Former AJAX junior Harry Sheezel (pictured on right with Swans forward Lance Franklin), the number three AFL draft pick, was shifted from the backline to a more familiar position of half-forward in the thrilling round 10 AFL match at Marvel Stadium last Saturday afternoon between his Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans.
The 18-year-old had an outstanding game, kicking two goals and two behinds, making five tackles and 25 disposals, to earn one AFL Coaches Association Champion Player of the Year Award vote for the round.
He also had five inside-50s and gained 429 metres.
But North Melbourne were extremely unlucky to record their eighth straight loss by just three points. They were ahead with only 45 seconds remaining when they were pinned for making one too many interchanges, copping a free kick and 50m penalty (resulting in a goal to Sydney). Sheezel’s close mate and number 4 draft pick George Wardlaw made his long-awaited debut, finishing with 16 disposals and nine tackles.
The Kangaroos remain on two wins and eight losses, but showed plenty of improvement.
They’ll face Collingwood this Sunday at Marvel Stadium.