Community! How did you go? Did you beat down your opponent with nous, skill and insight?
Or did you pull one from your nether regions and ride the wave of good fortune and avoided the litany of premium outs? I know which camp I sit in, its located at Carnage Court.
After trading Beams for Priddis, I once again found myself carrying premiums on the bench, like most coaches (except for two of my elimination final opponents), I had Fyfe (seriously, which teams do not have Fyfe?!)..…..and then I had Buddy…..and then I had the ultimate POD in Hurley (ultimate POD as I bought him in, got his score for one week and he has been out for the past two). 3 premiums on the bench doing sweet stuff all means I had Bailey Dale onfield for a massive total of ONE and now means I am looking at an August of doing sweet stuff all! Dear fellow supercoaches, I was angry, I was enraged, I was at the point of tearing my hair out (if I had any) but that was weeks ago, now, I am simply flummoxed at what this season has entailed for me. 13 trades burnt on long term injuries (I saw a tweet on Friday night where a coach had used 13 on long term injuries, I felt better for a minute), and at least 11 rounds where I have had one, if not two premiums, sitting on the bench punching out not so tasty donuts. It’s been the perfect storm of seasons but I will not let it beat me. You hear me?!
It would appear I was not alone this week, as many coaches had to contend with Wines, Beams, Fyfe, Buddy, Bob Murphy, Hurley, then came the news of Deledio and then the late out of NicNat! If you had two of those players, it was Stiff Street, if you had three of those players then it was Rogered Road, or if you had more than that, then you were pulling up in the aforementioned Carnage Court with yours truly.
Notwithstanding the smorgasbord of premium outs, some of tried and tested premiums delivered in a massive way and aided in producing some huge team scores. I am trying to think of another week where a score of 130 or 129 for Pendles / Murphy looked on the low side? We had plenty of opportunities to execute the VC loop hole with Sauce Jacobs, Danger and Dustry all going larger than 150 on Friday night (have to say, think that was the best game I’ve ever seen from Dusty) and bloody hell, even Brodie Smith cracked the tonne! On Saturday, we had Swannie go at 168 and Selwood at 145. That’s 5 bites of the VC cherry right there. This year, like many years in the past with the bald beast Ablett, has seen Goldy become the permanent choice of Captain and, once again, he didn’t let coaches down by punching out a huge 155. If you have SC Gold, you will see he is predicted to go 187 this week – what the bloody hell?! The “C” firmly remains on Goldy!
Last week we lost half of teams out of the finals race, this week we see another 12.5% of teams with their season done and dusted for the year with another 12.5% of teams with the week off. For those coaches with the week off and with more than 3 trades, it might be a good week to downgrade a player and build a bank balance for a possible upgrade or double upgrade for the Preliminary Final. If you have only 2 trades left, then it would be wiser to sit and hold, particularly given the number of injuries and resting players we have seen over the past few weeks.
If you are a coach of a team in the Semi-Finals, then you need to go to work on your opponent, it is an elimination final so there is no use carrying trades if there is no next week, again it comes down to match play and probably a bit of luck! Other than Wines and Beams, most premiums should be back in action this week. It may also be the week to cull Steele or Lambert and upgrade to a premium, and there are a few POD’s presenting themselves, dare I say it, for example Sloane who is in less than 5% of teams and punched out a very tidy 128. A few weeks ago, I mentioned Ziebell and Brent Harvey as potential tasty inclusions and they look to continue on. Joey Montagna is another one, and in less than 3% of teams. If you have the trades and if you have the funds, they could prove to be the difference. Having said that, I think coaches are still running sub-optimal players down back, be thy named Pittard or the like. Dump them as quick as you can and grab a proven like Higgins (mentioned a few times over the past few weeks) – who has been a revelation down back and has consigned the tag “Burnman” to the pages of history!
So what is this week’s dilemma?
As per last week, I think the focus has to be down back or building cover to avoid disasters like last week. Down back, I still like the ilks of Higgins, Houli and Robertson. Up forward, Goddard, Ziebell and Harvey look solid, and in the mids, it is hard to pass up the value offered by someone like Sloane.
So what am I thinking about this week?
Stuff all community, I have no trades left, and will be running the gauntlet with what I’ve got and hoping my premiums return!