Jake MELKSHAM

#18   Melbourne

Age: 27yr 7mth Games: 134 Born: Aug 29, 1991
Height: 186cm Weight: 82kg Position:

2017 Digest:   Itching to play all summer after year-long layoff. Will feature across half back and through midfield and is rock-hard fit.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 StK Picked up touches but wasn't anything exceptional. 4
2 Carl Not one contested possessions among his 22 disposals, which is a worry as he didn’t hurt Carlton enough on the outside. 5
3 Geel Wins the ball but not super dangerous when he gets it. Two inside-50s, no clearances and six tackles. 5
4 Frem Turned it over at key times off half back and was then thrown forward in final term where he had minimal impact. On thin ice. 3
5 Rich Better than recent weeks, but still yet to hit any great heights at new club. 5
6 Ess Just fair in first game against former club. No howlers this week, but didn’t hurt the Bombers either. 5
7 VFL Reported a couple of times and played a bit angry after senior axing. Had 35 touches but wayward in front of goal with 1.4. -
8 Suspended.
9 VFL Used in a run-with role, but excelled with ball in hand. 34 touches, eight inside 50s and eight tackles. -
10 GCS His best game for the Dees. Won lots of the ball – even when others were struggling. A step in right direction. 7
11 Bye.
12 Coll Went to Pendlebury then used up forward as a target. Better is attack – lacks nous in midfield. 4
13 WB Went to Johannisen and worried him out of the game. 15 touches and used them mostly well too. 7
14 WCE Had some key moments and kicked one goal. 6
15 Syd A few fumbles hurt early on, but kept on trying and was a long way from Dees worst. 5
16 Carl Got involved with six disposals in final term but to that point had only had five effective disposals. 4
17 Adel Booted three first half goals and made Laird defend – which he struggled to do. Quieter second half. 6
18 Port Iced the game with three goals in the second half when the Dees started to tire. 7
19 NM Two smart goals in second quarter, but then wasn’t really a factor. 4
20 GWS Jagged two final term goals but wasn’t allowed much room to move in front half. 5
21 StK Bobbed up with his two goals once again and was also deployed across half back. 6
22 Bris Went to Zorko after his white-hit start and put the brakes on while winning a lot of his own ball. In good form. 7
23 Coll Just six touches in the first half, but sprung to life after main break with three goals. Great second half of the season. 7

2016 Season

1 Suspended.
2 Suspended.
3 Suspended.
4 Suspended.
5 Suspended.
6 Suspended.
7 Suspended.
8 Suspended.
9 Suspended.
10 Suspended.
11 Suspended.
12 Suspended.
13 Suspended.
14 Suspended.
16 Suspended.
17 Suspended.
18 Suspended.
19 Suspended.
20 Suspended.
21 Suspended.
22 Suspended.
23 Suspended.

2015 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 Syd Needed strong start to season and good in contests and tackling. 7
2 Haw Did well for a second straight week. Provided good link through midfield. 7
3 Carl OK but certainly didn’t do enough to cement spot in the side. Four inside-50s. 5
4 Coll Won 11 contested possessions, four inside-50s and laid four tackles. 5
5 StK Quiet overall. 3
6 Frem Good job on Hill. Kept him from running free. 6
7 NM Gave away free kicks and 50-metre penalties. Rest of his game excellent. 5
8 Bris Ok. Tried hard without producing anything special. 4
9 Rich Started on fire but needed to use the ball better. Six clearances. 6
10 Geel Horrible and made it worse by getting frustrated late in game. 3
11 WCE Good tagging on Shuey early. Worked hard. 5
13 Haw One nice running goal but didn’t win enough ball to hurt the Hawks. 5
14 StK On Webster at start. Tried to get into game without success. 3
15 VFL Bye. -
16 Hamstring.
17 Hamstring.
18 WB Horror day. No inside-50s or clearances and very few effective touches. 1
19 VFL Worked hard throughout against the tide in midfield. -
20 Adel Sub. Kicked a goal and had nine disposals but game gone by time he got on. 2
21 GCS Performed a couple of run with roles and was serviceable. 5
22 Rich Had job on Deledio and did that well for the most part. Better effort. 6
23 Coll Used in defence again and steady in that role. Ended year better than started it. 6

