Oh dear lord. I hate the NAB cup. I mean I love it, but I hate it so much.
Reading so much into meaningless formlines, the uncertainty over which bastard is actually going to set the world on fire season proper and which bastard will burn you.
And it ruins oh so many pairs of trousers.
Aaron Hall has destroyed a pair of my pants. I’m holding @LekBlog responsible.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) March 11, 2016
After tonight, I feel like we can safely slot on bastard into the fire. I felt the fire of Aaron Hall tonight, community and finally see what Lekdog sees in him. I am a changed man. The fire – of his tackles, of his attack on the ball and the ferocity he attacks packs with – is a sight to behold. Not only that, he goes forward, makes chances and takes chances. He could have had 5 sausage rolls tonight, and with Golf Coast still completely unable to manage rotations he will be pumped into the guts all year long. Tippett is out and Hall is in. But enough. The game was more than the Aaron Hall show, even if my Mr Johnson disagrees with me.
Absent best 22:
ADELAIDE – Brad Crouch, Rory Atkins, Charlie Cameron, Troy Menzel GOLD COAST – Gary Ablett Jnr, David Swallow, Dion Prestia, Jaeger O’Maera, Kade Kolodjashnij We were fortunately free of injuries tonight, unless you count the cramps of Gold Coast as injuries. Which we don’t, because if you’re stupid enough to use all but 9 of your rotations before ¾ time, that’s a paddlin’. Now onto the relevance!
Paul Seedsman headlined the Supercoach scoring for the Crows with 118, which is not bad for a bloke I only realised was playing sometime in the third quarter. He slipped under the radar early, but late in the game really took the ball out of defence on numerous occasions, and also slipped up to the wing. 324k in Supercoach if he takes your fancy. Also running out of Adelaide’s backline were the linchpins Rory Laird and Brodie Smith. Smith was very busy early, but Laird built to finish with 28 touches at 85% for 91 Supercoach. Smith had 25 and 81 Supercoach points.
oh no i din’t need this – Brodie Smith is smoking, could catch fire and BURN .. back in the discussion after tonight I feel — MJ (@Da_Mad_Irishman) March 11, 2016
Bloody NAB 3. Plays with your head. Sam Jacobs had an outstanding game, raking in 41 hitouts, picking the pill up 18 times and using it at 84%, which is incredible for a man of his stature and hair colour.
Matt Crouch had leather poisoning with 10 touches at quarter time, and finished with 28. However, 18 of those were by hand. He did have 12 contested possessions, and picked up 4 tackles and 7 marks. Was used heavily through the guts.
There’s no space for either Crouch in my side, but for those looking to stack the bookends they are value. Brad Crouch was apparently in doubt, then a certainty, and then dropped for disciplinary reasons. He will play round one, but without that glance at him I won’t go there.
— Brodie smith (@Brodiesmith33) March 2, 2016
Speaking of not having space for good footballers, Scott Thompson is a rather good footballer who will be in no-one’s Supercoach team come round 1. If you’re drafting, sneak him with a late pick for a 107 average, and lock him in for CoachKings, but… yeah nah. Rory Sloane had a very nothing game, and would back him in to have a middling season as he stalls without Patrick Dangerfield. 20 touches and not much mid time. Pass. Similarly, Cam Ellis-Yolman, Richard Douglas and David MacKay are all not worth considering outside CoachKings. Eddie Betts was resoundingly beaten tonight by Adam Saad, who was playing a new role deep in defence, but will have games where he scores 592 CoachKings points. On the rookie front, Dean Gore sat out most of the game, getting pity minutes at the end to come on and kick a goal. I don’t expect to see him early in the year. Wayne Milera should get games, but won’t score enough to justify spending 175k on him. However, Mitch McGovern, the younger brother of Jeremy in the west, looks to have picked up his brothers’ penchants of both being rather good at this sport business and finding ways of making me want to select him.
Good overhead, kicked a few, played minutes in what Don Pyke said was a rehearsal of round 1. If he’s named, I’m picking him.
I had a bloody arousing evening watching Aaron Hall play football. The rest of the Suns were okay, and the battle between Sam Day and Peter Wright for the second tall spot was interesting, and Ryan Davis could be a very nice bench spot if he is elevated. Beyond that, there wasn’t a huge amount here to look at.
This Jack Martin kid will be a superstar one day, but not this year. Pass.
Matt Rosa run through the middle at times, floated forward and also played deep in defence. He looks like he’ll plug whatever hole is needed each week, and for me that’s not something I like from my players. He had 22 touches for 60 odd points.
Trent McKenzie scored 75 from 12 touches, which impresses me immensely. This kid is tempting me, and as the player with the most games for the Suns needs to step up this year and lead. No Kade Kolodjashnij – who missed with a calf – skews his score as we’re still not sure where Thumper plays this year. Nick Malceski didn’t look much chop: 62 from 19 touches, and he still has no idea why he was given a right foot, because he doesn’t kick anything with it.
Rookie forward Callum Ah Chee impressed me up front, but suffers the same problem Milera does – too flashy a player for the price range. No, but I look forward to watching him without riding on him to kick goals and just appreciate what he does with the ball.
Ryan Davis also looked good. The bargain basement mature aged rookie had it 13 times rotating between forward and midfield. He butchered the thing, going at just over 50% DE, but looked like he’ll improve. Played 130 games in the WAFL and I reckon he’ll adjust to AFL pretty quick.
“..Eade was also pleased with first round draft pick Callum Ah Chee, and mature-age rookie Ryan Davis, saying both were likely to play in the season opener.”
source: afl.com.au after the game
Ruckman Tom Nicholls showed some grunt but not much else, and Dan Currie looks to have been banished from yet another club’s ruck position. Peter Wright should be a CoachKings lock, but not longform. Jarred Harbrow ran around and got it a lot but did little with it.
The Sun’s midfield brigade – the one on the park, not the ones on the sidelines – won’t be selections in any form for mine. Sexton, Hallahan, Rischetelli and Miller all middled around and all sort of got the ball, but for the love of god don’t pick one of them expecting to see a breakout.
What have I missed, community? What did you take out of the game?