It was a strange day at Mount Gambier, Richmond looked like Hawthorn and Port Adelaide looked like…well Port Adelaide. Okay maybe that second part isn’t very strange.
Richmond defeated Port Adelaide.
For me today was about seeing the Port Adelaide rookies and the Richmond offseason recruits and I wasn’t disappointed. Port will provide us with several rookie options for our teams this year including Sam Powell-Pepper, Joe Atley, Dan Houston and Brett Eddy. Not all of these blokes will play Round 1 but I saw enough from each of them to be confident they’ll play in 2017.
On the Richmond side of thing I’m very aroused by Toby Nankervis and my impending ruck combination #Nankilands. Rance and Cotchin looked great and my man Josh Caddy did enough to move my needle.
I had a ball in Mount Gambier but I’d hope next time the Fox Footy commentators would actually show up rather than cover the game from a studio in Melbourne.
Let me know what you took out of the game
Notable absentees: Matthew Broadbent, Angus Monfries, Brad Ebert, Aaron Young, Jimmy Toumpas
Robbie Gray | PTA | MID | $588200 | SC 38
Is one of my favourite players in the AFL. He just rolled the legs over today and didn’t really have an impact. He’s still in line for selection at the Puppies despite his early bye.
Ollie Wines | PTA | MID | $533700 | SC 92
Just about the only midfielder who showed up for Port Adelaide today. Wines was back to his contested best today but after last year I’m steering clear. Will be a post-bye upgrade option if anything.
Jasper Pittard | PTA | DEF | $499300 | SC 45
Looking like Kayne-Mitchell-Son with his samurai hair style. He played pretty well prior to tweaking his hamstring. Not sure if it will impact his Round 1 availability but he looked sore.
Travis Boak | PTA | MID | $496800 | SC 61
Almost all of Boak’s 18 possessions were contested and whilst that’s impressive I sure as hell won’t be selecting him in Supercoach, if you’re reading this then you probably won’t either. Played a sweeping defensive role throughout the game.
Justin Westhoff | PTA | FWD | $463700 | SC 87
Clearly wants to challenge Nick Riewoldt for the 2017 Richo Award, started on a wing and was involved in the chain of play all day. I love it when teams play a tall on the wing and whilst I don’t think it’ll be enough to warrant a starting selection, Westhoff could end up being a player we consider later in the year.
Chad Wingard | PTA | FWD | $439800 | SC 37
Started in the midfield but struggled to get his hands on the ball. It’s only quarter time but his inconsistency worries me already this year, I won’t be starting him. He received a corky on the right thigh during the fourth quarter. Only had 8 touches before he left the ground with a corkie.
Sam Gray | PTA | MID | $436200 | SC 89
Played in the midfield but struggled to find the ball. Was able to kick a goal but ultimately didn’t produce anything worth discussing.
Hamish Hartlett | PTA | DEF/MID | $423700 | SC 68
Just looked a bit slow for mine in defence. Was thrown into the midfield at stages and gathered 17possessions 6 of which were contested.
Patrick Ryder | PTA | RUC/FWD | $418100 | SC 66
Was the number one man in Port’s ruck but also pushed forward at times. He really struggled to gather possessions today which has been a strength of his in seasons past. In fact he had 0 possessions at half time. My confidence in Ryder was not elevated after today’s game. He bumped Miles high in the third quarter. 5 disposals and 23 hitouts.
Jared Polec | PTA | MID | $406800 | SC 105
Played off a wing and was able to impact the game. Has no Supercoach relevance this year but will be a decent CoachKings choice at stages.
Jackson Trengove | PTA | RUC | $400300 | SC 33
Started the game playing as a deep forward. He was used in attempt to shut Alex Rance down but it didn’t really work. Had to help out in the ruck but did very little with his day.
Jack Hombsch | PTA | DEF | $378700 | SC 50
Is a full back.
Matthew Lobbe | PTA | RUC | $357700 | SC 41
Had minimal impact on the game and any positives were reduced by his 3 frees against. Did we think he was good at one stage? I can’t remember but I have a feeling we were wrong.
