Does the Hunter become the hunted?
You know what really grinds my gears?
I bloody hate it when someone says they have a “second team”. What the h-e-double hockey sticks does that mean? What happens when your two teams play against each other? Do you split your loyalties? Hope for a draw? I’m not buying it! Stick with your bloody team.
And that’s what really grinds my gears.
My rant has a point community. The finals series of 2016 bought about some great things. Hawks out in straight sets, GWS announcing themselves as a powerhouse for years to come, and some serious bloody man-love for the way the dogs go about their footy. In short, they became my second team.
It’s not on record, but I’m pretty sure I confessed my love for Liam Picken and gave him naming rights over my second born (Jack Riewoldt has naming rights for the first). Maybe there will be a review on Billy down the track. Today I want to focus on his teammate, Lachie Hunter.
|2017 Supercoach Price:||$515,400|
|2017 Est. Position:||MID|
|Games last season:||22 (plus all four finals)|
|Average in 2016:||94.7|
|100+ games last season:||8 (season high 154SC)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||7 (season low 57SC)|
|Price range in 2016:||$415K – $530K|
|Missed games last season:||Nada. A goose egg. A duck.|
|Significant history:||Sixteen 25+ possession games in 2016 (9 of those of 30+)Ranked 5th overall for uncontested possessionsAveraged 20 effective disposals per match
Supercoach average jumped 18 points from 2015 (76 to 94)
Like most of the guys we’re looking at to make the step up in 2017, I’d consider Hunter a lot more if he snagged DPP. At his best his season average was a tick over 100 between rounds 6-15 which is simply not enough for those precious premium midfield spots. There are no injury concerns and with a strong Western Bulldogs lineup around him he’ll be involved in more winning matches.
You’d be picking Hunter with the hope that he can show the kind of form that he started the year with. Probably too expensive as a stepping stone player at around 510k. As mentioned in the risk factor section though I think coaches should really consider him if he gets DPP, he knows how to find the footy and has had a few monster scores. Having a FWD eligible player that can rack up 25+ touches consistently in this caper is golden.
- He’s young. Part of the new age of Supercoach relevant mids.
- Kicks more than handballs.
- Knows how to find the footy.
- Struggles with inconsistency.
- Needs to find the big sticks more. Only kicked 8.8 in H/A matches for 2016.
- Opposition coaches will be cracking open the Bulldogs gameplan during the preseason. Could see more attention coming his way.
I’m a card-carrying member of the guns ’n’ rookies strategy community, if he’s MID only it’s highly unlikely I’ll be scrolling down the midfield list far enough to see his name. If he gets DPP then I will consider.
NO (for now)
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