger4 on November 27, 2016, 08:16:15 AM
This pick worries me. I hope they did due diligence by interviewing this kid in the lead up to the draft as he fits the 'go home' profile. We can't afford to speculate with our first pick.

do you seriously believe we didn't interview him ?

and what is this " go home profile"
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 27, 2016, 08:27:53 AM
It is part of this new alt right don't worry about facts or truth trend, just make poo up to suite your self
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Ruanaidh on November 27, 2016, 08:42:20 AM
It is part of this new alt right don't worry about facts or truth trend, just make poo up to suite your self
You're not an Owl, just a pidgeon. It is a rhetorical 'marker in time' that I can refer back to if proven right. See, I try to differentiate myself from Minions who attempt to prove themselves right 'after the fact'. I should have added that the usual 'snowflakes' would be triggered by it and I would have had two victories already!
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: 🏅Dooks on November 27, 2016, 08:52:19 AM
Makes for a refreshing change from some posters who try to prove themselves right after the fact that they are proven wrong.
 
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Damo on November 27, 2016, 09:00:06 AM
Don't really understand how he gots a go home profile.

The kid boarded away from home at Wesley College.

Bit like Cyril boarding at high school. Great experience for him I would say???
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on November 27, 2016, 09:03:43 AM
Don't really understand how he gots a go home profile.

The kid boarded away from home at Wesley College.

Bit like Cyril boarding at high school. Great experience for him I would say???
Wesley College Perth.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Damo on November 27, 2016, 09:23:50 AM
Don't really understand how he gots a go home profile.

The kid boarded away from home at Wesley College.

Bit like Cyril boarding at high school. Great experience for him I would say???
Wesley College Perth.

Yes I know.

However, it's still not at "home".

He's spent the last however many years living outside of his family bubble.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Jackstar 1960 on November 27, 2016, 09:24:47 AM
Interesting pic on Instagram today with Daniel Rioli, with Daniel helping him with his move East
Well done Daniel and RFC  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 27, 2016, 09:26:34 AM
It is part of this new alt right don't worry about facts or truth trend, just make poo up to suite your self
You're not an Owl, just a pidgeon. It is a rhetorical 'marker in time' that I can refer back to if proven right. See, I try to differentiate myself from Minions who attempt to prove themselves right 'after the fact'. I should have added that the usual 'snowflakes' would be triggered by it and I would have had two victories already!
Don't give us the poos oracle, tell us bout this "go home profile".  Any player that is recruited from interstate fits that so you are hardly making some stuffing Nostradamus riddle worth a poo
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: mat073 on November 27, 2016, 09:54:44 AM
LMAO...go home factor .
Matthew Pavlich anyone.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on November 27, 2016, 11:43:56 AM
LMAO...go home factor .
Matthew Pavlich anyone.
Nah. Too old! ;D
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: eliminator on November 27, 2016, 03:47:02 PM
Good luck to him. Hope he really succeeds at the club.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Ruanaidh on November 27, 2016, 07:34:33 PM
Makes for a refreshing change from some posters who try to prove themselves right after the fact that they are proven wrong.
Happy to be proven wrong (Rioli's intervention may help) and the other 2 picks were reasonable given our needs and the kids available at each selection.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Sticky Fingers on November 27, 2016, 11:26:44 PM
LMAO...go home factor .
Matthew Pavlich anyone.

Alex Rance?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Sticky Fingers on November 27, 2016, 11:40:19 PM
Don't really understand how he gots a go home profile.

The kid boarded away from home at Wesley College.

Bit like Cyril boarding at high school. Great experience for him I would say???

The go home factor for mine is an invention of the AFL to explain why no one wants to stay at Brisbane. I guess they can't just come out and say that the Lions are a pooe club. I am sure you get the odd player who does genuinely get badly homesick and wants to go back to his home state, but I reckon they are pretty rare.

Out of interest regarding Shai Bolton, I think the fact he boarded at Wesley is immaterial to the discussion either way. Wesley is only 70km from where he lived before going to school there. Boarding would just have been a convenience. Probably did teach him some independence, but 70km isn't like coming to Perth from the Kimberley. Family were just down the road really.

Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: FlashGordon on November 28, 2016, 09:04:59 AM
Got a bit of a Jeff Garlett thing about him..dont mind this kid. Only knock is he is a featherweight, but stuff it, we need speed at the fall of the ball and a nose for goal and this kid has it. Lets see how he goes at the top level.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 28, 2016, 11:49:05 AM
Every bloke leaves home ffs.  When you are a teenager you can't stuffing get out the door fast enough, unless you are a whiney little mummy's boy.  Here you get an opportunity to play sport, get financed to do it and leave home and be independant.  It is like winning tatsstuffinglotto!
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Diocletian on November 28, 2016, 02:42:57 PM
(https://cdndata.bigfooty.com/2016/11/313523_93590281ae26b182e7e05bc05b2b73ac.png)

"If the penny drops..."
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: FlashGordon on November 28, 2016, 02:49:39 PM
(https://cdndata.bigfooty.com/2016/11/313523_93590281ae26b182e7e05bc05b2b73ac.png)

"If the penny drops..."

not again??
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on November 28, 2016, 02:50:30 PM
(https://cdndata.bigfooty.com/2016/11/313523_93590281ae26b182e7e05bc05b2b73ac.png)

"If the penny drops..."
Quick!!!! We must employ a penny dropping experrt!
Title: Why Shai Bolton stands out (afl site)
Post by: one-eyed on November 28, 2016, 03:03:34 PM
Why Shai Bolton stands out

Ben Guthrie
AFL Media
28 November 2016


Shai Bolton is one of those players who will regularly bring the crowd to its feet.

The wiry West Australian, taken by Richmond with its first pick (No. 29 overall) in the 2016 AFL National Draft, is blessed with blazing speed, a supreme confidence in his ability, and a natural instinct for the game.

“He does things on the football field that I've never seen another player do,” South Fremantle player development manager Jason Pedulla says.

One of those audacious things he attempted was a handball behind his back to a teammate for his colts side early in the WAFL season.

It was the round three game against East Perth, when the ball became lodged behind Bolton's back, that he attempted the unthinkable.

“To even think about trying to do something like that is rare, and to pull something like that off, is even rarer.  He's extremely enjoyable to watch,” Pedulla says.

Those special attributes were on display in the AFL All Stars game on Grand Final eve, as Bolton collected 16 touches, seven inside-50s and a goal in a standout performance.

Anyone who was watching from the Punt Road Oval stand that afternoon, saw Bolton leave opponents in the dust with his run and carry and use his spring to haul in a footy he had no right to mark.

“As soon as I get the ball and I have space I try to take off,” Bolton says.

“You've got to play to your strengths, and that's mine.”

Bolton, who turns 18 in December, followed that up with bags of four goals in two straight finals games for South Fremantle to end the season.

The 177cm small forward, who can push onto the wing when required, also kicked seven goals from 20 disposals in round 22 to further underline his talent.

He also demonstrated mental resilience to bounce back from stress fractures in his back that kept him sidelined in his bottom-age under-17 season.

Bolton, who lived in Mandurah in 2016 after originating from Forrestdale just outside Perth, has a strong football pedigree. His father Darren played two matches for Fremantle in 1999, which he feels has been helpful as he prepares for his own AFL journey.

Despite his standout showings at WAFL level, Bolton – even by his own admission – was a little down on his output when playing for Western Australia in the under-18 national championships this year.

The unassuming youngster still kicked five goals for the carnival, but won just 27 per cent of his possessions contested – the second-lowest percentage of any player to play at least three games in division one.

Notwithstanding that, AFL talent development manager Michael Ablett watched Bolton play regularly this season, and rates him highly for the X-factor he possesses.

