Just looking at the match stats and it was mostly fairly even, but they confirm what we probably already knew....
We were Ok with stoppages around the ground...but centre clearances were nearly two to one in their favour. And the other issue was the inside 50's were heavily in their favour, and when we did get the ball in there, our efficiency was very poor in comparison. We got the ball, we used it poorly.
Their effort and intensity was far superior. They wanted it more. They out tackled us 47/60 And the 1% were 28/45 in their favour
I like Boyd too and thought he went OK One of our better users of the ball. Probably pencilled in as a lock-down small defender (back pocket), but with the ability to start a chain with accurate and penetrative kicking. But he could play in a few spots...wing, even defensive small forward. That was a good kick for goal. Gives a good effort and is improving.
After a very poor first practice Brodie Kemp was much better last night.
Would have liked to see a bit more of Billy Wilson. Only had a few possessions in limited game time but just saw a glimpse of someone who wants to get involved. We may have to watch that in the VFL in the short term though.
Cripps, Docherty, Cerra, Hewett, all cruised through, never much out of second gear, (way to play a practice), but still picked up 20+ so there all ready to go... and Acres seems to have two shoulders again (even if one is heavily taped)
Lots of people mentioning "intensity" ie lack of it, I dont get it. To me what stood out was that we lacked Fluency/Connection/Synergy between each line moving the ball. Chains were a rarity. That and the TO's murdered us.
That could partly be put down to key personnel missing on each line. Weitering, Walsh the two Jacks etc
In their absence other players have to take on extra roles and burdens rather than their usual roles.
Pressure and intensity was a feature of our second half of last year. It's been non-existent in these practice games. That will make a huge difference.
But the other issue at the moment, and one not so easy to overcome, is our structure. With key players missing on all lines we'll have a task in front of us. It has a flow on effect on players whose jobs would be a little easier with a full strength side.
I thought De Koning did OK. The new rule is going to suit Gawn down to the ground and he'll be a real force Tom got the ball a couple of times where things he tried didn't quite come off but he battled really well. He was getting hands to the ball.
I think what we look for in these practice games is who is doing something a bit different. Have they added another string to their bow. I can see some improvement in Tom...(Gawn rates him too).
Against that we look for areas where a player hasn't picked up. Harry's kicking is the easy target, but gee he's been good in general play, and has shown he can do a bit of relief rucking.
Thing that concerns me just a little is I don't see too many others who look a lot different to their 2023 form
It seems that BoM may have got the forecast wrong.
The temperature is in the mid 20s here on the Bellarine Peninsula but it's overcast and not at all as you'd expect for a day in the high 30s. I just checked the rain radar and there's light rain approaching from the west. It's over the bushfire area now but is probably more nuisance value than a help.
The people of North Queensland will be shocked to hear that a BoM could get a forecast wrong.
There's heat and there is Brisbane heat it's the humidity up here that's the killer and summer is still very much here at the moment. It's a night game which takes the edge off the heat but even around 7.00 it's still air condition weather. It will be three draining games in a row