#11   Melbourne

Age: 27yr 11mth Games: 74 Born: Dec 30, 2020
Height: 208cm Weight: 109kg Position:

2017 Digest:   All-Australian ruckman is ready to go to another level again in 2017. New ruck rules should allow him to dominate at stoppages.

2017 NAB Cup:  

2017 Season

1 StK Clearly on top in ruck duel with Hickey, after worrying moment when back problems threatened. 8
2 Carl Absorbing duel with Kreuzer who gave as good as he got – especially around the ground. The Dee eventually got the points. 7
3 Geel Hamstring injury in second term ended his day and perhaps team’s chances given lack of viable second option. 1
4   Hamstring.  
5   Hamstring.  
6   Hamstring.  
7   Hamstring.  
8   Hamstring.  
9   Hamstring.  
10   Hamstring.  
11   Hamstring.  
12   Hamstring.  
13   Hamstring.  
14 WCE Dominant early and then tired. But showed he’s going to be a force again. 7
15 Syd Nullified in ruck by Naismith, although was important when Dees made mini-surge. 5
16 Carl Kreuzer had his measure around the ground, but still good with hits to advantage. Didn’t have a kick until late in third term. 5
17 Adel Lowered colors in ruck to Jacobs. Took a good mark when stationed forward, but still a way off top form. 4
18 Port Put on a clinic in the first half, but hobbled by a knee issue after main break. Steadied the game late. 7
19 NM A real factor in the ruck against Preuss and Daw, but aside from Oliver, Dees mids couldn’t capitalise. 7
20 GWS Floated forward and had good first half in battle with Mumford. Marked well at stages. 7
21 StK Outdone in the ruck duels by Longer, but looked dangerous when floating forward. 6
22 Bris Lowered colors to Martin in first half, but then came out with more physicality in second half. Pass. 5
23 Coll Okay in the ruck duels, but looked lost at times around the ground. 5

2016 Season

1 GWS Got the better of battle with Mumford in the end. Work at the centre bounces exquisite. 7
2 Ess Lowered colours to Leuenberger in ruck. Battled hard but not his best outing. 4
3 NM Smashed Goldstein in ruck contests but a touch lax defensively. Mammoth performance nonetheless. 9
4 Coll Dominant ruck effort highlighted by 13 hit-outs to advantage and two great contested marks. 7
5 Rich Monstered Maric. Had 18 hit-outs to advantage, kicked two goals and a huge presence. 9
6 StK Started brilliantly but then Hickey squared the duel. 5
7 GCS Put on a clinic in the ruck and helped assert midfield dominance. 9
8 WB Battled hard but had one of his quietest games of the year. Bronx cheer from fans. 3
9 Bris So-so outing opposed to West and Martin. Not the dominant performance expected. 5
10 Port Overpowered undersized Port duo in the ruck and pressed forward for two goals. Huge game. 8
11 Haw Even duel with Ceglar and McEvoy in ruck. Unable to impact with marking around ground. 6
12 Coll Brilliant. Set up victory with a wonderful second term. Three goals to go with 27 touches. 9
13 Syd Dominated hit-outs (58) to be best ruckman on ground, but Swans sweated on his taps. 6
15 Adel Even duel with Jacobs and may have just shaded it but Crows’ controlled stoppages. 6
16 Frem Influential from start with hit-outs to advantage and got involved at ground level. Back to best. 8
17 StK Hickey gave him a hiding in first half but did push forward for two goals to keep Dees close enough. 5
18 WCE Dominated the ruck and powerful in the air with his marking too. 8
19 GCS Obliterated Nicholls in ruck but didn’t have normal sticky hands in marking contests. 7
20 Haw Huge. Second half simply outstanding. Grabbed 11 marks and 16 hit-outs to advantage. 9
21 Port Relishing the contest within the contest, won the ruck battle convincingly. 8
22 Carl Didn’t dominate like he has been in ruck. Pushed forward for a mark and goal but just fair. 6
23 Geel Struggled from start to finish. Two marks and little influence in ruck. 4