“You've got to take the good with the bad,” Ablett says.

“He's going to do some things where he might cost you a goal, and then he might kick four in a quarter and win you a game, too.

“That's what makes those guys so valuable . . .”

“Bolton ran 2.95 seconds in the 20m sprint test at the AFL Draft Combine and was placed second in the running vertical jump test (94cm off his left leg) behind only eventual No. 1 pick Andrew McGrath.

Pedulla stressed to Bolton throughout the year to keep the natural flair in his game, but also to focus on doing the team things like chasing and pressuring the opposition.

“He needs to do the little things week in, week out, and the flashy things are going to follow,” Pedulla says.

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2016-11-28/why-shai-bolton-stands-out
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Tigeritis™©® on November 28, 2016, 04:00:18 PM
...."The wiry West Australian, taken by Richmond with its first pick (No. 29 overall) in the 2016 AFL National Draft, is blessed with blazing speed, a supreme confidence in his ability, and a natural instinct for the game"

..."As soon as I get the ball I have space I try to take off", Bolton says.


How long will it take for Hardwick to slow this kid down, crush his confidence and sap all the natural flare?

If Hardwick stays on indefinitely I'm guessing it won't take that long and we will see this poor bastard kicking 20 metre dinky's sideways and backwards like the rest of the other young guns he's ruined.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on November 28, 2016, 04:18:21 PM
...."The wiry West Australian, taken by Richmond with its first pick (No. 29 overall) in the 2016 AFL National Draft, is blessed with blazing speed, a supreme confidence in his ability, and a natural instinct for the game"

..."As soon as I get the ball I have space I try to take off", Bolton says.


How long will it take for Hardwick to slow this kid down, crush his confidence and sap all the natural flare?

If Hardwick stays on indefinitely I'm guessing it won't take that long and we will see this poor bastard kicking 20 metre dinky's sideways and backwards like the rest of the other young guns he's ruined.
The RFC, ruining careers since 1982... :rollin
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Tigeritis™©® on November 28, 2016, 05:57:38 PM
...."The wiry West Australian, taken by Richmond with its first pick (No. 29 overall) in the 2016 AFL National Draft, is blessed with blazing speed, a supreme confidence in his ability, and a natural instinct for the game"

..."As soon as I get the ball I have space I try to take off", Bolton says.


How long will it take for Hardwick to slow this kid down, crush his confidence and sap all the natural flare?

If Hardwick stays on indefinitely I'm guessing it won't take that long and we will see this poor bastard kicking 20 metre dinky's sideways and backwards like the rest of the other young guns he's ruined.
The RFC, ruining careers since 1982... :rollin
:clapping  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 28, 2016, 06:07:11 PM
...."The wiry West Australian, taken by Richmond with its first pick (No. 29 overall) in the 2016 AFL National Draft, is blessed with blazing speed, a supreme confidence in his ability, and a natural instinct for the game"

..."As soon as I get the ball I have space I try to take off", Bolton says.


How long will it take for Hardwick to slow this kid down, crush his confidence and sap all the natural flare?

If Hardwick stays on indefinitely I'm guessing it won't take that long and we will see this poor bastard kicking 20 metre dinky's sideways and backwards like the rest of the other young guns he's ruined.

Actually i think youll find that Hardwick is obsessed, probably to the point of stupidity, in having a player that that has dash and can run and carry off half back.

It's why they recruited Yarran.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on November 30, 2016, 02:41:57 AM
Shai Bolton at RFC training:

(http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480218.jpg) (http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480219.jpg)
(http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480220.jpg) (http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480221.jpg)
(http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480236.jpg) (http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480241.jpg)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: New draftee Shai Bolton of the Tigers in action during the Richmond Tigers training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Australia on November 28, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
http://www.aflphotos.com.au/galleries/results/?q=collection:AFL%202016%20Training%20-%20Richmond%20281116&image_id=480221
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on November 30, 2016, 06:47:56 AM
He looks unsettlingly like JON, in physique and even that wispy moustache....
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 30, 2016, 09:15:59 AM
JON was taller and heavier
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on November 30, 2016, 09:20:22 AM
JON was taller and heavier

Was his kicking better?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on November 30, 2016, 09:24:07 AM
didn't leave any impression on me that I recall. 
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: big tone on November 30, 2016, 09:53:46 PM
Shai Bolton at RFC training:

(http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480218.jpg) (http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480219.jpg)
(http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480220.jpg) (http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480221.jpg)
(http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480236.jpg) (http://www.aflphotos.com.au/images/thumbs/450/2016/11/28/480241.jpg)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: New draftee Shai Bolton of the Tigers in action during the Richmond Tigers training session at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne, Australia on November 28, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
http://www.aflphotos.com.au/galleries/results/?q=collection:AFL%202016%20Training%20-%20Richmond%20281116&image_id=480221
That's one skinny kid. FMD
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 30, 2016, 10:12:09 PM
yep.
the skinny little sword namer that dances around you and makes you wish you had a handful of rocks to throw at his back as he runs away from you with the ball
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on November 30, 2016, 10:20:00 PM
yep.
the skinny little sword namer that dances around you and makes you wish you had a handful of rocks to throw at his back as he runs away from you with the ball

 :lol sounds like you have had some experience Al
His highlights didn't fill me with confidence in the quality of his kicking or decision making but he's quick and backs himself.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on November 30, 2016, 10:40:00 PM
most people who have played footy would have experienced having one of those whippy little stuffs leave you flat footed.

you wanted to dump them into the dirt but you could never lay a hand on them
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Sticky Fingers on November 30, 2016, 10:41:19 PM
He looks happy enough
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Yeahright on November 30, 2016, 11:27:42 PM
most people who have played footy would have experienced having one of those whippy little stuffs leave you flat footed.

you wanted to dump them into the dirt but you could never lay a hand on them

Not me, who the stuff defends? Send everyone forward and attack attack attack!
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on December 01, 2016, 12:06:27 AM
5 years in the backline for Shai, just for the experts, learn the defensive side he must......apparently, great running off half back, all the clichés. He will never be allowed to cross the 50. That should suit the backline fanatics.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Owl on December 01, 2016, 08:02:08 AM
speaking of sword namers
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: FlashGordon on December 01, 2016, 09:22:02 AM
most people who have played footy would have experienced having one of those whippy little stuffs leave you flat footed.

you wanted to dump them into the dirt but you could never lay a hand on them

yeah they were around in the suburban leagues and juniors too.  Not to fussed about his weight, Jeff Garlett MKII if he can stack on a couple of KGs of muscle. ;)
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: the claw on December 01, 2016, 01:01:11 PM
lol at this pick not the kid himself.who knows he may go alright.

The only decent pick we have and we use it on a runt with enough weaknesses to be concerned about.
We could have picked up this type with much later picks or rookie picks./

14 smalls on the list we just used pick 15 on Rioli the yr before. Lloyd had a good yr and kicked 35 goals and we had another two genuine sml fwds  plus Edwards on the list sml fwd imo was no priority  and what do we do we take this kid with our only decent nd pick and we actually get a kid who shows just as much as this bloke with our only rookie pick. and fools try to defend it.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on December 01, 2016, 01:07:49 PM
lol at this pick not the kid himself.who knows he may go alright.

The only decent pick we have and we use it on a runt with enough weaknesses to be concerned about.
We could have picked up this type with much later picks or rookie picks./

14 smalls on the list we just used pick 15 on Rioli the yr before. Lloyd had a good yr and kicked 35 goals and we had another two genuine sml fwds  plus Edwards on the list sml fwd imo was no priority  and what do we do we take this kid with our only decent nd pick and we actually get a kid who shows just as much as this bloke with our only rookie pick. and fools try to defend it.
Who would you have picked at pick 29 claw?
We can then revisit this thread in 4 years and compare the two players progress.....
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Penelope on December 01, 2016, 01:28:04 PM
5 years in the backline for Shai, just for the experts, learn the defensive side he must......apparently, great running off half back, all the clichés. He will never be allowed to cross the 50. That should suit the backline fanatics.
The knuckle dragging irony is,the only person that actually says this is you.

as an aside, what would you name your sword, if you were allowed near sharp objects?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: the claw on December 01, 2016, 02:15:51 PM
lol at this pick not the kid himself.who knows he may go alright.

