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Practice match - Williamstown v Casey.
I've been given the ok to re-post this here. [quote="mighty_west"]Good wins by both seniors & ressies. Reserves Williamstown 19.17.131 Casey 11.12.79 Seniors Williamstown 148 Casey 79 Highlights for me, included spekky's from Cloke, and 2 from Callum Urch, both players played well, especially Urch, very lively, kicked quite a few goals, great player, Cloke was very vocal, seemed to be a leader out on the ground, hard at it, put his body on the line a few times. A few of the other Willy listed players did well, Ben Jolley got a lot of the ball, good skills, Brett Johnson was in the thick of it, Rose i thought was good, especially early. Liam Picken, David Stretten, Cam Lockwood, Nathan Lyons all seemed to play well. For the Dogs listed players, CALLAN WARD - remember that name - WOW, 3 goals from the midfield, was running everywhere, awesome skills, great height for a midfielder as well. Wayde Skipper played, was given some time in the ruck as well, did ok, considering he's had no pre season, Doogs was kind of in & out of it, didn't really impress, Jarrad Grant was also in & out of the game, but kicked a few goals for memory, is a ONE GRAB player, great hands, took a few awesome pack marks, not bad for a skinny kid. O'Keefe was also patchy, O'Shea was tough, and spoiling well, fast breaks, did well, Street got 2643756454 hit outs, but 99% went to the opposition players, very frustrating, but laid a few tackles. Harbrow was also good, skilful, played on & off the bench a lot, he'll be good for the run, Timmy Callan was good off half back, reads the play very well. For Casey, a few Saints players running around, James Quilt got alot of the ball, Michael Rix in the ruck, Brendon Goddard was good, Matty McGuire was strong off half back, but overall, Willy were just too skilful, harder at the ball, tackling was a feature.[/quote] mighty_west is a long time member of the Sons Of The 'Scray forum. [url]http://sonsofscray.21.forumer.com/index.php[/url]
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I went along as well. This is a copy of my report I ventured at to Casey Fields today to see the Seagulls take on Casey Scorpions. The ground was in terrific condition and the weather was brilliant with barely a cloud in the sky although it did get to about 26 or 27 by the end of the main game. The Seagulls reserves team had an easy win and were clearly too strong for their opponents. [b]For the Bulldog listed players:[/b] [b]Sam Reid[/b] played midfield probably ruck rover and was one of the best players on the ground. Whilst his left hand is still bandaged from the fracture it didn't impeded him at all even spoiling a few marks with left hand. He ran tirelessly and was typically coming off around the 15 to 20 minute mark of each quarter before head back on about 5 minutes later. [b]Jarrad Boumann[/b] played as the CHF and at times showed his ability but equally he also looked disinterested at times. Even at the quarter and 3 quarter time addresses he wasn't fully focused on the messages the coaches were trying to get through. He injured his shoulder in a marking contest where he eventually hit the ground and was off the park for about 10 minutes before reappearing. [b]Henry White[/b] played in a variety of positions but probably mainly played as a defender. Its fair to say that this season is purely a development one for him but he started to get a bit of the footy later in the match. [b]John Shaw[/b] played in the ruck and was rotated on and off the field a fair bit. His ruck work was generally good and he even held a few marks around the ground. A few of the other spectators I was talking to seemed to think he was great selection for us. [b]James Mulligan[/b] and [b]Easton Wood[/b] didn't play but both were at the ground. Mulligan looked fit enough so I'm not sure what the problem was. For the Seagulls, Jayden Post had a big game as a key forward and in the 3rd quarter in particular he was leading well and holding his marks and then converting his chances. Very good game for him. Murray Boyd was solid in defence. Dean Galea who reported last week in the firsts and will be missing against Werribee next week was lively around the forward line. For the Seagulls senior team who had another impressive win against a Scorpion team that had the likes of Michael Rix, Andrew McQualter, Ben McEvoy, Sean Dempster and Brendan Goddard running around. [b]For the Bulldogs listed players:[/b] [b]Wayde Skipper[/b] started on the bench and was used in the ruck and up forward. Clearly short of a gallop, Skip got better as the game went on. He still had his leap and held a few marks. [b]Callan Ward[/b] roamed around everywhere and seemed to start in the midfield before moving forward. He ran strongly and of course read the play very well even displaying a pick pocket effort when he was outnumbered that resulted in a goal. Perhaps a career as an David Copperfield type illusionist awaits Cal. [b]Andrew McDougall[/b] played in defence and was a solid performer. He missed some opportunities