Don’t be a “Maverick” or a “Goose” just pick him!
by TRIGGER HAPPY
Any number of superlatives has been used to describe the man we call “Danger” but that one I think best describes Patrick Dangerfield.
Danger, Danger. The crowd scream when he picks ups the ball but it could mean beware he is dangerous (“that’s right I am dangerous”) in the middle of the ground, when he gets into space, if he is behind you about to run you down or around goal. No need to show you a heat map – there is Danger all over the ground!
Now I know some of you may be thinking he has an “ego that writes cheques his body can’t cash” but this couldn’t be further from the truth. He is one of the most down to earth, relaxed guys you are ever likely to meet.
Relaxed. I mean which other footballer would listen to Disney tunes on his way to game? He says it helps calm the nerves. Seems to work a treat! One of his favourites is Aladdin. If the genie was to grant the community 3 wishes they would probably be:
- Danger to play for my team
- Danger to be granted DPP status in Supercoach
- Danger to be Rookie priced.
That is the thing about dreams they hardly ever come true – I mean looking at that lot you would have more chance of winning an arm wrestle against Slider than those coming true.
Another way Danger likes to relax is to surf as he is just as comfortable catching a wave as catching a sherrin. Now he is back in Victoria he tries to go surfing 3-4 times a week. Infact during the season if he only surfed once or twice during the week he had a bad game on the weekend and Geelong lost. So it is good for footy and the cats if Danger catches a wave.
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||130+|
|99+ games last season:||20!|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1 (77)|
|Price range last season:||$744K (rd16) – $596K (rd22) – only time he dropped under $600K|
|Missed games last season:||
As part of the end of Season review in 2014 the Geelong football club went back through the years and looked at how Danger had impacted games throughout his entire career particularly paying attention to the 2011-2013 Grand final sprints which Danger won three years in a row and in one voice said “I feel the need, the need for speed”. From that point on they made it their mission to bring Danger home (albeit at the expense of a couple of older stalwarts).
So at the end of the 2015 season one of the worst kept secret in the history of the AFL resulted in Danger moving from the Adelaide Crows back to his home town of Moggs Creek to play for Geelong. To shine a spotlight on the character of the man despite all the innuendo and speculation Danger took it all in his stride and never let it impact on his football, giving his all every game and playing his heart out for the Adelaide football club right up to his final game. This was never more evident than when Adelaide lost their coach during the year. Danger was enormous on and off the field. He and club stood tall during their darkest hours. He left with his head held high with the honor of the clubs B&F. 12 months on he has another B&F next to his name and is now an integral part of the Geelong Football Club.
Speaking of which once the Geelong football club finishes its renovations/expansion of its stadium which is scheduled to be complete May next year the stadium may well become a fortress again with the opposition teams dreading a trip down the “highway to the Dangerzone”. “Gonna take you right into the danger zone”.
Who know this may become the new Geelong theme song?
Not much I can think of so going to attack this one from a different angle
Risk. Don’t start him and wait until he drops in price.
Before the season began in 2016 some of us had reservations about putting Danger in our starting line-up as we were unsure of how he would go in a new team, or how he would go in the Geelong midfield and Geelong were playing the Hawks Rd 1. See how he goes and grab him later right?
Close to his best game of the year producing almost the perfect game where he dominated from start to finish. By the time he was finished he had amassed a best on ground performance gathering 43 possessions and amassing a huge162 SC points. In the process he also broke Greg Williams record for most disposals on debut for a new team. Now say you took Nathan Fyfe over Danger in Rd 1. You were already 100 points behind at the end of round 1 and would be chasing the pack from that point on. Danger can do that to you. He can go Huge!
So I ask you?
Can you risk NOT having him in your team in Rd 1?
If you do pick him you will need some danger money.
He will not be cheap next year infact he is likely to be close to the dearest starting price in the history of Supercoach. Bald Jesus still holds that title.
So just over 7% of your salary cap on one player! Why fork out that sort of money for one player? The Answer is simple you get what you pay for.
Danger played all 22 games last year at an average of 130 only twice (yep twice) dipping below 99 points, punching out massive scores over 150 on 5 occasions and one double ton!
No one can seem to tag him, he just takes the game by the scruff of the neck and says follow me boys.
- #1 Player in the AFL and Supercoach 2016.
- Brownlow medalist 2016.
- Averaged 117 over the last 5 years. Absolute Gun.
- Missed 1 game in the last 3 years.
Now I know some of the community love a good statistic and I could go on and rattle off any number of stats in relation to Danger like he kicks as much as he handballs, averaged over 30 disposals, 115 SC points at Kadina park, laid over 100 tackles and a kicked on average a goal per game in 2016 just to name a few.
But for all the stat boffins amongst us I refer you to THE GAME to really get you excited.
The date: May 30 2015.
Phil Walsh and Ross Lyon decided to throw taggers out of the window and let two modern day champions in Patrick Dangerfield and Nathan Fyfe go toe to toe like two heavy weight combatants. The winner? Footy and everyone who loves a great contest. It was a contest that will long be remembered and go into AFL folklore.
An Epic Encounter.
DANGERFIELD v FYFE – THE GAME!
- Disposals: Dangerfield 38 Fyfe 40
- Contested possessions: Dangerfield 29 Fyfe 26
- Clearances: Dangerfield 9 Fyfe 14
- Tackle: Dangerfield 8 Fyfe 6
- Goals: Dangerfield 1 Fyfe 1
- Dangerfield was involved in 31.8 per cent of Crows scores and Fyfe was involved in 27.8 per cent of Dockers scores.
- Adelaide retained possession from 57.9 per cent of Dangerfield’s disposals.
- Fremantle retained possession from 55.0 per cent of Fyfe’s disposals.
- Dangerfield gained 582 metres. Fyfe gained 958 metres (a career-high).
- Adelaide won a centre clearance 42.1 per cent of the time Dangerfield attended a centre bounce.
- Fremantle won a centre clearance 41.2 per cent of the time Fyfe attended a centre bounce.
- SuperCoach points: Dangerfield 188 Fyfe 158
3 Votes – Natrick Dangerfyfe.
It was suggested they get 2.5 votes each such was the quality of football played.
If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour and track down a copy sit down and watch it – brilliant footy.
- The only reason not to pick Danger and it is a big one is that starting price.
- It is a helluva lot of cash to fork out for one player!
BLOODY OATH YES!
I will leave the wrap up to the Captain Joel Selwood. He was probably closest to the happiest bloke on the planet when he was informed that Danger was on his way to Geelong. He promptly rang Danger to welcome him in to the club with a cheerful “You can be my wingman anytime “to which Danger was heard to reply – “Bullshit you can be mine”! And that was how it was.
The Top Gun and his wingman.
As I said at the start:
Don’t be a “Maverick” or a “Goose” just pick him!
A great bloke to chat fantasy footy with. Kick Dangerfield around with him in the comments below.
|This article has been penned as part of the Jock Reynolds Community Series, where anyone from within our proud community can have their say in front of their peers. These men and women have displayed the spirit of togetherness, positivity and community that we value significantly.|
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