Western Bulldogs Adam Cooney and Brian Lake are hoping to put injury plagued 2011s behind them and and have healthy and productive seasons as both were able to get through the club’s intra-club match over the weekend.
Both played a full three quarters and looked to be moving well.
Cooney struggled to get on the pitch last year with various knee problems and Lake also spent a fair chunk of the season on the pine. When he did play he wasn’t too fancy.
Captain Matthew Boyd sat out the match, as did Lindsay Gilbee and Justin Sherman, but Liam Jones was reportedly strong up forward and kicked a few pearlers while taking some good grabs.
In Hawthorn, 20-year-old Jack Gunston opened a few eyes with his play in their intra-club hitout and could get a real opportunity this year after coming across to the Hawks in an off-season trade with Adelaide.
Picked to win the flag by many, the Hawks could feature a new look. Two-time Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin ran with the midfield and was apparently a standout.
2012 could see Jarryd Roughead move back to the forward line after last season's stint in the ruck and be the main target there if Franklin is to see extended minutes in the middle. A big goal kicker in the past, Roughead is returning from an achilles tear he suffered in Round 12 last year and may be a possibility for Round 1 selection against Collingwood.
Isaac Smith and Shane Savage were also standouts in the game.
Bad news for the Tigers, star Brett Deledio suffered an injury in Richmond’s intra-club on Friday.
It is reported to be a lower back/hamstring problem but doesn’t seem to be too serious. Regardless, a stint off the training track will hinder his pre-season preparation as the defender is apparently set to spend the season in the midfield rather than defense.
Trent Cotchin and Adelaide recruit Ivan Maric were also impressive.
Finally, the boys over at Big Footy have compiled a list of the worst ever draft busts in AFL history. Freo fans will be none too pleased to see former sharpshooter (I use that term lightly) atop the list. You can check that out here.