After 10 AFL games in his first season, Lachie Neale played his third WAFL game for Swan Districts last weekend and was near best on ground.

Assistant and Senior Development Coach Simon Lloyd said it wasn’t form or an injury that forced Neale back to WAFL football.

“As part of player management and Lachie being in his first year, it has been a good opportunity to freshen him up,” Lloyd said.

“The fact he hasn’t played any football for two weeks due to being an emergency, then Swans having the bye, he just needed to go back and play WAFL and get a fair bit of the football in the manner in which we want him to play.”

Lloyd said Neale was a great competitor and had impressed this season with his running and ball-winning ability, and said those traits came through in his game last weekend.

‘”He went back and played with real tenacity in a team that was well beaten on the weekend,” Lloyd said.

“He really stood out.”

Lloyd shared his WAFL notes on all Freo’s players from last weekend’s action

Lachie Neale (SD) 35 disposals (21 kicks, 14 handballs) 11 marks, 1 goal
Lachie played as a midfielder and high forward. He was close to best on ground, showing strong run both offensively and defensively. His use by foot was very neat and clean. At stoppages he was constantly on the move and positioned well, using his body to earn front position.

Sam Menegola (EF) 16 disposals (14 kicks, 2 handballs) 

Sam played as high forward with stints on the wing. For the amount of run that he had on the day he didn’t get as much reward as he would have liked. We need him to demand the ball more when he’s in position to receive. A positive was his first quarter where he attacked the contest and tackled with real intent, winning two free kicks because of that. We were really happy with his tackling pressure in the first quarter.

Nick Lower (P) 20 disposals (10 kicks, 10 handballs) 5 tackles, 1 goal 
Nick played in the midfield and competed very hard, winning the contested ball at the stoppages, which is his strength. He set up play with some good use through creative handballs and clean ball handling. Nick came off the ground with nausea but showed great resilience to work through the situation.

Jesse Crichton (PT) 18 disposals (11 kicks, 7 handballs) 7 tackles 
Jesse played inside mid and as a high forward in the first quarter. He won a lot of clearances by using his quick feet. Early in the game he tackled and harassed the ball carrier very well. His defensive play on turnovers was very good. Jesse played well on the weekend and his on-going focus is to get to more contests.

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