Many are predicting the Shinboner spirit to be absolutely rooted this year after losing 1,797 games worth of experience in the off-season.
That may provide some good results for us in SuperCoach 2017 with a few youngsters potentially coming into the side.
However it’s certainly not guaranteed by any stretch of the imagination.. with the likes of Gibson, Ziebell, Higgins, McMillon, Atley and Cunnington still doing the heavy lifting in today’s game, with new players such as Vickers-Willis, Durdin and Preuss playing their roles in support.
It certainly isn’t a Carlton style youth rebuild in place by any stretch of the imagination.
As for the Swans? We’ll, they’re their usual selves, they’re a side that is fairly settled (and successful), but there is a few opportunities up for grabs with the likes of Tom Papley, Gary Rohan and Alex Johnson sitting on the LTI list and several talented youngsters like Nic Newman and Jordan Foote looking to make their way into the 22 on a full-time basis. The Swans also have maybe one of the bigger SuperCoach questions of the season, which is will Isaac Heeney become a full time midfielder in 2017?
So let’s go take a gander at how the Swans and Roo’s looked in the first pre-season game.
Jamie Macmillan | NTH | DEF | $438,500
Led the Roos with 26 touches and had 4 rebound 50’s, though he had 6 clangers to his name. He’s been an OK pick in the past, but with someone like Callum Mills sitting there at around the same price with more upside, you’d probably see more people leading in his direction rather than in Macmillian’s.
Shaun Higgins | NTH | FWD | $426,400
Classy as always and had 24 disposals, 2 clearances and 2 inside 50’s. Super awkward price for sure and like Macmillan, more people will probably look at the player with more upside at around the same price in Heeney, rather than picking Higgins.
Sam Gibson | NTH | MID | $468,600
Very busy in the first half, with a game high 17 disposals in the first half. Looked like he spent the 2nd half of the game on the pine, finishing with just 42% ToG.
Jack Ziebell | NTH | MID | $514,200
Doing a lot of work in the engine room and had 14 first half touches, though his disposal efficiency of 46.2%. Had 5 clearances and 19 disposals for the game, but his DE finished at 42.1%. Another one like Gibson who sat out most of the 2nd half, finishing with 58% ToG. Ball use would be my major concern on picking him this year.
Braydon Preuss | NTH | RUC | $123,900
Led the ruck with Todd Goldstein on the sidelines and looked to hold his own against Cameron and Tippett, finishing with 29 hitouts and 8 disposals. The problem will be is there a spot available for him when Goldstein returns? It’s hard to envision the Roos going that tall with Brown, Waite and Preuss/Goldstein sitting up forward.
Shaun Atley | NTH | DEF | $353,400
Pre-season talk was of a midfield move, and he was busy early in the game and had 14 touches in the first half from just 68% ToG in the first half, though his disposal efficiency was just 57.1%. Finished with 23 disposals, 2 clearances and 2 inside 50’s from 76% ToG. The minutes in the midfield looked good, but still a decent mid-priced risk in defence.
Nathan Hrovat | NTH | MID/FWD | $301,400
Was a bit quiet in the first half, but had some nice inside 50 entries, leading the Roos in the first half in that category with 3 from 7 disposals. Picked up some steam as the game went on, finishing with 17 disposals, 4 inside 50’s and kicked a pair of goals in the 4th quarter and cracked the Supercoach ton late in the game.
Mitchell Hibberd | NTH | DEF/MID | $123,900
Had 6 disposals in the first half, but only 50% ToG in that period. Duplicated his efforts in the 2nd half, ending the game with 12 disposals and 54% ToG. Still time to go in the pre-season for him to really stake a claim, but probably didn’t do enough to really gain our attention.
Sam Durdin | NTH | FWD | $123,900
Has been swapped forward and back a lot in the VFL, but was moved back to defence today. 5 touches in the first half, but 7 1%ers, which might make him more of a CoachKings option rather than Supercoach. Showed a bit more of an attacking side to his game in the 3rd quarter. Ended with 10 disposals and 9 1%ers.
