by TRIGGER HAPPY
What is up Doc? What happened in 2016 to go from an average of 88 (which is pretty good for a defender) to increase that by a massive 20 points to an average of 108 (this is outstanding for a defender) to become the number 1 ranked SuperCoach defender by year end?
Or to quote bugs “hey bub, what’s all the hubbub?”
We expected this from Shaw but no one could see this one coming maybe it was simply “don’t take life too seriously you’ll never get out alive”. But there was more to it than that.
Clearly it wasn’t one thing but a number of factors that turned Doc in a SuperCoach gun but once all the ducks lined up in a row its “wabbit season, no it is duck season bang, bang, bang, bang”.
Doc was one of the infamous mummy boys go home 5 traded from Brisbane at the end of 2013. While others headed to West Coast, Port, the Pies and Saints, Doc rather than “taking a left turn at Albuquerque” made a vline for princess park and became a Blue. However at the time of his arrival the blues had a running defender called Yaz and the stalwart in Simmo who drove the ball out of the backline so he was asked to play an accountable role in the back pocket or sometimes forward. At the end of 2014 Yaz was traded to the Tiges creating a running half back role for Doc. Bang duck 1.
Despite now having a role that suited him at the start of 2015 the coach at the time was Mick Shitehouse who employed a game plan from the 1980’s where you would chip the ball around and only use the wings to bomb it into the fwd line. Doc wanted to run but was hamstrung by this plan? and would have loved to tear out of the backline dashing up the guts but this was strictly forbidden by the coach. The middle was sacred ground only to be used by the hawks, cats and swans. So Doc was good not great. The coach was sacked during 2015 with John Barker becoming the interim coach. Although he tried to change things you can only do so much during a season. Bang duck 2.
Brendan Bolton appointed as Carlton coach. Bang duck 3. Bolts came off the Clarko coach production line. He put his stamp on the club straight away bringing in his own support staff and a new game plan which was pretty simple really. You are accountable, work hard, don’t shirk the contest when it is your time to go you go, chase tackle and harass when you don’t have the ball, have fun but beyond all – back yourself. Doc did just that.
Bolts and the blues then addressed the list with the big one being recruitment. SOS was welcomed back with open arms and was appointed chief recruiter. Setting up a spine was his number one priority especially defence. Bang duck 4. Now Doc had some help with Weita and Plowman now holding down key posts. They can take a contested grab and then feed it out to Doc either by hand or foot to let him do his thing. And boy how he loved that and his thing was exceptional.
THE 2017 JOCK REYNOLDS SUPERCOACH MAGAZINE. THE ONLY TRUE REFERENCE FOR THE SUPERCOACH ELITE – ON SALE NOW
|2017 Price:||$592K SC|
|Games last season:||22|
|Average last season:||108|
|100+ games last season:||16|
|Sub 80 games last season:||1 (76 in rd2)|
|Price range last season:||$473K – $585K|
The Doc is in the house!
Check out these numbers:
- 10th best overall SC point scorer in the competition which included 16 tons and two games over 140 delivering all season
- 26 possessions and 8 marks per game
- 3rd rebound 50 – average 5.4 per game
- Every game Doc played last year had more kicks than handball usually 2 to 1 or better
- Was on the ground at least for 80% every game with an average game time of 90%.
- Number 14 ranked player for disposal efficiency (3rd best defender)
- 9th for kicks per game
- 3rd in total marks and marks per game
Nearly $600k for a defender is unheard of and a truck load of cash to splash on a player.
Some people are of the opinion that you don’t pay over $500k for a defender. Let me counter this with class is class and you get what you pay for. Doc was the 10th highest point scorer for the 2016 season including midfield!
To put that into perspective that is more points than JPK, the Bont, Dusty, Priddus, Sloane and Goldy just to name a few. Enough said.
The Tuohy Factor or rather the lack of Tuohy factor.
Zac Tuohy was used by the blues as a bit of a lock down player to help Doc and Simmo to play the running defender role. With Tuohy gone will Doc or Simmo be asked to lock down in defence therefore limiting and reducing their scoring power? Maybe but the blues did trade a 1st round pick for a kid called Marchbank who should play early and also got a bonus in the interceptor in Macreadie. Surely one of them gets a gig early and still allows the lads to run the ball out of defence. I don’t think Bolts will ask either of them to change their role as they are the best one/two combo in the AFL. Shaw and Williams may challenge for the title this year but they are the current title holders. Supercoach has recognised this and priced them accordingly in 2017.
Will teams start to lock down on Simmo and Doc in 2017? Maybe but pretty unlikely. At stages last year this tactic was employed but with limited success as if you tag one the other gets off the chain. The Blues also have a guy called Cripps who opposition coaches are sure to put more time into. Doc has proved in the past he can handle the tag using his footy smarts, he is no D Rich who goes missing if you man up on him in defense. And besides it is the Blues. They may be sharp out of defence but they will not hurt you at the other end on the score board. This is still a work in progress.
My research has uncovered that Doc does infact suffer from a rare immune defect which he controls with medication. As long as Doc takes his meds he is fine but when he doesn’t he starts to see things. “Run for the hills folks or you’ll be up to your armpits in Martians”.
Will hit the mail TOMORROW if you’ve already ordered one folks!
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) January 31, 2017
Surely after reading the above you realise he is a keeper all season long?
Either to start with or as an early upgrade but get him into your team ASAP.
- #1 SC defender 2016
- Loves playing with the freedom under Brendan Bolton
- #10 SC point scorer in 2016
- One of the best intercept markers in the competition and has the ability to hit seemingly difficult targets off half back with pinpoint accuracy
- Player every game last year. Very durable.
- Fantastic disposal efficiency
- Costly for defender
- May be tagged more heavily
- What impact will the loss of Zac Tuohy have on his output
- Can he keep it up?
Lock now or ASAP depending on $$.
But don’t miss out on all those points for the sake of a few extra $$.
Reality is we have a new defensive supercoach king who missed the ton on only 6 occasions with a high kick to handball ratio, who gets plenty of the ball, can mark and is super-efficient by foot. You are either going to start him and forget about him or hope he drops in price which he will as every player does, and grab him when you feel the timing is right. But sooner or later he needs to be in your team else “you are ‘mud’ and remember mud spelt backwards is ‘dum’”.
This is the final article in our pre-season community write-ups. From all the authors we hope you enjoyed reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them. And remember “if we can make one person smile, or pee their pants a little, then our day was not wasted!”
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