Nathan JONES

#2   Melbourne

Age: 29yr 11mth Games: 240 Born: Jan 20, 1988
Height: 180cm Weight: 87kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Seems to be relishing having more midfield support and may even spend time across half back. Primed for a big year.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 StK Right in the thick of it in the middle and was one of the main generators who lifted Melbourne from second quarter. 8
2 Carl Used the ball very well through midfield when others were failing. Eight inside 50s and late goal a great way to cap the day. 8
3 Geel Monster effort but expect nothing less; 13 contested possessions, eight inside-50s and four clearances. Kicked three points. 8
4 Frem No impact on the contest offensively and while he had good tackle numbers, he was too loose defensively in transition. 5
5 Rich Worked hard in midfield, but went backwards by hand a few times when he could have driven the ball forward. Looked sore late. 5
6 Ess Bounced back to some better form in midfield. Had 30 touches and worked hard in close to feed the ball out to runners. 7
7 Haw Co-skipper worked into contest after slow start. Third term was enormous then ran out of puff in final term (five disposals). 7
8 Adel Two goals from turnovers was just the tonic his young side needed from its co-captain. 7
9 NM Worked hard but inability to use the ball continually hurt himself and the team. Nine inside-50s but didn’t hurt Roos. 6
10 GCS Came to the fore in the third term to get his team back into the game. Kicked three goals and was near best afield. 8
11 Bye.
12 Coll Clean in hustle and bustle early. Had a massive second half to drag Dees back. Laid 12 tackles. 8
13 WB Hard worker in midfield and helped set the game up, Sat out final term with hip/groin niggle. 6
14 Quad.
15 Quad.
16 Quad.
17 Quad.
18 Quad.
19 Quad.
20 GWS Back from a quad injury and was good in first 10 minutes then quiet. Dees needed big skipper’s game. 5
21 StK Big opening term paved the way in midfield. Worked hard throughout around the stoppages. 8
22 Bris When the whips got cracking the skipper stood up around the footy. Led from the front. 8
23 Coll Terribly fumbly at key moments, but got slightly better when things were desperate in second half. 6

2016 Season

1 GWS Strong worker in midfield for three quarter until moving to half back in fourth quarter. 7
2 Ess Battled his guts out in the middle but had next to no support when it came to winning it in close. 6
3 NM Wore Jacobs as a backpack for much of day but broke free in final term. One ripper long goal. 5
4 Coll Ran riot through midfield to win plenty of ball but no inside-50s and just two clearances. 6
5 Rich Played second fiddle to Viney (again) but still a force with seven clearances and neat ball use. 7
6 StK Wholehearted display in packs but didn’t have enough support apart from Viney. 7
7 GCS Superb four-quarter contributor and booted two goals. 8
8 WB Worked super hard as he always does but lacked impact at times with many of his touches. 6
9 Bris Strong around the contests even when teammates took foot off the gas. 6
10 Port The only Melbourne midfielder to get the best of things. Lacked support from start to finish. 7
11 Haw Huge game in midfield. Obliterated Shiels who just couldn’t stop him in close. 8
12 Coll Disposal way off early. Five inside-50s and five clearances but seven turnovers. 6
13 Syd Burrowed in around the contests to will his team forward. Just lacked a bit of support. 7
15 Adel Big ball winner in midfield and continued to drive his team forward but was sloppy at stages. 7
16 Frem Long goal just before half time handy and continued to force the ball Melbourne’s way. 7
17 StK Couldn’t get hands on ball when it mattered then got a few cheap ones late in the back half. 4
18 WCE Led the team strongly with his ball winning and tackling. 8
19 GCS Quiet early but workrate eventually got him into the game and had a big final five minutes. 5
20 Haw Bored in to be a presence around the ball. Six clearances and 11 tackles. 7
21 Port 14 touches in the final term, including two clearances, two inside-50s and a goal. 8
22 Carl Tried hard but was caught a few times and appeared a step slow. 5
23 Geel Didn’t impact flow of game. Of 25 disposals only one was an inside-50. 5

2015 Season

1 GCS Looked a bit off the pace early but caught up and played a key role late. 7
2 GWS One of the quietest days of his career. Unable to get anything going. 3
3 Adel Terrific leader inspirational with five crunching tackles. 7
4 Rich Fumbly in first half but came to the fore strongly when the going got tough. 7
5 Frem Lowered colors to Suban in head to head duel. Expect him to bounce back hard. 5
6 Syd Wasn’t able to generate his normal drive from the middle. 5
7 Haw Has to be injured. Couldn’t cover the ground with Hawk mids despite stats. 4
8 WB Six clearances, nine inside-50s and 13 contested possessions a handy night. 8
9 Port Massive first term with 11 touches but then became a spectator. 5
10 Coll Huge effort highlighted by eight clearances, six inside-50s and two goals. 8
11 StK Big first half and continued to surge ball forward. Leadership late? 7
12 Geel Led from the front in a way that Selwood failed to. Seven clearances and big goal. 8
14 WCE Tireless worker in midfield and tried hard to sway Eagles’ momentum. 7
15 Ess Gritty as usual with nine clearances and six tackles but lacked polish at times. 7
16 Bris Spent time at half forward and worked into game. OK without starring. 6
17 StK Dunstan kept him under tight rein in first half but hit back hard in third. 5
18 Coll Went head-to-head on Pendlebury for most of game and kicked the sealer. 8
19 NM Tagged out of the game by Jacobs and had a quiet one. 3
20 WB Brave as always but wasn’t given any room to create in space. 5
21 Carl Couldn’t get hands on ball all day. Tough afternoon. 4
22 Frem Hurt his ankle during the second term and couldn’t return. 3
23 GWS Shrugged off ankle injury to play leading role with 36 touches, one goal. 8

