There was a hell of a lot of fantasy relevance in this afternoon’s game between North Melbourne and Hawthorn.
It was actually an entertaining game down at Adren Street today. I had to watch from the balcony of a nearby flat because I’ve been banned from North’s training ground for a previous discretion involving a chicken and a funnel, but it was fun nonetheless.
North Melbourne defeated Hawthorn 0.13.17.95 to 0.11.8.74.
We might have uncovered some rookies in this game as well as having the opportunity to have a look at some premos. Goldy looked OK but I need to see more from the big man, the big story of the day is Jaeger O’Meara who absolutely tore this game apart.
Let’s jump into the player reviews below.
Notable absentees: Jed Anderson, Ben Brown, Sam Gibson, Jarrad Waite, Mason Wood
Todd Goldstein | NTH | RUC | $588400 | 95 SC
Came off late in the first with a thumb injury before going into the rooms part way through the second term. Came back onto the ground approaching half time and took two strong marks. Was able to push forward and kick a goal in the second half as well as taking control of the ruck contests. Finished with 14 disposals, 18 hitouts and a goal.
Jack Ziebell | NTH | MID | $514200 52 | SC
Started forward but was moved into the midfield very quickly. Had 12 possessions and 2 tackles but if you’re looking for a POD, the North captain isn’t it. He was taken out of the game late in the third quarter.
Andrew Swallow | NTH | MID | $464800 | 70 SC
Struggled to get into the game and stole/ruined a goal for youngster Zurhaar in the third quarter. That alone makes me say he’s irrelevant…that and his history/role/scoring potential etc.
Robbie Tarrant | NTH | DEF | $458500 | 58 SC
Had a lot of the ball in defence but was favouring the handball. Not what you want from a man with his leg, no Supercoach news here.
Ben Cunnington | NTH | MID | $438900 | 71 SC
Had a pretty good game with 18 possessions, the only issue is 11 of them were by hand. I don’t think anyone will be risking a spot in the midfield for this bloke.
Jamie Macmillan | NTH | DEF | $438500 | 98 SC
Will tempt some coaches again this year. He’s probably North’s best defensive option in terms of Supercoach production and had 17 possessions today, 11 of which were by foot. I won’t be going near him but he’s a defensive POD that a bold coach could consider.
Shaun Higgins | NTH | FWD | $426400 | 123 SC
Had a fantastic first quarter but don’t let the man fool you. HE IS A TRAP. In Higgo’s defence, Higgins was starting out of the centre square and had some nice clearances courtesy of Todd Goldstein. Ended up being one of North’s best players for the day. 24 disposals and 4 clearances.
Trent Dumont | NTH | MID | $415000 | 116 SC
Looks like he could be taking his game up a gear. Seems to be relishing with a relatively inexperienced side around him. Will be good for North again this year but has no real Supercoach relevance. Was “tagging” O’Meara but really they were just running head to head.
Scott D. Thompson | NTH | DEF | $386300 | 58 SC
Played deep defence on Schoenmakers. No fantasy relevance here, better off picking Sam Rowe than this bloke, at least Rowe won’t cost you much.
Majak Daw | NTH | RUC/FWD | $378800 | 45 SC
Played a deep forward role for a lot of today’s game. North were giving Preuss a run in the ruck and as a result Daw didn’t have a massive impact around the ground. Not sure what this means in terms of Goldy’s output. Rucks are difficult this year.
Shaun Atley | NTH | DEF | $353400 | 90 SC
Played through the midfield at times, not sure that will actually happen in the real season. Will be discussed as a cheap defensive option but the best course of action is to avoid him like the plague. Did kick a nice goal in the fourth.
Luke McDonald | NTH | DEF | $348200 | 69 SC
Played out of defence but struggled to impact the play. Like most of these smaller blokes he just isn’t relevant to us.
Lindsay Thomas | NTH | FWD | $343300 | 64 SC
Is a small forward who continued to be a small forward today. Isn’t really worth talking about in a Supercoach article.
Marley Williams | NTH | DEF | $309100 | 55 SC
Played out of halfback but had minimal impact on the game. Will be interesting to see if he can string some games together for North. Not going to go near him in Supercoach.
