What a bloody ripper round of footy, Community.
West Coast, Geelong and Wester Bulldogs prevailed in absolute thrillers, while we saw some monstrous SuperCoach scores from the likes of Tom Rockliff, Dayne Zorko, Max Gawn and Luke Shuey.
We are now on the home stretch, with just two rounds to go. The majority of us are very light on for trades. But we just have to limp through these next two weeks to complete our seasons.
However, those still alive in their leagues have prelim and grand finals to win.
Hard to believe there are now only three weekends left to win a CoachKings contest and qualify for your Venue Final. Well done this week especially to Pixie from the Maroondah Sports Club. Here Friday night 1166 held up across the whole weekend and there’s $1000 coming your way Pixie!
There are an absolute STACK of opportunities to get qualified in to Venue Finals – see at the bottom of this post a list of venues which includes how many people have qualified for Venue Finals at each pub.
PIXIE GOES BANG
Luke Shuey (179 SC)
As we look ahead to next season, we should be marking down this bloke as one to watch. If he continues to replicate the sort of form we have seen in 2016, he looms a genuine top-eight midfielder in 2017. While much of the attention was on Nic Nat’s last-second stunner, Shuey’s herculean performance should not be overlooked. His influence on his match was massive. Has a large ceiling and has now propelled his season average up to 106.
Tom Rockliff (159 SC)
Geez, I love this man. Rarely has there been a player who has the ability to post such impressive numbers in such a mediocre side. Had it 39 times as well as a massive 12 tackles and two goals. A majestic performance.
Dayne Zorko (151 SC)
Was a toss up between Zorks and big Max for the third spot, but seeing as though we have already talked plenty about the bearded one, Zorko gets the nod. His influence for Brisbane was arguably stronger than Rocky’s and he was particularly potent in the first half. Had 27 possessions at 81 per cent efficiency to go with three goals. Fingers-crossed he retains his forward status in 2017. If so, he should be one of your first picked.
Max Gawn (151 SC), Adam Treloar (148 SC), Dom Tyson (146 SC), Lance Franklin (141 SC), Marcus Bontempelli (137 SC), Mitch Robinson (131 SC), Dan Hannebruy (131 SC).
Jack Steven (78 SC)
Seems to be constantly switching between the Heroes and Villains segments, which is never a good sign. As I’ve said before, needs to find consistency if he is to elevate himself to an uber premo next year.
Jimmy Bartel (48 SC)
He’s getting a bit long in the tooth is old Jimmy, and this will probably be his last season. Still not far off the pace in terms of being a top six defender, but his old mate Corey Enright looks a much better buy at this point of the season.
Rory Sloane (77 SC)
Copped the hard tag from Tommy Sheridan and probably didn’t care too much as his team ran out convincing winners. But for the coaches who own the usually ultra-consistent Sloane, this result would have been disappointing.
Daniel Rich (76 SC), Jason Johannisen (75 SC), Stef Martin (70 SC), Daniel Wells (67 SC), Jack Viney (48 SC).
David Zaharakis (120 SC)
To the coaches who have stuck by this man all season, I have to hand it to you, you are a loyal bunch. You have experienced plenty of lows from Zaha in the second half of 2016, so this outing was a little reward for your persistence. Helped by the fact he was not tagged for the first time in a number of matches.
Luke Dahlhaus (113 SC)
Had a slow start on his return from injury with scores of 71 and 83. But redeemed himself nicely with a classy outing against Collingwood. Has 31 touches, five tackles and 12 contested possessions. At the bargain price of $390K, is an absolute steal considering his FWD/MID eligibility. Playing primarily as a mid, expect more tons from Dahl in the coming weeks.
Scott Pendlebury (94 SC)
One of the most durable players this competition has seen. Looked highly unlikely to line up after last week’s injury, especially with little left to play for. But Pendles is not your average footballer. Got up for the match despite adversity, and pumped out a solid near-ton. Absolute legend.
Rupert Wills (83 SC)
Another solid outing from young Rupert. Playing as an outside mid, his 16 touches were at an impressive 81 per cent efficiency.
Archie Smith (52 SC)
His scoring output was always going to be impacted with the return of Stef Martin. Playing together made both Brisbane ruckmen produce below-par outputs.
Sam Menegola (91 SC)
One of the most consistent rookies this season. It was a pity he got injured at the start of the year so we couldn’t make the most of his cash generation potential. Currently averaging just under 90 points per game.
Jake Long (58 SC), Reilly O’Brien (48 SC), Jesse Palmer (45 SC), Ryan Burton (45 SC).
Tom Mitchell (70 SC)
At the start of the season Mitchell pumped out two 130s in a row and many, including this writer, jumped on. At the time, the bloke looked like a pure ball magnet. But then he was handed a tagging role from “Horse” Longmuir, which has impacted his output since. Hasn’t been horrible, but he also hasn’t lived up to the tag of being a potential top-eight mid. For those still in league finals with trades up their sleeve, looks to upgrade to someone like The Bont or JPK.
Chad Wingard (32 SC)
Pulled his hammy meaning he is out for the remainder of the season. Not the sort of bloke you want going into the trenches with you for SuperCoach finals anyway. Has been a big disappointment this season.
Trent Cotchin (74 SC)
I’ve got a mate who has not enjoyed the best SuperCoach season in 2016, highlighted by the fact he has held Zaharakis for the entire year and then traded him this week! Usually an astute fantasy mind, I truly knew he had lost the plot when he started suggesting Cotchin was a viable midfield trade-in option and keeper. Of course, he was sadly mistaken.
Sam Naismith (63 SC), Christian Petracca (57 SC), Matt Suckling (49 SC), Jack Gunston (46 SC), Mitch Duncan (42 SC).
CoachKings Venues with number of qualifiers:
|European Bier Cafe||VIC||3000||19|
|Mail Exchange Hotel||VIC||3000||20|
|The Nixon Hotel||VIC||3008||11|
|Sanctuary Lakes Hotel||VIC||3030||10|
|The Phoenix Hotel||VIC||3030||18|
|Limerick Castle Hotel||VIC||3051||6|
|Maroondah Sports Club||VIC||3135||32|
|Noble Park Football Social Club||VIC||3174||26|
|Dick Whittington Tavern||VIC||3183||18|
|The Local Highett||VIC||3190||5|
|The Cove Hotel||VIC||3197||11|
|Clare Castle Hotel||VIC||3207||3|
|Ballarat Leagues Club||VIC||3350||17|
|Sunbury United Sporting Club||VIC||3429||7|
|The Bridge Inn Hotel||VIC||3754||26|
|Newmason Eat Drink Relax||VIC||3820||6|
|Grand Junction Hotel||VIC||3844||3|
|Sale Greyhound Racing Club||VIC||3850||6|
|Trios Sports Club||VIC||3977||23|
|The Wonthaggi Club||VIC||3995||38|
|Wonthaggi Golf Club||VIC||3995||27|
|Morphett Arms Hotel||SA||5044||46|
|Torrens Arms Hotel||SA||5062||22|
|Renmark Hotel Motel||SA||5341||8|
|Port Lincoln Hotel||SA||5606||2|
|William Farrer Hotel||NSW||2650||5|
|Waggon and Horses Hotel||TAS||7002||3|
|Beach Hotel (Burnie)||TAS||7320||8|
|The Waratah Hotel||TAS||7000||21|
Over to you community – who were your heroes and villains this weekend, and what’s on your mind heading into Round 22?