The first of three big games today was a very good one. Chock a block full of Fantasy relevance, two young teams looking to push into the top echelons of the 8, this game had a lot of feeling in it.
I won’t do too much of an intro because there is so much to get stuck into, and I need to have a bathroom break before the next game for please for the love of god please finish typing this sentence so we can get into the analysis okay are we done yet good.
Collingwood: Brodie Grundy, Ben Reid, Tyson Goldsack, Jamie Elliot, Matt Scharenberg
Western Bulldogs: Jordan Roughead, Will Minson, Jed Adcock, Mitch Honeychurch
Injuries: Fasolo did something to his hand, and Tom Campbell had a nasty ankle roll.
Jason Johannisen showed every bit and more of what I wanted to see from him in this final NAB cup game. He was sprinting off the back flank into the centre square at most bounces and linking up through the middle. 10 disposals by quarter time, and 33 by full time. Went at 80% efficiency, had 5 tackles and 9 marks. Does anyone remember who picked him out a few weeks ago? Yep, this guy. So, this guy spent most of the afternoon looking like this:
(Although this guy also picked Kurt Tippett, and managed to go Sloane-Rockliff-Sloane-Rockliff last year, so let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, cigar Patch.)
Top Boyd lined up in the ruck for the Dogs, and Marcus Bontempelli ended with the first clearance. It looks like The Bont, Tom Liberatore, Tom Wallis, Jack MaCrae, Liam Picken, Koby Stevens and Lachie Hunter were getting the first shots in the middle, leaving Luke Dahlhaus to run in from the flank. The Dahl only had it 22 times so I’m not taking that at his price. However, The Bont had 10 to quarter time, (at 30% DE) and finished with 22, but played at full forward for parts of the game. However, my lord that kid can play football. No, but damn Marcus.
Tom Liberatore looked to be having no trouble with his knee, and went third man up often, which could leave us with juicy extra points. A clearance king and who doesn’t butcher it, but he only had it 14 times and gave away rusty frees against. Would take a brave person to skip him at 360K though…
All-Australian captain Robert Murphy was very good off the half back flank, and showed he is still the main man back there. He’s not at the forefront of my watchlist but he’s not a bad pick at all. Had moments in the third where he was uncharacteristically flustered.
Million Dollar Man Tom Boyd might be making a name for himself as a part time ruckman. He bullocked through packs and took some very strong marks when resting forward. He finished with _ goals and _ possessions. At 284k in Supercoach he’s a no in long form, but in teams with weaker ruckmen, I’d look at getting him in for Coachkings. If you’re in a keeper draft league, look out for this guy down the order.
Matthew Suckling spent the first half forward and looked lively, kicking a monster 9 pointer in the second. He was involved, and switched into the back half late in the game to run off the back flank. Suckling is a DEF/FWD swingman who has flown under the radar for many, but after his _ touches he should be back on.
THE PACKAGE had a quiet day, getting left up forward and not having a good look at it. I’ll be giving Jake Stringer a miss and recommend others do too. A CoachKings jet on his night, however.
Easton Wood played a much more defensive role, with less rebound marks and run and carry than we saw last year. Matthew Boyd looked to be coming off a wing at times, and floated through the middle as a link player. Had lots of the ball – 30 touches in fact – but he’s worth lots of cash and I’m not sold.
Keiran Collins didn’t end up on the ground, and Marcus Adams had the job on key talls. Was serviceable, but coughed it up a few times. If anyone knows where Collins ended up, chuck it in the comments for us because I’ve got to get stuck into Collingwood!
Adam Treloar ran out for his first game in the ones for the Pies and looked good. He spent a lot of time starting in the middle and ended with 2 goals and nearly 30 touches at some 8-% efficiency. Will work into it more as the season progresses. Anyone game enough?
The Collingwood midfield brigade was significant today. Alongside Treloar and ruckman Jarrod Witts was a rotation of Taylor Adams, Jordan De Goey, Steele Sidebottom and Brent Macaffer. Scott Pendlebury was sent into the middle in the second half, but spent much of the first half floating around in the forward line, and then was sent to the half back flank to stem the flow of Dog goals in the second quarter. It worried me how easily Bucks sent him back there. I’m mildly concerned.
Taylor Adams had a very good day to cap off a very good NAB cup – as someone reminded me in the comments last week, he only had 40% game time in NAB 1, which has annoyingly thrown him back among Wines and Parker for that M6 spot. He finished with 29 touches, 10 contested. Hmmm.
Significantly, James Aish didn’t get game time until midway through the last.
Best 22 doubtful https://t.co/WHJ4HXTm9y
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) March 12, 2016
Aaaaaand CUT from the watchlist.
Speaking of the watchlist, Jordan De Goey spent a lot of time in the guts. He had it 21 times, 12 of those contested, and looked every bit a good midfielder. He’s by no means perfect – he was run down a few times and made some silly decisions – but I’d be confident enough to pencil him in for a 90-95 average. Will play mid. Will score.
Darcy Moore and Corey Gault impressed me a lot, with Gault spending time in the ruck. Indicates to me that Witts will be dropped for round one, with Grundy to return. CoachKings relevant, Moore draft relevant, neither for long form sides. Gault’s rise also spells the end for Jesse White, to the detriment of those of us who love seeing pissed off Pies fans.
Former Geelong speedster Travis Varcoe played a scintillating game, but I can’t see him scoring enough to force his way into our sides. He was saving goals deep in defence, running down the wing, kicking ridiculous goals over his shoulder and looked like Collingwood’s best player today outside Treloar and Adams. Not for long form.
Brent Macaffer the only ‘rookie’ of note at the Pies, and with 13 touches was involved but not enough for 191k in the guts. Prefer Parish and Mills. On top of that, no Tom Phillips spells bad omens for the 117k MID/FWD’s round one prospects.
BUCKETLOADS of analysis here that I’ve had to skim over, because I’m off to Perth to watch the UFC 198 Cage Fight between Patrick Dangerfield and Nat Fyfe. Apparently Geelong and Fremantle will also be there, too.