Intra-club games: Friday 4th February

There were three intra-club games played today and a few who are on our Dream Team radars have been mentioned in reports. Hawthorn, Collingwood and Adelaide reports are as follows.

Hawthorn

Paul Puopolo

I made my way down to Aurora Stadium this morning to check out the Hawks in their game. They played as the young-uns vs the oldies. Word is that they’ll be taking the young team to Perth next week for the NAB Cup opening game. We didn’t see Cyril Rioli or Shaun Burgoyne (indigenous camp), Luke Hodge, Brad Sewell and David Hale were also bigger names that were missing. The good news was that Max Bailey got through his first game in a long time… and probably won the ruck duel with Renouf. Our eyes were on Isaac Smith who didn’t do a lot, but what he did do was very flashy – fast and skillful. He kicked an awesome goal that made Stephen Gilham look silly. Cameron Bruce excited me off the half-back with some stints in the midfield. Now that he is named as a defender, he is certainly on my radar. The big one was Paul Puopolo. We didn’t realise who he was until about half way through the game after making plenty of committed efforts all over the ground. His pace and attack on the ball (and player) was great. Won’t be a high DT scorer, but worth a bench spot if he can get a game. Buddy Franklin was very dominant and the Hawks would be happy there isn’t another Buddy for another club, because no opponent had a chance against him.

Collingwood

The message out of the Magpies game was that Andrew Krakouer dominated. Lots of clearances and four goals. Hopefully a sign that he is ready to go in round one. I have been a bit cautious in putting him in my team thus far, but he is doing all he can for selection. Keep an eye out on Alex Fasolo who might get some games this season. Could be a good one for your watchlist as a downgrade option.

Adelaide

Tassie boy Ian Callinan (as Chook mentioned in the latest DT TALK video) impressed kicking 2 goals. Draftee Brodie Smith was talked up as well as DEF/FWD Daniel Talia. The bad news from the day was that two of the biggest bargains of 2011 pulled up with minor injuries. Andy Otten strained his ankle and Chris Knights has a corked thigh.

Are you heading to any intra-club games? We’d love a report! Email them to warnie@dreamteamtalk.com

29 Comments

  • I currently have Otten and Knights in my team like many others, always a risk taking injury prone players and perhaps this is an early sign for these two of troubled seasons ahead. What are other people’s thoughts on them?

    • I wouldn’t freak out too much. The article on afl.com.au says they should both play the rd1 NAB game(s). A cork to Knights and an ankle to Otten doesn’t worry me too much. I’d still be basing my selection of them on NAB performance. If they don’t play at all through the pre-season then obviously either would be a massive risk!

  • How did Cheney go Warnie ?

    • Cheney was alright… main thing I noticed about him (apart from his ranga red hair) was the amount of times he was off and of the ground. Probably the most benched player!

  • Apparently Watts went alright at the melbourne scratch match, and before people start crapping on about what a spud he is, he’s the same age as brodie martin, first year player, and Watts is entering his 3rd year, so he was really quite young when he first started out. Not picking him, but he’s an interesting prospect imo.

  • Another one from yesterday was that Ricky Petterd injured his hamstring.
    http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/petterd-hurt-but-demons-upbeat-20110203-1afi0.html

    Also, Colin and Grimsey were good… but shhh… they’re members of the Warne Dawgs! You don’t want them!

  • Heard some news from a WCE intraclub game (by the brother who umpired).

    Gaff smoked it, Cox, Hurn and the Selwoods also looked good and fresh. Ebert got lots of the ball but continued to spray it & Masten looked average….

    • Masten looked average? Thats a good sign for WC supporters, he’s finally improving

      • ha ha.

        • I saw Masten run faster down the streets of Northbridge than on the field. Maybe he needs a carrot dangled for motivation. Still glad we didn’t drab Palmer though, he is a career destroyer. Barlow would have been written into the record books if he din’t have his leg broken.

      • Thats gold Morts, so true and im a west coast supporter.

        • Mastens too busy knobbing his swimsuit calender girlfriend (granted she is pretty fantastic), he couldnt care about footy

  • apparently krakour got 4 goals in 3 quarters

  • Go KRAKOUER!

  • KRAKOUER!!!!!!!

