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Luke Beveridge asks footy world to be patient with Jamarra Ugle-Hagan


“Tonight the guys made a fist of the aerial game when the opposition was clearly a lot taller than us.”

Beveridge said he hadn’t had a chance to review the club’s VFL practice match against Werribee which saw Footscray lose by 41 points as it was also on Friday night.

“I haven’t tapped into how our Footscray side did against Werribee tonight but I’m hoping Marra [Ugle-Hagan] did well,” Beveridge said.

“There will be a couple of lads on the selection table.”

Young Bulldog Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.

Young Bulldog Jamarra Ugle-Hagan.Credit:Getty Images

He added that some of the commentary on last year’s finals series lacked proper analysis as the team had to use English as a forward after Bruce was forced out for the season.

“Brucey’s situation has caused some headaches but I think some of the commentary and lack of analysis as to why Tim ended up out of the ruck last year isn’t ideal,” Beveridge said.

“If we had all done our homework, it was pretty plain to see we needed a key forward and we had to rob Peter to pay Paul.

“In the finals series, Tim was a 50-50 ruck-forward and he really helped us win the game [preliminary final] against Brisbane after it had gone south with the makeshift ruck situation.”

Zaine Cordy started as a forward against the Lions on Friday night but was needed in defence when Alex Keath went off after a painful kick to the shin, leaving a number of smaller forwards trying to help Naughton.

“The last two games we have had over 130 inside 50s, we just haven’t been efficient,” Beveridge said.

“Our quality of ball use and chemistry with our connection isn’t there. There are lads who are emerging who haven’t played a lot of footy at this level and they had a bit of the ball tonight.

“Cody [Weightman], Vanders [Laitham Vandermeer] and I thought JJ [Jason Johannisen] was pretty good. Naughts was a lone hand, our key position stocks have been strained at little bit with injuries so we have to do things a little differently.”



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