We’re back again! More week 1 NAB action, this time we’ve got St Kilda VS North Melbourne on the cards.
Both teams had a host of senior players out of the side today, but the Saints had some nice rookie options like Jade Gresham playing for the first time, while we definitely had our eyes on Jed Anderson, though other popular Roo selection Daniel Wells missed the game after a good intra-club match. Would have been good to see him here, but next week sounds like when Wells will be unleashed.
North played a few rookies such as Clarke, Fordham, Preuss and Wagner, though this year’s first rounder Ben Mackay is missing, as is last year’s first round pick in Sam Durdin and Mitchell Hibberd, pick #33 in this year’s draft is also missing. The Saints busted out their first round selection Jade Gresham straight away, who seems to be a popular bench pick in the midfield so far.
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Absent Best 22:
St Kilda: Leigh Montagna, Nick Riewoldt, David Armitage, Sam Fisher, Jarryn Geary, Dylan Roberton
North Melbourne: Todd Goldstein, Nick Dal Santo, Daniel Wells, Sam Gibson, Lachie Hansen, Ben Brown, Ben Jacobs
North Melbourne: Kayne Turner (hamstring)
St Kilda: Tom Hickey (shoulder knock), Paddy McCartin (hamstring)
The Saints put up a good fight in the first half, but were eventually overtaken by the more senior and battle tested Kangaroos who ran away with the game quite easily in the end.
St Kilda Performances:
- Jack Billings ($455,100, FWD): Big supergoal in the 2nd quarter, along with 8 touches in the first half. Rested in the 2nd Hard to get a real gauge on his game after only half a game of footy.
- Jack Steven ($562,700, MID): 7 touches and 4 tackles as he went head to head with Ziebell in the 1st Benched in the 2nd along with Billings.
- Jack Newnes ($489,600, DEF): Was a popular choice last year, but probably will be skipped by most at his current price. Had 18 disposals and 6 marks.
- Shane Savage ($398,000, DEF): Big 1st quarter with 8 touches and a missed supergoal on the siren. 12 touches in the first half, with 11 of them being kicks and finished with 17 touches for the day. Might be slightly too expensive for Supercoach, and he has had inconsistency issues in the past, but also being capable of putting up big scores means he could be a good game day selection in CoachKings.
- Luke Dunstan ($378,000, MID): Nothing outstanding from the youngster, with just the 12 touches, 10 of them being handballs. He’s still improving, but as a midpricer I doubt anyone would have picked him anyway.
- Tom Curren ($192,100, FWD): Good game with 18 touches and a goal. Only played the 2 games last year, but could be an interesting F5-F6 prospect to keep your eyes on.
- Tom Hickey ($375,300, RUC/FWD): Rotated forward and through the ruck. Took out a fence and a little Roo fan in the 3rd quarter (The kid was tough, bobbed straight back up and yelled “That all you got, ya bastard?” Shinboner spirt on display there).
- Jimmy Webster ($352,300, DEF): 8 touches and 3 tackles in the first half and finished with 14 disposals and 6 tackles. Another defender who’s awkwardly priced and will probably be skipped by most.
- Josh Bruce ($368,400, FWD): 1 goal in the first half and 2 for the game. Some nice around the ground work late in the 4th Not one for Supercoach, but one you can pick in CoachKings and hope he kicks a bag.
- Seb Ross ($365,900, MID): Took over in the 2nd, grabbing 7 touches in the first 10 minutes of the quarter and finished the first half with 15 touches. 26 touches, 5 marks and 5 tackles for the day. Hit the Supercoach ton by the end of the 3rd quarter and had 130 by the end of the 4th. Finished off 2015 with a good month of footy and he’s continuing it here into the pre-season it looks like. Will be a massive POD for anyone who has the guts to pick him.
- Jade Gresham ($144,300, MID): Nice “don’t argue” on Firrito and did some good things in the middle when he got near it. 11 disposals for Gresham, he’s still on my watchlist, but I’d like to see some more out of him in the next 2 games.
- Paddy McCartin ($200,600, FWD): Not much going on. Hurt halfway through the 2nd and then understandably mothballed for the rest of the game.
