Lewis Jetta is much maligned but he can open games up with his speed and skill. Jetta’s silky play was already a key part of the match but then he kicked the winning goal to put an exclamation mark on his performance. Jetta had 22 disposals off half-back and was influential all day.
Nathan Vardy showed he isn’t going to give up his position in the team lightly once Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett are both available. Vardy kicked two goals and competed hard in the ruck. It was the perfect start to a season from someone who will be attempting to play as a ruck/forward this year.
Shuey stands up
Luke Shuey has to stand up this year and be the team’s best midfielder and he got away to a good start. His goal came as a result of taking advantage from a free kick, but he was deep enough inside 50 to gain that benefit. He also missed a regulation set shot and used his pace and skill to set up Jake Waterman’s goal.
Jack Redden showed in the second half of last season that he’s creeping back to the form that made him one of Brisbane’s best players. He took another step with his effort today. Redden had 26 disposals, laid seven tackles and kicked a goal. It was a sign that he wants to fill the breach created by Matt Priddis and Sam Mitchell’s retirements.
Dom Barry has been in the wilderness since playing for Melbourne. But he’s now played well in AFLX and again in the JLT Community Series. He’s an exciting player with skill and pace. Barry will be 24 next month and is the ideal age to settle back into life as an elite footballer. He finished with 20 disposals and one goal.