RD3: The Heroes. The Villains. The Damned.
What a sight it was, Community, to see two of the great behemoths of the game going toe-to-toe in an epic ruck battle on Sunday.
The hulking figures of Todd Goldstein and Max Gawn locked horns like beasts from the hinterland and delivered their owners a bounty of Supercoach points.
Those who had the Goldstein – Gawn ruck combination would have been absolutely salivating.
The pair had 344 SC points between them. Enough said.
— Chris Aylen (@Chris_Aylen) April 8, 2016
Todd Goldstein (172 SC)
Oh, how the Goldstein owners must be laughing now. The competition’s premier big man was back to his illustrious best on Sunday with five goals helping him pump out a massive score. A 200 plus total was on the cards after he was sitting on a whopping 120-odd at half-time. Has barely dropped in price and doesn’t look like he will. Starting with him from day dot looks to have been the right option.
Max Gawn (172 SC)
While Goldy was good up forward, Gawn put on an absolute masterclass against the league’s best ruckman to finish with 63 hit outs and two goals of his own. This bloke is the real deal and could challenge Goldy as the number one big man this season. We can look forward to compelling contests between these two for years to come.
Patrick Dangerfield (166 SC)
Has the potential to be the highest averaging player in Supercoach this year. A CoachKings must, even at his premium price. Simply enormous presence, so strong for a midfielder and ultra competitive. Like Nat Fyfe, looks almost the complete package.
Ben Kennedy (50 SC)
Those who did not start with Kennedy but made the decision to trade him in before Round 3 on the back of some good form would have been severely disappointed. Had a very quiet day and just couldn’t get near it. Only 15 touches.
Tom Papley (46 SC)
It’s a bit rough to paint a rookie as a villain, but given the fact he posted back to back tons in the first two rounds, many of us got sucked into trading the Papsmear in and starting him on our fields. It was a move that backfired severely. He is not alone though, as his Sydney rookie mates in Mills and Hewett have hardly set the world alight either.
Jason Johannisen (70 SC)
The bubble has well and truly burst. Started this season like a house on fire, but in doing so has attracted the attention of the opposition. The Hawks were much tighter on him. If this trend continues expect his scores to follow a similar path.
Heath Shaw (129 SC)
Put on a resurgent display and enough to suggest he will still be the number one defender this season. Was his team’s best player in a losing side with 22 of his 27 touches being kicks. Expect him to go big again in the coming weeks.
Michael Barlow (99 SC)
So it wasn’t the glorious 140 we were all hoping for, but those of us that held this man should be proud of themselves. Looked much better and found plenty of it. Still didn’t play much midfield, which is a concern, but with Mundy out again this week, we can be optimistic of the chances of another good score.
Brodie Smith (107 SC)
This man had plenty of doubters heading into Round One after an ordinary preseason. But he has not put a foot wrong so far. Looks to be recapturing the form of 2014 when he averaged 93. Solid scores of 94, 86 and 107 to start proceedings.
Toby Greene (52 SC)
The yo-yo scoring continues for Toby, who was rubbish again this week, similar to Round One. Pumped out a nice 120 last week, but if this sort of schizophrenic scoring continues, he will become a big frustration for his owners. Much like a cheating ex, he is fast becoming untrustworthy.
Daniel Rich (late withdrawal)
The late withdrawal wasn’t all that surprising. What many have overlooked when selecting Rich in their defence this season is his deplorable injury history. The bloke’s just not durable and doesn’t get on the park enough. Consider trading.
Sam Gray (78 SC)
Probably a bit harsh to put Sammy in The Damned column, but I’ve been influenced by a co-worker who has him and is calling for his head. With scores of 57 last week and 78 this week, he just doesn’t look like being that top six forward we were hoping for. Butchers the footy. Had it 37 times in Round 1 for just 99 SC.