Who would have thought that GWS would be fielding a more experienced team than their opposition in 2015? Well that was the case tonight when the Giants hosted some of the Essendon Football Club.
An ugly game between these two sides, but in the end GWS got a solid win against the Essendon B-Team. The two baddest midfields for the Giants, Callan Ward and Ryan Griffen sat this one out and sill no sign of the #4, #6 and #7 draft picks for the Giants. And the Bombers continued to field their top-up side, though there were a few more senior inclusions such as Goddard, Cooney and Zaharakis for the Bombers. There were more than a few impressive performances from some young GWS players tonight, which was very good to see as there are more than a few of them we’ll be considering for Supercoach this year.
Absent Best 22:
GWS: Callan Ward, Ryan Griffen, Will Hoskin-Elliot, Dylan Shiel, Josh Kelly, Joel Patfull
Essendon: Too many to list!
- Shane Mumford (RUC, $613,700) – An easy day at the office for Mumford, ending the day with 12 disposals, 4 tackles and 15 hitouts. Was subbed out at the end of the 3rd quarter and was getting his ankle iced up. Not sure the extent of the injury, but didn’t look to be anything major. Had 98 Supercoach Points off of only 46% game time.
- James Gwilt (DEF, $388,900) –Racked up plenty of cheapies across the backlines for Essendon, with the Bombers having plenty of trouble getting the ball into their forward half and it rebounding back in quite often. Finished with 20 disposals, 8 marks, and 5 rebound 50’s. Lots of cheap possessions, but they don’t always equal success in Supercoach.
- Adam Treloar (MID, $577,800) – As expected, with the absence of Ward, Griffen and Shiel, Treloar led the way for the Giants midfielders and had 22 disposals, 4 tackles, 7 clearances and 4 Inside 50’s. DE sat at 63% though. All that netted him 114 Supercoach Points for the game.
- Brendon Goddard (MID/FWD, $548,800) – Solid for the Bombers and one of the few “Best 22” players they had in the side. He had 16 disposals at 87% DE, 4 marks, 5 clearances and 2 Inside 50’s. Was only good for 78 Supercoach points however.
- Stephen Coniglio (MID, $448,800) – Also stepped up in the midfield with a few senior players missing and had 19 disposals, 4 tackles, 6 clearances, 2 Inside 50’s and a goal for the game. Nice effort, but I imagine those clearance numbers will be heading south once Ward and Griffen return. Had a nice return in Supercoach too, scoring 121 points.
- Lauchlan Dalgleish (DEF, $145,100) – The leading possession winner for the Bombers, ending with 22 disposals (95% efficiency too!), 7 marks and 5 rebound 50’s. Could be a very cheap DEF option if the Bombers are hit with player sanctions. Only had 68% TOG too.
- Heath Shaw (DEF, $497,800) – Started in his customary position in defence, but the ball was finding it’s way down back so rarely that he ended up being moved into the midfield at times after the 1st Led the game for possessions, with 24, 21 of them being kicks, as well as 6 marks, 4 Inside 50’s and 7 Rebound 50’s. Very nice effort and a perfect example of why he’s going to be such a popular pick in Supercoach this year. Ended with 98 Supercoach Points for the night.
- Cam McCarthy (FWD, $210,700) – Looking like he might have a spot up forward sown up, he had 11 disposals, 6 marks, 2 Inside 50’s and kicked 3.1. If he was a ruck eligible player he’d probably see his ownership numbers skyrocket, but as a forward he’ll probably be picked much less. A big score of 121 Supercoach Points for the youngster.
- Matt Buntine (DEF, $342,800) – Another nice performance from a young GWSer, who had 17 disposals and 8 marks.
- Adam Cooney (MID/FWD, $433,900) – Found the pill 20 times, but his disposal efficiency sat at 55% and he also had 8 clangers.
- Jack Steele (MID/FWD, $117,300) – Was sub last week, so we didn’t get a great look at him, but he played the majority of the game tonight at had 11 disposals, 6 tackles and 2 goals for 88 Supercoach Points. A nice game for him, but that sub vest does still loom over him.
- Mitch Brown – A top up player, but had a good game with 16 disposals @ 87% efficiency, to go along with 8 marks and 2 rebound 50’s.
- Jackson Merrett (MID/FWD, $317,100) – A good game for him, with 17 disposals, 3 marks, 4 clearances, 3 Inside 50’s and 2 Rebound 50’s. His DE ended up on 64%, but he could be another younger Bomber player who will need to step up if any players are suspended. Is looking a bit like a midpriced trap though.
- Kyle Langford (FWD, $142,300) – Had the ball 12 times along with 4 marks and kicked 2.1. Nice effort and could potentially be considered an option in the forward line.