Supercoach 2015 – Michael Hibberd
Will you play Hungry Hungry Hibbo?
It is difficult to squeeze in too many pseudo premiums with a DEF / MID DPP, so we must compliment these players with some rookies and some reliable defenders, who turn up every week and give you a solid 85-100 points per week.
Think about Corey Enright as the quintessential role model in this regard – as consistent as I am bald – that is a dead set certainty. I am pondering as to whether the man with a massive bonce, in Michael Hibberd (also known as Pig), can take his place. Hibbo was a mature age recruit, coming from Somerville play for Frankston when it was recommended that the Bombers take a look at him. Hibberd made an immediate impact debuting in 2011 and playing 9 games, averaging a very decent 74 points. In 2012, he played a further 13 games and again averaged 74 points.
Not bad scoring for a kid in his first two years of football. But his 2012 could have been better. Hibbo’s 2012 year was cut short when the club banned him mid-season after having a brawl late one night in the streets of Frankston – apparently outside Hungry Jacks. The club made it pretty clear that sort of behaviour was not on with the message of “Hey Hibbo, get your greasy snout off the Whoppers and get your mits on the pigskin, and no that’s not a name for your own flute”.
So he knuckled down, had a massive pre-season and came out in 2013 and was sensational across half-back for the Bombers, with his damaging left foot and run complimented by his willingness to go back into the pack for intercept marks. Hibbo doesn’t mind the contest but the Bombers use him more and more on the outside and has become somewhat of a designated kicker with his left foot. In 2013, he played all 22 games and his average went up 30% to finish the year at 96 points per game. That is quality in my eyes folks, the kid does the wrong thing, and rather than let it define him, he puts his head down, works his ring off and comes out and delivers. Well done son.
|Games last season:||18|
|Average last season:||91.44|
|100+ games last season:||5|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3 (his lowest coming in R18 when he re-injured his ankle)|
|Price range last season:||$404 to $531k|
|Missed games last season:||4 (R16, 17 with an ankle, a low score of 44 in R18, out again in R19 and R20)|
|Significant history:||Ranked 7th in Uncontested Possessions per game
Ranked 9th in Rebound 50’s per game
Ranked 13th in Total Rebound 50s
Average of 24 disposals and 6 marks per game in 2013 and 2014
His stats underscore how the Bombers have evolved in deploying the Pig, outside run, delivered to him so he can rebound off half back. Uncontested possessions are not great for Supercoach scoring, however he generally kicks (averages 15 kicks per game) a lot more than he handballs (average of 6 per game) with a decent disposal efficiency and that is good for supercoaches the world over.
This is the good things about the Pig, as it is with Enright, there isn’t too much downside, unless teams start to tag the likes of these players off half back. This is why I am quite bullish on these types of players because if they are getting tagged then bugger me as we know it means for the MIDS of Heppell / Watson or Selwood – they will literally go coco bananas and blow your pants off with high scores.
If you make the call to start with Hibbo, then I believe it is with a view to hold him all year – consistency, durability, low standard deviation equates to a sleep easy on Monday night knowing you don’t need to tear yourself apart all week wondering if you trade him. I like that.
- Durability – is good having played 22 games in 2013 and 18 in 2014
- Consistency – spends most scoring time in the 80-100 bracket
- Upside – if Hibbo can push forward and kick more goals then that add another dimension to his game and your scoring – tick!
- His propensity to consume Whoppers and Double Bacon Cheeseburgers detracts from his ability to run into a position to receive the ball thus limiting his possessions – I think this has been mitigated over the past two years
- Limited ceiling – scored 100+ only on 5 occasions
- Injuries restrict his game time – hopefully being 25 when the season starts means he is in good shape and ready to rip right open
I can’t blame the Pig for his love of a Whopper, I too have been tempted on many a late night by its alluring qualities, but this young man has put those days behind him. Depending on structures, we are likely to have to find a defender, or two, priced in the $400 to $500k bracket, this is where I find myself looking at Hungry Hungry Hibbo – I am attracted to the value he presents.
Verdict – I am a 65/35 at this stage, could prove decent value and excellent consistency. He is high on the DEF watchlist for the Chumps.
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What’s your view on Hungry Hibbo in 2015?
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