I'm going to look at how the 2nd round draft pick from Ballarat recovered from 3 separate broken foot injuries in 2010 to reach career best form.
So under 2nd year coach Brad Scott, Petrie has been given the focal forward position as his for the midfield to target on their inside 50's. Petrie was always going to take time finding his feet (pun intended) and missing the 1st game of the season against the Eagles to a dubious suspension didn't help.
Petries season just simmered along nicely with him kicking 3 or more goals in 9 out of 24 games (Over a 3rd) including 5 agianst the Bulldogs in arguably the Roos best win of the year and 4 in the last game of the year again against the Tigers. Petrie kicked 5 goals 5 in the Bulldogs game and probably should have kicked 7-8 goals but there's no denying he able to get his hands on the ball. In 5 separate games he registered 20 or more possessions and in 9 games he pulled down 8 or more marks in a game.
One interesting fact I stumbled upon was that in the 5 games Petrie kicked 4 or more goals they won 4 only losing the game to the Tigers in round 5 in the last minute. And in the 9 games Petrie kicked 3+ goals they won 6 losing 3. The losses include a 1 point shock loss to the Swans, the Tigers loss and a Geelong pumping where Petrie was almost a lone force for the whole game.
Ruckman Todd Goldstein and Roo midfielders Andrew Swallow and Daniel Wells were named on the 40 man All-Australian squad and although it was no surprise that Swallow and Wells didn't make the team I was a little disappointed Goldstein didn't make the team. In past years it has been hit and miss whether they select 2 pure ruckmen to the team and Dean Cox who was selected to the 22 man team had an arguably better season than Goldstein but I firmly believe he was one of the top 20 influential players in the AFL this year. Goldstein registered the 2nd most hit outs in a season for 2011so if his form continues he is a lock to make the team before his time is done.
The preliminary finals are this weekend. Collingwood vs Hawthorn and Geelong vs West Coast So good luck to the winners who will play off in the Grand Final next weekend.
The Brownlow medal for the best player in the league as voted for by the umpires is Monday and although it's all but Chris Judd's I'll be keeping an eye on Daniel Wells for a possible top 5 finish in this his most consistent year to date.