Second year in the system, will he get his shot?
As a proud Victorian I definitely don’t have extensive South Australian football knowledge that our very own Barron von Crow has. Jock has let me have a go at Riley Bonner though so I’m gonna give it a red hot crack!
I remember Riley Bonner being taken at pick #37 by the Power. As a fellow leftie, when I see the words “booming left foot” in draft write ups I get a little bit excited.
He carved the opposition up during South Australia’s under 18’s championships, averaging 18 possessions at 73% and won All Australian selection off halfback.
I reckon we’ll be seeing a lot more of Bonner in 2017. He’s an attacking defender who prefers to kick it long rather than worry about handballing it, in the mould of the Supercoach significant Heath Shaw and Jason Johannisen.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$248,100|
|Games in 2015:||1 (16 in the twos)|
|Average in 2015:||76 (from his one game)|
|100+ games in 2015:||Zip|
|Sub 80 games in 2015:||1|
|Price range in 2015:||$117K|
|Missed games last season:||
Obviously the above tells us stuff all about Riley. I took a dive into is SANFL stats for 2016 and this is what I came up with. Averaged a tick over 17 touches a game (12 of them kicks) at a respectable 79% efficiency. 2.5 I50’s and 3.9 R50’s. That tells me he loves to tuck the Sherrin under his arm and take the game on. His SANFL stats match up nicely with the short set of data we have for him at AFL level, 17 of his 22 possessions were kicks. He recorded 6 R50’s from 83% game time.
Standing at 191cm, his drive and the precise kicking has seen him likened to Hawthorn’s Grant Birchall. Unfortunately, that one game has stuffed up him being available at rookie price in 2017.
— RoweyandBicks (@RoweyandBicks) August 29, 2016
The obvious one here is that he is yet to find his place in the Power line up. Even if he cements a spot in the preseason he’s not going to a basement rookie. He also favours the uncontested ball. Delivering it is one thing, but he needs to get more of it to translate into higher fantasy scores.
This is a tricky one. If he’s rookie priced his selection is simple – wait for him to fatten up and then kick him to the curb. My hazy memory on guys that have played one game says that he won’t be, he’s broken the seal so the powers that be at Supercoach HQ will give him a grossly unfair price. It’ll take fair sized plums to select him if he’s around $250K.
- Run and carry type of defender. Makes him Supercoach relevant
- Kicks more than he handballs.
- Has a hilarious last name. I’m calling for a community-wide search for a great nickname
- Not cemented his spot
- Likely to have an over inflated price
Unfortunately that solitary round 23 game has thrown me off which makes me a bit sad. Should be awkwardly priced around $250K. A lot of things have to change for him to be in my team:
- He ends up coming in around $150K
- Gets the running defender role
- Has a strong preseason
Too many if’s, but’s, and maybe’s
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