Thank God that’s over.
The final round of the byes proved to be the killer for many coaches, myself included. We had to battle with a poor captain score from Gaz, Montagna stinking it up and Melbourne dropping bloody Jack Trengove for no reason. These were just a few of the disasters that occurred.
It was all very difficult to swallow. But the good news is it’s over and we can enjoy having our full squads back on the park.
The play-at-home variant of CoachKings again proved popular on Thursday night, with Andrew Costa finishing at the top of the ladder and pocketing $300 for his troubles.
A big shout out also to Jason Dal Corobbo who played CoachKings down at The Arkaba Hotel and top scored with 1122 during the SYD v WBD game.
Scott Pendlebury (160 SC)
Back with a bang. Those who had the C on him had a massive advantage over their opponents. Returned to his damaging best – this bloke is the master of finding space in congested situations.
Luke Parker (161 SC)
Another who has been reinvigorated. Seems to be over the dull patch he suffered mid-season. Can we expect a return to the big-scoring variant of Parker? Time will tell.
Kade Simpson (128 SC)
Just gets it done every week. Back to his consistent best this season. Isn’t it refreshing to have a player in your side you can rely on every week. They have been few and far between this season.
Jack Watts (146 SC), Travis Boak (141 SC), Marcus Bontempelli (128 SC), Matty Boyd (127 SC), Andrew Gaff (124 SC), Dion Prestia (124 SC), Dan Hannebury (122 SC), Zach Merrett (121 SC).
Gary Ablett (87 SC)
Picked a terrible week to have a quiet one. So many had the C on him and it hurt like hell watching him spud it up. Not the worse score, but very un-Gaz-like.
Tom Phillips (28 SC)
What a disaster. Lulled many into a false sense of security with an impressive first two outings, then goes and produces that filth. Disgusting.
Tom Mitchell (60 SC)
Seriously, Tom? What the hell were you doing out there? How can you have a range between 170 and 60? Bloody rubbish. Needs to lift.
Leigh Montagna (70 SC), Jack Steven (52 SC), Mason Cox (47 SC).
Jarrad McVeigh (114 SC)
Won’t stay underpriced for much longer if he keeps producing this sort of consistency. An astute trade-in option and possibly a top-six defender. Starting to build into some nice form.
Aaron Hall (118 SC)
Welcome back, Aaron. You left us for a little while there, but it’s good to have you back in our forward lines. Got plenty of it and started in the middle plenty of times. Looked bloody good. Well worth holding on to.
Nick Malceski (122 SC)
Another player to benefit from Gold Coast actually playing well. Looked like the Malceski of old, just racking them up off half back. Doubt it will last, though.
Matt Priddis (122 SC).
Jack Silvagni (70 SC)
Son of SOS looked very much at home in his first outing. Should guarantee himself a few more games in the side after that performance, but we thought about Jack Bloody Trengove as well. Have a look at him for another week and then bring him in.
James Rose (59 SC)
Solid but not spectacular. Still got some cash to be made, though.
Jesse Joyce (51 SC)
Job security is poor and hasn’t done enough in my book. Pass.
Nathan Broad (50 SC).
Christian Petracca (52 SC)
A lot are holding him as mid forward cover, but it might be time to say goodbye. Just couldn’t get in to it. Consider off-loading.
Sam Kerridge (55 SC)
Many went Kerridge to Montagna this week, myself included, and while Leeroy spudded it up, it still proved to be the right decision. Kerridge has tonned up four times this season but has also had five scores under 70. You have served us well, but it’s time to go, Sam.
Marcus Adams (50 SC)
Some have held him, myself included, for far too long. Must be discarded ASAP. Not even reliable bench cover anymore. Yuk.
David Zaharakis (46 SC).