The only decent pick we have and we use it on a runt with enough weaknesses to be concerned about.
We could have picked up this type with much later picks or rookie picks./

14 smalls on the list we just used pick 15 on Rioli the yr before. Lloyd had a good yr and kicked 35 goals and we had another two genuine sml fwds  plus Edwards on the list sml fwd imo was no priority  and what do we do we take this kid with our only decent nd pick and we actually get a kid who shows just as much as this bloke with our only rookie pick. and fools try to defend it.
Who would you have picked at pick 29 claw?
We can then revisit this thread in 4 years and compare the two players progress.....
Harrison MaCreadie Gws acadamy player he went later in the draft at pick 47.There was two other KPDS  still there at this pick as well who went just after 29 who  i  would have gladly taken.
If your going to revisit then im going to say we should have had more late picks at least three how hard would it ave been to get say another pick in the 50s and two in the 6os.  and more rookie picks as well.Luke Ryan went very late oh for just one lousy pick in the 60s egh.

 i would have taken  Lachlan Filipovic ruckman reckon he will be a beauty. Jake Barrott tough inside player who just cant get a game at gws.   simple fact is there  was plenty i would have been keen to see us give a game to with very late nd and rookie picks if only we had  had the balls to cut a bit deeper as should have been done

The player i most wanted in this draft was Will Brodie ironically he was still there at pick 6.

Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Willy on December 01, 2016, 03:18:19 PM
Let's face it, Claw would pee and moan irrespective of who we pick up.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: 🏅Dooks on December 01, 2016, 03:51:48 PM
5 years in the backline for Shai, just for the experts, learn the defensive side he must......apparently, great running off half back, all the clichés. He will never be allowed to cross the 50. That should suit the backline fanatics.

Give it a rest mate. Your whole ironic 'backline' speel wasnt funny the first time, nor was it funny the 200th time.


Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: the claw on December 01, 2016, 08:34:43 PM
Let's face it, Claw would pee and moan irrespective of who we pick up.
I dont believe i have bagged any of our picks.
What i am complaining about is the direction we took and list management. I was complaining about those things well before this off season.Bolton may end up another  Betts who knows but he certainly was not a key list need.
Sml fwds and ruckmen always with late nd or rookie picks unless they are total stand outs.  im afraid to say LeBois and stengle look just as likely as Bolton and they were both rookie picks.
With hindsight the way it panned out we could have had both for a song biut it was always likely they would be there very late.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: WA Tiger on December 01, 2016, 09:14:10 PM
5 years in the backline for Shai, just for the experts, learn the defensive side he must......apparently, great running off half back, all the clichés. He will never be allowed to cross the 50. That should suit the backline fanatics.

Give it a rest mate. Your whole ironic 'backline' speel wasnt funny the first time, nor was it funny the 200th time.

Bit like your crap Hampson posts that never ever end, millions of the rubbish, or the pots about watching the ball onto the boot. Or your "nice guy" poo.....yeah!!!!!
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Sticky Fingers on December 01, 2016, 10:58:39 PM
What i am complaining about is the direction we took and list management. I was complaining about those things well before this off season.Bolton may end up another  Betts who knows but he certainly was not a key list need.
Sml fwds and ruckmen always with late nd or rookie picks unless they are total stand outs.  im afraid to say LeBois and stengle look just as likely as Bolton and they were both rookie picks.
With hindsight the way it panned out we could have had both for a song biut it was always likely they would be there very late.

I agree with this. I assume we drafted Bolton because we felt he was the best player available at the time. Because for sure I do not understand the strategy involved in taking this type of player so high.

I really hope he makes it as I do with all our draftees.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Knighter on December 01, 2016, 11:08:47 PM
Bolton was the most talented player left at 29 and by a fair way. Scum were peeed we grabbed him the pick before their first one. LOL
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: 🏅Dooks on December 02, 2016, 06:00:57 AM
5 years in the backline for Shai, just for the experts, learn the defensive side he must......apparently, great running off half back, all the clichés. He will never be allowed to cross the 50. That should suit the backline fanatics.

Give it a rest mate. Your whole ironic 'backline' speel wasnt funny the first time, nor was it funny the 200th time.

Bit like your crap Hampson posts that never ever end, millions of the rubbish, or the pots about watching the ball onto the boot. Or your "nice guy" poo.....yeah!!!!!

Mate, Im resonsible for about 5% of those posts, which consensus is that they are truthful and humorous. Hence, 95% of the credit belongs with other site experts which unfortunately i cant claim.

Anyway can we get back on topic please.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: MintOnLamb on December 02, 2016, 08:35:43 AM
Bolton was the most talented player left at 29 and by a fair way. Scum were peeed we grabbed him the pick before their first one. LOL
So Begley was their next choice. I would have taken Begly but time will tell (and we may yell) also will watch Kobe Mutch with interst.
Note Himmelberg went to Adelaide at @51 :shh
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Knighter on December 02, 2016, 09:53:57 AM
What makes u think Begleynwas our next choice Mint?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: MintOnLamb on December 02, 2016, 12:22:38 PM
What makes u think Begleynwas our next choice Mint?
Well that's who I would have thought was the best available player at that stage BUT what do I know?
Knighter, who would you have thought?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: The Machine on December 03, 2016, 08:30:37 AM
Very happy with this selection as he was the best available as he was rated very highly by most (top 20) and it might allow Rioli to play further up the ground in years to come. Bolton is explosive and weaves through traffic with ease and swoops on the ball when it hits the deck. He along with Stengle have me most exited about what our forward half could become  :thumbsup
Title: Bolton just what Tigers are craving: KB (Herald-Sun)
Post by: one-eyed on December 03, 2016, 06:01:58 PM
Bolton just what Tigers are craving

GLENN McFARLANE
Herald Sun
3 December 2016


RICHMOND legend Kevin Bartlett has given the club’s new No.29 Shai Bolton his stamp of approval, saying the club desperately needs the speed and excitement the young West Australian has the capacity to produce.

Bartlett met Bolton, who turns 18 on Thursday, at Punt Rd this week to wish him well after being drafted to the Tigers at pick 29 in the national draft.

“I hope he turns out to be a lot better than me,” Bartlett said.

“From what they tell me, he has got exceptional pace and exceptional skills and is quite an impressive player.

“Shai obviously needs to spend some time in the gym, but if he can bring those attributes to the team over the next few years, that’s going to be a real bonus for the club.

“We need more players like that.”

Bolton hadn’t heard of Bartlett when the club asked him to take on one of the club’s most revered numbers.

But he jumped at the chance after going on a video crash course on what the Tigers icon achieved in his 403-game career.

“I would be proud to be wearing any Richmond number; I’m just happy to be drafted,” Bolton said.

“But to be able to wear his number is a massive honour.”

“They showed me a video of him and told me he kicked seven goals in a Grand Final (1980) and that he played the third most games ever.”

The No.29 jumper became available this year when Ty Vickery took a free agency route to Hawthorn and Bartlett gave Bolton the same advice that he has given past players to have worn his jumper since his retirement in 1983.

“I asked him if he liked to handball and he said he does,” Bartlett joked.

“I told him to forget about it, it’s a fad and a craze that will never take off.

“I would prefer him to just accelerate and explode away and kick the goals.”

