RD18: The Heroes, The Villains & The Damned
Redemption, Community. This round was all about redemption.
First we had to endure the drama surrounding the Daniel Wells late fitness test on Friday night. But he got up for the match and promptly pumped out a ton.
Then a Brisbane pair emerged from the shadows to reaffirm their statuses as scoring monoliths.
Tom Rockliff and Stef Martin absolutely took Essendon to the cleaners, rewarding their owners with more than 300 points between them. Many had the balls to put the big C on Rocky following Danger’s below-par 110, and it paid off handsomely.
Those enjoying the CoachKings contest on Sunday would have been handsomely rewarded if they had the Brisbane pair in their side, as well as Zach Merrett (123) and Brendon Goddard (180).
Nadia playing out the Tonsley Hotel in South Australia reaped the benefits of giving the half time CoachKings Rev-Up to Rocky – sweeping home in the last CoachKings contest of the weekend to snag the $1000 for the highest score of the round. It was also Nadia’s first contest win at the Tonsey – she’s off to their Venue Final on Semi Final weekend.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) July 24, 2016
Tom Rockliff (154 SC) Back to his best. It was against Essendon, mind you, but you have to love the way Rocky just accumulates the pill. Had it 38 times. Since returning from injury in round 11, has been averaging a whopping 130 SC per match. Very impressive numbers. Must be considered.
Jack Steven (150 SC) While consistency has been a minor issue this season, there is no denying this bloke has a massive ceiling. His top four scores this season have been 170, 164, 150 and 148. Well on his way to becoming an uber premium, provided he can eliminate scores such as 52 in Round 15 and 60 in Round 7.
Matt Priddis (141 SC) Was like a pig in mud in the wet and slippery conditions of Domain Stadium. Registered a whopping 16 tackles on his way to his second biggest score of the season. Is coming good at the right time, especially with league finals around the corner.Honourable mentions: Brendon Goddard (152 SC), Bryce Gibbs (148 SC), Patrick Cripps (137 SC), Sam Mitchell (134 SC), Corey Enright (136 SC), Zach Merrett (135 SC), Max Gawn (131 SC), Jimmy Bartel (130 SC), Joel Selwood (128 SC), Luke Shuey (127 SC), Jack Gunsten (127 SC), Josh P Kennedy (127 SC), Tom Lynch (126 SC), Kade Simpson (125 SC).
Dan Hannebery (76 SC) Two weeks in a row. WTF, Dan? Just when everyone was raving about his consistency, he dishes this filth out two matches on the trot. How ironic. Hopefully can bounce back in time for our league finals.
Rory Laird (71 SC) Like his side, simply had an off night. Failed to rack up the pill as much as he usually does and there wasn’t as much of that trademark run off halfback.
Leigh Montagna (64 SC) Is Father Time finally catching up with Joey? A pretty disappointing outing, particularly with his side performing so well. Still, not many other forward options that are averaging much higher at the minute.Honourable mentions: Rory Sloane (82 SC).
Stef Martin (162 SC) That’s the Stef we know and love. After struggling for weeks after that horror concussion, he seems to be back to his prolific best. Finally displaying the form we saw from him last season. With Goldy currently struggling, could be a great POD during league finals.
Daniel Wells (105 SC) Was in serious doubt heading into his match with an injury concern and last minute fitness test. But to his credit, he managed to get up and enjoyed a very solid outing indeed. Well done, Daniel.
Daniel Rich (113 SC) Registered his first ton since Round 9. Was particularly impressive considering he had registered a pair of 60s in his previous two matches. But the majority of smart coaches have most likely already offloaded him.Honourable mentions: Lachie Neale (109 SC), Alex Rance (100 SC), Christian Petracca (99 SC).
Ryan Clarke (99 SC) Looked good. Very good in fact. Knows how to find the pill this kid. Had 27 touches playing an outside role. Was on the bubble too, rewarding his owners with a strong price rise.
Sam Menegola (97 SC) A late inclusion and he did not disappoint in his debut match. Mature age player who would have debuted earlier in the season had he not been struck down by injury. Keep an eye on him this week before bringing him in. Job security would be somewhat of an issue, also.
Aaron Francis (86 SC) Can play the game, this kid. Took some lovely grabs and looked at home at AFL level. Reads the play nicely. Why have Essendon taken so long to give him a chance? Will be good bench cover heading into league finals, provided he again excels next week.Honourable mentions: Sam Naismith (76 SC), Shane Yarren (61 SC).
Chad Wingard (61 SC) Has struggled to capture the form that was his trademark in previous seasons. Gave us a brief glimmer of hope mid-season with three tons in a row, before returning to his ordinary ways. If you have him, time for him to go.
David Zaharakis (52 SC) Who seriously thought it was a good idea to trade this man into their sides? Is beginning to redefine the word “mediocrity” with continuous performances like this. The only positive is he will be cheap as chips next year and the attention will be off him as Essendon regains their full squad.
Tom Liberatore (56 SC) Those who held him would be cursing their decision. The Bulldogs endured a horror match on Saturday night, with a shock loss to the Saints compounded by losing two more players to season-ending injuries. Libba’s poor performance added insult to injury.Honourable mentions: Sam Kerridge (45 SC).
Another Hero: Peter J Higginbotham
— Peter Higginbotham (@PeterHiggo) July 24, 2016