Macca’s player pre-season critique by guernsey number, 11-20
Rob Warnock – “Robbie’s so far completed a very, very good pre-season. He’s got a bit of a tight hamstring at the moment, so he won’t play the intra-club this week, but will be looking to run out against West Coast in Mandurah.
Blaine Boekhorst – “Our first round draft pick obviously, who is also tracking well. He’s been on a 75 per cent load, simply to allow his body to get used to it all, and you’ll see him play NAB Challenge.”
Chris Yarran – “A calf problem sustained at Mt Buller interrupted Chris’s pre-season campaign, but he’s okay now. Like Robbie Warnock, Chris won’t play in the intra-club, but we’ll be looking to him to run out against the Eagles.
Liam Jones – “Liam’s fitted in really well with the group and continues to train really hard. Obviously he’ll be another good tall forward option for us.”
Sam Docherty – “Sam’s stepped up through the pre-season and really emerged as a leader, which is fantastic for him and for us.”
Dillon Viojo-Rainbow – “Like Blaine he’s on a 75 per cent load, but he’s really impressed out on the track. He’s got a really nice kick on him and he’s been performing quite well in the trial games.”
Sam Rowe – “Sam’s had an injury-uninterrupted pre-season and as we know really cemented his place down back last year as that tall dour defender who helped out Michael Jamison on the bigger forwards. . . more of the same from Sam this year.”
Kristian Jaksch – “Kristian suffered a foot injury quite early in the pre-season period, but he’s fully recovered from that now and has played out in the last couple of intra-club games.”
Cameron Giles – “Cameron unfortunately suffered a foot injury early in the pre-season . We won’t see him until mid-year and hopefully he’ll get 6-8 games under his belt.
Nick Holman – “Nick’s had a slightly interrupted pre-season. He copped a quadricep strain really early and ITB stiffness down the side of his leg, but he’s building up to full fitness under a modified program, he’s going okay and in contention for Round 1. He’s a real ‘hard head’, he loves attacking the ball and he’ll be fit for the first bounce.”