It was the Dishlickers against the Red Legs in Saturday afternoon’s JLT Community Series action at Whitten Oval.
These are two of the most exciting young lists in the competition, who’d have thought we’d be saying that 24 months ago?
The Dees looked slicker and deserved the win, understandable given they had five weeks extra to train. There was SuperCoach 2017 significance right across the length, breadth and girth of the field, so let’s get stuck in.
Bob Murphy | DEF | 392,300
Bob looked rusty, but got through the game unscathed which must have been the primary objective. As much as we’d all love it to happen, it is probably asking too much for a 34 year old to return from a knee at the peak of his powers. The biggest cheer of the game came when he chased down Angus Brayshaw and muscled him off the ball in the last quarter.
Luke Dahlhaus | FWD/MID | 520,700
Lukey Dahl was his usual busy self in the middle. He was active around the ball with his pressure and quick hands and also bobbed up in front of goals. He’ll be in every serious side come Round 1.
Jack Macrae | FWD/MID | 511,700
I’m still amazed that this bloke was given DPP status this year. Maybe its the SuperCoach gods’ way of apologising for robbing us of our favourite options. He did his usual thing in the middle, bobbing up where he was needed to link up with team mates, though he didn’t get as much of it as he’d have liked. He’ll be one of the most heavily selected forwards this year and with good reason.
Tom Boyd | FWD/RUC | 290,300
He looked like home & away season Tom Boyd rather than the finals series Tom Boyd which would be needed for him to be SuperCoach relevant. He played second fiddle to Cloke up forward and that raises alarm bells.
Tom Liberatore | MID | 494,100
This time two years ago he did his ACL at the same ground. He didn’t quite return to the heights of his 2013-14 form last year but looked in reasonably good knick after enjoying one of the all time great off seasons. Not sure he showed enough to suggest he’ll return to a 110 average though.
Jason Johannisen | DEF | 513,500
There was no missing the Norm Smith medallist as the ‘Top Deck’ salad made a return for 2017. He was very lively across half back for the Dogs and looked like their first option exiting defence, but you still feel he needs to clean up his disposal to go to the next level.
— Jaxon Jakobi (@jaxon_jakobi) February 17, 2017
Christian Salem | DEF | 379,500
It was encouraging to see Salem spend some time at centre bounces in a strong Melbourne side. But he didn’t have the impact needed. He might not have the frame to hang with the big boys inside just yet. Too awkwardly priced to consider.
Christian Petracca | FWD | 395,600
This bloke will break out one day community there’s no doubt about it. He’s an impressive specimen for his age. He looked impressive at times but also drifted out of the game, which is to be expected playing a small forward. He didn’t spend enough time in the guts to warrant consideration this season but be sure to monitor his progress in the future.
Jordan Lewis | MID | 540,600
Played out on the wing and didn’t really bother getting his hands dirty at this stage of the season. Still accumulated enough of the pill though and used it typically well. He looks destined to play as an outside mid this year, which is good news for his career longevity, but not good news for SuperCoach scoring. The best players in this role, your Lachie Hunters and Andrew Gaffs, tend to max out at about a 100 average. Tough to justify the spend here.
Jack Viney | MID | 527,500
Would have been BOG for mine. He did plenty of damage around clearances and managed to collect a bit on the outside as well. You get the feeling he’s the type of character that agrees with the captaincy. He’s a smoky to breakout into the elite, uber premium category, especually when Gawn spends more time in the ruck. Consider him very strongly.
Max Gawn | RUC | 645,000
The big prick looked imperious. Dominated the ruck when he was there. He looked as though he’s added another string to his bow by plucking marks and consuming roast beef rolls in the forward line, but I wouldn’t expect him to spend much time out of the centre when the real thing starts. The No.1 ruck curse is serious history to overcome but the stars might be aligning this year with Goldy’s poor pre season and Nic Nat’s knee. Going without him in 2017 would mean teetering on the fine line between bravery and stupidity.
Clayton Oliver | MID | 382,500
Identified in the Jock Reynolds magazine as a potential midfield beast in the future. It probably wont happen this year though. He wasn’t in Melbourne’s first choice midfield and that probably won’t change for 12 months at least.
Bernard Vince | DEF/MID | 501,100
Vince spent most of the day on the back flank, which traditionally has been a position which hurts his scoring. He looks like the main man using fhe ball out of the back half for Melbourne. He’ll have big days, but probably might not be consistent enough to end as a keeper.
Tom McDonald | DEF | 488,200
T-Mac played an interesting role as the sweeper of Melbourne’s zonal defence. He was dominant defensively against all sorts of opponents and picked up a few easy touches. We’ll need to see a little bit more to see how this translates to SuperCoach scoring.
Joel Smith | DEF | 117,300
Didn’t stand out for better or worse, but the fact he got significant game time at his price makes him worth considering. He didn’t look out of place and wouldn’t have done his claims to a Round 1 spot any harm this afternoon.
What did you see today folks?