Round 5 2011.
A 19 year old Dustin Martin smacks 4 goals through the big sticks on his way to 168 Supercoach points , 141 Dreamteam points and the respect of the football world.
Damian Hardwick announces Dustin’s coming of age…
12 months later things aren’t so flash. He’s been struggling. He misses training. He’s suspended by his club. His mate Daniel Connors is sacked. Lets down his mates. His club. Himself. Most importantly his Fantasy Football owners who are thrown into disarray.
Many see a loose cannon… nothing but trouble. This year will tell us a hell of a lot about Dustin Martin.
2013 Price: Supercoach: $473,500, Dreamteam: $437,100
2013 Position: MID/FWD
2012 averages: 89 SC, 85 DT (20 games)
2011 averages: 99 SC, 89 DT (22 games)
2010 averages: 78 SC, 71 DT (21 games)
Here’s this kid from Castlemaine. Been out bush. Played a few good games in the seniors… has a crack at the TAC Cup and dominates. Before he knows it he’s snapped up by the Tigers, shows some form. He’s told the sun shines out of his pip and thinks he’s the ants pants. Wouldn’t any 19 year old?
How easy’s this caper? He reckons. I’ve pulled my finger out pre season 2011 and BANG. I’ve done the hard yards now. I’m respected. Coach reckons I’ve made the grade.
But it doesn’t work that way in the big time Dusty. Respect is earnt and needs to be kept. Elite performance requires elite preparation.
Dustin will decide in 2013 if he wants to be an elite AFL footballer.
Its a very simple equation for mine:
- If he wants to be elite he will be one of the most prolific forward line scorers of the season. Mark my words here folks and mark them well. The Tiger army will rise as one on the back of a budding champion.
- If he doesn’t… he’ll skulk around like he did last season. He’ll collect his pay packet and buy a fancy bloody car. He’ll finish with more than 25 Supercoach forwards ahead of him in terms of average like he did last season. And noone will remember his name 20 years from now.
I’ll watch Dustin closely over the coming months. I bloody hope he makes the right decision. I want to see the best this FOOTBALLER and this MAN has to offer. Sometimes even old Jock can’t tell you which way things will go with a player in AFL Fantasy. This is one of those rare times.
One bloke knows exactly whats in store in 2013. Maori blood pumps through his veins. He has more ability in his left big toe than many who ever pull on an AFL jumper. He’s at the crossroads.
At this stage I’ll pass on Dusty…. word is he’s switched on this preseason but I’ll take that with a grain of salt just for now.
Which way you gonna go Dusty?