South Fremantle insiders marvelled this year at one of Bolton’s more unusual handballs in a colts match when he somehow managed to execute one from behind his body.

KB may not have loved the fact it was a handball, but he would have been delighted by the flair and ball skills that brought it about.

Bolton is a distant relative of the Krakouer brothers and says he has tried to base his game on his two favourite players — Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli and Fremantle’s Michael Walters.

“I want to play that fast forward kind of role,” he said.

“I want to make sure I work as hard as I can and just give 100 per cent effort on the field.

Originally from Katanning, he has lived in Mandurah for most of his life, while also attending boarding school in Perth and coming through the South Fremantle colts.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/richmond/shai-bolton-to-inherit-richmond-legend-kevin-bartletts-no29/news-story/3705aa9b443ef47a319692b9a3524d32
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Chuck17 on December 03, 2016, 06:32:01 PM
Since he was at punt road did he manage to squeeze out an apology to Dusty?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: 🏅Dooks on December 03, 2016, 06:38:44 PM
Since he was at punt road did he manage to squeeze out an apology to Dusty?

Nope
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Chuck17 on December 03, 2016, 06:41:35 PM
Since he was at punt road did he manage to squeeze out an apology to Dusty?

Nope

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: 🏅Dooks on December 03, 2016, 06:45:56 PM
Since he was at punt road did he manage to squeeze out an apology to Dusty?

Nope

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm

He would, appear to be, acting like a coward
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on December 04, 2016, 05:44:47 PM

Shai Bolton profile

afldraftcentral.com.au

Outside Midfielder/Small Forward | South Fremantle/Western Australia
08/12/1998 | 177cm | 67kg

Player Comparison: Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)


Snapshot:


Shai Bolton is one of the cleanest players to available in the 2016 draft crop and is considered a top 30 pick. Bolton, son of ex-Peel Thunder player Darren, is a special player in the way he can just break games open with his speed and evasiveness. This has been on full display as he has shown this for South Fremantle at WAFL Colts and at the Under 18s National Champioships for Western Australia.

Bolton has really turned it on this year as a small forward at Colts level, with the Bulldogs small is a class or two above his opponents in the way he reads the game. That led to him being selected for the West Australian Under 18s National Championships squad where he continued to impress scouts. During the national championships, he showed glimpses of a player who could follow the foot step of other small forwards who have made it all the way into the AFL.

Bolton is a class above most players as he is evasive, quick and is a really smart player as he often creates opportunities for himself. This really sets himself apart from most of the small forwards in the draft pool. But like Under 18 small forwards, consistency is something Bolton will need to work on as he can fade in and out of games at times. Another improvement for Bolton is his decision making because at times he can rush his decisions, especially when running at line-break speeds.

Statistics:

(https://afldraftcentral.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/S-Bolton.png)

Strengths

    Speed
    Evasiveness
    Goal sense
    Footy smarts


The one thing that makes Bolton different to others in his position is his speed and agility on the ground. Bolton dodges, weaves and in basketball terms, breaks some ankles in the way he moves. This makes him close to if not the most mercurial player in this draft whether its creating a scoring shot or selling candy up the ground, Bolton can do it as his bag of tricks is in gravitational proportions.

In an era where breaking the lines is a valued asset, and metres gained is a statistic that is now looked upon more than ever, Bolton is a player that ticks both boxes. While he does play forward of centre, it would not be surprising to see him used further up the field as we have seen with some small forwards in the past, such as Neville Jetta and Leon Davis. Both seemed to reinvigorate their careers as small running defenders, so it will be interesting to see if Bolton adds that element to his game and becomes a versatile player who can do damage at both ends of the field.

Another thing that makes Bolton a good player is his general goal sense. He has an uncanny ability to kick goals from places where you wouldn’t expect. His ability to finish whether its snapping the ball, kicking on the run or even in a set shot is outstanding for a small forward of his calibre. Even when kicking the ball quickly out of a pack situation or just inside the boundary you can back Bolton in as he is a dead eye from every part of the forward line.

To add to his great evasiveness and goal sense is his footy smarts. Bolton is a smart footballer as he knows how to find the ball with little to no effort as a wingman and small forward. He’s always that one step ahead of his opposition player and often finds space for himself by outsmarting his opponents. He knows where to run and when to run as a wingman to break games open for his team. As a small forward he knows exactly when to fly for marks or read where ball spill off hands to crumb. With the game becoming faster at the elite level, Bolton will look at home as he is always thinking ahead of his opposition.

Overall, Bolton does ooze X-factor in the way he moves and adds a point of difference to the game. While he is not going to be a huge prototype midfielder or contested winning beast, Bolton does add a sense of excitement waiting around the stoppages to accelerate away from his opponents.

Improvements:


    Consistency
    Decision Making


Bolton’s biggest aspect that needs addressing is his consistency. At times he can float in and out of games and sometimes struggles to have impact. This can be both week to week or quarter to quarter. While it is the case for many young players and particularly small forwards still crafting and developing their game, it is something Bolton will need to work on when he competes at AFL level.

His ability to find the football and goal kicking week in week out can be inconsistent. This might be due to him relying on others to win the football for now, while he waits for a quick handball on the outside to use his pace, or drift forward to find space for an uncontested mark. At the elite level, he will have to learn to work himself into games in other ways such as through defensive pressure.

With ball retention inside the forward 50 a huge factor in the AFL, Bolton will need to continue to work on his consistency, and further develop his defensive game to match that of his offensive game. No doubt Bolton is a star with the football, but what stands small forwards or indeed smaller players as a whole, out from others, is when they apply frenzied pressure on the ball carrying defenders. If defenders know someone is about to hunt them down, they will rush the kick and will likely lead to an ineffective disposal.

Decision making is another aspect Bolton will look to improve at the top level. At times, Bolton can blaze away with the ball and often does not take time to straighten himself to kick the football. This makes his kicking quite loopy and inaccurate when he can easily take an extra half second to size up his kicks. Generally it is something that can occur to players that are unaware their speed or ball carrying is at a much higher level than their peers often think there is more pressure on them than there is at times. Once Bolton is able to correctly harness this aspect, and have the right balance between knowing when he has time to straighten up and when he does need an extra couple of steps, that will push him game through to another level.

Highlights:
https://youtu.be/XHJcCtLh7lo

Summary:

Bolton as a player has traits not too dissimilar to Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli, with an outstanding step to get around his opponent.  Bolton like Rioli isn’t a huge disposal winner, but can be exciting with ball in hand. He will likely land somewhere in the second or third round of the National Draft. Clubs such as Sydney, West Coast and Western Bulldogs could all use small forwards who are creative and could use Bolton’s services.

Bolton is a marvel in the way he glides around the ground using his evasiveness, speed and footy smarts to break games open. He’s a player you would pay to see as he can, on his day, kick goal of the year and take mark of the year in the same game.

https://afldraftcentral.com.au/player/shai-bolton/
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: MintOnLamb on December 05, 2016, 11:11:37 AM
Just heard on SEN that we have taken a punt on this guy, he has the talent no doubt but the issue is moving East and the allure of home.

Let's hope it all works out well for Shai and RFC.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on December 05, 2016, 11:17:42 AM
Just heard on SEN that we have taken a punt on this guy, he has the talent no doubt but the issue is moving East and the allure of home.

Let's hope it all works out well for Shai and RFC.
FFS. We create an environment where he wants to stay. Pretty simple.
Most WA boys love it here. I have a few friends from WA and they are always jealous of the vast variety of clubs and nightlife we have here. So he just needs to make a few friends and have some success. Basic stuff.

SEN are just tugging our chains.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: MintOnLamb on December 05, 2016, 11:38:49 AM
Just heard on SEN that we have taken a punt on this guy, he has the talent no doubt but the issue is moving East and the allure of home.

