G’day community. What a messy week in football with the Adam Goodes saga rolling on, and on, and on, and on. And it has slipped under the radar just how messy this week will be for our Supercoach sides. This is what we need to focus on now, community.
The time has come and gone to discuss Goodes. We need to knuckle down and get set for finals. Keep your eyes on the ball community – that’s all that matters here. Nat Fyfe will miss thanks to Sam Mitchell’s errant knee a few weeks back. Dayne Beams looks cooked. Gary Ablett – just after so many of us brought him in – is straight back out. Several other players have dropped off this week who are unlikely to impact us, but it shows just how fragile our teams are at this stage of the year with so few trades remaining.
Now, into the news!
Gary Ablett has done his knee and is gone for the season, just as he looked to have returned to true form. The Supercoach gods are cruel as they again demand a precious, precious trade to be ripped from our fingers. But it is the nature of the beast.
Likewise it is the nature of Ross the Boss Lyon to rest his superstars at the end of the year. Nat Fyfe will sit out this week, but to be fair, he has been carrying a niggle – and struggling with it – since Mitchell shoved a knee into him a few weeks ago. Might miss next week too!
However, it was surprising to see Dayne Beams named alongside Pearce Hanley for the Lions. Beams had said last week he wouldn’t make it to the end of the year, and I thought his late withdrawal last week spelt the end for his season. I will be holding for now, but if he struggles too much, he will be gone very quickly.
Lance Franklin has been named this week and crucially Tom Mitchell has been named on the ball, where he belongs. Hopefully no more Kermit vests find their way around his shoulders.
Essendon have finally remembered they have Jon Giles on their list, and decided to give him a shot, as he can hardly do worse than Shaun McKernan did against Goldstein a few weeks ago. Speaking of, McKernan has made way for Giles, leaving those of us who – like me – traded him in as ruck cover high and dry.
In no particular order, the seasons of James Aish, Jack Billings and Will Langford will all miss the rest of the year, while Hamish McIntosh has called it a day on his career, unable to overcome his perpetual woes.
The Saints will rest Jack Lonie, Sam Gilbert and crucially Nick Riewoldt this week against the Power.
The Pies regain Taylor Adams, but have rested Adam Oxley and dropped Paul Seedsman.
Michael Hurley and Rhys Palmer have both withdrawn from their respective teams since team sheets were released.
THE PATCH UP
A few holes left this week from the Great Bald One going down. Of course I mean Gary Ablett, not the other Great Bald One in Chicko – that great man will continue ripping this site a new one. Gary, however, won’t be ripping our Supercoach sides a new one each week – so who to replace him with? I like Paddy Dangerfield, who has not put a foot wrong since he came into my side during the byes. The other hot candidates are Matt Priddis – who has the most tons this year, David Mundy – who has only scored below 99 once this year. My smoke candidate to replace him is actually Marc Murphy. He’s scored 5 tons and a 97 in his last six, and at 542k presents consistent value with Carlton’s run home – they play Collingwood, Brisbane, Melbourne and GWS in the Supercoach finals. He won’t blow the game away like Dangerfield might, but as a thrifty point of difference I’d have a look at him.
Hugh Goddard is on the bubble if you’re in need of cash, and has the benefit of being able to slide into the forward or back line if needed. Aside from that, we’ve got a few premos on the slide but not much of note at this stage of the season.
-46 – H. Goddard
-46 – K. Lambert
-32 – A. Browne
-31 – K. Langford
-17 – J. Kolodjashnij
10 – S. Motlop
20 – J. Lever
157 – K. Jack
156 – T. Mitchell
155 – T. Rockliff
154 – D. Armitage
149 – D. Heppell
146 – O. Wines
That’s it from me this week. I bloody love you community. You’re fantastic. It saddens me I’ve been unable to be in the comments section in recent weeks, and will again be absent today due to life getting busy. But I’ll be here, even if I have to be up at 1am with the cricket on. Because that’s what we do for each other community. Have a good weekend!
May it be full of high scores, playing rookies and fruitful captaincy choices – which should I say are now so much easier with the great Barron von Crow back from Europe! Check out the scouting report, as well as Lekdog’s magnificent video that is lurking around the site here. Have a good one community.