Tickling the ol’ Sandiballs, again?
Do you ever wonder how Aaron Sandilands takes a dump on an airplane? For whatever reason when I’m high in the sky and deuces come up, I wonder how his 211cm frame manages to navigate the cramped space. Must be a tag team battle royale between his elbows and knees versus walls and commode. It must be frightening to hear if your seats in the back row. Like Frankenstein getting an involuntary prostate check.
But I’m sure ol’ Sandiballs does manage it without incident. Almost like he managed to defy all expectations playing all but one of his games last season. I mean, weren’t all who chose him for R1 on pins and needles waiting…waiting…waiting…for him to go down with injury?
And in a season where the Supercoach Gods took almost a sadist’s glee for delivering punishment, one act of benevolence was sparing Freo’s giant from this fate.
Furthermore, did you really think he’d be that Supercoachtacular? An 108 average that either translated in a set ‘n’ forget it ruck or if you cashed him out a premium-level cash cow whose price ballooned to $585K for a scrumptious $274K net gain. Last year ol’ Sandiballs simply ruled the ruck realm.
Yet, 2015 is a new season. As always we need to take clear eyes when considering rucks in our structure. Will bringing in Sandi this year be too tall of an order? Let’s open some cheap, twist-top wine, drop trou and roll around on the beach and get our data balls nice ‘n’ Sandi.
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||108|
|100+ games last season:||12|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1(76, R16 vs Dees)|
|Price range last season:||$311K – $586k|
|Significant history:||4x All-Australian 2014, 2010-2008, 2009
2010-2013 averaged 10 games (turf toe mostly)
Ranked 1st in hitouts per game: 2014, 2012, 2009-2006.
Rumour: knits dolls of Disney characters and gives them to teammates for gifts (Fyfe usually gets Dopey. Crowley Tinkerbell)
Yeah, Sandi had a monster year. Even got some career highs during Round 2 vs. Gold Coast, when he rang up 58 hitouts and 6 tackles (who knew he could stoop that low).
In fact, you could easily say that ol’ Sandiballs had from a statistically standpoint his best year. Check out the table below that compares his disposals, marks, tackles, hit-outs and goals for the last 5 years (league best highlighted):
Some nice spikes in disposals, tackles and marks. In 2014 he ranked 6th in total contested marks, which at his height you need to blame the person kicking it to him. So these stats clearly show that a healthy Sandi is a force to be reckon with.
No surprises here. 32 years old and injury prone. Even if he wasn’t the latter, the former is enough to scare even the most hardened SC coach away.
For argument’s sake, what if Sandi attacks this season the same way he did last? Do you gain a huge advantage by starting the season with him? Oddly, the man who was in almost everyone and their mother’s squad Round 1, would be a POD to start 2015.
- HIT/OUT GANGSTA. Some rucks don’t even dare jump
- If healthy, the sub 80s are rare
- Top ruck on top 4 squad so SC points for the taking
- Post-30 body + demanding sport = time away from game
- Sale is over: $581K price tag. (confirmed price $580,800)
- Starts hot, ends cold (In ‘14, first 8: 118, last 6: 99)
I remember the time my brother and I rode a roller coaster without wearing the seat belts. It was 2 minutes of holding on for dear life, a terrifying white-knuckled experience that both of us were lucky not to get tossed out 100 yards into Lake Erie. Needless to say, I didn’t have to wait for my pants to dry to know my brother and I were lucky to walk away unscathed.
See tempting fate the same by bringing in Sandi and hoping he goes without injury. You survived it once. Don’t think you’ll succeed a second time.
And while there’s a gambler part of me that really wants to spend the loot on a big time ruck like Sandi as my R1 and go for the values for my R2-3, a player at that age with his injury history makes it more of a sucker bet than taking a gamble.
Even as a corrective, he’d be a massive POD. Bringing in later you could face a less friendly SC Gods or an overly cautious Ross the Boss to take a big dump on your plans.
Liking Sandiballs this year, community? Give me your 2 cents.
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