2014 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 PM Among best in practice match whilst serving suspension. -
2 PM Good outing. Ready to return to senior team. -
3 Carl Late inclusion for Ambrose and did well with his attack on the ball. 6
4 Frem Not his best outing but kept plugging away. 5
5 StK Geary picked him up and contained him. 3
6 Coll Gave all he could to grab 13 contested possessions, five clearances, five inside-50s. 7
7 WB Inconsistent. Had his moments but also went missing for long periods. 4
8 Bris Had a lot of handballs but not influential. 4
9 Syd In and out of the game. Just the 14 touches. 4
11 Rich Sub. On for Winderlich and cracked in from the start. 2
12 GWS No significant impact. 3
13 Melb Subbed out in final term after making some bad decisions. 3
14 Adel Hard nosed effort. Had 17 contested possessions and kicked a goal. 8
15 Geel Didn’t get into game at all. Zero inside-50s, zero clearances and zero goals. 3
16 Port Not great numbers within the midfield rotations. 3
17 Coll Rarely sighted in first half and only marginally lifted later. 2
18 VFL Found little room to move against swarming Dogs outfit. -
19 VFL Two goals and 19 touches to press claims for recall. -
20 Rich Handy with two goals, three inside-50s, seven marks and strong work ethic. 6
21 WCE Well down on form and subbed off. 2
22 Senior emergency.
23 Senior emergency.
QF -
EF -
SF -
PF -
GF -

2013 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 Adel Slow start but then came into it and played his part. 6
2 Melb One of the few Bombers to genuinely join in on the rampage. 5
3 Frem Handy game without starring. 5
4 StK Accumulated plenty of touches 6
5 VFL Broke the shackles of a tight tag to be good contributor. -
6 GWS Ran with Ward and did a reasonable job with 17 possessions. 6
7 Geel Disposal efficiency not where it needs to be but never gave up – six inside-50s. 6
8 Bris Only six disposals after half time after reasonable first half. 5
9 Rich Sub. Came on for Hurley and kicked an important goal. 4
10 Syd Did a good stopping job on Jetta early. Kept working hard. 5
11 Carl Matched with McLean. Excellent game. 7
12 GCS Involved in a huge collision with Lynch and appeared hampered afterwards. Kicked 0.3. 4
14 WCE Ran and worked hard all night. 7
15 Port Ran with Hartlett and did a serviceable job finding the ball himself. 6
16 WB Got under the guard for two goals that proved telling. Played a part. 6
17 GWS Recovered from a big accidental Hurley hit to prove a dominant midfield presence. 8
18 Haw Battled hard for his team - won a team-high 11 cont poss and four inside-50s. 7
19 Coll Nullified by the Pies and while tried hard he had little influence. One goal. 5
20 WCE Linked well through midfield and was one of the few Bombers to run out four quarters. 7
21 NM Gave his side spark early. Treatment to foot second term. Dons’ best. 7
22 Carl Another player who was prominent late in the game with his run and carry. 6
23 Rich One of the few winners on the night with two goals. MRP will look at Jackson clash. 7
QF
SF
PF
GF

2012 Season

Played for : Essendon

1 NM Good start in the middle but then his output was limited. 6
2 Port Disposals efficiency (59%) not great and that hurt his overall impact. 4
3 GCS Fairly quiet night and copped a big hit in the second quarter. 3
4 Carl Solid day but faded in and out of the game. 5
5 Coll Only three touches in second half after average first half. Injured? 4
6 Bris Strong performance. Made good decision and had nine inside-50s 7
7 WCE Right at the forefront if second quarter surge. 7
8 Rich Relatively quiet night on a wing. 3
9 GWS Started on bench and another to have little impact, apart from a goal. 3
10 Melb Frustrated by plenty of mistakes. One goal was his only positive. 3
11 Syd Won 17 touches in first half but delivery wasn’t great. Then very quiet. 4
13 Frem Won the ball in the first three terms when the game was contested. 5
14 WB Had seven inside 50 entries, but wasn’t a big ball-winner overall. 5
15 StK Couple of nice bursts. 4
16 Port Kicked a great goal from inside the centre square. 5
17 Geel Struggling for form. 3
18 Haw Lined up on Breust. Just battled. 4
19 Adel Did manage four clearances and four inside 50s from limited disposals. 5
20 NM On McMillan. Took huge mark for a goal 4
21 Carl Made errors and didn’t do enough offensively or defensively. 4
22 Rich Sub came on early in second term. Didn’t figure. 2
23 Coll Had to work hard on Thomas in first half. Efficiency not good. 3