Coach – Luke Beveridge
Points For – 14th
Points Against – 13th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
2018 Rising Star Noms
Ed Richards (Round 10)
Aaron Naughton (Round 23)
Ins – Sam Lloyd, Taylor Duryea, Bailey Smith, Rhylee West, Laitham Vandermeer, Ban Cavarra, Will Hayes, Lachie Young, Jordan Street
Outs – Luke Dalhaus, Jordan Roughead, Marcus Adams, Shane Biggs, Kieran Collins, Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, Clay Smith, Jack Redpath, Mitch Honeychurch, Tom Campbell
Hard to believe they won a premiership so recently. Talk about the tiniest premiership window in history, it was open for a month and they managed to take it. The list movements look again this year like they are weaker than the year before which has to be a concern, there were some good signs last year but also some pretty big concerns as well.
They found a ripper last year with Naughton and need him to continue his growth. It is a concern that Dale Morris is still important to their backline. Johannisen set his reputation up with a stellar finals series a couple of years ago but his chaos ball style seems to have been found out and he is way too easily taken out of the match. Wood has also struggled to find his best form again and they will need both him and Johannisen to find their very best form.
The middle is interesting, there is talent there, the Bont is top shelf talent but he himself seems to be able to be tagged effectively. Dunkley found some serious touch in the middle last year. Macrae and Hunter were really impressive as well. The top end of their talent is good, but overall their midfield needs to be beefed up. They cant match it with the best teams at the moment.
The forward line performed better than I thought it would and after everything he has been through, it was good to see Schache start to find the ball and realise his potential. Tom Boyd is probably still getting a game but he was terrible last year and they need him to find consistent form. I have Richards as a forward although he looks handy wherever he plays. He looks like a gun and love to watch him play. They will miss Dalhaus and need to find quality forward pressure players because the ball came out too easily last year.
I don’t know who will ruck next year. I haven’t been following English closely but he still looked pretty raw last time I saw him. Boyd has trouble getting a game and the rest of the rucks are gone. Looks pretty dire unless English has put on some size. I feel like Beveridge has managed to avoid scrutiny and a premiership should buy you a couple of years grace but this year that may start to change if he doesn’t get results.
I don’t see their list strategy and I am not sure what the plan is as far as the rebuild goes. They have a lot of average players across their list and not many elite. They need to ensure they hold onto the talent they have but they look a long way from making their way back up the table. I think this year will be another slide and they may find themselves in the bottom 4. I think 14th to 16th is where I see them this year.