North Melbourne vs St Kilda: JLT Review

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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.

Sure thing, Patch. 😉

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.

The Rookies

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.

The Rookies

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.


BadgerHoney7 · 02/03/2019 at 16:29


    JohnDJ59 · 02/03/2019 at 16:49

    Roberton 103, Billings 100, Parker 61, Hind 52, Goldy 117

      Russty_ · 02/03/2019 at 18:11

      I like the Roberton and Goldy part of that John 🙂

        JohnDJ59 · 02/03/2019 at 18:46

        Yes, I just put up what I thought was relevant, Roberton D4, Parker on the bench, still not sold on Goldy, but I might have to bite the bullet for the sake of my team. Still have Grundy/Gawn for now though.

          Russty_ · 05/03/2019 at 23:58

          Can't go wrong with the big 2…but Goldy could get back to his near best this year, he knows the end is near and wants to go out with a bang.

    Patch · 02/03/2019 at 17:08

    Jack Steele 117
    Dylan Roberton 103
    Jack Billings 100
    Shane Savage 93
    Jack Lonie 88
    Sebastian Ross 86
    Josh Bruce 73
    Jimmy Webster 69
    Tim Membrey 66
    Paddy McCartin 65
    Hunter Clark 65
    Dean Kent 61
    Matthew Parker 61
    Jack Newnes 60
    Jade Gresham 60
    Jarryn Geary 57
    Jack Sinclair 56
    Nick Hind 52
    Luke Dunstan 50
    Nathan Brown 46
    Ed Phillips 43
    Darragh Joyce 43
    Josh Battle 26
    Callum Wilkie 26
    Lewis Pierce 14
    Ben Paton 13


    Jamie Macmillan 136
    Todd Goldstein 117
    Paul Ahern 92
    Marley Williams 88
    Trent Dumont 83
    Dom Tyson 82
    Luke McDonald 79
    Jasper Pittard 79
    Jared Polec 79
    Luke Davies-Uniacke 73
    Tom Campbell 72
    Shaun Higgins 67
    Tom Murphy 66
    Ben McKay 62
    Ed Vickers-Willis 59
    Bailey Scott 59
    Shaun Atley 59
    Jack Ziebell 53
    Kayne Turner 51
    Jy Simpkin 51
    Nick Larkey 43
    Cameron Zurhaar 42
    Ben Brown 37
    Mason Wood 36
    Tarryn Thomas 31
    Aaron Hall 16

    Not sure why all these St Kilda players have these weird first names…

JohnDJ59 · 02/03/2019 at 16:35

Had both Hind and Parker on my mid and fwd bench from the start, hoping they get a game round one.

Patch · 02/03/2019 at 16:54

Billings VERY MUCH in my side.

    Sharkmove_King · 02/03/2019 at 17:41

    He's becoming very tempting Patch, even moreso if you're given him the thumbs up, as it was 'a not quite premium Jackson Macrae' this time 12 months ago you were locking in against most people's logic

      Patch · 02/03/2019 at 19:21

      I'm nowhere near as bullish on him as I was on Macrae, but I'm feeling the good vibes from him.

    Nice_Person · 02/03/2019 at 18:24

    He's in mine

      Nice_Person · 02/03/2019 at 18:25

      And is Sloane AND crouch are IN

Sharkmove_King · 02/03/2019 at 17:46

F6 is a revolving door for me atm as I'm discovering more and more rookies not upto the task. Petrucelle was there last night, swapped to Parker…where to now? Might have to find the extra $$ for Moore!

    Sharkmove_King · 02/03/2019 at 17:49

    To be fair Parker played okay. It's more his role. Playing exclusively as a small forward in a bottom team will struggle to get an average over 60. He's mature aged and obviously talented so I'll keep him f7 for now.

      Patch · 02/03/2019 at 19:22

      Reckon we'll give it another week to look at locking those spots down. Not panicking yet, not with only four games down so far

Battle Royale · 12/04/2019 at 06:38

Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing with us.

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