Swans VS Giants! It’s the battle of the footy teams most of New South Wales don’t give a toss about!
But while most NSW may be have been off watching the Canterbury Bulldogs whoop the Sea Eagles (I must admit though, I don’t know what actually constitutes a “whooping” in NRL), or the West Sydney Wanderers blow a game in 5 minutes against Brisbane, I know the Jock Reynolds Community will all have had their eyes keenly glued to this game.
It was the 2nd pre-season game for both sides and was probably two of the stronger sides that have taken the field during the NAB Challenge, with the majority of available first choice players out on the field. A welcome change for sure! I know that most people say that the Swans don’t particularly care about NAB for, I’m sure the Giants would be very pleased with a solid win against a good side as they look to make the finals for the first time in 2016.
Absent Best 22
Sydney: Jarrad McVeigh, Ted Richards, Gary Rohan, Ben McGlynn, Sam Reid
GWS: Devon Smith, Stephen Coniglio, Johnathan Patton
GWS came to play; only dropping 3 first up players, while mostly the same as last week missed for the Swans, with Co-Captain Kieran Jack returning to play his first NAB game of the year. Jacob Hopper, a popular Supercoach choice to begin with was dropped after a disappointing first hitout, as was fellow draftee Matthew Kennedy, along with other rookie priced player Jarred Garlett for the Giants.
Sydney: Michael Talia (hip pointer)
GWS: Shane Mumford (ankle, though the GWS Twitter says it was just precautionary)
Callum Mills ($211,800, MID): Ran with Rhys Palmer in the first half and only had 3 touches, but managed 5 tackles to go along with it. More ball in the 2nd half, and had 13 touches and 4 marks for the game. Another solid effort for the young kid.
Luke Parker ($538,200, MID): Running in the middle and had 14 first half touches, but 10 were handballs and his DE was only 57%. Also had 3 clearances. Led the Swans for disposals with 28, and had 7 marks, 5 clearances, 2 rebound 50’s and 6 inside 50’s. Will be a very popular Supercoach pick this year.
Lance Franklin ($470,100, FWD): Looking a bit lackadaisical again, but got going a bit in the middle and up forward late in the 2nd quarter, kicking a goal and setting up Hannebery with another. Franklin had 14 disposals, but just 57% DE. I’m not sure if the extra midfield time is all it’s cracked up to be for Franklin, but once again, he never looks to be busting a gut during the NAB games.
Daniel Hannebery ($617,900, MID): Mostly on the outside, with 11 first half touches, 9 being uncontested. Finished with 20 touches and 13 uncontested possessions and a goal. OK game, but I reckon most will go with JPK or Parker ahead of him.
Josh P. Kennedy ($594,800, MID): Kicked the first goal of the game and was busy around the stoppages early. Slowed down as the 2nd quarter completed, recording 9 touches and 3 clearances in the first half. Finished with 15 touches and 5 clearances.
Tom Mitchell ($563,700, MID): Getting a go in the midfield, but being a bit sloppy. 8 touches, but only 37% DE, along with 5 clangers in the first half. Better in the 2nd half with 21 touches, 5 clearances, 6 rebound 50’s, 5 inside 50’s and 6 tackles, but only got his DE up to 52%. If his disposal was a bit better then I reckon everyone would be on him in a flash.
Kieran Jack ($531,500, MID): First game back was OK, with 17 disposals, but only 58% DE. Also had 5 clearances and 7 tackles. Another that may just be a CoachKings option.
Kurt Tippett ($483,800, RUC/FWD): Began the game in the ruck against Mumford and looked to have a bit of trouble early against the bigger Mumford, giving away 2 holding frees in the first quarter. Finished the first half with only 3 possessions and 11 hitouts. Spent some more time forward in the 2nd half, but had 31 hitouts, but only 7 touches for the game.
Dean Rampe ($457,900, DEF): 6 first half touches and 3 rebound 50’s and had 13 touches for the game. Still worried he might be made to be a bit too accountable for his man to be a really good pick down back. Sat on Cameron for large chunks of the game, but that could change once someone like Ted Richards returns.
Callum Sinclair ($409,500, RUC/FWD): Started forward, but switched into the ruck in the 2nd half, but he was going against Lobb and Tomlinson, rather than Mumford like Tippett was. He had 14 touches and 15 hitouts for 122 Supercoach Points. A very good game, but must take into account the lack of Mumford for most of it.
Michael Talia ($390,100, DEF): Played deep in defence in the first half for 5 disposals. Went off late in the game with a hip injury and had 12 touches. Not at his price.
Toby Nankervis ($226,600, RUC/FWD): Didn’t see him, but he apparently touches the ball a couple of times.
Jordan Dawson ($117,300, FWD): Kicked a great supergoal in the 3rd quarter, but only had 3 touches.
