LekdogExperience and youth were the two tales of the day.

The match started in a very hot and humid fashion, which impacted the skills of both sides early on. However both sides were playing to win which was evident in the defensive pressure they applied to each other.

Once again it was Geelong’s experienced players that were their best, while Gold Coast had an even spread of the ball between their players. Young players from both sides were desperate to impress and left nothing behind, tackling and running the entire game.

Some young rookie options may have been unearthed today.

 

Notable Absences:

Gold Coast- Gary Ablett, Jack Martin, Jaeger O’Meara

Geelong- Joel Selwood, Steve Johnson, Rhys Stanley

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Significant performances:

  • Jimmy Bartel (FWD $549,000) Looked better than he did last year. Has lost a couple of kilos and had it on a string around the ground with 26 disposals. Fourth most expensive forward but will find his way into a few more sides after a best on ground performance.
  • Mitch Hallahan (MID $312,000) Best on for the suns. Gold Coast clearly targeted this kid for a reason, used the ball reasonably well through the midfield and had 8 clearances. Awkward 200-500k price range in the midfield though.
  • Alex Sexton (FWD/DEF $218,100) A tackle machine, had 6. Followed up his tackles with 18 disposals at 83.3% efficiency. At 200k as a forward or defender could be a very nice selection. Likely to play a few matches (14 in 2014) but might not have as much cash generation as a rookie.
  • Zac Smith (RUC $409,600) Was the dominant ruckman today. 13 disposals to go along with 28 hit outs and a goal. Always plays well pre-season but BEWARE has burnt me twice in the past. Clearly the number one ruckman at GCS if he stays fit.
  • Adam Saad (DEF/MID $102,400) Showed some good signs today. 13 disposals and handled the ball well under pressure. If he gets elevated he should be a lock for our defensive backlines.
  • Josh Caddy (MID $414,300) Had 16 disposals and 4 clearances. Didn’t show enough to warrant selection yet but I’m sure many will keep their eye on him. That 200-500k price range I hate in the midfield.
  • Harry Taylor (DEF $446,900) Picked up where he left off last year taking intercept marks everywhere and drifting forward to impact the game. 10 marks and 22 disposals at 90.9% efficiency. At his price he should feature heavily in your considerations.
  • Mitch Clark (FWD $155,299) Missed a few easy marks and kicks which comes with missing footy for two years. Kicked two in a row in 4th still and showed some signs that Geelong will have a dangerous forward line in 2015. Still a no for me at the moment.
  • Darcy Lang (MID $159,100) Showed signs today, had 14 disposals and averaged 15.9 in the VFL last year. One game in for the Cats in 2014, if he breaks into side will be a good midfield rookie selection.
  • Harley Bennell (MID $514,600) Had 16 disposals and 5 tackles. Very explosive but still wary about selecting him. Too much for an initial selection in my opinion.
  • Nick Malceski (DEF $566,600) Didn’t really have an impact today; don’t think it’s an indication of how his season will go though. Only had 56% game time. Looks to be playing a sweeping role through the backline. Still too expensive I’d say, GCS have a lot of quality defenders similar to Malc.
  • James Kelly (DEF $477,600) Had 20 disposals and three clearances. Spent some time in the midfield and looked good with 6 tackles. Will probably be around the same mark as last year.
  • Nakia Cockatoo (MID $177,300) Was very fast and tackled hard but his skills lacked a bit under pressure. Like all Geelong rookies looks very good but needs to make it into the side to provide any value.

 

Smokey performances:

  • Steven Motlop (FWD/MID $434,700) Played very well through the midfield with 22 possessions and assisted some goals. Awkward price and filled Steve Johnson’s role a bit today, better options out there.
  • Jarrod Garlett (MID $152,300) Looked lively kicking two goals. There are probably better, cheaper options out there though.
  • David Swallow (MID $554,600) Gave no indication that he’ll be the value selection he was last year. Wasn’t bad but wasn’t good.
  • Michael Rischitelli (MID $407,700) Looks like he’s going to be a goal kicking midfielder, will need to see how much of his disposal Gary takes. Awkward price but has potential in a better GCS side.
  • Mark Blicavs (MID/RUC 371, 900) A midfielder/ruckman who played off center half back today. Might be effective for the Cats but nor for Supercoach.

 

Other names to watch:

Guthrie, Gregson, J. Kolodjashnij, K. Kolodjashnij and Smedts.

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31 Comments

Mozz · 01/03/2015 at 21:50

If mitch clarke is still a no for you lekdog, then who do you have as your D4/5??

