Age: 34yr 11mth Games: 322 Born: Feb 22, 1984
Height: 185cm Weight: 85kg Position: MID

2016 Digest:   Veteran playmaker embarking on his 15th season. Played some good footy late last year after missing nine games with a serious hamstring injury. Got through pre-season thus far and has the experience and nous to be a key player again.

2016 NAB Cup:   Strong 21-disposal effort against Hawthorn after similar effort against Magpies underlined the veteran’s strong pre-season work-rate.

2016 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 Adel Provided great support with six clearances and an even workrate throughout. 7
2 Bris Not his normal silky self, but in good form and managed two useful goals. 5
3 Melb Not as influential as he’d wish but had composure in a hectic final term. 5
4 Frem Important with his cool head under pressure and didn’t waste too many possessions. 7
5 GCS Great four quarter performance, amassing the footy and tackling well. 8
6 WB Low-key game but still did plenty of useful things. 5
7 StK Highly effective off the wing against his old side. 7
8 Ess Even effort highlighted by usual superb ball use. Two inside-50s and no tackles. 6
9 Carl Did as he pleased for long periods in midfield and cruising half back. In good touch. 7
10 Syd Veteran’s touches amounted to little but tried hard. Five clearances and seven tackles. 6
11 Rich Determined from word go to make up for poor game previous week and had a huge night. 8
12 Geel Won a bit of ball but only two clearances, one inside-50 and two tackles. 5
13 Haw Quiet early but then became a significant player with calm usage. 7
14 Adel Kept the Roos in the game with a 10 possession first quarter. 7
16 Ill.
17 Port Most of disposals were handballs, which reduced his incisiveness. 5
18 Coll Got his hands on the footy a lot, but still high proportion of handballs 6
19 StK Much higher kick to handball ratio and was more damaging. 7
20 WB Consistent and even game across four quarters. 7
21 Haw Won a fair bit of ball but often wanted to go backwards. Not hugely penetrating. 6
22 Syd North’s best in first half. Worked hard on the outside in all four quarters. 7
23 GWS Rolled back behind ball to free up Hansen. OK without being at brilliant best. 6
EF Adel Battled hard but a lot of his disposals amounted to very little. Six clearances. 6

2015 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 Adel Six inside-50s but little else from the former All-Australian. 5
2 Bris Steady ball-getter in first half. Hamstring twinge was problem in third term. 6
3 Hamstring.
4 Hamstring.
5 Hamstring.
6 Hamstring.
7 Hamstring.
8 Hamstring.
9 Hamstring.
10 Hamstring.
11 Hamstring.
12 GWS Back with a bang! 34 touches, nine clearances and barely wasted one. 8
14 GCS Mopped up at half back but ball use uncharacteristically horrendous. 4
15 Geel One great chase and tackle epitomised his effort that was first class. 7
16 Ess Added some class and poise when required, especially in second half. 7
17 Bris Quiet achiever with 25 disposals off a wing. 7
18 Carl Didn’t waste many possessions and exuded coolness when Blues’ surged early. 7
19 Melb Six inside-50s, six clearances and four tackles. Steady without starring. 7
20 StK Consistently effective in midfield. 6
21 Frem Cool user of the ball and did plenty of work around the ground. 7
22 WB Prominent early, but was then subdued. 4
23 Rested.
EF Rich Only four touches in first half, but lifted rating after main break. 4
SF Syd Lifted from second quarter and made an important contribution. 6
PF WCE Touches oozed class in first half but knock to hip hampered run late. 6

