North Melbourne up against the St Kilda Jacks in Werribee. The Saints took control in the second quarter after struggling early, and gee some of the Jack’s looked good. Let’s dive in.
I like stats so here’s an interesting one: The Saints (sorry, the Jacks) had almost 100 less disposals than North Melbourne, so they clearly used it more effectively.
BEST – North: Polec, Goldstein, Macmillan, Tyson, Scott
Saints: Steele, McCartin, Gresham, Billings, Savage
Rule change impacts
A bit more space to clear the ball which meant it was sent forward quickly. No secondary stoppages needed. Probably more noticeable because I was looking for it though.
Both teams looked to run out of the square to clear it. For North it looked like the closest person to the ball brought it back in, Macmillan mostly in the second half. Shane Savage did the honours most of the time for the Saints.
Todd Goldstein – RUC – $548,000
Shared the load pretty equally in Q1 with Campbell, and it seemed to work. Did most of the rucking for the rest of the game after that. Had stints supporting the undermanned North defence and took a few intercept marks.
Tom Campbell – RUC – $264,400
Finished Q1 probably the better ruckmen out of the two, but rarely sighted in Q2. Rested forward and hit the scoreboard. Did his job for the day, and looked to work well. Didn’t look to hinder Goldy’s influence too much either.
Aaron Hall – MID – $389,200
Injured his knee early in the game and was in some doubt to return but came back on late in the first quarter. Started inside mid in Q2. Didn’t play in the second half.
Shaun Higgins – MID – $560,200
Spent long stints off the ground. Flashed in and out of play as a result. Not a lot to talk about here after today’s game. Keep eyes on him in JLT2 if you’re still keen.
Jared Polec – MID – $513,500
Had no issue getting his hands on the ball, tried his best to drive the ball forward and was on the end of a few switches and outlet kicks. Was best on ground and will probably get 20-25 disposals most games. Is he worth a spot in your team? Not a gamble I’m willing to take. Better for the Draft format.
Trent Dumont – MID – $452,800
He just went about his business as usual. Nothing to suggest he’ll be any better or any worse that he already is. Probably didn’t show what the punters wanted to see.
Dom Tyson – MID – $411,000
Racked up the possessions, tackled hard and cleared the ball from the centre with ease. Looks like he will fit in well in this North Melbourne system. Don’t think he’s a good SuperCoach option though.
Jamie Macmillan – DEF – $440,200
A JLT trap. Don’t do it. He won’t score like this consistently when the real stuff begins.
Bailey Scott – MID – $117,300
Never stopped trying and was in amongst it. Was used in a lot of situations to create a bit of extra space and was among the top possession winners. Keep an eye on him.
Luke Davies-Uniacke – MID – $197,500
Appeared much the same as last year, not sure he’s made the next step we’ve all hoped for yet. Not doubting the natural improvement and got better as the game went on.
Ben McKay – DEF – $123,900
Played key defence manned up on McCartin. Not a lot to talk about here.
Nick Larkey – FWD – $123,900
Encouraging signs early in the piece but rarely sighted in Q2. Appeared to reset for the second half and boy oh boy he knows how to mark the thing. Wouldn’t be the worst rookie option if we get skint, but being key position means he will score us his jumper number (20) some weeks. Got elbowed in the face late in the game.
Tarryn Thomas – MID – $175,800
Flew under the radar but did some nice things. Appeared comfortable enough, lively around the contest. Probably not going to be worth his high price tag.
Jack Steele – MID – $512,600
Kicked the Saints first goal against one way traffic. Played inside mid for most of the game, didn’t look to be accountable for anyone in a tagging role. Hit the scoreboard a few more times too and led the ranking points at half time.
Jack Gresham – FWD – $429,600
Was impressive playing mostly up the corridor. Started forward at most centre bounces. Was entrusted a few times to bring the ball down the wing. Encouraging signs, but you’ll get a better idea on him in JLT2.
Jack Billings – FWD – $437,600
Started on a wing and stayed there. Played effectively and was able to move himself forward to kick a goal in Q2. Was verrry quiet in Q3. Started forward in Q4, and kicked the first goal of the quarter.
Jack Roberton – DEF – $297,500
Didn’t dispose of the ball very well, but was in amongst it early. Rarely sighted in the 2nd quarter as the Saints took control up the other end. Moved up the ground more in the second half to become more influential, and was a bit cleaner with it too. Good to see him back out there.
Jack Ross (formerly known as Seb or Sebastian) – MID – $558,400
Had a fair bit of the ball, disposed mostly by hand. He just did his thang.
Jack Clark – MID – $293,500
Did some nice things around the ground and won a few clearances too. Not sure we saw what we wanted to with him.
Jack Webster – DEF – $472,300
Looked to be back to a defensive role with Roberton back. Moved up onto the wing a few times but didn’t look like the same player he was last year. Took a couple of kick ins.
Jack Pierce – RUC – $235,600
Came off the ground in the hands of trainers after a head knock in Q1.
Jack Battle – FWD – $232,600
Rarely sighted. He did kick a goal though and then was almost knocked out in Q3. Was solid in the final quarter.
Jack Hind – MID – $117,300
Not afraid to get in amongst it with about half of his possessions contested. Looked comfortable. The commentators had no idea what his name was for a minute there.
Jack Parker – FWD – $117,300
Lively throughout, not a lot of disposals early. Kicked a few goals. Got more comfortable as the game went on. Put a lot of tackles on the board and forced a few turnovers.
Jack Wilkie – DEF – $124,900
Was required to play ruck with Josh Bruce after Lewis Pierce went down.
Jack Joyce (AKA Darragh) – DEF – $123,900
Who? Definitely didn’t make a name for himself in this game.