The Rookie Scout: Round 12
I’d like to start off the Rookie Scout report with an apology.
I’m just a man and I make mistakes, so I stand here before you today, the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Football Community, to say I was wrong, and I’m sorry.
Just when you go and write some blokes off, they come back and go “Oi! You don’t know what the hell you’re talking about” and pump out a fantasy football score that makes you ashamed you ever doubted them. To the Sam Kerridges, the Ryan Davis’s, the Daniel Gorringe’s, the Darcy Byrne-Jones’s, from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry I ever questioned any of you… Dougal Howard, you can still go and get stuffed though.
Anyway, welcome to the Round 12 Rookie Scouting Report! Round 11 may have been one of the more critical weeks for rookies in fantasy football. We had some long term rookies produce some good scores to hopefully extend their shelf life just a bit longer and we also had some very important debuts, with the likes of Jack Trengove and Kade Stewart playing their first games and producing some good scores, as well as Sam Collins monstering out a triple figure score in Supercoach just when he’s on the bubble.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) June 9, 2016
Ryan DavisSC Price: $273,900 | AF Price: $288,000 | CoachKings Price: $4,700 Round 11 Stats: 16 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal, 12 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 84 SCPoints, 98 AFPoints, 87 CKPoints
He’s been on fire the past two weeks, producing his two highest scores of the year in Supercoach. The biggest difference has probably been his role in the team, with him being allowed to move out of the forward 50 and down the wings a bit more often than he was earlier in the year. He’s still owned by 27.2% of teams, so his ownership percentage still held up despite him being droped earlier in the year and his BE is -11 this week, so he should be above 300K by this time next week.
Clayton OliverSC Price: $317,000 | AF Price: $334,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,200 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Monday, Melbourne VS Collingwood Round 11 Stats: 18 disposals, 3 tackles, 4 clearances, 69 SCPoints, 57 AFPoints, 58 CKPoints
Did some clearance work in the middle, but just not a lot happening for Oliver last week. His BE is still low at 39 and while his ownership percentage has dropped from 20% to just 12% in the last fortnight, he still has a little bit more cash to earn. I’d think about upgrading him during the Demon’s Round 14 bye.
Christian PetraccaSC Price: $312,100 | AF Price: $347,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,300 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Monday, Melbourne VS Collingwood Round 11 Stats: 17 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal, 7 inside 50’s, 89 SCPoints, 85 AFPoints, 101 CKPoints
Back to what we hope for from Petracca each week, scoring a very useful 89 SCPoints. His BE is starting to creep up now, it’s currently sitting at 47, but as long as he doesn’t have a stinker, he’ll still manage to make cash for the foreseeable future. His scoring has been up and down , 61, 105, 51 and 89 in his last month of footy, but has a reasonable fixture over the next month, with the Demons taking on Collingwood, Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and St Kilda. Lock him in in CoachKings for a huge Monday game.
Jack TrengoveSC Price: $156,500 | AF Price: $329,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,400 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Monday, Melbourne VS Collingwood Round 11 Stats: 19 disposals, 2 tackles, 4 clearances, 60 SCPoints, 63 AFPoints, 54 CKPoints
It was his first AFL match since Round 2, 2014 and it was absolutely fantastic to see Trengove out there on a footy field. There wasn’t really any midfield time for Trengove on the weekend, gathering 74% of his possessions in the defensive half as he spent a lot of time across half back and had only 7 contested possessions as well as a DE of 68%. It will still take him time to adjust to AFL footy though, so for his first game back, he played very well. Obviously one you’d look at in Supercoach rather than AFL Fantasy where he still has a decent price tag on him. He’s an interesting one for CoachKings, but I’d probably look at Clayton Oliver for $200 less first.
