MELBOURNE v NORTH MELBOURNE – Preseason Match Report
In what is possibly a sad reflection of my Saturday, I not only volunteered to watch and do the writeup of the North v Dees match, I actually enjoyed doing so. The 2018 JLT Series kicked off at the very windy Kingston Twins Oval in Hobart and by gum it sure put them on the map!
NOTABLE ABSENTEES: North – Mason Wood, Taylor Garner, Jy Simpkin, Sam Wright, Paul Ahern, Jamie Macmillan
NOTABLE ABSENTEES: Dees – Nevile Jetta, Jack Viney, Dom Tyson, Harley Balic
North – 11. 5. 71 v Melbourne 19.10. 124
It could be a long year for North fans as their (lack of) midfield really struggled to get into the game. Honestly the scoreline flattered them. In better conditions against a team with a more potent forward line setup they are going to get absolutely flogged
The windy conditions did make it tough to have meaningful disposals, but the fact the North struggled to get the hands on the ball in the first place is a bigger concern.
Melbourne’s pace through the middle and their ability to chain together handballs stood out.
SuperCoach watch: North Melbourne
- Jack Ziebell – 493,600 MID – 102SC
Zee-bull stuck his tackles (10) well but other than a decent 3rd quarter wasn’t influential. Pass.
- Luke McDonald – 461,100 DEF – 30SC
Would love to tell where he predominately played but he only got 9 possessions from 73% TOG so it was pretty tough to get a read of him. A midprice option needs a strong preseason in my books, he’s fallen down the pecking order a bit.
- Marley Williams – 396,300 DEF – 78SC
Led the possession count for North with 18 but he’s at a really awkward price for mine. A POD pick but I wouldn’t expect much from him.
- Todd Goldstein – 521,400 RUCK – 82SC
My current R1 did nothing to suggest that I should rethink his selection. Was soundly beaten by Gawn in the ruck after half time as his work rate around the ground wasn’t like the Goldy of old.
Note that there was no Preuss today. Keep and eye and ear on any quotes from Scott regarding the over the next few weeks.
- Shaun Higgins – 505,000 MID – 44SC
A favourite of Patch’s, I will be encouraging him to pick him so I can beat him for head-to-head contests this year. For everyone else, he’ll have his moments but not in the long form of Fantasy. Stuck 5 tackles.
- LDU – 189,300 MID – 51SC
Luke Davies-Uniake is the poster boy for North’s midfield rebuild. Wasn’t afraid to put his head over it which I liked. However in a year where we’ve got a handful of standout high priced rookies pushing for a R1 starting berth you’d best get all the JLT data available before you go locking anyone in
- Mitch Hibberd – 169,300 DEF – 26SC
My MVP as a captains loophole last year. Didn’t get much of a shot at it today with 6 touches from 41% TOG. Keep him on your watchlist for JLT2
- Alex Morgan – 123,900 DEF – 35SC
Moved from Essendon seeking greater senior footy opportunity with North. Might not get it after that game. Wasn’t a stand out with 6 touches from 68% TOG
- Shaun Atley – 373,800 FWD – 61SC
The preseason king is here to suck you in again but don’t be fooled. Had a super first quarter but didn’t do much after that.
Shaun Atley racking up the touches. The pre-season king is at it again.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) February 24, 2018
- Billy Hartung – 402,600 MID – 75SC
Hooooooo boy, the boy can moooooove. He’s very outside though, a better daily fantasy pick against weaker midfields rather than having him for a full season.
- Majak Daw – 327,300 RUC/FWD – 41SC
Maybe his best position at North is in the two’s. Looked lost in defence, gave away a holding the man free on Petracca and made panicky mistakes. Easily pushed out of contests which is pretty average for a guy that is just shy of the 100kg mark
SuperCoach watch: Melbourne
- Jake Lever – 434,300 DEF – 98SC
First competitive hitout in a Dees jumper. Jake was okay without being outstanding. Honestly he didn’t have a lot to do anyway. 15 touches and 3 marks. You’d be brave to take him in SC
- Michael Hibberd – 545,200 DEF – 121SC
In many teams at F1-3, Hibbo did pretty much what he wanted and did it well. Leading possession winner on the ground with 27 and 74% d.e, which is a pretty solid effort when you consider how little the ball was down his end.
- Clayton Oliver – 612,800 MID – 108SC
Was bent over by Ben Jacobs and Ben didn’t even buy him dinner first. The Ben Jacobs tag is something we’ll need to consider when selecting our VC/C options because he completely blanketed him. Had a stronger second half when the tag was relaxed. 22 touches (15 handballs)
- Tom McDonald – 465,800 DEF/FWD – 99SC
May have slid his way onto my pre-watchlst, which is the watchlist for my watchlist. His stats weren’t huge (12 possessions, 5 marks) but the conditions weren’t the best for big men. Played predominately up forward with Hogan and had stints in the ruck when Gawn was off the field.
1. Jesse Hogan – 383,200 FWD – 107SC
Speaking of Hogan, the one-two punch with TMac could be a real thing. Kicked 3 and gave another one off. Ran a bit through the midfield as well but full forward is obviously his best position.
- Christian Petracca – 433,300 MID/FWD – 82SC
Giving me the eyes across the bar. Started on the wing but got his touches all over the ground.
Five contested in the first quarter and finished with 11 contested among 19 disposals. Five clangers and a d.e% of 57 isn’t great though, you can blame that on the weather but keep an eye on that before you pull the trigger.
- Max Gawn – 503,700 RUCK – 145SC
The People’s Beard did nothing to suggest you should move him from your ruck line. Do you really care about his stats? 145SC for 503k! The key to lock got thrown out the window
- Alex Neal-Bullen – 414,900 FWD – 129SC
ANB did this on occasion last year. 19 possessions and two goals playing high half forward. Flick through his games last year though and he follows up these sort of games by laying an almighty brick. Lovely kick for goal though.
- Jordan Lewis – 479,800 MID – 30SC
Pity he’s not defence eligible because fans of the experience Kade Simpson would look at Lewis as well. Would be surprised if he wasn’t available as a defender in Daily Fantasy. Played the first quarter and swept up the crumbs with aplomb, after that he put his feet up
- Angus Brayshaw – 316,700 DEF/MID – 35SC
Sorry, Gus. I just put a big ol’ line through your name. 13 touches at 69% d.e from 71% TOG.
- Bayley Fritsch – 117,300 FWD
Kicked 3.2 (should’ve been 4), but two of those came when the game was dead. That’ll be enough for some but I’m a bit concerned about his presence around the footy. His defensive pressure was questioned during the telecast and it showed. Dees have a few that can play his role so if he’s not kicking them he may find his job security shaky. 11 possession and a mark.
- Jake Melksham – 357,900 FWD – 119SC and 4. James Harmes 402,600 FWD – 116SC
These two are the ones I liked the look of that could give a shake to Fritsch’s job security. Took 9 marks and kicked 3 between them, Melbourne are developing some nice mid range forwards.
What did you take out of the game today community? Who caught your eye? Let us know in the comments!