by Trigger Happy
If you took a poll of football followers throughout our great land and asked the simple question. Who do you admire and respect the most? I bet regardless of who you barracked for one of the names at the top of the list would be Jarryd Roughead. He is pretty hard not to like. He has a way about him, a layabout relaxed bloke that would be happy to sit down for a beer and yarn. He’s just a ripper bloke.
Much like when Bob Murphy went down with a knee except even more so the football world went into shock when the larrikin bloke made an announcement that his cancer had returned. Roughie had a melanoma cut from his lip in 2015 only to find out the cancer had returned in May 2016 this time in his lungs. No matter who it is it makes you sick in the stomach to hear something like that.
— Hawthorn FC (@HawthornFC) January 1, 2017
Let’s not kid ourselves the treatment for cancer is pretty horrendous and he would have gone through hell and back but one thing we know is “Roughie” is up for a fight and would do whatever it takes to beat this new threat.
Even though he could no longer play football he immersed himself in the club, the family club and lent a hand whenever it was needed. On more than one occasion a question would come his way in relation to his treatment and in true roughie style he would flash a grin and say he was here for the club and was just there to help the club get their next win.
Even though the club tried to get on with the job without Roughie it showed both on and off the field as they tried various options but found that he is pretty hard to replace, he is just so versatile. His treatment no doubt had a mental impact on some players especially those that were closest to him. However in December Christmas came early for Roughie and the football community as he announced that he was cancer free. This meant the lumps and tumours have gone. The drugs worked and killed off the cancer. He had endured and won!
Now he can, to quote the great man – “get back to doing what I love and play some footy”
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Finally roughie is back training with his teammates after receiving the all clear and has now commenced a tailored preseason program joining teammates on the track for the first time since being diagnosed.
So what does this mean to our supercoach sides in 2017? Is Roughie a relevant forward line option?
He would have to a flawless and blitz in the preseason but if picked in Rd 1 he could be an astute pick.
Firstly he is priced at $367k which is at an average of 67. Over the last 5 years (excluding 2016) he has averaged on 100 SC per season. So if he lines up Rd 1 he would almost be guaranteed to make you some cash. With averages like this it puts him in top 6 forward calculations.
His versatility is remarkable as he can play in almost any position. He is not like you general KPF who’s scores are reliant goals to score points, and the footy coming into the forward line. As with most hawks he can play anywhere often lining up in defence, taking a grab on the wing and he is more than a handy ruckman. He also provides a considerable midfield presence with his ability to win clearances from the middle. He has great awareness in and around goal often kicking a goal himself after a strong grab or passing off to a better option to finish off his good work.
Missed all of 2016.
We really have no idea how much of an impact his treatment has taken out of him.
What are the side effects of immunotherapy treatment?
Level of fitness?
To a lesser degree with both Mitchell and Lewis gone will the delivery into the hawks forward line fall away? I’m sure Clarko will drill into his new charges the game plan and what is expected of them.
No third man up anymore so if Roughie went into the ruck he would up against bigger opponents with no chop out.
Stepping stone or keeper?
When will he play?
I think this is the key one. Really depends who you ask or listen to.
Recent quote from Jack Gunston:
“I miss playing with the big fella. I’m sure there’s a bit more water to go under the bridge, but I’m hopeful. He’s done a fair bit of work already, so it’s great to see. I know he’s been training and jogging and whatnot. We’re all hopeful he’ll be ready. Like everyone else, I’m hopeful he’ll be there in round one, but I guess his health is more important than anything else. I’m sure he’ll let us know when he ready to go”
The club understandably is more guarded about a potential return date.
But we are all hopeful this is going to be sooner rather than later.
- Battled cancer and won the fight – he is now cancer free
- See the point above.
- Underpriced for what he can deliver
- At his best he is capable of some huge supercoach scores
As this is good news story lets focus on that. Supercoach stats last 4 years
- 2012 – 11 tons, 1score under 80, missed 2 games, Avg 104 SC points
- 2013 – 11 tons, 4 scores under 80, played every game, Avg 99 SC points
- 2014 – 8 tons, 4 scores under 80, missed 3 games, Avg 96 SC points
- 2015- 8 tons inc a 173, 3 games under 8, missed 3 games (2 for melanoma), Avg 96 SC points
- Missed all of 2016 while battling cancer
- What has the treatment taken out of him, how long until he fully recovers?
Undecided – Too many variables.
At his best, Roughead is a stats monster, possessing the ability to fill up almost every column on the statistics sheet. When roughie fires you want him in your team.
His career bests are at dizzying heights. The 194-game veteran has highs of 29 disposals, a dozen marks, 18 hit-outs, 10 tackles, eight clearances, four goal assists and has kicked eight goals twice.
If we see him doing what he does best in the preseason then he will warrant consideration but to be honest I don’t really care on this one as the important thing is he has beaten the cancer and is cancer free.
I hope we see the big fella up and about soon and doing what he loves on the footy field and maybe even dishing out some of his own Rough Justice.
A great bloke to chat fantasy footy with. You’re a belter Trigg. On behalf of our entire community I would like to wish Roughy all the very best – I reckon we’ll see the big bugger back to his best. Jock.
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