Let's hope it all works out well for Shai and RFC.
FFS. We create an environment where he wants to stay. Pretty simple.
Most WA boys love it here. I have a few friends from WA and they are always jealous of the vast variety of clubs and nightlife we have here. So he just needs to make a few friends and have some success. Basic stuff.

SEN are just tugging our chains.

fair enough, they gots' to talk bout sumfink I 'spose.
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Diocletian on December 05, 2016, 06:22:12 PM
If he gets homesick we trade him in two years - if he looks the goods we probably get a higher pick than what we used on him or a similar one at worst...or a homesick Vic like Lachie Weller.... :shh
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Ruanaidh on December 05, 2016, 09:12:31 PM
Although my prediction that he has the GHP gene predeliction is now confirmed (when will people stop doubting me), I do like his latest RFC video  :shh
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on December 05, 2016, 09:14:27 PM
Although my prediction that he has the GHP gene predeliction is now confirmed (when will people stop doubting me), I do like his latest RFC video  :shh
Confirmed? Has he held a press conference?
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Ruanaidh on December 05, 2016, 09:49:23 PM
Although my prediction that he has the GHP gene predeliction is now confirmed (when will people stop doubting me), I do like his latest RFC video  :shh
Confirmed? Has he held a press conference?
Surely you don't doubt SEN's 'sources'!.......but in truth I hope he works out and stays. He will be a human 'highlight' reel if he does........unless Dimma coaches it out of him!
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on December 08, 2016, 04:43:56 PM
It's Bolts 18th birthday today  :birthday

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2016-12-08/bolton-turns-18


Here's some training highlights as well: http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2016-12-05/brief-glimpse-at-boltons-flair
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on December 08, 2016, 06:50:07 PM
Likely the training highlights :thumbsup
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: one-eyed on March 15, 2017, 02:42:02 AM
VFL first look at Bolton ...

VIDEO: http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2017-03-13/vfl-first-look-at-bolton
Title: Re: Pick 29. Shai Bolton
Post by: MintOnLamb on March 15, 2017, 06:26:46 AM
From the video, Shai looked too quick, ran into space, presented and tackled well, kicked to targets and created play. Grigg and Ellis wouldn't like that
Title: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: one-eyed on May 18, 2017, 06:23:20 PM
Good luck to Shai  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: sdc01 on May 18, 2017, 06:24:06 PM
excellent news...hope he kicks some ass
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: 🏅Dooks on May 18, 2017, 06:26:51 PM
Sauce called it Tuesday.  :thumbsup

Best of luck to the young man  :gotigers
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: one-eyed on May 18, 2017, 06:27:32 PM
Exciting small forward Shai Bolton will make his senior debut with Richmond in Saturday’s match against Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium.

Bolton, who was the Tigers’ first pick (No. 29 overall) in the 2016 AFL National Draft, has produced some impressive performances at VFL level over the past few weeks.

He had 19 disposals and kicked a goal against unbeaten team Box Hill last Sunday, prompting Richmond’s VFL coach Craig McRae to comment on the Club’s website earlier this week, “His disposal numbers are good for a small forward and his pressure is there for everyone to see.”

The 175cm, 70kg, 18-year-old, recruited from WAFL club South Fremantle, is renowned for his blistering speed, high skill level, aerial ability and overall X-factor.

Source: RFC website (http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2017-05-18/round-9-team-announcement)
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Ruanaidh on May 18, 2017, 06:33:42 PM
Sauce called it Tuesday.  :thumbsup

Best of luck to the young man  :gotigers
Yeah...well done Dooks. He is a 'special' type of player ala Cyril Rioli with a tank.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: eliminator on May 18, 2017, 06:35:46 PM
Good luck to him. Hope he has a very successful career at the club.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Simonator on May 18, 2017, 06:46:28 PM
Now we just need butler back and see ya castagna
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Diocletian on May 18, 2017, 10:47:56 PM
Marty McGrath II :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: mat073 on May 18, 2017, 11:47:57 PM
Good luck Shai  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Yeahright on May 19, 2017, 12:29:05 AM
Bring the pressure and you get a tick. Anything else is a bonus
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Tigeritis™©® on May 19, 2017, 07:39:44 PM
This kids got major X factor, has an unbelievable standing leap, runs like the wind & is as quick as anyone I've seen. This kid could be anything.......









...........but he's at Richmond soooooooo :whistle
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Eat_em_Alive on May 19, 2017, 07:41:54 PM
 :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: 🏅Dooks on May 19, 2017, 07:53:59 PM
This kids got major X factor, has an unbelievable standing leap, runs like the wind & is as quick as anyone I've seen. This kid could be anything.......









...........but he's at Richmond soooooooo :whistle

Suited to the modern game.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: dwaino on May 19, 2017, 09:22:36 PM
(http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/southpark/images/1/17/Ep_109_starvinmarvin.gif/revision/latest?cb=20070818234354)
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Chuck17 on May 19, 2017, 10:32:18 PM
Just waiting for the ten possession game and then the peanuts to start the bagging
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on May 19, 2017, 10:50:24 PM
Marty McGrath II :shh

Good, I'm looking forward to his bag of 5 tomorrow
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Diocletian on May 19, 2017, 10:54:24 PM
 :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Yeahright on May 20, 2017, 11:37:16 AM
Just waiting for the ten possession game and then the peanuts to start the bagging

If he gets 10 he's done extremely well :clapping
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on May 20, 2017, 01:43:43 PM
Just waiting for the ten possession game and then the peanuts to start the bagging

If he gets 10 he's done extremely well :clapping

Can we just preempt the bagging now?
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Tigeritis™©® on May 20, 2017, 03:47:01 PM
If Cyril is delicious and Daniel is delectable, Bolton will be scrumptious.  :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: one-eyed on May 20, 2017, 04:34:57 PM
Special moment for Shai Bolton as he's presented with his 🐯 jumper by '67 premiership player, Billy Brown.
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAPuxU_UAAAW-uy.jpg)
https://twitter.com/Richmond_FC
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Diocletian on May 20, 2017, 05:55:47 PM
Started to show a few good signs in that second quarter....
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Lozza on May 20, 2017, 07:25:19 PM
Needs to learn to keep his feet and also when to fly for the mark and when to crumb. Seemed a bit lost at times but could have been the hero, will surely remember his first game for the Tigers for all the wrong reasons.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: The Machine on May 20, 2017, 07:29:07 PM
Needs to learn to keep his feet and also when to fly for the mark and when to crumb. Seemed a bit lost at times but could have been the hero, will surely remember his first game for the Tigers for all the wrong reasons.


Lots of players slipped over on that poo ground
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: dwaino on May 20, 2017, 07:35:02 PM
Thought he was doing his best horizontal-Morris impersonations.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: mightytiges on May 20, 2017, 07:35:53 PM
Did a few exciting things. Worth persisting with for the rest of the season as we need to find better players. 
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: big tone on May 20, 2017, 07:57:50 PM
No need to sugar coat it, he looked lost.
Cold hard fact IMO.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Chuck17 on May 20, 2017, 08:07:13 PM
And there you go it ls started already
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: tony_montana on May 20, 2017, 08:09:19 PM
And there you go it ls started already

No it hasnt - its ok to state he looked lost.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Chuck17 on May 20, 2017, 08:10:25 PM
Yes it has, he couldn't help himself
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: tony_montana on May 20, 2017, 08:17:06 PM
Yes it has, he couldn't help himself

you mean you couldnt help yourself
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Tigeritis™©® on May 20, 2017, 08:32:02 PM
9 disposals (7 contested), 3 tackles, 5 score involvements, 10 pressure acts & 1 disallowed goal.

