James STRAUSS

#19  

Age: 29yr 0mth Games: 24 Born: Jun 14, 1990
Height: 185cm Weight: 86kg Position: DEF
Dream Team Profile

2014 Digest:   The former top 20 draft pick faces a make-or-break season having yet to establish himself at senior level. Fans have not seen his reputedly elite kicking and his defensive game will need to improve to be considered for a place in the back half under Paul Roos.

2014 NAB Cup:   Struggled against Richmond in defence then missed the Cats clash. Didn’t set the world on fire at the weekend.

2014 Season

Played for : Melbourne

1 Casey Scorpions didn’t play.
2 Casey Scorpions didn’t play.
3 Didn’t play for Casey.
4 19 touches on return from injury. OK.
5 VFL Among Casey’s best at half back. Encouraging sign for the Dees. -
6 VFL OK across half back but didn’t set the world on fire. -
7 VFL A bit quiet in defence. -
8 VFL OK at half back without starring. -
9 VFL Provided some rebound with 20 disposals at half back. -
10 VFL Bye. -
11 VFL Bye. -
12 VFL Did his job well at half back. Improving defensively. -
13 VFL Just fair at half back with 15 possessions. -
14 VFL Clean by foot unlike some teammates, but wasn’t a factor. -
15 VFL Just went at half back. Defensively questionable. -
16 VFL Pushed forward for a goal and had 17 touches. OK. -
17 VFL 25 touches at half back to be among the best. -
18 VFL Mopped up well down back but opponent had a bit of it. -
19 VFL OK at half back without playing a major role. -
20 VFL Gave some run off half back but days looked numbered. -
21 VFL One of his better games this year, Provided some run. -
22 VFL Just fair at half back with 17 touches. -
23 -
QF -
SF -
PF
GF -

2013 Season

Played for : Melbourne

1 Rested.
2 VFL Slow start but was more influential with each passing moment. -
3 VFL Good rebounding at half back but sprayed a few kicks. -
4 VFL Kept Bombers small under wraps. Rebounded well too. -
5 VFL Rebounded beautifully from half back. Incisive effort. -
6 Carl Used down back on small forwards but found it tough and offered little else. 3
7 GCS Kicked a nice goal and certainly not the worst. Just needs more game time. 4
8 Rich What he does is good but needs to do more of it playing down back. 3
9 Senior emergency.
10 Haw Played on Puopolo and made him look like Cyril Rioli. Tackling was horrid. 2
11 VFL OK without being a standout. Needs a confidence boost. -
12 VFL Bye. -
13 VFL Used the ball fairly well and did better defensively. -
14 VFL Good response after a few poor games. Great run and carry off half back. -
15 VFL Bye. -
16 VFL Poor game at half back. Numerous turnovers marred his day. -
17 VFL Didn’t have a big impact in defence. Kicking was mediocre in the wind. -
18 VFL 27 possessions across half back and used the ball much better. -
19 VFL Good speed and disposal at half back. Earned a recall. -
20 GCS Late inclusion who had unremarkable game. Copped accidental boot to head. 3
21 Frem Fair down back early then injured shoulder and took no further part. 2
22 Shoulder.
23 Shoulder.
QF Shoulder.
SF
PF
GF

2012 Season

Played for : Melbourne

13 VFL Used the ball well on VFL return. -
14 VFL Down game after returning from injury a fortnight ago. -
15 VFL Matched up on Cain and did a reasonable job. -
16 Frem Subbed on late second term and deployed in defence. Did a few good things. 4
17 Port Sub only had a couple of touches. 1
18 NM Started as the sub and activated in the third term. 3
19 GCS Deployed down back. Not huge stats but used ball well. 5
20 StK Flashed in and out. 4
21 GWS Had an equal team-high nine tackles in a decent game in defence. 5
22 Adel Had his hands full trying to stop Callinan. 2