Charlie Dixon | PTA | FWD | $356400 | SC 25
Played the game, which simply amazes me given his status as “living human being” remains questionable at best. Couldn’t see the usual Adelaide Oval rigging to prop up his corpse so I can only assume that Mount Gambier has a series of tunnels and magnets hidden beneath its turf to help provide the illusion of Dixon’s life
Tom Jonas | PTA | DEF | $351800 | SC 41
I can play My Name Is Jonas perfectly on the hardest difficulty in Guitar Hero 3 using a controller rather than the guitar.
Darcy Byrne-Jones | PTA | DEF | $347100 | SC 46
Didn’t play the first half…not that anyone was wondering.
Jarman Impey | PTA | FWD | $339000 | SC 22
The imp continues to play his small forward role pretty well. It’s not worth discussing his Supercoach prowess.
Karl Amon | PTA | MID/FWD | $327500 | SC 65
Was running around as an outside-mid today. The role suits him but he isn’t going to be a Supercoach player this year.
Tom Clurey | PTA | DEF | $289000 | SC 85
Deep in defence and did nothing of note.
Riley Bonner | PTA | DEF | $248100 | SC 51
Will be looking to lock down a halfback role for port this year. Looked solid but won’t be up for Supercoach consideration for several seasons to come.
Sam Powell-Pepper | PTA | MID | $135300 | SC 71
..is a beast of a man, just showed raw power today. He actually reminds me of Ollie Wines in his rookie year, this could be a very good omen for us. Finished the game with 13 disposals, 8 tackles and 4 clearances but he only went at 53% efficiency.
Aidyn Johnson | PTA | FWD | $123900 | SC 25
His first kick for the day went out on the full and judging from starting structures he’s going to be playing a small forward type role. Even if he could find his way into Port’s team I’m not sure he’d score enough points to be considered.
Joe Atley | PTA | MID | $117300 | SC 78
Might have done enough to put himself into Round 1 contention today. He had 14 disposals as well as 4 clearances and a goal and most importantly of all he was actually trying. Could be a bench option for us.
Willem Drew | PTA | MID/FWD | $117300 | SC 27
Only played the second half and acted as the high half forward target. Showed some signs but would need to do a lot more to break into Port’s side.
Dan Houston | PTA | FWD | $117300 | SC 81
Found his first few possessions in the defensive half before pushing into the forward line. He’s already been touted for selection in Round 1 and is currently sitting on my bench. He had 15 disposals and 5 rebound-50’s for the day.
Brett Eddy | PTA | FWD | $102400 | SC 40
Presented well again as a target up forward. I don’t think he’ll be able to contribute much scoring capacity to our Supercoach teams but if he gets into the side at $102K who cares, gives a bit more cash for other positions. He had 7 disposals and 3 shots on goal.
Notable absentees: Dion Prestia, Bachar Houli, Shaun Hampson, Shai Bolton
Dustin Martin | RIC | MID | $588300 | SC 87
Played a fair chuck of the game in the midfield but true to his word Dimma pushed him into the forward line. Pre-game Dimma said he prefers Martin forward of centre and would like him to kick more than 8 goals in 2017. Are they preparing for life without Dusty already? Butchered the ball with his 17 touches.
Trent Cotchin | RIC | MID | $546800 | SC 85
The *clears throat* Brownlow Medallist looked really strong today. He was fighting for contested possessions as well as getting his usual cheeky handballs out the back of packs and really looks like he’s going to benefit from Richmond’s midfield additions. To pick him would be a bold decision but he’ll average 105+ this year.
Alex Rance | RIC | DEF | $535600 | SC 70
Best defender out there today. At one stage in the second quarter he broke three tackles in a row and had me rearranging my backline. I might have to settle down but Rance did end with 12 disposals and 6 rebound 50s for the day. Will be a good selection and is pushing to take my D1 position…scoring floor and ceiling is still the main issue for me.
Shaun Grigg | RIC | MID | $504100 | SC 79
I still think Carlton won this trade, we traded away Grigg who had more touches today (20) than games played by the bloke we received in Andrew Collins (11 games played for Carlton).
Josh Caddy | RIC | MID/FWD | $488600 | SC 95
Atarted as a midfielder and pushed forward for rests. Commentators had question marks over his endurance but to be fair it was Derm who was talking so take it with a grain of salt. I’m an admitted Caddy man so maybe take my word with a grain of salt too but I see him as being a good selection. Was the 13th ranked forward in 2016 based on average, at least 3 of the blokes above him have retired or are no longer forward eligible…should be top 10…touches all the wood. He had 18 disposals and 5 marks for the day.
