Hard as a Cats head is Joel Selwood.
One of my favourite movie quotes; “sex is like pizza, even when it’s bad it’s still good”. The same could be said for Joel Selwoods Supercoach scoring. He played all 22 games in 2014 with a low of 82 & a high of 176. When his arousal curve is up & about this man goes large. More importantly he’s the man you can rely on.
I thought my starting midfield in 2014 was pretty good. I had GAJ, Watson, Beams, Murphy, Cotchin, Tyson, Polec, Ellis, Dunstan & Lemmens. But there was a huge problem. Come the end of the season not 1 of those guys was scoring me any points. I traded 8 of them. I got sick of Cotchin early & sacrificed him. GAJ – well that hurt everyone – and don’t think for a second even as a die hard Pies fan I wasn’t one of the first to light a bag of poo & leave it on Mccaffers doorstep. Watson fell over to long term injury and by the time trades were almost gone Beams & Murphy went down. All of the other fellas served their purpose as cash cows.
So the lesson is simple, I made way too way trades in the midfield and by the end of the season I was fielding 18 players as a result. Don’t think for a second I haven’t learnt from that. As good as it looked on paper, I was wrong. My top 500 status ballooned out to a disappointing 952. But cracking the top 1000 is hardly embarrassing.
Having looked at where it all went pear shaped I have made a decision that I will be focusing on durable midfielders for 2015. And Joel Selwood is one of those. Having had an almost non-existent preseason many including myself wrote him off as a starting selection. What a mistake that was. He returned 157, 140, 138 & 126 in the first 4 rounds! Crickey. And he went on to score over 125 11 times during the season!
Joel Selwood was the number 7 pick in the 2006 draft. He should have been number 1. The names ahead of him…Gibbs, Gumbleton, Hansen, Leunberger, Boak, Thorpe….. Boak & Gibbs are good players but neither are Joel Selwoods arsehole. The triple premiership superstar scared off some recruiters with an injury history & the Cats pounced & nailed the pick good & proper.
Did you know He was the state hurdling champion from under-10s through to the under-15s, and in one year held every running and jumping record at the Bendigo Sports Centre, except the 100 metres sprint. It’s also worth noting he is the equal highest draft pick Geelong has ever had.
WHAT! Gee they know how to make the most of them.
|Games last season:||N/A|
|Average last season:||N/A|
|100+ games last season:||16|
|Sub 80 games last season:||0 that’s right folks 22 games & none under 80!|
|Price range last season:||$554k – $665k|
|Missed games last season:||N/A|
|Significant history:||He’s just bloody awesome!|
When he played the Hawks last season he returned scores of 83 & 90, still good but not what you would want from a 650k+ player. Another top 4 team Port he only scored 82 against (his worst score of the season).
- He is a contested beast & wins many a free kick for being hard at it.
- He doesn’t miss many games.
- Lock him away & throw away the keys.
- Kicks goals.
- Most of the lower scores came against top sides.
- Toughest draw in the comp for 2015
If you want to use the captains loophole, he’s the perfect guy to use between the likes of GAJ & Pendles, either as a first look at or back up if they somehow spud it up. Durability, it’s unlikely you will need to trade him. And what the absolute elite Mids of the competition can do is kick crucial goals, & Selwood averaged a goal game last season, which significantly increases scoring.
Well “you always get what you want” a cracker from the Stones. Fitting GAJ, Pendles & Selwood into your starting line-up would be a mighty task. Nonetheless I will be moving heaven & earth to make that happen. The lesson on durability was a tough one, but somehow I just have to have Joel Selwood in my team come round 1. He has nothing to prove to anyone & he’s an out & out champion. The only concern is Geelong’s draw & surely one day they will slip back to the pack.
Regardless of that it’s a: Yes
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