ON the initial evidence provided, Jack Riewoldt's self- imposed "media ban" might have to last just that little bit longer if he is to see a spike in his on-field output.
The Clarence forward started his season in a frustrating manner, as his Richmond outfit crashed to the Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.
With Matthew Warnock wearing him like a glove, the Clarence forward, kicked just 1.2 with three marks from nine disposals plus a handful of clangers.
But he wasn't helped by his teammates up the ground, who only went to him as a target inside 50 on three occasions.
It was a performance that coach Damien Hardwick labelled as "relatively poor"It was a performance that coach Damien Hardwick labelled as "relatively poor"
It was a performance that coach Damien Hardwick labelled as "relatively poor"
For the young Suns, Hobart's Aaron Hall played a high-half-forward - midfield role, collecting 16 possessions, with a disposal efficiency rate of 62 per cent.
On Sunday night at Etihad Stadium, when the Blues' pressure was at its peak in the early stages of its loss to Port Adelaide, Mitch Robinson was at the forefront.
Robinson was outstanding early, with a 14 possession first-half, but the midfielder-forward faded to finish with just 20 touches, including five inside-50s and four clearances.
He finished with eight contested possessions and laid two tackles, but once again was let down by his disposal (a poor 45 per cent efficiency rate) with five clangers, including two vital misses on goal.
Meanwhile, Launceston's Kade Kolodjashnij has moved closer for a senior debut at Gold Coast after collecting 45 possessions in an outstanding individual performance for the Suns' NEAFL side in its final practice match.
The 18-year-old, the fifth selection in last year's national draft, played a sweeping role across half- back, with the Suns' website reporting that almost every one of his touches hit a target.
It was Kolodjashnij's second strong outing for Gold Coast's reserves.
"He reads the play really well and always seemed to make good decisions," reserves coach Josh Fraser told the Suns' website.
"Some of his run and carry into the midfield was important for us and really helped set the tone for the afternoon.
"It [recent performances] is going to give him a great opportunity to play senior football."