FOLLOWING on from yesterday’s Tasmanian State League (TSL) notes, Fraser Stewart took a look at Jared Dakin‘s performance for Launceston against Tigers during their huge win on Sunday. Dakin tested at the Rookie Me Combine last year after gaining club interest, and ran a 2.99-second 20m sprint and 21.3 yo-yo test showing his nice balance of speed and endurance. In 2020, Dakin has been an important part of the Blues’ campaign playing between midfield and forward for the top of the table side.
Spent most of the quarter in the midfield, and got plenty of the ball, including getting most of his disposals around the contest. He also managed to get some clearances. He showed why he is highly rated, even though he was not damaging in the first quarter on the scoreboard, he was very effective with the use of the ball, often slowing the game down and looking for his options with effective delivery and providing good service to teammates and inside 50 entries.
Moved to his normal full-forward position, but drifted in and out of the midfield to get more use of the ball. When he was in the middle and with the ball, it was more the same, slowing the game down to assess the situation in a bid to slice open the Tigers defence to catch them off guard. When he was in the middle he got another couple of clearances.
Returned to full forward did not have that much of an impact in the first couple of minutes, once again moved to the middle of the ground, where he got in and around the contest, as well getting a few clearances. Midway through the quarter he had a goal assist as he delivered the ball inside 50 and a teammate ran onto his kick and kicked the goal.
Played most of the quarter at full forward so he did not get as much of the ball as he did in the first three quarters. He did kick a goal midway through the term, as he led for a mark catching the Tigers player off guard as he created plenty of space for him.
Dakin finished the match with an impressive 19 disposals, five marks and three clearances, with a 73 per cent disposal efficiency and 52.6 per cent contested rate. He also had four inside 50s, two rebounds and kicked that goal in the final term to be the equal sixth in the Premier Data rankings points for the game. It was a much improved performance from his Wednesday night game where he started strong, but had the 10 touches, three marks, two clearances, two tackles and one goal.