Hope you brought your wellies for this one community!
The heavens well and truly opened tonight at Blacktown International (ha!) Sportspark for the first Battle of the Bridge for the year. It was scrappy at times as you’d expect, but it was a hot footy. Saw some signs from both teams that they’re well and truly blowing out the cobwebs as we hurtle towards round 1.
If we cast our minds back to GWS’ first game they rested most of their first choice team and still had no problems in disposing of the Eagles. Now we get a look at the big boys. Deledio and Hopper were the only big name omissions of note. Tim Mohr missed, but I hope you weren’t relying on him to hold down D4.
Sydney were coming off a tight loss to North in JLT1 and welcomed back everyone’s favourite Buddy, Lance Franklin. Heeney has the sniffles and was given the week off, leaving us only next week to assess whether the promised mid time will come or not. Jarrad McVeigh did his shoulder in the week and could be out for a month.
As for the result? We don’t care about that. Snuggle up community, I’ve got a nice warm bottle of SuperCoach goodness that will help you sleep. I’ll even burp you when we’re done.
Heath Shaw | GWS | DEF | $576,500
It was piss raining and still Heater didn’t want to handball it. 19 of his 25 disposals were uncontested. Doesn’t answer our questions on how can he handle a tag. Rebounded 7 times
Stephen Coniglio | GWS | MID | $575,900
I’ll forgive a little in the wet but a d.e% of 39 and 5 clangers? Yikes. Didn’t look to be running with anyone but I’d be wary of it happening any given week.
Callan Ward | GWS | MID | $574,500
I love this bloke. Just goes about his business and steadily racks them up. Played most of the game (85). Jut can’t see him stepping up to uber premium status with the talented blokes around him.
Dylan Shiel | GWS | MID | $539,200
Seven clearances for the night, 6 of those were from stoppages around the ground though, of which there were many. Has had problems with his ceiling in the past. I think it will continue.
Shane Mumford | GWS | RUC | $536,300
I don’t want to fat shame the bloke because a) it’s not cool, and b) he could easily beat the snot out of me, but he looked like he’s been hitting the burgers over the off-season. Monstered Cameron and Sinclair in the ruck when he was up against them. Had a bit more trouble with Tippett. Need another look at him.
Ryan Griffen | GWS | MID | $511,000
Pretty sure he went off at quarter time because he was worried about his hair. Looked like a drowned rat for most of the night. The burns are still fresh. Don’t do it!
Toby Greene | GWS | FWD | $492,000
At half time I had to double check this bloke was playing. Pranced about in the second half and finished with 5 clangers. Pass
Zac Williams | GWS | DEF | $480,100
The community was pretty excited about this bloke, myself included. Just not doing himself any favours out there to break into those premium spots.
Josh Kelly | GWS | MID | $473,800
My knock on Kelly last week was is he able to replicate that 29 disposal, 151 point game performance from week 1 when the first team came back? 16 disposals to half time chucked that worry out the window. Kicked a SuperGoal. Sat out the second half unfortunately
Steven Johnson | GWS | FWD | $464,500
Didn’t do an awful lot to tonight. Conditions should have suited him. Far too pricy for your consideration.
Jonathon Patton | GWS | FWD | $349,000
Not a night for the big men. Went virtually unsighted for much of the night. When the camera did pan to him he had that look on your face you get when Ross Lyon has, one again, not named any rookies
Daniel Lloyd | GWS | MID | $117300
Smashed out a 115 from 10 touches and 8 tackles in JLT1. Played 30% of the game tonight and had 8 touches. Watch CD give him 80SC or something ridiculous. Not our midfield saviour, community.
Tim Taranto | GWS | MID | $207300
Kudos to the GWS medical team who pried the poor bastard out of the turf after Buddy absolutely steamrolled him (fairly) in the second. Backed up his 10 contested possessions JLT1 with 8 more tonight. Would be close to a lock if he played for the Blues. Can’t see him getting enough games.
Will Setterfield | GWS | MID | $193800
Was the dominate man in the first half against the Eagles in JLT1. If he was on your list cross him off community. Played half the game. Didn’t really notice him.
— Old Ocker (@OldOckerOO) March 3, 2017
Josh P. Kennedy | SYD | MID | $617,100
Just got off the blower with Jarrod Witts community. Gave me some stellar advice on how to deal with split webbing in your hand because I’d blown both out by half time. We all know he loves splashing around in puddles. Had 10 first quarter possessions and finished with 22. I’d take him over Hanners if you only want one Swan in the guts
Dan Hannebery | SYD | MID | $616,800
Luke Parker | SYD | MID | $608,900
Both played a supporting role to the JPK show tonight. Both had problems handling the wet footy
Lance Franklin | SYD | FWD | $514,600
Did Buddy things that only Buddy can do. Absolutely tore the game apart in the first quarter but didn’t continue his domination. Wouldn’t hold it against you if you picked him
Callum Mills | SYD | DEF | $420,000
Was majestic JLT1 with 29 touches and he continues to impress. Looked as if he had parked himself at the top of the arc and was directing traffic. 7 marks, 5 R50’s, and 13 intercept touches
JAKE LLOYD | SYD | DEF | 460,200
Taking the kick out duties, which is a plus. 92% d.e is ridiculous in this weather. Highest possession winner on the ground with 27. Probably D3 at that price; faces competition from Tuohy for mine.
Kurt Tippett | SYD | RUC | 479,200
Darcy Cameron | SYD | RUC | $117,300
Sam “falcon” Naismith | SYD | RUC | $378,800
Callum Sinclair | SYD | RUC/FWD | $346,500
All these blokes rolled through the ruck for Sydney tonight. Not a night for the big men but it looked one too many in my opinion. Tippett did a lot of the work. Cameron took a few contested grabs from limited game time.
Zak Jones | SYD | DEF | $307,000
Had 11 tackles in JLT1 but couldn’t back it up tonight, recording only 4. Is a casualty of Sydney’s mids giving a stuff this week.
Jordan Foote | SYD | MID | $182,800
Could have stayed home in bed with a hot water bottle and watched Austin Powers on GO!. Just 37% game time
Will Hayward | SYD | FWD | $121,800
Was touted as getting some midfield run early in the preseason. didn’t see much of him unfortunately. number touches in game time.
13 intercept possessions in the end for Mills and 92 #SuperCoach pts. Shaw with 11 intercepts and 100 points. Ward 125 and Buddy 121.
— Fantasy Freako (@FantasyFreako) March 3, 2017
Some bloke called Melican snagged an 87SC from 11 touches. Come on!
How did you see it community?