Our defence. Ho Hum.
I was a little bemused by Hurls being played on the oppositions power forward.. He is coming off 2 ankle injuries and should have been playing against the 3rd Geelong forward.
Mitch Brown was given a lock down role on Harry Taylor, who, despite being all at sea as a forward, was able to beat Brown and have a number of shots on goal directly in front. Mitch did not have a good game as his strength is more a a sweeper/intercept marker when playing down back.
By contrast, Ambrose was playing on a number of rotating players and ended up being our highest rated defender, with 2 contested marks and 2 intercept marks. That not good enough for the defender in that position. Normally its Matty Dea, who usually does a lot of intercepting. I suspect Ambrose was relieved of his lock down role, and asked to intercept, which he did to some extent, but 2 intercept marks and 2 contested marks is only the start if Ambrose is going to be asked to play that role more in future.
Bags was 100% lock down and looked a bit slow, Marty Gleeson was good in the first half. But did he go to the toilet in the 3rd quarter ?
As to run out of defence, it basically was left to the fast mids to do it. Zerret to some extent, Zaka and Colyer were the ones.
To improve the intercept marking capability we probably need to bring in Dea, to bring in run out of defence, bring in Irish and retain McGrath.
I would also bring in Hartley and drop Brown..
I would be trying to get both Hartley and Ambrose to try for more intercept marks, as a second priority and encourage both of them to be a bit more attacking when appropriate.