Darcy ParishSC Price: $319,700 | AF Price: $353,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,200 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Friday night, Essendon VS Hawthorn Round 11 Stats: 22 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 2 clearances, 59 SCPoints, 73 AFPoints, 59 CKPoints
He got plenty of the ball with 22 disposals, but only 7 kicks and a disposal efficiency of just 50% really hurt Parish in fantasy football, especially in Supercoach. His price dropped $9.2K this week and he faces a BE of 65, with his Supercoach average being 70. His ownership percentage has slowly been trickling down, dropping 8% over the last fortnight, if he has a really good game against the Hawks this week you might be able to keep him until the Bombers bye in Round 14, but he could make a good guy to downgrade to Jack Trengove next week if you still have him. In CoachKings, his handball happy gamestyle scores similar to Supercoach, so I wouldn’t lock him in immediately.
Jacob HopperSC Price: $268,300 | AF Price: $326,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,200 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Sunday, GWS VS Sydney Round 11 Stats: 11 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal, 8 tackles, 65 SCPoints, 78 AFPoints, 56 CKPoints
He had 11 disposals, but only 4 and had a DE of 54%, so it was probably lucky that he kicked a goal and had so many tackles because he certainly wasn’t getting his points from using the footy. The risk with Hopper with his higher than normal rookie price would be that he’d score the same as any other rookie and not be worth the extra $70K, and so far, apart from his performance against a weakened Gold Coast side, it looks like that risk hasn’t paid off for the 27.4% of teams that traded him in. He’s by no means a dud, but with the Giants facing tough sides in the Bulldogs, Crows and Cats over the last 3 weeks, it’s been left up to the senior players to do the hard work in the middle. His BE is still only 39 this week, but another poor game or two in the 50-60 point range will see that climb up quickly. After Sydney this week the Giants do have a run of easier games against Essendon, Carlton, Collingwood and Brisbane, so there is a chance for him to play really well there. It’s not that often we get GWS games in CoachKings, but I’d expect him to have some trouble against a very good Sydney side.
Sam KerridgeSC Price: $417,300 | AF Price: $441,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,300 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Sunday, St Kilda VS Carlton Round 11 Stats: 30 disposals, 16 marks, 1 goal, 2 tackles, 7 inside 50’s, 126 SCPoints, 139 AFPoints, 140 CKPoints
Take a bow Kedge that was an absolute fantastic game. That score pushed his price up $29K and over the $400K mark and moved his BE down to 56. It might be a bit premature to go ape over this score though, every game he has scored in triple figures, he’s produced a score in the 60s the next week. Round 2, 108, Round 3, 65, Round 5, 115, Round 6, 65, Round 9, 105, Round 10, 68. With that in mind, it’s hard to pass him up in CoachKings, he could easily bust out a repeat effort of 140 CKPoints.
Mitch McGovernSC Price: $303,700 | AF Price: $288,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,900 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Saturday night, West Coast VS Adelaide (SA VENUES ONLY) Round 11 Stats: 7 disposals, 7 marks, 1 goal, 2 goal assists, 58 SCPoints, 47 AFPoints, 77 CKPoints
Another “almost” game for McGovern, he had 4 shots on goal, but could only return 1.3 for the day. They weren’t exactly the toughest shots either. His BE is 59 this week, which is right at his average, but with the Crows having a Round 13 bye I’d consider him as one to make a move with in Round 14.
Matthew DeaSC Price: $384,400 | AF Price: $367,000 | CoachKings Price: $7,600 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Friday night, Essendon VS Hawthorn Round 11 Stats: 13 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 48 SCPoints, 48 AFPoints, 47 CKPoints
He’s had a quiet fortnight since his big score of 126 against St Kilda in Round 9, producing scores of 60 and 48 SCPoint since then. His BE has rocketed up to 121 this week, so like Brown, if you still own him, consider a downgrade to Collins. And if you have both? Maybe consider painting the fence with the pair of them, one down to Collins and the other up to a quality defender. At his current price and output I’d skip him in CoachKings.
