The much-anticipated pre-season Q-Clash took place at Kombumerri Park this afternoon and boy was it an underwhelming match.
Gold Coast easily defeated Brisbane 0.11.15.81 to 22.214.171.124.
I didn’t expect much from the game but I was excited to cover footy again…partway into the game I realized who was playing. Brisbane will struggle in defence and up forward again this year whilst Gold Coast should improve upon their 2016 season.
Expectedly, we didn’t get to see midfield stars Gary Ablett or Dayne Beams, both players being rested after slowish pre-seasons. At this stage I’m finding it hard to consider these guys, hopefully we see a bit out of them prior to the season proper.
We were able to have a look at six rookie players across the two teams playing this afternoon. Brisbane gave Jacob Allison, Jake Barrett and number two draft pick Hugh McCluggage their first taste of AFL football whilst Gold Coast blooded fresh draftees Ben Ainsworth, Jack Bowes and Will Brodie.
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We were lucky enough to get our eyes on Gold Coast returnee David Swallow who looked really good after almost two years out of the game. At $280K he must be on our watch list leading into the season.
Interestingly Gold Coast played Pearce Hanley in the midfield for large chunks of the game and Michael Barlow was utilized running off halfback. Aaron Hall looked amazing in the midfield and will tempt many including myself, looks set to improve upon his 2016 Supercoach average. My man Touk miller also is proving a midpriced temptation, was able to really impact the game all over the ground.
In terms of Brisbane there wasn’t too much to get excited about. Tom Rockliff still looms as a good selection and Zorko had another great game…will be a real POD selection but should provide decent scores every week. It’s going to be a long year again for Brisbane supporters.
Gold Coast Suns
Aaron Hall $519,800 (MID): was best on ground for mine. 33 touches, 9 clearances, 11 inside 50’s, 9 tackles and less than 80% time on ground. Looming as a breakout player, need to see how he goes with Ablett in the side.
Touk Miller $428,900 (MID/FWD): played really well around the ground and was able to impact at both ends of the field. Will tempt me and others as a midpriced selection, expect Ablett’s return to impact Miller’s scoring more than Hall’s.
David Swallow $280,200 (MID): made his return to AFL footy after almost two years on the sideline. Had 15 touches on a wing despite playing just 53% of game time. Looking like a very valid selection.
Will Brodie $175,800 (MID): was the standout rookie of the game. Worked his way into the game and was able to gather a lot of contested possessions. Looked good in congestion. Like all these rookies his price is a concern.
Jack Bowes $171,300 (MID/FWD): won’t be a terrible selection up forward but will struggle to make a lot of cash based on today. Did have 11 touches off minimal game time.
Ben Ainsworth $198,300 (MID/FWD): played as a crumbing forward/forward pocket player. Will be a good player for a long time but isn’t going to score for us in Supercoach.
Tom Rockliff $603,900 (MID): barely got out of second gear but looked impressive nonetheless. 17 touches in what was effectively half a game. Nice POD at this stage.
Dayne Zorko $593,000 (MID): had 17 touches and 11 tackles. Still a clearance machine but probably can’t maintain his current price point. Reassessment required.
Stef Martin $488,000 (RUC): dominated the ruck when he was in it but annoyingly spent most of the game playing forward. I’d rather him around the ground getting 20+ touches than a few goals up forward. If Smith continues to ruck more than Martin we have a problem.
Jacob Allison $117,300 (MID/FWD): barely played throughout the match and as a result struggled to impact. I don’t think he’ll play games early.
Jake Barrett $127,900 (MID): currently on my bench. Had 10 touches as an outside midfielder. Should make some cash, decent selection if named Round 1.
Hugh McCluggage $202,800 (MID/FWD): didn’t seem out of place at AFL level. 14 disposals from 65% game time, the only issue is his price. Not sure that he can make enough cash. Need to revisit this selection after his next two games.