Andrew McInnes’ development has impressed the Blues coaches and it may well earn him a senior debut against the Pies.VFL
CARLTON appears likely to blood defender Andrew McInnes for Friday night’s crunch match against Collingwood at the MCG after another impressive performance for the Northern Blues in the VFL yesterday.
Bret Thornton, with four goals, Ed Curnow (34 disposals), Andrew Collins (27) and Kane Lucas (32) all impressed but it has been the development of McInnes that has impressed the Blues coaches and it may well earn him a senior debut against the Pies.
Blues development coach Darren Harris believes McInnes has shown over the past five weeks that he is ready to make his debut, given the club’s shocking injury run with a shoulder concern for Michael Jamison in the loss to Hawthorn. McInnes restricted former North Melbourne player Daniel Pratt, now at Box Hill, to just eight touches yesterday.
”The bloke that we’re really happy with is Andy McInnes,” Harris said. ”It’s going to give the match committee something to think about, there’s no doubt about it.”
Harris praised Thornton, who appeared to be on song this week after a slump in form.
”Bret Thornton turned up to play today and his leadership and the way he played and presented, it was a really big improvement for him. I think that’s getting him back on track,” he said.
Curnow is another that is hungry for a recall. ”Curnow is outstanding. He’s had three weeks of around 30 plus [possessions] which is fantastic,” Harris said.
■The hype about a much-anticipated senior debut for North Melbourne rookie Majak Daw continues to build after his starring role for Werribee with two exciting goals in the first half as well as a strong presence in the ruck.
Werribee coach Scott West believes Daw’s game is building and he will be ready if the Kangaroos needed to call on him. But first, he needs to be upgraded from the rookie list.
■Melbourne’s mature-age rookie Tom Couch has shown great promise in the VFL this season, and again yesterday with 27 touches for Casey, but has yet to be promoted from the rookie list.
Demons midfielder Cale Morton was also one of the better players for Casey with 26 disposals, while Ricky Petterd was in and out of the match and finished with 19 touches.
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