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Barron Von Crow’s Supercoach Team Reveal 2015

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Barron Von Crow - inner sanctumIt’s reveal time! What you see before you is the work of several weeks of hard work down in the Supercoach Lab, studying and analysing games.


As well as numerous readings of the Jock Reynolds magazine, plus madness inducing hours of constant tinkering. So, Jock Reynolds Community, I present to you…


¡Peligro Abejas! 2015

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My structure: Locked and Loaded Midfield (and Rucks)

It’s probably more of a hybrid between a variety of structures, with bit of a mid-priced backline, locked and loaded midfield and a Guns n Rookies forward line all thrown together, but since my mids and rucks are bloody awesome, I’ll call it a Locked and Loaded Midfield.

My strategy:

The hope with this strategy is I will now require minimal upgrades in my midfield, which are always the most expensive. Hopefully this will allow me to upgrade my cheaper lines, the DEF and FWD lines, at a quicker pace b buying top flight players here which may only cost 450-500K, rather than upgrading MID players that potentially cost 600K+. The idea being I will now be able to get to a “Full Premo” side at a quicker pace, than if I had more $ stashed on Premo players in my other lines. It also has the added bonus of scoring more points, with the midfielders always being the area where you get the bulk of your points from. The downside of course is potentially less cash generation in my midfield due to fewer rookies here.

As always, rookie picks are subject to Round 1 selection and this setup leaves me with $28,900 in the bank.

Selections of community debate:

Gary Ablett (MID $734,600)

To Ablett or not to Ablett was my biggest hurdle while making my team, and I originally planned to go without him, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I may regret it in Round 1 when he gets subbed out on 80 Supercoach Points, but I doubt I’ll be regretting it once we get a few weeks into the season and he’s pumping out massive scores. Of course there is a chance I’ll still change this a million times before the start of Round 1.

Luke Dahlhaus (FWD $492,700)

He was solid last year, averaging 92 and had a pretty good pre-season, averaging 104 over the NAB Challenge. I reckon he can bump his average up to at least 98 this year and have about the same sort of appeal as a Dustin Martin type, who averaged 99 last season.

Patrick Dangerfield (MID $567,600)

This was originally Brad Crouch, but his injury meant I swapped him out for my 2nd favourite Crow. He played a lot forward during the pre-season, which I’m sure he’ll continue to do in the season, but I fully expect him to continue to get a decent load in the midfield too. He’s shown he’s dangerous enough to be able to put up points no matter where he plays. Fingers crossed he’s back to his 2012 type scores.

Kade Kolodjashnij (DEF $367,600)

Averaged 68 last year and bumped it up to 82 during the pre-season, and he had it from 3 solid scores of 84, 82 and 79, rather than some other mid-priced options, who wildly fluctuated, scoring 100 one game, followed by a score of 60 the next. I’m aiming for consistency here and that’s exactly the sort of solid and consistent scoring I hope Thumper can bring during the real stuff.

Ollie Wines (MID $539,200)

He’s only going to get better, averaged 100 last year; I’ll be looking for him to boost it up to at least 108. Having guys like Gray, Boak, Hartlett and Ebert around him mean he should be able to avoid the tag as well, which is a big bonus.

What’s nagging at me:

Defensive structure

I don’t think I’ll be the only one sweating this line; I’ve got Heath Shaw who is trouble waiting to happen and Jack Newnes as my only decent defenders. Starting 2 on-field rookies is making me nervous here, so I’ll be doing plenty of praying to the Supercoach Gods that they play every game and score at a decent clip.

F4 to F8 Players

I’ve had to settle for rookie priced options up forward here and there is a decent chance that these guys will under-perform or be hit with sub vests. If that happens, I could look at getting minimal points and cash generation from this line, which I’ll need since I have 1 less rookie in the midfield than I usually do.


Over to you community – what are your thoughts on ¡Peligro Abejas!?

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Adam Saad be okay to start on the field? Or Dagliesh?


Saad will most likely start, not sure on Dagliesh, it all depends on what happens with the Bombers and ASADA. Good signs from him though in the NAB.


Agree, if things go south for the bombers, BAM! You’ll be seeing Dagliesh’s selection % sky-rocket


Love the team mate!
I'm backing danger in aswell. Hoping that he'll bring back those 2012 scores.


Not worried about contract hanging over his head? Only thing holding me back


Very interesting Barron! A bit different to what I've been seeing, but this year will be nothing but diverse. Love the Dahlhaus pick, and I'm with you on Wines. Beast in the making.