Marcus AdamsSC Price: $370,400 | AF Price: $326,000 | CoachKings Price: $8,300 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Saturday, Port Adelaide VS Western Bulldogs Round 11 Stats: 18 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 10 1%ers, 85 SCPoints, 69 AFPoints, 102 CKPoints
Adams has been very good since his return, with scores of 84 and 85 over the past two weeks. His BE has been pushed down to 53 this week, but as long as he’s putting up solid scores like that, I’d still have him sitting as my D6 for a little while longer.
Darcy Byrne-JonesSC Price: $328,100 | AF Price: $311,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,800 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Saturday, Port Adelaide VS Western Bulldogs Round 11 Stats: 20 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 73 SCPoints, 80 AFPoints, 77 CKPoints
He’s finished his ride through a high BE and come out of the other side looking like he’s got even more cash generation left in him. He’s had scores of 88 and 73 SCPoints since his down patch in Round 8 and 9 and now has a BE of just 35 to his name. A score in the 70’s has that BE jumping up to the 60’s next week, but he has shown he can score higher than that and I’d have him as a pretty good chance to against the Bulldogs at Adelaide Oval this weekend. Has to be considered at his price in CoachKings.
Anthony McDonald-TipungwutiSC Price: $384,800 | AF Price: $344,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,800 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Friday night, Essendon VS Hawthorn Round 11 Stats: 16 disposals, 3 marks, 1 goal, 1 tackle, 3 clearances, 3 rebound 50’s, 80 SCPoints, 60 AFPoints, 101 CKPoints
Continues to be fantastically consistent in Supercoach, averaging 83 SCPoints over his last 5 weeks of footy. He may be getting up to near his peak price now, with a BE of 68 on the horizon, but beware, John Worsfold has flagged the possibility of the Bombers missing their Friday night clash, with Walla missing training on Tuesday and the Bombers conscious of managing his workload with a trip to Perth scheduled for next week.
Jacob WeiteringSC Price: $299,000 | AF Price: $286,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,500 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Sunday, St Kilda VS Carlton Round 11 Stats: 24 disposals, 14 marks, 3 tackles, 121 SCPoints, 118 AFPoints, 147 CKPoints
He’d been quiet since his return from injury, but Weitering broke out again against Brisbane, producing a massive score of 121 SCPoints. His ownership percentage dropped from 50% down to 20% when he was injured, but the 20% of people who still have him would be pleased with the result last week. His DE is -1 this week, so he’ll still earn more cash from here. As for CoachKings, you’d be crazy to skip him after last week.
Oscar McDonaldSC Price: $232,000 | AF Price: $218,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,000 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Monday, Melbourne VS Collingwood Round 11 Stats: 22 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 3 rebound 50’s, 9 1%ers, 93 SCPoints, 59 AFPoints, 96 CKPoints
He’s slowly been improving his scores, in Supercoach at least, and it all came together for Oscar against the Hawks, belting out 93 SCPoints. He’s obviously more of a Supercoach player than AFL Fantasy one, with scores of 49 and 59 in AFL Fantasy over the past fortnight, compared to scores of 68 and 93 in Supercoach. His BE is all the way down to -22 this week, so should be in for another decent price rise this week. You’d have to seriously consider picking him in CoachKings after last weeks performance.
Sam CollinsSC Price: $117,300 | AF Price: $194,000 | CoachKings Price: $5,200 Round 11 Stats: 24 disposals, 11 marks, 9 1%ers, 100 SCPoints, 97 AFPoints, 160 CKPoints
A fantastic game for Collins, producing a Supercoach ton in just his 2nd career game. He’s only owned by 9% of Supercoachers at the end of Round 11, so I’d fully expect that number to explode this week. His BE is -89 this week, so you have to get on now because even just a decent game in the 60’s will see his price rise another 50-60K.