Poor bastard plays for us so I hope he doesn't contract the disease.  :pray
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Eat_em_Alive on May 20, 2017, 08:47:05 PM
9 disposals (7 contested), 3 tackles, 5 score involvements, 10 pressure acts & 1 disallowed goal.

Poor bastard plays for us so I hope he doesn't contract the disease.  :pray
T I G E R I T I S
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: WilliamPowell on May 20, 2017, 08:53:21 PM
Needs to learn to keep his feet and also when to fly for the mark and when to crumb. Seemed a bit lost at times but could have been the hero, will surely remember his first game for the Tigers for all the wrong reasons.


Lots of players slipped over on that poo ground

Actually interested to see what it looked like on TV

Being there it looked like a patch work quilt.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Go Richo 12 on May 20, 2017, 09:04:18 PM
Needs to learn to keep his feet and also when to fly for the mark and when to crumb. Seemed a bit lost at times but could have been the hero, will surely remember his first game for the Tigers for all the wrong reasons.


Lots of players slipped over on that poo ground

Actually interested to see what it looked like on TV

Being there it looked like a patch work quilt.
It looked like poo.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: TigerLand on May 20, 2017, 09:09:52 PM
Looked like crap
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Yeahright on May 22, 2017, 07:16:02 PM
Does he usually run so far under the ball?
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on May 26, 2017, 12:57:03 PM
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick believes talented Tiger teenage small forward Shai Bolton is well equipped to build on the gains he made in his AFL debut against Greater Western Sydney at Spotless Stadium last Saturday.

The 18-year-old had nine disposals, including seven contested possessions, three tackles, and went desperately close to winning the game for the Tigers with a snapshot goal that was subsequently overturned on review.

“It was probably a game of half chances for Shai.  He was thereabouts a couple of times . . . nearly kicked the match-winner,” Hardwick said.

“He’ll be better for the run this week, I’ve got no doubt about that.

“He’s got some agility, he’s got some toe, he’s got some finish . . . And not much fazes Shai, to be honest.

“We’ve just got to get him more involved, and that will come as he gains experience.

“He’s going to be a good player for us.”

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2017-05-26/hardwick-backs-bolton
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Ruanaidh on May 26, 2017, 07:36:05 PM
Does he usually run so far under the ball?
No..his positioning/timing was out last week. He will be great when he adjusts to the pace and different angles/depth of disposals at this level. This is one kid who is made for AFL.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: 🏅Dooks on May 26, 2017, 07:44:39 PM
Does he usually run so far under the ball?
No..his timing was out last week. He will be great when he adjusts to the pace and different angles/depth of disposals at this level. This is one kid who is made for AFL.

Spot on 
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Tigeritis™©® on May 26, 2017, 09:11:56 PM
Does he usually run so far under the ball?
No..his timing was out last week. He will be great when he adjusts to the pace and different angles/depth of disposals at this level. This is one kid who is made for AFL.

Spot on
Yeh but he's at Richmond.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton to debut
Post by: Yeahright on May 27, 2017, 12:58:53 AM
Does he usually run so far under the ball?
No..

Good. A positive though is despite running so far under the ball his massive leap sure made up for it at times. Will be hard to go with as a small who can leap at the ball like that if it all clicks
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: JP Tiger on May 28, 2017, 11:43:52 AM
Wow!  Just wow!  Speed a plenty & gifted ball skills ... we have a ripper here!  Just waiting for him to show he can also clunk a big hanger ...    :clapping
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: WilliamPowell on May 28, 2017, 11:51:48 AM
Think we got a glimpse last night of what we have to look forward to

 :clapping
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Willy on May 28, 2017, 01:02:00 PM
Hell yeah.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Diocletian on May 28, 2017, 03:12:18 PM
Steal of the draft.... :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Yeahright on May 28, 2017, 03:19:00 PM
What a cock tease, hope he doesn't give me blue balls his whole career :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: big tone on May 28, 2017, 04:20:04 PM
Liked what I saw of him last night. He has got some real tricks. He will get better with every game.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Eat_em_Alive on May 28, 2017, 05:40:25 PM
2 games. Looked a lil off pace very early but adjusted well.
Really looking forward to his progress in coming years
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: mightytiges on May 29, 2017, 12:25:22 AM
Liked what I saw of him last night. He has got some real tricks. He will get better with every game.
Agree BT. Really clean skills with ball in hand.

The most important thing Bolton did on Saturday night though was that chase down on Zaharakis IIRC in the 3rd qtr. Saved a goal as Essendon's F50 was wide open and it was a momentum changing moment for us. We went from 9 points down to being in front at 3/4 time after that tackle. Massive team-lifting stuff from a young guy in only his 2nd game.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: eliminator on May 29, 2017, 05:45:33 AM
Agree. Chase was critical. Affected the kick and led to a turn over.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: YellowandBlackBlood on May 29, 2017, 06:49:18 AM
Will fast become our own "Crackawoody".... :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Willy on May 29, 2017, 10:16:51 AM
Liked what I saw of him last night. He has got some real tricks. He will get better with every game.
Agree BT. Really clean skills with ball in hand.

The most important thing Bolton did on Saturday night though was that chase down on Zaharakis IIRC in the 3rd qtr. Saved a goal as Essendon's F50 was wide open and it was a momentum changing moment for us. We went from 9 points down to being in front at 3/4 time after that tackle. Massive team-lifting stuff from a young guy in only his 2nd game.

Yep, huge effort.

Really like the look of Shai.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: MintOnLamb on May 29, 2017, 11:05:48 AM
Liked what I saw of him last night. He has got some real tricks. He will get better with every game.
Agree BT. Really clean skills with ball in hand.

The most important thing Bolton did on Saturday night though was that chase down on Zaharakis IIRC in the 3rd qtr. Saved a goal as Essendon's F50 was wide open and it was a momentum changing moment for us. We went from 9 points down to being in front at 3/4 time after that tackle. Massive team-lifting stuff from a young guy in only his 2nd game.
Agree, but if it hadn't been dreamtime would probably have got pinged for legging zaharakis, esp by de-boy
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Ruanaidh on May 29, 2017, 01:53:27 PM
Early doors I said that Shai may be affected by the GHF... I believe that the Club and in particular Daniel Rioli is providing the support required to lessen the likelihood of him leaving once his initial 2 years is up. Happy to say that the balance of probability says I was wrong. :thumbsup. Unfortunately for Shai he may have caught the Tiger bug - oohhhh what a ride!
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Yeahright on May 29, 2017, 02:24:27 PM
Early doors I said that Shai may be affected by the GHF... I believe that the Club and in particular Daniel Rioli is providing the support required to lesson the likelihood of him leaving once his initial 2 years is up. Happy to say that the balance of probability says I was wrong. :thumbsup. Unfortunately for Shai he may have caught the Tiger bug - oohhhh what a ride!

You've been singing his praises for a few weeks now. Embellish it, let everyone know you were right and don't get caught up in showing people where you were wrong!
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on May 29, 2017, 06:45:42 PM
Shai can go one of 2 directions, Michael Mitchell or Marty McGrath. Let's hope it's the former as I can't recall an X factor as good Mitchell since he burst on the scene 30 years ago
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Ruanaidh on May 30, 2017, 05:10:09 AM
Early doors I said that Shai may be affected by the GHF... I believe that the Club and in particular Daniel Rioli is providing the support required to lessen the likelihood of him leaving once his initial 2 years is up. Happy to say that the balance of probability says I was wrong. :thumbsup. Unfortunately for Shai he may have caught the Tiger bug - oohhhh what a ride!

You've been singing his praises for a few weeks now. Embellish it, let everyone know you were right and don't get caught up in showing people where you were wrong!
....😁
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: (•))(©™ on May 30, 2017, 10:29:19 AM
Will fast become our own "Crackawoody".... :shh

 :snidegrin
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Slipper on June 03, 2017, 10:54:25 PM
Gee Bolton is a great kick on the run for a little fella.