Ryan Clarke | NTH | MID/FWD | $306500 | 16 SC
Had a corky in the first quarter, really hampered his play for the day.
Nathan Hrovat | NTH | MID/FWD | $301400 | 79 SC
Will be a midpriced POD in a few teams but it won’t be my team. David King reckons he’s an “elite” player but I would challenge that. Had a good game in the forward line and kicked 2 goals from his 18 possessions. He won’t be the worst selection but he’s still a midpricer, I’m not interested.
Corey Wagner | NTH | FWD | $206700 | 42 SC
Found the ball enough but his DE% is an issue. Played as an outside midfielder but probably won’t produce enough to be considered for our side. Better options available.
Kayne Turner | NTH | FWD | $171400 | 62 SC
Played on a forward flank. Pushed up the ground a bit but really didn’t do enough to convince me that he could be a viable rookie option.
Jy Simpkin | NTH | FWD | $162300 | 42 SC
Had limited minutes and will need to work hard to play in the regular season. Ziebell reckons he’ll play midfield minutes but his injury-interrupted preseason has me concerned.
Sam Durdin | NTH | FWD | $123900 | 44 SC
Played in defence for the majority of the game. Only had a handful of touches, probably won’t get a game in the real deal. Might be a late-season downgrade option.
Mitchell Hibberd | NTH | MID/DEF | $123900 | 72 SC
Started at halfback and found the ball with relative ease. Looks like North will be going with him this year so he’s a valid rookie selection. He is currently in my midfield due to lack of options but needs to work on his efficiency!
Ben McKay | NTH | FWD | $123900 | 34 SC
Played forward like his brother did yesterday for the Blues. He contested well in front of goals but like all key position rookies I’m going to be steering clear, his ability to generate cash will be minimal.
Declan Mountford | NTH | MID | $123900 | 43 SC
Played an outside midfield role, which isn’t very conducive with Supercoach scoring. Borderline watchlist.
Braydon Preuss | NTH | RUC | $123900 | 95 SC
Did everything he could to put his hand up for Round 1. He kicked 3.1 today and had 27 hitouts. If he cements a spot he might be a better option than a floating donut in the ruck. Mason Wood is out for a while with a hamstring, could land a spot.
Ed Vickers-Willis | NTH | DEF | $123900 | 80 SC
Played a defensive role. Applied a lot of pressure with his tackling but didn’t find a lot of the ball. Used the ball at 100% and should be a decent bench option.
Cameron Zurhaar | NTH | FWD | $114400 | 48 SC
Got involved in the forward line early and kicked a reasonably impressive goal in the second term. Looks to be playing a medium forward role, pushing into the half forward line. If named in Round 1 he could be an option. Watchlist.
Notable absentees: Ben McEvoy, Shaun Burgoyne, Grant Birchall, Isaac Smith, Paul Puopolo
Tom Mitchell | HAW | MID | $565600 | 119 SC
Was able to impact in the middle of the ground. He had 5 stoppage clearances for the game as well as 24 possessions at 87.5 DE%. Really was excited to see what he could do today and he didn’t dissapoint. Can he be a viable selection? Will he be a top 10 midfielder?
Jack Gunston | HAW | FWD | $502300 | 92 SC
Forced his way back into my forward line today. Was playing up on a wing and even found himself with the ball in defence. His disposal efficiency and preference to kick the ball make him a sound selection. Had 18 kicks to 1 handball.
Josh Gibson | HAW | DEF | $490400 | 83 SC
Was pretty quiet today. Still had 19 touches but I didn’t really notice him, maybe I’m just bad at watching footy. Supercoach days are behind him and his DE% seems to have dropped off a bit too.
Cyril Rioli | HAW | FWD | $490000 | 79 SC
Continued to do Cyril things. Played mostly as a crumbing forward. Pushed up the ground at stages but was mostly out there to have a run rather than impress Supercoach scouts. It’d be a bold decision to go in with him.
Luke Hodge | HAW | DEF | $481300 | 75 SC
Played in defence but snuck up the ground for a goal. I think his consistency will still be an issue this year and he might be taking a step back for the Hawks new recruits. Could be a target after the byes but I don’t see him doing much for you at the start of the year.