Mason CoxSC Price: $270,600 | AF Price: $255,000 | CoachKings Price: $6,000 FEATURED COACHKINGS CONTEST: Monday, Melbourne VS Collingwood Round 11 Stats: 8 disposals, 6 marks, 2 goals, 13 hitouts, 64 SCPoints, 64 AFPoints, 111 CKPoints
There wasn’t much happening for the Pies in front of goals after the first quarter, though Cox still managed to score OK, though he did luck out by being given a very generous free in front of goals at the end of the 1st quarter for one of his goals. I’m sure if any Goldstein owners had Cox they would have been loving those 64 SCPoints from Cox though. His BE is 51 now, so I’d say it’s 50/50 if he hits that this week, but the Pies have a Round 13 bye, so I’m sure Cox will keep for another couple of weeks. He’s at a fair price in CoachKings, and he did produce triple figures last week.
THE BEST OF THE REST…
Daniel Rioli – Not much happening for Rioli with just 29 SCPoints from 11 disposals. 3 frees against didn’t help his fantasy footy scores at all. BE is up to 66 now, so it’s likely he’ll start to lose cash.
Kade Stewart – Great debut from Stewart with 16 disposals and 9 tackles for 90 SCPoints. Costs just 102K as a midfielder in Supercoach. Keep an eye out for him to see how he goes this week and at only $3,800 in CoachKings you’d be crazy to look past him on Friday night.
Josh Wagner – Back to his best after a lean month prior, scoring 100 SCPoints from 21 disposals. His BE is still only 17, so more cash to be earnt for him now. His ownership % never rose above 6%, but those 6% of SCers will be happy with last week.
Jayden Hunt – Average game for Hunt with 10 disposals and 6 tackles for 51 SCPoints.
Ciaran Byrne – He had 18 disposals against Brisbane, but only produced 49 SCPoints due to 18 of his possessions being uncontested.
Daniel Gorringe – Did some good work around the ground, with 18 disposals, 7 marks and 12 hitouts, as well as a goal and 2 goal assists. Return of 92 SCPoints is a very good result for him.
Jarrad Jansen – Made his AFL debut after spending the previous two years at Geelong and had a very good game with 21 disposals, 5 tackles, 4 clearances and a goal for 98 SCPoints. Pushed out Mathieson for a spot, so will be interesting to see how they handle the situation going forwards, but with Allen Christensen out for 8 weeks with a broken collarbone there now might be room for both.
Ben Keays – The usual from Keays, scoring 67 SCPoints with 10 disposals and 5 tackles.
Josh Schache – Kicked 1.2 as well as having 9 dispsosals and 2 marks for 59 SCPoints.
Jackson Paine – Never been the greatest fantasy footballer and that continued on the weekend with just the 8 disposals and 22 SCPoints.
Jonathan Freeman – Just 6 disposals for Freeman, but kicked a goal and also had 3 tackles for 40 SCPoints.
Lincoln McCarthy – Returned after missing 3 weeks and hit at about his average, finishing with 11 disposals, 1 goal and 50 SCPoints. His BE is 86 this week, but will drop down to the 30’s the week after once that score of 15 that he got in Round 7 is out of his rolling average. So if you’re one of the 6.9% of teams with him still in your side, you should probably hold him for another 3 weeks or so and let him build some cash back up. He’s only $4,500 in CoachKings and selectable for the North VS Geelong game in VIC, NSW and TAS, so he’s worth a look there as he can put up a good score if he kicks a few goals.
Tom Ruggles – Quiet game from Ruggles with only 7 disposals and 3 tackles for 34 SCPoints. His BE is 54 this week, which is just below his season average of 56, so it’s debatable if he’ll gain or lose cash this week.
Darcy Tucker – Decent game for Tucker with 16 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 63 SCPoints. He’s still only $158K, a buyable price for sure, but most will go for Collins instead.
Michael Apeness – Just no luck on the injury front for Apeness, he missed the majority of last year and the first two months of this year with a knee injury and in his first AFL game back since Round 17 in 2014 he broke his collarbone.
Will Hams – He’s been with the Bombers for a good 4 odd years now and played just his 6th career game last week, ending up with 14 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 54 SCPoints. I probably wouldn’t look in his direction, especially with a price tag of $158,300.
