Awesome reporting, nothing much more to add! Blow by blow description is super impressive!
Some additional observations/highlights I had;
Lavender just might be the find of the decade. What a smooth moving, highly skilled gazelle… Was goal kicking with Houlahan at the end again and nailing shots on acute angles… Can someone remind this kid that he is 202cm! What a ‘delicious’ athlete… Importantly looks to be having a lot of fun as well… Does not stop smiling even when working his guts out. In the simulation had a couple of dare I say it Joe Daniher moments with his agility for a big man. Needs to hit the gym big time though. It’s going to be lots of fun watching this kid during the year.
Razzle is burning the track up… In the interval running tests at the end of the session he was absolutely driving himself… Is a yappy little bugger but within lies a steely determination. Haven’t seen him with the look in his eye at the moment… Wants it badly… One bit of play when he burst through the middle to deliver to Joe was simply tantalising as was another ‘mazing’ run through the middle. Looks to be playing higher at the moment… Will definitely be playing bigger midfield minutes is the feeling I’m getting.
Daniher in the match simulation was outstanding… You realise standing behind the goals just how elite he is. What an athlete. Ambo, Hurls and Hartley all had a shot albeit unsuccessfully… Looks stronger again through the core and in one ones doesn’t flop in the contest at all anymore… And that reach is just incredible… What many may not realise is that he is a thinking mans footballer as well. Fascinating to watch his movement and then interaction with the coaching staff afterwards. Looked to play a bit deeper as well, stationing himself around 30 m away from goal at the start of play before drifting up the ground… Scary to think that he is continuing to improve.
Stringer - won clearances in the match simulation in an explosive fashion. Is an absolute bull. Missed some kicks but that’ll improve… Gives another very tasty dimension. Importantly, looks to be integrating with the group. After setting Daniher up with a couple of shots courtesy of some brilliant clearances he called out ‘that’s two Joey!’… Love it String, I’m sure Joey will repay the favour at some point when you’ve rotate forward… That’s the good, the ugly is his running… Was involved in the same interval test as Fantasia… Looks as though he was really trying his guts out but needs further work… Was laying on the ground at the end until Crowy told him to get up! I really wonder if he has done all the work he could have in the gym as looks to be carrying a bit. Calves, and Quads look a lot less defined than others as do his arms… Reminds me of Dusty from a few seasons ago… That said, the signs are that he will bring an entirely different dynamic to the middle and forward line.
Francis worries me. Doesn’t look happy. Might be because of the niggle. Not sure. As mentioned, didn’t join in the match simulation just ran… When asked by one of the coaches how he was feeling and how did he pull up, he responded with ‘yeah I’m feeling ok’… The reality was quite different in his response from a mental perspective… Just looks as flat as a tack. I’m not sure if others have observed how he gets on with other guys but cut a lonely figure yesterday. Needs a serious cuddle and man love Hepp. Get around him.
Saad looks super fit. Showed us one of his game changing runs from half back. Seems to be getting lots of coaching from Harvs round positioning at the moment. Lots of reinforcement around the need to push up during the match simulation and to watch the space.