TBarron Von Crowhe 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.


Round 23 CoachKings Fixture

Barron’s Supercoach 2017 Bargain Bin 

Harry McKay

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

Supercoach Stats Table

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).

Harrison Wigg

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.

Harrison Wigg

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.

Jarrod Witts

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.

Jarrod Witts Supercoach 2017

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.




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.

CoachKings Cup



Kev · 25/08/2016 at 11:40

Your articles have been an absolute goldmine of information BVC, thank you for all the effort you've put in this year.

North seem to think they've got a bunch of talented kids waiting in the wings, might be worth diving into their list and see what they've got

I N Pieman · 25/08/2016 at 11:58

Stunning season BVC. Best researcher is the business. Agree with Kev about the North kids

    BarronVonCrow · 25/08/2016 at 12:16

    Thanks, Pieman!

    There are a few blokes in the VFL for North that you'd think could be given a go now that they've talked about playing the kids. Will Fordham has been solid this year, Mitch Hibberd has been good at times, Sam Durdin was a high draft pick, but he hasn't been a world beater, but he can play ruck (though you'd think he'd be competing with Daw for a spot). Taylor Garner is still there, but he has spent the better part of the last 3 years out with hamstring issues and now a knee issue. Declan Mountford has some skills and I think North could certainly add more pace, but they've also been using him as a tagger too. Ed Vickers-Willis has shown some skills across half back too.

The Master · 25/08/2016 at 12:28

Thanks for all your effort Barron, this is an addictive game and it is so good to get such vauable research put in front of the community each week from you and all the contributors and community. I know I would be a lot less wiser without the constant opinions mixed with facts from all. I did not start this game to take it so seriously but now I am already starting to pre-miss it for next week after the GF. I have had my best season and made both my GFs and ranked at my highest so far – 558, hoping to go inside top 500 this week for first time. Best of luck to everyone.

    BarronVonCrow · 25/08/2016 at 13:46

    Cheers, Master!

    Good work on the ranking! Here's hoping you have a good final week to really up it.

neil · 25/08/2016 at 13:21

A great effort all year Barron .Don't know how you do it but helped us all year.Himmelberg is interesting not much of him leads well but may not be key position .Didn't really get a go this year and well worth thinking about for sc next year but where will he play if at all. Thanks again to all the guys at JR AND ON THIS FORUM good luck to all the gf finalists Cheers Neil

    BarronVonCrow · 25/08/2016 at 13:51

    Thanks, Neil.

    Yea, not sure on Himmelberg at the moment. He was originally a forward, so i'm not sure if GWS are playing him down back out of need or design, but he certainly is athletic enough to hold down a spot in defense.

The Ranger · 25/08/2016 at 13:28

Love ya work Barron, thanks for the outstanding contribution you've made to this site over the years.
See ya next time around.

    BarronVonCrow · 25/08/2016 at 13:53

    Thanks Ranger and thank you for taking the time to read!

Derek · 25/08/2016 at 13:50

One of the greatest publications ever was the Jock Reynolds magazine. And one of the bestest articles was the one about the Mammoth Hump.

It talked about the premium players getting nearer to the end of their career and shows their SC performance fading away. However, near the end of there careers there is a hump/increase in output for a year or two as they steel themselves for one last effort before riding off into the sunset.

Simpson a good example.

I'll be looking closely for these guys next year.

Anyone have any suggested names?

    Keenbutclueless · 25/08/2016 at 15:46

    Nick Riewoldt. Without the captaincy next year might still be an option. Especially is Saints continue to improve. Add Joey Montagna to that as well.
    Jordan Lewis. Depending on whether Hawks four peat or not. I think an option if they don't

      I N Pieman · 25/08/2016 at 15:57

      I'd say Joey is likely to be a Mid/Def next season so that would also add some appeal

    The Ranger · 25/08/2016 at 17:04

    Goddard might be a nice pick next year with the rest of the Bombers back.

      Kev · 25/08/2016 at 17:56

      Enright if he goes around again? Smashed it this year after plenty of "long in the tooth" naysayers (myself included) in the preseason

        Derek · 25/08/2016 at 22:59

        I think all those guys are past their mammoth hump and have already started off into the sunset.

        If you read the article, I'll be looking for guys who have had 8 to 10 seasons and for various reasons the last couple Havnt been their best, not injury.

