Jack GUN-ston – What’s in a name?
4 x Grand Finalist to go along with 3 flags. Jack Gunston must be loving life since he walked out on the Crows in 2011. With everyone’s favourite ginger out of action in 2016, Gunston became the top dog in Hawthorn’s forward line.
It was a funny old year for for him, he managed another 50+ majors (51) for the third consecutive year, but Clarko also experimented with him in a other roles, popping up in defence on occasion and attending a few centre bounces. Whether that is Clarko trying to add versatility to his game or whether he is trying to fast track the development of Hawthorn’s young talls is up for debate.
What shouldn’t be questioned is Gunston’s pedigree as a forward, 16 touches and 6.4 grabs for game -almost half of which were inside 50 – to go along with a few sausage rolls. At just 24 years of age, Gunston continued to improve his game.
With Roughead’s return (fingers crossed) in 2017, Jack will get less attention. Is he worth a shot in 2017?
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|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||92.2|
|100+ games last season:||11 (high: 127 twice)|
|Sub 80 games last season:||6 (low: 46 – 4 games under 60)|
|Price range last season:||$395k (round 23) – $521k (round 1)|
|Missed games last season:||
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He is a key position player. While that average looks bloody good for a KPF his standard deviation is very high. His bad games are shockers.
Listed at 85kg’s, he doesn’t have the physicality to play that high-half-forward-roaming-into-the-middle role that Riewoldt and Buddy can do. I’d be much more likely to shit my pants if it was Buddy spearing me into the MCG turf than Gunston. Orange Rough’s return may see him playing closer to goal.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Hawks traded clearance kings Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis. The Hawks were already bloody ordinary when it came to centre clearance and clearance stats, but with the departure of these two it may have a massive knock on effect to their forward supply in 2017.
KEY HAWTHORN CLEARANCE STATS 2016
If you’re after a KPF Gunston is one of the better options. However, I wouldn’t start with him. Monitor his form and numbers and if he’s pushing out consistent scores without those shite 50’s and 60’s then he had a low ownership % in 2016. He is a nice POD for the run home.
- Young with plenty of responsibility. Future leader of the club.
- Accurate in front of the sticks. 64% conversion rate over the past 3 seasons.
- 3 tackles per game. Not bad for a key forward.
- 2% TOG.
- The spread of goal kickers at the Hawks means he rarely has a day out with a big bag of goals.
- Hawks have traded their two best centre clearance players.
- Up and down scoring.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) January 12, 2017
It was interesting researching Gunston. There’s nothing about him that makes me want to pick him and at the same time there’s no reason not to. No doubt he is a star of our game, from a fantasy viewpoint though he doesn’t take game by the balls and deliver the big scores. If you’re going to take a punt on a KPF you want those flower off massive scores that can win you your league and a Supercoach flag.
NO TO START WITH.
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