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PatchCoachKingsLogoJEEZ. What a cracking game of footy that was. Sitting on the couch, Dog snoring on my lap, CoachKings buzzing in my hand, footy on – is there more to life than that?

You bloody ripper.

I tip my hat to Hawthorn. I mean I hate Hawthorn. It’s bred into us Essendon fans at birth, and this hatred has been slowly bubbling away for years. They just… keep… winning. It’s infuriating. But my goodness gracious me, if they’re not one of the best football sides we’ll ever see I don’t know what it.

Silk Burgoyne, Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis and the delicious CYRIL… good grief.


If anything is going to remind us life goes on despite seeing Gary Ablett fall back with us mortals, it was this. I love this sport.


The big news, as mentioned, is obviously Gary Ablett and His Holy shoulder. For the third year in a row, he’s been dealt a season-ending injury. And for the third season in a row, we’ve been forced to make the hard call on who to trade him to.

Tom Liberatore will also miss this week after his huge clash of bodies last week. The Dogs say he would likely have played had the game against the Suns been in Melbourne, but Tom won’t be making the trip to Cairns. Not vital to trade, but if you want to offload him and have the trades to do so, now is the time.

Geelong have kicked into gear and “managed” Jimmy Bartel this week, which will see him sit out for the week. Irritating, but not overly unexpected for old blokes and this time of the year.

NINJA EDIT (from a train if you don’t mind!) – RORY LAIRD is a late out for the Crows, to kick another boot into our ravaged backlines. Hells bells. Hope you’ve either got cover or have a trade up your sleeve.

However, Michael Barlow has returned after threatening to last week before pulling out. Now watch him dish up a 60 for us as Ross plays him on the bench for a half, then leaves him forward pocket for the second.

Daniel Wells is also back for those that held onto him. More pain on the rookie front this week, as we saw James Rose dropped by the Swans for last night’s game. Furthermore,

Mason Cox will not return for the Pies, and neither will Tom Phillips as the Pies reward the playmakers from last week’s win over the Giants.

On top of that, Darcy Tucker is out, as is Lukas Webb from the Dogs.

David Zaharakis returns for the Dons – thank God – as does Matthew Luenhameneggenburger.

Saints hard nut Shane Savage is out with concussion for those that brought him in, and the rest of Gold Coast’s midfield – being Michael Rischitelli and Dion Prestia – also likely wrap up their seasons this week (Rischitelli definitely does with his ACL blown).

Burn men Sam Gray and Jesse Lonergan come back into their respective sides, but should under no circumstances enter ours – although what’s left of Gold Coast’s midfield could be worth a gander.

Caleb Marchbank is back for the giants, and I’m considering a sneaky trade in to open a DPP DEF/MID option, but it’s unlikely. At 215k, he scored 91 in round one and 31 in the first 40 minutes of round two before doing his ankle.

The Giants also offer two debutants up in their squad of 25 – Daniel Lloyd and Harrison Himmelberg – although neither will spend a long amount of time there before finals.


Gaz is the big trade this week. He’s the one we need to take care of. The podcast went into depth, as did Lekdog’s majestic cheat sheet, which I highly recommend you check out ASAP, if not sooner.

Some are throwing up some point of difference selections to replace Ablett, like Seeker’s done on Twitter.

As much as I love a good POD, I’m not sure now is the time to be bringing a POD into your midfield. The top names being thrown around are Lachie Neale, Marcus Bontempelli, Rory Sloane and Dan Hannebury. None of these are bad options, but one tweet from The Phantom explains who I’m going.

Or at least it was – but this is for something called SueprCoach. I hope scores translate well across formats, because if it does, Sloane is a lock! (In all seriousness, I love your work Phantom… please don’t smite me.)
Now obviously Sam Mitchell, Dan Hannebery and JPK are all locked away from Thursday night football, but explore the best uber premos you can get.
As I said in The News – Tom Liberatore is not an urgent trade this week, but if you’ve got 5 or more – go for it. Bring in the best premium you can get!

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“I need the biggest premium you have… No, that’s too big.”


At this stage of the year, making loads of dosh no longer matters as much as it used to. As such, breakevens become mainly useless. However, if you’re desperate for rookie cover, head on over to the write up from best damn Rookie Scout in the business.


