Hitler, Putin, Trump – these names are synonymous with some of the most feared regimes in history.
But we can now add another name to the list – Mathieson. Like the rise of Donald Trump in the US, Rhys Mathieson has quickly ascended to power at Brisbane and is currently ruling over the Lions with an iron fist.
Mathieson is already imposing his will on his team-mates, demanding that they “get around him” at every opportunity and installing a policy in which every Brisbane goal must be acknowledged with his famous “shot gun” celebration.
As Jock has previously flagged, it is not out of the question that Rhys takes over as Captain-Coach for the Lions next season, should he decide Chris Fagen is not up to the job.
— Dorris Dresel (@Dorris4056) November 17, 2016
What this spells, my friends, is trouble for Tom Rockliff. Rocky once assumed the mantle of top dog at the Lions, but the sudden emergence of Mathieson has overshadowed him significantly.
How will this impact on Rockliff’s Supercoach game in 2017? Let’s take a look at Tom’s numbers last season:
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$603,900|
|Games in 2016:||17|
|Average in 2016:||111.1|
|100+ games in 2016:||11|
|Sub 80 games in 2016:||2|
|Price range in 2016:||$463K – $585K|
|Missed games last season:||Missed rounds 3-5 and 8-10 with hamstring/leg injuries|
There is no doubting Tom Rockliff’s ability. The man is born ball magnet who is capable of racking up 35+ possession games with alarming regularity. When fully fit, he is one of the most consistent SuperCoach scorers in the game.
Rocky’s injury problems have been well documented. There’s no doubt he will need to improve this facet of his game if the majority of coaches are to trust him again. But let’s take a look at his form at the back half of 2016, after returning from a two separate injury stints. From Round 11 onwards, he scored 204, 104, 130, 100, 92, 130, 154, 81, 120, 159, 102 and 133 to finish off the season. During this period, his average was 125.75. They are stunning numbers.
Clearly, durability is the main issue here. Tom’s body is bloody frail. He has missed a whopping 15 games in the past three seasons.
Last year, Rockliff burnt his owners several times. Coming off a severely limited pre season, he injured his hamstring during Brisbane’s Round 2 match – resulting in a low return of 48 SC. After missing two weeks, he played three more matches before reinjuring the same hammy in Round 7 – resulting in a score of 41 SC and another three weeks on the sidelines.
At 600K, he won’t come cheap and will have plenty of other top-liners to content who have more reliable bodies – Danger, Pendles etc.
People scared of Australia getting an evil leader like Trump forget that the Lions picked Rhys Mathieson at pick 39 in ’15. @jock_reynolds
— jesseSPANNER (@jesseSPANNER) November 15, 2016
If you pick him, you are selecting Rocky for his consistent scoring and high ceiling. This makes him a bona fide VC and C option every week. If he doesn’t get injured, he will rarely let you down scoring-wise. Even on a bad day he will give you a 90 or 100.
Despite being injury-riddled, he has demonstrated an impressive ability to hit the ground running when he returns from a break. Tom actually boldly predicted he would go 180+ in the lead up to his Round 11 comeback match after a three-week injury lay off. He had 48 touches and scored 204.
Picking Rocky is without a doubt a high-risk, high-reward play. The overall winner of SuperCoach last season had the balls to pick him coming off of two injury stints, when few others had any trust in him. Rocky rewarded him with a double ton.
- Gun midfielder who consistently finds the pill
- Proven SuperCoach pedigree – had the leading overall average in 2014
- Loves dominating in a crap side
- Teams don’t feel the need to tag him – Zorko, Rich and Beams ahead in pecking order
- Huge ceiling – one 200+ score and two 150+ scores last season
- Poor durability – regularly gets injured and has missed 15 games in the past three seasons
- Efficiency sometimes below par – has games with high possession counts but low SC return
- Will a new coach and the return of Dayne Beams impact his role?
- How will his performance be impacted by the Rhys Mathieson regime?
Even though he will be priced at 600K, I believe there is still some value in Rockliff. If you take out the two injury-impacted scores in the 40s last season, his average would have been considerably higher. If he can stay fit and play the majority of games next season, he will be a top eight SC midfielder without a doubt. But given his extensive injury history, that is a big ‘if’. There is also the Mathieson factor to consider.
STRONGLY CONSIDER – provided he looks fit and has a strong pre season
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