- Blake Acres ($256,700, MID): 14 disposals and a goals for Acres. He’s had plenty of injuries over the last two years, so he’s still improving, but I wouldn’t take a chance on him this year.
- Eli Templeton ($196,100, FWD): Decent game with 16 touches and a behind. Like Curren, he’s an interesting prospect at his price, but one I’ll probably skip.
- Tom Lee ($123,900, FWD): Started the game down back, rather than as a forward as he has been used in previous years, but moved forward later in the game when McCartin went out.
- Josh Saunders ($159,900, FWD): 5 touches and a goal in the first half and had 12 disposals for the game. Coming into his 4th year and still hasn’t been able to cement a place in the team. Iffy, but keep watching him.
- Jed Anderson ($223,900, MID/FWD): Started the game in the forward pocket, but moved onto the ball a few times, but nothing major. Spent most of his time forward. Had 3 touches in the first, but 0% DE. Missed a goal he should have kicked too. Took a nice mark in the 2nd quarter and then immediately kicked it into the man in the mark. Finally got his first goal in the 3rd quarter and started to get a bit more involved after that. 12 disposals and 1.1 was probably a disappointing effort after how much he’s been hyped in the pre-season, but he’ll have time to win back our trust.
- Shaun Higgins ($514,400, FWD): Everywhere in the 1st quarter and had 7 touches and 2 goals and 10 touches for the first half. Quieted down a bit after his big 1st quarter and had 17 disposals, 3 tackles and 2 goals. Might be a POD for someone up forward, looks like he’ll continue with the same sort of form he had in 2015.
- Luke McDonald ($284,700, DEF): Good game for McDonald, he led the Roo’s in possessions with 18 as well as 2 rebound 50’s and 5 Inside 50’s. Stagnated a bit last year, but he’s still only coming into his 3rd season of AFL football. Could be a D4-D5 option if you’re looking to skimp on some cash down back.
- Shaun Atley ($356,700, DEF): Run and carry on display here by Atley, with 15 disposals at 93% efficiency by the end of the 3rd quarter, but only 1 in the last to bring his tally up to 16. I think we’ve all been sucked in by him before though.
- Jack Ziebell ($467,900, MID): Run in the middle against Jack Steven early and had 5 touches in the first quarter, but only @ 20% efficiency. Looks more of a CoachKings pick rather than an initial Supercoach pick. Finished with 17 disposals, but only 41% efficiency, but had 10 clearances and 7 Inside 50’s. I think if he still had FWD eligibility someone might take a punt on him, but probably not as a MID only.
- Jamie McMillion ($478,700, DEF): Played his usual game, 7 touches and 3 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s in the first half. A few will be looking at him as a POD DEF option, had a good 2nd half of 2015. 11 touches and 3 tackles by the end of the game. I probably wouldn’t go for him this year.
- Drew Petrie ($461,500, FWD): Took advantage of the younger Saint defenders, kicking 4.3. Like Waite, he’s one to pick on gameday in CoachKings, but probably a bit too inconsistent for Supercoach.
- Will Fordham ($117,300, MID): 10 disposals and 3 tackles, but probably won’t be there in Round 1.
- Ryan Clarke ($117,300, MID): Got midfield minutes later in the game and had 13 possies and 2 clearances, as well as 2 goal assists. Good effort from him, but North have been hesitant before when it comes to playing rookies.
- Braydon Preuss ($117,300, RUC): Spelled Daw in the ruck and had 5 hitouts in the first half and 10 for the game, with 6 disposals. Not gonna get a sniff as long as Goldstein is healthy.
- Corey Wagner ($117,300, MID): Barely sighted in the first half, with only 2 touches. A little bit better in the 2nd, set up a nice goal for Harvey and finished with 4 disposals, 2 tackles and 2 goal assists. Probably not in the mix.
- Mason Wood ($298,300, MID/FWD): Played half-forward and kicked a pair of goals in the first half, as well as a pair of behinds. 7 touches in the first half and had 13 for the game, along with 4.2. Good game for him, but probably a no at that price in either position.’