Many VCs would have been deployed last night – Dan Hannebery, Luke Parker and Sam Mitchell have all played, and none of them offered up a captain-worthy score.

Patrick Dangerfield should have either your VC or your C – no question. Beyond that, Rory Sloane is in ripping form and playing at the Adelaide Oval, Dustin Martin is playing a lowly Essendon and Scott Pendlebury has been playing masterfully.

Even though Max Gawn had a huge week last week, the Saints have done a good job quelling opposition rucks. Stay clear.

RIGHTEO – that’s it for me, Community. I’m out and about so I doubt I’ll be around much today, but good luck for the weekend, and I’ll see you next week!

Lots of love,


1:00 Ninja Edit – in case you missed it, Rory Laird is OUT for the Crows.

7:30 Slightly less ninja edit – Lewis Jetta has been dropped for Jack Redden for the Weagles – but nothing to be concerned about there.



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Quality patch as always. Gives Fridays a lift to get u through to the weekend.

OK who took my advice and put the VC on JPK? Look for those with a satisfied grin slapped across their face. What is it about the hawks? JPK goes to another level against them as if to say this this is what u traded away.

OK show of hands who traded god to hannas? (Meekly raises hand) not happy Jan. What a time to put in a stinker!

Gr8 contest finals like, let's hope they meet again in September.


Very Happy with your advice Trigger. Traded Gaz to JPK and put the VC on him.

Locked and Loaded

How long is Dahlhaus out for as of now? Anybody know?

Have the opportunity to trade Gaz –> Sloane AND Dahl –> Merrett

Leaves me with 5 trades and one defender spot to fill



I'd go BANG BANG on those trades, the return time for dahlhaus seems fairly uncertain still

Locked and Loaded

Cheers!! Confirmed what my trigger happy fingers so much desire lol


Hold imo, AFL website says 1-2 weeks. Personally I have Aaron Hall as my cover so I will definitely keep holding

Locked and Loaded

How will he be after missing 6-8 weeks of footy? Something else to ponder


Dahlhaus pencilled in for the Geelong game at end of the month.

I N Pieman

All week I was going JPK & Bont. Decided to only go one risky pick & got Hanners instead of JPK. And he leaves that turd. Absolutely burnt to a crisp! One angry Pieman today. Love your article as always Patch


same here Pieman, went hanners. i didn't really care though, was at the game, right behind Cyrils last kick, never looked like missing !


Ecstatic with the Hannebery pick up after last nights game


The good thing is that lots of people have him, so we can all share the pain together. Hardly played in the guts last night which was strange but hopefully he bounces back next week.


Neale or Bontempelli for Ablett? Already have Danger, Pendles, Hanners, Sloane, Parker, Selwood, and Rockliff in the guts. 6 trades left, full premo and sitting alright in the 100s for rank but more concerned about my cash leagues right now…


I'd be going Neale. Plays four of his last five games at home, although Freo have a nightmare run home he should still score well

Big Axe

Bont. The kid can play


I would go Neale. If the Bont gets some attention could get ugly.


When Bont cops a tag he goes down forward and kicks 2 goals.


If you're winning your cash leagues at the moment Neale seems the better (safer) pick but if you need a big couple of weeks The Bont could be the big risk big reward player you need


What about goldie against port with no ruckman, pastime he did that was against carlton and got 170 odd.


As a Roo's fan I watch pretty much every game. I'll eat my hat if he's not carrying something. He's not going getting around the ground well at all, thus not getting monster scores.

Should have Daw playing to support him, but B-Rad is too stubborn, stupid or both!


I'm in this boat, North. Love the guy but he's not his usual self. Happy to be proven wrong, though!

Grahame Lebroy

Any chance Luke Parker could work on his DE at some stage at training this week. He lost some decent points with some putrid field kicking, bloody lift Luke.


Finally nailed a good POD vc loop from last nights game JPK – 140

Kevin Skywalker

My tweet made the Panic Room write up!

Easily my Supercoach highlight of the year for someone ranked 9057. By the way I didn't go with Sam Mitchell in the end before last night due to issues of structure, However, it wouldn't have been the worst decision after his 120 points against Sydney.

