If you were going to turn for 1 bloke it would be Jimmy Bartel.
“Donuts, is there anything they can’t do”. Jimmy Bartel, “is there anything he can’t do”. One of footy’s ultimate Mr fix it’s. In the last 8 seasons it’s worth noting Jimmy has only missed 11 games. But he hasn’t played 22 games in any of them. But 6 seasons of 21 games is durable, very durable. I’d suggest being “rested or managed” would constitute a few of those missed games as well.
Jimmy was a product of the 2001 super draft. What an absolutely incredible draft that was. Abblett, Judd, Hodgey, Swan, Ball, NDS, Bartel, Sam Mitchell, Brian Lake, Steve Johnson, James Kelly, LRT, Montagna, Waite, & the list goes on & on. It was the who’s who of modern day champions.
The cats picked the eyes out of that draft, snaring Abblett, Bartel, Kelly, & SJ. Without them they would not have won 3 flags. And possibly none at all. Bartel, SJ & the emergence of Tom Hawkins were the difference in the 2011 GF. I forgive you Jimmy.
Bartel was pick 8 in the Super draft. And upon reflection that was a value selection. Of the 4 directly picked before him Graeme Polak, Xavier Clarke, Ashley Sampi & David Hale, he’s better than all of them combined. Of all the stars from that draft I’d say that Jimmy is the most versatile player. Super Midfielder, & can play at either end. And he can play key position at either end. Hodgey wouldn’t be too far behind but he doesn’t play as a Key forward. But to be fair with the Key Forwards the Hawks have had over the past decade he doesn’t need to.
But stack up the achievements of Hodgey & Bartel & the similarities are incredible. Both came from the Geelong Falcons, both have become absolute elite utility players, best in the business for mine. Both have won 3 flags, both have won Norm Smiths (Hodgey 2, Bartel 1), but Bartel cancels that out with a Brownlow. Hodgey leads 3-2 in AA selections & is a premiership Captain. You could argue till the end of time who is better. I don’t think I could pick a winner just yet. Wait till they both hang up the boots for that one. I get the feeling the accolades are not done with yet.
There were 2 clear winners in the 2001 Superdraft. And it was the nucleus for each to snare 3 flags. The Hawks got 2 Premiership captains & superstars in Hodge & Mitchell, eventually they got their hands on Brian Lake. Who has proven to be a Norm Smith medallist & dual premiership player in just 2 seasons with the Hawks. The Cats did just as well, as I mentioned above.
|Games last season:||21 (pretty much what he plays every year)|
|Average last season:||102|
|100+ games last season:||10|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4|
|Price range last season:||$451K-$572K|
|Missed games last season:||1 (rested for sure)|
|Significant history:||Triple Premiership player & Brownlow Medalist in 2007. They don’t give out Brownlow’s to spuds. Well unless you’re Shane Woewodin. Throw in the 2011 Norm Smith & 2 All Australian selections & it’s fair to say he has done it all.|
Given the Cats have recruited Mitch Clark & Rhys Stanley I find what role Bartel will play next season all the more intriguing. I’d love to see Chris Scott’s whiteboard to see what his plans were for Jimmy. But if they are going to Play Hawkins, Clarke & Stanley I could see a rebounding defender role for Jimmy next season. Will those additions mean more Midfeild time. It’s a noodle scratcher.
He can throw in some ordinary scores. His worst score of the season was against Melbourne a 57. He also scored sub 80 against GWS & GC. His other sub 80 game was in rnd 22 against Hawthorn. Given his versatility we have no idea what position he will play next season & how that may impact his scoring.
He’s a premium set & forget. He could be a nice safe player to have in your Fwd line at some point during the season.
- Elite player of the competition.
- Elite Disposal.
- For his height he’s the best overhead mark in the business.
- Can play any position when needed.
- Super durable.
- Bye friendly for 2015
- Throws in the occasional frustrating score.
- Can get rested in SC finals.
- Tough draw for the Cats
- Took Nadia Coppolino off the market.
He’s returned a season ending average of 99-125 for the last 8 years. So you know what you’re going to get from the Cats superstar. It’s all going to come down to everyone’s structures & whether you can fit him into your team. As a Mid/Fwd (confirmed position FWD only) it’s a tasty proposition. If I was choosing between say a Buddy & Bartel I’d take Bartel in a heartbeat. Key position forwards completely do my head in. If he does pick up The Mid/Fwd status I’ll certainly think about it. You could do a lot worse than Jimmy as a F1, F2 pick. Probably more likely to take a look at his role & put him on my upgrade target list.
35/65 as a starting player
95/5 upgrade target
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