- Aug 16, 2006
- AFL Club
- Other Teams
- I follow no other, only Swans
Call me Mr Glass 3/4 full but I thought that was a pretty good hitout. The players obviously took on board the feedback from our dismal showing against the Giants. We looked sharp and moved the ball quickly through the corridor. JPK was back to golden form. Some of our young mids really stepped up. We put getting game time into youngsters above winning the game, although a couple of silly decisions by both umpires and our players could have seen the result go the other way. I liked the mix of prepping our best 22 for round 1 vs. trialling a bunch of newbies. Taylor and Gray both showed they'll be welcome additions. We escaped pretty much injury free. McCartin looked a lot sharper. Sinclair reminded us why we were smashed in the ruck over the last couple of seasons. Naismith looked as good as I've seen him. Stephens continued to improve. Having both Rampe & Mills back stiffened out defence and Aliir looks like he could take another step. Hayward looked dangerous and fast on his leads. It's great news that he wasn't suspended. Papley showed us he plays as good in red shorts as navy blue ones. Forward pressure was much improved over last game. The game plan looks very sharp when the skills are there to execute it. Rebounding quickly, attacking play and willing to take the ball through the corridor. Pressure was good too. Plenty of goals coming from turnovers. A couple more big targets would have been useful up forward as we have some very good smalls buzzing around. It would have been good for guys like Amatey, McInerney and Ronke to get more game time as they struggled to get into it but it's hard when we have so many young players wanting a kick. Overall I think there was a good balance of getting enough game time into newbies but still being competitive and having enough experienced players to keep our structures in place. My only disappointment was not seeing Ling in action.