I'm not a fan of Henderson. There are those either up (Langdon, Ibbotson) or down (Jaksch, Goodes) who I feel will get the job done better than him, but that's a personal thing. You've done your research.


Quite like your team. I, too have gone with Dangerfield in the mids as I feel he is completely underpriced, but I also have Griffin.

I am taking a punt on Bontempelli over Dahlaus as the high half forward/midfielder which absolutely breaks out this season. There is no way he will suffer from the 2nd year blues.


You reckon Bonts will make 100?


I reckon he'll average around 95 and he's priced @ 420,000. He's my F4 at the moment.


Bevo has already said he's going to "let him loose" this season, and the bloke is a beast. Dahlhaus is Zorko v2.0 in my opinion.


Looks good Baz! I brought in Dangerfield for Crouch as well and I reckon he could get back up and going again. Going to be hard to find a captain for the round 12 bye though with 4 premiums out. Otherwise a pretty good solid team


Great team Barron completely different to mine but I love it! Do you still think Naitanui is a solid pick?


In the same boat mate. Until he played average in the NAB, I Just had him locked in like everyone else without thinking about it. Really not sure now.


Barron what about going in with Goldy & Minson rather then Nic Nat?


Great team BVC very different but I like Different and excellent call on Goodes looks like you got Maric now eh?


I like your structure and reckon it's my favourite one yet out of the team reveals.


Definetly agreed FotoyFanatic. Good job Barron, good luck this year


Love the team BVC! Do you see Henderson as a keeper or cash generation to a premo? I've been flirting with him in and out of my side all summer


Im the same, I thibk I’m leaning towards savage though for an extra 50 k. Don’t think you can go wrong really though at his price. Would love to hear Barron’s opinion on him


My fav reveal so far mate ,, but maybe 1 premo short in def , 1 too many in mid ,,, but solid team !! Good luck !


Nice team Barron! What's your reasoning for selecting Nic Nat?


Nice team BVC

I have gone a bit stronger down back and up forward rather than in the Mids but not too dissimilar to mine.

I guess you have gone off Clancee due to tagging duties and moved to Hendo, Are you not concerned with his limited pre-season?


Dalhaus re-signed for 3 years today, can only be a good thing


Lek, even more torn on Nic Nat now. Originally had him out. Now i'm reconsidering him. Help!


SOLID…. Thumper and Gray are absolute LOCKS.


Not sure if Thumper is a lock. I would only consider him a lock if I thought he would average 90.


Suns have a great start to season, might see him go ok


Yeah, I can see him averaging around 80.


What's your plans Round 12 when Ablett, Pendles, Fyfe and Parker have a bye?


G'day community is Cripps a must in your midfield is he worth it?


Absolute lock Ben. A must have.


He is the Tyson and Polec of 2014


Nothing more important than opportunity for these young players Ben, the first thing I look at is who has left, or who is injured at his club. In other words, who's spot can he take. The Blues have lost McLean, Robinson & Lucas from that midfield which makes him a lock. The fact that he is a first round draft pick is the icing on the cake. Throw away the key!


Love it BVC, Dalhaus a significant POD!


taking Ablett out of course can take away your biggest fears. Putting a rook in mid means you can take Hogan to a Martin/Zorko type and take a rook in Def to Premo (maybe Hendo might need to go down to a Jaksch/Goodes type.)
Round 12 is a big problem also – top 4 mids all out.
I think NicNat is a risk also – hard to get a Plan B here – really only Minson if you hang onto the cash.


Taking Ablett out doesn’t eliminate fears, it should make one fearful of SC death at the hands of the SC god himself.


haha! Replacing one set of fears with another


Like the team Baron. I'm in the camp that Griffen will take the tag heat at GWS and we will see that only benefit Callan Ward. have a think about Pendles to him as the pies go backwards this year – as Ward would get you from nic nat to Maric.


I thought about removing pendles for that reason, however he still scored 120 points against bulldogs and pies got absolutely destroyed that game. So i don't see his scores being lower than usual.


When you have 10 midfielders in your team it's hardly possible to not have 4 missing in the one week. And if it is, is worth sacrifing Ablett, Fyfe, Pendlebury or Kenndedy/Parker for?


Dont advertise on the page please.


