If Haney doesn’t retain DPP – is he worth the spot?
Pearce Hanley’s latest nickname is reportedly “pirate”. Will he hijack your Supercoach side in 2015? Is he related to Da Mad Irishman? Might have to follow that one up Jock!
Hanley, according to some, is the best Irish AFL player since Jim Stynes. He certainly has the ability to find the ball, but also has the “ability” to completely disappear when you need him (Rd14, 17, 22).
In 2014, Hanley was a DEF/MID Supercoach player. At his starting price, and DPP status – He found his way into 22% of teams. As a defender – he was one of the premium “locks” in our sides. But looking over his actual game time, he seemed to play a hell of a lot in the guts. On the team-sheets, he was named in the guts 9 times, the wing 4 times, half back 6 times and the back pocket once.
This is a 65-35 mid/def split. Now obviously, players named on team-sheets don’t always play where they’re named. I’m no Lions supporter, and I only watched a few Lions games, but the ones I did watch – he was in the guts. Combine this information and the fact he averaged only 2.3 rebound 50’s compared to 4.6 Inside 50’s in 2014. It’s a compelling argument to say he’ll be Mid only in 2015.
|Games last season:||20|
|Average last season:||103.8|
|100+ games last season:||10|
|Sub 80 games last season:||7 (2 injury affected & 3 from Tags)|
|Price range last season:||$420K – $599K|
|Missed games last season:||2 games – 1 in RD 5 (Hamstring). 1 in RD 7 (Back Tightness)|
|Significant history:||Averaged 95.7 in 2013, 90.68 in 2012
Never been suspended.
Drafted at pick 38 in the 2008 Rookie draft, Promoted with pick 95 in the 2009 National draft
There are no ifs, buts or maybes – Hanley is an outside player. Put a hard tag on him, and expect little output from him (50 – RD 14 FREO, 62 – RD 17 WCE, 77 – RD 22 FREO). Crowley made mince meat of him in his games against Fremantle, whereas Mark Hutchings tagged him in the RD 17 Eagles match.
A significant stat to look at: Pearce Hanley dominates in wins – averaging a staggering 128.86, compared to 90.2 in losses. That’s an almost 40 point gap. Now return Redden & Rich; add in Beams & Christensen; and another year into the kids… The Brisbane Lions are on the rise. Does this mean more points for Hanley? Who do opposition teams Tag? Pick from: Rockliff, Hanley, Dayne Beams, Zorko, Redden, Rich… Don’t tag Hanley – He goes LARGE more often than not.
Take out Hanley’s two injury affected games from rounds 4 & 6 (both sub 80) – and he averaged 109.67. Take out Hanley’s Tag affected scores (all 3 sub 80 scores) – he averaged 110.94. Take out all of his Injury affected and tag affected scores – he averaged an elite 119 from 10 tons, 3 90 scores and a 72. Not bad I say!
Of the stats that matter; Hanley kicked more often than he handballs, he averaged 4.8 marks, 3 clearances & 4.1 Tackles a game. He’s not the biggest goal-kicker, averaging 0.3 a game. He’s also no stranger to a clanger, averaging 2.7 a game.
Can get tagged out of a game. RDs 14, 17 & 22.
Soft tissue injuries are known to hit – Albeit minor.
If you were considering starting Hanley, keep him as a premium lock.
He could also be one to keep an eye on for the usual bye round upgrades, or picking him off after a dip in form or injury.
If he is a DEF/MID – LOCK HIM IN EDDIE! (confirmed position MID only)
- 62 out of a possible 66 games in 3 years is a good sign he’ll be on the park more often than not.
- Can rack up the pill. 7 30+ games in 2014 is a good thing.
- Efficient. Dropped below 67% 5 times, with his lowest at 33%. Averaged 71% for the season.
- If he is Dual position, will be in the top 6 defenders of 2015.
- Can get tagged out of a game – see above.
- Missed a few games in 2014 due to soft tissue injuries.
- Most likely MID only.
If Hanley is Def/Mid – Lock. Most likely though – he’ll be Mid only, so I’m more on the fence. As stated before, Hanley dominated in wins in 2014. Add the class that comes back and the quality that has been traded in and Lions are sure to win more games in 2015. The more class injected into the Lions’ midfield should warrant less spotlight on Hanley, which is good for his scoring potential. With everything that has been stated above – I’m excited by his 2015 scoring potential, but as a mid only – I’ll prefer the safety and consistency of Selwood, Ablett, Pendles etc.
But I tell you – if Hanley does retain DPP next year. Trouser tenting 1st pick in defence LOCK!
MID ONLY NO
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