Unofficial Preview Rnd 1 - Fremantle vs North Melbourne 24th March 3:20pm

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What position was Hall playing at the time? I assume Banfield would go to Higgins again, not Hall.

For those of you wondering what our Round 1 team might look like, the consensus on our Board is that we now probably have 30 'best 22' types on the list. With Polec, Hall and Tyson we've added (much needed) depth to our midfield and with Pittard, further depth to the back line stocks. Midfielders capable of playing AFL in 2018: Higgins, Cunnington, Jacobs, Polec, Hall, Dumont, Anderson, Ahern, LDU. This isn't a suggestion it's better than yours, simply noting a depth we haven't previously been able to draw on.

Our main list deficiencies are a back up ruck for Goldstein - maybe someone like Tom Campbell via SSP, though Goldy has been very physically resilient - and how to fill the KPF position vacated by Waite. Ben McKay, despite being played back in the VFL can play forward, or Daw, after finally getting some continuity and confidence down back might be swung forward again, or a rotation between them. Larkey probably not ready physically yet. By the way, Thompson is suspended for Rd.1.

That said, here's a 'straw man' shot at a Rd.1 NM team:

B: Vickers-Willis - Tarrant - Williams
HB: Macmillan - McKay - Pittard
C: Dumont - Cunnington - Polec
HF: Atley - Daw - Tyson
F: Ziebell - Brown - Simpkin
R: Goldstein - Higgins - Jacobs

I/C: Ahern, Wood, Anderson, Hall

Back line depth: McDonald, Murphy, Wright, Durdin
Mid depth: Davies-Uniacke, Hrovat
Forward depth: from Garner (if fit), Zurhaar, Turner, Walker

I haven't included any of the 2018 draftees, including Thomas, Scott, Taylor, Crocker, McKenzie or Wilkinson, or any 2017 or earlier draftees that haven't yet debuted. Thomas is a possibility as a top ten pick but will need to build his endurance, or Wilkinson as a mature age small forward rookie.

17 weeks, exactly, at 3:20pm today. :) :footy: :thumbsu: ... despite Brad Scott's 1-8 record in Rd 1. o_O

p.s. This, and all other WA games early in the season, should be scheduled for evenings! :rage:
I agree about evenings or even night

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So Davies-Uniacke is only a depth player? Is that a bit disappointing for your top draft pick last year?
He may not be depth, but if he is, it's not an issue. He's tracking just fine and will play a key midfield role in coming years. Scott isn't one to throw players in too quickly. He'll get games in 2019 as he did this year and will gradually build up.

Dumont is probably a good example; in his four years he's played 8, 12, 19 then 22 games. LDU played 7 in 2018. It wouldn't surprise me to see a similar build up, but who knows, he might demand more games sooner.
 

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You'll have to forgive us for our schadenfreude, but many of your fanbase were very quick with their vocal 'lol Freo' calls when we chose to overlook him. It's been pretty satisfying seeing the trajectories of our two boys compared to LDU since then.
 

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So Davies-Uniacke is only a depth player? Is that a bit disappointing for your top draft pick last year?
Not at all, he's built in the Josh Kennedy mould, so he's going to take a while to build bulk and get fitter, and has to fight guys like Cunnington, Anderson, Higgins, Ahern etc., for an inside spot. His VFL form at the back of the year was very good and he's still building into his rather large frame. We probably won't see the best of LDU until 2021 and beyond due to his body type. Even as depth, he's not super far off a best 22 spot, but as Kimbo pointed out, midfield competition is a bit a stronger this year. His main issue was that he kept blowing up by the 3rd quarter of an AFL match, so he did not get to a great deal of contests.
 

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You'll have to forgive us for our schadenfreude, but many of your fanbase were very quick with their vocal 'lol Freo' calls when we chose to overlook him. It's been pretty satisfying seeing the trajectories of our two boys compared to LDU since then.
Fair enough, most of the North board were keen for Dow or Cerra pre-draft, I was big fan of the latter during that period. Stephenson was another favourite, hindsight is a fickle mistress. Cerra is doing exceedingly well and Brayshaw did well considering his inexperience.
 

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10 of NM’s squad did not run in the opening time trial yesterday. Seems quite a high proportion.
Brown and Daw will be looking to resume full training after Xmas. Tazz and Ziebs in the next couple of weeks.

The rest are young blokes that aren’t locked in best 22.
 

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With Thompson being suspended for Rnd 1 and poor Majak's circumstances, North will be without 2 of their B22 Kpd's. Only Tarrant left to hold down the fort.

I believe Ben McKay and Sam Durdin are their next two kpd's off the rank. Anyone know much about either of them?
 

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They have played ten games between them.

Good opportunity for Lobb, Tabs and Cox to get dangerous.
Reckon Hogan might go ok too. I believe the club originally said he was tracking for round one, and I haven’t seen anything that suggests otherwise (Other than bf rumours).

It’s not like he’s a midfielder running 15kms a game and needing to learn the game plan and stoppage structures. The game plan will be - kick it to Hogan. He’s Hogan. If he can’t learn that before round one, he’s done :oops:
 

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Reckon Hogan might go ok too. I believe the club originally said he was tracking for round one, and I haven’t seen anything that suggests otherwise (Other than bf rumours).

It’s not like he’s a midfielder running 15kms a game and needing to learn the game plan and stoppage structures. The game plan will be - kick it to Hogan. He’s Hogan. If he can’t learn that before round one, he’s done :oops:
Jesse's game was getting up the ground, not so much a deep contested mark. He has to be able to run and if building that engine takes too long for him to play round one then that's ok, I'd rather he was playing at the end of the season.
 

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Reckon Hogan might go ok too. I believe the club originally said he was tracking for round one, and I haven’t seen anything that suggests otherwise (Other than bf rumours).

It’s not like he’s a midfielder running 15kms a game and needing to learn the game plan and stoppage structures. The game plan will be - kick it to Hogan. He’s Hogan. If he can’t learn that before round one, he’s done :oops:
Well the last update I saw about Hogan he looked Pretty Well Rested so perhaps he will be ready to go by Rd 1 !
 

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With Thompson being suspended for Rnd 1 and poor Majak's circumstances, North will be without 2 of their B22 Kpd's. Only Tarrant left to hold down the fort.

I believe Ben McKay and Sam Durdin are their next two kpd's off the rank. Anyone know much about either of them?
McKay dominated the VFL last year as a monster CHB with multiple vfl bests. He didn’t get a game because Scott plays favourites with the veterans and we usually wait until our youth is 100% right to go. He’s quick, 200cm, only 20 and built big. He won’t be outmuscled and, like all north defenders, has a good knack for interceptions. Just lacks AFL experience.
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They have played ten games between them.

Good opportunity for Lobb, Tabs and Cox to get dangerous.
They won’t out muscle McKay. Durdin is a leaner and more of a mobile swingman, but he’s back in the pecking order. If your tall forwards are dominating, it’s because North’s midfield isn’t pressuring at all.
 

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McKay dominated the VFL last year as a monster CHB with multiple vfl bests. He didn’t get a game because Scott plays favourites with the veterans and we usually wait until our youth is 100% right to go. He’s quick, 200cm, only 20 and built big. He won’t be outmuscled and, like all north defenders, has a good knack for interceptions. Just lacks AFL experience.
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They won’t out muscle McKay. Durdin is a leaner and more of a mobile swingman, but he’s back in the pecking order. If your tall forwards are dominating, it’s because North’s midfield isn’t pressuring at all.
Looks tall and top heavy, would have a decent match up on Tabs but every other of our forwards would be too agile.
 
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