Even though we are winning some contests from the middle, there is no structure up forward. When theres a one on one contest, we kick it on top Sproule's head. Need some leads from the forwards (Sproule, Himmelberg) to get more marks and set shots. We are just booting it forward hoping for the best at the moment.
Liking the look of Taranto and Hopper leading through the midfield. Caldwell looking the goods as well. Taylor very composed as a 2nd year player - interesting to see if he will surpass Corr this year. Cumming and Perryman also solid - would like to see Cumming through the wing over at half back to see if we can get some better delivery to the forwards. Can also see the effort from Hately which is promising.
Been a bit disappointed with Bonar and Shipley. Feel like they have been pretty quiet. Daniels gets the ball and has the acceleration but just bombs it up aimlessly as a midfielder/half-forward- think it might be more worthwhile parking him up deep forward as a crumber rather than roaming for long stints in the midfield. Himmelberg and Sproule have been starved of opportunity so hard to comment much on the tall forwards. Would be interested to see the number of marks we have in our forward 50, seems hard to be composed when we just do chaos balls into a mostly stagnant forward 50.
Wouldve loved to see Bobby Hill and O'Hallaran thrown into the mix too. The prospect of Hill, Daniels and Langdon zipping through the forward line together with Himmelberg, Cameron and Greene fit and firing is quite exciting.
For me I thought the stand outs were Hopper, Taranto and HH
I noticed Williams playing in the front half which was surprising but maybe just for flexibility and managing game time for him
TOJ had a couple of misdirected kicks but he was involved and had plenty of touches
Keefe and Buntine did well IMO and no other stand outs IMO
Not sure on the rules for JLT #1 but i would assume it is an extended bench and some of the fringe best 22 players so hopefully it is a step up in quality and desperation
Swans dominated the midfield and also it was too easy for them coming out of defence so plenty to work on for a lot of the players from todays game but for a first hit out and the first time playing together for a lot of the players I would say not many combinations but that will improve with more time on the field together
NO INJURIES is the main thing with plenty of rotations as well although I was surprised to see the heavy breathing by players coming of after 5 minutes
Just watched the 3rd quarter to get an idea, wow Taranto looks like he's gonna go to another level this season. Have loved him since his first game, but he could seriously contest for a Brownlow in 2 or 3 years
No one got injured, and young players on both sides got a solid hit out and that's what matters. Both teams would have persisted with structures they wanted to trial, rather than find a winning combination.