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NAB Supercoach Significance Report – ADEL v NMFC

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NAB Supercoach Significance Report – Adelaide VS North Melbourne

Barron Von Crow - inner sanctumIt was a 3 quarter effort from the Crows, but they still did enough to get the win against a surging North Melbourne side. Both teams were missing a large chunk of players we’ll likely see line up when these two teams face each other in Round 1, but it was still good to see how some of the rookie players performed, and also getting to see the new additions in action for their new clubs as well as the return of Nathan Van Berlo and the first game for the Crows under Captain Tex.

Absent Best 22 Players:

Adelaide: Patrick Dangerfield, Sam Jacobs, Richard Douglas, Scott Thompson, David Mackay, Andy Otten, Brent Reilly, Brodie Smith, Kyle Cheney

North Melbourne: Andrew Swallow, Todd Goldstein, Scott D. Thompson, Sam Wright, Michael Firrito, Nathan Grima, Lachie Hansen, Aaron Black


Significant Performances:

  • Brad Crouch (MID, $508,200) – Played most of the game in the middle and excelled with 26 disposals, 9 clearances, 3 tackles and kicked 1.1. Also had 14 contested possessions and 3 Inside 50’s. Don’t think he came on the ground at all in the 4th.
  • Shaun Higgins (DEF/FWD, $410,900) – In and out a bit at the start of the game, but looked very good playing in North’s forward half for most of the game. Had 17 disposals, 5 marks, 3 Inside 50’s and kicked 3.2 with 9 score involvements. Certainly encouraging signs for Higgo! May have been enough to make me consider picking him in DEF (Sorry Jock!)
  • Jarryd Lyons (MID/FWD, $322,500) – Was excellent around the stoppages with 20 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 clearances and 3 rebound 50’s. Still needs to work on his disposal, with his DE sitting at 55%. Remains to be seen if he’ll get that much time in the middle when Dangerfield, Douglas and Thompson return, which would impact his scoring potential.
  • Daniel Wells (MID, $361,400) – Solid in the 1st half, but didn’t do much in the 2nd. 11 disposals, 2 clearances and 1.1. Was subbed out for the 4th quarter, but showed enough in the 1st half to keep him on your radars if you’re after a mid-priced midfielder
  • Nathan Van Berlo (MID, $215,600) – Looked rusty in the 1st half (to be expected though), but looked more comfortable as the game progressed. Mostly played on the wing with stints on-ball, and had 13 disposals, 2 clearances, 5 Inside 50’s and kicked the games only supergoal. Gave away 3 free kicks.
  • Majak Daw (FWD, $281,400) – Made some of the Crows talls look like children with his massive size. Had 14 possessions, 24 hitouts, 7 marks (3 contested), 3 inside 50’s and 3 clearances. Looks much more comfortable in the ruck than playing as a forward.
  • Eddie Betts (FWD, $426,600) – Great game for his hometown and was too much for Max Warren to handle, kicking 4.1 and one umpires head, to go along with 16 possessions, 2 clearances and 8 score involvements. Still not Supercoach relevant, despite the good game.
  • Kanye Turner (FWD, $308,500) – Looked lively playing half forward for the Roos. Had 13 disposals, 6 tackles, 4 Inside 50’s and kicked a goal. Also had 4 clangers as well. Might be slightly overpriced to consider.


  • Waite looked OK for North up forward and presented a nice target though he didn’t get a ton of opportunities. Took advantage of what he was given, kicking 3.1.
  • James Podsiadly played most of the game in the back half for the Crows.
  • Sam Kerridge played up forward and a bit in the middle for the Crows. Looked OK, but I imagine his midfield time may decrease when the Crows other midfielders return.
  • Keenan Ramsey looked OK for a rookie with 7 disposals, 4 marks and a goal up forward. Still on the rookie list, but the Crows have room to bring up a pair of players.
  • Ben Jacobs was very good for the Roos with 16 disposals, 12 of which were by foot. He’s $258,500, if he keeps up some decent play he could be a nice DEF option.
  • Tom Lynch was concussed early in the 1st quarter and did not play for the rest of the game. Looked good early, kicking 1.1 in the opening minutes of the game.
  • Both Sloane and Tex were quiet for the Crows, but this game was more about giving opportunities to younger players.


So Community, for those of you who watched the game, what did you think of the performances of the North and Adelaide players and has this game changed your mind at all about any players you were considering?

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Great Work Barron. Is there a concern about Sloane do you think? Heard a little whisper that the saints were throwing a big free agency carrot and like Danger he might feel it this year and that may reflect in his scores. Thoughts?


Heard the same rumour, but I don't think he'd be talking about post playing loyalty schemes and such if he was thinking about leaving. Not really at all concerned about him leaving at this stage.

Pauly Walnuts

Barron ole mate , do you have Van Berlo in your team ATM ? I value your Crow inside knowledge ! Also do you think Majak might have been a factor this year if he was a R & F ?


No VB in my side Pauly, but that's more for structural reasons rather than anything else. He potentially could have been a factor if he was RUC/FWD, but i'm not sure where he'd play. Goldstein was out so he got 1st ruck duties, I think they'd be going in too tall if they had Waite/Petrie/Daw sitting as their forwards for large chunks of the game.


