Chris McCabe once again displayed his reliability for Ian Aitken’s Development side. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amy Paton)
Having completed his third season at the Northern Blues, the next player in the 2017 Regency Windows player review series is Chris McCabe.
THE YEAR THAT WAS
Rebounding defender McCabe was once again a near-permanent member of the Northern Blues Development side, missing just two games through injury.
The former Northern Knight continued to go about getting the job done each week, earning his status as a valuable member of the back six.
One-week injuries kept him out of the Development games in Rounds 6 and 14 in what was otherwise another consistent season.
McCabe averaged just shy of 17 disposals a game for the season, and was one of the chief rebounders for Ian Aitken’s side.
He was a valuable outlet for his teammates, leading the side for handball receives, while he also featured in the top five for total disposals and marks at Development level.
McCabe possibly left his best performance for the last Development game, as the Blues recorded a memorable win at Box Hill City Oval.
Collecting 18 possessions and nine tackles, McCabe defended well as Northern fought it out to record a two-goal victory.
His performance was enough to see him ranked as his side’s third best player by the coaches in a game which also saw him kick just his third goal for the club in three years.
McCabe’s back-to-back 22 disposal performances Werribee and Port Melbourne were also two of his best, with the possession tally being a season-high.
BY THE NUMBERS
236 total Development disposals (#4 at club)
60 total Development marks (#4 at club)
94 total Development handball receives (#1 at club)