Luke Breust | HAW | FWD | $450100 | 86 SC
Played really deep in the forwardline. Didn’t miss a target all day but didn’t get enough of the ball to warrant Supercoach selection. He’s a good player but I have very little interest in the man.
Will Langford | HAW | MID | $395900 | 46 SC
Had his day ended in the second quarter with a concussion.
Liam Shiels | HAW | MID | $383200 | 64 SC
Also played forward before rotating into the midfield. Had 13 touches but I don’t think anyone was ever considering him anyway.
Taylor Duryea | HAW | DEF | $381400 | 45 SC
Copped a knee to the eye courtesy of Cunnington, blood was everywhere and he did very little after that.
Billy Hartung | HAW | MID | $379300 | 57 SC
Seems to be touted as a breakout option every year. Just seems like he’ll be a career contributor, no Supercoach news here.
Brendan Whitecross | HAW | FWD | $368000 | 1 SC
Only played half of the game but never even got close to the ball.
Jarryd Roughead | HAW | FWD | $367100 | 95 SC
Was playing his usual role again, starting in the centre at times and providing a target at half forward. Also pushed deep to contest in front of goals and looked pretty fit. The value lover in me still wants to lock Roughead away. Can he become a top 8 forward? Can he average 85+? If not is he a keeper or a stepping-stone? Theses are questions we must consider.
James Frawley | HAW | DEF | $362400 | 49 SC
Copped a Thomas knee to the back of the neck in the third quarter, plays fullback so not much to talk about.
James Sicily | HAW | FWD | $345900 | 68 SC
Played off a halfback flank early in the game. Looking to provide some intercept marks for the Hawks. Ended up playing the whole game in defence, looks like he’ll be playing this new role in 2017.
Ben Stratton | HAW | DEF | $328400 | 61 SC
Took a few marks playing deep forward but like a lot of theses Hawks players he just won’t produce enough for any sort of POD selection.
Jaeger O’Meara | HAW | MID | $318900 | 90 SC
Had 9 touches in the first quarter alone. Was a raging bull in the midfield but let’s not forget his propensity to get injured. He looks good right now but he’s still a risky pick. Classic risk/reward selection but did manage to bristle my moustache with his form. Had 23 touches for the day.
Ty Vickery | HAW | FWD | $310400 | 117 SC
Played a pinch-hitting David Hale type role. Was able to take some marks up forward as well as compete in the ruck at stages. No Supercoach relevance but watch Hawthorn turn him into a really strong contributor.
Kade Stewart | HAW | FWD | $274200 | 56 SC
Played as a forward for the day. Didn’t do enough to arouse me, price is awkward and output will be minimal.
Ryan Burton | HAW | DEF/FWD | $254600 | 55 SC
Played as a forward for most of the game. He presented well but struggled to convert that into scores. He’s just too pricey to be considered.
Kieran Lovell | HAW | MID/FWD | $230700 | 39 SC
Played forward but rotated into the midfield at stages. Same issue as Burton in that he just won’t produce from a fantasy sense.
Kurt Heatherley | HAW | DEF | $228500 | 8 SC
Played in defence but basically didn’t touch the ball in his limited minutes.
Jack Fitzpatrick | HAW | RUC | $217100 | 32 SC
Didn’t have a whole lot of game time and didn’t look up to it in the ruck. Would expect to see Pittonet named before him during the season.
Marc Pittonet | HAW | RUC | $214000 | 7 SC
Towelled up in the ruck and gave away too many free kicks. Might play for the Hawks but has no fantasy relevance.
Ryan Schoenmakers | HAW | FWD | $155100 | 66 SC
Played up forward this week. Whilst he had 7 kicks, 4 handballs and 5 marks will he be able to actually make cash or points? At $155K it’s hard to justify him over other rookies we have available.
Blake Hardwick | HAW | FWD | $134900 | 39 SC
Played some midfield time and rotated forward, Didn’t wow me and with a lot of talent to come back into this Hawthorn side I doubt we’ll see to much of him in 2017.
Teia Miles | HAW | MID/FWD | $123900 | 46 SC
Was already in my midfield but just keeps increasing his chances to play in Round 1. Played in defence for the most part but still contributed well. Isn’t going to average 70 points per game but at least he’s a warm body who we can slap the E on.
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