As to my selections I was hoping to get rid of Kerridge this week as my final upgrade, now I need to replace GAJ too, or instead. My options are as follows:

1) GAJ to almost anyone (I have Danger, Jelwood, Pendles, Hanners already)
2) GAJ to Sloane & Kerridge to Hall
3) GAJ to Neale or the Bont & Kerridge to N Riewoldt or JJK
4) GAJ to Sidbum or R Gray & Kerridge to Zerrett

1) saves trades (I got buuger all) 2) relatively safe option, 3) biggest risk/reward 4) another bargain Mid + Zerrett

Would love any feedback, thanks community






Cheers mate! Loving the sage wisdom from the Twitters!

I'd go option 2


Bont jack steven or merret. Regret not picking jpk.


I'd go the bont mate, wish I had enough cash to fit him in my side


Merrett if you don't have a MID/FWD swing in your midfield. If you do, Bont


Don't play a m/f in your mid. You should have a m/f on the bench so that you can swing someone from fwd to cover mid.


went to the SCG last night, wow what a cracking game. Sat right on the boundary where Cyril had his final kick from, screamed my head off. brillent stuff. didn't even care that i brought hanners in this week for Gaz. fantastic game.

btw…JPK played ok (but i'm not allowed to keep talking about him)

I N Pieman

Anyone else here sick of Hawthorn. Boring


i reckon 90% of footy fans are to be honest


Yup! I'm so over hawthorn. They don't ever seem to have any bad luck or much go against them. Sure they are a good team but it's just boring for football in general unless you're a Hawks supporter of course. It's so annoying. Hopefully the crows play them in the GF and knock them off 🙂


Not sure about that. Lost roughie 4 the year, hodge was missing for part and lots of others. They do get bad luck and injuries but they have so much depth they can cover these losses ie Sicily 4 roughie. They come in play and know their role. That is what makes them the team they r and makes them so great.

But yeah would love to see someone else take it out this year. Dogs would b extra special but like the crows.


YES.. I'm so over the one sided umpiring decisions that always fall Hawks way.


I get a lot of non-hawk fans say that to me, I just don't get what the problem is 😉


A MEMBER of the AFL’s Laws of the Game committee has admitted umpire Shaun Ryan made a “bad error” in awarding a 50m penalty against Sydney that gifted Hawthorn a goal after the three-quarter time siren in Thursday night’s thriller at the SCG.


Boyd or Laird?

I N Pieman

Bad news peoples. Rory Laird will be a late out with a Hip problem. Bugger it


Who to play for him tonight, collins or ruggles?
Can't loop them which is a pain.

The Ranger

Go with Collins mate and pray he knocks out a big one!

The Ranger

Groan…with Bartel out as well that means I'm playing Collins and Austin onfield.
Could do with a big one from Collins this week.


I am in exactly the same position as you are mate. I wouldve been fine with Collins because he is looking like a decent player, but Austin just doesn't play a fantasy friendly game.


I've been Laird astray. 🙁


Got a couple of trades left but pretty much near final team need def. gaz out, dpp swing and def in. Question comes down to Zac Williams v t mac. Scenario 1 Williams this week. Logan to Heath Shaw next. Cash supply means of Logan gets be and Shaw drops 40k I will need to keep hoping Shaw drops and Logan has a huge game to go direct (or use final trade) Other scenario is tmac this week making shaw to Logan a traitor swap next week unles he gets 180 odd. So is Williams that much better than t Mac that it's worth the risk?


TMac in astonishing form, would go the second option


I've already moved Gaz on and have 8 trades left, with 60k still in the kitty. I'd like to move Kerridge on this week as well. Im looking at 2 options-

1. Straight to Hall and play him as F6. Might see a bit more action without Gaz and his dpp is very useful. Nicely priced.

2. Get Lycett in and play him as my F6. He is too valuable to just sit on the pine. My ruck line is Gawn, Goldy (Cox). I've run the whole year so far with no ruck/fwd swing in the forward line. But all of a sudden Cox is gone and who knows when he will be back. Lycett appears to be at the low point in his price cycle. But should I just get him later if I need to?

Option 1 or 2?


