Supercoach 2015 – Ben Cunnington
Cos he’s a… 21st Century Fox
There’s been a gentle breeze blowing at Arden St this year. So faint that no one really noticed it. By sheer happen-stance, newly demoted to the mail room, young Trent Dumont uncovered the source of this zephyr while sorting through JB’s hate mail down in the dungeon.
A strategically placed listening device picked up some of the ensuing chatter:
“Hey Boss, there’s a window been left open downstairs in the mail room, I think you need to have a look” prompted Dumont.
“Open windows!” shrieked JB, “We’ll see about that!”
Upon further investigation, JB was gob-smacked.
“Holy marauding macropods Batman, that’s the Premiership Window! When the hell did that open up?”
“Quick, jam it open with something before it slams shut!”
As luck would have it, a couple of sizeable limbs had just fallen off the Free Agency tree, so Messrs Waite and Higgins were quickly shoved into place to keep the breeze blowing.
Unfortunately, amid the confusion, a young sapling by the name of Greenwood, slipped out the back door (man) for a greener pasture.
“Has anyone seen that Greenwood kid?” quizzed Chris Scott’s brother.
“It would appear he made a break for it while that whole window fiasco was going on” piped Dumont.
“Oh well, no matter, we’ve got the Century Fox.” Scott reassured.
“He can fill that Levi hole, he’s not bad at that footy stuff.”
The Doors of Opportunity have well and truly swung open for Ben Cunnington with the departure of Levi Greenwood. As Mr. Morrison so eerily prophesised, “Got the world, locked up inside a plastic box”. If we just substitute the word “world” for the word “future” and the words “plastic box” for the words “Scotts’ coaching”, and you have a very spooky fore-telling.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||92.5|
|100+ games last season:||7|
|Sub 80 games last season:||7|
|Price range last season:||$427K – $520K|
|Missed games last season:||0|
|Significant history:||10th overall for total tackles (1st at the club)
11th overall for total cont. possessions (1st at the club)
5th overall for total clearances (1st at the club)
Kangas Best and Fairest winner
Drafted at Pick #5 in the 2009 National Draft
Well this kid obviously has the goods, so what’s up with the 92 SC average?
The Century Fox was tracking quite nicely in recent history with his 2011 – 2013 SC average spread looking like this: 53 / 77 / 95. However, The Fox hit a roadblock in 2014 and his SC average went south. So can this blip in the radar be explained or has The Fox been shown the way to the next Whiskey Bar?
In a nut shell, 2014 was a tale of two halves for The Fox.
Rounds 1 – 12 – avg 97
Rounds 13 – 23 – avg 87
The emergence of Greenwood and the return of Capt Swallow mid-year, resulted in more forward time for The Fox in the second half of 2014. The Fox still had a reasonable finish to the season, but his goal square cameos were not enough to make up for the drop in contested possessions and clearances. Another telling statistic is the free kick differential across the season. The Fox had a free kick ratio of 8:28 across the entire 2014 fixture, which is a fairly ugly showing in anyone’s books. However, after round 12 you’d think this kid had just glassed your girlfriend in a bar fight, as the umps threw the book, the gavel and even the judge at him. The last 11 rounds saw The Fox earn one solitary free kick whilst giving away 14! Supercoach Kryptonite!
Despite the Jekyll and Hyde season, one must bear in mind the arrival at the jump of 2014 of one Nick Dal Santo. NDS dived head first into the Kangas engine room from round 1 and capped a fine season with 24.7 disposals and an SC average of 102.9. With mid talent to burn, NDS was well supported by Boomer and Gibson whom both took their share of the spoils. In the wash-up, The Fox certainly didn’t do himself any favours with his oft handball happy style (5 out of 7 sub 80 scores featured handball dominance) and an erratic DE of 68%.
Primary risk sits with role clarity (or lack thereof) for this kid. A mid field spot is there for the taking but he will need to compete with the likes of Ziebell, Bastinac and Turner for a shot at the golden ticket.
In snaring The Fox on the ground floor you are doing so in the faith that he will jump straight into Levi’s shoes and resume his SC upward trajectory to the 100+ domain.
- Durable (played 49 of last 51 games)
- Young body amongst an aging midfield
- Friendly round 13 bye
- Could continue to play forward
- Fair amount of coin for a speculative pick
- Can board the train to irrelevance when he chooses hand over foot
The Century Fox won’t suit everyone’s palette with a sizable risk based on his 2014 form. Many will be eying of Capt Swallow for a similar price and who could blame them. As a top five pick, I have a bit of a soft spot for The Fox but can’t quite bring myself to lock him in at this stage. An early correction perhaps.
40/60 for a spot at the Knights round table.
So can The Fox Break on Through or is this The End?
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