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NEAFL Coaches Comments: Round 10

Callum Ah Chee:

Cal was one of our better players on the day, starting in defence but then moving up and spending a bit of time on the wing. He kicked two goals and was able to find a fair bit of the footy. Cal is building his fitness back up since his injury but played full game time and will soon be pushing for a spot in the seniors.

Brayden Crossley:

Brayden played in his usual position up forward and was able to bring the ball to ground a fair bit. He finished with 10 disposals and three marks but would have liked to have had more of an impact. He’ll look to respond next week.

Jacob Dawson:

Jacob was consistent in defence once again. He finished with 18 disposals and played a part in limiting Brisbane’s avenues to goal. Jacob wants to play senior football this year so we’ll be working with him to fine-tune his defensive work to give him the best opportunity to do so.

Sam Day:

Sam was solid on the weekend, finishing with a goal and 13 disposals. He probably should have kicked two goals but missed an easy shot he would usually nail. We were happy with Sam’s marking on the day, something he’s been working diligently on in the past few weeks. He’s putting his name up for senior selection but needs to make sure he’s taking his opportunities when he gets them.

Corey Ellis:

Corey is improving each game. Started in defence but moved into the midfield in the second half. He attended a few centre bounces for us as an inside midfielder and finished with 17 disposals. One of Corey’s strengths is his ball use and he didn’t disappoint with five rebound 50’s on the day. He’s put together a couple of solid games now and will be in the conversation for a SUNS debut in the coming weeks. 

Sam Fletcher:

Sam competed hard in the midfield in the first half but unfortunately was shut down in the third quarter with quad soreness. He’ll have scans and be tested through the week before we know his availability for the weekend.

Caleb Graham:

Caleb had one of his best games yet this year in defence. He was good with his defensive efforts and was willing to leave his man to help teammates out in the air. He took six marks which was really pleasing to see and looked confident. Caleb will be looking to back this up again this weekend.

Jacob Heron:

Jacob played down back and gave us some run coming out of defence. He finished with 14 disposals and looked damaging at times. Jacob’s been senior emergency a few times this year so we’re looking for him to find a bit more of the ball and be consistent throughout the game to put himself into contention for a senior gig.

Jack Leslie:

Jack had one of his better games this year in defence for us. He was rock solid down back and cut down a number of Brisbane’s dangerous forward 50 entries. He took five marks and made a number of crucial spoils to give our running defenders a chance to rebound. We want Jack to be able to produce these kind of games week in, week out.

Jez McLennan:

Jez started slowly but worked his way into the game and was busy in the second half. He finished with 19 disposals and took a team-high eight marks on the day which was really pleasing. He’s starting to look more comfortable each week and is doing the right things to be in contention for an AFL debut later in the year.

Tom Nicholls:

Tom was challenged this week in the ruck, going up against Brisbane’s Oscar McInerney for most of the game. He managed to break-even with 33 hitouts and also kicked a goal from a ball-up. We liked the defensive part of his game, with Tom laying six tackles. He also had 14 disposals and contributed to seven clearances for the team.

Connor Nutting:

Connor was senior emergency last week and returned to play this week in his usual forward role. After a really good game two weeks ago, Connor was a bit quieter this week with just 12 disposals. He took five marks which we were happy with but Connor will be wanting to get back to the same type of football he was playing two weeks ago.

Michael Rischitelli:

Risch was solid as usual in the midfield for us and his leadership was crucial once again. He found plenty of it on the inside, finishing with 22 disposals, six marks and five tackles. He continues to help educate our younger midfielders on their role in the team and leads by example on the park.