- Jul 24, 2015
- AFL Club
- North Melbourne
Fitness is the issue.I saw the North v Dees game at Blundstone yesterday and I have to say, I was surprised at how decent North is. There is no doubt you ran out of legs in the last quarter, but that can be addressed in the next off-season with the right fitness staff. You're missing some key position players, but only a few and you'll be pushing up the ladder in no time. I don't think it's a dire situation for North at all. Just have to address the deficiencies with some sensible recruiting and staff changes and you'll be in business. The Dees certainly had their hands full with North for 2/3 of that match. I was more than a little concerned we were going to get rolled.
A bit of hardness around the ball too. You lot lost Viney and that may have helped us but Jed Anderson is a weapon in our midfield and we miss him alot. We are missing two of our best KPDs tho Josh Walker is good depth. And it Bonar was a massive loss. He has gone from potential delistee to a player who is picked early this season. Probably losing him was worth two or three goals to Fritsch cos he can keep right at it with mobile or tall forwards.
There are serious questions over our fitness and injury management staff. Hopefully the off season will address this, the story is (Dr) Harry Unglik was brought in to review the fitness and medical staff and setup.
Otherwise its good that we can start to see what we are building. We have started plenty of games well, its just a matter of pushing that effort all the way up to four quarters. Every week we last a bit longer so its getting there.
I'd love to add Luke Jackson and Kossie Picket to the side. Especially Picket, he's a Chop off the old block...