TOOT TOOT! All Aboard the Dugian express, stopping all stations to my back line!!!!
I was asked if I wanted to go and watch the practice match today at Princes park by family friends who are avid Blues supporters… and here’s what I saw:
Nick Duigan (Def 103k) got quite a few mentions in the comments of my Defensive Rookie Review, and I hadn’t seen a lot of him, so it was hard to really comment with authority… Now I can tell you.
Duigan is a 26yo mataure age recuit, with a mature and very-fit and strong looking body. This bloke was everywhere….. he won 3-4 one-on-one contests, took a couple of contested marks and a few uncontested…. Played the usual link-man role a few times, and effected one awesome turnover in the backline, kicked forward, then ran forward assisted the noodle who dropped a sitter, collected the ball again kept running and hit up a forward target, who then made another stupid decision whilst Duigan ran into space 30m out directly in front… and they didn’t use him and blazed away and cocked it up. Long story short, he was no doubt in the best 5 players on the ground for the day. He does stand-out because of his bigger build and strong work-rate. I will be making room for him in my team if (when) he gets named in round 1.
Also for the Blues:
J Gartlett (Fwd 348k) really impressed, kicked a few goals, presented well. His pace proved unmatchable and turned his opponent inside-out 3-4 times. I was quite impressed (and I’ve never liked him). The supporters I was with suggest he is better than Eddie Betts.
C Yarran (Fwd 300k) Was pretty solid and performed well… definitely worth consideration this season if he’s running off the half-back line.
Juddy didn’t have a blinder…. Did a few good things…. Just building. Gibbs was in pretty good touch and no issues if you have these two in your team
For the Cats:
Josh Cowan (Mid 110k) I initially thought he was just making up the numbers in a practice match. He looks a little scruffy with a long mop of hair…. But this kid can really play. He would have had 15-20 possies, and used the ball really well (high efficiency.. Duigan-esq). I’m not sure he’ll get a run with the Cats round one…. But keep your eye open during the season.
Dawson Simpson (Ruck 180k) With all the talk of Rucks this season people are looking for a cheap alternative…. And Simpson is a BIG and MOBILE unit…. He contests really well and was throwing his body in hard. With Blake in the bad books, he might get to back-up Ottens because of mobility. He reminds of Mumford the way he was giving it everything he had, knowing he’s not the most talented bloke on the field.
T Varcoe (Fwd 402k) Varcoe showed heaps of improvement last season, and I was impressed in 2010. I know he got injured in the international rules games, but seems to going at it like a man possessed…. I can see Varcoe becoming the Cats replacement for Ablett, as-in the got to run-past receive who then kicks forward… also a goal kicker today (and usually). He was awesome!
Steve Johnson was his usual self…. We commented at half time how he tries to make the simple look hard, and then turns it over…. And then had a blinding last quarter, stacked up the posies and kicked 3 goals and essentially won the game. Selwood was probably BOG, and Bartel wasn’t at his best, but was pretty good for a first-up run. Oh, and Joel Corey looked well over his knee injury from last season and super-fit again…. So might be worth some thought.
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