Hello, Jock Reynolds Community and welcome to the 2017 team reveal of The SloaneRangers.
The team you see before you has been hand crafted by expert Supercoach artisans, gently wrapped in the finest of silks and then finally, completely smashed to oblivion as I make several desperate last minute changes to my side.
I will admit, there were a few changes based on new information coming out of the JLT Series, but the nucleus of my side has actually remained constant through most of the pre-season, which may actually be a first for me. If I actually fare any better once the season remains to be seen, but if we don’t have hope, what do we have? Sure, there’s Oreos in the cupboard, but I don’t think there’s enough there for me to stress eat my way through an entire season.
I haven’t left much wiggle room in terms of salary cap on this team, with just $15.7K remaining, so cash generation will be very important to this side. And now on to the selections!
The top 3 are obvious. Kade Simpson is both consistent and likely to play every game of the year, Heath Shaw is just too good to pass up and Laird has the potential to be even better than he was last year if he can start winning more ball in the middle. Shaw was one of my changes, I originally had Jeremy Howe, who after a slow start to 2016 he ended up averaging 100 SCPoints from about Round 6 onwards, but the thought of the Pies getting desperate and swinging him up forward scared me off him some.
Marchbank will hopefully average in the 75-80 range, enough to put points on the board and make some nice cash. The D5 onwards is the best of who is playing in terms of rookie selections. Hampton averaged 88 SCPoints in the JLT series, I imagine his midfield time will decrease when Sloane and when/if Brad Crouch returns, but he may instead occupy the half forward role Richard Douglas had last year, one that saw him spend about 30% of his time in the midfield. Dougy averaged 77 SCPoints last year, so if Hampton can hit that he’ll make some decent coin. The rest of the defenders is made up of whoever is available at a rookie price.
There should be plenty of points being put on the board with Dangerfield, Treloar, Kennedy and Fyfe on the field. I’ve gone for Treloar over Pendles just because I’m banking on Treloar having a better ability to post a greater average in 2017 than he did in 2016, whereas I think the opposite may be true for Pendles (greater chance of averaging less in 2017). Matt Crouch was a last minute addition to the side, Robbie Gray was originally in his position, but missing 2 of the 3 pre-season games with soreness turned him from a starter to a potential upgrade target instead.
As for the reason for selecting Matt Crouch, there are the obvious stagnating risks in doing so, but it’s mostly down to opportunity. The rumours I’ve been hearing that even when healthy Scott Thompson won’t be a first choice selection which leaves even more inside work for Matt to take care of. People will say it’s a homer pick, sure, I can understand that, but it’s one that isn’t without it’s upside. Dayne Beams is a risk also, just because of his injury history, but if he can stay healthy then history says he’ll be one of the best midfielders, which is a great deal for his price.
SPP is an obvious rookie selection, he’ll be in damn near every team, and the rest of the midfield, like all other rookies, will have to be made up of whatever is available to us in Round 1.
Yes, even with all the Spencer talks Gawn is still in my side…for the moment.
He is the one pick in my side I am the most unsure of at this stage, but I do still have the opportunity to downgrade him to someone like Goldstein, Grundy or Martin when the teams are named and use the extra cash elsewhere (upgrading Matt Crouch to Selwood for example). Worst case scenario is even if I swap Gawn out and the Spencer experiment only lasts a week or two, Gawn probably won’t be much more expensive than his starting price if I trade him in later.
Nankervis is a value selection who will be moved into the forward line later in the season when he’s hopefully averaging in the 90-95 SCPoint range. That’ll allow me to then pick the next best ruckman to trade in as my R2 later in the year.
I went back and forth with a few selections here, Roughead was in and out, but he was squeezed out for now, but if the above Gawn downgrade occurs, he could be back in for Hoskin-Elliot.
I’m quite excited by Riewoldts potential, so his starting price doesn’t bother me and while you can almost guarantee Franklin will cheaper at some point in the year, he’s a likely chance to finish as a top 5 forward again in 2017. I’m banking on Hoskin-Elliot being my Marchbank up forward, hopefully he’ll hit the same sort of average and make some cash. At this stage it seems like we’ve got fewer solid rookie options than last year, hence the selection of these 200K players.
I wasn’t super enthused with picking Taranto, but it feels like picking someone like Pickett is a waste of a pick considering he may be so inconsistent with his scoring in the JLT series, I’d say he’ll be the Menadue of 2017, but hopefully that doesn’t occur to Taranto. We already know Butler is named for Round 1, so he’s likely there, but the Port boys in Eddy and Houston are not guaranteed yet.
So that’s my side for 2017, and like all Supercoach sides, I’m sure there will be some who love it, some who hate it and others that will be sitting there who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about “What’s to be done with this Barron Von Crow?”
Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on my side in the comments below.