Today the NAB Challenge arrived in Ballarat with North Melbourne taking on Carlton at Eureka Stadium.
Carlton led the entire game and during the third quarter they led by as much as 37 points. But North Melbourne came back strongly in the last term and got within a point before Cameron Wood sealed the game of the Blues with his only goal of the game. Carlton won the match by seven points, despite being well beaten in the disposal count 376-301.
North were missing the likes of Liam Anthony, Nathan Grima and Captain Andrew Swallow while the Blues went without high profile recruit Dale Thomas, Sam Docherty, Michael Jamison, Lachie Henderson, Kade Simpson, Jeff Garlett, Matthew Kreuzer, Andrew Carrazzo and Chris Judd.
Ryan Bastinac – Had a great day out, collecting 31 touches and 105 SuperCoach points along the way.
Daniel Currie – Collected just five disposals and nine hit-outs for 41 SuperCoach Points. Didn’t have a great day but did take a couple of big marks in the forward line and kicked an important goal in the last as North closed the gap.
Jack Ziebell – Showed why experts have been talking up the work he’s done this preseason. Dominated for North in the middle, racking up 29 possessions and kicked a goal. This saw him collect a mammoth 149 SuperCoach points.
Nick Dal Santo – His first competitive game for North, saw plenty of the ball and slotted straight into the midfield with 27 disposals at a very classy 85.2% disposal efficiency along with 106 SuperCoach points.
Scott Thompson – Was his usual self in the backline, didn’t have a stand out game but did his job as you would expect with 18 touches but still returned with 85 SuperCoach Points.
Shaun Atley – Used his speed well off half back and looked composed for the most part. Didn’t see much of the ball though with only 12 disposals to his name. Only finished with the 40 SuperCoach points, nothing to rave about there.
Drew Petrie – Was North’s focal point going forward, kicked four goals, with six marks and 16 touches for 98 SuperCoach points, as he worked hard all day. He’s one to really consider this season.
Luke McDonald – Very impressive across half back, collected 22 disposals at a handy efficiency rate of 77.3%. Despite jus the 61 SuperCoach points, lock this kid in.
Todd Goldstein – Played the number one ruck role well, collected 39 hit-outs but only picked up six disposals around the ground. Only finished with 89 SuperCoach points which reflected with his poor disposal count.
Joel Tippett – Looked very solid in defence holding his own against Jarrad Waite whilst racking up enough of the ball, 14 touches along with 51 SuperCoach points. For him to be a lock in your round one side, he’ll need to be elevated off North’s rookie list for their round one team.
Andrew Walker – Started strongly but faded as the game went on. Finished with just 13 disposals which is below par for one of the most expensive defenders in 2014. 49 SuperCoach points wasn’t exactly flattering, but it is preseason!
Troy Menzel – Showed his improvement and kicked two goals in the process. If he can become a consistent performer then he could be a hidden gem. Just the 57 SuperCoach points for him today.
Marc Murphy – Went about his business picking up 17 disposals but didn’t stand out too much. He’ll be happy to have got through the game unscathed and will look to build on this performance. Keep in mind it was just the 59 SuperCoach points for the skipper in his first hitout for 2014.
Bryce Gibbs – Played a shutdown role for the majority of the game which hurt his disposal count (14) which isn’t good from a SuperCoach perspective. He too only scored 59 SuperCoach points. Avoid.
Cameron Wood – Looked solid in the ruck and shared the load well with Warnock. It’s tough to see Carlton playing all three of Kreuzer, Warnock and Wood in the same side come round one. Only scored 29 SuperCoach points for the day.
Patrick Cripps – Carlton’s first draft pick in last year’s draft kept under the radar and picked up 12 disposals. Still need to see more to consider him, just the 47 SuperCoach points for him.
Andrejs Everitt – Was a bit of a surprise packet today with 17 disposals and three goals while collecting 122 SuperCoach points! At $342,000 he can be picked as a very unique defender.
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