That’s what we were looking for during this JLT pre season series, Community.
This Port Adelaide v St Kilda match was no different.
Questions like can Sam Pepper-Powell fill a rookie spot in our midfields, what sort of nick is Paddy Ryder in, who the bloody hell is this Brett Eddy bloke and can Saint Nick elevate his game again have been ensconced our minds.
It was a one-point thriller between these two robust sides, with the Saints just getting over the Power.
There’s no doubt Jock was jizzing all over the joint with some of the scores dished out from St Kilda’s midfield and backs, so let’s have a look at the SuperCoach relevant players below:
Ran around like an absolute stallion. Moved with complete freedom, starting on the wing and pushing forward. Judging by the way he looked and the glint in his eye, he’s going to be an absolute monolith this year. There have been predictions of a ‘Richo-like’ season and this looks to be well and truly on the money. His beautiful blonde mop was everywhere; intercepting in defence, taking dukes in the midfield and roaming up forward. It was extremely trouser arousing. Went quiet in second half while playing forward, as he took his foot off the gas. STRONGLY CONSIDER.
As Higgo mentioned in last week’s POD, Hickey is only a ‘romantic selection’. Won’t improve his average by enough this season and still looks like a big lumbering bastard. As the genius of Dermie’s commentary has also suggested, he could also still be competing for R1at Saints with Longer.
Tried to take hangers early to prove he was back. Finally realised he’s a backman. Looked solid. But steer clear given his key position status.
The best midfielder on the ground. Looked bloody majestic. Went off to the bench late in the game, which doesn’t do justice to how he good he was. Was on 80-odd SC points at half-time and then took the foot off the pedal. Only played limited time in the second half. Tempting.
Only played second half. Saints have shitloads of mids so he’ll play mostly up forward. Pass.
Again, battling with a shitload of talent in the Saints midfield. Leave it.
Ditto. Can’t see him getting the extra midfield time to become relevant.
Has provided some food for thought. Looked very impressive tonight with 2 goals and 19 touches. There’s no doubting he has a truckload of talent. Has never been able to get a good run at things so far in his career because of injury. But his price of around 400K is horribly awkward.
Notable absentees: Leigh Montagna, Nathan Freeman.
Was everything we expected. Everything we needed! Extremely mature body, expertly combined with the bryl cream in the hair to look even more manly. I bloody like it. Cleaned up Roey at one point too with a good bump. My only concern is he historically doesn’t get enough of the ball to register high scores. However he’s been given the no 2 jumper at Port so they must rate him highly. Looked good in patches.
Only got half a game. But boy did he look impressive. Had a couple of nice moments early and had three shots on goal. Looks to be a certain round one starter. Moves very well in the forward line.
Good kicking skills. Uses it well and went at 100 per cent. Along with Eddy and SPP, Port’s best-looking rookie. Still might not get a game round one though.
Joe Atley & Aidyn Johnson
Both only played the second half. Barely saw it. Can’t see them breaking into the best 22. Pass.
In the action early. Got enough of the ball to tempt plenty. Hammer has loads of talent, but he always seems to be pissing into the wind. Seems mentally weak to me. Won’t be going within a bull’s roar of him.
A typical Jasper performance. Looked good. Made mistakes. Many are tipping him to elevate his game to the next level in 2017. The jury is still out.
Looked very strong running off half back. Had a couple of dashing passages of play. If only he was still rookie price. Smoky.
Had plenty of it and is easily Port’s strongest mid. Skills let him down, though.
Pushed into the midfield, which was promising. But didn’t show enough. Steer clear at this stage.
Looking very athletic and moving extremely well. As the great Dermott Brereton said he’s both Port’s best forward and ruck when playing his best footy. This creates a conundrum … where is his best position? Looks reinvigorated and played with enthusiasm and energy. Only played the first half. CONSIDER.
Notable absentees: Robbie Gray, Matthew Broadbent, Angus Monfries, Jimmy Toumpas.