Is The After-Thought of Port Gaining Some Traction?
by Nicki Boy
The Port Adelaide Football Club once glistened with the hope of a new and bright future. A dramatic three-point loss to Hawks in the 2014 preliminary final made us all feel assured that the Power would be a force to be reckoned with in following seasons to come with such a youthful and talented playing group.
But this is definitely not the case.
With Port struggling their backline has come under siege – and this is where our friend Jasper Pittard comes in to play. A steady improver from his first season to now, the 26-year-old Pittard could just go bang in 2017 where he will be seeing plenty of the footy down back.
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|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||91.8|
|100+ games last season:||6|
|Sub 80 games last season:||5|
|Price range last season:||$434K – $495K|
|Missed games last season:||
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What you get from Jasper Pittard is a high level of consistency. With a standard deviation of only 17.8, Pittard can be seen as very reliable with 11 of his 22 scores being between 80-100 points. This means that Pittard’s price will fluctuate minimally. This makes our lives as coaches a hell of a lot easier when considering possible trades and other team economics.
Pittard also likes to put the ball on the boot rather than dish it off via hand. In 2016 Pittard averaged 22.6 disposals of which 15.4 were kicks to 7.2 handballs. Compliment this with the fact he was 5th in the league for total rebound 50’s and 7th in total bounces and you have yourself the makings of a very dangerous and damaging half back rebounder who went at a solid 76.7% DE.
The most appealing of all the factors at hand though is the continuous improvements he has made to his game which are reflected in his Supercoach scores. Since becoming fully healthy again in 2014 he has missed only the two games and made huge strides in his scoring output;
- 66.7 in 2014
- 80.4 in 2015
- 91.8 in 2016.
At this rate an average of 100+ maybe on the cards with his strides towards becoming better and better.
The main risk regarding Pittard is clearly his price. At $499k you want value for money and the potential for the player to go big. Pittard as mentioned offers consistency but may not have the threshold to go large. He only cracked that all important 100 mark six times in 2016 with a high score of 129. These numbers aren’t terrific, especially when stacked up against a player such as Rory Laird who battled injury but still registered better numbers at an average of 96.8.
If you were to select Pittard you would most likely start with him. Because of his consistency and inability to go huge, he must be in your team for a long period of time to truly appreciate him. However, with a round 9 bye he could actually be used as a trade in option to carry out a consistent scoring role for your team. I don’t see him coming any more than $50k cheaper though if that is your course of action so be weary.
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- Very consistent player who you know will be a reliable option for at least 20+ games
- Kicks are double to that of handballs which creates higher scoring, especially when rebounding off the halfback line
- Made steady improvements every year since his full return from injuries in 2014.
- Pricey at $499k for a bloke that only cracked the tonne 6 times in 2016.
- Has an inability to go huge (only one score of 125+ in 2016)
I really like what Jasper Pittard has to offer us as coaches in 2017. His reliability should be sought after as well as the improvements he has made to his game in each. I think an average of 96+ is a fair evaluation to make on Pittard who has the ability to go 100+ if he can remain consistent until round 23.
Will Pittard make your starting squad?
Nicki Boy @Nick_Wealands
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