Departing veteran Easton Wood has backed the Western Bulldogs’ defensive unit to play a key role in keeping the AFL club firmly in flag contention next year.
With the first week of finals done and dusted, these five players will be glad it is semi-final week as they need to be better for their teams.
Richmond: Mabior Chol
Chol is a great player when he plays in the ruck but he was outplayed and had no impact in the forward line, where he looked out of position, only had seven touches and no goals – not great.
An impact player, if Chol is picked – which I doubt – he needs to prove himself because these poor performances, especially in finals, normally see players get delisted. Chol is playing for his career if he features against the Saints on Friday night.
Geelong: Jake Kolodjashnij
Kolodjashnij looked poor in defence, was outran and too slow with the ball in hand and foot. He had 12 touches and had a chance to kick a crucial goal, and even though he is a back man, he should have kicked that goal.
Needs to front up on Saturday and perform better or the chopping block will come.
Geelong: Tom Hawkins
Another Cats player but hey when you are the Coleman Medalist and don’t kick the crucial goals, you have to accept criticism. Hawkins looks dangerous when taking marks but weak in kicking goals, with three goals and two behinds.
He will come back fighting because the Cats need him to.
Geelong: Gary Rohan
Another Geelong player on this list, Rohan was brought to the club to kick goals but did not even have a sniff on Thursday night. The so-called small forward looked out of depth, only had five touches, no goals, and will want to get back to his elite form because goals will be a premium against the Pies on a dewy Gabba.
Collingwood: Jaidyn Stephenson
Stephenson will be glad he is playing this week so he can put in a better performance. It will be much needed because he only had ten touches for his last game and while he had four inside 50s, he will be needed to kick goals because Mason Cox’s performance was a one-off.