Small-forward turned midfielder Ned McHenry overcame midseason injuries to make a finals comeback and impress in his first year as a Crow.
McHenry enjoyed standout games early in the SANFL season, including 28 disposals and 11 tackles against Central District in Round Five.
One week later, he led an 18-point comeback win over Norwood with 18 contested possessions.
Concussion side-effects and a back injury brought an early end to the minor-round season for last year’s No.16 AFL Draft pick, with McHenry sidelined after seven SANFL games.
He returned for finals, however, and in the semi-final win over Norwood, he booted four goals in an attacking performance.
With a 179cm frame, McHenry battled against bigger bodies and showed promise with strong hands, solid tackling and efficient contested ball use.
At a glance (SANFL):
Disposals per game: 18.4
Marks per game: 5.2
Tackles per game: 5
Semi-Final v Norwood
McHenry kicked the semi-final off to an absolute flier, kicking two goals in as many minutes to start the game.
He finished with four goals, 17 disposals, five tackles and four marks.
What really impressed about McHenry was the versatility in how he scored - on the run, collecting from a stoppage, holding-the-ball tackles just to name a few.
His contribution went a long way to the Crows winning by 62-points.