Player Watch Welcome James Blanck. Debuts against the Dogs!

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Topiary

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This was such a promising first game. Looked at home. Sam may have potentially solved what is a glaring weakness moving forward.

Looked composed and not rushed with ball in hand. While not primarily what he would be selected for as our KPD, this aspect of his game felt like a breath of fresh air after Chip and Hartigan.
He was very good. Liked his calm presence. Give him a full preseason and work on his strength and we have a player.
 

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Just got to get some more class. We cannot expect to mine mid season Drafts or late picks. That we have done well, but it is not sustainable. We just must get more collateral and more talent.
 
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HODGEYROAD

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Did some good things and will be better for the experience, was outpointed on a few occasions but that isn't expected for a young key defender on debut.
 

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Considering the amount of ball that went into our backline after quarter time, he did really well in his first game. Looks like plenty of tools to work in that he's got speed, height, agility and skill. Definitely the most solid debut by a key back since our high profile recruiting during the 3 peat years. At worst he'll help DGB develop by taking some heat off him when Hartigan is gone.
 

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Good 1st game, looked calm and was good skill wise under pressure. Showed enough to play out the rest of the season
 

theiaofseed

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First game as a kpd at AFL and looks great, already gone past Hartigan for mine, and not even from a development perspective
Hartigan was awful in the VFL on the weekend.

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Certainly has a leap.
 

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