Get the latest insight from Sandringham Senior Coach and St Kilda Development Coach Jake Batchelor following Sandringham's Round 7 match against North Melbourne.

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NORTH MELBOURNE  5.4  7.8  9.9  14.6 (100)
2.2  2.2  3.7  4.10 (34)

North Melbourne:
Harvey 4, Lowson 3, Ford 3, Watkins, Stevens, Spicer, Downie
Windhager, Watson, Segar, Gown

North Melbourne:
Hall, Harvey, Lowson, Lienert, Ford, Watkins, Howe, Greenwood
Windhager, Billings, Highmore, Milne, Campbell

Marcus Windhager

27 disposals, seven clearances, one goal

It was a dominant game from Marcus. He led the way with contested possessions and clearances for us and was a class above with his cleanliness on a day that was really slippery.

It’s hard when the AFL side are performing their roles, and sometimes players who are on the fringe are stiff to miss out. That being said, he performed and played a game that would warrant selection if the opportunity pops back up.


Jack Billings

22 disposals, 11 marks, 9 inside-50s

JB played a full game for us this week. He played as a high half-forward and winger in the last quarter for us where he was able to kick the ball inside-50 a fair bit for us.

He was clean around the ball, a couple of times he could have spent a bit more time with the ball and drove his legs to get through the tackle, and that’s something he’ll build on with extra minutes under the belt.

It wasn’t a great day for half-forwards or wingers, but he found a way to compete and ran really hard for us.

Tom Highmore

26 disposals, 12 rebound-50s, four tackles

Our three keys, Tommy included, competed in the air pretty well. He had one where got outmarked just misreading the flight, but all in all when he’s aggressive and he gets his chest on his opponent – which he’s been focussing on – he’s been unbeatable.

A great diving smother in the last couple of minutes of the game shows his attention to detail and his fight ‘til the end.

Tom Campbell

24 hit-outs, 15 disposals, three clearances

Tommy Campbell just does what Tommy Campbell does, really. He’s competing, he’s a good leader and he took a couple of good intercept marks this week compared to his previous game.

He finished his work a little better on Sunday, so that rust is filtering out a little bit, but from not playing too much football over the last six to eight weeks he’s performing his job well.

Max Heath

16 hit-outs, 11 disposals, three tackles

Moose had a good balance of forward and ruck this week. His follow-up around the contest was really good and some of his defensive efforts to run across the length or width of the ground was really a standout.

He’s digging in and he’s working his backside off.


Jack Peris

11 disposals, five tackles

Jack had a quiet first half, but I think he ramped his effort and his intensity up in the second. Five tackles as a small forward is great, and it’s all through work-rate.

There may not have been any reward on the scoreboard this week, but his ability to get front and centre and use his fitness and speed to offset the opposition’s outnumber really helped us a lot in gaining and keeping territory in a wet game.

Leo Connolly

15 disposals, three clearances, two rebound-50s

Leo had a good battle against some real quality, experienced North Melbourne midfielders on the weekend with Greenwood, Howe and Thomas in there too. He would have learned a bit more about the bodywork side of things.

We’ve got to keep imploring to keep going and outnumbering – you’re not a defender when you’re in the midfield – because he’s a really good runner and we want him to make clean decisions with the ball in hand.

Leo Connolly completes Wednesday's main training session at RSEA Park. Photo: AFL Photos.

Isaac Keeler

Nine disposals, three marks, three hit-outs

Isaac had three shots on goal, which is a good rewards when we only had 14 for ourselves. He’s clearly getting into some really good spots, he competed well in the air and took some forward-50 stoppages for us as well.

We’re not throwing him into the deep end too early with ruckwork when we’ve got Max and Tom, but it’s the third game in a row he’s been able to put together and we’re seeing the makings of a good player.

Oscar Adams

Nine disposals, four rebound-50s, four marks

Oscar had a good game once again. Stats don’t stack up massively, but they don’t have to for key position players. He’s taking dangerous space and he’s impacting in the air when he has to.

We’re imploring not to just give off the ball straight away just because he thinks he’s a key back – he can make up his own decisions and take the game on going into attack.

His big buckets stuff is improving for him each week and he’s putting in a lot of work.

James Van Es

Five disposals, three marks, two rebound-50s

All in all, it was a good game. Similar to Oscar he didn’t stuff the stats sheet, but he communicated with his teammates and he’s improving. He’s got long arms and he’s got great closing speed, so he’s finding his way to get to contests more often.

With the other two key backs, he can improve in protecting our spares down the line and getting out of our shells and own one-on-one match-ups, and that’s something for him to work on going forward.