After a good start to his first AFL pre-season, injury forced Freo recruit Cameron Sutcliffe to spend a fair bit of time on the sidelines.

But since making his WAFL debut on 21 April, the South Australian has done nothing but impress Freo’s coaches.

He was solid last weekend, accumulating 23 disposals in East Fremantle’s big win over South Fremantle.

Freo assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Sutcliffe had displayed good professionalism, leadership skills and a great work ethic since arriving at the club.

“He’s very diligent and has a real willingness to work,” Lloyd said.

“Anyone that has a great work ethic is going to work themselves into the game.”

Lloyd said Sutcliffe’s performances in the WAFL had been very pleasing.

“Cam has a good game sense,” Lloyd said.

“He has a great ability to run hard both offensively and defensively, and he is intrinsically motivated to work hard.”

“You will find through the year that Cam will make steady progress.”

Lloyd added that the 187cm tall Sutcliffe was an elite runner, which would hold him in good stead in the AFL.

“Cam is in the top bracket of runners at the club,” Lloyd said.

“With his running ability and being able to cover a lot of ground, Cam brings versatility because he can go into the midfield as well as play as a medium to tall defender.”

Lloyd shared his notes on all Freo players who played in the WAFL last weekend

Foxtel Cup – Claremont defeated West Adelaide by 101 points

Nick Suban – (C) 13 disposals, (10 kicks, 3 handballs) 6 tackles
Nick played the majority of the game at half-back. His ball use by foot was a standout, with a kicking efficiency of 92 per cent. He was sound defensively, too. Throughout the game, he positioned very well and looked to run and spread to get used on turnovers. Overall, Nick played a good game.

Alex Silvagni – (C) 13 disposals, 10 kicks, 3 handballs 4 tackles
Alex had a solid performance defensively as a key back. Claremont dominated the game against West Adelaide, so he didn’t see a lot of the ball down his end. His one-on-one defence in regards to his physicality and his checking was good. As always, Alex showed good organisation and direction through his leadership.

Reserves – East Fremantle 17.14 (116) defeated South Fremantle 6.10 (46)

Haiden Scholithe – (SF) 27 disposals, 13 kicks, 14 handballs, 8 marks, 3 tackles
Haiden started in the center square and played on-ball the entire game. He used the ball effectively by both foot and hand. We were happy with was the way that he looked to run and carry and draw opponents before handballing. Haiden ran hard defensively to get back and help out, which resulted in a good interception in the first quarter. Throughout the game, Haiden’s effort and desire to get involved was evident.

East Fremantle 18.18 (126) defeated South Fremantle 6.5 (41)

Cam Sutcliffe – (EF) 23 disposals, 16 kicks, 7 handballs, 6 marks, 6 inside 50s
Cam played an impressive game, mostly on the wing. One of his strengths is his running ability, and he appeared to be constantly on the move. He won his ball around the square as a link-up player, through the corridor, or rebounding out of defence. He demonstrated some smart positioning around stoppages and used the ball effectively. Cam worked deep to help the defence out and showed under pressure that he was composed and able to make good decisions. He displayed intelligent and efficient run and intent right from the start of the game.

Sam Menegola – (EF) 19 disposals, 8 kicks, 11 handballs, 2 marks, 1 goal
Sam played a mix between wing and half-forward throughout the day. Whilst he started slowly due to some close checking, he worked his way into the game through great effort and through his pressure skills, which is a real credit to him. His positives were his ground-ball efforts, his off-ball and front and square running.

Jordan Wilson King – (SF) 16 disposals, 12 kicks, 4 handballs, 4 marks, 5 tackles
Jordan played at half-back on a day when the ball constantly entered the defensive 50. He had to work really hard defensively but he showed a real determined defensive mindset from the beginning of the game. Offensively, he rebounded positively and took the game on by carrying the ball and using it effectively.

Swan Districts 21.9 (135) defeated Perth 14.14 (98)

Michael Walters – (SD) 11 disposals, 8 kicks, 3 handballs, 3 marks, 3 goals
Michael played forward, at the feet of Ashley Hansen. He didn’t have much of an impact until the last quarter when he kicked two late goals, which gave him three in total. He went into defence for a short period and showed he was effective when he got into the hole and delivered the ball effectively.

West Perth 13.17 (95) defeated Peel Thunder 11.14 (80)

Jay van Berlo – (WP) 23 disposals, 16 kicks, 7 handballs, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals
Jay played midfield and, as we have come to expect with him, he was consistent with his effort and hard running. He worked hard inside the stoppages and kicked a good forward 50 stoppages goal, and also an important set-shot goal in the last quarter. He was consistent over the four quarters and his defensive effort was impressive.

Kepler Bradley – (WP) 18 disposals, 12 kicks, 6 handballs, 7 marks
Kepler played key forward and managed to win most of his possessions through working high up the ground on long leads. He did most of the ruck work in the forward half and, whilst he started slow, he worked through that and played with more enthusiasm in the second half, which is what we expect from Kepler.

Jesse Crichton – (PT) 13 disposals, 7 kicks, 6 handballs, 3 marks
Jesse played in a variety of defensive and midfield roles. Whilst he covered his opponent, we would have liked Jesse to run a lot harder in transition. In the second half, when his opponent went inside stoppages, Jesse got more involved with tackles and hard-ball gets. Whilst he beat his opponent, we are still working on him being able to run at the level that is expected of him. Jesse’s focus is on gut-busting, elite AFL level running.

Tom Sheridan – (PT) 17 disposals, 6 kicks, 11 handballs, 1 goal
Tom played wing with a short stint up forward in the last quarter. We still want to see Tom’s ability to be able to step laterally and burst out of stoppages at times, and we are really looking at how hard he can run offensively. Overall he showed some good use with the football but we would like a more physical approach and to see Tom take the game on.

Lee Spurr – (PT) 14 disposals, 8 kicks, 6 handballs, 3 tackles
Lee played back and also went into the midfield in the last quarter. He showed that he can run strong with AFL angles and he was really sound with his ball use. The positives for Lee were that his effort and intent were there, and he showed a strong physical approach and a hard line at the ball. Lee is stringing some good games together.

East Perth 9.12 (66) defeated Subiaco 5.5 (35)

Dylan Roberton – (EP) 17 disposals, 11 kicks, 6 handballs 4 marks
Dylan played deep in defence for the majority of the first half and then went into the midfield. Once he went into the midfield, he really exerted his influence on the game. His transitional run, both offensively and defensively, was a positive. At some stages, the rain was torrential, but Dylan was still clean with his hands and neat with his disposable in the conditions. He had three opportunistic shots on goal, which would have been good for him to finish, and that’s a focus for him, Overall it was a really good game from Dylan.

Antoni Grover – (S) 15 disposals, 13 kicks, 2 handballs, 5 marks
Antoni played deep in defence for most of the game and was solid in regards to his one-on-one contests and physicality with his opponents. He didn’t have the opportunity to get up the ground as much as in previous weeks, due to the weather conditions and lack of switch in play. Antoni played a tight game on his opponent where he constantly checked him and didn’t allow him any leading space.

Hayden Crozier – (14 disposals)
Hayden played as a high forward in wet, heavy conditions. While he didn’t have a great influence on the game, Hayden showed he has the right mindset in regards to his defensive efforts. He defends immediately on transition, where he works hard to get goal-side on turnovers. He allowed himself to be easily covered by his opponent, and needs to learn ways on how to lose a hard checking half-back. Hayden is very intelligent and will work his way through this and continue his good start to the season.

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