Enright, Duffield, Adcock, Mattner, Waite, Stewart, Ladson
em: Howard, Davis
Mitchell, Corey, Gibbs, Vince, Mundy, Connors
em: Barlow, Moles
em: Warnock, Lobbe
Harvey, Johnson, Gray, Knights, Hall, Ballantyne, Wonaeamirri
em: Rockliff, Lynch
Decent structure here Frank. You’ve got a good mix of youngsters and proven performers, not too much cash sitting on your bench, and a handful of captain options. I just think you’re taking too much of a risk with guys who haven’t yet played a lot of footy who will take time to get up to speed. Waite, Vince and Wona all fall into this category. A healthy Knights is a good selection but he’s injured right now. And you’ve named a couple of blokes on your front and backline benches who could struggle to get on the park – be sure to check the list of R1 teams before setting Howard and Lynch in concrete. 7/10.
Defenders – Enright, Duffield, and Mattner are all solid selections. The reason Adcock missed 9 games last year was a fractured kneecap so for me that puts to rest any worries about a recurrence. As much as I love Waite, he only played his first game for the year last week meaning he’ll be coming into the regular season underdone. I think you should hold off on him. Paul Stewart was in and out of the side last year for a 54 average. I think there are better options available. Howard is an interesting pick. Played really well to win Glenelg the U-18 championship but the Dogs backline is pretty much settled don’t you think?
Mids – I reckon that with Sewell going down on the weekend, Sammy Mitchell’s numbers will be negatively impacted as he will now be picking up the #1 tag. Vince is a good player but hasn’t played since Feb 13 because of a sore glute and won’t play against Carlton on Friday meaning like Waite he’ll be going into the season underdone. Mundy plays every game but only averaged 80-odd last year. And I like Connors – topped Richmond’s scorers in their one NAB Cup game.
Rucks – Naitanui is a bit of a risk but the style of footy he’s playing is bloody exciting. I’d love to watch WC games where he’s going berserk knowing I had him. Everyone else is fine here.
Forwards – You’ve got some injury worries here. Knights has a foot stress fracture and is due for a return in R3 so has to go. And Wona has had a succession of hammy strains and only played his first game for the year last week in Adelaide. He recently said of season 2010: “Hopefully I can play 15-plus [matches], which would be good for me” – I know he’s cheap but you’ve got to be confident that the guy you spend your hard earned on is going to play more games than that. Hall and Ballantyne have been tearing up the NAB Cup. Gray had a good game on the weekend but that’s been his only game so far this year. If you trust Stevie J’s hips he’s a bargain. Personally, I don’t. Lynch played well in the VFL last year but like Howard, could struggle to get a game in the seniors given the strength of St Kilda’s forward line.
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