Anthony Miles | RIC | MID | $488500 | SC 85
Was used as a link up option going forward. Miles found some targets and was involved in a number of scoring chains. 24 disposals to go with his sickening 37.5% disposal efficiency.
Jack Riewoldt | RIC | FWD | $467400 | SC 103
Played deep forward where he blongs. Took some very nice contested marks and (aside from the worst set shot of the preseason in the first quarter) was able to convert. Don’t see him impacting Supercoach outside of a couple 150+ games in 2017.
Brandon Ellis | RIC | MID | $464400 | SC 116
Played on a wing and had 15 kicks of his 26 disposals. Will be vital for Richmond this year but won’t be a breakout contender worth considering.
Kamdyn McIntosh | RIC | DEF | $390900 | SC 43
Played through defence but struggled to make an impact, no relevance here but I’m committed to writing up every bloke on the park.
Nick Vlastuin | RIC | DEF | $407800 | SC 84
Played through the midfield before pushing into the forward line where he kicked 1.1. There has been some talk of selecting him but I feel that there are far better options elsewhere.
Toby Nankervis | RIC | RUC/FWD | $366400 | SC 129
Reminded me of Stef Martin today. Started of the game with consecutive hitouts to advantage before pushing forward. Showed some ability to find the ball around the ground but needs to convert in front of goal when he gets the chance. He was the best on ground with 15 disposals, 22 hitouts, 4 clearances, 5 tackles and 1.1. #Nankilands
Ben Griffiths | RIC | FWD | $382900 | SC 15
Played as a key forward and helped out in the ruck. Nothing of note.
Sam Lloyd | RIC | FWD | $381100 | SC 115
Was playing as the third tall forward today and showed some signs that he’s developing nicely. Kicked 3 goals with his 15 possessions. Not Supercoach relevant but should have a good year for the Tigers.
Taylor Hunt | RIC | DEF | $378000 | SC 83
Ran the ball out of defence for the Tigers. He’s a very fast player and was able to split Port Adelaide open on several occasions. No Supercoach relevance but he could be a mean CoachKings selection throughout the year.
David Astbury | RIC | DEF | $357100 | SC 97
Played at fullback on the corpse that is Charlie Dixon…basically just a day off.
Kane Lambert | RIC | FWD | $353300 | SC 42
Didn’t play the first half and barely played the second, nothing to report.
Oleg Markov | RIC | DEF | $345500 | SC 40
Has a great name, started at halfback and found the ball in patches. No Supercoach significance.
Corey Ellis | RIC | DEF | $335800 | SC 39
Played both in the midfield and in defence. Will break out one day but it won’t be in 2017.
Dylan Grimes | RIC | DEF | $331500 | SC 65
Played deep in defence but doesn’t have enough of an impact on the game to be discussed any further.
Reece Conca | RIC | MID | $315600 | SC 75
Has been suggested by some as a better option than O’Meara…madness. He played in defence but I think he’s already sitting at his price point. My advice would be to avoid.
Jacob Townsend | RIC | MID/FWD | $287700 | SC 19
Like Lambert he didn’t play the first half and barely played the second, nothing to report.
Ivan Maric | RIC | RUC | $282900 | SC 16
I have no idea why Richmond played Maric today, I have no idea why they even re-signed him. Just play The Nank Richmond.
Daniel Rioli | RIC | FWD | $278700 | SC 67
Still has question marks over his tank but played through the midfield and pressured the ball really well today. He is a great CoachKings option.
Jason Castagna | RIC | DEF | $253600 | SC 73
George started forward and slotted Richmond’s first goal. Struggled to find the ball and will be in and out of Richmond’s side this year.
Ben Lennon | RIC | FWD | $248100 | SC 58
I honestly didn’t realise this guy was playing today. Ended up with 9 touches in the forward line but did sweet FA with them.
Dan Butler | RIC | FWD | $123900 | SC 49 | SC 53
Stuffed up a bounce running into an open 50 so he just soccered the ball the whole way into the goal square. He looks to be a very quick player and found the ball easily enough with 9 possessions. Another guy that we can select in the forward line assuming he gets named Round 1.
There we have it community! How did you see it?