Player Watch #17: Jasper Pittard - "Jasper IS the game"

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And don't forget the joker...
May 30, 2007
AFL Club
North Melbourne
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and little things like that is why the players love Shaw.

I’ve gotta come clean.

Watching Port games over the past couple of years I could see why their supporters had Jasper as their whipping boy, he always tried to do too much with the pill and inevitably turned it over, so when we recruited him I cringed a little.

But seeing him every week now and how Shaw (as backline coach) harnessed his skill set from preseason just proves the instructions by the Port coaches actually put him in those failing situations.

If there’s ever a snapshot of how Shaw sees the individual’s skill set needed to fit the team narrative then Jasper is the man - he’s been absolutely brilliant. Shaw is a bloody astute coach!
At Port he played under a coach with a rigid, over complicated game plan that didn't take into account individual players' strengths. He essentially had the confidence and flair coached out of him. This is why Port will be a preliminary final calibre team at best while Hinkley is in charge.

Sound familiar?

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Brownlow Medallist
Aug 25, 2006
Mount Waverley
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Mismatched the entire game, looked visibly frustrated himself, didn't seem like anything suited him.

Worst game of the year for him and it was more the strategy that caused it, not Pittard himself, he still had a crack.
That’s what happens when McMillan is brought into that back 6. The whole balance gets thrown out.

We have had a well balanced and well functioning backline and we decide to throw that out to bring a player back who was hardly killing it in the VFL and was actually terrible last week against Sandy.

I don’t know who made the call on this one, but in hindsight, what a cock up to mess with something that was working.


Brownlow Medallist
Apr 11, 2007
AFL Club
North Melbourne
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Media street didn’t help.

Beat his man? Brown kicked 3 so not sure I guess. Just didnt impact the play as well as he has been recently.
He was double grabbing the footy in the warm up and played like it too.

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arden station

May 3, 2015
AFL Club
North Melbourne
We dropped Durdin and had Pittard playing on Stringer lol
Pittard at 186 cm and 84kg should never have to play on the 3rd tall 190+ cm, 90+ kg types.

Been in such good form playing as a mid defender playing on mid size forwards, dropping in front of tall one-on-ones to mark, stopping his opponent and providing drive.

He got pushed fair and square in the back by one of Essendon's tall forwards in one marking contest but umpires often let that go when the guy pushing is bigger - "used his strength, no push, that's all" kind of BS.

Really bad use of Jasper yesterday. Hopefully Shaw learns quickly.


Brownlow Medallist
Sep 21, 2008
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Pittard has been a big surprise for me, I thought he was a soft outside flaky type at Port. Never realised how good his intercept marking was or his defensive accountability.

Had the odd brain fade that hurts but he won’t die wondering. Get the feeling with a full preseason he’ll take his game to another level next year

Billy Not Really

Premiership Player
Apr 7, 2018
Licking windows at the back of the bus.
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Shoutouts to Bruce 'I get the feeling but I'll say this as if it were a statement without facts' McAvaney who said Pittard's season has been quote; "Okay"

Bullshit it's just been 'okay'. He's been great. Holds himself accountable and stands tall when he needs to, his intercept marks are the perfect replacement for Wright.

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