Solid team bvc love the def structure headin in with the same rookies back there will b hard to pick better to pick blokes who will improve n generate abit of cash then roll in with donuts early when by the bye rounds it’ll be easier to pick the standout defenders


Great team BVC, would love to get Ollie into my team but don't know if I can. It would mean culling Griff, which im not prepared to do just yet.
Anyway, I have 593k, one midfield spot to fill and no Gazza. What should I do???
1) Pick a keeper like Lewis, (premium output, 0k in the bank, no trade to Ablett)
2) Pick a fallen star like Swallow/Judd (near premium output, 90/110k in the bank, some cash generation, trade to Ablett mid-season)
3) Pick a mid pricer like Rich/Hallahan (80pt ish output, 245/280k in the bank, good cash generation, trade to Ablett early-mid season)
4) Pick a rookie like Freeman (F), with Cripps/Newton (CN) to be used in the trade (65pt ish output (F), 470k in the bank, great cash generation (CN), trade to Ablett quite early in the season (CN))

Any advice would be appreciated, and would be really helpful


Option 3 with Judd, But you would want to trade him pretty quickly for gaz. Also I would invest that 110k in another area of the field. And downgrade someone in the same week as when you upgrade juddy to gaz so you can afford it.


Like the Wines selection! Who would be a better pick, him or neale??? I'll be going for Neale because I he's 60k cheaper, but I reckon both will average about 100


I think Wines will average approximately 107 and Neale 100. So Wines for me.


G'day community is it worth trading Cripps for Wells and boost up some of my other lines


Get Cripps


Keep cripps.


absolutely. first rookie selected after Clark


Interesting team barron, i like it. I love these team reveals showing no matter how much of an elite super coacher you are everyone has different opinions and structures. Nic Nat is an interesting one. He is in and out of my team atm.. proven premium but jee his nab performance worried me. I'm also starting to think twice on my decision to switch Swan for Mitchell, everyone appears to have swan….


love the dalhuas selection, will dominate this year


I am developing a really bad habit of picking guys a year early. Had Parker in 2013 as an example, Had Dalhaus last year, so for your sake hope the profile continues! This year I have gone Neale and Bont. Probably a sucker for the emerging talent.


Well done Barron!

Absolutely love the call on Thumper. Going back and forth on him but the potential is evident.

Will be interesting how much this side changes if you don’t go Gaz.


Rate this team highly, would probably go with griff over wines myself though.
and could really thicken the defense but ditching Pendles maybe? huge call but.


Wines is an extractor who won't cop the tag. We know Griff can deal with the tag, but it keeps his average down. I have both, but Wines for me as well.


Bartel or Swan?
can upgrade Touk Miller to Newton with Swan


Bartel with midfield time will be tremendous


Love it Baron. We have very similar structures, just a few different players.


Gday Barron.

Just wondering why you’ve gone for kolo over say a Higgins?


Love the team


I luv u BVC , like the team , best out of all of you team revealers so far , lots risks in there tho , could work too!? . Thoughts on Mitch Duncan and will McCinnes from wce start ? Cheers


Fraser McInnes v unlikely. Also, Callum Sinclair when fit is ahead of him

Peter Rabbit

Who 's Thumper ?


Love It Barron!
Similar team to mine in terms of players but i go with an extra mid pricer in teh fwd and def
juat thinking i will got more points from AFL proven players than i will with the new boys


Question for you BVC – I notice that you have Reade as R3. I understand the rationale – Geelong's draw early make him a nice VC loophole. The other part of that rationale is the DPP status. What I don't understand is – if its only the VC loophole, why not use Lucey instead? By going in with 2 premos in the ruck – do you intend to get a DPP swing later (Ryder maybe)? At what point will you consider getting that player in?


1 position in defence left with $473,000

I have Shaw, Johnson and Yarran + rookie scum

My mind is telling me no but my mouse finger says Lumumba and $56,000 in the bank.

Newnes and Higgins scare me because saints suck and Higgins will be amongst the deepest of kangas teams, which will bounce his scores up and down until he injures himself and makes us throw away a trade……

Community I need your help, I don't need this money elsewhere and I really think a decently expensive 4 deep defence will set my team apart in round 1.


newnes mate ample midfield time


I'd be going Newnes. Think the hype has been warranted and think he will see enough midfield time to score well. The 'Gift" has been impressive during NAB but when it's all said and done that doesn't change the fact that I couldn't bring myself to barrack for the flog. Couldn't have him wearing my stripe!


not having newnes has become a significant POD and one which I am happy to take


Think back to last year… if Newnes turns out to be the backline D Swallow of 2015, would you be happy NOT having him as a POD??? Cos that's what he's looking like.


