Game Day North v Port VFL practice match (THE RETURN OF COMPETITIVE FOOTY TO ARDEN STREET)

Snake_Baker

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I reckon we lost by a goal or two. North kicked 6-7 points in a row in the last 10 minutes of the match and it cost the win.

- The system was a big issue, to much overuse of the ball, and going wide too often.
- Neither side used the wind well in the first half.
- Port's size gave them a large advantage early, particularly up forward.
- Umpiring was overdone.

- Joel Crocker: probably my BOG for us at half time. Classy & composed, has a lot of his old mans traits including serious footy smarts, and will definitely make it. A bit more physically advanced than I expected. He might be ready to go next year. My favorite play was when he outpositioned a Port KPF who had position and must have been giving away 10 years and 20 kgs to Joel. Joel spoiled him through out and out footy smarts. Will be Thompson's replacement.

- Thomas, worked hard early on, but clearly needs to get some more condition. Swung on to the ball in the last quarter and produced 15-20 minutes of football that was instrumental in North almost getting up. Some of his touches were sublime. Needs to play more in traffic to show his wares. Will eventually be a stoppage monster in the AFL.

- Cam Zurhaar: Slugged away as he always does, but polish let him down early on. Was instrumental with TT in dragging North back in to the game in the last quarter.

- Ahern: Nice touches in traffic and plugged away inside for most of the day. Serviceable but not overly eye catching. I reckon they're playing him in the wrong position.

- Watson, clean and crisp. Kicked 2 or 3 and loomed dangerously as a marking target all day.

- Tommy Murphy: Very solid all day, kicked a nice goal. Definitely in the best playing in a very undersized back line.

- Hayden: Worked in to the game, did a few nice things, but clearly needs more miles.

- Red Og: (Edit) Played half back/back pocket and provided dash and run. Drifted out a bit and still needs time and some size. Did one or two courageous acts too..
 
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GarnerSmash

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I reckon we lost by a goal or two.

- The system was a big issue, to much overuse of the ball, and going wide too often.
- Neither side used the wind well in the first half.
- Port's size gave them a large advantage early, particularly up forward.

- Joel Crocker: probably my BOG for us at half time. Classy & composed, has a lot of his old mans traits including serious footy smarts, and will definitely make it. A bit more physically advanced than I expected. He might be ready to go next year. My favorite play was when he outpositioned a Port KPF who had position and must have been giving away 10 years and 20 kgs to Joel. Joel spoiled him through out and out footy smarts. Will be Thompson's replacement.

- Thomas, worked hard early on, but clearly needs to get some more condition. Swung on to the ball in the last quarter and produced 15-20 minutes of football that was instrumental in North almost getting up. Some of his touches were sublime. Needs to play more in traffic to show his wares. Will eventually be a stoppage monster in the AFL.

- Cam Zurhaar: Slugged away as he always does, but polish let him down early on. Was instrumental with TT in dragging North back in to the game in the last quarter.

- Ahern: Nice touches in traffic and plugged away inside for most of the day. Serviceable but not overly eye catching. I reckon they're playing him in the wrong position.

- Watson, clean and crisp. Kicked 2 or 3 and loomed dangerously as a marking target all day.

- Tommy Murphy: Very solid all day, kicked a nice goal. Definitely in the best playing in a very undersized back line.

- Hayden: Worked in to the game, did a few nice things, but clearly needs more miles.

- Red Og: Slogged away in the ruck pretty much single handedly and was far from disgraced. He'll take a while but there's something to work with there. Xerri has competition.
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I reckon we lost by a goal or two.

- The system was a big issue, to much overuse of the ball, and going wide too often.
- Neither side used the wind well in the first half.
- Port's size gave them a large advantage early, particularly up forward.

- Joel Crocker: probably my BOG for us at half time. Classy & composed, has a lot of his old mans traits including serious footy smarts, and will definitely make it. A bit more physically advanced than I expected. He might be ready to go next year. My favorite play was when he outpositioned a Port KPF who had position and must have been giving away 10 years and 20 kgs to Joel. Joel spoiled him through out and out footy smarts. Will be Thompson's replacement.

- Thomas, worked hard early on, but clearly needs to get some more condition. Swung on to the ball in the last quarter and produced 15-20 minutes of football that was instrumental in North almost getting up. Some of his touches were sublime. Needs to play more in traffic to show his wares. Will eventually be a stoppage monster in the AFL.

- Cam Zurhaar: Slugged away as he always does, but polish let him down early on. Was instrumental with TT in dragging North back in to the game in the last quarter.

- Ahern: Nice touches in traffic and plugged away inside for most of the day. Serviceable but not overly eye catching. I reckon they're playing him in the wrong position.

- Watson, clean and crisp. Kicked 2 or 3 and loomed dangerously as a marking target all day.

- Tommy Murphy: Very solid all day, kicked a nice goal. Definitely in the best playing in a very undersized back line.

- Hayden: Worked in to the game, did a few nice things, but clearly needs more miles.

- Red Og: Slogged away in the ruck pretty much single handedly and was far from disgraced. He'll take a while but there's something to work with there. Xerri has competition.
Red Óg wasn't in the ruck mate. 19, off half back.
 