Mitch Brown – If he can’t make an impact on the scoreboard he generally hasn’t scored well this year, that happened again last week, producing just 10 disposals, 3 tackles and 29 SCPoints. He’s fallen below 300K now and has a BE of 99 this week, if you’re one of the 37.3% of people who still own him, I’d consider a downgrade to Sam Collins this week.
Callum Ah Chee – Very good game from Ah Chee, he had a career high 20 disposals, as well as 3 marks and 8 tackles for 82 SCPoints.
James Rose – Played his first AFL game as a late in for Callum Mills and had 16 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal, 6 tackles and 73 SCPoints. Debatable if he’ll get a game this week.
Harry Marsh – Has played 2 games, so is now on the bubble, but scores don’t really warrant a downgrade. Against Gold Coast he had just 8 disposals and 2 tackles for 41 SCPoints. Only scored 51 the week before.
George Hewett – Suffered a concussion in the 1st quarter, so he finished with just the 11 SCPoints. Swans are still iffy on if he’ll be available this week, but you’d think with Callum Mills being given last week off for a rest that it’d be easy enough to make sure Hewett is fine and swap him out for Mills. Hewett’s BE is now at 95 for this week.
Josh Smith – Scored 65 SCPoints from 21 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles, which is just below his season average of 71. He’s now just ticked over 300K and has a BE of 39. He’s looking like the perfect guy to look as an upgrade option after his bye in Round 13.
Matthew Goodyear – Quiet game for him with just 7 disposals and 26 SCPoints.
Ben Crocker – Betty’s long lost son, Ben had just 7 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 34 SCPoints.
Dougal Howard – Not much happening for Howard with just 6 disposals, 3 marks, 2 hitouts and 14 SCPoints.
Logan Austin – Made his AFL debut last week and had a solid game with 10 disposals, 5 marks, 10 1%ers and 66 SCPoints. With Alipate Carlile injuring his knee in the SANFL and looking like he’ll miss 10-12 weeks, Logan should have fairly solid job security going forward if he puts in performances like that. He’s only $3,800 in CoachKings, which makes him almost an instant starter.
Bailey Williams – Produced his lowest Supercoach score in his 3 games, with 13 disposals and 2 marks netting him a score of 35 SCPoints.
Josh Dunkley – Couldn’t continue on with that big score he produced last week, with just 43 SCPoints coming from 12 disposals, 4 marks, 1 goal and 3 tackles. 58% DE didn’t help him in Supercoach. He’s still moderately priced in CoachKings at $4,700, so he does make an OK cheaper selection if you need to save some cash.
Tom Cole – On the bubble this week, though hasn’t displayed enough scoring potential to make him worth considering. Against the Bulldogs he had 12 disposals and 4 marks for 41 SCPoints. Only scored 48 SCPoints last week against the Gold Coast.
Wayne Milera – Continues to do very nice things with the ball when he does get it, the issue is he usually only gets the ball 8-12 times a game. He had 12 disposals against the Saints, but also added 4 marks, 4 tackles and 3 goal assists for 70 SCPoints. He scored 67 in CoachKings last week and if you get desperate for a cheaper pick, he might be one to look at, only costing $4,900.
Jade Gresham – Has had his two highest scores of the year over the past fortnight, with 70 the other week against Fremantle and 66 SCPoints against Adelaide last week. Against the Crows he had 16 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and a goal.
AROUND THE GROUNDS…
Tom Phillips – A whopper of a game for Phillips, slotting 3.1 and adding 33 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles and 4 inside 50’s. He was a late pick in the draft last year, but might be more remembered from the pre-season where he toppled Steele Sidebottom for the fastest result in the 2km time trial. He’s 117K with MID and FWD eligibility.
