I mentioned in this weeks post NAB weekend 1 podcast that I would reveal the first version of my Supercoach 2012 team during the week. What Jock Reynolds says Jock Reynolds delivers folks. I haven’t reached lofty heights within the AFL community by making silly promises willy nilly.
Our maths and stats brain Peter Higginbotham last week revealed the first version of his team. Fair to say that Higgo has had chins wagging and tempers flaring by the water cooler. I’ve booked him into counselling sessions to help him deal with the demands that come with his growing public profile. His recovery is progressing nicely. Eating solids again. Due to be right by next weeks podcast.
Righto – here it is folks. I’ve used the sen-bloody-sational “Higginator” Team Analysis Tool to get this together:
Goddard was about the only fella I didn’t give a 2nd thought to here. The main concern with Scotland is his age which still has me worried. Hard to look past the bloke though on current form, reliability and his DEF/MID abilities. Brian Lake I will be watching like an absolute HAWK for the rest of the preseason – the slightest hint of a setback and WOOOSHKA he’ll be out the door.
Been keen on the 1 gun 3 rookie ruck format for some weeks now. Big Matty HamNEggnBurger is a real star and I am a dead set rap for the kid. Read more about my thoughts on him in Jock’s Locks here. With Vardy crook big Orren ‘Ayres Rock’ Stephensen will be my rookie on the ground with Giles the other lock. Not too sure about young Sammy Rowe yet, I’ll see how his shoulder pulls up otherwise big Tomy Derickx is next in line.
Reckon Leigh Montagna has been slipping under the radar so far this preseason. A proven Supercoach gun a bit off his game last year and at a nice price. No secret I’m a big rap for gun and all round good bloke Matty Priddis . Steele Sidebum is one player in and out of my lineup – reckon he is due to bust out and also like his MID/FWD abilities. Rookies not locked in obviously at this stage but liked the look of Bauguley and he’ll open up a link with my defenders.
Buddy will smash em this year if what I saw last weekend is anything to go by. Looks bloody tops. Big Jono Brown carries with him some risk, but the reward will be too juicy to pass up on. Can play with injury so at least he’ll be a warm body on the field if his rig doesn’t quite hold up. Gary Rohan… look out AFL here he comes. Will have a close look again at him this weekend but a super talent at a tempting price.
We all know that rounds 11 thru 13 will be a real bugger this season with the multi byes. Higgo’s tool is showing red for me in round 11 which is alright as most of my round 11 blokes are rookies that I’ll have cashed in by then.
Round 13 is gonna hurt with many of my premoim guns having the bye. I’m not letting this sway me in my team selection. I’ve been pretty vocal in my view that there is a lot of water to pass under the old bridge before then. Concentrating too much on round 13 at this stage risks you compromising the quality of your picks. I’ll think more about bye friendliness as injuries and upgrades become a factor. Read up on my warning about Noise Pollution here to help you get onto the straight and narrow in this regard
Looking at the team balance I’m pretty bloody happy with my Guns to Rookies ratio. Generally not a midprice man unless there’s something especially juicy in that price range, and reckon J Brown and Rohan could tick that box.
So team… what do you reckon of Jock’s first Supercoach 2012 team?