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VFL player review v Collingwood

VFL | Silvagni shines in midfield Highlights of Jack Silvagni's best-on-ground performance for the Northern Blues against Collingwood.

THE VFL player review returns for 2019.

Josh Fraser analyses the performances of the nine Carlton-listed players who featured in Sunday’s drawn practice match against Collingwood.

Levi Casboult

Stats: 11 disposals, four marks, four tackles, three goals
From the coach: Levi’s presence in the air was really important. He took some strong marks overhead and finished off the game really well. He played multiple positions for us — down back, in the ruck and up forward — and he showed great leadership.

Alex Fasolo

Stats: 15 disposals (eight contested), four tackles, one goal
From the coach: It was great to get him back out on the park. He showed his spark and energy and he looked really dangerous for us up forward, while also spending some time on on-ball. It was quite encouraging to see what he’s capable of: he’ll continue to build game-time, having played nearly a full game on Sunday.


Hugh Goddard

Stats: 14 disposals, seven marks (four contested)
From the coach: Hugh was really solid in defence, and set us up back there with his leadership and his voice. He was quite strong in the air with a few intercept marks, and his reaction time as a big defender was encouraging. It was a strong game from him.

Matthew Lobbe

Stats: 11 disposals, six tackles, 36 hitouts
From the coach: Another one who played a solid game, soldiered a lot of the ruck work, competed hard around stoppages, followed up and this running patterns off. And def. were impressive

Finbar O’Dwyer

Stats: Three disposals, four tackles
From the coach: He started the game lively as a half-forward. Some of his explosive running has been impressive and as he builds some continuity, he’ll continue to have more impact. He played the first half.


Lochie O’Brien

Stats: 18 disposals, four inside 50s, four tackles
From the coach: Lochie’s role as a winger was important on the day, even it was a stoppage-to-stoppage type of game so there wasn’t a lot of free-flowing footy. His defensive efforts were strong, parts of his game he’s been working on are coming through. We thought his contribution was strong.

Angus Schumacher

Stats: 15 disposals, four marks
From the coach: I thought he played with an edge which we haven’t seen consistently. The way he defended both as part of a team and against his man was impressive: he backed himself in the contest and his game was a step forward for him. A year into the system, he’s taking on more responsibility.

Jack Silvagni

Stats: 23 disposals, 16 tackles, eight clearances, one goal
From the coach: He impressed with contest and stoppage work, especially with his ability to lay a number of tackles when the ball was in area. He competed really hard and he set a good tone for us around contest. He played in the middle for us with hits up forward: he’s done bits and pieces as a midfielder in pre-season.