to really make his mark but it was a 4 quarter effort by Doogs today. [b]Jarrad Grant[/b] played as a forward and while he didn't stamp himself on the game at all he started to get into the groove as the game wore on. [b]Guy O'Keefe[/b] was a very solid performer probably one of the best listed players. He speed, decision making and kicking were all very good and on top of that he ran hard throughout the game. Often his kicks into the forward 50 hit their mark. [b]Tim Callan[/b] was used as a defender and a midfielder who pushed into the forward line. Unfortunately for Callan his disposal let him down and he missed to very gettable opportunities in the 3 quarter which took the shine off his game. [b]Jarrod Harbrow[/b] made a return today and displayed his normal hard running. Like a few of the guys coming back from injury he got better as as the game wore on and probably needs at least one more week before he could be considered for higher duties. [b]Paul O'Shea[/b] had a very quiet day and really wasn't noted that much. [b]Peter Street[/b] played as the main ruckman as you would expect and did a good job. Players named on the score sheet but who didn't play consisted on Giansiracusa, Eagleton, Higgins, Addison and Stack. For the Seagulls, Ben Jolley, Callum Urch, Brett Johnson, Cameron Lockwood (BOG in my opinion) and Jason Cloke all performed well. There was some big marks today from Urch and Cloke which was a bit of a highlight.
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Very good report GVGjr. Actually thought the Williamstown blokes were what made them look so good - particularly Cloke, Urch, Stretton, Lockwood. Even Picken, Rose, Lyons, and even Cook early were very good. They've got a good VFL list havent they? The Dogs dont really help them out with any inside midfielders, but the VFL guys they have do the job - even if a couple of them are a bit 'no frills'. Cloke was genuinely excited when he kicked a goal - good to see some passion in players on the field. Urch is a livewire. For the Doggies, Ward made a couple of fluff ups, but most of what he did oozed class - particularly his goal later in the day from about 50m. He's not even 18 yrs old yet!! Liked O'Keefe and Callan's games - particularly Callan's courageous mark in the forward line where he didnt take his eyes off the ball. Three behinds was a blemish on his day. Harbrow's pace broke the game open a couple of times - exciting. Grant still is selective with his attack on the ball and particularly second efforts and O'Shea will need to improve considerably if he wants another AFL contract come seasons end. As for the Scorps, I actually liked Wall's game in defence, Fraser presented up well and held onto his marks but wont be dangerous until he improves his conversion. Matthews worked into the game. Saints better ones perhaps wore the higher numbers - Howard, Armitage. Connors has some decent leg speed, if he can add the necessary kgs he might end up alright - but definately a work in progress.
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[quote="footyman"]Very good report GVGjr. Actually thought the Williamstown blokes were what made them look so good - particularly Cloke, Urch, Stretton, Lockwood. Even Picken, Rose, Lyons, and even Cook early were very good. They've got a good VFL list havent they? The Dogs dont really help them out with any inside midfielders, but the VFL guys they have do the job - even if a couple of them are a bit 'no frills'. Cloke was genuinely excited when he kicked a goal - good to see some passion in players on the field. Urch is a livewire. For the Doggies, Ward made a couple of fluff ups, but most of what he did oozed class - particularly his goal later in the day from about 50m. He's not even 18 yrs old yet!! Liked O'Keefe and Callan's games - particularly Callan's courageous mark in the forward line where he didnt take his eyes off the ball. Three behinds was a blemish on his day. Harbrow's pace broke the game open a couple of times - exciting. Grant still is selective with his attack on the ball and particularly second efforts and O'Shea will need to improve considerably if he wants another AFL contract come seasons end. As for the Scorps, I actually liked Wall's game in defence, Fraser presented up well and held onto his marks but wont be dangerous until he improves his conversion. Matthews worked into the game. Saints better ones perhaps wore the higher numbers - Howard, Armitage. Connors has some decent leg speed, if he can add the necessary kgs he might end up alright - but definately a work in progress.[/quote] The Williamstown players are very strong. Lockwood, Cloke and Urch were all good. Callan undoes some good things with skill errors. Those two easy shots on goal are not something that will get him promoted. O'Shea was poor and at times almost clueless on what he should be doing. James Wall made some stuff ups in my opinion. He is one of those frustrating types who does something very good and then wrecks things a bit later with an error. Good size, great athletic ability but the decision making counts against him.