Aaron Francis – The Bombers VFL side had a bye last week, but Bombers coach John Worsfold has said Francis won’t be considered for the Bombers main side until he has a few good weeks in the VFL, stating “Right at this stage I’d say he needs to play a couple of really good games, so plug that into where he’s at at the moment, [a debut] is at least three weeks away I would guess.”
Declan Hamilton – Solid game for Hamilton with 23 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles as Footscray were annihilated by Williamstown 128 to 56.
Connor Menadue – Not the greatest effort for the Richmond VFL side, booting 3.13 for the game against Coburg, with 3.7 of that coming in the final quarter. Tigers were down 7.8 to 0.6 at the end of the third quarter! Anyway, Menadue didn’t really help his chances for a recall one way or the other, with 18 disposals, 7 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.
Jayden Short – 20 disposals for Short, all kicks, as well as 5 marks, 7 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and 5 rebound 50’s. We like blokes who kick in Supercoach.
Liam McBean – Rotated forward and in the ruck, kicking 1.3, as well as grabbing 15 disposals, 4 tackles and 17 hitouts. He’s kicked 15.12 for the year, after kicking 42 goals from 16 games last year, so he’s on track for just 30 goals in the same amount of games this year. Not the greatest sign for a guy who has played only 2 games after being drafted in 2012.
Sam Menegola – Drafted by Geelong late in the 2015 draft, the oft-injured 24 year old has had stints on both Fremantle and Hawthorns rookie list. He’s had consistent knee issues, missing nearly all of 2013, as well as pieces of 2014. He hurt his PCL in the pre-season, but played his first VFL game on the weekend, grabbing 22 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and 8 inside 50’s as Geelong went down to Sandringham by 2 points. As long as he stays healthy and can find some form he could make his AFL debut in the 2nd half of the year.
Josh Saunders – Saunders had 22 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and booted a goal for the Sandringham Zebras.
Nathan Freeman – Was due to make his return for the Sandringham Development side, but again his hamstrings are playing up, reporting tightness after training, so it’s back to the drawing board for him and the Saints.
Tom Lee – Didn’t play on the weekend, but with Hugh Goddard now out for the year, as well as Nick Riewoldt iffy with a knee injury AND Paddy McCartin out with a concussion you would think Lee, who has experience playing as a key position player at either end, would be a real chance for a recall.
Ben Kennedy – Seemed to do his best to earn a recall as the Casey Scorpions beat Port Melbourne by 35 points. Kennedy had 30 disposals, 9 tackles and kicked 3.2, but we’d probably all have traded him out by the time he gets back in the main side.
Jack Silvagni – He’d kicked just 5 goals in his previous 3 games, but Jack had the goal kicking boots on against Frankston, booting 4.2, to go along with 19 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles. Great effort from the youngster.
Marc Pittonet – Just the 9 disposals for Pittonet, as well as 2 marks, 8 tackles and 22 hitouts. With Jonathan Cegler suspended this week there’s a possibility he’ll be playing for the Hawks main side this week. Unless you’re a CoachKings player you probably won’t care though.
Kieran Lovell – A 1st round pick for the Hawks this year, he was fantastic in the Box Hill Hawks win against North Ballarat netting 31 disposals, including 28 kicks, as well as 8 marks, 5 inside 50’s, 7 rebound 50’s and 8 tackles.
Kaiden Brand – Kicked a goal, as well as having 17 disposals, 5 marks, 6 rebound 50’s and 4 tackles
(Remember to pronounce it “SAN-FUL” or the Boogie Man AKA John Olsen will get ya!)
Jesse Palmer – He kicked 2.2 for the Port Magpies, along with 16 disposals, 8 marks and 5 tackles as the Maggies went down to Glenelg by 19 points (Yay! Just cause I’m a Glenelg member)
Riley Boner – Just 15 disposals for Boner, with 12 kicks in there, as well as 2 marks and 1 tackle.
Harrison Wigg – Another solid game for Wigg who is averaging 21 disposals for the Crows reserves this year. He had 27 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles as the Crows lost to the Double Blues of Sturt by 10 points.
