WAFL Watch: Jack building form
Wayward kicking aside, Collingwood recruit Jack Anthony made an encouraging WAFL debut that suggests his first game for Fremantle is not far away.
The 23-year-old booted 3.4 for Subiaco in round two of the state competition, impressing with his contested efforts and work-rate.
Anthony arrived at Fremantle Oval with a reputation as a sharpshooter and assistant coach Simon Lloyd said the club was not concerned about some missed chances at the weekend.
“To be honest, Jack’s one of the better kicks in the competition, so that’s not a concern for us,” Lloyd said. “It’s really about making sure he gets a full, rounded game.
“He had the opportunity to convert a set shot from 25m to put Subiaco in front. He unfortunately missed that one, but most of the time you’d back Jack to kick those.”
Ruck recruit Jonathon Griffin, who had 31 hit-outs and 15 possessions in a dominant game for East Fremantle, was the club’s WAFL player of the round.
Ahead of Saturday night’s clash with Geelong, Lloyd shared his WAFL notes with fremantlefc.com.au.
Claremont 17.16 (118) d Swan Districts 12.7 (79)
Matt de Boer
As the game wore on Matt got better and better for Claremont, with his hard work defensively typifying his game. His endeavour and energy around the contests stood out and his handball under pressure was very good. The big thing for Matt coming back from a hamstring injury was that he got through confidently and was unrestricted.
Clancee got a lot of the ball in the first half for Swan Districts and his execution was very good. He started the season off so well last week, which is the standard we expect of Clancee. He played the role of high half forward this week, used the ball intelligently and his defensive efforts were pleasing.
Viv Michie (reserves)
Viv played reserves for Swan Districts with Peel having a bye, and his ball use was very good on both sides of his body. The great thing about Viv is he’ll always put his head over the ball and he was strong inside at stoppages in the second half. He was proactive, assertive and he moved through the contested situations well. He exceeded our expectations this pre-season with the amount of work he was able to complete.
South Fremantle 17.11 (113) d East Perth 12.17 (89)
Hamish had three shots on goal in the first quarter for East Perth, kicking one of those. He consistently won the ball when it was in his direct area and he had a number of goal assists, hitting up Graham Polak with a lovely left foot pass. He tired as the game wore on but he’s really improving and he could have kicked three goals to go with his three goals assists. Harvs is keen to see him continue learning the intricacies of playing as a forward.
East Fremantle 21.9 (135) d Perth 11.20 (86)
We felt Jonathon dominated the stoppages for East Fremantle and really looked after his midfielders with some quality tap work. He took a strong contested grab in the first quarter and used the ball well in general. He played opposed to mobile ruckman Andrew McDougall and was aggressive, pushing forward for a period of time. We were really pleased with his game.
Casey had an interrupted pre-season and his ball-use for Perth at the weekend was probably at its best since he’s returned. He played on Richard Hadley and his spoiling was very aggressive. At times we wanted him to apply more body, but he did work into the game really well. His efforts rebounding remained a highlight of his game.
We’re talking about intent with a lot of players, and Justin displayed some really good intent in the first half with his chasing and tackling for Perth. We’re still working on Justin getting more involved in the chain when his side wins the footy. We see him fitting into the side in high half-forward and wing roles, so that’s where he’s being used at the moment.
West Perth 15.7 (97) d Subiaco 13.12 (90)
Jack started the game energetically and he showed great intent to get involved. He made repeated leads and his work-rate was very high, eventually kicking 3.4. He used his strength to hold out his opponents, both in aerial and ground contests, and the main thing for us is that he showed great intent. We were really pleased with his efforts.
Josh played with a terrific attitude and had a lot of team-orientated involvements for West Perth. He led strongly, which is something we’ve been working on with him, now he needs to have greater frequency in his leads. He was involved in several scoring passages and as the game went on he became more settled. Josh is very strong in the contest and he’ll eventually give us a bit of grunt up forward.
Peter Faulks (reserves)
Peter played reserves on the weekend with Peel having the bye and his contested efforts in the air and on the ground stood out. He’s a very close-checking defender and was physical with his opponent, attacking the ball well. Peter’s definitely improved from an endurance point of view, knocking a couple of minutes off his initial 3km time trial throughout the pre-season.