Mitch Clark ticked a fat arse box here tonight.
He’d banked three goals and 57 Supercoach points before quarter time to finish the night with 17 touches, 6 goals and 166 SuperCoach points.
This was a stunning performance by a man with a lot to prove to his new mates and a lot to prove to fantasy coaches. We know he’s played just four games since round 13 2012 – but based on the last fortnight and at just $155K its simple. We need to lock him in. Remember though community – we need him to string 5 or 6 games together to make him a worthwhile inclusion.
Herein lies the worry and the question remains, will his body and mind hold up?
Time will tell.Absent Best 22 Players: Geelong: Steven Johnson, Rhys Stanley, Hamish McIntosh, , Nathan Vardy, Adelaide: Scott Thompson, Brent Reilly, Matty Crouch
Other significant performances:
- Nakia Cockatoo (MID $177,300) was the other big fantasy story out of the evening. Picked as a big surprise at 10 in the draft and appeared every bit the ready made senior player tonight. Clean. Quick. Composed. Good size. Damaging. Brilliant. 15 impressive possessions and kicked a last quarter running goal through traffic that stunned the crap out of me.. Nakia arrived this evening. Not a lock at this price and job security still a question mark – but needs to be seriously considered now. Hats off Geelong recruitment team.
- Cam Ellis-Yolmen (MID $123,900) had 23 disposals and racked up 107 Supercoach points. While only 6 of those were kicks he walked off Skilled Stadium as the Crow with most contested possession (14). Significant. Staked some kind of claim for a round 1 berth.
- Sam Blease (MID/FWD $177,400) showed flashes of pace and penetration but didn’t get enough of it to convince us he’s a best 22 player at this stage. May flirt at the fringes of selection throughout the season. No.
- Josh Caddy (MID $414,300) is a nice bloke. Pains me to say I don’t believe he has what it takes to provide us with fantasy relevance. Granted – he did crack the ton but he won’t go to the level we need him to go at this price this year. No.
- Reilly O’Brien (RUC/FWD $117,400) was starting ruck for the Crows and aroused me with his size and game sense early – on the back of a solid NAB1. He’s now strung two reasonable NAB performances together and might need to be considered as a rough R3 option with this FWD eligibility. Interested in Barron Von Crow’s thoughts here.
- Jimmy Bartel (FWD $549,000) was good (124 Supercoach points) – worked down back and up the ground as well – but will always be good on a night like tonight doing as he pleases just reading the play without raising a sweat. Seemed a low intensity hitout to me and he just strolled around getting footy at will.
- Taylor Walker (FWD $430,400) was energetic early and worked up the ground all night, including through the midfield. 14 possessions, 5 marks and a goal but wasn’t able to force his way anywhere near my forward line.
- Dangerfield (122 SC), Sloane and Selwood were all good but offered us nothing new Supercoach wise. They’re all beautiful footballers.
- Nathan van Berlo (MID $215,600) was just ok with 14 possessions. He needs to show us that he can win more football to convince us that he’s capable of appreciating enough to make him worthwhile. He hasn’t done that in NAB1 or 2 off the leash and needs to show something next week – although an experienced head like him knows to keep some powder dry at this time of year. Watch.
- Corey Enright (DEF $478,400) had three handballs. Length of teeth starting to bother me.. although he was probably just out there for the jog tonight.