Idiom: Forest for the trees
If someone can’t see the forest for the trees, they get so caught up in small details that they fail to understand the bigger picture.
NAB Challenge games must be viewed clearly with an understanding that team structures vary greatly from that of the Round One starting 22. Young saplings and fringe players burst into life in the absence of the forest giants.
Central to this game review is a focus on the gaping holes in each team’s starting 22 canopy as a result of the following omissions;
WCE – Nic Naitinui, Scott Selwood
CARLTON – Walker, Kreuzer, Gibbs, Henderson, Judd, Thomas, Jamison, Murphy
- Matthew Priddis (MID $606k) A typical Priddis-like performance. Ranked fourth for tackles and fifth for hard ball gets in 2014, Priddis offers us a dependable midfield option on the cheaper end of the scale. If West Coast can improve he could potential build an extra 5 points onto his 2014 average of 113 and become one of the top 8 midfielders of 2015. No Carazzo or tag from Curnow makes tonight’s form of little relevance.
- Patrick Cripps (MID $211,400) Played only three games in 2014 at an average of just 39 but looked lively and maintained a high disposal efficiency. Likely to secure a regular spot in Carlton’s starting 22. He could be a likely vest candidate given Malthouse’s trend of starting midfield types on the pine. Will need further monitoring given his elevated price point.
- Blaine Boekhorst (MID $132,800) Quick and elusive but just OK. Will be fighting with Cripps for a position in team. Was efficient with his ball use but was easily bodied off the ball and tired considerably in the later stages of the game. Will need to see a lot more to warrant selection.
- Chris Yarran (DEF $444,600) In the absence of Jamison, Yarran started deep in defence and then went forward in the second half. He gathered loose ball and was effective in his disposal. Given the nature of defence this year he could provide a very unique point of difference.
- Xavier Ellis (DEF $362,000) Subbed out at half time after a solid 14 disposal and 5 mark half. Very awkwardly priced and showed plenty in the preseason last year. Don’t be fooled just yet.
- Andrew Gaff (MID $472,300) An excellent game but a highly speculative pick at a price similar to the likes of Hibberd. Averaged 100 in his last seven games last year. One for the watchlist particularly with Eric McKenzie going down.
- Kristian Jaksch (DEF $264,500) Carlton will be thrilled by his game tonight. Very awkwardly priced and given his average of just 49 from five games in 2014 far too risky to select.
- Scott Lycett (RUC/FWD $418,400) Up against Wood in the ruck for the most part. Just the 8 disposals but his 28 hit outs looked promising.
- Clem Smith (MID $117,300) Good attack on the ball but didn’t get near it nearly enough to earn a spot.
- Dillon Viojo-Rainbow (DEF $117,300) Came on late and wasn’t really sighted.
- Sharrod Wellingham (FWD/MID $375,000) Much hyped but did very little.
- Kane Lucas (MID $255,700) Had plenty to play for but was ineffective with his 11 possessions.
Over to you community – what significance did you extract from the game?