JEEZ. 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.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) July 14, 2016
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.
“There’s no doubt that Mason was getting physically fatigued… He’s tracked through this week well, but you won’t see him at senior level” — CollingwoodFC (@CollingwoodFC) July 14, 2016
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.
Am thinking Sam Mitchell for GAJ. Was quiet rds 5-9 But then went 93 94 110 152 117. After Syd has Rich Carl Melb Nth WC Coll #supercoach
— Skywalker FC (@Seekersupacoach) July 14, 2016
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.
Sloane’s past 5: 114, 106, 145, 114, 139. Career average of 118 at AO & Crows play 5 of last 7 there, 4 v bottom-8 teams. #SueprCoach
— The Phantom (@ThePhantomSC) July 12, 2016
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!
“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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