Coach – Luke Beveridge
Points For – 4th
Points Against – 7th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Easton Wood
- Robert Murphy
- Marcus Bontompelli
- Luke Dahlhaus
- Matthew Boyd
2015 Rising Star Noms
Mitch Honeychurch (Round 2)
Thomas Boyd (Round 12)
Ins – Matthew Suckling, Bradley Lynch, Luke Goetz, Jed Adcock, Josh Dunkley, Keiran Collins, Marcus Adams, Bailey Williams,
Outs – Ayce Cordy, Sam Darley, Matthew Fuller, Jarrad Grant, Michael Talia, Brett Goodes, Jordan Kelly, Daniel Pearce
Quite the surprise packet last year, not many would have predicted the Doggies to make the finals let alone threaten the top four for so much of last year. They have found some really good talent and a couple of players stepped up. That being said, there is still much work to do.
The forward line they hope is sorted for the future. Boyd should hold down FF and the likes of Stringer, Dickson and Crameri (next year) gives them a good range of marking forwards. This year however Boyd is still learning and Crameri isn’t playing at this stage which makes them a little light on.
They are set for mids, Libba coming back this year adds to an already exciting line up. Wallis finally started to find his way, the Bont is a monster and then you throw in Boyd, Dahlhaus, and Murphy. They do lack a really good ruckman and I think they certainly need to find one in the long term.
The backline isn’t as set. They would have liked Talia to have come along better than he did and he may hurt them from Sydney (probably not as much as he did chatting to his brother). They picked up Collins with an eye to the future but despite Rougheads development, they just seem to need more height back there. They do set up attacks well from down back through Wood, Murphy and Picken which makes the picking up of Adcock and Suckling a little surprising. It wasn’t a need as far as I could see.
It is hard to say a team had a relatively soft draw and that they probably ended up above where their list and talent indicates they should. It will be a big effort for them to repeat the effort again this year. I liken them a little to Port the year before although I don’t expect the same level of drop. I think they should still finish in the 8 although one or two key injuries could see that change. For mine they should be 7-9