Dean Towers ($259,900, FWD): 7 first half touches, but only 29% DE. Finished with 16 touches and 4 clearances, but had 6 clangers and only 37% DE. Still, he was getting plenty of it, and had a decent NAB 1 effort too. Interesting for sure, but not likely.
Zak Jones ($256,600, DEF): Across half back and had 4 touches, 2 rebound 50’s and 3 tackles in the first half and finished with 10 for the game.
Nic Newman ($117,300, DEF): 6 touches and 2 rebound 50’s. Had a very good year in the NEAFL, but and will certainly push for selection, but we’ll have to wait and see if he makes our benches or not.
Tom Papley ($109,900, FWD): Sat on Heath Shaw early, but kicked 2 good goals in the last quarter to finish with 6 disposals, 5 tackles and 2 goals.
Shane Mumford ($570,500, RUC): Looked like his usual self, which is a good thing to see. Went head to head with Tippett in the ruck in the 1st quarter and sat out the rest of the game with his ankle issue flaring up again. Assume it’s just GWS being extra careful to make sure he’s OK for Round 1.
Dylan Shiel ($554,600, MID): Got a fair bit of it in the first half with 11 touches and used the ball very well. He had 22 touches, at 91% efficiency, though 16 of them were uncontested. Also kicked 1.1 and had 4 tackles. Looks so at ease with the ball in his hands.
Heath Shaw ($607,800, DEF): GWS looked to be getting the ball in his hands in the back half. Super busy in the 1st quarter with 9 touches (8 being kicks), 3 rebound 50’s and 2 inside 50’s. Finished the game with 29 touches, 24 of which were kicks, along with 10 rebound 50’s for 143 Supercoach Points. I know he costs a lot, and I also know you’ll potentially get him cheaper later in the year, but he’s certainly not showing any signs that he won’t be the #1 man in defence again in Supercoach.
Callan Ward ($573,900, MID): Matching JPK for work in the middle and around the stoppages early with 8 disposals and 3 clearances in the 1st quarter. A very nice game for Ward in the end, with 22 touches, 14 contested possessions and 11 clearances, along with 8 tackles and 4 inside 50’s. An underrated POD, he averaged 113 in Supercoach in 2014, he could do hit that or better again with Treloar gone.
Ryan Griffen ($489,500, MID): Found plenty of it early, with 8 touches and 3 inside 50’s in the 1st quarter and 13 in the half. 18 touches and 4 inside 50’s, and kicked 1.1 for the game. Looks fit and firing and while I wouldn’t recommend him for Supercoach, he’s the sort of guy you could easily pick for CoachKings.
Toby Greene ($446,900, MID/FWD): Was floating around a bit to start the game. Set shot kicking doesn’t look like it’s improved much, missing a reasonable easy shot on goal in the 1st quarter. Had 11 touches in the first half, with 7 being contested, along with 5 tackles and 1.1. Gave goal assists to Kelly and Shiel. He had 19 touches, 2 clearances, 8 tackles and kicked 1.1 for the game. If tonight is anything to go by I wouldn’t hesitate to pick him in either Supercoach or CoachKings
Steven Johnson ($457,000, FWD): Quiet to begin with, but kicked a goal from a perfectly weighted kick inside 50 from Heath Shaw. Overall, his first game for GWS was quite good, kicking 3.1 and had 17 touches, along with 4 inside 50’s. Not one I’d touch in Supercoach, but CoachKings he could be a good play if he happens to have an insane game and will add another dimension to the GWS forward line.
Jeremy Cameron ($402,300, FWD): Not much going on at all today with only 4 touches. He’ll likely just be a CoachKings selection only.
Jack Steele ($312,200, MID/FWD): Matched up with JPK early, but not much going on in the first half. Got a bit more involved in the midfield as the game progressed and finished with 15 touches, 6 clearances 4 rebound 50’s and 5 inside 50’s. He’s interesting, falls into a dangerous mid-priced category, but does a bit of everything around the ground.
Nathan Wilson ($277,700, DEF): Played halfback and had 16 touches, with 13 of them being kicks. Also had 3 rebound 50’s and 2 tackles. I still like this kid, but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to work him in at his price.
Rory Lobb ($335,800, RUC/FWD): Had a fair chunk of ruck work once Mumford went off, but just had 11 hitouts and 7 disposals.
Caleb March bank ($215,800, DEF): Deep in defence and had 9 first half disposals. 12 disposals for the game, but only 50% DE would be a concern. There will likely be better rookie priced options down back.
Josh Kelly ($381,000, MID): Another GWS Giant who likes the outside, with 16 disposals, but only 3 contested. That’s what he’s there for though. Not
Zac Williams ($375,500, DEF): Looks to be Shaw’s lieutenant down back. He had 9 first half disposals, but 7 handballs in there and finished with 14 touches. Another one who’s at an awkward price to fit into our teams.