When you walk outside of an afternoon and smell the fresh Wattle blossom in your nostrils you know it must be the business end of the Supercoach and Dreamteam season. It’s a sobering time.
Just today I was touring some of the primary schools in the south eastern suburbs teaching the kids their mathematics using fantasy footy principles. A young kid looked up at me and said… “Jock… how do you be excellent at Supercoach and get all the pretty girlfriends and be loved by generations of Melbournians from all walks of life… it must be a hard job”. I just ruffled his hair, winked and asked him to run along.
It’s funny how moments like this remind a man of his importance to the community at this time of the season. As such this is probably my most thought over Cattle Market of the season. I know you need me now more than even.
Enjoy the Cattle Market. Listen to this week’s podcast (essential if you fair dinkum want to win the silverware). Have a great bloody weekend.
The Locks: First make sure you have Brett Deledio, Brendon Goddard, Heathy Shaw Otherwise think about…Corey Enright | GEEL | $449,900 Last 2: WBD, SYD recent: 106, 98, 70
I’m all over Enright this week like a wet sponge. As I said last week – try not to pay too much attention to his recent scoring. He averages 123 against the Doggies and 111 against Souths. As I argued with old Higgo in this weeks podcast – I’m a guts man first and a stats man second. My guts tells me go for him and the stats back me up.Paul Duffield | FRE | $466,200 Last 2: NTH, MELB recent: 139, 134, 96
My old mate the Duff man has gone right off his tits the last month or so. In dazzling form for the huge game against the Roos this weekend and will smack the Demons at home over at Patersons all over the joint on Supercoach Grand Final weekend. A great option and you’re old mate Jock is really thinking about.Jack Grimes | MELB | $467,100 Last 2: ADEL, FREO recent: 115, 101, 110
Poor young Jack with the bung body only needs to get through 2 more injury free games… and if he pulled up lame in one of those games you would have to be stiff old Jock watching the beach volleyball. Is back in form and is good value at this price. Sure – he runs into some opposition over the next fortnight but he definitely deserves his first berth in the prestigious cattle market.Matt Suckling | HAW | $338,100 Last 2: SYD, WCE recent: 81, 49, 43
We all know I like throw a sprinkling of value into the Cattle Market… Matt the Suckling Pig is my man this week. Yeah I know – he has Sydney then West Coast left… but any way you look at him he is value for $$$ and even more impressive is he scored a 120 against the Eagles earlier in the year. One for the restricted of wallet.
THE LOCKS: If you don’t have these blokes I’d be looking first and in this order Gary Ablett, Scott Pendlebury, Jobe Watson. Then think long and hard about…Marc Murphy | CARL | $546,400 Last 2: GCS, STK recent: 187, 117, 109
Holy crap balls. Marc Murphy went nuts on the weekend with his 187 and could well do the same against the Suns this week. Has not skipped a beat since his return from injury in round 16 and clearly enjoyed having Juddy back last week to take some of the heat. a HOT selection this weekDane Swan | COLL | $613,300 Last 2: WCE, ESS recent: DNP, DNP, 97
Will strike fear into the hearts of all Supercoach and Dreamteamers that face an opposition that has held onto Swan. Consider he belted out a 160 on his last return after a 2 week break. Will be keen to make up for his antics. Buy if you can upgrade a semi-premium
Has been a bit lean of late – and with the Croweaters not keen on risking a loss this week given their recent form I think he is a safe bet to play. The heat will be on him to perform as his form slum has matched the Crows drop in form… will be fair dinkum and should score well given the oppositionBernie Vince | ADEL | $460,200 Last 2: MELB, GWS recent: 75, 96, 85
Here’s another who will be asked to extract his finger out of his pip this week. Expecting him to cut sick against week oppostion – consider his 152 and 124 against GWS and Port earlier in the year and think maybe more of the same. Go get em Bernard. Go bloody get em.Chris Judd | CARL | $546,800 Last 2: GCS, STK recent: 95, DNP, DNP
Seemed to ease into things last week in a nice hit out, could well break heads this week against the Gold Coast Suns. Scored 128 in his last Metricon outing and averages 130 against the Suns thus far. Good luck Juddy I love ya mate. It’s been a valuable relationship of mutual respect and admiration between us mate. I appreciate you.
RUCKSSam Jacobs | ADEL| $512,000 Last 2: MELB, GCS recent: 104, 92, 104
Monstered wek opposition earlier in the season with 146 v Port Adelaide then 138 v GWS in consecutive weeks. Should have the wood over Melbourne and Gold Coast and large scores are to be expected.
THE LOCKS: If you don’t have these blokes I’d be looking first and in this order at Dayne Beams, Patrick Dangerfield, Steele Sidebottom & Matthew Pavlich otherwise have a think about…Cambridge Tom Hawkins | GEEL | $496,500 Last 2: WBD, SYD recent: 130, 15, 147, 135, 139
Hard to overlook Cambridge Tom against the doggies this week down at Gene Simmonds stadium. Hair has been especially lustrous and buoyant of late which is always a sign that Cambridge is in season. A reasonable pick and a good pointg of difference. Could kick 13.Ryan O’Keefe | SYD | $565,200 Last 2: HAW, GEEL recent: 137, 121, 96, 143
Has won the prize for the most consecutive weeks in the cattle market. Has also won the keys to my Supercoach heart with his spirit and performances this year. May be invited to the caravan down Hastings this Summer.Travis Cloke | COLL | $351,000 Last 2: EDITHVALE, DOVETON recent: 47, 85, 70
Only kiddin folks. Crouching did put up a very interesting alternative to Cloke in this weeks podcast. But how about you trade him down to……Kurt Tippett | ADEL | $286,600 Last 2: MELB, GOLD COAST recent: 43, DNP, DNP
Will be motivated to prove his worth to his team and potential suitors… is cheap as buggery with his first back 43, 4 in round 17 and 23 in 15 due to concussions…. has Melbourne then Gold Coast… you could go Cloke to Tippett then use the case to get a Beams or a Danger or the likes if you don’t have em…. what ya reckon.
Above all else – best of luck this weekend and ENJOY yourselves folks!
How are you shaping up for your prelims?