2014 Season

1 StK A night out for the Jones boys in both clubs. Totted up 38 possessions 8
2 WCE One-man band at times but even he ran out of puff late. 7
3 GWS Knock to the eye at opening bounce, but battled on. 6
4 Carl Shadowed Murphy and beat him while putting up big numbers himself. 9
5 GCS Nearly well his team over the line. Never gave in until the final bell. Superb. 8
6 Syd Continued to lead with his work ethic and attack on ball. Excellent. 8
7 Adel Laid seven tackles but well held possession wise by Kerridge. 5
8 WB Closely tagged by Picken and worked hard to break free. Frustrated at times. 6
9 Rich High quality 33 touches with nine clearances and a goal. 7
11 Port Went head to head with Boak in an even duel between the two captains. 6
12 Coll Kicked the opener and had a monster third term. Never gave in. 7
13 Ess Got the better of Hocking who wasn’t able to stick with him. Will his team home. 7
14 NM In everything early but also allowed Greenwood space to win his own ball. 6
15 WB Well tagged by Wallis, but started to have an influence in second half. Tried hard. 6
16 Frem Hard worker but lacked his usual punch around the ball. 6
17 Geel Thrashed by Selwood in first term then released. Stats OK but impact down. 5
18 Port Never stopped trying, or running. Huge effort to drag team within grasp of win. 7
19 Bris Tireless worker driving his team forward. Wasteful by foot in second half. 6
20 Haw Numbers look good but ran into trouble a bit and defensively had to be better. 6
21 GWS In everything early but slowed after quarter time and wasn’t able to arrest slide. 6
22 WCE Did what he normally does – fought bravely with minimal help. 7
23 NM Lionhearted effort in midfield and always looked to drive team forward. 7
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2013 Season

1 Port Tried hard offensively but defensive accountability for Cornes was poor. 6
2 Ess A one-man band in midfield. His effort can only be admired. 6
3 WCE One of the Demons’ best again. 15 contested possessions and nine clearances. 7
4 GWS Typical bustling game highlighted by team-high eight inside-50s and a goal. 7
5 Bris Tagged well by Raines who restricted his impact going forward. 5
6 Carl Tagged by Ellard but refused to wilt. Threw himself at every contest. 6
7 GCS Acting captain tried very hard – five inside-50s and four clearances. 5
8 Rich In and under and led from the front – team high 13 contested possessions. 7
9 Frem Shadowed by Crowley and worked his tail off to break free. 5
10 Haw His work-rate and intensity stood out like a beacon – 16 contested poss. 7
11 Coll Gave his all but made a few mistakes with the ball in hand – only six cont poss. 5
13 StK Melbourne’s best midfielder and odds on to win best and fairest again. 7
14 WB Didn’t stop throwing body into contests without playing a starring role. 6
15 Syd Won ball and importantly used it well. Didn’t stop running. 7
16 Geel Gave his all in game 150 with 18 cont poss, seven clearances and seven tackles. 7
17 Bris Tagged by Raines and worked hard to break free. Laid five tackles. 5
18 NM Had it 24 times but not a lot of impact against a dominant midfield. 6
19 GWS Shadowed by Adams and Whiley and was the sole Demon to cause GWS any issues. 7
20 GCS As usual worked his backside off all night and even heavy whack to nose slowed him. 7
21 Frem Tagged by Crowley and ran hard but unable to shrug the Dockers’ stopper. 4
22 Adel Van Berlo played him closely all afternoon yet still managed nine clearances. 6
23 WB Cut out of game by impressive run-with opponent Wallis. Kicked side’s first goal. 5
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2012 Season

1 Bris Played typical bustling game to grab 20 disposals. He just never gives up. 6
2 WCE Kicked two goals from 27 possessions. Led by example. 7
3 Rich Battled away but didn’t have any support to be damaging. 5
4 WB Had 22 touches but efficiency was only 40 per cent. 5
5 StK Kicked a couple of brilliant goals. 27 touches in one of his best games. 8
6 Geel Didn’t have the support in the midfield to hurt the Cats. Kept battling. 6
7 Haw Only Demon to have more than 20 touches, but not incisive with his touches. 6
8 Syd Worked his guts out as usual but always under pressure and made errors. 5
9 Carl As usual battled his guts out for four quarters but only three inside 50s. 6
10 Ess In the thick of it from start to finish and kicked brilliant early goal 8
11 Coll Typical bustling game through middle but often under pressure. 7
13 GWS Burrowed in all day and was zippy around the footy. 8
15 Rich Helped side get back into game in second term and ended as team’s best. 8
16 Frem Workrate set the example but Crowley closed him down after half time. 6
17 Port Consistent and strong in the midfield. 7
18 NM Mark Neeld would love to bottle his spirit as he never stops trying. 7
19 GCS Led the midfield with ball finding abilities – seven clearances, four inside-50s. 8
20 StK Very good in first half and then had diminished output. 6
21 GWS Popped up all over the ground and virtually did as he pleased. Excellent. 7
22 Adel Another tireless performance from Melbourne’s likely B&F winner. 7
23 Frem Tagged by Crowley. Fought hard for 17 touches and a goal. 6