WAFL Watch – Sam Menegola shines
Fremantle rookie Sam Menegola’s impressive four-goal effort from the midfield in East Fremantle’s win over Perth has earned him Freo’s WAFL Player of the Week award.
The 20-year-old had 20 disposals to go with his four-goal haul.
Fremantle assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Menegola had good endurance abilities and has been learning to run to the right places during games.
“That’s the thing that has really developed in his game, where Sam’s running to,” Lloyd said.
“He’s running to some really usable positions and using that run to help out in defence and also kick goals.
“He’s getting a number of scoring shots when he plays that high forward role as his 4.2 showed on the weekend.”
Menegola spent a year on Hawthorn’s rookie list in 2011 and is currently a rookie at Freo.
Lloyd said it was easy to keep someone with Sam’s personal qualities in a positive mindset.
“Sam knows there are areas of his game that he needs to develop, but at our development academy, he’s one of the most proactive players on the list,” he said.
“He’s always working to better himself and you can see the greater consistency in his football beginning to develop.”
Lloyd shared his notes from all Freo’s players in action during Round 8 of the WAFL competition
East Fremantle 17.10 (112) defeated Perth 13.8 (86)
Sam Menegola – (EF) 20 disposals (13 kicks, 7 handballs), 2 marks, 3 tackles, 4 goals
Sam’s football is developing nicely. He worked high up the ground at stoppages and pushed back very hard. His ball use by foot and by hand was very good and he was close to best on ground, finishing with 4.2. It was a very pleasing game from Sam.
Cam Sutcliffe – (EF) 19 disposals (13 kicks, 6 handballs), 6 marks
Cam has been in very good form at WAFL level. He handled the ball well off the ground and his kicking was very effective. He has a high work ethic and runs hard, and he showed good agility to avoid tackles and break into space on a number of occasions. Cam’s really putting together some consistent footy.
East Perth 15.16 (106) defeated Swan Districts 9.17 (71)
Michael Walters – (SD) 18 disposals (15 kicks, 3 handballs), 6 marks, 1 goal
Michael played the first half as a small forward and most of the second half as an extra man in defence. When he had the ball in his hands, he was very dangerous. He kicked 1.1 and had four score assists, and his disposal was neat and creative. Michael cut off a number of entries inside 50 through reading it well when he was the extra man, and he set up a number of counter attacks.
Hayden Crozier – (EP) 16 disposals (13 kicks, 3 handballs), 3 marks, 3 goals
Hayden again had a solid game at WAFL level, playing as a half-forward all day. He kicked 3.3 and could have easily finished with five for the day. Two of his goals came from front and squares, when he chose not to fly and got to the front of the contest and was very clean and sharp in kicking the goals. He’s really starting to round off his game defensively, showing some aggressive spoiling and constantly looking to help out defensively.
Jayden Pitt – (EP) 12 disposals (7 kicks, 5 handballs), 3 marks
While Jayden’s game didn’t reach his own expectations, he did produce a couple of long, hard runs that resulted in possessions. But we’re looking for him to get to more contests and that’s going to be his focus. Jayden’s got a positive mindset and he’ll bounce back.
Claremont 22.11 (143) defeated Subiaco 14.11 (95)
Nick Suban – (C) 11 disposals (3 kicks, 8 handballs), 4 marks, 3 tackles
Nick played on the wing with a stint at half-back in the last quarter. He positioned well as a winger at the stoppages, used the ball effectively and worked hard to cover the exits out of forward 50. The main focus for Nick at the moment is to get to more contests. He has had some good sessions on the training track this week.
Antoni Grover – (S) 14 disposals (9 kicks, 5 handballs), 6 marks
Antoni played in defence on a variety of opponents and beat them. He played on Gerrick Weedon and Ryan Neates from the West Coast Eagles, then went to Ian Richardson, who kicked three first-half goals, and did the job. He constantly kept his opponents goal side and ran some really good angles. We really like his physicality and intensity to check his opponents. Overall, it was a very good game from Antoni.
South Fremantle 16.12 (108) defeated West Perth 11.16 (82)
Haiden Schloithe – (SF) 17 disposals (9 kicks, 8 handballs), 4 marks, 2 goals
Haiden had a good game playing on the ball. He had a run-with-role, playing on couple of different opponents. He copped a big hit in the first quarter but, to his credit, he played out his role and managed to push hard forward and ended up kicking 2.2. Haiden demonstrated a good work rate and ran out the game well.
Jordan Wilson-King – (SF) 16 disposals (13 kicks, 3 handballs), 4 marks
Jordan had a very good game playing at half-back. He played defence on a key forward that was taller than him. He was good at ground level, in the air and good with his body work on his opponent. He continued to give drive off half-back and did very well given the size difference. Jordan showed us he could play well on a taller player.
Jay van Berlo – (WP) 18 disposals (11 kicks, 7 handballs), 3 marks, 3 tackles
Jay fought hard all day around the ground and his spread and run from stoppages was good. He also worked very hard to get back in defence and help out. He went to some really good positions, but at times found it tough to get the ball because of some close checking opposition. His positives were his running patterns and his ball use was very good.
Kepler Bradley – (WP) 1 handball
Kepler played deep forward and started well with his pressure and aerial contests. He came off the ground with a lower leg injury early in the first quarter.