It was a hot and humid evening down at Metricon Stadium, with the temperature sitting in the mid-high 20’s and the humidity making the conditions difficult for clean football.
Goals were as rare as hens teeth in the first half, with only 5 kicked, but the young Suns managed to compose themselves in the 3rd and looked to run away with the win, but the Lions came back well in the 4th and the game ended in a draw after a Leuenhamandeggburger goal with 20 seconds left.
Absent Best 22:
Brisbane: Pearce Hanley
Gold Coast: Gary Ablett, Jaeger O’Meara, Sam Day, Charlie Dixon, Tom Lynch
Brisbane: Darcy Gardiner (shoulder)
Gold Coast: Adam Saad (Head/Ear)
- Dion Prestia (MID, $569,800) – Found plenty of the ball with Ablett missing from the side and dominated the clearances and sent the ball into the Suns forward line plenty of times. Finished with 29 disposals, 10 clearances and 9 Inside 50’s. The big question is how will he go once Ablett returns? This game would certainly give Rodney Eade some encouragement about limiting Ablett’s workload early and leaving him up forward more.
- Dayne Beams (MID, $621,000) – Usual type of effort from Beams, which is to say he was very very good. He had 31 disposals, 6 clearances, 6 Inside 50’s and 3 Rebound 50’s. Doesn’t look like he’ll have any issues putting up the types of scores he had at Collingwood and could be a very nice POD pick this season. Finished with 113 Supercoach Points.
- Kade Kolodjashnij (DEF, $367,600) – Found plenty of uncontested ball and used it well when he did get it. Ended with 27 possessions (22 of which were uncontested), 6 marks and 2 Inside and Rebound 50’s. Will definitely plenty of people thoughts about picking him as a mid-priced defender this year.
- Jack Redden (MID, $554,400) – Teamed with Beams well in the middle and was the 2nd highest clearance winner for the Lions. Had 23 possessions, 6 marks and 7 tackles, along with 5 clearances and 2 Inside 50’s for the game. Looks the sort who may hover around last year’s price/average again this year.
- David Swallow (MID, $554,600) – Another GC youngster who looks to have stepped up during the absence of Ablett and had 5 clearances for the game, along with 25 possessions, 4 marks and 6 tackles. Had 126 Supercoach Points, if he was still a DEF option he’d likely be a LOCK. As a MID, his appeal is slightly less.
- Jed Adcock (DEF, $418,000) – As highlighted by LekDog in his Brisbane Lions preview, Adcock is looking like a very solid selection for his price and had 21 disposals (47% disposal efficiency though), 4 marks, 8 tackles, 2 clearances and 3 Inside and 3 Rebound 50’s. Quality game despite the poor ball use.
- Harley Bennell (FWD, $514,600) – Jock would be pleased as punch with this game from Bennell. His disposal efficiency, which was 54% was probably his only downside for the game. He ended with 31 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 5 clearances, 7 Inside 50’s and kicked 1.2.
- Tom Rockliff (MID, $709,500) – A rock solid game from Rockliff, probably a mini-preview of what he’ll put up in the proper games. He had 22 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles, 4 clearances, 3 Inside 50’s, 2 Rebound 50’s, kicked a goal and gave Luey the goal assist to tie the game, which netted him 118 Supercoach Points. Allister Lynch thinks with the addition of Robinson and Beams, Rockliff could find himself being moved forwards again like in the Voss years, which Jono Brown agreed with. Could spell a bit of trouble for him repeating last year’s scores.
- Daniel Rich (MID, $348,300) – Played again across half back and had 6 rebound 50’s, along with 23 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 105 Supercoach Points. Looks to be a very solid pick for his price, especially if he continues the same role in the real stuff. With Hanley not looking to return until the bye rounds (though Hanley said on commentary he is aiming for a Round 8 return) he should continue to put up points and make some cash.
- Nick Malceski (DEF, $566,600) – Worked OK across half back and in the middle and had 27 disposals, 4 marks, 4 clearances, 3 Inside 50’s and 5 Rebound 50’s for 108 Supercoach Points. You get what you pay for, he’s the most expensive defender this year, but he looks like he could be a solid 100 point scorer.
- Adam Saad (DEF, $102,400) – Has an extra gear on him that serves him well down back and allows him to burn off defenders after him. Ended up with 15 disposals, 3 tackles, 2 clearances, 3 Inside 50’s and 3 Rebound 50’s. Copped a shin to the side of the head/ear in a tackling contest. Looked in pain, but came off without any help, so I don’t think there will be any concussion concerns.
- Zac Smith (RUC, $409,600) – Led the ruck work for the Suns and was very solid. Had 15 disposals, 4 marks and 27 hitouts. Has had an injured interrupted career and has never averaged over 78 Supercoach Points for a season, but if you need a cheaper option he’s looking like he’ll at least be getting game time this year.
- Stefan Martin (RUC, $600,200) – Split the ruck work with Leuy and spent time up forward where he kicked a goal. Finished with 22 hitouts, along with 22 disposals and 6 marks. With that sort of 50/50 workload you’d probably be crazy to spend 600K on him, he’ll likely be gettable for less during the year.
- Matthew Leuenberger (RUC, $358,000) – Was doing the 50/50 ruck work/forward work with Stef Martin. Had 15 disposals, 3 marks, 18 hitouts, along with 2 goals, one of which was the score tying goal with 20 seconds left. Ended the game on 97 Supercoach Points. The Lions have a very young KP core, so I imagine they’ll stick with the Leuy/Martin combo, which will eat into both of their scores.
- Touk Miller (MID, $117,300) – Quick and is a very good tackler. Didn’t rack up a ton of possessions, only getting the 13, but he was solid and also had 1 goal, 6 tackles and 4 Inside 50’s and ended with 78 Supercoach Points. We’d take that sort of score from a 117K rookie mid. Eade said at the start of the game that he’ll be in the mix for a Round 1 birth, but the question will probably be how many games he will get once Ablett and O’Meara are at full strength.
- Dayne Zorko (MID/FWD, $531,900) – Average game for Zorko, who had 19 possessions and a DE of only 47%, along with 3 clearances and 6 tackles. Spent the first half forward and moved into the midfield at times, he is still worth the $ in the forward line.
- Daniel Gorringe (RUC, $279,900) – Looks to get games early up forward, with the Suns tall stocks depleted through injury at the moment. Kicked 1.1, but dropped a sitter from about 30m out and missed another easy goal. Probably should have kicked 4 for the game. Like Touk Miller, his biggest issue at the moment is how many games he will get once the injured players return.
And that’s it from me, folks. What did you guys think of tonights game and are you looking at anyone from the Lions or the Suns to lock into your Supercoach sides?