2014 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 Ess Slowish start then had a strong third term. 5
2 WB Excellent four quarter performance highlighted by pinpoint disposal. 8
3 Port His best game thus far for his new club. Kicked two goals late. 8
4 Syd Settling in well at his new club, he put in a complete performance. 8
5 Coll Shadowed early by Macaffer and influence down. Rarely decisive. 6
6 Frem Escaped the Crowley tag and relished the freedom. 28 touches and a classy goal. 8
7 GCS Started on the interchange and was a bit sloppy by foot. Not his best outing. 5
9 Bris Strong start and picked up touches at will. 8
10 Geel Battled away but telling he had only one inside-50, no goals. 5
11 WCE His delivery off half-back sliced up the Eagles all night. 8
12 Rich Quiet day in which he spent time in defence. Couldn’t find the ball. 3
13 Adel Started slowly but created three scoring assists from his three inside-50s. 7
14 Melb Used the ball pretty well when he got it but not a huge influence. 6
15 Bris Racked up the disposals but impact not as great as numbers suggest. 7
16 Haw Kept purring along in middle. 38 touches was emphatic answer to criticism. 8
17 StK On Savage and had to work for kicks but still had a fairly good game. 6
18 Carl Not a big night by his standards. 4
19 Geel OK but coach would have expected more. Not influential. 6
20 GWS Despite big win, didn’t have any influence. In a rough patch of form. 2
21 WB Quiet first half apart from settling goal. Boyd never conceded an inch. 4
22 Adel Cool delivery a real asset in a tight game. 7
23 Melb Sub. On at half time with Cross for company. Glided about in classy manner. 4
EF Ess Ran hard to be an option. One of few to play an even four quarters. 7
SF Geel Showed why North bought him: cool head, precise delivery in big game. 8
PF Syd Won some footy but most of it deep in defence or play-on from full back. 5
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2013 Season

Played for : St Kilda

1 GCS Looked to hurt his groin early. Played on and was one of his team’s best. 5
2 Rich Started OK and got his hands on it but his efficiency was well down. 5
3 GWS Went with Green from second term and had unusually high handball numbers. 6
4 Ess Stats belied his lack of major influence. 5
5 Syd Not enough impact early and his efficiency was down. 4
6 Coll Well held by Macaffer and form is well down. 3
7 Carl 10 possession opening term to respond well. Best game this year. 7
8 Adel Steady and positive in the middle. 6
9 WB Contained by Lower. Finding it hard to break shackles each week. 4
10 NM Battled on and worked well across half-back in second half. 6
11 WCE Coming off half back flank and set up attacking moves. Good return to form. 7
13 Melb Got his hands on it a lot but mainly used handball which his lessened impact. 6
14 Rich Got a lot of the ball but not able to cut through for the Saints. 5
15 Frem OK without setting the world on fire. 5
16 Carl Tagged by Cachia who kept him within reasonable bounds. 5
17 Port Slowish start but then won a heap of the ball. 7
18 Geel Work-rate solid and showed class at times around the ball – only one inside-50. 7
19 Bris Very good game tainted by inaccuracy shooting for goal. 7
20 Haw Again won a lot of the ball. 7
21 Syd Had the edge over O’Keefe without having big influence on game. 5
22 GCS Gathered touches at will and had a good day. 7
23 Frem Took advantage of no close tag. Did as he pleased. 7

2012 Season

Played for : St Kilda

1 Port Saints best and always looked assured with ball in his hands. 8
2 GCS Strong and accomplished game. 7
3 WB Fairly well held by Picken but possessions still classy.. 6
4 Frem Subdued by Crowley for most of night. 4
5 Melb Dees had hard tag on him from start, but kept ticking with 30 touches. 7
6 Haw Wretched night for champ. Coach didn’t hold back post match, either. 3
7 Carl Head to head with Judd initially. Tackled hard but taken out by Armfield. 4
8 WCE Broke the shackles after a couple of quieter weeks. Strong game. 7
9 Syd Learning how to handle tags better. Won a lot of it against Bird. 6
10 Rich Handling tags better and was creative at times. 6
11 GCS Slowish start but then had a handy game. 7
12 Adel One Saint who was able to find space and use the ball to good effect. 8
14 NM Quiet overall and not as damaging as usual. 5
15 Ess Stuck to Watson and also created his own chances. Responsible contribution. 7
16 Bris Well held by Raines until closing stages. Seemed to tweak his knee. 4
17 Syd Had trouble shaking off in-form tagger Jack. 5
18 WB Tagged by Picken and Smith at various stages but was still prolific ball winner. 7
19 Coll Good battle with Thomas for most of night. Showed class at crucial times. 7
20 Melb Ball use unusually wayward in first half. Better later in day. 6
21 Geel Battled on well but didn’t have a decisive impact on proceedings. 5
22 GWS Enjoyed a comparatively pressure free day. 6
23 Carl Started on Judd but didn’t have big impact after the Blue went off. 4