Had a look at the game today and it was a very positive display. A few observations
Mutch - didn't get a lot of it but liked the look of him, seems a genuine inside/outside guy. He is a really nice size and seemed to make good decisions. I like the fact that he is confident to use his left.
Francis - really good game, pretty dominate across half back. He wasn't going for the million dollar plays as much as usual and looked far more composed (with a few brain fades). That's the kind of game I want to see as he builds. Glad he now has the fitness to play in defence, still looked good in the last.
Long - best game I've see him play for a while, didn't get a heap of it but was just far more composed than usual but still creative. Has much more penetration on his kicks than I thought.
Langford - this guy really excites me, the one step 50 meter post high bombs, the one step searing passes, the ability to give off the handball when tackled. There is something special there I just think it's a ' pace of the game' thing and he just isn't there yet.
Redman - he looks very good athletically, a pretty dynamic player and looked damaging both forward and back. Good user, aggressive and again another that's a really good size.
Laverde - great game as a a predominate deep forward. Very powerful player. Like to see him play higher up the ground and go through the middle more but yes he is a class above this level
Begley - good to see him running through the middle but didn't get involved that often. I noticed a few times that his contested work was encouraging. There was one piece of play in the last where he he hit the pack at pace, won the ball, burst through about three Carlton players and hit the ball on his left which was a highlight.
Ridley - didn't get much of it.
Clarke - certainly has a crack and a good body shape but didn't get a lot if it.
Howlett, Hocking, Stanton pretty dominate.
All in all a really positive display from most of our listed guys the kind of display that you gives you some confidence in our depth, albeit Carlton were very poor.