The Demons looked dominant for first half of the game, after that the Doggie’s fought back and the game became quite an exciting affair.
The Dog’s didn’t take advantage of the 3-4 goal breeze when it was in their favour and ultimately didn’t have enough class running off the backline or through the midfield. The Demon’s essentially fielded their best side and looked to have improved upon their ability to maintain possession.
Absent Best 22:
Western Bulldogs: Dahlhaus, Murphy, Macrae, Liberatore (Injured), Roughead, Crameri, Wallis, Wood, Hrovat, Picken, Stevens
Melbourne: Howe, Vince
- Salem, Christian (FWD $185,000) was dominant running off halfback and pushed up the ground at times. Had a lot of the ball and used it considerably better than his last NAB Challenge game. He finished with 18 kicks and 6 handballs and showed some of the pre-season form we’ve been hearing about. (131 Supercoach points)
- Newton, Ben (MID $215,000) started off the game very well but dropped off a little bit towards the end. Had very high disposal efficiency and looks to have secured a spot in our midfields. (84 Supercoach points)
- Kennedy-Harris, Jay (FWD $235,700) was another forward that played well for the Dee’s. Loves to kick rather than handball and did it at a high efficiency today. Kicked a couple of goals as well as setting some up for his teammates. Will make some cash this year but with so many other forwards on offer I’ll pass.
- Lumumba, Heritier (DEF/MID $417,000) was one of the Demon’s best down back today. Had a lot of the ball but his disposal efficiency lets him down. If he could get the ball to his teammates with a little more conviction I’d be selecting him but as it stands I’m steering clear. (111 Supercoach points)
- Jones, Nathan (MID $581,200) does it every week. Had a lot of disposals and always uses it well. Grabs marks, gets clearances, tackles and kicks goals…he is the full package. Unfortunately his asking price is just too high. (125 Supercoach points)
- Tyson, Dom (MID $506,200) is a beast. There is no other way to put it. The man is a brilliant footballer. 4 clearances, 4 inside 50’s, 9 marks and 26 disposals. At just over 500k he should be seriously looked at, breakout season potential. Tyson is working his way up to taking Nathan Jones’ mantle of Melbourne’s best midfielder.
- Garland, Colin (DEF $352,100) kept up his pre-season form. I really like Garland as an option down back. Kicks it more than handballs, can take a mark and is very accurate by foot (although he hasn’t faced much competition this year). Went at 93.7% disposal efficiency today, excites me.
- Hogan, Jesse (FWD $130,400) played OK. Didn’t get too much of the ball but produced basically what we thought he would. Still worth a place on your bench but I won’t be fielding him if I can avoid it.
- vandenBerg, Aaron (MID $127,900) was subbed off after 17 minutes on the ground with just the one disposal.
Western Bulldogs Performances:
- McLean, Toby (FWD 117,300) another forward rookie although it’ll be unlikely he plays early in the real stuff. Competed but looked a little lost out there. Could be a midyear downgrade option.
- Honeychurch, Mitch (FWD $243,700) played a very nice game. Needs to work on his disposal but looked dangerous as he ran through the midfield into the forward line. Probably no room in our forward lines for him but keep an eye on him.
- Boyd, Matthew (MID $525,200) was the Doggie’s best. Played everywhere; ran out of the backline, competed in the midfield and pushed up forward. Probably a bit long in the tooth for our Supercoach teams though.
- Daniel, Caleb (FWD $117,300) looked like he can compete at AFL level. Finished with 16 disposals and looked classy doing so. Good option for our benches.
- Hamling, Joel (DEF $123,900) rebounded the ball out of 50 a few times and had 7 touches. Dog’s were missing some of their defense but Hamling might find his way in their at some stage. Pick him up on a bench when he gets named in the real season.
- Kelly, Jordan (DEF $123,900) didn’t use the ball particularly well but tackled hard and found it enough. Probably ahead of Hamling on the list, should be a solid bench option is he’s named round one. Might be a vest candidate.
- Bontempelli, Marcus (FWD/MID $422,300) showed up in the second half. Oozes talent with 7 clearances and 6 inside 50’s. If Swan wasn’t a similar price I’d be looking long and hard at this man. Needs to string four quarters together. Will get more midfield time this year, keep an eye on him.
- Jong, Lin (MID $273,200) is an exciting player whom I love watching. Probably doesn’t have the class yet to put in our sides. Will make cash for anyone who selects him but there are better option around
Over to you community, who did I miss and what did you think of the game?