His kick inside 50 that led to Butler's goal just before halftime was superb.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Dougeytherichmondfan on June 03, 2017, 11:03:58 PM
Like the look of this kid a LOT but I think I'd prefer Lennon in the side for the 2nd half at this stage...
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: big tone on June 03, 2017, 11:06:36 PM
Imo he has outperformed all our small forwards in the last two weeks.
Very impressed with him.

It's a shame he missed that sitter because he deserved a goal. That's not to say I didn't swear at the TV after it.  :whistle
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Yeahright on June 03, 2017, 11:46:17 PM
What a cock tease, hope he doesn't give me blue balls his whole career :shh

Quote for accuracy
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on June 17, 2017, 06:50:05 PM
4. Bolton a Rising Star candidate

If you were told pre-match that an indigenous forward would light up the MCG in the first quarter with breathtaking speed and skill, you'd expect it to be Franklin or Richmond prodigy Daniel Rioli. So it was something to behold when lightly-built Tiger Shai Bolton announced himself on the big stage with two brilliant early goals that were reminiscent of Rioli's uncle Cyril at his best. Nine minutes in, the West Australian teenager roved a pack at full tilt, took a bounce and converted. Late in the term, he burst clear again to nail another one from close range. The No.29 pick in last year's NAB AFL Draft would be stiff not to be nominated this week for the Rising Star award.

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2017-06-17/five-talking-points-richmond-v-sydney
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: big tone on June 17, 2017, 07:36:48 PM
Very, very impressive.
It's one thing to be able to put a bit of pressure on but you also need to be able to get the footy.
Shinning light today.

I'd like to see Stengle next and I'm just as excited about him. Time to make a few changes and teach these kids that their spot isn't guaranteed.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: WilliamPowell on June 17, 2017, 09:10:51 PM
Very, very impressive.
It's one thing to be able to put a bit of pressure on but you also need to be able to get the footy.
Shinning light today.

I'd like to see Stengle next and I'm just as excited about him. Time to make a few changes and teach these kids that their spot isn't guaranteed.

 :clapping

Agree
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: The Machine on June 17, 2017, 09:53:33 PM
Very, very impressive.
It's one thing to be able to put a bit of pressure on but you also need to be able to get the footy.
Shinning light today.

I'd like to see Stengle next and I'm just as excited about him. Time to make a few changes and teach these kids that their spot isn't guaranteed.

Yes i agree with you on this one BT.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Yeahright on June 17, 2017, 09:55:54 PM
Continues to improve so don't want to knock him too much. Just would have been nice if he didn't go missing in the second half, not alone there though...
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Heart of Darkness on June 17, 2017, 10:20:18 PM
That first quarter was as electric as any player in the comp could produce. Not just his goals but his contested work around the packs was brilliant. Faded out of the game for sure but he's already ahead of Butler and Castagna imo. So much to look forward to.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Owl on June 18, 2017, 10:21:06 AM
Lightning Bolton, stuff he is quick
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: rogerd3 on June 18, 2017, 11:57:22 AM
The Merkin has signed him up, geez good luck RFC when it comes to negotiations time. :banghead
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: WilliamPowell on June 18, 2017, 12:37:28 PM
The Merkin has signed him up, geez good luck RFC when it comes to negotiations time. :banghead

Who?
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Diocletian on June 18, 2017, 01:30:01 PM
Ralph Carr
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Knighter on June 18, 2017, 02:12:10 PM
Not correct. He signed with a WA agent
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Chopstix on June 18, 2017, 04:40:20 PM
He will be the best small forward at the club within 12 months.

Electrifying, instinctive and confident.

Just needs to build his tank.

When he does - Look out!!!
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: rogerd3 on June 18, 2017, 07:32:09 PM
Not correct. He signed with a WA agent

Mark Stevens spreading fake news again
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Yeahright on June 18, 2017, 10:24:44 PM
That first quarter was as electric as any player in the comp could produce. Not just his goals but his contested work around the packs was brilliant. Faded out of the game for sure but he's already ahead of Butler and Castagna imo. So much to look forward to.

Ahead of Rioli too
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Andyy on June 19, 2017, 12:19:16 AM
Snatching that ball at full pace for his first AFL goal was a sensational moment to witness in the flesh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Hard Roar Tiger on June 19, 2017, 10:08:58 AM
That first quarter was as electric as any player in the comp could produce. Not just his goals but his contested work around the packs was brilliant. Faded out of the game for sure but he's already ahead of Butler and Castagna imo. So much to look forward to.

Ahead of Rioli too

Short memory
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Yeahright on June 20, 2017, 10:47:46 AM
That first quarter was as electric as any player in the comp could produce. Not just his goals but his contested work around the packs was brilliant. Faded out of the game for sure but he's already ahead of Butler and Castagna imo. So much to look forward to.
Ahead of Rioli too
Short memory

Memories just fine :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Diocletian on June 20, 2017, 01:45:26 PM
4. Bolton a Rising Star candidate


Nope - Silvagni....
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: tony_montana on June 23, 2017, 05:13:35 PM
Not correct. He signed with a WA agent

No

http://m.afl.com.au/news/2017-06-23/another-tiger-joins-ralph-carrs-famous-stable (http://m.afl.com.au/news/2017-06-23/another-tiger-joins-ralph-carrs-famous-stable)
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on June 23, 2017, 06:04:48 PM
Not correct. He signed with a WA agent

No

http://m.afl.com.au/news/2017-06-23/another-tiger-joins-ralph-carrs-famous-stable (http://m.afl.com.au/news/2017-06-23/another-tiger-joins-ralph-carrs-famous-stable)
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But rest easy Tigers fans, Bolton – who's initial two-year contract expires at the end of next season – isn't headed for protracted negotiations as well.

"Shai is very happy at Richmond and we feel that Richmond are heading in the right direction so I would think that we would be discussing an extension at some point," Carr told AFL.com.au this week. 

On the appeal of Shai Bolton:
The fact that he is 18 years of age, and already playing some good football, he is very appealing as an athlete. He also is a fine young man with values and respect. 
You'd hope that Carr's statement in bold applies to Dusty as well.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on July 26, 2017, 10:34:34 PM
Richmond VFL and development coach Craig McRae assesses the development of the Tigers’ first pick in last year’s AFL National Draft, exciting small forward Shai Bolton, in this week’s ‘Coaches’ Corner’.

Impressive progress in his debut AFL season

“He’s grown a lot in his tenure here. In the pre-season, you saw straight away what he’s good at and why we drafted him . . . The way he moves, he just lights up the track. He’s an unbelievable talent, and it’s been good to watch him getting the work-rate to go with that.”

His crumbing ability

“We talk about ‘10 to two’ at the contest . . . turning up there and moving through. And he’s certainly got a lot of talent around that part of his game.”

Areas of the game he’s working on

“His tackle pressure’s something he really prides himself on, as well. He’s training that because he’s not going to kick goals every week, so he has to make sure his pressure is consistent. It’s a fine balance because he’s so elusive being able to get around players . . . it’s whether you taken them on, or give the first give. That’s always a challenge for young players. So we’re working on that at the moment.”

Bouncing back brilliantly at VFL level recently

“That was really pleasing (five goals v Werribee two weeks ago) because he’d played AFL football and then got dropped for the first time in his career . . . How do you deal with that and how do you respond? He responded in the best way possible . . . good, strong work-rate, turning up to contests and then, obviously, showing everyone all his strengths.”

Playing up the ground


“I think the biggest thing for him at the moment, as an 18 year-old, is being able to do it for long periods . . . being able to play AFL intensity for long periods. But he’s working on that.”

