The latest instalment in the NAB Challenge series took place at Etihad Stadium between Essendon and Port Adelaide. The Bombers were coming off a narrow loss to the Suns, while an inexperienced Port line-up fell to the Crows at Richmond Oval. After the Bombers jumped out of the blocks early, Port closed the gap, eventually proving too strong recording a 25-point win.
Paul Chapman – The former Cat worked into the game quite well after a slow start. Chapman suffered a head knock that caused it to be bandaged in the third term, but showed his class and finished with an impressive 24 touches at 83.3% disposal efficiency in 76% game time. He scored 87 SuperCoach points.
Jobe Watson – Had a below par game overall, as he only had nine touches before half time. Watson finished with 18 disposals at 66.7 % efficiency, with just seven kicks and 94 SuperCoach points. One positive to draw from his performance was that the had six clearances.
Brent Stanton – The midfielder had a disappointing tally of seven touches at 57.1% efficiency in the first half. He had a slightly better second half and finished with 17 disposals at 64.7% efficiency, but scored a disappointing 57 points.
Brendon Goddard – Starting as the sub before being activated before half time, Goddard kicked a goal and quickly found his best form recording an impressive 16 touches at 93.7% efficiency in only 49% game time. He also took five marks for the game and scored 69 SuperCoach points.
Dyson Heppell – Was arguably the Bombers best with 24 disposals, including 16 uncontested, at 75% efficiency, four marks, five rebound 50s and laid seven tackles. The young Bomber continued to show why he is one of the better young players going around at the moment scoring 94 points.
Joe Daniher – The tall forward with the eighties mullet sprayed a few shots early, but had a decent impact with two goals, 11 kicks, six marks, including two contested, five inside 50s and 72 SuperCoach points. He will only get better with time.
Fraser Thurlow – The back up ruckman had only five touches and seven hit-outs, but laid an impressive four tackles in 49% game time. His disposal efficiency was reasonably high at 80% and finished the game with 31 SuperCoach points.
Travis Boak – The Port skipper started well with 13 disposals at 53.8% efficiency before half time, which eventuated into 22 disposals at 63.6% efficiency, as well as taking six marks. Despite this, he only managed 69 SuperCoach points.
Kane Cornes – The veteran worked into the match when it really mattered finishing with a game high 30 disposals at an impressive 80% efficiency. One of Port’s best, Cornes also had eight marks, four clearances, three rebound 50s, three inside 50s, three tackles and scored 122 SuperCoach points. Once again, he will be a point of difference in 2014.
Jasper Pittard – Was one of the most consistent contributors for the Power. He recorded 22 kicks for a total of 29 disposals, including 12 uncontested marks. His disposal rate of 82.8% reflected the high number of uncontested possessions with a game high of 21. He also had eight rebound 50s, five inside 50s and a game high 134 SuperCoach points.
Angus Monfries – Started well with ten disposals before he was subbed out late in the second term. Returned after the break to finish with 17 disposals at 94.3% efficiency, kicking the last goal of the match to finish the night with 76 SuperCoach points.. Monfries presented well during the game finishing with eight marks.
Ollie Wines – Impressive with 11 touches at 72.7% efficiency in the first half, however, after half time his efficiency did fall away a little, but he still finished with a solid 24 disposals and four tackles. Despite his disposal efficiency falling away, he still managed to score 92 points.
Chad Wingard – Began the match as one of the subs, but once he came on Wingard managed 12 disposals at 83.3% efficiency in 49% game time and kicked an impressive last quarter goal. Based upon his 78 SuperCoach points in less than half a game, he will certainly be one to watch this year if he can continue on from his dominant 2013 season.
Jared Polec – Dominated in the first half accumulating nine marks and 16 disposals at a staggering 87.5% efficiency, and was arguably best on ground. His second half trailed off, however, he booted the games’ only SuperGoal and still finished with 23 disposals at 78.3% efficiency and scored 115 SuperCoach points.
Matthew Lobbe – The ruckman had a very quiet evening with just one kick and four handballs. He also had 18 hit outs and 38 SuperCoach points, sharing the ruck role with Brent Renouf. This was a little disappointing given he had been such an impressive ruckman in 2013. Can he back it up again this year?
Justin Westhoff – The bearded power forward kicked three goals before half time, booting five overall. Westhoff was clearly the best forward on the ground with 14 disposals, nine marks, including three contested, and 105 SuperCoach points. A disposal efficiency of 85.7% is impressive for a key forward and highlights his SuperCoach relevancy.
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