After a close win against Essendon (hopefully we can reverse the result come Anzac Day)..
..Collingwood welcomed back big-name stars in Pendlebury, Treloar and Adams, 3 premiums that will be in a lot of Supercoachers’ teams come Round 1 (mine possibly included).
However, that’s not the headline for this match. For a large part of the early pre-season, Aaron Sandilands wormed his way into a lot of sides’ R2 position.
A player who’s previously averaged 100+ priced at 308k seemed too good to be true. Finding out the big bastard was struggling with a calf strain, aka an old man injury, led to a major reshuffling of squads. Many coaches, having written him off for the year, now find themselves tantalised by the proposition of a fit and firing Sandilands.
Playing in a close to full-strength side after Fremantle were soundly beaten by a rampant West Coast, did Sandilands impress in his return to football?
Short answer: Yes.
We saw 2 different styles of point scoring from the 2 ruckmen playing today. Sandilands scored from contested marks and hitouts to advantage, making every other player on the field look miniscule when compared to his big, tree-trunk like calves.
Meanwhile, Grundy ran around the ground, losing the ruck battle to Sandilands but matching his work everywhere else, and then some. Both teams played well, noticeably lifting in the last quarter, with Fremantle running out winners in the end by 2 points after Ed Landgon slotted a goal after the siren. But how did the SC prospects fare?
Why, I am glad you asked.
NB: Game shortened to 88 minutes due to heat
Missing: Harley Bennell, Zac Clarke, Griffin Logue, Matt Taberner
Emergencies: Michael Apeness, Brennan Cox, Sam Collins
4. Sean Darcy – RUC – $117,300
Sat out first half and still managed to score more than Zac Dawson, which says more about Dawson imo. Came on at the end of the 3rd quarter, then seemed to disappear again. Hard to see him getting a game.
7. Nathan Fyfe – MID – $573,500
When Fyfe took a career aspirations test at school, I have it on good authority it came back with “SC Stud”. Runs around the midfield free as a bird. Sandilands to Fyfe may just be the best 1-2 we have all year. Pick him if you want the 50k at the end of the year.
10. Michael Walters – FWD – $427,600
One for those who think midprice-madness should be taken to the extreme. Appears to be the kicker into the 50, which provides a good role for him. Covered the ground well. Not saying I would personally pick him, but one to watch if you ask me.
23. Cam McCarthy – FWD – $203,600
Despite an absolutely shocking moustache/haircut combo, McCarthy is putting his hand up for selection. I personally was very keen on him early pre-season, and he is showing why. Running a little bit through the midfield, had a great first half, before trailing off in the second. A good JLT3 could find him make his way into many a side.
27. Lachie Neale – MID – $612,800
Didn’t do anything to justify his pricetag. May revert back to a somewhat supporting role to Fyfe ala what we saw in 2015. Came off for the last quarter. May be an upgrade target if falls
31. Aaron Sandilands – RUC – $308,200
Within 2 minutes took a great mark inside 50, before handballing to Bradley Hill for a goal assist. Talk of him going forward could scare some away, but I think for 308k you have to seriously consider him. Competed well against Grundy, who looked good himself. Also managed to get a clearance or 2 out of the ruck, which is gold for a ruckman. Marking well, getting clearances, racking up the HTA’s.
If Sandilands can stay on the park, he makes Fremantle look a different side, at one stage clunking a contested mark on Grundy inside 50 for an easy goal. Easy to forget just how big of a beast this man is, so make sure you eyeball him in JLT3. Very convincing for me. Approaching lockable after 1 game. Hopefully kicks a little bit more during season proper. 77% game time is promising in terms of tank too.
Sandiballs had 40 SuperCoach points to quarter time.
36. Brennan Cox – DEF/FWD – $117,300
Didn’t play. Possibly a F/D (floating donut) to link with Ben Long if he looks like he will play after his 2 game suspension, to be served through Rounds 1 and 2.
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Missing: Daniel Wells, Jamie Elliott, Tom Langdon, Callum Brown, Ben Reid, Ben Sinclair, Josh Smith
Emergencies: Jordan De Goey, Adam Oxley, Lachlan Keeffe
4. Brodie Grundy – RUC – $520,500
Grundy will be a great pick this year. Manages to get a lot of ball around the ground, and matched it with Sandilands when required. Don’t get sucked in by his lower than usual hitouts. Goliath himself is on record as coming off second best when rucking against 211. May be a way to save cash versus the hefty price-tag of Gawn. Hopefully picks up a few more contested possies in the season proper.
7. Adam Treloar – MID – $605,400
Treblebury won’t let you down this year. Whilst Treloar had a little bit of a quiet one, doesn’t need to do anything to prove himself. Pick him if he takes your fancy, in for a big year. Lifts when it matters, which is how you win the real big points.
10. Scott Pendlebury – MID – $645,700
If you’re reading this looking for a reason to pick Pendlebury, just do it. He won’t let you down. Supercoach royalty. Just kept on doing what he does best. Still easing into it with 64% game time.
12. Matthew Scharenberg – DEF – $164,000
Didn’t hit the park in the first half. Think Hampton’s taken that D4 spot that many had Scharenberg in early. Did show a little bit in the last quarter, but the impact he has in the real thing may not be too high judging by fitness levels.
13. Taylor Adams – DEF/MID – $527,800
Played almost exclusively midfield in this game. Lockable territory. Midfield numbers at a defence price? You’d be doing yourself a disservice not to grab him. Kicked a great goal in the last, so can do it all.
23. Lachlan Keeffe – DEF – $165,900
Didn’t play, which is disappointing. Probably time to scrub him off your watchlist, if you haven’t already.
26. Josh Daicos – FWD – $117,300
Played about half the game, didn’t really do too much. May be a bench option if named round 1, but unlikely considering Collingwood still have a couple of players to come back in.
32. William Hoskin-Elliot – FWD – $213,300
Didn’t do anything that screamed pick me, but didn’t do anything to scare you off. May be a bit too pricy when you consider options like McCarthy and McCluggage, but is a good talent and will be a great player in years to come.
38. Jeremy Howe – DEF – $500,500
Howe has been somewhat forgotten this pre-season, with Vince very much a pick coming into vogue, as well as many picking Adams already. Make no mistake, Howe will be a good pick this year, playing that half-back floating role to take intercept marks when needed. Wasn’t adverse to a specky either on a hot afternoon. 16 disposals in the first half at 94%, 24 at 92% by the end of the game. Consider strongly.
46. Mason Cox – RUC – $322,000
Looks good as a forward. Which is good for those considering Grundy, as I think Grundy will be almost solo-rucking this year, with Cox a great forward target (once he sorts out his kicking). Shouldn’t impact Grundy’s scoring too much though.
How did you see it community?