Our 2nd Saturday game, tonight it was Sydney VS Port Adelaide.
Sydney had a fairly strong side out there this evening, missing only a few key players, though Jarrad McVeigh took over the team as coach. Port fielded a much weaker side, popular fantasy players such as Ollie Wines and Chad Wingard played, but others such as Matthew Lobbe missed, with Port giving plenty of time to interesting rookie picks such as Riley Bonner and Dougal Howard and new recruit Jimmy Toumpas.
Absent Best 22:
Sydney: Jarrad McVeigh, Kieran Jack, Ted Richards, Gary Rohan, Ben McGlynn
Port Adelaide: *Deep breath* Robbie Gray, Travis Boak, Chad Wingard, Ollie Wines, Jasper Pittard, Jack Hombsch, Brad Ebert, Matthew Lobbe, Charlie Dixon, Hamish Hartlett, Jay Schulz, Justin Westhoff
Port did Richmond and held out a huge chunk of their best 22. They may have been better off sending over the Port Adelaide Magpies instead!
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Sydney: Isaac Heeney (knee), Kurt Tippett (knee)
Port Adelaide: None
It was an admirable effort from Port, with their B team running neck and neck with Sydney’s best, who were obviously going through the motions at the time. A team of guys fighting for a spot against a bunch of guys just playing around will often leave talent worth less than intent. Like the Richmond VS Fremantle game, it’s hard to take much info from a side that’s missing about 12 of their best 22 like Port were. And likewise from the Swans, we saw some good performances from a few we wouldn’t expect like Dawson, Mills and Towers and a REALLY good game from Lloyd, but the question will be can they do that against a full strength side?
- Daniel Hannebery ($617,900, MID): Bit of a quiet game, but he’s a good player and still a premo option to consider. Finished with 17 disposals, 10 of which were contested, as well as 5 clearances.
- Josh P. Kennedy ($594,800, MID): 7 touches and 3 clearances in the first quarter from JPK and finished with 20 disposals and 8 clearances. Usual for him. Consider him an underrated midfield option for you to look at, in both Supercoach and CoachKings.
- Tom Mitchell ($563,700, MID): Started at half forward, but had plenty of work in the middle. Ended with 32 disposals, 4 clearances and 3 tackles. Usual case of leather poisoning for Mitchell.
- Luke Parker ($538,200, MID): 19 disposals and 4 clearances in the first half and 32 possies and 7 clearances for the game. Good form from Parker, will be a POD for anyone who picks him this year. I like him as a Supercoach option this year.
- Kurt Tippett ($483,800, RUC/FWD): Mostly in the ruck in the 1st, had 3 touches, 4 hitouts and a goal. Finished with 10 touches, 27 hitouts and a goal. If he continues to get ruck time he could be a good RUC/FWD swing to have in your side. Could very well get R1 minutes for the Swans this year.
- Lance Franklin ($470,100, FWD): Started in the middle at times, but not much going for him, with only 4 touches in the first half and 6 for the game. That can be Buddy for you, but it’s obvious he wasn’t playing at maximum effort either, so I wouldn’t be too concerned.
- Dean Rampe ($457,900, DEF): Got a fair bit of it, with 23 possies, but 9 1%’s suggest he’ll make an excellent CoachKings pick.
- Callum Sinclair ($409,500, RUC/FWD): Surprisingly started in the goalsquare, with Tippett in the ruck, but they soon swapped positions. Only the 1 kick in the first quarter and 9 possies for the game. Kicked 1.3, which isn’t a great return, but it was a windy day in Sydney.
- Michael Talia ($390,100, DEF): Only 3 touches playing deep in defence in the first half. Had 11 disposals at 100% efficiency for the game. One on one work isn’t his usual strength, but unless he’s getting plenty of opportunity to roam freely he won’t be worth considering.
- Isaac Heeney ($377,700, FWD): Not much going on and out halfway through the 2nd quarter with his knee iced up.
- Toby Nankervis ($226,600, RUC/FWD): Backup ruck/forward for the day, but doubtful he’s there in Round 1 if Sinclair and Tippett play.
