It’s an absolute privilege to be given the opportunity by Jock to deliver some NAB analysis for you, Community.
Today we saw the Giants run over the top of the Lions quite easily in humid and wet conditions.
This was a pretty lacklustre affair, with heavy rain early contributing to some sub-standard skills.
Still, there are a few things we can take out of this match.
Had a colossal battle with the beast Shane Mumford. While the Mummy got the better of him physically, Stef cleaned up around the ground, as he usually does. While the Goldstein – Gawn combo seems all the rage in the ruck, this bloke will not let you down if selected. Strongly consider.
Busy all match. Did the usual Zorko trick of seducing us with a desirable performance in the preseason. Got reported in the third quarter but it is doubtful he will be rubbed out. He has burnt me before, and I won’t be going near him. Too many other good forward options.
Played off half back with occasional stints up forward. Looked pretty good. Plenty of touches but kick-to-handball ratio must be a concern. Could be a nice POD in the backline. Not sure if he can go to the next level though.
— AFL (@AFL) March 13, 2016
Plays with passion, but is reckless. Can’t see him being dependable enough to demand a spot in our forward lines.
Looked alright, but can’t see him getting enough of the ball consistently to be considered.
Was considered a mid-price POD in the backline but I did not notice him at all today. Cross him off your watchlists.
Looked comfortable at AFL level. Loves being in the trenches. Got cleaned up by Cameron in third term, which ended his day. Only first-year player the Lions selected for this match. Definite bench option if named round one.
Had 15 touches. As a midfielder only, I won’t be going near him.
Notable absentees: Tom Rockliff, Allen Christensen, Dayne Beams (unlikely for round one), Josh Green, Ben Keays.
— Carl Pfeiffer (@CarlPfeiffer9) March 13, 2016
An absolute warrior, Callan is creating a man-bun fraternity down at the Giants and apprentices like Jack Steele are benefiting from his leadership greatly. You know what you get when selecting Ward – consistency and reliability. Should be in your premo midfield calculations.
Copped a knee to the head which slowed him somewhat, but all-in-all another solid outing by Shiel. Those considering going in without Rocky for Round One should have this bloke on the top of their lists as a replacement. Absolute jet.
LC: there were some good performances in our NEAFL yesterday but you'd have to say today's 24 players would be close to our R1 side.
— GWS GIANTS (@GWSGIANTS) March 13, 2016
Was very impressive. Like Sampson, it appears Jack’s long hair is supremely enhancing his powers. Hunted the ball well, had plenty of it and played both inside and outside. At a bit over 300k with forward status, he will be an excellent selection if he can replicate the form he showed today.
Lock him away and throw away the key. Was absolutely prolific all day. Looks to be the only defender we can actually trust this season. Had 25 kicks – trouser stretching. The bloke’s an absolute magician. Pick him.
Shaw will be #1 def in SC again this year but NAB form is exaggerated. Won't be free to roam & collect 40 disposals a game. Not starting him
— MJ (@Da_Mad_Irishman) March 13, 2016
Snagged three goals before retiring himself at half-time. Still has excellent goal sense, but won’t get enough of the ball to have any fantasy relevance this season.
Very unassuming. Just quietly accumulated. Nothing flashy about him. Had 24 touches, but difficult to gauge whether he will take it to the next level this season. Probably still a good pick, but with plenty of other good forward options emerging, the jury is still out on Toby.
An absolute monster. Went hard at Stef Martin all day. Cleaned him up and anyone else who got in his way. It was magnificent to watch. Durability remains his biggest issue. Too many other good ruck options for him to be considered, in my opinion.
Looked bloody good. Looms as an astute POD in the backline. Has excellent speed and the Giants love getting it in his hands to tear out of the defensive 50. Had 20 kicks today. Consider.
Had it 32 times. Looks set for a breakout year in the midfield. But with MID eligibility only and at an awkward price ($380K), I’ll be passing. Definite CoachKings option though.
Notable absentees: Jon Patton, Jacob Hopper, Stephen Coniglio, Joel Patfull.
Over to you community – what did you take out of the game?