        Buddy, Cotchin, Lewis, Goddard, Mumford, Dawson, Cyrill, Gibbs

          Moustachio · 26/08/2016 at 08:09

          Lock in Dawson at D30

Danners · 25/08/2016 at 14:37

You've done some incredible work this season Barron. Not sure how long it would take to get every rookies stats and to write an article as good as this, but it would take a while though. I agree with some of the comments above that a lot of North Melbourne players will be good rookies like Vickers-Willis, Durdin, Hibberd are a few that stand out to me. Wigg should surely get his debut next season.
Look forward reading your article next season

neil · 25/08/2016 at 14:41

forgot about zac

SCaddict · 25/08/2016 at 15:08

Just too injury riddled for the taste of many coaches I would imagine. Although if he get's DEF DPP then he will have to be seriously looked at for around $480K.

Myself I'll probably be looking at either Bob Murphy or Johnson instead who will be discounted to make it more attractive to take a punt on and then hope their bodies hold together long enough to at least generate some cash if they do not become season long keepers.

Tommo09 · 25/08/2016 at 15:29

I have one trade and no pressing issues trade wise.
Should I trade Petracca (F7) to someone to loophole?
I have $103k
In one GF, knocked out in other league.

    BarronVonCrow · 25/08/2016 at 17:00

    Couldn't hurt, I'm assuming you have someone else at F8 who's playing as backup?

I N Pieman · 25/08/2016 at 16:14

So JOM has handed in his papers. Where do we think he will end up?

    TRIGGER HAPPY · 25/08/2016 at 16:21

    Hawks if titch stays with the swans

    The Ranger · 25/08/2016 at 17:02

    On an injury list somewhere?

    Northernsoul74 · 25/08/2016 at 17:52

    Saints. Got the cash and extras (picks/players) to interest the Suns.

      Juzzy · 25/08/2016 at 18:31

      Scared Saints supporter.
      Terrible visions of us dropping 700K and draft picks for someone to hang with Nathan Freeman while they watch next years games on television.

      pod · 26/08/2016 at 05:49

      JOM does resemble a young Lenny Hays

BarronVonCrow · 25/08/2016 at 16:59

Thanks for reading Danners!

It's not too bad getting the article done most weeks. I would stay up late even if I didn't spend an evening doing this!

Wattsieesq · 25/08/2016 at 17:37

Thanks BVC for your wonderful articles this season. They have been such a gold mine of information and a pleasure to read every weekend. Good luck with any SC GFs that you are involved in and hopefully we'll see some more articles in 2017.


    BarronVonCrow · 26/08/2016 at 08:01

    Glad you got something out of it Wattsieesq! You'll definitely see me again in 2017.

Kev · 25/08/2016 at 17:58

Come to the tiges, Jaeger! Pack your bags Deledio

Maggie · 25/08/2016 at 18:16

BVC, Thanks for your insightful articles throughout the year. Have really appreciated all your good work. Indeed, thanks to Jock and all the community. Well done boys!

Steeeve · 25/08/2016 at 18:16

Awesome stuff this year BVC, you're doing SA proud!

Sloane being out gives me two options: Cripps or Bont.
I'm currently leaning Cripps but mids don't seem to score big against Essendon for some reason. What do you all reckon?

    Moggy · 25/08/2016 at 21:26

    I'm actually thinking Selwood for Sloane as his big scores have all been at Simmons. Keen to hear who thinks the highest scorer will be this week between Selwood, Bont or cripps. Could mean the diff for the GF.


      Derek · 25/08/2016 at 23:02

      I'm getting Selwood. Always has a big score last round. Lowest in last 6 years was 110

        Steeeve · 26/08/2016 at 09:24

        I already have Selwood. Him, Danger, Gawn and Cripps all play at the same time. Who to VC?

    BarronVonCrow · 26/08/2016 at 08:03

    Haha, I'm the new pride of South Australia! Thanks Steeeve.

    Go Cripps i'd say.

    Beezneez · 26/08/2016 at 16:27

    Have been tossing up between the Bont and Cripps all week and also throwing Treloar into the mix. My opponent (who also happens to be my wife) has Cripps so may have to go Bont or Treloar as a POD. I have a set against Selwood (ducker and argues every decision made against him) so leaving him out. It really is a toss of the coin job. Think I might get the Bont as I was trying to trade him in for Shiel for the last three weeks but had to get in Dahlhaus and Enright on account of injuries and team balance.

Shake n bake · 25/08/2016 at 18:35

No big surprises at the selection table maybe Collins & smith out might hurt a few.

    johnno2908 · 25/08/2016 at 18:41

    Trent West and Archie Smith in is an odd thing to do

      Shake n bake · 25/08/2016 at 18:47

      Didn't want to see smith named but with hickey still out might just have to hold on to Martin. My trades are Slone out Bont in Buddy out Merrett in.

