The end has come, my friends.
Round 23, it’s Supercoach Grand Final time and that means it’s also the last week of the Rookie Scouting Report for 2016 and the final Barron’s Bargain Bin for the immediate future as well. But don’t worry, we’re gonna rev up the BBB again at some point over the off-season, so we can get you ready to roll for the 2017 season, but at least we’ll get to sit back and enjoy some quality finals football for a little bit longer.
And while Supercoach may be ending, it’s not completely over just yet, there’s still a chance for you to qualify for your venues CoachKings finals, so get out there to your local pub and make sure you get your team in the running for the huge 50K CoachKings Cup. You’ll probably be shouting your mate’s beers until the 2017 season kicks off if you win.
Barron’s Supercoach 2017 Bargain Bin
They always say “bigs take time”, but for a guy who has only played a handful of games at VFL level you can already see the talent shining through with this kid. He was pick #10 for the Blues in the 2015 draft, but unfortunately suffered a stress fracture in his back which sidelined him for most of the year so far. He has played in the later half of the year, and apart from a game against Richmond’s VFL side where he got injured early, he’s started to show some real potential as a forward/ruck
The biggest thing will be the Blues need for more goal scoring potential on field now that they have at least managed to start improving the defensive aspects of their game. Last week they had Liam Jones and Levi Casboult as the FF/CHF, which ya know, is kind of crap due to the presence of Liam Jones there (it’s not like Casboult is a world beater either). The point is, McKay has talent, and as much as the Blues have improved, they still need more talent on the field, so if he’s healthy then there’s a good chance he’ll get opportunities.
Big blokes can always be risky and inconsistent plays in fantasy football, but we’d probably primarily pick him for cash generation, which he should provide. Carlton would be hoping that Weitering and McKay will be the bookends of their side for the next decade and hopefully he’ll pair up with Jack Silvagni and Charlie Curnow and form a very dangerous forward trio (I can hear LekDog getting excited for the future from here).
Originally drafted with pick #35 in the 2014 AFL Draft, Wigg was also the MVP of the SA side in the Under-18 Championships. He’s been compared to Matt Suckling due to his ability to kick long and accurately with his left boot, and while he spent the 2015 using those kicking skills across half back, he moved into a more outside receiver role in the midfield in 2016 with the Adelaide reserves side in the SANFL. He’s seemed to really made use of the extra opportunities given to him, with his averages in 2015 being 15 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles, he’s upped them to averages of 23 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles this year.
He ain’t the biggest guy around, standing at only 179cm, but as Lachie Neale and Caleb Daniel have shown us, height isn’t everything if you’ve got skills. The Crows are a side that have been crying out at times for some really accurate kicking in the side, especially with both Smith and Seedsman being a tad inconsistent this year.
Wigg has been close to earning an AFL game in 2016, having been the senior emergency twice already, I think there’s a very good chance he’ll see his debut in 2017, especially if he has a big pre-season. He’s currently a defender in Supercoach this year, but I think that will likely change to midfield in 2017, which probably lessens his appeal somewhat as good, cheap defenders are usually harder to come by than midfielders.
Witts played 20 games back in 2014, but has found himself playing less and less AFL action since then, totaling 11 games in 2015 and just the 2 games in 2016 as Brodie Grundy has improved to take the #1 ruck spot at the Pies and the game continues to move into a direction where teams won’t play 2 pure ruckmen. That’s not to say Witts isn’t talented though, because he can play some good footy, he averaged 72 SCPoints in 2014 and 2015 playing part time ruck with Grundy, and has put up some pretty good stats in the VFL this year.
The issue again will be opportunities for Witts. There has been plenty of talk about him moving over to GWS, a move which likely doesn’t open up a ton of opportunities for him since the big Mummy is still there. But if Mummy were to go down with an injury, or if Witts were to go to a side where he could be the #1 ruck, he may get a chance to really take the spot and make it his, and based on his average this year he’s looking at potentially costing $250,000 next year. That’ll put him at risky R2 or as an expensive backup option.
ADAM SCHNEIDER TALKS COACHKINGS FINALS WITH MICK FROM THE NOBLE PARK FOOTY CLUB:
AROUND THE GROUNDS…
Kieran Lovell – Lovell had 27 disposals, 7 marks and kicked 2 behinds as Box Hill Hawks lost to Collingwood 57-78.
Kade Stewart – Stewart had 20 disposals, 4 marks, 8 tackles and kicked a goal for the Hawks.
Jack Fitzpatrick – Inaccurate day for him, kicking 5 behinds, along with 19 disposals, 7 marks and 4 hitouts.
Jason Tutt – Tutt had 32 disposals, 6 marks and 4 tackles as the Northern Blues lost to Williamstown 43-98.
Dillon Viojo-Rainbow – Skittles had 11 disposals, 5 marks, 8 tackles and 3 inside 50’s for the Blues.