Ben McKay | NTH | FWD | $123,900
Wasn’t much happening for the North talls in the first half, with McKay getting just the 2 touches and ended the game with 8 touches and 0.1 to his name.
Ed Vickers-Willis | NTH | DEF | $123,900
Busy down back to start the first quarter and definitely looks like a quality DEF option if he can continue this form through the pre-season games. He had 19 disposals and 4 rebound 50’s. If that sort of form can continue in the rest of the JLT series then lock him in down back.
Isaac Heeney | SYD | FWD | $433,400
Led the way for the Swans early, but spent his time rotating between midfield and forward. Had a bit of work in the engine room which was good to see
Heeney has a team-high 7 centre bounce attendances, Jones with 6 and Foote 3. Swans using JPK, Hanners and Parker outside CB’s. #JLTSeries
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) February 19, 2017
He finished with 23 disposals, 4 clearances and 9 tackles from 81% ToG. I’m becoming more sold on him as an option, but I won’t lock him in just yet.
Callum Mills | SYD | DEF | $420,000
Very good game, playing a bit of half back and into the midfield. Kicked 0.2 and led the game with 16 touches, including 8 intercept possessions and a game high 79 SCPoints in the first half. Currently owned by just 4.1% of Supercoachers, I’d say that’s going to skyrocket after today’s game.
Nic Newman | SYD | DEF | $123,900
Started off across half-back and was taking kick-in duties for the Swans. Generally looked to go long from the back half, but didn’t pick the greatest options at times, leading to a DE of just 54.5% from 11 disposals in the first half. Had 19 disposals and 4 rebound 50’s and we may see the season start with Newman and Vickers-Willis sitting at D7 and D8 for a lot of teams.
Shaun Edwards | SYD | MID/FWD | $251,400
Looked to be starting at half-forward and pushing into the midfield. Led the Swans with 4 inside 50’s in the first half. Had a few nice passages of play and certainly didn’t do any harm in his chances of grabbing a Round 1 spot. He had 16 disposals, 3 clearances and 4 inside 50’s. He’s on the rookie list, but the Swans can bring him up with a few guys on the LTI, though there may be a few options that are slightly cheaper available.
Zak Jones | SYD | DEF | $307,000
Provided some quality link up play and was a part of the midfield rotation along with Mills and Heeney and had 21 disposals and 11 tackles.
Add another mid-priced defender to add more difficulties to your selection choices.
Jordan Foote | SYD | MID | $182,800
Had some time early in the midfield, but only managed 5 disposals in the first half at 40% disposal efficiency. He finished with 11 disposals, 3 clearances and 4 tackles from 81% ToG. Improved his DE to 72.7% for the game, but there will probably be better options available.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) February 18, 2017
Oliver Florent | SYD | MID/FWD | $166,800
Named on the wing to start and kicked the first goal of the game. Snuck forward early and had 6 disposals and kicked 2 goals in the first quarter. Wasn’t sighted as much in the next 3 quarters, adding just another 6 disposals for the game. Still on the watch list though.
Darcy Cameron | SYD | RUC/FWD | $117,300
Started in the ruck and with Naismith and Sinclair just coming back from injury he might get some time early. Rotated in the ruck with Tippett and kicked a goal in the 2nd quarter. He had 16 disposals, 12 hitouts and 1.1. Will be a popular bench choice and does make an interesting swing player if you pick Ryder in the forward line.
Josh P. Kennedy | SYD | MID | $617,100
Dan Hannebery | SYD | MID | $616,800
Luke Parker | SYD | MID | $608,900
The Swans big guns, they just went about their business, with JPK starting forward early, Parker not really sighted much in the first quarter and Hannebery doing his normal thing in the middle. There was an obvious decision to give more midfield time to the likes of Heeney, Mills, Robinson, Cunningham etc., so it’ll be interesting to see how that continues through the rest of the JLT series. Either way, they’re great players, so I wouldn’t be at all worried about selecting them.