I know you gotta take a punt somewhere but that backline is trouble waiting to happen. Would keep one of Danger/Wines, downgrade the other and use the cash to get a 'premium' in the backs. Just to shore it up a little. Guessing it'll change again after March 31st anyway.


What put you off titch mate ? Scored near on 70 from 45 pc game time last nab game ,, you think he high vest candidate ? I personally think Heeney will get vest , they were just seeing if he was best 22 in nab (Heeney that is )


Who would you drop to get Dangerfield in, Cripps, Anderson, Heeney, Vanderberg, Ellis-Yolmen or Steele?


Exactly what i was thinking, cheers mate.


Injury to Hoskin-Elliot could give Steele reasonable 6 week+ js. Think if he plays, he will score more than some other forward rooks. Hoping rd 1 he's named. 2 years ago Clarkson said pre-season,"Not many would know the name of Jed Anderson, but give it a few weeks and that will change" or something along those lines. I think he's better than most are thinking and will be the Langford this year.


Wonderful arrangement of Supercoach horseflesh Bazzlington. Really like this mate. Love the Wines, Henderson and Dahlhaus selections especially. Definitely has more than a touch of shark about it – wonderful mate


Interested in your thoughts on Tom Mitchell can he produce this year?


3 great sides so far lads I've got absolutely no idea who's is the best, wait and see I guess. A couple of things I've noticed similar between the 3;
1.Not really any Essendon players. Would I be right in assuming you guys don't wanna be making any last minute changes particularly structurally after March 31?
2.Heath Shaw in all 3 teams. Good history? Patful inclusion to improving side?

I feel your team is the riskiest out of the 3, although most would probably say Lekdog for starting 3 defence rookies but I reckon that might work. By riskiest I by no means mean the worst.


Shaw is fully priced. As GWS get better, the SC points will get shared more. Shaw won't be getting any mid-field time and I'm always worried about when he gets a tag, he will score 32SC.

Simpson plays as an extra mid-fielder, never is taged and hardly ever misses a game.


Hi guys,

Need to get rid of one of;

Lambert/Miller/Heeney/Anderson from the MIDS
and one of Karnezis/Lonie/Krakour from the FWDS

Which 2 shall I cull?


Respect that call. I'd go both K's out – I have a view Anderson is the pace to complement Hill in a midfield that has not been overly quick – a dimension that will add to a premiership defence


Pitty he is last game of Rd 1 so we can't get the week 1 test of the starting vest.


I think the Hawks have got a green vest with just Anderson's name on it, I hear he has been told to take it home after each game and wash it.


What about both Karnezis and Krakour out and move Lambert to the FWDS


Heard a lot about jaksch in recent time, just wondering if he would be a good mid-price pick or not to generate some cash and eventually trade him out for a more premium type defender, along with the likes of Goodes?


Gibson J, Johnson M, Taylor H, Sheppard B, Goodes B, Brown N, Saad A, Dalgeish L

Pendlebury S, Fyfe N, Beams D, Dangerfield P, Wines O, Neale L, Cripps P, Heeney I,
Vandenberg A, Ellis-Yolmen C, Steele J

Naitanui N, Wood C, O'Brien R

Gray R, Swan D, Bontempelli M, Towers D, Clark M, Karnezis P, Salem C, Lambert K

$81,300 left. Thoughts ?


I was thinking Sheppard to Newnes but not really sure 🙂


Sheppard was not best 22 last year. As a WCE supporter, I hope he steps up, but far from confident. Can't see him being a keeper. If Goodes upgraded my view is he is a better launch pad. Whilst I don't have Goodes in my team I am looking at him as my Ablett strategy. If he delivers with -ve BE in first 2 and is on the bubble I will use one of my underperforming D's to then upgrade Neale to Ablett shortly thereafter. I am very fortunate I also live in Brisbane and get to see GA run around every second week. I have things etched in my memory you do not get from watching on a screen. Very privileged. I remember the first game after his shoulder and pre game there was something different in the air – realised I lacked the anticipation of watching what marvellous thing he would get up to that evening.

And yes, despite this, I can't bring myself to start him with the injury doubt.


Will James Kelly finish in the top 5 defenders this year?


