Dex Files – Leigh Montagna
Gee, we saw some monstrous scores this week! Unfortunately, for me – I was hit with a Lewis late out, add Clark, McKenzie, Miller, Griffen, Selwood on-field and McIntosh on the bench; it wasn’t pretty.
So after 9 weeks and a mediocre overall rank of 3,879; “SoapOnARope” has been ruled out of contention for the 50k – therefore all my attention will be put towards winning leagues. We all know you can’t win with the same teams.
This weeks’ Mr Forgotten is Leigh “Joey” Montagna. Priced at $526k, he’s not cheap – but is he worth a valuable spot?
History has shown that Montagna can get off the chain. Just look at his last 8 years’ averages: 2014 (89.40), 2013 (114.8), 2012 (99.2), 2011 (100.7), 2010 (114.8), 2009 (125.8), 2008 (97.2) & 2007 (102.4). Of the aforementioned seasons, Montagna has missed just 8 games – that’s effectively 1 game a year he’d missed prior to 2015.
This year however; Montagna suffered torn cartilage in his left knee in the NAB Challenge. He was ruled out for 4 weeks when he was booked in for a scope to clean up the joint. Montagna recovered quickly to feature in the Saints’ round 1 loss to the Giants, scoring 110 SC.
Montagna experienced soreness in his knee and the Saints took a conservative approach – with him sitting out for the next 5 weeks, ensuring he was over his niggles. Since then though; Montagna has come back with 104, 128 & 117 for a 3 round average of 116, and funnily enough – 114.8 for the season so far.
After his second match of the year (round 7), he was a late withdrawal with Hamstring tightness, he has since played 2 games unhindered.
In his 4 games this year, Saints have won 2 and lost 2. What’s impressive is he is averaging 119 in losses, and 110.5 in wins. (A nice little stat to look at, considering St Kilda faces Fremantle, North Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney in finals).
Here are his 2013 -2015 numbers, and a small comparison to work with:
In 2014, Montagna had his worst year since 2006 (St. Kilda finished last with just 4 wins and an average losing margin of 58 points). If we compare his stats to 2013 (his 3rd best ever SC year), he was down in almost every category; the worst being Disposals, inside 50’s and of course SC output. This could be attributed to the overall performance of St Kilda last year being uncompetitive, him just having a down year and/or him carrying an injury of sorts. Without watching his match tapes, I can’t conclusively deduct why.
In 2013, St Kilda finished 3rd last with just 5 wins and an average losing margin of 47 points; yet Montagna recorded his 3rd best Supercoach year. This gives us hope that he can replicate the feats of 2013 this year.
If Montagna can accumulate a 114.8 SC average with the likes of Lenny Hayes, Jack Steven, David Armitage & Nick Dal Santo in the guts; why can’t he achieve the same feat with Steven, Armitage and arguably Newnes commanding more attention than him?
His season so far has been marred with injury, but maybe Montagna can keep it together and average 100-110 from here-on-out. Not for the faint hearted, but providing you can get yourself cover – he could be the ultimate PoD to drag you up the ranks – considering he’s in only 0.9% of teams (less than 2,000).
I’ve already got Titch and Buddy in the forward line, so my Round 12 quota is full – but for those who don’t care about byes – or don’t have many R12 bye players, he could be one for you.