Angus Monfries is edging closer to an AFL return after another positive showing at SANFL level. While it was a disappointing day overall for the Magpies last Saturday the form of Monfries was a highlight as he finished the day with 28 disposals, 11 marks and a goal. It follows his three goal return the previous match against Sturt.
The unfortunate calf injury suffered by Chad Wingard may very well open the door for Angus Monfries to play his first AFL game since round 22,2015.
Missing the entire 2016 season it was always going to take some time for the veteran to work his way back into AFL calculations. This was not helped with a pre-season shoulder injury as well as a hamstring injury at the beginning of the year. Monfries has impressed at SANFL level since his return last month.
Chad Cornes was full of praise for the 30 year old after his return match against Adelaide as he singled Monfries out for his work ethic and leadership.
After the victory over Sturt just over a fortnight ago the Magpies coach again was happy to sing the praises of the former Bomber.“His fitness and his workrate is exactly where it needs to be to play AFL footy now. I was watching him in the last quarter and his ability to get up and back (the ground) is right where it was before he missed last year”
The Power has performed well for the most part in 2017 so spots in the team have been hard to come by. Aaron Young who played so well in 2016 has struggled and he found himself dropped for the round eight clash with Gold Coast. The 24 year old kicked three goals in round one against the Swans but only kicked four goals in the following six games.
Sam Gray is someone who seems to divide opinion among Port fans. You certainly cannot fault his work rate and endeavour. He puts his head over the ball, works extremely hard for the team and has certainly been a good contributor in many games this year. The statistics back this up with Gray averaging 18.1 disposals per match.
The knock on the 25 year old however is he has missed some critical shots on goal and his disposal can be a liability against opposition that play with intensity. Against a team like Brisbane it was not a problem as Gray finished with 21 disposals at 95% efficiency. The following week against West Coast the disposal efficiency dropped to an alarming 46%.
Brendon Ah Chee played his first game for the year against the Suns in Shanghai and kicking three goals it would seem unlikely he would be dropped after a positive return to AFL ranks. Players playing well and a minimal injury list is a pleasant change from previous years and without the injury to Wingard the Power may very well have kept an unchanged line-up.
Currently out of contract at the end of season Monfries will be hoping he gets the chance to add to his 210 games at AFL level and in the process convince the club he is worth another one-year deal for 2018.
Now might be a good time if he has not already for Angus Monfries to remind Ken Hinkley what happened the last time he played a game at the Cattery in 2013. It certainly gives Ken seven good reasons to select him.
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