Now this is the story all about how
My team got flipped, turned upside down…
Like most of you, I’ve been tinkering with my team ever since the Higginator dropped on the 11th December, 2016. I was straight down the line of a guns and rookies (GNR) setup. 15 premiums, 15 rookies. McGrath, McCluggage, Bowes. ZERO risk.
I was done with midpricers, every bloody year they would disappoint and I’d curse the SuperCoach Gods for dishing up temptation and myself for falling for it every damn year.
Me waiting for the $50K to roll in
Then it happened – I got my mitts on onand I was floored. Completely blown sway. I realised it wasn’t the curse of the SuperCoach Gods mucking me up every year, it was me. I wasn’t picking the right blokes that will lead me to glory. I deleted my team and started again. This is what I have as we head into the preseason games.
BANG. BANG. BANG
Kade Simpson hasn’t averaged below 92.5 since 2009 and has missed only 5 games in his past 176 – he’s switched almost daily with Docherty. I read somewhere that Shaw was on the decline. That’s bollocks. He is coming off his statistically best year. He’s been a must have defender for two years now and I don’t see that changing. Tags are a worry though. Laird rotating through the guts will help his game. Only 3 scores under 80 last year.
Scharenberg could turn Keefe, Hampton, or Berry after JLT. If this guy explodes Itchy Nuts Pieman will never let us hear the end of it. My rookie choices are nothing too ground-breaking
I will have 2-3 on field rookies here. I will need to NAIL these selections.
BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG. BANG.
I’m hoping I don’t need to justify M1-3 to you. Between them they have averaged 116 and missed 4 games over the past 3 seasons. They are stars of our game and above 600k for a reason.
The stars have aligned for Sloane this year. He averages 117.8 across his career at Adelaide Oval and 119.8 in 2016 (11 games). In 2017 Adelaide play Port, Essendon, Tigers, Dees, Freo and the Saints at home before the bye – all non-finalists from 2016. Fyfe is an injury concern but far too cheap to ignore for a guy that can bust out scores of 140+
Matt Crouch is my pick for the next SuperCoach beast. He’s statistically killing it for his age.during the preseason and, for mine, only needs an increase in time on ground for his average to soar. I’m weak in the face of my man crush, Patrick ‘Cornboy’ Cripps, if he arouses me during the preseason I might just slot him in.
After much debate, David Swallow is not a keeper in my eyes and, as such, is far too expensive for what is traditionally a rookie spot. Peppa Pig/Myers round out my mids. Both will play early and fatten up nicely. North love Hibberd, he may get a gig off half back this year. Graham, by all reports, has been very impressive at Tigerland. He has had some hamstring troubles but should be ready to go round 1. Ronke has been talked up for getting some early gametime. Maybe, maybe not. Easily swapped if he’s not in the team round 1.
*pauses while you go and comment about what a stupid move having Sandiballs is*
Welcome back. Hear me out community, I need 6 weeks out Aaron Sandilands. SIX. I’ve used the mathematical formula/wizardry in the Jock Reynolds SuperCoach magazine/bible (I’m not being paid for these plugs, I swear, I just really love it) and calculated his price to be 460k if he can average 105 over the first 6 rounds. At which point I’ll fold, pack up my blood sacrifice to the SuperCoach Gods and look to trade him in. This is a YUGEEEEEEEE risk community. He’s old. He has a calf niggle. He could snap in half round one. I’m backing myself in.
I’ve got no qualms about paying top dollar for a bloke that smashed out 7 140+ scores in 2016. Welcome O’ Great Bearded One. Strnadica is there as a floating donut.
Take out the 29 Luke Dahlhaus scored against Port he averaged 99.6 last year with only two scores under 80. Gunston is in a battle with Tom J Lynch for F2, he gets the nod for now due to crossing 120 4 times in 2015 when Roughead was in the team. I’m not 100% on Caddy yet, should get plenty of chances to impress at Richmond. If he looks average in JLT he could become Touk or Heeney. Roughead didn’t average below 90 from 2011-2015 and is way unders if he’s fit and on the park in round 1.
I’ve opted for Darcy Cameron as my ruck/forward swing. As I don’t plan on keeping Sandiballs for the long haul, justifying Boyd/Ryder/Nankervis seemed a waste of cash as I don’t see them being in the top 10 forwards. If Sandi does miss a week, Cameron is in line for early games and can be used as a patch up. Bolton, Rioli, and Eddy are popular rookie selections.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
- If you have a league game against me in round 13 I am absolutely STUFFED. Thirteen out, including 4 of my premium mids. I am deadset hopeless at managing my team through the byes. My strategy is to throw that week and be sort of strong for the others.
- This team will change. Intra clubs are happening, JLT series is a week away. Injuries and bolters are frequent.
- Best of luck to all coaches in 2017. Let’s do our Father proud and bring home the SuperCoach Premiership Cup for 2017.
* if my Sandiballs punt fails you can find me being salty on Twitter at @SC_Kev7, or at your local sitting alone in the shadows of the darkest corner, a black cowl covering my face, pretending to smoke and nursing a beer. Artists depiction;
— Andrew Nowacki (@andynowacki) February 7, 2017