They have an amazing midfield and have made judicious acquisitions. The ’Pies need to overcome a problem that’s almost assuming the status of a trademark: they start extremely well, then fade. With another season under their belt, and an excellent fitness coach, they should step up a notch. They have a lot of youngsters like Jordan De Goey who seem capable of accelerated development.
Recruits such as Taylor Adams and Jack Crisp showed enough promise. Varcoe had a good season. Pendlebury and Swan are still greedy ball-getters capable of damage, but the ’Pies have been let down again by forwards who seem unable to goal. Jamie Elliott (pictured above) was their leading goal-kicker in 2015 with 35. However, with this in mind, they’ve included Jeremy Howe of Melbourne and Adam Treloar of the Giants. Darcy Moore, son of the great Peter, exploded onto the scene late in the season, giving fans something else to salivate about. They love a good historical connection.
Last season they were 8-3 for the second season in a row before falling away. The difference in 2015 was close losses to top sides. Ultimately, the only arbiter is the scoreboard, and they need to convert if they’re going to exhaust themselves getting it up there.
Their defence is coalescing, Frost operating at an extremely high efficiency level. But as long as the colossi at both ends, like Cloke, Brown and Reid, fail to perform, or fall to injury, the small forwards and midfield must take on strenuous workloads.