WAFL Watch – Midfielders
Fremantle assistant and senior development coach Simon Lloyd says the club is keen to see Jesse Crichton demand the ball more in the WAFL.
Crichton was the WAFL Player of the Round for his solid effort in Peel Thunder’s loss to East Perth.
“The big thing for Jesse is that he demands the football and gets used a lot more,” Lloyd said.
“He has shown over the last couple of weeks that he is playing with a lot of energy and drive, and before too long, he will force himself back into senior contention.”
Lloyd said the club was pleased that Peel was giving the Tasmanian time in the midfield.
“Peel has been great in playing Jesse as an inside-mid,” he said.
“They are giving him plenty of opportunities and he is showing a real appetite to work hard on the training track at the moment.
“His running numbers have been very good and that’s transferring into his game.”
Sam Menegola (P) 18 disposals (11 kicks, 7 handballs) 3 marks, 1 goal
Sam played reserves for Perth as East Fremantle had a bye It was Sam’s first game back after two weeks out with illness. He ran out the game really well with some strong running patterns and good contested involvements, which was something we were looking for. He had two strong clearance involvements and used the ball well in the front half.
Tom Sheridan (PT) 18 disposals (10 kicks, 8 handballs) 4 marks
Tom started the game really well, winning plenty of the ball through hard run into space. There were several passages where he showed excellent run and he was used and then delivered effectively inside 50. Overall he had five inside 50s. Tom showed some smart positioning and worked hard to get to contests, and he ran hard to support defensively.
Jesse Crichton (PT) 17 disposals (9 kicks, 8 handballs) 6 tackles, 2 goals
Jesse played primarily as an inside-mid, with brief stints as a wingman and high forward. He played with energy and enthusiasm all day and he made some really good decisions by foot and hit some targets inside 50 which resulted in shots on goal. Defensively, Jesse worked really hard to help out, and kicked two goals.
Jayden Pitt (EP) 17 disposals (10 kicks, 7 handballs) 2 goals
Jayden played on the wing and worked really hard all day. He consistently attacked the contest and ran hard to find space. He kicked two goals. One in particular was a great goal on the run from the top of the arc. The big positive of his game was that he constantly put his body on the line at the contest and showed great effort. In the last quarter, Jayden chased down his opponent and was rewarded with a free kick.