WAFL Watch: Wilson-King impresses in first league game
Young rookie Jordan Wilson-King made an impressive first league appearance for South Fremantle in round 6 of WAFL action last weekend.
Wilson-King lined up on the half-back flank in the 73-point win over Peel Thunder and had 20 disposals, including five inside-50s.
Development coach Steve Grace said the club was “exceptionally pleased” with the 18-year-old’s step up to league following reserves appearances in recent weeks.
“Jordan generated plenty of run from the backline on the weekend, his ball use was good and he showed a lot of poise,” Grace said.
“He wasn’t overawed by the jump up in level.”
Grace said the attacking side to Wilson-King’s game was intrinsic, but the primary aspect the club was trying to engrain in him was defence.
“We’re trying to get Jordan’s basic fundamentals right, one of which is basic defence,” Grace said.
“On the weekend, he showed he can do it, but he also showed that he’s got a long way to go with that as well.”
Wilson-King’s mentor, former Freo defender Roger Hayden, was at Bendigo Bank Stadium to watch the Northern Territorian.
Hayden was also impressed with the performance, but agreed that Wilson-King still had much to learn.
“Jordan loves the ball in his hands, but when it comes to defending, he’s got a few things to work on,” Hayden said.
“He needs to tighten up a bit more on his man.
“But he’s still young and we were very impressed by his first league game.”
West Perth’s Jay van Berlo was Freo’s WAFL player of the Round for his 30 possession, two goal effort against New South Wales side Ainslie in the Foxtel Cup.
Fremantle assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd shared his WAFL notes for all the Fremantle Dockers who played in round 6 of the WAFL and the Foxtel Cup:
South Fremantle 16.11 (107) defeated Peel Thunder 10.4 (64)
Haiden Schloithe (SF) 14 disposals (9 kicks, 5 handballs) 3 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal.
Haiden played the majority of the game on ball with a short period at half-back in the third. He was heavily tagged throughout the game but he showed a good work rate and consistent effort, particularly in the contested ball. He looked to take the tagger forward and kicked a goal doing this. Haiden’s becoming more proactive at stoppages, initiating contact and being on the move, and he also had three centre bounce clearances, which we were happy with.
South Fremantle 23.17 (155) defeated Peel Thunder 12.10 (82)
Jesse Crichton (PT) 20 disposals, (15 kicks, 5 handballs) 3 marks, 5 inside 50s
Jesse played wing and had a really strong first half. He worked hard throughout the game. We were really happy with his fight in and around the contests. He demonstrated tenacity and a strong line at the ball and body. His work rate in regards to defensive running was a real positive as well. Jesse faded out late in the game, but he’s starting to play some consistent football.
Lee Spurr (PT) 17 disposals (11 kicks, 6 handballs) 5 marks
Lee was solid defensively with a really good work rate. He’d often roll off to defend but then also demonstrate run and work rate to create for his team. He had a very solid outing.
Tom Sheridan (PT) 18 disposals (9 kicks, 9 handballs) 2 marks, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50s
Tom worked hard on the wing and rested forward on occasions. His work rate over four quarters was positive and he’s really showing his elite running capacity. Tom broke the lines offensively but then covered the back half well defensively.
Jordan Wilson-King (SF) 20 disposals (13 kicks, 7 handballs) 2 marks, 6 tackles, 5 inside 50s
Jordan played half-back. He was very good offensively throughout the game with good run and drive. He had a goal kicked on him early but adjusted his game. He was clean at ground level, particularly with his hands around the contest and he defended well one-on one. He had five inside 50s and gave South a fair bit of drive.
Swan Districts 11.10 (76) defeated Claremont 9.16 (70)
Michael Walters (SD) 14 disposals (12 kicks, 2 handballs) 2 tackles, 4 inside 50s, 2 goals
Michael played high forward in the first half and closer to goal in the second half. He was very threatening at forward 50 stoppages. It’s great that he’s getting those shots on goals, but he’s got to make the most of his opportunities, kicking 2.5. That’s something he’ll clean up over time. Michael tackled hard when it was in his area, which is what we want to see.
Alex Silvagni (C) 12 disposals (10 kicks, 2 handballs) 6 marks, 2 tackles
Alex Played as a key back this week and nullified his opponent. He anticipated the opposition’s kicks well and spoiled and marked, particularly as a third man in. We were very happy with his strong spoiling and marking and he fanned well on turnovers, looking to be used as an option.
East Perth 14.9 (93) defeated East Fremantle 13.11 (89)
Jonathon Griffin (EF) 2 disposals (2 handballs)
Jon started in the ruck and played as a deep forward for periods. He rucked against Paul Johnson, which provided a good contest for him at stoppages and around the ground.
Cam Sutcliffe (EF) 15 disposals (8 kicks, 7 handballs) 1 tackle, 3 inside 50s, 1 goal
Cam played a variety of roles throughout the day. He had the most impact when he was playing in close in the midfield, where he won a couple of clearances and pressured the ball winner. His hands in close were impressive with seven handballs and he also set up some offensive play through his run and carry. Cam had three clean inside 50 kicks.
Jayden Pitt (EP) 16 disposals (12 kicks, 4 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal
Jayden played the majority of the game on the wing with a stint as a high forward. He moved really well through the corridor, linking between the arcs, carrying the ball and using it well. This was highlighted by a great run that ended up with him marking and kicking a goal. His positioning around stoppages was very good.
Hayden Crozier (EP) 10 disposals (8 kicks, 2 handballs) 5 marks, 3 inside 50s
Hayden showed good tackling intent, displaying a greater intensity to get involved physically through second efforts, chase downs and blocking for teammates, which contributed to a close win for East Perth. We were really pleased with his physical involvements and his inside 50 kicks to advantage.
Perth 10.16 (76) defeated Subiaco 11.7 (73)
Antoni Grover (S) 25 disposals (11 kicks, 4 handballs) 7 marks
Antoni played a variety of defensive roles, from deep in the backline to pushing up on their high forward. As always, he worked tirelessly all day and the big thing we saw was that he worked really hard on the spread from turnovers to get used on the rebound. Physically he didn’t let his opponent goal-side, so he was very good with his checking. Antoni’s had a really solid several few weeks at WAFL level and we’re very impressed with the way that he’s going.
Nick Lower (P) 26 disposals (16 kicks, 10 handballs) 2 marks, 4 tackles, 5 inside 50s
Nick played inside-mid all day. We were impressed with his offensive transition, where he worked really hard on the spread. Inside the contest, his effort and strength was what we’ve come to expect of Nick. One of Nick’s great qualities is his leadership and communication, which he showed throughout the game.
West Perth 13.12 (90) defeated Ainslie (NSW) 7.6 (48) – Foxtel Cup at Blacktown International Sportspark
WAFL Player of the Round: Jay van Berlo (WP) 30 disposals, 2 goals
The report from his coach Bill Monaghan read that Jay worked hard in close and on the outside, so there was a good balance. Jay showed good energy levels right from the beginning of the game, looking up and about. He was the leading possession winner on the ground, finishing well in front. His finishing skills in front of goals were efficient, too. Overall Jay’s ball-winning ability, spread from the contest and finishing skills were very good.