Definitely Option 1 that's what I'm doing. He should score big this week


Who do I trade out for Ablett out of Trelore, Bontempelli or Sloane? Leaning towards the bont as I love him but my head says Sloane!

What do I do community?


Sloane, read Phantoms tweet above


Now Laird OUT – boy o boy. Lucky I've got cover M Brown and Joyce on field – praying for one out of the box from at least one of these guys (more than likely Brown).


ranked around 200th
should i trade petracca to hall
or wait and trade him to dalh or deledio in the next week or two

do we think hall with gaz out will knock out 100's most weeks or safer going a proven premo like the later?


Hall should be able to pump out big numbers. But in your position, only consider for M9/F7


Rory Laird is out
GO CROWS! !!!!!!


Just traded out Bartel for Williams.
Had laird as well and as I'm going for league, couldn't put Austin and Collins both on.
More frustrating trades but still have a few trades left.
Gotta back your judgement.



little help

Trade tracca or kedge?
Also have Adams who is going to be out till Rd 21.

So downgrade tracca or kedge to SOJ and then Adams to? Zorko?


Truck (Petracca) first mate. Just.


How many people are "full premium" with bench cover. Not classing Rich/Libba as premos but they fit in as bench cover?


and how many trades do you have?


1 more upgrade. Have Brodie in defence. 6 trades left

The Ranger

Down to 4 trades after this week, got Lycett which gives me half decent cover across mid/ruck/fwd lines but only Collins as cover down the back.


Was full premium with 4 trades left, but had to get rid of Gaz, and i wanted to get rid of Libba. Now down to two, lets pray.


As Erich said – Laird is OUT.

I'm currently on a train, so if you hear pained screaming winding its way through suburban Melbourne give me a wave!


Gaps appearing everywhere. Will have to put Collins and Joyce onfield this week. You can't be serious!


Season unraveling now. After trading Ablett & Libba to Hanners (useless VC) and Gray, stuffed with another donut now Laird is out. Bench rooks not playing and can't reverse trades. Damn you SC Gods!


Great article once again Patch! Seems like the Supercoach Gods are unleashing everything on me. Libba, Bartel, Laird, Dahlhaus all out. Had to wield the axe though on Libba…


Rocky or selwood in?


Selwood. Rocky hasnt shown enough yet


If you were ranked in 20, would you take brands 48 as cover for bartel, or alternatively trade bartel to boyd?
Only 4 trades left


take it. Short term pain for longer term gain


Just realised laird is out too. Sadly doing the trade to avoid a donut


Cruel game this supercoach


have you got anyone else in the midfield you can trade out, and then using DPP swing bartel to the midfield.

what rest of your team look like.


Look below at some of the guys I've mentioned in my post. I have the same problem


Could trade Gresham or Jansen and have 80k. Any good def/mids?

Either way I've got to use a trade, but decent bench cover would be nice too


Dusty into Rocky/Shaw
Ranked 4300
Does anyone else hate the new update for the SC app?


Looks great. Much easier to navigate the gameday section. Not giving Danger the vc tonight?


I hate the players section. Can't sort things or do any meaningful research like you can on the computer.
However, I like how you can do Gameday section how you can look at the up coming week.


Actually on second look it's not shocking
Am worried about a Barlow tag and want a POD captain

Locked and Loaded

Anybody know if Lairds injury is long term??


They say a week. Pulled up sore with a hip niggle.


Start of the round has been very disappointing. Ablett to Lycett trade gave me cover on every line except the defence and now I'll have to cop a donut with Bartel rested, Laird late out and Collins as only bench cover as T Lee wasn't selected. To make matters worse I've got 1 trade left and ranked 354. I could trade Jansen to E Yeo or J Harbrow to avoid the donut but I would have no trades left and I want to hold the trade so I can bring a POD Mid Premium under 550,000 in the next month.


I have K. Collins on the bench. I need cover for Laird & Bartel out. Looking at one down on the bench. I can trade out either K. Collins, Phillips or Trengove.
Which of these cheap picks would you bring in? I'm leaning towards Reuban Williams at $102,400 here are the others to look at

Hammerman, Castagna, Mitch Brown, Josh Cowan or can you have another suggestion It must be a defender or DDP mid / def


Will Trengrove, Stewart, Phillips and Crocker play again ??
No bench cover!!!


