RD19: The Heroes, The Villains & The Damned
It was a round of milestones, Community. Our fearless leader Jock Reynolds was present to proudly watch Boomer Harvey break the overall AFL games record on Saturday night.
Although 427 matches is a commendable effort, Harvey still has a fair way to go if he wants to break Jock’s famous senior matches mark, which sits at a staggering 927 appearances.
It is believed to be a world record and boy will it take some beating.
Other milestones to occur in the AFL on the weekend included Corey Enright breaking the games record for Geelong, while Jimmy Bartel clocked up 300 matches and Freo legend Matthew Pavlich reach the 350-game mark.
Unfortunately only the Geelong pair are fantasy relevant, and they both produced very solid scores against the Dogs. Speaking of the Dogs, those poor bastards took another hit with Libba going down injured after a prolific first quarter.
In other SuperCoach news, Danger and Pendles smashed it again this week (no surprise) while other stand out performers for Round 19 included David Mundy, Alex Rance, Dan Hannebery and Rory Sloane.
Next week we hit the finals in our leagues and the competition really starts heating up. Good luck to everyone who has been good enough to earn a position in the top eight.
Gary Wilkinson hit the Noble Park Football Social Club on Friday night. And I bet he’s glad he did. He belted out a ripping 1167 which stood up across the whole weekend as the highest round score. $1000 for Gazza thank you very much.
David Mundy (152 SC)
After enjoying a stellar 2015, Mundy has struggled to find his feet this season. Injury, form and the absence of Nat Fyfe have not helped his cause. But he showed how good he can be with a beast-like display against Sydney, despite his side getting comprehensively outplayed. Had it 44 times at 75 per cent efficiency. A very appealing POD in the midfield for finals.
Patrick Dangerfield (144 SC)
Is putting together one of the greatest individual SuperCoach seasons seen since the great Gary Ablett was at his peak. Getting sick of writing about his brilliance, to be honest. Danger is currently averaging 133, with only the Little Master registering a higher average in a season (on three different occasions, mind you) in the history of SuperCoach.
Scott Pendlebury (140 SC)
Many who did not VC Danger on Friday night got out of jail thanks to a supreme performance from Pendlebury. The Rolls Royce of SuperCoach is as smooth as they come and has registered just two scores under 100 this season. He is the epitome of consistency.Honourable mentions: Stevie J (149 SC), Jamie MacMillan (143 SC), Rory Sloane (141 SC), Josh P Kennedy (137 SC), Robbie Gray (134 SC), Eddie Betts (133 SC), Jackson Trengove (132 SC) John Butcher (132 SC), Jack Watts (131 SC), Heath Shaw (129 SC), Rory Laird (129 SC).
Marcus Bontempelli (79 SC)
Tagged by Guthrie, The Bont failed to replicate his excellent late-season form on Friday night. Still had bursts of brilliance, but was unable to sustain it all match. A rare poor game in an otherwise brilliant back half of the season.
Jeremy Howe (58 SC)
Just his second score under 85 since Round 6. Howe has been impressive this season playing off of half back, and has been very consistent after a slow start. Clocked up five tons in row in the middle of the year, but has only raised the bat once in his past seven matches.
Josh Gibson (52 SC)
Hawthorn are a champion side and have plenty of great players. One thing they don’t have is individuals. Blokes go out of their way to be unselfish in this outfit and this may be the reason why we haven’t seen many standout SuperCoach options from them this season. Gibson is a prime example of this. Has had his good games, but does not have to go out of his way to put up consistent SuperCoach numbers, provided his side continues to win.Honourable mentions: Tom Rockliff (82 SC), Trent Cotchin (78 SC), Jack Viney (65 SC), Dane Rampe (60 SC), Jasper Pittard (54 SC).
Alex Rance (145 SC)
Had been down in recent weeks after a good start to the season, averaging just 88 since Round 5 with only two tons in that time. But had a ripper on Saturday, despite the fact his side got absolutely killed. Won his position, took plenty of contested marks and had 24 touches. Not bad for a key defender.
Dan Hannebery (144 SC)
Back to his best. Was everywhere against the Dockers, playing on the inside and outside, getting hard-ball gets, providing plenty of run and setting up multiple goals. Had it 41 times in a dominant display.
Todd Goldstein (118 SC)
There’s no doubt by Goldy’s lofty standards, he has been a little flat the past month or so. But he looks to be working back into some nice form if Friday night’s outing is anything to go by. Let’s just pray North don’t rest him in the coming weeks.Honourable mentions: Daniel Rich (115 SC), Grant Birchell (115 SC), Leigh Montagna (101 SC), Chad Wingard (100 SC), Mark Blicavs (97 SC).
The ProdigiesArchie Smith (96 SC)
Another appealing ruck bench option. For those of you that don’t have Naismith and still have trades up your sleeve, this bloke is your man. With Brissy in the doldrums, there is no reason why Leppa won’t give him more opportunities for the rest of the season, perhaps playing in tandem with Martin. Was highly impressive in his debut match, and was arguably his team’s best player.
Sam Menegola (77 SC)
On the bubble this week and a tasty prospect for those looking to paint the fence – going one down, one up to obtain another premo. Looks to be the best midfield rookie option we have seen in quite some time this season. Mature-age players often seem to have the ability to adapt to AFL level quicker. With scores of 97 and 77 in his first two matches, is set for a serious price rise.
Rupert Wills (85 SC)
Don’t know a whole lot about this bloke. Played an outside role in his debut AFL match, gathering 17 touches at 70 per cent. A solid first outing.Honourable mentions: Sam Naismith (105 SC).
Tom Liberatore (72 SC)
Was on fire before copping an ankle injury in the second quarter. Expected to be out for several weeks. If you still have him on your books, time to give him the chop. Lukey Dahlhaus at $440-odd grand could be a neat straight swap.
Sam Jacobs (21 SC)
Another to cop an ankle injury, leaving him in serious doubt for next week. Usually highly durable, Jacobs owners are now faced with a tough dilemma – hold or trade. The number of weeks he is ruled out for, plus trades left and ruck bench cover will be defining facts in this decision.
Nick Malceski (50 SC)
Remember when this guy was the highest-scoring defender in SuperCoach a couple of years ago? Looks a shadow of his former self.Honourable mentions: Brodie Smith (70 SC), David Zaharakis (41 SC).