        Northernsoul74 · 25/08/2016 at 19:04

        Bont a great choice as likely to be captain so he'll lift even more.

          Don't Blush Baby · 25/08/2016 at 19:11

          I'm going Sloane to Neale only for strategic purposes as my opponent has him and we both dont have Bont, I reckon I can cover the rest of his Unique Players – 1k winner take all

    Moustachio · 26/08/2016 at 08:13

    Collins out is great as now I can Vc loophole. Almost missed out bc cheeky Macpherson came back for a game!

Danners · 25/08/2016 at 18:40

Not sure whether Sydney would want another good midfielder though

I N Pieman · 25/08/2016 at 18:57

Yeah Sydney are lacking gun mids!

    SCaddict · 25/08/2016 at 20:28

    I'd just prefer if my Swannies can work out a deal with Titch rather than playing musical chairs. JOM still needs to prove he can get back to playing high level injury free footy after two years out of the game.

      Leeds17 · 25/08/2016 at 22:00

      Is there any point keeping Titch if he's gloing to play as a flanker or tagger, let him go be a pure mid somewhere else & just let Heeney loose in the middle.

        Stevo · 25/08/2016 at 23:14

        You can never have enough midfield depth I reckon. You just don't know what might happen with injuries or future personnel movement. Being able to shut down an opponent and also win your own ball is not something to be given up so easily I would've thought. It may frustrate from a pure fantasy perspective but Sydney would be wise to try and hang on to him.

Kev · 25/08/2016 at 19:06

Surprisingly quiet at the selection table. Full squad this week

One trade left. Buddy to Boomer?

    Tony · 25/08/2016 at 20:10

    I'm with you Kev, will be angry and out to prove a point ! Done the trade already !

    Stevo · 25/08/2016 at 23:25

    The bye next week really seems to have nipped all this resting BS in the bud. Think I had about 3 donuts this time last year but this season it's been pretty much plain sailing during the SuperCoach finals. Actually had to find things to do with my trades this time around.

      Loop · 26/08/2016 at 06:29

      Maybe the top eight being close has something to do with it too.

Don't Blush Baby · 25/08/2016 at 19:16

Can't believe S.Collins got dropped for Derek's Man Crush Zac Dawson

    Derek · 25/08/2016 at 23:04

    If Sloane wasn't out, I was saving my last trade for the great man

    pod · 26/08/2016 at 05:51

    Tactical move by Ross, cunning & brilliant!!

Help · 25/08/2016 at 19:23

McVeigh for Doch or Ward for Bont/Rocky

    Danners · 25/08/2016 at 19:41

    McVeigh to Docherty

      Help · 26/08/2016 at 00:37

      Thanks Danners

Last Trade · 25/08/2016 at 19:52

Loophole Pittard or McVeigh or
Sideways trade, 5K in bank

    Kev · 26/08/2016 at 08:08

    Pittard. Against a dead GC he should score well

swannyfan · 25/08/2016 at 21:01

who's gonna score more, bont, cripps, neale or rocky?

    Derek · 25/08/2016 at 23:06

    Ummmmmmm……., Bont…..,,no wait, ……..Neale… Yeah Neale. But then again……. Rocky…..or Cripps…, maybe….

    How the hell do we know!

      billo · 26/08/2016 at 02:26

      Rocky or Cripps I reckon. Tough one!

    Stavros · 25/08/2016 at 23:10

    My money is on patty cripps

    James · 26/08/2016 at 08:18

    Ive been trying to get Rocky in my side for the last month or so. Finally get the opportunity, but I think Bont is probably the best option. Dogs have a lot to play for so very high chance of Bont running a muck.

    Rocky is almost always going to be on the losing side, and Trent West playing will probably mean less opportunities for Rocky to get first hands on the footy.

    Go with Bont 🙂

      Steeeve · 26/08/2016 at 09:25

      I'd only ever VC Rocky. Chance of being injured every game.

BarronVonCrow · 26/08/2016 at 08:02

Thanks Maggie and thankyou for reading!

alan · 26/08/2016 at 09:47

The premiership might go to a Victorian team finishing fifth. No travel can rest players playing a losing team in a mess with stars dumped in a bruise free game.They then play against a team that travelled lost and may lose players.Best for doggies to finnish 5th methinks

    Derek · 26/08/2016 at 10:24

    the only good thing about the hawks finishing 4th, i'll get to watch them play in Sydney 🙂

      alan · 26/08/2016 at 10:55

      Don't know if its good Derek but is itr silly for the hawks to go for Boomer cheap still good

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