- Callum Mills ($211,800, MID): Was everywhere across half back in the first quarter, with 9 touches, though 6 of them were handballs and 16 disposals by the end of the half. Finished with 22, but 16 were uncontested. Great game for the youngster, though it will be interesting to see if he keeps that spot once McVeigh returns.
- Jack Hiscox ($123,900, MID/FWD): Very quiet, with only 4 disposals and kicked 0.2.
- George Hewitt ($123,900, MID): Managed to have an impact on the scoreboard with a pair of goals and had 15 disposals and 5 tackles.
- Harry Marsh ($117,300, DEF): As many tackles and disposals, with 4 of each.
- Tyrone Leonardis ($117,300, DEF): Didn’t do all that much with just the 6 disposals.
- Jordan Dawson ($117,300, FWD): Almost kicked a massive Supergoal in the 4th quarter, and kicked his first goal a few minutes later. 6 disposals with 4 of them being Inside 50’s. Used it well when he had it.
- Jake Lloyd ($374,200, MID): 9 possessions and 3 marks in the first quarter and had a massive game to finish with 30 touches and 6 rebound 50’s. Can’t see anyone taking him over the likes of Libba at the same price.
- Dean Towers ($259,900, FWD): Good 1st quarter with 5 disposals, 3 marks and a goal. Finished with 3 goals, including a Supergoal in the 1st half as well as 20 disposals and 5 marks. Could be another one to watch.
Port Adelaide Performances:
- Brendon Ah Chee ($334,100, MID): 5 possies and 4 tackles, along with a goal in the first half to finish with 12 disposals and 5 tackles for the game. Also gave away 4 frees. Not at his price this year.
- Sam Colquhoun ($285,700, MID): Good game from him, but he’s had difficulties breaking into the side before. 2 goals in the first half along with 8 disposals for the game. Won’t be on the radar for anyone.
- Sam Gray ($480,800, MID/FWD): 11 disposals, though 8 were by hand in the 1st Led the Power for disposals with 21, along with 5 clearances and 5 tackles. Remains to be seen how he’ll play when the guns return, but still an interesting forward prospect to ponder.
- Jared Polec ($303,300, MID): Kicked a very nice Supergoal in the 2nd If he’s back to his best you’ll know what you’ll get from him. Only 5 touches for the game, but he was on a minute restriction as he returns from his foot injury. His best year in 2014 only had a few 100+ scores though. Good be a nice midprice CoachKings option to consider.
- Jimmy Toumpas ($289,000, MID): Used the ball well in the 1st half with 8 touches and did some OK things when given space to move. Ended with 13 disposals and 4 tackles. Another one to skip at his price, though he should be better at the Power than he was at Melbourne.
- Karl Amon ($282,900 MID/FWD): OK game from Amon, who started forward and ended the day with 14 disposals, 4 tackles and 6 Inside 50’s. Another one whose game time could be up and down when the Power’s best return, though I think he should be in their best 22.
- Darcy Byrne-Jones ($123,900, DEF): 5 possies and 2 tackles in the first quarter and 15 for the game, along with 5 rebound 50’s. Good game, but one I don’t see there once the Best 22 come back into the squad.
- Dougal Howard ($123,900, FWD): Nice start in the 1st quarter in the middle with 5 disposals, 2 hitouts and 3 clearances. Finished with 10 disposals, 7 hitouts, 4 clearances and 6 tackles. Still have my doubts he’s a legit chance to beat out Lobbe for the first ruck spot, but he at least didn’t look out of his depth playing against a strong Sydney side.
- Riley Boner ($117,300, DEF): Had the kicking shoes on, with 8 of his 9 disposals being kicks. Would have liked to see him get it a bit more, but Sydney monopolized possession of the footy for the majority of the day.
- Aidyn Johnson (117,300, MID): Only the 6 touches. Probably not in the mix.
- William Snelling ($115,900, MID): Looked good early with 4 disposals, 3 clearances and a goal in the first quarter, but not a lot after that as he finished with 9 disposals, 6 tackles and 4 clearances. Still on the rookie list for the Power.
- Cameron Hewitt ($102,400, DEF/MID): I didn’t notice him once and only had 2 touches.