Other facets of the game he’s working on


“We just talk about playing to his strengths all the time . . . Training those things out on the track, having good habits, and being consistent with his work ethic. So, hopefully, that all shines through in the last part of the year.”

Pressing for a return to senior ranks

“I know on the weekend (v Collingwood) he didn’t have quite the performance as what he had against Werribee. That happens . . . The opposition put a bit more attention into him and he got tagged. But he’s been spoken about at match committee again on the back of that performance against Werribee . . . When he’s at his best he just follows up . . . he turns up to the next contest. I think he’s in line to play AFL footy again.”

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2017-07-26/focus-on-shai-bolton
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: lamington on July 27, 2017, 11:01:47 AM
Drop a flea. Bring back the Bolt!
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on December 09, 2017, 03:51:41 PM
Bolton has put on 8kgs. So he'll be a lot bigger in the body when we see him play next season.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Dougeytherichmondfan on December 09, 2017, 07:16:52 PM
Bolton has put on 8kgs. So he'll be a lot bigger in the body when we see him play next season.
Hope its all muscle and not brewskies over the spring break  :shh
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Slipper on December 09, 2017, 07:42:12 PM
FWIW, I have it from a good source close to the family that Shai is pretty happy in Melbourne with the Tigers.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: MintOnLamb on December 09, 2017, 09:24:34 PM
Great news, gee all the small quick guys are going to be fighting for spots next year.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on January 26, 2018, 12:34:33 AM
Bolton building and bonding on camp

In his second pre-season, speedy small forward Shai Bolton is focusing on building size and increasing his fitness to crack back in to the senior side.

Speaking at the Tigers’ pre-season training camp on the Sunshine Coast, the 19-year-old feels the team have returned from the Christmas break in good shape.

“I think everyone’s come back in good condition, running pretty well, there’s no one falling behind which is good,” he said.

The Western Australian product is hoping to build on his six AFL games in 2017.

“(I’m) just trying to get bigger, in the gym (with) weights and working more on my fitness, so that’s been my two main components,” Bolton said.

“When I first got drafted, we didn’t really have a big pre-season, because it was light sessions and I missed out on a couple of drills.

“Now it’s pretty big, and (I’m) doing every drill.. that’s what I find the hardest really, is doing a full pre-season.”

After the hard work of training, the team are also finding time for fun and team bonding in other activities like volleyball, baseball and paintballing.

“We did paintballing which was good. Ask ‘Higgo’ what happened to his face, I got him pretty good,” laughed Bolton.

“(It’s a) big pre-season camp, we just get out and have fun really, and enjoy each other’s company.

“Also getting to know the boys a bit more, just getting to know the boys’ backgrounds, you get to know each other more, and understand them a bit more.”

http://www.richmondfc.com.au/news/2018-01-25/bolton-building-and-bonding-on-camp
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: Slipper on January 26, 2018, 09:29:47 AM
“We did paintballing which was good. Ask ‘Higgo’ what happened to his face, I got him pretty good,” laughed Bolton.

I get the impression Bolton is really warming to his time as a Tiger, which is great. As I have posted previously, I work with someone who has close ties to his family (on his father's side) and this person tells me he likes it at Richmond.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: mightytiges on February 24, 2018, 07:06:06 PM
With Rioli missing, Bolts pretty much just booked his spot in our forward line for round 1.
Title: Tiger goalsneak Shai Bolton firms for Rioli's round one spot (afl site)
Post by: one-eyed on February 24, 2018, 09:18:31 PM
Tiger goalsneak firms for Rioli's round one spot

Nathan Schmook
afl.com.au
Feb 24, 2018 8:33PM


RICHMOND small forward Shai Bolton has taken a big step forward in the battle to replace injured premiership star Daniel Rioli, with his lively performance against Essendon on Saturday putting him in pole position for round one selection.     

Bolton booted three goals in Saturday's 87-point win in Wangaratta, but it was his defensive pressure that convinced coach Damien Hardwick it was the youngster's best performance for the club.

The 19-year-old, who played six games last season, was part of a small forward line that harassed the Bombers defenders into repeated turnovers, then capitalising with his smarts around goal.

"Daniel Rioli is going to be a little bit of a slow start, so we're looking to fill that role and for those players to get that position they have to play a certain way," Hardwick said. 

"Our players are under no illusions that to get in the side they have to bring the pressure and the heat every week.

"It was certainly a step forward. It was one of the better games he's played for us, based on those factors that we look for and it's really exciting for us.

"He's a kid with enormous talent and he's got a lot of areas in his game to continue to improve. But he's incredibly young as well."

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-02-24/tiger-goalsneak-firms-for-riolis-round-one-spot
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on February 24, 2018, 09:23:05 PM
Bolton's 3 goals ...

VIDEO: http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2018-02-24/jlt-1-bolton-kicks-three
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: eliminator on February 25, 2018, 10:31:55 AM
Impressive game. Put in a good preseason. Hope he has a really good year this year.
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on February 26, 2018, 03:48:03 AM
Shai Bolton
The Tigers have been well aware of Bolton's speed and skill, but they have been waiting to see his defensive game reach a level that warrants consistent selection. His pressure efforts against Essendon didn't register on the stat sheet, but he was a menace in the forward line, making opponents nervous and swooping at the right time. He had a clear chemistry with Jack Riewoldt, despite having played only six games, and his three goals were just reward for effort. Should now be the frontrunner for round one selection as Daniel Rioli's replacement. - Nathan Schmook   

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-02-25/liked-the-look-of-eight-eyecatchers-from-jlt-week-one
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on March 08, 2018, 05:03:49 AM
LOCK BOLTON IN

OUT Daniel Rioli, in Shai Bolton.

How blessed is Richmond coach Damien Hardwick that he can replace one high promising small forward with another potential star of the future?

Rioli was the only major injury casualty from last year’s euphoric Grand Final, breaking his foot.

But waiting in the wings is another young man dripping in X-factor, with Bolton’s growing bag of tricks about to be seen more regularly on the big stage.

The teenager works hard, tackles, has sped to burn and as we saw last night, can thread set shots from the boundary line.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/more-news/no-premiership-hangover-for-richmond-in-2018-after-dominant-70point-win-over-north-melbourne/news-story/d0e3bc5a6f9da4f5d00c07087061dc5d
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on March 08, 2018, 05:05:28 AM
Hardwick said he was excited about Shai Bolton's contribution to the team this pre-season, but the small forward was yet to secure his place for round one as Daniel Rioli's replacement.

"Has he done enough? That's the question we'll look at," the coach said.

"His pressure last week was very good. This week it probably wasn't quite to the level of last week.

"He is lively and he is one of those players that trust me as a [defender] you wouldn't like to play on him. You are never quite sure whether he is going to jump on your head or get you at ground level. He's an exciting prospect."

"He'll train well the next couple of weeks and put his hand up for selection round one. Whether he's got that spot, time will tell."

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-03-07/the-tiger-that-has-dimma-really-excited
https://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/roll-on-round-one-as-richmond-are-ready-20180307-p4z3c0.html
Title: Re: Shai Bolton [merged]
Post by: one-eyed on March 13, 2018, 03:27:20 AM
Preseason wrap

Breakout contender:
After showing glimpses in six senior games and looking like the best player afield to quarter time in last year's VFL Grand Final, Shai Bolton is ready to become a regular as a damaging forward who take games by the scruff of the neck when he gets hot. His three goals and relentless pressure applied in JLT1 will do his senior chances no harm.

http://kwese.espn.com/afl/story/_/id/22717282/afl-jlt-series-christoper-doerre-draftee-wrap


VIDEO: http://www.richmondfc.com.au/video/2018-03-12/jlt-2-bolton-impresses