The premiers took on the wooden spoon favourites tonight at Etihad Stadium to open week 3 of the JLT community series.
As you’d expect, the wooden spoon favourites were much better and won by 8 points.
Both fans who made the trip to Etihad would have left underwhelmed by the skill level and general intensity of the encounter.
It wasn’t a great watch on TV either. No atmosphere – and Dermott Brereton was commentating.
But as Jock once famously said, “When it’s your turn to go, you go” so I subjected myself to a couple of hours of this game for our community.
DOGS: Murphy, Bontempelli, M.Boyd, Dahlhaus, Hunter, Campbell, Biggs, Dickson, Daniel, Johanisen
LIONS: Christensen, Schache
If we’re honest there was stuff all relevance to take from this game from the Dogs given the amount of senior players missing. Here’s how the ones that did play performed.
Jackson Macrae | MID/FWD | $511,700
He probably played down to the level of the players around him. It wasn’t his best game by any stretch, but that shouldn’t affect your thinking about him for the year.
Tom Boyd | RUC/FWD | 290,300
I guess I better include him because some people have been considering him but I assume he’s played his way out of those sides in the JLT series. You might consider him if he played as the No.1 ruck with Roughead out, but he didn’t today so he won’t. Scratch him.
Patrick Lipinski | MID/FWD | $117,300
Wasn’t sighted early so is clearly a long way down the pecking order. He was described as a ‘raw talent’ coming out of the draft and that assessment looked on the money. He will take time and won’t be needed in 2017.
Kieran Collins | DEF | $123,900
I thought this bloke would emerge as a defensive rookie option this year, but it looks as though I was wrong. Collins looks as though he’s actually behind where he was this time last year. Looked off the pace. He wont be seen for a little while at AFL level.
Tim English | RUC | $130,800
Started at the centre bounce in the absence of Jordan Roughead through injury and Tom Campbell. Got himself around the ball a fair bit and moved quite well, but is three years and 15 kilos away from making an impact. ‘Johnny’ will only feature at senior level in case of an emergency.
(just add Jake Barrett to it in your cortex and she’ll be right)
There was plenty more to take out of the game from Brisbane’s perspective. You can see the Hawthorn imprint Chris Fagan was appoimted to take up north in the way they go about things. I mean, if you squint. And it’s a dark night. But nonetheless it was a strong team and we got a pretty good idea about who will be playing what roles when the real thing starts.
Hugh McCluggage | MID/FWD | $202,800
He looked like a first year player tonight, which doesn’t bode well for his prospects at his inflated price. You’d need consistency from him to get a return on your investment and that might be asking a bit much of him in this side at this stage of his career.
Dayne Beams | MID | $432,500
The skipper looked very good. We didn’t really learn anything new about Beams tonight. When he plays he will score prolifically, its just a matter of how many games you think you’ll get out of him. At that price point I think he has to be a keeper and I won’t pick a keeper with recurring knee injuries. He won’t have played his way out of any teams he was in though that’s for sure.
— Carl Pfeiffer (@CarlPfeiffer9) March 2, 2017
Daniel Rich | MID | $466,100
Serious breakout contender this bloke. He looked very good moving through the guts tonight, winning his own ball as well as getting on the end of some good work by team mates. Reports out of Brisbane are that he’s torn up the track as a full time midfielder and has been running PBs all summer. Obviously I’m joking. Don’t select this bloke under any circumstances.
Stefan Martin | RUC | $488,000
He shared duties with Archie Smith, as he did in JLT 1 and the end of last season. This is very concerning. I was having a look at Brisbane’s list to work out there absentees and I don’t see a player capable of playing that second ruck role. The Lions might be going in with two specialists in Martin and Smith, which is bad news for those hoping Martin could recapture his 2015 form. Brisbane’s head of footy David Noble mentioned Martin possibly being used as an extra defender in certain situations throughout the year, so take from that what you will.
Dayne Zorko | MID | $593,000
We wont see a lot of the Great Dayne in starting sides this year due to his MID only eligibility and starting price, but if youre looking for a midfield POD you could do a lot worse. He is just about the full package as a SuperCoach midfielder; he wins his own ball, tackles like a madma, kicks goals and is durable. Don’t dismiss him from your cerebral cortexes.
Tom Rockliff | MID | $603,900
Eh. Wasn’t as impressive as Beams, Zorko or even Bewick in the middle for Brisbane. He spent more time than I’d like up forward as one of his owners. I don’t want to read too much into a lacklustre preseason game but I wasn’t as happy as I might have been.
Jake Barrett | MID | $127,900
We’ve found ourselves another midfield rookie at last! Barrett couldn’t get a look in at GWS but will likely get opportunities at Brisbane. He started up forward and bagged the first sausage of the game while he also spent time in the middle. Got plenty of it before tailing off a bit at the end of the game but looks like he has a foot in the door for a Round 1 spot. Locked in for me.
@jock_reynolds weccum my team Jake Barrett
— CroMagnon Man (@AussieDave75) March 2, 2017
That was my take on the action community, what was yours?
Let me know if I missed anyone you have your eye on, as hopefully I’m sure you had better things to do than watch this on your Thursday night (unless you were playing CoachKings of course!)