Any Idea why the match wasn't played live on the AFL live app? I have a subscription but was only able to watch the Suns v Cats.


This was one of the games that they weren't going to show on AFL Live/Fox Footy originally, but ended up letting the teams stream it on their own websites.

Trab Pukcip

Thanks for the report Barron, you more convinced on Crouch now or still 50/50? He is a lock at M6 in my team, can see him being the main guy in the guts for them…!? Will pump out solid scores, with the occasional higher score and depending on form can be a hold or a late easy upgrade. Great to for overall rank players IMO!!


Always had him in my side, Trab!


Good Job Barron!

Can anyone back me up in saying that Daw is going to have a breakout year? I've been a big fan of him since he started at North and have started with him in my team each year, only to be dissapointed time and time again.
Is this the year for Daw? Awkwardly priced at $281,500 but if he can actually play at his potential, then we are in for some massive scores.


Certainly looked better today that I've ever seen him, Mozz, but it's hard to see where he'd be consistently fitting in the Best 22 for the Roos at the moment.


Agreed VBC….as a Roo’s supporter I’m not sure where he fits when Goldy is fit with Waite, Petrie, Brown to pinch hit. Interesting to see Currie appears to have fallen down the pecking order.


Great notes BVC! Love your work


Cheers, JStorm!


What role did Henderson play? And will he slot back into that rebounding defender he was two years ago?


He was playing loose/rebounding across half back, but was subbed off at 3 quarter time.


Will Henderson Smith or jensech play that sweeping half back role


All 3 will rotate through simply to frusrste supercoaches everywhere! 🙁


Thanks Barron

Pauly Walnuts

As a side issue,apologies BVC, but is anyone having trouble with SC App ? I'm using an iPad but that shouldn't be an issue.


Is the 2015 app out yet? Last I heard it wasn't released yet….


Awesome job BVC!

Higgins is locked in my team BVC he did enough to convince me as my D3. VB was really rusty at the start, but got better as the game went on. Got him penciled in my M7 for now.


Yea, encouraging signs from both of them from this game. Hopefully they can keep it up.


Why was Sloane quite? Did he play down forward a lot did he?


Mostly just had others playing on the ball, Lyons, Crouch, Grigg, Ellis-Yolmen etc played more than he did.


Sweet. Thanks Barron!

Franch the frenchman

Did Lever play? if so how did he fair?


Nope, they've said they're going to take it slowly with him. Don't expect to see him at all during the NAB Cup.


Barron, Lekdog, Jock et al……… these are very valuable reviews for those us who haven't seen the matches. Top men!


Cheers, Craig, glad to hear you're getting something out of them.


wells was subbed out a half time, if it helps


Cool, thanks Splinter. I thought I saw him in the 3rd, but they mentioned he was off for the 4th.


Hey Barron. What role was McMillan playing and did he get much of the ball?


Why was C.Ellis-Yolmen not mentioned? From the stats side it looked like he had a good game collecting 17 possessions, 1 goal and 3 tackles. Did any one get to watch him play, if so how did he look?


Thanks Barron, didn't know he had been in the system for such a long time


That sounds like a well matched role for him but wouldn't make him very super coach relevant, since your a crows man what are your thoughts on Crouch? Do you think he can make the next step? I have been switching between him and wines for my M5 position and can't split the two.


Thanks once again Barron, you've definitely given me food for thought!


Thats good news.

I want to gauge the output of crouch with a full strength midfield.
He averaged enough with only 12-16 games or so last year.

Would be nice to see a consistent 110ave


great work BVC. i watched the game and thought that Higgins looked a goer. watch the next 2 NABs to see if he is a lock down back. Question mark over NVB but price wise is good value.
thanks for the review


He gave away about 5 frees in a Qrt!


What were the significant scores for this game?

What did Wells, VB, Crouch get etc.

Apologies if its right in front of me i couldn't see them.



I wonder what Betts scored…


Thanks mate.

Wigg was the sub? I thought i saw him take a couple of kick ins. One clanger out on the full haha! I bet he was nervous.

Betts 2nd year could he go full retard and boost his output by 15-20? From memory he had 79 ave last year and about 420k.
Crouch normally has more marks he's busy around initial frees at stoppages. Still can't decide between him swallow and griff. Need to wait for the full strength midfield.

I wanted Jake kelly to do more. Want him to get games.

Lyons and Yolmen don't do it for me. Lyons looks lazy and Yolmen had a ripper but butchered the ball.

Wells is teasing again. Next game will play 3-4 qrts and pull a 130 out and get a 60 the next week.

Higgins is getting a lock if he plays through the middle next week.


No that's true i hope Yolmen, Kedge and Lyons get another shot.
We need the depth.

Wanted to see more of Lynch, he looks to duck at every opportunity and he's getting seriously injured now. I wanted to pick him but I don't trust him.

James Matsa

How do you feel Sloane and Dangerfield will affect Brad Crouch's output? I'm strongly considering the lad but the star power of Danger and Sloane puts me off.


He's a Macrae type, leads in close for easy possessions.

Think he will be ok. Barron reckons next couple of games they will run a full strength midfield.


Thoughts on Reilly O'brien as a bench coverage option, played in first NAB and will line up against Geelong?