I have been asking myself the same question. Scott has talked about beefing up his midfield, but my view is Bartel will be the one who benefits most with a Geelong FWD line that suddenly looks scary.

An interesting POD choice in Geelong is Motlop who appears to have worked on his tank and I think will also benefit, but we are talking big risk here.


I’ve got Vandenberg in the mids at the moment but I’m seeing Lamb everywhere. Who’s more likely to get games?
Could swing lambert into the mids to get Lamb if he’she’s a better pick


I have to say I don't understand the obsession with Heath Shaw. In my opinion Kade Simpson (for example) is a far more reliable option. In the last three years, although Shaw has averaged more than Simpson (96.9 to 94.8), Simpson has outscored Shaw by 643 points as he has played an extra 8 games (63 to 55). As the name of the game is total points not average scores this makes a big difference.
Shaw has missed 30 games over the past 7 seasons, an average of more than 4 per year. Simpson by comparison has missed just 3 over the past 9 years (all as a result of a Sharrod Wellingham induced broken jaw that he took just 3 weeks to return from).
I know who I'll be picking this year


And funnily enough the next 5 posts all have Shaw in their team and not one has Simpson…


Simpson was in my first draft team, and has not moved. locked.


This old bloke has exactly the same opinion.


Smith, Shaw, Newnes, Goodes, Oxley, saad

GAJ, Rockliff, pendles, fyfe, selwood, griffen, anderson, ellis yolman

Jacobs, Goldstein

Gray, swan, salem, clark, karzenis, Hogan



sorry martin instead of swan


not a fan of karzenis. in my opinion i would downgrade rocky or ablett to upgrade him


hey would love your thoughts made a few changes after reading this would love your thoughts
DEF shaw newness rampe savage goodes brown (goddard saad)
MID pendelbury fyfe selwood griffen wallis newton cripps vandenberg (heeney cey lambert)
RUCKS maric nat (cox)
FWD goddard martin swan bonty salem clark (hogan daniel)
217600 hoping that plus wallis will get me to ablett after a couple price changes
would love some feedback


Gordo are you confident in Wallis I'm considering him


the only thing worrying me is the tagging role but i reckon they will let him roam free, i had enough to swap him straight to ablett but have used that to upgraded luenberger to maric and bellchambers to bonty and downgraded ibbo to goodes


Maric, Bont, Goodes v your outs – tremendous trade IMO


With Beveridge taking over at the kennel, dogs will try to implement a hawks mentality in DEF. Hawks don’t run to many taggers..


Def: Shaw, Taylor, Newnes, Higgins, Brown, Saad (McIntosh, Hamling)

Mid: Ablett, Fyfe, Beams, Parker, Griffen, Wells, Cripps, CEY (Heeney, Vandenberg, Miller)

Ruc: Goldstein, Maric (Cox)

Fwd: Gray, Martin, Swan, Salem, Clarke, Lambert (Hogan, Lamb)



solid team


Hi guys so this s what I've come up with (version 1,000,000)

1. Shaw, H
2. Gibson, J
3. Taylor, H
4. Goodes, B
5. Oxley, A
6. McIntosh, K
7. Edwards, S
8. Saad, A

9. Ablett, G
10. Pendlebury, S
11. Fyfe, N
12. Lewis, J
13. Griffen, R
14. Newnes, J
15. Cripps, P
16. Ellis-Yolmen, C
17. Heeney, I
18. Miller, T
19. Lambert, K

20. Goldstein, T
21. Minson, W
22. Cox, M

23. Gray, R
24. Swan, D
25. Bontempelli, M
26. Bellchambers, T
27. Salem, C
28. Clark, M
29. Lonie, J
30. Krakouer, N

Any comments appreciated – Josh


Goodes not yet upgraded. I don't thinnk Krak did either. Move Newnes to defence and bring in Newton. Maybe Lamb forward. You don't have enough Mid/Def swings to really warrant putting one in the Mid IMO.


Subject to Essendon shenanigans. Very good def options there.


Krakouer wasn't elevated, look at hogan or lamb to replace If you have the cash


Take Newnes out of your mids and put him at D2/3. Personally not a fan of TBC but that's your call


Lot's to like about this team. Solid mids. Agree don't waste mid position on Newnes – can you upgrade him up to Neale or Judd? Like the defence. Understand TBC, but consider downgrade to rookie if not named and then Swan to Bartel and Newnes to above?