A Tale of Two Cities – Brisbane v Sydney
Charles Dickens’ classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, deals with revolution and resurrection, of rich and poor – two men from different backgrounds each with the same love. The parallels between the novel and this seemingly trivial NAB Challenge game are uncanny.
For Brisbane, the post Voss revolution is of great interest to us. A fleet of potent running midfield types with the return of Rich and Redden and the inclusion of Beams. How will squad changes affect Rockliff’s output? Two men, one shared love; Leuenberger and Martin. How will the Brisbane Ruck saga play out?
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
For The Swans, this most famous of quotes from the novel is an apt description of their conclusion to the 2014 season. To what degree will they change their game style? Will Tom Mitchell and Isaac Heeney be locked into the starting 22 to give the Swans the pace that they so desperately lacked on that fateful day in September of last year?
This game, Community, oozes with SuperCoach significance.
Absent Best 22 players;
Brisbane – Allen Christensen, Matthew Maguire, Pearce Hanley (out of best 22 indefinitely)
Sydney – Jarrad McVeigh (calf tweak), Kurt Tippett, Lance Franklin (knee tendinitis), Adam Goodes, Ted Richards
- ROHAN, Gary (DEF $272,100) Ran off halfback and streamed though the midfield to gather his first possession …. only to miss his target going into the forward line. NO.
- RAMPE, Dane (DEF $408,800) Averaged 86 points in his first eight games of 2014. In the Malceski void he looked just OK. Will need to see a reasonable turn around in remaining NAB games for me to consider him.
- MAYES, Sam (DEF/MID $369,100) Has been hyped in preseason. Averaged 81 in his first seven games last year but didn’t do anything to suggest that he warrants selection. Not at this stage.
- HEENEY, Isaac (MID $137,300) Finally some game vision for us to hang our hours of research on. Did not look out of place and was able to get himself open through his high work rate. Looks to be a good selection, even at his slightly elevated price. In my team at the moment. High vest candidate.
- HANNEBERY, Daniel (MID $542,900) An ankle injury had an impact on his 2014 season so it could be argued that he comes in at a discount. Ran well and even spent time off halfback but disposal was not great. No.
- JACK, Kieren (MID $552,100) Really liked his game. Jack comes in at a discount given that he tagged and played slightly more of an outside role for 2014. Very awkward price so hard to select, however a greater midfield role would tempt.
- AISH, James (MID $383,200) While he did get plenty of it, his disposal efficiency was quite poor. At this price and in a midfield stacked with talent, Aish is off the SuperCoach selection table for me.
- BEAMS, Dayne (MID $621,000) & ROCKLIFF, Tom (MID $709,500) Class shone through but both going only at 50%.
- RICH, Daniel (MID $348,300) Has averaged 84 across his 101 games. This same average would see him hit his awkward Round 11 bye priced at $416,000. Didn’t do nearly enough to earn a place in my team. No.
- DAWSON, Liam (MID $117,300) At 188cm Brisbane Academy lad who was used as a high forward. Played well but would need to explode in NAB 2 & 3 to take a precious MID rookie position.
- MARTIN, Stefan ($600,200) & LEUENBERGER, Matthew ($358,000) Martin started in Ruck in three of the four quarters. Significant? I think not, however, while Martin rested forward, Leuey tended to rest on the bench. Perhaps they are just handling Leuey with care? Perhaps not. I now fear that the 23.6% of teams with Lueuenberger may need to reconsider their selection. Time will tell.
- NANKERVIS, Toby ($123,900) Rucked well in his brief stint. Could only be considered if Pyke injured as Tippett has been training
- MITCHELL, Tom (FWD/MID $405,600) Started on the wing and didn’t take long to get into the game. Seemed to be playing a loose tagging role on Rich early and while he did get plenty of it, he wasn’t damaging or highly effective. In my opinion, Mitchell will continue to battle for his spot in this team and thus is not yet a lock.
- ZORKO, Dayne (FWD/MID $531,900) A great game! Ball magnet. The attraction comes as he does have a high ceiling (he posted three 150+ games last year). He could be let off the leash somewhat with the likes of Beams and Rich entering the team. Averaged 116 in his last six games of 2014. I am seriously considering him as a POD selection.
- BEAMS, Claye (FWD/MID $286,100) Has played just 28 games in five seasons but has been hyped in the preseason. Didn’t do enough tonight to warrant consideration.
Over to you community – what significance did you extract from the game?