Shaun Edwards – Edwards had 26 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles and kicked a goal as Essendon defeated North Ballarat 100-34
Will Hams – Hams had 21 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for Essendon.
Jack Trengove – Trengove had 29 disposals, 5 marks and 9 tackles as the Casey Scorpions lost to Geelong 72-83.
Josh Wagner – Wagner had 19 disposals, 5 marks and 6 tackles for the Scorpions.
Mitchell Hibberd – Hibberd had 34 disposals, 7 marks and 2 tackles as Werribee lost to Footscray 64-127.
Ryan Clarke – Clarke had 25 disposals, 5 marks and 10 tackles for Werribee.
Ben McKay – McKay kicked 1.1 along with 11 disposals and 4 marks.
Bailey Dale – Dale had 29 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and kicked 1.2 for Footscray.
Bailey Williams – Williams had 24 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles.
Josh Saunders – Saunders had 26 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles and kicked 1.1 as Sandringham lost to Richmond 89-98.
Nick O’Kearney – Kicked 1.1 along with 24 disposals and 6 marks.
Tom Curren – Curren kicked 2.1 along with 19 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles.
Jason Castagna – Castagna had 17 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for Richmond.
Liam McBean – Had just 10 disposals, along with kicking 1.2 for Richmond.
Harrison Wigg – Wigg had 31 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and kicked a goal as the Adelaide reserves side defeated West Adelaide 179-85.
Dean Gore – One of his better games this year, Gore had 29 disposals, 6 marks, 7 tackles and kicked 2.1
Jake Kelly – Kelly had 23 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s.
Riley Knight – His 2nd game back from his ankle injury and kicked 4 goals, along with 19 disposals and 5 marks.
Jono Beech – Upgraded to the main list last week, he kicked 4 goals, along with 16 disposals and 6 marks.
Reilly O’Brien – Back in the SANFL last week, he had 41 hitouts, 11 disposals, 4 marks and kicked 2 behinds.
Kane Mitchell – Huge game for Mitchell with 39 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 8 inside 50’s and kicked 3 goals as Port Adelaide defeated Norwood 103-78,
Will Snelling – He kicked a goal along with 29 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles.
Sam Colquhoun – He had 27 disposals, 14 marks and 2 tackles.
Dan Houston – Houston had 20 disposals, 10 marks and 3 tackles
Riley Bonner – Bonner had 18 disposals, including 15 kicks, 8 marks and 3 rebound 50’s.
Luke Partington – Led East Perth with 30 disposals, as well as 5 marks and 5 tackles as East Perth lost to South Fremantle 82-86.
Liam Duggan – Duggan had 20 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles and kicked a goal.
Tom Lamb – Lamb had 18 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and 4 hitouts.
Anthony Morabito – Morabito had 21 disposals, 9 marks and 1 tackle as the Peel Thunder lost to Subiaco 76-93.
Matt de Boer – He had 33 disposals, 2 marks and 7 tackles for the Peel Thunder.
James Stewart – Highlighted in the bargain bin a few weeks ago, he had a huge game against Brisbane, kicking 8.3, along with 23 disposals and 14 marks as the UWS Giants defeated Brisbane 185-46.
Tom Downie – Kicked 4 goals along with 12 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 14 hitouts.
Sam Reid – Kicked 3.6, as well as 27 disposals, 5 marks and 8 tackles.
Daniel Lloyd – Kicked 3 goals, along with 31 disposals, 5 marks and 7 tackles.
Jack Steele – Steele had 23 disposals, 7 marks, 7 tackles and 6 inside 50’s.
Harrison Himmelberg – HH had 30 disposals and 7 marks.
Billy Evans – Had 24 disposals, 1 mark and 5 tackles.
Jarrad Jansen – Jansen had 24 disposals, 1 mark and 2 tackles.
Darcy MacPherson – MacPherson had 25 disposals, 1 mark and 4 tackles as the Gold Coast just defeated Aspley 115-111.
David Swallow – Kicked a goal and had 8 disposals and 2 marks, but left early in the game due to hamstring issues flaring up again.
Mitch Hallahan – Huge game for Hallahan, kicking 4 goals and also led the Suns with 35 disposals, 6 marks and 8 tackles.
Jordan Foote – Led the Swans with 37 disposals as well as 11 marks and 8 tackles as Sydney defeated Sydney University, 68-43.
Nic Newman – Newman had 25 disposals, 10 marks, 7 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s and kicked a goal.
Brandon Jack – Jack had 20 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for Sydney.
And that’s it from me and the scout report for the 2016 AFL season. It’s been wonderful sharing the year with you all, if you have any questions or comments you can let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter @BarronVonCrow
Stay glued to the site – Jock and the lads will be cranking through the whole off season. Prepare for some significant off season hi-jinx.