James STRAUSS

#19  

Age: 29yr 2mth Games: 24 Born: Jun 14, 2021
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.
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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.  
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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