Hoping Trengove does but I'm not convinced. Look at Clay Smith (230k mid/fwd) as cover?

Jonny jo

So glad with my last minute move to JPK instead of hanners


He played like JPK of old, always does against the Hawks. Can he keep going? Hanners is on the struggle bus but I reckon he will get off next stop.


Trengove to Clarke. Flick bartel into mids, Clarke on field in Def. Also opens up DPP.
not on the bubble but desperate times …

I'm bringing on Clarke next week in mids and the week after bartel to create a DPP and cover.


Clarke on field in Def ?
Which Clarke ?


thanks for the advice but I'm looking for a defender or a DDP mid/def

wet aggit

RORY LAIRD IS OUT….. if anyone knows why please let me know ASAP…. I am NOT doing this Laird out for 2 really 5 weeks crap or Wells out for 2 really 4 weeks crap anymore.

If Laird is out for 2 then I am trading him out.

Thanks in advance.


yes please someone tell us…. is it only one week or more? bloody hell now I'm stuck with no emergency down back….


Sore Hip.


More like sore vagina


so should only miss a week?


Should I take brands 48 or roll the dice with logan austin?




Brand looked ok but made some errors. Clarko didn't like a few of them but hoping he forgives. You have to go Austin, surely he can beat 48?!

Don't Blush Baby

With Laird & Bartel out hopefully my coverage of Tippa & Collins can get at least 150 between them


Collins will be busy tonight.


6 Trades left – 27k.
Def: Shaw, Mcveigh, Simpson, Rich, Collins, O McDonald (LAIRD, BARTEL)
Mid: Danger, Pendle, Hanners, Rockliff, Gray, Priddis, S Thompson, J Smith (ABLETT, Trengove, Petracca)
Ruck: Gawn, S Martin (Grimley)
Fwd: D Martin, Wells, Montagna, Deledio, Hall, Zorko (T Phillips, Tippa)

Any suggestions? Obviously Ablett is out for the season, Bartel and Laird hurts me this week and wish I could switch Tippa back. Thanks

Big Axe

I'd go Ablett to Bont and that's it. At least you have cover for Bartel and Laird

Simbo jones

Trade ablett. Swing bartel into mid. Swing tippa into def. Swing petracca into fwd. Buy mid.

Big Axe

Facing a donut with Laird, Bartel and Adams down back. My fwds are set with Hall as my swing M9/F7, who is cover for Libba (M8) this week:

Option 1 – Kerridge to JJ or Rance (via Adams)
Option 2 – Kerridge to Silvagni, cop a donut as I'm ranked 4K but solid in the league. Plans to upgrade Adams to shaw next week and Libba to a pre I
Option 3 – Libba to a sub 500k def via Bartel. Hold Kerridge although his price will fall



Have you got the cash to go Adams up this week? Even to someone like Harbrow who is coming off 3 90+ scores and will run through the mids?
If not, consider going one up one down on Adams and Libba, Big Axe!


Clay Smith an option in the middle for a few weeks, too


Have had to revise my trade plans so much this week, particularly with my backs being decimated with Tucker, Bartel, Laird all out and me facing a donut on that line.

Gaz – Sloane I will lock in as my first trade, but unsure what I will do with the second trade now…

Option 1:

Libba – Boyd (via Bartel DPP, means Bartel becomes my M8 for the rest of the season, and I have plenty of cover in my Mids to cover Bartel this Round)

Option 2:

Cop the donut for this Round and look to finish upgrading the team to reach Full Premo (Tippa is the last rookie spot I have to upgrade at D6).

Cheers coaches!

Big Axe

I'm almost in the same predicament. I reckon if you are going for league win, assess your game this week and position in the league, and cop a donut if you can

If you are going for overall, you cannot afford a donut


Joyce dpp

The Prince

Hey Community need your help

Menadue or Petracca traded for Zorko or Deledio?

Money not a issue


Menadue to Zorko

Nervous Coach

Fantastic work Patch. All the best Laird plans down the drain. Thankfully have coverage. Aside from the GAJ trade, which of the following trades should I also make or should I just hold fire and rely on Kerridge and Hipwood to get me over the line.
1) Kerridge to T Lynch (GC) or
2) Z Smith/M Cox to Goldstein or any other ruckman.
If I make two trades this week, it leaves me with nine with still two weeks before finals. Thoughts

Nervous Coach

Other alternative for Option 1 is Z Merrett instead of Lynch.


