From Bomber to Bulldog, that’s where Stewart Crameri finds himself in 2014.
Re-united with former Essendon forward line coach Brendan McCartney, the man who was the main motivating factor in Crameri seeking a trade to the Bulldogs, Crameri has credited McCartney for giving him a shot in the Essendon forward line and teaching him how to play the roles he was assigned.
Forwards are looking like a tough pick this year, and a midpricer like Crameri might be on a few peoples radars. Let’s take a look at what The Barron thinks is in store for SC in SC.
2013 Average: 72.4
2014 Price: $390,400
2014 Position: FWD
Traded from Essendon to the Bulldogs for Pick #26, the Bulldogs will be hoping Crameri will be able to help fix some of their goal kicking issues they’ve had the past few years. Mostly relying on sub 190cm players such as Giansiracusa (who may only have 1-2 more years left) and Dickonson as their leading goalkickers for most of the year, Crameri should be a nice forward line addition to pair with the 197cm Liam Jones, 2nd year player Jake Stringer and other tall targets such as Tom Campbell (I like this kid) and Jarrad Grant and Ayce Cordy should those two get games. Crameri kicked 30 goals in 16 games last year, a rate of 1.9 a game which would have given him the #1 goal kicking average at the Bulldogs, beating Giansiracusa who averaged 1.8 a game.
The biggest news to hit about Crameri is that the Bulldogs aren’t planning on keeping him as a stay at home forward and has been seen training with the midfield group, with the Bulldogs planning to have him push up the ground at times during the game, with Crameri commenting.
“I’m doing midfield stuff once a week now, so I’ll hopefully get a hit-out in quarters, late in quarters, just to change it up,” Crameri said on Wednesday. “I think that will be an important role for the team. That will be a really good chance for me to have a go in the midfield, when I haven’t had that chance for three or four years.”
This is what is going to be the biggest thing that will make or break Crameri as a Supercoach relevant player in 2014. Looking at Crameri’s past 4 years, we can see his average has been decreasing since he became a full time player in 2011.
But there is a reason for this if we go and take a look at his career averages
So we can see his peak average of 83 points came when he averaged 16.2 possessions a game and since 2011 his disposal average has fallen to the 13 range and this is reflected in his SC average falling below 80 for those two years.
So this is where the midfield move kicks in, which should hopefully see his disposal average increase and his SC average increase along with it. If he can get some good TOG% in the guts, then this is what will make him SC relevant, as well as him still spending enough time up in the F50 to keep that goal average in the 1.5-2 goals a game range and still taking 4-5 marks a game. It’s not outrageous to think that he’ll easily get an extra 5-6 possessions a game if the midfield move pans out, which will make him a very nice looking initial player to have in your side.
2014 Predicted Status: Midpricer
Predicted Average 2014: 82-88 SC
Selection Status: Will consider as a mid price FWD option for 2014,
Now it’s one thing to say “Yea, we’ll play this guy in the midfield” and then actually doing it. The fact that he’s been training with the midfield group is a positive sign that the move will actually happen, but keep an eye on Crameri and the Bulldogs and know the selection comes with some risk knowing that plans change and Crameri may be moved back down to a permanent forward if he doesn’t perform as a midfield player.
What are your thoughts?
Barron Von Crow