THE PANIC ROOM – Round 15
I am shattered. My score last week was a number that belongs in history books while talking about the early stages of the Spanish conquest of the treacherous jungles of South America
Unlike Hernan Cortes and the Conquistadors, I fought beasts far more treacherous than Aztec warriors, the beasts of the jungle and scurvy – late outs, Sunday 22s and an underperforming Paddy Dangerfield all brought me a shocking, awful, shameful score.
What rubbed salt into the would were my trades. I flicked Shannon Hurn, only for him to ton up last night.
My centrepiece trade from last week was Connor Menadue to Michael Barlow. I weighed up the shame of bringing him back in, I looked him square in the eye and said “it’s not your fault Ross hates you, mate”.
“Come home, Michael,” I told him.
He came in close, and during our embrace he whispered into my ear “I’ve got a broken finger and I’m out for a month. You’ve been pranked, bro. SUCKED IN!”
I told Connor Menadue to get out of my team weeks ago, but he hung around like a bad smell, tormenting me through the byes.
And finally, as I give him the eviction notice and throw his stuff to the kerb, forgoing the last two months’ rent just to get him OUT, I see him with a wad of cash stuffed in his back pocket as he walks towards the bus stop.
YOU SON OF A [muffled screaming]
Firstly, for those of us who entered the Play At Home CoachKings game last night or have ever tried the game ….. Jock & Higgo – TAKE A BOW. A most enjoyable one-game experience and hats off to the eventual winner. I’ll be trying my luck again next week.
In SuperCoach terms, this week has been reasonably nice to us this week with team selections – there’s very little on the news front that is troubling.
Some may be inconvenienced by Bailey Williams and Josh Dunkley finding themselves on the outer at the Dogs.
Sam Gray’s omission shouldn’t trouble anyone, as hopefully he’s been traded by now, and anyone mystifyingly still hanging on to Clayton Oliver needs to cash him in.
The big news this week is all in the “ins”. Jason Johanissen returns from his hamstring injury which will be huge for the Dogs. Give him a week or two to make sure he gets through games – he hasn’t played a VFL game yet on his return.
Saints defender Tom Lee is back, as is Kade Kolodjashnij, for those unfortunate enough to have him lingering in their backlines.
Also making news is the debut of the Son of the Son of Serge, Jack Silvagni. I’m not a huge fan of Jack’s name not starting with an S, but I think I speak for most when saying seeing a third generation player – and third in a line of legends – is a great look for the game.
Especially when their last name isn’t Hird, but we’ll let sleeping dogs lie.
Michael bloody Barlow. Son of the aforementioned sleeping dog. If you’ve got more than 8 trades, feel free to move him on and absolve yourself of any guilt. If you’re in my boat, with less than 8 trades, we’re gonna have to stick fat.
Tom Liberatore – is he a premo? In strict definitions, no. He won’t get anywhere near the top 10 averaging midfielders for the year and probably won’t average over 105. BUT, again with the trades thing. If you can spare the trades, you can spare flicking him. If you don’t, he won’t make a bad M8 or M9.
Daniel Wells has been brought up as a trade out option, not so much for his output as for his injuries. Hold. He may get a rest towards the end of the year, but I reckon you’ll gain so much more from keeping him.
Sam Kerridge will not be a keeper, despite being a jet. He will be brilliant cover if you need a swing man to provide M9/F7 positions, but he won’t be a starter. I’d probably recommend taking the cash and running, depending on your set-up. Christian Petracca is in the same boat.
Aaron Hall has dropped off, and Rocket has sent him back to fantasy irrelevance. I’m SO annoyed I went him over Merrett at the start of the year, and while Merrett is still in my side, unfortunately so is Aaron. I want to flick him, but I can’t. Hopefully I’ll be able to consign him to the bench.
-82 – Tom Phillips
-37 – Rhys Mathieson
-31 – Sam Reid (GWS)
-24 – Kade Stewart
-22 – Jack Trengove
-20 – Connor Menadue
-12 – Eric Hipwood
-11 – Johnathon Marsh
-1 – Stefan Martin
7 – Tom Lee
187 – Heath Shaw
170 – Paddy Dangerfield
170 – Dan Hannebery
166 – Scott Pendlebury
165 – Tom Mitchell
142 – Matthew Boyd
138 – Jeremy Howe
137 – Matt Priddis
Well that didn’t go too well last week, did it? Despite not tagging Danger, he was restricted to 110 points by Alan Richardson’s men. Scott Pendlebury was almost silent in the Pies’ win.
Those of you thoughtful enough to have the C on Gary Ablett, bravo, and that’s exactly where the C or VC should be going this week.
My gut isn’t keen on Max Gawn this week against Sauce, and the other McCaptainface from Sunday’s game, Rory Sloane, will likely cop attention from Bernie Vince.
Dustin Martin is in a rich run of form at the moment and currently has my VC, and you could take a punt on Robbie Gray refreshing himself post-bye, although I wouldn’t bet on it.
If you’ve got the time or the agile fingers to make the switch from Dan Hannebery into Gaz, I applaud you – and would do so myself if I had the time or, for that matter, Dan Hannebery – but if you’re stuck in line at a polling station (#democracy, eh?) late in the day, fending off How To Vote cards you never know what might happen.
Speaking of the election – I have seen no mention anywhere of the parties proposing to up the number of Supercoach trades. In fact, it’s impossible to tell the major parties apart on Supercoach policy.
Unless I can be convinced there are other causes worth voting for, I will VOTE 1 GARY ABLETT JNR to Make My Supercoach Side Great Again.
That’s all from me, folks – have a ripper weekend.
SNEAKY MIDNIGHT UPDATE: As SCAddict (among others) have commented below, Jack Trengove is OUT of the Melbourne side for Sunday. Not injured, but dropped. Paul Roos twisting the knife here.
Word is Jack Viney is under an injury cloud so we may yet see Trengove come back in, but at this stage I wouldn’t count on it. Gutted.