MARSH SERIES REPORT: North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs
The Bulldogs kept this one out of the Roos reach after half-time, but there was still a lot of heat in this game, particularly in the first half. The Roos had a few chances, but only managed 3 goals to the Bulldogs 8 in the 2nd half as the game slowly fizzled out to end with a 101-57 victory to the Bulldogs.
Tarryn Thomas – $339,900 – FWD – Kicked a brilliant goal in the first, but struggled to stay involved across all 4 quarters. Finished with 16 disposals, 5 tackled and a goal.
Jack Mahony – $117,300 – MID/FWD – Can’t say I noticed him out there and he finished with just 6 disposals from 69% ToG.
Todd Goldstein – $609,400 – RUC – Will likely be the POD ruck option, he did spend a bit of time up forward with Xerri in the team, but that won’t happen in the real stuff.
Looked to be moving well, we know how good Goldy can be, so that’s what you want to see from someone like him in the preseason.
Aiden Bonar – $202,800 – MID/FWD – Started slow, but built into the game well. Had 15 disposals, 4 clearances and 8 tackles with 62% ToG. Promising, especially at his price.
Sam Durdin – $285,600 – DEF – Has struggled for consistency since being drafted in the first round in 2014. Solid first half and a bit more quiet in the second to finish with 11 touches. May be competing with Josh Walker for a spot with Robbie Tarrant also coming back, so value doesn’t look to be there.
Curtis Taylor – $123,900 – FWD – Took a cracking mark in the 3rd quarter.
Not Supercoach relevant, but still impressive. Played less than half a game and kicked a goal with 8 disposals and 4 marks.
Tristan Xerri – $123,900 – RUC/FWD – Spent a lot of time up forward and did a bit of everything, kicking 2 goals, along with 24 hitouts. Doubt he starts, but looks to have potential as a backup.
Jy Simpkin – $383,000 – MID/FWD – Had plenty of midfield time, and finished with 19 disposals, 4 clearances and 6 tackles . Only question is how much mid time he gets when a player like Shaun Higgins returns.
Alex Keath – $413,000 – DEF – Took more than a few intercept marks and had 16 disposals and 9 marks. Intercept possessions are enticing, question will be if he will get enough of it.
Caleb Daniel – $537,900 – DEF – Does what he does, finds the ball across half back and almost always takes the right option and uses it well. Had 20 disposals, but the ball was played in the Bulldogs half for most of the 2nd half of the game.
Marcus Bontempelli – $623,000 – MID – Belonged at Burning Man because he was ON FIRE in the first half.
Currently has ownership percentage of 11%, which is well behind the 15.3% of Dunkley and 31.4% of MacRae. Look for the Bonts ownership to rise after this performance. Kicked 2 goals with 37 disposals, 8 tackles, 10 clearances, 11 inside 50’s and 13 score involvements. Huge game with 195 SCPoints, let’s hope he plays that well again in a real game!
Jordon Sweet – $123,900 – RUC – Was outplayed in the ruck against some excellent opposition, but given his experience level that wasn’t a massive surprise. 25 hitouts with 13 disposals, much like Xerri, he’s backup material currently.
Jack Macrae – $668,900 – MID – Next best midfielder for the Bulldogs with 31 disposals, 9 tackles, 9 clearances and 10 score involvements.
Josh Dunkley – $632,400 – MID – Looked to receive slightly less midfield time than Bontempelli and MacRae, but still had 23 disposals, 10 tackles and 7 clearances.
That’s it from me, but what did the JR Community think of this game?