Match Sim Notes – North v Collingwood

Written by JimmyDee on February 21 2024

Got the chance to have a look at the game today so thought some may appreciate a bit of feedback from a SuperCoach relevant perspective.

Pies rested many stars and lost by five goals, but more relevant was the transition of the Roos from end to end giving an indication of the type of ball movement they would like going into the season. They tried to get the ball into Sheezel and McKercher’s hands as often as possible with Fisher often providing run for the link up. A bit of positional summary a below.

North Forwards: Nick Larkey was lively and kicked five in 3/4 and moved up the ground in support a lot. Fisher ran well but was not as clean as we would like just yet. Charlie Lazaro lived up to the pre season hype and was everywhere with strong two way running, playing from the guts. Attended about half the CBAs, but only one clearance, and a lot of his delivery by foot was a bit astray. Looked good enough at $181k as DPP.  Duursma didn’t play.
Collingwood forwards:  Reef McInnes did enough to take the forward spot at this stage, kicking three, but presented well and provided pressure. Could be a good $123k option. Johnson also played OK, taking a couple of good grabs and kicking two. Pat Lipinski’s 2/4 was lively, involved and effective with two goals but plenty of supply into the forward fifty. Got some centre work with 7 CBAs. Fin Macrae started well and was active early but fell away after 1/4 time only doing some useful things. Played full time mid attending 27 CBAs and getting three clearances.

North Mids: LDU fairly dominant and creative. 20 CBAs for six clearances. Simpkin played mainly forward and was mostly quiet. The Warlord was strong for a half, but not involved enough yet to fork out $365k. Will be good so watch his preseason game  before making up your mind. Colby McKercher will play round one. Ran well, linked well and delivered a few inside fifties, all from half back. Took most kick ins hitting the target but field kicking not as effective. However, jump on!! Dylan Stevens ran the wing well all day and looks to have that spot to himself. Got plenty of the pill and mostly used it well.
Collingwood mids: De Goey was a bull, spending his 2/4 time as a full time mid and staying mostly around the centre third. Could be a great POD this year, but again the early bye? Daicos also full time mid and was everywhere for his two quarters. Precision delivery inside fifty. Does not look like we should leave him out of our sides despite the early bye. Ed Allen did some really good things and runs well to provide links.

North Defence: Toby Pink and Callan Dawson played as the tall backs and both did well enough to be on our bench if they get picked. Dawson looked the more likely SC scorer with a lot more give and go plays. Riley Hardeman might be back in the order but looked promising when he came on. Harry Sheezel has not missed a beat playing half back and a bit of mid (5 CBAs) and was dominant. Couldn’t go wrong if you want to avoid R 0 defenders.
Collingwood Defence: Rookie priced Charlie Dean and Tew Jiath provided us with enough moments and a few positives to be bench options if they get a guernsey at any stage.

Tristian Xerri was the standout ruck on the ground , proving grunt and hit outs and good follow up work with three clearances of his own. Attended 88% CBAs. For those considering him as R2, don’t be put off just yet. Not relevant now, but Steene looks a player when his time comes.


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