I would like to begin this week with a tribute to Dustin Fletcher. To play in the most un-glamorous position on the field and excel is no mean feat.
One the one level, this man has played on the best of the best. Gary Abblet Snr (and Junior), Dermett Bereton, Plugger, Matera, Richo, Buddy. His arms are the 8th natural wonder of the world, and when in full spoil mode can be seen from space, snaking across Australia like the snakes of the Dreamtime Stories. He is the Guardian of the Torp, the Keeper of the Goals, the Master of the Smother.
On a more personal level, this man is about to play his 400th game. He’s been playing longer than I’ve been alive, as well as longer than some 38% of players on AFL lists. He’s played AFL longer than it’s been known as AFL. He is the man that inspired me to play football, and for that matter play as a skinny, lanky full back with a penchant for somehow spoiling marks that should have been taken by kids much, much bigger than me.
A legend of the game. Thank you, Dustin.
That probably went for too long, so I’m going to get straight into The News.
Carlton FC – In the space of 48 hours, Carlton have lost* the AFL’s most experienced coach ever, a dual Brownlow-medal winning player in Chris Judd, their captain Marc Murphy and one of their best midfielders in Bryce Gibbs. I don’t think any club would receive that well, let alone Carlton in 2015. The one glimmer of hope on a horizon of burning memberships is Patrick Cripps. I’ll let Mick’s wisdom speak for me here.
Tom Rockliff needs to be picked this week. Non-negotiable in my book. When the #2 scorer from last year is going at 450k, you pick him. However possible. Lance Franklin is another bargain this week
Finally, we had some rookies arrive. Karl Amon and Bailey Dale are on the bubble this week in the midfield and forward line respectively. While neither instils a huge amount of confidence surrounding their job security, both are here and should see us through the byes. It’s good news indeed that Dale survived the six changes at the Doggies this week. Tom Cluery and Joel Hamling will line up for their first games as key defenders for Port and the Dogs respectively. The $102’400 Keegan Brooksby has also been named as a rookie ruckman for the Suns. Jock says he’s averaged 116 in the NEAFL over his last six, so keep an eye out.
Jack Lonie is back, but with his last score of three and a breakeven of 101, his cash making potential is finished. The ride seems over. Same goes for Ben Newton, who has been dropped for the second time and now must be cut.
Luke Hodge is back from suspension. If you held him, well done. He will reward you, and may not need another rest for the remainder of the season. For those without him, keep an eye on him. Jarryn Geary is also back for those of you who, like Wayno, held him.
Grant Birchall pulled up sore from last week and may be in doubt. Named, but keep an eye out.
As mentioned on the Thursday Night Podcast, the Skinflute Will Minson is back and ready to show the league he means business. Those with Shane Mumford like me, possibly rethink throwing the VC on him.
Suspension and injuries will keep Brett Goodes out for 3-4 weeks. Rather irrelevant at this stage, but can be kept as a loophole or cash reserve until we get a better look at Hamling. Or you could trade. Depends on your situation.
Finally, some news on Rory Sloane from The Twitters. Barron von Crow – and the whole community – is all over the Supercoach news coming out of Adelaide and elsewhere around the interwebs, so go have a gander. He’s also the best source of captaincy analysis in the country.
The Patch-Up has once again retreated to the dark depths of the foetal position, deep in the video editing booths of university, due to the tertiary education system deciding all final assessments should be due in the same week.
But complaining will do nothing to help us improve our Supercoach teams, so I will make an effort to be around in the comments for at least the early afternoon. If not, fortunately wisdom abounds here at Jock HQ. Remember Chicko’s Check-In from this week, and consider holding trades, but if you do want to pull the trigger, look at Dex’s write-up of Blicavs or look at getting Buddy or Rocky in. Forgive me for my complete absence from last week’s comments section, senpai! Hit me up on Twitter @PatchToTheMax and I’ll likely get it, if not I’ll try and flit around the comments!
You know the drill. Eddie Murphy is on the way up, Dan Akyroyd is bleeding cash.
The Eddie Murphy’s
-63 – Josh Glenn (not playing)
-32 – Fraser McInnes
-19 – Joe Daniher
-12 – Bailey Dale
-8 – Jordan De Gooey
The Dan Akyroyd’s
173 – Todd Goldstein
162 – Rory Sloane
153 – Marcus ‘The Bont’ Bontempelli
151 – Luke Hodge
142 – Brendan Goddard
THE ROOKIE RUMBLE
Rookies are dropping from our side thick and fast, so keeping up with them all is a struggle. The rookie jungle is a wild place.
Not sure how Lever’s role will be with Henderson back, but with no Laird, Smith or Jaensch, points will come. Oxley and Saad have proven themselves.
Cripps will have to stand up this week. Absolutely put him on the field. If you can hold him in any way this week, do so. The rest are in their regular order, but Amon sneaks onto the list being named on the ground in the absence of Cornes. Menadue in the hot seat for the Kermit vest.
Brooksby has been named, but don’t go trading him in. Wait for a bit.
Once again the list explains itself. Tarrant had a bad day at the office last week, but he still slides down the list. Hogan may line up on Cluery and could kick a bag, so start him. Lonie will be sub so avoid.