Spent a wonderful late afternoon here at Burpengary.
Just missed the first bounce after coming across in the chopper after the Adelaide v West Coast game in Unley. Was windy as anything over here and things were a bit untidy.
Again – shitload of players missing from each team and to be frank didn’t extract a great deal of relevance out of this one. A few young kids bobbed up worth talking about.
Let’s get into it.
Missing from teams best 22:
Brisbane (15): Stefan Martin, Tom Rockliff, Dayne Beams, Claye Beams, Josh Green, Allen Christensen, Dan McStay, Zorko The Magnificent, Ryan Bastinac, Daniel Rich, Pearce Hanley, Justin Clarke, Daniel Merrett, Harris Andrews.
Gold Coast (11): Gary Ablett, Jaeger O’Meara, David Swallow, Jack Martin (slight back niggle at training), Trent McKenzie, Brandon Matera, Jarrad Grant, Matt Rosa, Dion Prestia, Jarrod Harbrow, Adam Saad
Rhys Mathieson MID $117K They might have found one here. Had it 13 times with 2 clearances and 7 contested possessions. Did his round 1 selection chances no harm. Magnificent goal early and kicked another in the second half. 70 Supercoach points. Higgo was extremely aroused by what he saw today:
— Peter Higginbotham (@PeterHiggo) February 21, 2016
Jackson Paine FWD $128K Not clean enough with his disposal today which doesn’t bode well for early selection. Kicking in particular was pretty ordinary. Spoke to the kid at 3/4 time. Told him to keep his chin up. He was absolutely crapping himself. May have just been early nerves.
Tom Bell FWD $484K Pretty bloody good in his first game in Lions colours! Very hard to get overly aroused – he’s the type who will put his best on the park regardless of whether we’re talking NAB or the real deal. Big POD FWD selection not on my watch list at this stage. 20 touches today spending some time on the bench in the last half.
Archie Smith RUC $117K Look – he held his own today! Very solid considering he was up against Currie and Nicholls who both have some good senior footy under their belt. 15 disposals, 4 tackles, and a good 17 odd hitouts. Impressed by Archie. Has risen up my ruck bench watch list.
Ben Keays MID $117K Had 15 touches and looked ok. Can’t see him getting early games in the lion midfield.
Mitch Robinson FWD/MID $500K Captained the Lions today and was probably one of the best today. 14 touches including 3 clearances to half time. Interesting POD as a FWD selection but not for me.
Jarrad Jansen MID $124K Big body on him.. started ok but ended with just the 3 handballs.
Josh Clayton DEF/MID $124K Very quiet. Plenty of game time but just couldn’t find the ball enough. 2 handballs and a goal. Better than 1 handball. He’ll improve from here. Good kid, could be one for next season.
Josh Schache FWD $216K Will be a monolith. Not this season but will kick a lot of goals throughout his career.
Eric Hipwood DEF/FWD $162K, Matt Hammelmann DEF/FWD $117K, Reuben William DEF $102K Didn’t show much
Darcy MacPherson MID $102K 108 impressive Supercoach points. Probably one of the more impressive young kids on the park today. Love his attack on the ball and tackles like a wounded dog. Loved his tackling endeavour and Rocket would have as well. Big mop of blonde hair. Looks a likely type. Has got a few tricks in his bag, can take a contested mark, great competitor at ground level.. we could just see this kid early on in the season for the Suns. 12 disposals, 8 of them contested and a trouser stretching 10 tackles! A find.
— AFL (@AFL) February 21, 2016
Peter Wright FWD $187 A solid 89 Supercoach to the big fella. One bloke they are looking at to fill part of the void left by Charlie Dixon. Showed a bit today and could be in line for Round 1 selection. 11 disposals, 4 tackles and a goal. Really coming on in leaps and bounds – one contested mark in particular in the second quarter had me off my seat taking notice. 203cm. 100kgs and great on the deck.
Kade Kolodjashnij DEF $482K Was gagging to see him here today. Bitterly disappointed with what he bought to the table here today. 6 disposals. Didn’t lay a tackle. He is in my backline at the moment and I’ll be watching him extremely closely for the rest of the NAB. 45 Supercoach points today.
Matt Rosa DEF/MID $419K Being discussed in some circles as a defence POD option. Ball gathering ability is proven. He was effective at both ends of today, rebounding the ball out of the back half and also injecting it forward on occasion. On my extended watch list after a solid showing here today. 98 Supercoach points.
Nick Malceski DEF $383K 10 disposal at 50% efficiency. Needs to work harder. Did some silly and bloody lazy things. At one point in the 3rd quarter he woofed one out of bounds on the full under no real pressure. He really needs to come out this year and work his arse off. Might have had an off day but I remain not tempted by this price. 36 miserable Supercoach points.
Tom Nicholls RUC $439K What impressed me most about Nicholls today was his ability to run and gather ball. At times was like an additional midfielder for the Suns and that surprised me. He’s either worked hard on that part of his game over summer of just haven’t been watching him closely enough. Impressive performance by Tom. Extremely difficult to find a place for him in any of your fantasy teams – although could be a nice CoachKings smokey throughout the season. 22 hitouts, 11 disposals and 5 clearances.
Clay Cameron DEF $170 Some good signs down back, then switched forward but missed some opportunities. Fringe dweller at Gold Coast and needs to show more during the rest of the NAB to stake a claim in the best 22. Don’t write him off just yet.
Daniel Currie RUC $163K 17 hitouts and only a handful of touches for 70 Supercoach points. Just can’t see him landing a regular AFL rucking position. Depth option only. Scratched off my ruck bench option list.
Ryan Davis MID $102K Looked ok but not a kid I can see getting an early game. 9 possessions and a nice goal by the kid.
Tom Keough FWD/MID $126K Very quiet, just the 3 kicks 2 handballs.
Jarrod Garlett FWD $185K Just OK – 9 possessions. Cant see him as an option at this price and with the impact he had on the game.