NAB Supercoach Significance Report – Adelaide VS North Melbourne
It was a 3 quarter effort from the Crows, but they still did enough to get the win against a surging North Melbourne side. Both teams were missing a large chunk of players we’ll likely see line up when these two teams face each other in Round 1, but it was still good to see how some of the rookie players performed, and also getting to see the new additions in action for their new clubs as well as the return of Nathan Van Berlo and the first game for the Crows under Captain Tex.
Absent Best 22 Players:
Adelaide: Patrick Dangerfield, Sam Jacobs, Richard Douglas, Scott Thompson, David Mackay, Andy Otten, Brent Reilly, Brodie Smith, Kyle Cheney
North Melbourne: Andrew Swallow, Todd Goldstein, Scott D. Thompson, Sam Wright, Michael Firrito, Nathan Grima, Lachie Hansen, Aaron Black
- Brad Crouch (MID, $508,200) – Played most of the game in the middle and excelled with 26 disposals, 9 clearances, 3 tackles and kicked 1.1. Also had 14 contested possessions and 3 Inside 50’s. Don’t think he came on the ground at all in the 4th.
- Shaun Higgins (DEF/FWD, $410,900) – In and out a bit at the start of the game, but looked very good playing in North’s forward half for most of the game. Had 17 disposals, 5 marks, 3 Inside 50’s and kicked 3.2 with 9 score involvements. Certainly encouraging signs for Higgo! May have been enough to make me consider picking him in DEF (Sorry Jock!)
- Jarryd Lyons (MID/FWD, $322,500) – Was excellent around the stoppages with 20 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 clearances and 3 rebound 50’s. Still needs to work on his disposal, with his DE sitting at 55%. Remains to be seen if he’ll get that much time in the middle when Dangerfield, Douglas and Thompson return, which would impact his scoring potential.
- Daniel Wells (MID, $361,400) – Solid in the 1st half, but didn’t do much in the 2nd. 11 disposals, 2 clearances and 1.1. Was subbed out for the 4th quarter, but showed enough in the 1st half to keep him on your radars if you’re after a mid-priced midfielder
- Nathan Van Berlo (MID, $215,600) – Looked rusty in the 1st half (to be expected though), but looked more comfortable as the game progressed. Mostly played on the wing with stints on-ball, and had 13 disposals, 2 clearances, 5 Inside 50’s and kicked the games only supergoal. Gave away 3 free kicks.
- Majak Daw (FWD, $281,400) – Made some of the Crows talls look like children with his massive size. Had 14 possessions, 24 hitouts, 7 marks (3 contested), 3 inside 50’s and 3 clearances. Looks much more comfortable in the ruck than playing as a forward.
- Eddie Betts (FWD, $426,600) – Great game for his hometown and was too much for Max Warren to handle, kicking 4.1 and one umpires head, to go along with 16 possessions, 2 clearances and 8 score involvements. Still not Supercoach relevant, despite the good game.
- Kanye Turner (FWD, $308,500) – Looked lively playing half forward for the Roos. Had 13 disposals, 6 tackles, 4 Inside 50’s and kicked a goal. Also had 4 clangers as well. Might be slightly overpriced to consider.
- Waite looked OK for North up forward and presented a nice target though he didn’t get a ton of opportunities. Took advantage of what he was given, kicking 3.1.
- James Podsiadly played most of the game in the back half for the Crows.
- Sam Kerridge played up forward and a bit in the middle for the Crows. Looked OK, but I imagine his midfield time may decrease when the Crows other midfielders return.
- Keenan Ramsey looked OK for a rookie with 7 disposals, 4 marks and a goal up forward. Still on the rookie list, but the Crows have room to bring up a pair of players.
- Ben Jacobs was very good for the Roos with 16 disposals, 12 of which were by foot. He’s $258,500, if he keeps up some decent play he could be a nice DEF option.
- Tom Lynch was concussed early in the 1st quarter and did not play for the rest of the game. Looked good early, kicking 1.1 in the opening minutes of the game.
- Both Sloane and Tex were quiet for the Crows, but this game was more about giving opportunities to younger players.