Coach – Craig McRae
Points For – 16th
Points Against – 11th
Top 5 Best and Fairest
- Jack Crisp
- Brayden Maynard
- Scott Pendlebury
- Jordan DeGoey
- Steele Sidebottom
2021 Rising Star Noms
Ins – Nick Daicos, Arlo Draper, Cooper Murley, Harvey Harrison, Charlie Dean, Nathan Krueger, Patrick Lipinski
Outs – Levi Greenwood, Max Lynch, Chris Mayne, Jay Rantell,m Brayden Sier, Josh Thomas, Anton Tohill
McRae has a pretty good year ahead of him from a senior coaching perspective. He cant possibly go worse than last year and the expectations are still low for this bottom feeding club. The challenge is a rotten culture and trying to change generations of crap. Degoey is a firm reminder than this club still lives in the gutter.
The backline slipped backwards last year but has some pretty good pieces, Roughead, Moore and Howe when all fit make for a decent back three. Crisp and Maynard both in the top five of their best and fairest is more of a problem than it seems, they need better users distributing the ball and giving them some run.
The midfield is in a transitional phase but their good games last year were still heavily supported by Pendlebury and Sidebottom, both of whom are well and truly on the slide. Both Daicos boys will spend a significant amount of time on the ball and are the future of the club, Adam and Lipinski will round out what is a bog average midfield next year but gives them something to build on in coming years.
I called the North forward line the worst in the competition which was crazy being I had this one up next. Mihocek and Cameron are their twin talls. Cox lurks in the background. Elliott when fit is still probably their best forward unless Degropey rejoins the team and he will be both their best forward and the reminder of just what a shitstorm this club is.
The rucks are reliant on Grundy who looked decidedly average last year after a stellar year before that allowed him to take a salary cap busting deal that destroyed their club and the team. They lack depth after him, probably cos they cant afford to buy anyone. The coach feels like the right choice, he seemed unCollingwoodlike when they anointed him which was very disappointing, lets see how he manages and how quickly the ferals turn.
I dont like their list but they are better than a 17th place finish. They will move up the ladder just due to the fact that they should never have finished that low. They have started to invest in a rebuild but are still very reliant on their experienced players for their wins. I think next year they are in the 14-16 range.