    Canny the Manny · 01/03/2015 at 21:56

    Salem or Karnezis are looking the goods.

      @LekBlog · 01/03/2015 at 22:01

      Agreed, Karnezis burnman though

    @LekBlog · 01/03/2015 at 22:00

    My D's are a secret mate 😉 All will be revealed very soon. Also will probably cave and select Clark

      Mozz · 01/03/2015 at 22:11

      already have Salem, struggling with the next spot.
      Karnezis was good against hawks, but swan wasn't playing. I feel that swan would affect Karnezis' score majorly

        Shezza · 02/03/2015 at 18:50

        Swan will play midfield, Karnezis will play high forward and up on the wing. As Crouching would say "Bwoody Wok!!"

The Soothsayer · 01/03/2015 at 21:57

Thank you Lekdog, great review, very interesting rookie possibilities. I have been keen on Hallahan since he went from the hawks, odd price but could he be a breakout contender? After Savage I just don’t know what the ex hawks mids are going to do.

    @LekBlog · 01/03/2015 at 22:01

    Exactly mate, all guesswork. Suns have a lot of that midprice type player too

throttlefinger · 01/03/2015 at 22:00

Nice Lek! Why you think Zac is #1 ruck? Think it's Nicholls job to lose. Be interesting to see how that shakes out. May share the role which will render both irrelevant.

Encouraging report about Saad. Hope he does enough in next two to warrant senior bump. Appreciate the report, my man.

    @LekBlog · 01/03/2015 at 23:34

    Knew you'd pick up on that Throt, they love him up there. Will likely tandem with Nicholls. Only reason he hasn't been number one is injuries. If he plays like he did today I'm worried about Nicholls points.

      throttlefinger · 01/03/2015 at 23:38

      Haha. Well if Zac looks strong and Nicholls looks good during NAB there is nothing there in the rucks from a SC standpoint. Still leaning Goldie, but Mummy and Maric are still being considered. Wish I could cheaper but just don't see the value under $500K.

        @TheNoLanguage · 02/03/2015 at 13:52

        I'm also leaning towards Goldie but not too sure about R2, NicNat is always a risk with that back plus not sure whether Stef Martin will restrict Leuey? Decisions, decisions…

          Shezza · 02/03/2015 at 18:50

          Bloody Lock!!

Scooter · 01/03/2015 at 22:04

How did kk go will he be used as a winger

    @LekBlog · 01/03/2015 at 23:35

    Played ok, looked good one on one. Had a lot of game in defense, will need to improve in the next two games.

harry · 01/03/2015 at 22:46

is Alex sexton in defence on supercoach? I cant find him?

    harry · 01/03/2015 at 22:49

    he is only a forward/Midfielder he hasn't been listed in the backlines

      @LekBlog · 01/03/2015 at 23:36

      WIll edit that now, thanks mate

        harry · 02/03/2015 at 22:59

        all ggod!

Jayden · 01/03/2015 at 23:09

I hear you say no about Mitch Clark but if for he will be in feelings best 22 so would you select him giving his job security

    @LekBlog · 01/03/2015 at 23:36

    He has job security, but his body lets him down. Only had one season playing every game.

      Jayden · 01/03/2015 at 23:49

      Yeah true that lets hope we can get some rookies because I could use the extra 20-50k

        NateCrows · 04/03/2015 at 14:11

        Could play first 10 games at least. Don't know what sort of output he would get though

BundyBear · 02/03/2015 at 02:01

Any thoughts on Mitch Duncan ? He just seems to grind away just like he did last year. Anyone think if he can get better ?

    JoeWoolcock · 02/03/2015 at 08:34

    Agreed BB. Not sure how much higher he can go amongst cats mids but if he fires for rest of NAB might come into consideration

I N Pieman · 02/03/2015 at 07:48

Not too much to get excited about from the defence rookies. Although Saad from GC has some admirers & looks ok. Really wanted to see a bit from Viojo-R & Wigg. But very little to get excited about from them.

    NateCrows · 04/03/2015 at 14:01

    wigg came on in the 4th.
    i reckon will struggle to get more than a handful this year

Shezza · 02/03/2015 at 18:51

Expect Jordan Kelly from the doggies to get elevated…lock!!

Cattack · 02/03/2015 at 19:33

whatever happen to the work sheets we had on each game

Doc2Drej · 04/03/2015 at 07:12

Which 2 of Goddard, Bartel, Deledio and Martin?

    NateCrows · 04/03/2015 at 14:00

    Bartel, martin

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