WAFL Watch – Midfielders – Sutcliffe soars
Among his 34 possessions for East Fremantle last weekend, WAFL Player of the Round Cam Sutcliffe gave a glimpse of his ability with a brilliant goal from outside 50 on his opposite left foot from a standing start.
Freo assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd said Sutcliffe’s goal was one highlight in an impressive game from the 20-year-old South Australian.
“It interesting because I asked him about that goal and he said he hadn’t had a go at kicking on his non-preferred for a while,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said Sutcliffe’s versatility and preparedness to do the team thing were features of his game.
“It’s really good to have a player that can play on the wing who is very team orientated,” he said.
“Cam thinks a lot about where he needs to run defensively so he can help the team out, but the big thing about his game on the weekend was how hard he worked forward to get dangerous.
“That was a real positive.”
Lloyd shared his notes on all Freo players who competed in WAFL action on the weekend.
Cam Sutcliffe (EF) – 34 disposals (21 kicks, 13 handballs) 8 handballs, 2 goals
Cam had a really good performance in a tight game. It was typified by his run and good ball use. He played predominately as a winger and had brief passages in the centre square bounces. The positives of his game were his run and carry and his smart ball use. He ended up kicking two goals, and would have set up at least half a dozen other goals. He worked from contest to contest and won his fair share of ground balls and possession in congestion. A very solid outing from Cam.
Alex Forster (SD Reserves) – 8 disposals (6 kicks, 2 handballs) 3 marks
Alex played on the wing and showed improved running performance. There were also small improvements from last week in his ball handling and kicking which were re-enforced from Swan District’s coach. It’s a constant for Alex and we’re looking for incremental improvements week by week.
Jay van Berlo (WP) – 14 disposals (9 kicks, 5 handballs) 3 marks 1 goal
Jay played a mix on wing and in the midfield and had a short stint at half-back. He didn’t have a great impact on the game but he did have a tight checking opponent. Jay didn’t get to enough inside contests but the positives were he continued with his hard run and he positioned well as a half-back. Jay also kicked a good goal from the corridor.
Paul Duffield (SF) – 19 disposals (11 kicks, 8 handballs) 5 marks
Paul worked hard playing as an inside mid and showed some good run to get back and help out in defence. He had a good work rate throughout the game and demonstrated some good leadership during the breaks for South Fremantle, communicating to the young squad. Paul has gone back to WAFL and is playing some good football, which is really positive.
Haiden Schloithe (SF) – 10 disposals (6 kicks, 4 handballs) 4 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal
Haiden worked through the midfield and also went forward. He showed in patches the ability to fight and work hard to get the ball but he didn’t have the impact on the game that he usually would. He’s just got to get back to working hard to win the inside ball and have an impact on the contest.