RD22: The Heroes, The Villains & The Damned
Congratulations, Community. We have made it through yet another season.
There have been trials and tribulations, ecstasy and agony in what has been a highly entertaining year.
A prime example of this was on the weekend, where we watched crippling knee injuries end the seasons of Nic Naitanui and John Cegler on Friday night before the likes of Pendles and Lachie Neale racked up monster scores on Saturday.
It was a yin yang kind of a round. Now just one more week to go to finish off the season as we look to 2017.
For those who have made league grand finals this week – good luck!
For those striving for CoachKings Venue Finals, you still have 2 weeks to get that essential win on the board. There will be opportunities to qualify this weekend, and also the first week of AFL Finals before the big Venue Finals on Semi Final weekend. Best of luck!!
Gazza Gentry came from the clouds in the last contest of the weekend to take home the weekly $1000 – another winner from The Tonsley in SA.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) August 21, 2016
Scott Pendlebury (165 SC)
“He’s cooked”, they said. “Will spend more time up forward,” they said. “Ankle is still hampering him,” they said. In true Pendles style, he proved the doubters wrong with a stunning display on Saturday night. Had 32 possessions at 90 per cent efficiency. Sublime stuff.
Lachie Neale (154 SC)
Forty touches and 12 tackles in a team that lost by nearly 100 points is a commendable effort. Has elevated himself to Uber Premo status and should only benefit from the return of Nat Fyfe next season.
Patrick Cripps (152 SC)
Along with The Bont, this bloke is the prototype of the modern-day midfielder. As tall as a key forward, the strong body of Cripps allowed him to extract the pill masterfully. Was massive on Sunday, racking up 30 touches, 13 tackles, 19 contested possessions and 12 clearances. These huge numbers mean he should be strongly considered for next season.Honourable mentions: Brent Harvey (150 SC), Ryan Griffen (141 SC), Jamie McMillan (139 SC), Liam Picken (135 SC), Leigh Montagna (134 SC), Daniel Wells (132 SC), Adam Treloar (131 SC), Sam Menegola (130 SC).
Dayne Zorko (52 SC)
Has been known to trot out scores like this in the past, but we haven’t really seen it from him this season. Until now. Just went missing. Wasn’t even tagged. Very disappointing.
Josh Gibson (43 SC)
Has been added to the “never again” list of many coaches after another disastrous performance. Like his side, just had a very ordinary night. West Coast’s tall forward line forced Gibbo to play as a lockdown one-on-one defender, depriving him of the floating third-man-up role and restricting him to just 13 possessions and three clangers.
Toby Greene (66 SC)
Was due for a stinker and he certainly delivered. Had 15 possessions, which included a disgusting six clangers. If it wasn’t for his two goals, his score would have been even worse.Honourable mentions: Sam Mitchell (77 SC), Jack Steven (77 SC), Callan Ward (70 SC), Brad Crouch (54 SC).
Jeremy Howe (130 SC)
If you had said at the start of the season that Jeremy Howe would become a highly relevant SuperCoach option, you would have been laughed at. But playing a floating defender role off half-back, Howe has been very impressive this season. Started slowly but warmed into things nicely, posting five tons in a row between rounds 5-10. Had an ordinary 58 three weeks ago, but since then has bounced back with scores of 96, 97 and 130.
Robbie Gray (137 SC)
Two weeks ago Robbie produced quite possibly the worst game of his career, dishing out an absolutely putrid 53 against Sydney. Has responded admirably in the two games since then, posting a 106 and then an excellent 137 on the weekend.
Jason Johannisen (130 SC)
Has taken a while to get going since returning from injury, but on Sunday he produced the form we knew he was capable of. It was like the JJ of early in the season and he racked up the pill with ease off half back, providing his trade mark run. Had 31 touches, including 29 kicks.
— Maso (@Maso_78) August 21, 2016
Lance Franklin (34 SC)
Copped an elbow from Tarrant early in the match and he struggled to run out the game as a result. May well be hampered by sore rips again this week and might not get up for the match. Not the sort of thing we want to see with grand finals looming this week.
Nic Naitanui (90 SC)
A devastating blow for the Eagles and the competition in general, Nic Nat will miss the rest of this season and most of 2017 after undergoing a knee reconstruction following his injury on Friday night. Imagine those who traded Naitanui in after his heroics last week only to be dealt with this crippling blow.
Kade Kolodjashnij (36 SC)
Has been one of the disappointments of the season. Remember when he was in the conversation as a potential top six defender at the start of the year? Appears to have gone backwards in development. On the positive side, he should be excellent value next season.
Note from Jock:
Community, join me in thanking Big Carl for a sensational season of Heroes, Villains & Damned. It’s been a stunning debut this season. Look forward to hearing more from the great man over the off-season!