If I am going to be honest community I was going to keep my secret player, Jonathan Giles, to myself.
He was going to be my third ruck and he was going to be a Godsend…however Supercoach played their hand and we only have one ruck on the bench.
As a man who historically takes risks in the ruck and always utilizes both ruck bench options I was shocked to hear that in 2015 I would only have one bench ruckman playing.
What does this mean to me and what does it mean for Giles?
Well to me it means…basically nothing, I’m going to take risks in the ruck regardless of how many bench options I have. I’m going to do this to save money and hopefully steal some points and climb the ranks.
What this means for Giles…well it means a hell of a lot less people will be considering him in their teams. This is good for us community, it makes the great man a massive P.O.D!
|Games last season:||9|
|Average last season:||73.8|
|100+ games last season:||0|
|Sub 80 games last season:||3|
|Price range last season:||$393K – $411K|
|Missed games last season:||Too many to list|
|Significant history:||Averaged 93.2 in debut season
High scores of 177 and 142
Reasonable scores in a poor team
Why is he a great man? Well I’m glad I asked. Giles (combined with the miraculous trade in of Leon Davis) in 2012, single handedly saved my team as well as thousands of others.
In his first year at the Giants, mature aged recruit Jonathan Giles led his young GWS team to a massive two wins for the year. Whilst these two wins were over a sorry Gold Coast and a disappointing Port Adelaide, Giles managed to stamp himself on the AFL competition scoring 177 and 134 Supercoach points respectively.
For the 2012 season Jonathan went the extra…’Giles’ and averaged 93.2 Supercoach points as a rookie priced ruckman, since then however he has been a little less effective in our beloved game.
In 2013 Giles the GWS Giant (literally, the man stands at 2.01m) averaged 75 from 22 games with a sultry 4 games with 100 or above Supercoach points. Not what we want in our final teams I’ll admit but after succumbing to the second year blues Giles showed signs that he could improve.
In 2014 Giles took on a second ruck role as the Giants acquired Shane Mumford (my number one ruck for the year). As a result Giles only played 9 games for the year, all of which took place in the first ten rounds. Though Giles was clearly second fiddle to Mumford he still managed to average 73.8. This is very low I know but if we take out a poor round one score of 46 and a score of 28 caused by a smashing from Richmond in round ten (41-154) Giles average increased to 84.29.
84.29 is not a massive average but it is a good starting point for Giles’ career at Essendon. The man can’t play forward so he’ll be in the ruck; the only thing we need to ask ourselves is “will he be playing for Essendon in the AFL or the VFL?”
Well that depends on similarly priced Tom Bellchambers. Good mate and inspirational community member Big Ben says Tom Bellchambers is a yes for our teams if he can get fit. I’m not one to disagree with a fellow community leader but that is a massive IF in my opinion. Bellchambers has given me no reason to trust his body, which as a result gives me every reason to trust Giles as my third ruckman.
Risk factor is obvious, since his first season Giles hasn’t averaged above 80. However at a new club as the potential number one ruckman I see him averaging above 85.
If I were to select the Giles it would be as a second or third ruckman. His price isn’t cheap for a bench player but in the new model of Supercoach maybe we need to look at P.O.D players rather than rookies. I have to reiterate that if Bellchambers is fit he is probably a safer selection than Giles. The alternative option for a third ruckman could be a rookie with fwd/ruck eligibility that we swap forward with a Bellchambers-esque player.
- Managed to average 84.29 as a second ruck in 2014
- Had a better last season than fellow ruckman Tom Bellchambers
- Has had scores of 177, 142 and 134 in the past
- Bellchambers injury history may repeat itself, allowing Giles to be the number one ruckman
- Doesn’t have ASADA hanging over his head
- Some people won’t want to fork out almost 400k when they can get a Kreuzer or Bellchambers at a lesser price
- Hasn’t had massive influence on games in recent years
- Might not get much game time
For me it’s a wait and see. If he plays during the pre-season to the level he is capable of and if Bellchambers is banned by ASADA (not bloody likely) he is a definite ruck three. However his price is a little high and will likely drop so might be worth picking up later on in the season. I had high hopes for him after it was rumored that he would be traded to the Bombers but after the new Supercoach structure was released he has lost his appeal a fair bit.
10/90 May god have mercy on your soul if you choose the great man in your starting team.
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