Daniel CROSS


Age: 36yr 5mth Games: 250 Born: Mar 30, 2021
Height: 187cm Weight: 85kg Position: MID
Dream Team Profile

2015 Digest:   The veteran midfielder sets the standard off the field with his training and instruction to his young teammates. Still a valuable asset in the middle of the park and is in super nick as always.

2015 NAB Cup:   One of a host of senior players who played in each match. Ticked over OK, but isn’t getting any quicker.

2015 Season

Played for : Melbourne

1 GCS Opponents caught him out for speed at times but won a lot of ball in tight. 6
2 GWS Toiled away in midfield but lack of pace was exposed by fleet-footed GWS mids. 5
3 Adel Evergreen midfielder continues to win his fair share of the footy. 6
4 Rich Shaky first half but was a strong influence when the rain came after half time. 6
5 Frem Plodded away in middle and was an honest performer. 5
6 Syd Tried hard and gave 100% at the contests but wasn’t a big factor. 6
7 Haw Tried hard but unable to help quell the Hawks’ tide. 4
8 WB Handy touches across half back and grabbed 10 contested possessions. 7
9 Port Got a bit of ball in defence but had hands full with Monfries. 5
10 Coll Loose in defence and OK but why he keeps kicking it backwards is beyond me. 5
11 StK Can’t question his endeavour, but decision-making and ball use sub-standard. 5
12 Geel Unassuming but important both in midfield and as loose when under pressure. 6
14 WCE Intercepted well early but Eagles then bypassed him. Tried hard. 6
15 Ess Tried hard with 19 touches but lacked penetration in his play. 5
16 Bris Chopped off attacks well at half back but kicking lacked any penetration. 6
17 StK Honest toiler as ever but not incisive with the ball. 4
18 Coll Started on a wing and was moved to Sidebottom in the second half. 7
19 NM Had Harvey who got away enough to be a pest. Won his share of the ball. 5
20 WB Drifted across half back and wasn’t able to have much of an impact. 4
21 Carl Had a horror first half and only slightly improved. Slow and ball use really poor. 3
22 Frem Won 39 possessions and OK in defensive setup. 7
23 GWS Finished career coming off on stretcher but gave his all as always. 7

2014 Season

Played for : Melbourne

1 StK Tackled hard and always ripping into the contest with hard tackling. 6
2 WCE Never stopped trying. Set a great example to follow. 6
3 GWS Tried hard and was even third man at some ruck duels. 5
4 Carl Plodded away as a steadying influence in the middle – eight tackles. 7
5 GCS Hard worker in midfield but didn’t have a massive influence. Better in second half. 6
6 Syd Respectable effort in midfield and pushed back to help defence in the air. 6
7 Adel Seasoned midfielder providing great support for his younger teammates. 6
8 WB Good effort against his former club opposed to Macrae. 7
9 Rich Mainly on Deledio. Won his own ball and didn’t let the Tiger run free. 5
11 Port Shadowed Polec and didn’t allow him much time and space. Excellent contributor. 7
12 Coll Ran with Beams then shifted to Pendlebury, then back to Beams. Did well. 6
13 Ess Played a few defensive roles, including on Zaharakis. Important composure late. 6
14 NM A toiler who tried hard all night. Can’t ever question his effort. 6
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20 Haw Tagged Mitchell and limited his effectiveness by foot. Had 22 touches himself. 6
21 GWS Battled hard but was out run from the middle by younger GWS legs. 5
22 WCE Tagged Priddis and did a very good job in a team that was well beaten. 7
23 NM Went to Dal Santo after half time and worked hard. Brave as always. 5

2013 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 Bris Kept pumping away. Solid game. 7
2 Frem Used ball pretty well and ended with two goals and four inside-50s. Handy. 7
3 Rich Not the most memorable 200th game. Battled bravely though. 5
4 Adel In and under all game but couldn’t prevent the inevitable. 6
5 Geel Solid performance playing a variety of roles. Used the footy well all night. 7
6 WCE Steady without being remarkable. 5
7 NM Surprisingly started as the sub. Ticked over nicely when he came on. 3
8 GCS In and under the packs to set up his teammates with handball. 6
9 VFL Responded well to axing with a consistent display.
10 VFL Pretty good effort in midfield. Did enough to warrant a recall.
11 VFL Bye.
12 VFL Instrumental in the middle. Good enough for a recall.
13 VFL Well contained in the Seagulls midfield.
14 VFL Strong outing in the Williamstown midfield. Has earned a recall.
15 VFL Bye.
16 VFL Kept on keeping on. 35 possessions and a goal. Ran out the game well.
17   Senior emergency.  
18 VFL Won plenty of ball in the midfield despite being tagged.
19 Syd Kept tight rein on Hannebery and then won a lot of the ball himself. 7
20 Carl Forward tag on Simpson and kept him quiet. Missed a few easy shots, but good outing. 6
21 Adel Really steady effort down back. Ball use was particularly good and steadying for team. 7
22 Bris Horrible early but lifted to gather 11 second-half touches. 21 pressure acts. 5
23 Melb Thoroughly enjoyed kicking a goal (after grabbing strong mark) in second in farewell. 7

2012 Season

Played for : Western Bulldogs

1 WCE Had 29 touches but many in the back half and short. Only one inside 50. 6
2 Adel Found plenty of the footy and was influential in the third term. 6
3 StK Matched up on Goddard but was beaten on the night. 4
4 Melb Worked hard as third man in at stoppages 5
5 GWS Ran hard to space all game and had seven clearances. 8
6 Coll Prolific ball winner pitted against Wellingham. 7
7 NM Quiet in terms of stats but did some tough stuff going back in the hole. 6
8 GCS Played an accumulating role. 6
9 Geel Used at half back again and did a reasonable job without setting world alight. 6
10 Syd Struggled to find space on wing and another who regularly turned ball over. 3
12 Port Played typical dogged role. Apart from one mistake late his efficiency OK. 7
13 Bris Won 13 contested possessions but not a massive concern to Lions. 6
14 Ess Worked hard without making huge impact on the game. 5
15 Frem Had a lot of the ball as usual. 6
16 Haw Battled hard and used the ball well but not hugely creative – one inside-50. 6
17 Carl Tried his heart out, but found Collins a bit of a handful at times. 5
18 StK Injured shoulder in first term and was subbed out in second quarter. 2