Analysis of the Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles game:
Both sides decided to rest so many of their best 22 that it makes it really hard to gauge where both teams are in fantasy terms. Add to this the wet weather and greasy football and this turned out to be the worse game I’ve watched this preseason.
The biggest out for me was Nic Naitanui. Its a big risk selecting him now that we haven’t been able to see where he is fitness wise! He was locked in my team but now I have a ruck selection headache.
All the talk in this game was Franklin’s first game for Sydney. He was awful. He worked hard early but when things weren’t going his way as the game went on he got frustrated and gave away stupid frees. Granted he got no service and no doubt many will expect he’ll have a bigger influence on games with better players around him. However I’m not convinced and I’m not sure he’s the LOCK he’s been taunted as being all preseason: Have a read of this article before you decide!
Dom Sheed was Ok without been a standout. Worked himself into the game again but can’t help but get the feeling he is substitute bound in the real stuff. Not a rookie Lock for mine.
Xavier Ellis was the best rookie priced player on field. He choose to kick a lot with 17 of his 23 possesions being kicks. He did butcher it a fair bit but in the conditions I seen enough potential to lock him away as a midfield bench rookie.
Gary Rohan was Sydneys best forward – didn’t get a lot of it but there was really limited service on the night, missed a set shoot straight in front but apart from that didn’t put a foot wrong. Kicked 3 goals and should find his way onto many a supercoach’s forward bench.
Jeremy Laider did very well for the Swans down back. The ball was down there a fair bit and I don’t see him averaging 21 dissposals when the real stuf starts. Still worth a consideration for a bench spot down back.
Mike Pyke shared rucking duties equally with Tom Derickx. Expect he’d do more ruck work when the season starts propper but didn’t shoot out “select me” in this game. Derickx could get a round 1 start and if so will be a good R4 selection.
Craig Bird was good for the Swans in the guts but can’t see him producing similar numbers when Jack and Kennedy are back in that midfield.
Masten was best for the Eagles but again hard to gauge what his numbers will be like with Piddis and Shuey back in there.
Tell me your thoughts community.