Tom Doedee – The surprise 1st round selection of this year’s draft, he had probably his best game of the year, with 21 disposals and 12 marks. Will be tough to break into the Crows backline unless injury strikes though, as well as having someone like Andy Otten ahead of him who would earn first recall in such a scenario occurring.
Alex Keath – Was previously pre-listed by the Gold Coast suns as a 17 year old, but decided to pursue a cricket career. He missed all of the Crows pre-season playing Big Bash cricket for Adelaide (though I don’t think he actually played a game) as well as local cricket for Prospect. He’s been playing as a CHB for the Crows reserves and was solid last weekend with 20 disposals and 8 marks.
Dean Gore – The “steak knives” in the Dangerfield trade, he’s been pretty unassuming at SANFL level for most of the year after some OK performances in the NAB Challenge games. He’s averaging just 18 disposals, 5 marks and 5 tackles in his 8 SANFL games and had 18 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles against Sturt on the weeekend.
Brady Grey – Lots of defensive work for Grey, laying a game high 11 tackles to go along with 22 disposals and 2 marks.
Josh Deluca – OK game for Deluca, with 19 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles for the Peel Thunder who defeated Subiaco by 4 points.
Jackson Nelson – Was 2nd on East Perth’s disposal tally with 27 disposals and 7 tackles as East Perth lost to West Perth by 31 points.
Kurt Mutimer – The Mutt had 18 disposals, 4 marks and 6 tackles for East Perth.
Rhys Mathieson – Did his chances for a recall no harm, leading the Lions with 29 disposals, 3 marks and 8 tackles. Brisbane ended up scoring even less than the Richmond VFL side, kicking 2.5 for the game and lost to the Canberra Demons 17 to 60.
Josh Watts – Watts, a 194cm defender missed the first 7 weeks with a groin injury, but has played the last 4 games for the Lions reserves, averaging 15 disposals and 5 marks in that time. He ended up with 20 disposals, 3 tackles, 4 marks and 6 inside 50’s last week.
Liam Dawson – Played for the Lions main side in Round 4-6, he missed a few weeks with illness, but has played the last 3 for the Lions reserves. He finished with 19 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles.
Archie Smith – He had 21 hitouts, but just 4 disposals. Smith and Walker combined to take on basketball convert and former Crow rookie Ben Dowdell in the ruck, Smith had 21 hitouts, Walker had 27 and 13 disposals, Dowdell beat them both by himself with 43 hitouts and 23 disposals.
Xavier Richards – Big day in front of goals for Richards, booting 6 goals straight, as well as 16 disposals and 7 marks. Usually a defender, he’s spent the last 2 weeks as a forward and has kicked 10 goals in that time.
Toby Nankervis – Helped Richards out in front of goals with 3 of his own, and also pitch hit in the ruck with 14 hitouts, 13 disposals and 5 tackles.
Jordan Foote – Has been solid in the NEAFL this year and continued with some good form last week with 27 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles.
Nic Newman – Newman had 21 kicks in his 25 disposals, as well as 3 marks and 4 tackles as the Swans reserves spanked the Gold Coast Suns reserves 107-21.
Aliir Aliir – Kicked just his 4th goal at NEAFL level, as well as helping out with 17 disposals, 5 marks and 4 rebound 50’s.
Jake Barrett – Continued his normal trend of being high up on the UWS Giants disposal list, his 30 disposals were the most for a Giant player, as well as having 6 marks as the Giants lost to the NT Thunder.
Jeremy Finlayson – Had a good game in defense for the Giants and had 25 disposals, 3 marks and 8 rebound 50’s.
Harrison Himmelberg – Paired up with Finlayson down back and had 23 disposals, 6 marks and 4 rebound 50’s.
And that is it from me this week. Any rookie trades you’ll be looking to make? Up and down? Or just upgrading to premo’s? Let us know in the comments below, or hit us up on Twitter @BarronVonCrow