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I reckon we lost by a goal or two.

- The system was a big issue, to much overuse of the ball, and going wide too often.
- Neither side used the wind well in the first half.
- Port's size gave them a large advantage early, particularly up forward.

- Joel Crocker: probably my BOG for us at half time. Classy & composed, has a lot of his old mans traits including serious footy smarts, and will definitely make it. A bit more physically advanced than I expected. He might be ready to go next year. My favorite play was when he outpositioned a Port KPF who had position and must have been giving away 10 years and 20 kgs to Joel. Joel spoiled him through out and out footy smarts. Will be Thompson's replacement.

- Thomas, worked hard early on, but clearly needs to get some more condition. Swung on to the ball in the last quarter and produced 15-20 minutes of football that was instrumental in North almost getting up. Some of his touches were sublime. Needs to play more in traffic to show his wares. Will eventually be a stoppage monster in the AFL.

- Cam Zurhaar: Slugged away as he always does, but polish let him down early on. Was instrumental with TT in dragging North back in to the game in the last quarter.

- Ahern: Nice touches in traffic and plugged away inside for most of the day. Serviceable but not overly eye catching. I reckon they're playing him in the wrong position.

- Watson, clean and crisp. Kicked 2 or 3 and loomed dangerously as a marking target all day.

- Tommy Murphy: Very solid all day, kicked a nice goal. Definitely in the best playing in a very undersized back line.

- Hayden: Worked in to the game, did a few nice things, but clearly needs more miles.

- Red Og: Slogged away in the ruck pretty much single handedly and was far from disgraced. He'll take a while but there's something to work with there. Xerri has competition.
Thanks for the report, mate.

But Red Og rucked? I thought he was like 180-190 cms.
 

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I reckon we lost by a goal or two. North kicked 6-7 points in a row in the last 10 minutes of the match and it cost the win.

- The system was a big issue, to much overuse of the ball, and going wide too often.
- Neither side used the wind well in the first half.
- Port's size gave them a large advantage early, particularly up forward.
- Umpiring was overdone.

- Joel Crocker: probably my BOG for us at half time. Classy & composed, has a lot of his old mans traits including serious footy smarts, and will definitely make it. A bit more physically advanced than I expected. He might be ready to go next year. My favorite play was when he outpositioned a Port KPF who had position and must have been giving away 10 years and 20 kgs to Joel. Joel spoiled him through out and out footy smarts. Will be Thompson's replacement.

- Thomas, worked hard early on, but clearly needs to get some more condition. Swung on to the ball in the last quarter and produced 15-20 minutes of football that was instrumental in North almost getting up. Some of his touches were sublime. Needs to play more in traffic to show his wares. Will eventually be a stoppage monster in the AFL.

- Cam Zurhaar: Slugged away as he always does, but polish let him down early on. Was instrumental with TT in dragging North back in to the game in the last quarter.

- Ahern: Nice touches in traffic and plugged away inside for most of the day. Serviceable but not overly eye catching. I reckon they're playing him in the wrong position.

- Watson, clean and crisp. Kicked 2 or 3 and loomed dangerously as a marking target all day.

- Tommy Murphy: Very solid all day, kicked a nice goal. Definitely in the best playing in a very undersized back line.

- Hayden: Worked in to the game, did a few nice things, but clearly needs more miles.

- Red Og: Slogged away in the ruck pretty much single handedly and was far from disgraced. He'll take a while but there's something to work with there. Xerri has competition.
Awesome write up, thanks Snake.
 

GarnerSmash

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Yep, that's the one instance made me seriously sit up and take notice.

Composure, balance, class and smarts. He's a certainty.
My only concern is the limitations that his movement could bring. His first few steps are not great right now which is a real issue at AFL level. Everything else looks there.
 

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Snake_Baker

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My only concern is the limitations that his movement could bring. His first few steps are not great right now which is a real issue at AFL level. Everything else looks there.
He's not quick and never will be, but he reeks of an UBER stoppage machine. He only needs milliseconds to release a team mate in to space.

Did you see his screw back pass under full pace and pressure whilst running to the boundary in front of our club rooms with Port blokes on his hammer? That was downright ******* ELITE! I shit you not non spectators, it was Darren Jarman good!

Start thinking Sam Mitchell mate.
 

GarnerSmash

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He's noty quick and never will be, but hee reeks of an UBER stoppage machine. He only needs milliseconds to release a team mate.

Did you see his screw back pass under full pace and pressure whilst running to the boundary in front of our club rooms?

That was downright ******* ELITE! I shit you not non spectators, it was Darren Jarman good!
Didn't see that if it was in the first half. Did see Thomas do the same in the last though. Sploosh.
Crocks is a smart, hard and technically proficient kid though.
 

Snake_Baker

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Didn't see that if it was in the first half. Did see Thomas do the same in the last though. Sploosh.
That's what I am talking about.

Crocks is a smart, hard and technically proficient kid though.
Hey, I will call his game style out right now. He plays like Jesse Smith.
 

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