With a significant clean out of the attic and some unfortunate injuries at West Lakes, defenders are once again a hot commodity for the SA club smashing out beats on fiddle #2.
The departure of Truck and Thompson and the felling of Otten and Shaw heralded a heightened state of ambivalence among the Crows recruiting staff during the end of season trade period. At the eleventh hour, Cheney was reluctantly enticed across the border to consolidate their back half with his wealth of experience and consistency. Recruiting Manager Hamish Ogilvie was inconsolable when he later learnt that Cheney had made a typo in his resume, deceptively proclaiming that he had played 141 games for the Hawks and Dees rather than the actual 41.
Now clutching at straws, all the plans for the draft were thrown out the window (along with Ogilvie’s office chair) and all stops were pulled to reassess the talent pool for the best young defender pick 14 could buy.
History will now show that Jake Lever’s name was called out at pick 14 in the draft and within minutes was bestowed with the keys to the City of Adelaide. Expect this Lever kid to play all 22 games (plus finals) in 2015 as the Crows monster their way up the ladder.
With this wealth of defensive talent on offer, you might be wondering how on Earth the AFC can make room for the forgotten Brodie. Well thankfully the team selection panel appears to favour determination and hard work over poorly edited CVs and “next best thing” tags, so the forgotten one is in with a chance in 2015.
Now Brodie Martin has been around for a bit, he’s played 6 seasons and managed to string together 35 games. Not eye-popping in anyone’s language. He’s sort of like those Sea Monkeys that your Nanna got you for your 8th Birthday. The outer packaging looks pretty enough and they just float around for a while, not really getting in the way. Until one day you realise that they really serve no functional purpose so you agonise over whether to flush them down the loo or feed them to your new pet axolotl. At the start of 2014, this young Sea Monkey was staring at a cross roads. One path lead to the long drop, one path to the Salamander’s tonsils and the third path to salvation (albeit across Nigel Smart’s infamous bed of hot coals).
|Games last season:||17 (played 15 straight to finish season)|
|Average last season:||65|
|100+ games last season:||1|
|sub 80 games last season:||11|
|Price range last season:||$175K – $410K|
|Missed games last season:||5|
|Significant history:||Played as many games last year as the previous five years combined.
Rumoured to have kicked a goal with first kick in AFL (and joined Bruce’s “special club”).
Landed first job at Peter Hood Holden, same place I bought my last car…Significant.
Drafted at Pick #74 in the 2009 National Draft
The road to glory is quite often paved with the rotting corpses of the decrepit and inept, and Martin’s path in 2014 was no exception. Martin turned out to be the Crows 4th most durable defender in 2014 due in no small part to the inconsistency of his team mates. The likes of Otten, Shaw, Henderson, Reilly, Rutten, Laird and Thompson all had uninspiring or injury-affected seasons, allowing Martin to shake off his brine shrimp tag and cement his spot.
Now a defender (confirmed position MID/FWD) sporting a 65 point average doesn’t really smack of someone we should be playing pocket pinball over, but scratch the surface and the brown easily comes away.
Martin had 3 sub-affected scores which took the shine off a half decent season, but it was his run to the finish that got him out of the fishbowl.
2014 Season average – 74 (sub scores removed)
Rounds 16 – 22 average – 87
Some sources will tell you that this kid doesn’t even fit into the Crows best 22. If you sit in this camp then that’s probably an elephant-sized risk that can’t be ignored. Granted there is a fair amount of uncertainty around the makeup of the Crows back six next year with the fall out of delists, injuries and new arrivals yet to settle.
With plums snuggly crammed inside your wheelbarrow (thanks Wombats), this would be one hell of a ride on the Mad Mouse circuit if Martin found his way into your round 1 side. Hope, dreams and your sanatorium day pass would all be pinned on the expectation of Martin jumping into the 90+ category and netting you a tidy sum. Or better still locking down D5/6 for the season.
- Durable(ish) – compared to many Crows defenders
- Price – if you revel in mid-price madness
- Departures and injuries have improved his stocks
- Yet to prove he can be a reliable scorer
- Yet to play a full season
- Arguable best 22 player
No denying that Martin is a highly speculative pick and would be a POD of the highest order. Realistically a potential watch and see, with a correction or upgrade if he kicks out the jams.
10/90 for a berth with The Knights who say Ni.
What’s your ponderings on this one community, worth a watch or are you ruing the loss of those last two minutes?
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