Should I put Ruggles or Hipwood on the field for Laird?


If you're talking Supercoach use the emergency loophole my man. Put the E on the Rugmuncher and see what happens tonight.

I'll be doing likewise with Collins with Brown (ESS) the somewhat questionable backup plan if Collins spuds it ha ha.


Community, I am ranked 249th with a full premo team. 5 trades left. Have both Bartel and Laird.
I can use Collins and Logan Austin this week which will likely put me totally out of the race for the top 10, which is my miracle goal.
Or I can trade Bartel, who has been significantly disappointing over the last fortnight, to Kade Simpson and only have to play Collins on the field.
Thoughts greatly appreciated, I really have no idea what to do.


Im ranked a bit higher and got rid of bartel.

Agreed that you have to have a full prem team every week to win it from here. The only people questioning your trade should be those ranked in the top 200. Sure, you can keep the trade and it will probobly serve you well in the later rounds, but you have to give the prize a shot.


Sage stuff in this thread mate. You've got to make the most of your time near the top! Go hard or go home


That's a no brainer. Trade him and avoid the stench of logan austin on your title aspirations


Thanks fellas appreciate the input, flicked Jimmy for Kade and feeling better about the week ahead.


Community, this is a simple question…
M. Barlow
Z. Merrett

Can't decide myself, thoughts appreciated!


I'm not the most impartial of commentators on this one – Zachy Boy Merrett <3 reckon he'll nab 110 average on the run home


Have ppl considered a trade out for Bartel considering he may get another week off later on in the year before rd 23?


It's a difficult one as it's all dependent on cover, remaining trades and where you are trying to get to in rank and/or leagues.

I'd be pretty surprised if Jimmy gets rested again in the final 6 rounds. Everyone has a week off before the AFL finals anyway. So if he misses again it will probably be for form or injury niggles not general fatigue.

Cats also have a very soft draw coming up during the Supercoach finals so you'll kick yourself if he starts belting out tons again.

But I can't say trading out Bartel isn't a viable option for some coaches in certain situations.


Nope. Just a long way to Perth for the old guy. Do they travel again?


Gabba Rd22.


I'm taking a risk and trading.

Keeping Bartel.

Libba Out. ( hoped to bench him as he was cover)

Harbrow in. DPP. will be able to swing him with Bartel on a given week.

Things we do to climb the ranks hey.


Good on ya Hoot. Hopefully Bartel repays your faith but I reckon it's the right thing to keep him.


Left-field captain choice this week
Dusty into Shaw/Rocky


I'm not going to put VC on Dangerfield. I think Barlow might keep him relatively quiet.


Hang on, am I on a different site?


Titch was supposedly going to tag Sitch to bits too. Not sure Barlow is worthy of carrying around Danger's Powerade bottles but I'll guess we'll see hey! 🙂

Huge POD call to keep the VC off him. Could pay off nicely or backfire big time if he clocks another double ton. Cats badly need to win and hopefully boost that % … I know that much. Hopefully Jelwood gets off the chain for my various fantasy sides although don't have the plums to risk a VC/C on it.

Danger (VC) into Dusty (C) for me this weekend. How about you Derek?


Very true. Im still going danger as vc due to the massive risk of him pumping out a double ton. But you're absolutely right. Caution to those putting the C on him


Not as big risk just the VC.

Might go safe


Ross says no tag tonight AND Dawson given green light to run


Error! Big last qtr and he could go large.


Derek got off lightly. Only 45 odd points in the 2nd half.

135 is a gettable C score although we can now bank the 135 and sleep easy tonight and watch others fumble around with their VCs and Cs for the rest of the weekend.


there are some good VC options. Dusty vs Essendon? Sloane or Pendles.

And back it up with the bearded giant on Sunday?


Yep plenty of great options. Perhaps too many to choose from.

Our teams are so chock full of stars this time of season we're spoiled for choice. Good problem to have I suppose.

My backup plan was Dusty as C but any of those guys you mentioned could go huge.