NAB ANALYSIS: Hawthorn v North Melbourne
Daniel Wells sailed right into our Supercoach sides this evening, community.
With all the grace Smithers’ mind can muster, this majestic specimen of a footballer announced himself as someone we simply must have in our forward lines.
In a somewhat deflating finale to today’s triple header, Hawthorn and North Melbourne came together to play a somewhat decent game of football, and one that did nothing to abate my fears of Hawthorn winning a fourth flag in a row.
The contest was fiery early, with North piling on the goals, but after halftime, the Hawks casually lifted another notch, and despite missing a few of their stars, they had no problems rolling over a near-full strength North Melbourne side.
Absent Best 22
Hawthorn: Jordan Lewis, Grant Birchall, Jarryd Roughead, Matt Spanger… Jack Fitzpatrick? Will Langford?
North Melbourne: Shaun Higgins, Robbie Tarrant… Trent Dumont?
No injuries to report aside from a knock to Liam Shiels’ wrist. Didn’t seem too serious.
Sam Mitchell had one goal tonight, and it was a simple one.
And he did. With 10 minutes to go he had 41 touches to his name, and 45 by the end of the night. He wasn’t slowed down by a tag, although a smack to Ben Jacob’s face might cause problems. At 586k I can’t see many picking him, especially as at 33 he’ll be managed, but he’s still got it. Tasty Coachkings prospect.
Midfield mates Isaac Smith, Brad Hill and Liam Shiels were all were productive enough. None of them are likely Supercoach options, though.
Shaun Burgoyne got the ball and did good ball things. He wasn’t hugely influential and didn’t get above second gear. Pass.
One bloke from the Hawks who I’d have a harder job passing on is Josh Gibson. The former Roo had over 30 disposals against his old side, zoning off his man, floating in the hole and generally causing havoc. Will be an interesting point of difference for some.
Taylor Duryea started as the loose man back in the first half, and floated forward to kick a supergoal. Hard to read his game with Grant Birchall out tonight, but he had 12 kicks in his 14 touches and was effective with most of them. Daniel Howe had it 15 times but might be the one to go when Birch returns.
The evergreen Luke Hodge was on fire in the first half, collecting 17 touches, 2 goals and 6 marks before sitting out the second stanza of the game. Can see him winning people Coachkings matches but he’ll be managed through the long haul, plus the inevitable suspension. Bloody love watching him though.
North were good for a quarter, okay for another quarter and a bit crap for a half. However, there is relevance there.
At three quarter time, just about everyone had locked Daniel Wells somewhere between F3 and F5. He had 24 touches at 91%, 12 contested, 13 kicks, 5 tackles, 10 clearances and a goal in the final minutes to top it off. If that doesn’t get you excited at 240k in the forward line I don’t know what will. Played exclusively in the midfield and showed no pain or injury worry. Lock.
Brent Harvey looks like he’ll be a decent footballer. Didn’t have huge numbers, but once he gets some more games under his belt, look out. This kid could be a superstar. I wouldn’t pick him this year, but in years to come he’ll be a must have.
Superstar ruckman Todd Goldstein is finally in my team. He is in Lekdog’s exclusive club of people who are Good At Football, and for good reason. 28 hitouts, 13 touches, 5 tackles, a goal, he’s just brilliant.
Those of you hoping Jamie MacMillan would fly under the radar would have been annoyed at how well he played tonight. The injury prone runner looked very good when North were on top early, running the ball through the middle with long, precise kicks. He had 18 useful touches and was important to North’s attack. Tempting.
Also running off the half back line was youngster Luke McDonald. I’ve had my eye on him for a while, and liked what I saw – which was 10 kicks in 13 touches, 5 tackles and 4 marks. One to watch at 280k in the backline.
Jack Zeibell and Nick Dal Santo played exactly as you’d expect them to, with 18 and 21 disposals respectively. No to both in long form, but Zeibell spent time forward and in Coachkings he could do serious damage with a big haul of goals, which he has been known to do. Ben Cunnington also looked good in parts, but again won’t give you a season long performance.
Jed Anderson attacked it well in the second half, but it was too little, too late. Not enough midfield time to be relevant. Nope. Sorry mate. NAB cup specialist Shaun Atley also got a lot of the pill, but every year he promises and doesn’t deliver. I’d wager this year is the same.
Also, while he won’t be relevant to any but the bravest of Coachkings punters, Lindsey Thomas will cause huge problems at North Melbourne if he keeps playing burning his teammates to take stupid shots himself. Should cop an almighty spray for tonight’s performance.