  • Yeah don’t stress about Knights or Otten, both very soft injuries, would play next week if it was Rd 1.
    Cullinan didn’t look out of place in the slightest. Worked hard tackiling without the ball and certainly knows where the goals are with one of his two close to the 50m and out of bounds line.
    People looking to go with Moran, he played in the Ruck and copped a finger in the eye but its also not serious.
    Everyone hoping Tambling will prove a cheap option in the middle wouldn’t have been too disappointed. Showed great leg speed but was a bit fumbley with his first touch… nothing that a few pre-season games wouldn’t fix.
    Also on the otherside of Adelaide. Port aren’t having a club match and those with Salopek in the middle, he strained a leg muscle and will miss training for 2 weeks including NAB Cup Rd 1.

    • Tambling didn’t impress me much to be honest. I didn’t think his pace was anything special and he looked unfit at times definately. Played loose in defence for a lot of the game without a man near him which is a good sign for dreamteam. His disposal wasn’t great at times either but that will pick up with more games. He found the ball a lot and took a few marks but this can be expected floating across half back without a man.

  • Was an interesting game down at AAMI. Two teams split into what seemed to be the youngsters (with the exception of reilly, moran, dangerfield and tambling) versus the topliners and older brigade.

    Interesting to note the positions a lot of players played in. Dangerfield spent all of the game across half forward or deeper. Tambling was floating across halfback. Etc.

    Phil Davis has added a fair bit of bulk from what I could see. So will probably continue to play a key defensive role.

    Henderson was impressive along with Myke Cook.

    And Brodie Smith looked very comfortable and found a fair bit of it which is a great sign.

    Tambling didn’t impress me much to be honest. I didn’t think his pace was anything special and he looked unfit at times definately. Played loose in defence for a lot of the game without a man near him which is a good sign for dreamteam. His disposal wasn’t great at times either but that will pick up with more games. He found the ball a lot and took a few marks but this can be expected floating across half back without a man. Positive for DT i guess, just needs more gametime.

    • Suprised you thought Tambling looked slow. At one stage he was brining the ball out of defence, side stepped an opponent and took off, leaving them for dead. Was the most impressive thing he did in the game. Disposal was definitely sloppy.
      Will be interesting to see if they plan to use him as the running half-back in a straight swap for McLeoud or if he will play in the middle once his fitness is up to par.
      I wouldn’t read to much into the postitions today though, I think there was a fair bit of experimenting going on. The NAB Cup should give a few more answers.

      • Yeh, definitely didn’t say he looked slow, just didn’t think his pace was that noticable. Maybe its because he didn’t get to some contests to support on a couple of occasions which i thought he would.

        I did see that sidestep which was good but didnt think his pace stood out. Got a lot of the ball and there was enough to like about his game though.

        He is not 100% fit yet definitely. Thats why he didn’t go and play for the allstars.

        • Yeah I think the lack of getting to contests was more to do with fitness or perhaps even laziness? Still think he could turn on the after jets if he needs too. I think a lot of people will get suduced by his low price and the ability we all know is within but I’m personally not going to be buying. Did that once or twice at Richmond and not sure a move to Westlakes will change bad habbits but he will definitely be an interesting player to watch.

          • Yeh i’m not sure about him for DT. Will definately go up in value and if he does play that role as a rebounding defender could average 80 which would be value. Depends on your DT strategy but he is risky. I haven’t ruled him out by any means but he’s an unlikely starter for me i think.

        • Hey Danger, how did Brodie Smith look out there?

  • There was also a Bombers intra-match game played recently as well… shamed it was a closed one tho so not too many detailed reports, o well Im sure Sir James has a good reason for it!

    • That’s interesting isn’t it? Maybe Hirdy has a big change in game plan?! I’m not sure why you would go to the effort of making a Intra-Club match closed off otherwise.
      Any thoughts on what’s going on at Bomberland??

      • Hey Danger how did Brodie Martin go .please

      • Yer prob concocting a new super secret gameplan with Bomber.. which the whole world can see next week when we play the NAB cup!

        And no havent heard anything too juicy, just reading through the reports and getting the usual “Player X ripping up the training track, looks like he put on some muscle etc”
        Also the annual “So and so have been training with the midfield group, looks to spend more time there”

  • @swans2011

    Brodie Smith looked impressive to be honest. Didn’t have any trouble finding the ball. His disposal let him down on a couple of occasions but all good signs other than that. I will definately look at picking him up this year.

    @AFFEL

    Brodie Martin didn’t stand out from what I can remember. I wouldnt be too concerned though. Track his preseason. Will definitely play this year and was ultra impressive in his two games last year. Awkward price but a risk that could definitely pay off.