2015 Season

3 VFL Rucked and played forward. Absolutely dominated.
4 VFL Overshadowed in ruck by Campbell. Not his best.
5 VFL Too big for Bomber defenders when in attack. Three goals.
6 VFL Combined with Jamar to dominate hitouts. Took some good marks.
7 VFL Just one goal and only a shade better than Jamar.
8 VFL Best afield. 21 touches, 34 hitouts, three goals.
9 VFL Bye.
10 Coll Rucked well – 17 hit-outs to advantage – to beat Grundy. Tried hard. 6
11 StK Good tussle with Longer in ruck but couldn’t catch a cold in a snow storm. 5
12 Geel Monsterous in the ruck. Ended with 19 disposals, six contested marks, 44 hitouts. 9
14 WCE Beaten by Naitanui but will have learned a bit. Not the worst. 5
15 Ess Controlled the air with 58 hit-outs, and found the ball 19 times around ground. 8
16 Bris Got the better of the Lions twin rucks in end. Marked strongly at times too. 7
17 StK Main ruckman on the ground and also did well around ground. 7
18 Coll Outstanding job rucking virtually solo against Grundy and Witts. 8
19 NM Battled hard to match Goldstein. Maybe just lowered colours but handy. 6
20 WB Much better in third term but rival Campbell roved a lot of his taps. 5
21 Carl Flogged by Kreuzer in first half. Work at stoppages good after main break. 5
22 Frem Rucked admirably against Sandilands. Had 21 disposals and kicked a goal. 7
23 GWS Got on top of Downie in ruck to give midfielders armchair ride. Hurt hip in final term. 7

2014 Season

1   Casey Scorpions didn’t play.  
2   Casey Scorpions didn’t play.  
3   Senior emergency.  
4   Hamstring.  
5 VFL Rucked for much of the day with a few stints in attack. OK.
6 VFL Dominated the ruck against Longer.
7 VFL Rucked and spent time in attack. OK but not his best day.
8   Senior emergency.  
9 Rich Brilliant in the air. Took three huge grabs. Rucked well too. 7
11 Port Presented well in attack and was OK in spurts in the ruck before being subbed. 4
12 Coll Started deep in attack and rotated through the ruck. Tried hard. 5
13 VFL Monstered Wallace in the ruck to have 63 hitouts.
14 VFL Got better of McEvoy in ruck duels but the Hawk was good forward.
15 WB Rotated through ruck and up forward. Showed great skills with ball on the deck. 5
16 Frem Failed to impose himself at times when in better position. Subbed out. 2
17 VFL Absolutely monstered Bendigo in ruck with mammoth 80 hitouts.
18 VFL Towering presence again. 23 disp, four goals, 39 hitouts.
19 VFL In red-hot form. Beat Warnock with 57 hitouts, three goals.
20 Haw Dangerous in attack with his height and reach. Kicked 2.3 and looked the part. 7
21 GWS Tried hard and took some good marks. A positive once again. 5
22 WCE Started deep forward then went into ruck. Did a few nice things. 5
23 NM Quiet evening until injuring knee and being subbed out. 1

2013 Season

1 PM First game back. Limited game time, left field early.
2 VFL Dominated the ruck and spent time up forward. A big tick.
3 VFL Strong effort again in the ruck and around ground.
4 GWS Massive positive. Rucked well, marked strongly and hit the scoreboard (two goals). 7
5 Bris Showed a bit again up forward and had spurts in the ruck. One to watch. 6
6 Carl Good early and provided a presence up forward. Faded in second half. 4
7 GCS Kicked two goals and good early but faded badly as he did week before. 5
8 Rich Stationed forward but didn’t get into the game at all – two marks. 1
9 Frem Couldn’t get into the game to any real degree. 2
10 VFL Imposing game. 15 disp, nine marks, 39 hit-outs and 4.3.
11 VFL Continues to develop his ruck work. Solid game overall.
12 VFL Bye.
13 VFL Had the better of the ruck duel against Derickx, but only just.
14 WB Battled manfully opposed to Minson, but ran out of puff in last quarter. 5
15 Syd Did some nice work in the ruck and covered the ground well. 6
16 Geel Had 48 hit-outs (eight to advantage) and laid seven tackles. Tried hard. 4
17 Bris Tried hard against Leuenberger. Good education against a player he could well mimic. 4
18 NM Beaten in the hit-outs by Goldstein but was serviceable around the ground. 6
19 GWS No impact and was subbed out with just six hit-outs and a handful of touches. 2
20 VFL Dominant game with 22 disposals, 10 marks and 40 hit outs.
21 VFL Dominated. 27 possessions, 14 marks, 59 hitouts, three goals.
22 VFL Huge game again with 19 disposals, 10 marks and 31 hitouts.
23 WB Threw weight around in push-and-shove after half-time siren. Subbed out. 2
QF VFL Good battle with Currie in the ruck. 37 hitouts but quiet around ground.