Some insightful SuperCoach information was gleaned out of this JLT match between GWS and North Melbourne.
The game provided us with a chance to have another good look at the Taranto boy and a number of perspective North rookies, as well as seeing how the likes of Heater, Goldy and co are travelling as potential keepers.
There were plenty of enticing performances from temptresses like Greene, Higgins, Waite and MacMillian as well.
Here’s some key observations from the match:
- Toby Greene will be very tempting for many. Had a MASSIVE game tonight.
- The ruck puzzle continues. Goldy was OK, without splitting the contest open.
- Lock Heater in as D1. He was majestic tonight.
- Shaun Higgins is a legitimate FWD option this season. He *clears throat* looks in really good nick. Only played the first half as precaution, though.
- Tim Taranto and Kayne Turner showed they will be very solid, although more expensive, FWD rookie options for our sides.
- Our cheap North rookie options have been reduced in number. Only Vickers-Willis and Hibbard a chance for Round 1 now.
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Stephen Coniglio | MID | $575,900
Looks every chance to elevate his game to another level in 2017. Was one of the top mids on the ground when he hurt his knee in the third term. Finished the match shortly after as a precaution. Had 21 touches from just 48% time on ground.
Toby Greene | FWD | $492,000
Had a ripper of a game. Probably BOG and will tempt many after this performance. Looked bloody dangerous around goals and got shitloads of it at half forward. Opened the match with 11 touches and 2 snags in the first stanza alone. Snagged 5.1 for the match to go with 25 possessions, 18 of them contested. Hard to justify picking him as a FWD keeper when it looks as though he will get little mid time in the GWS engine room. But the way he’s going, it’s not the worst move. Looks like he will improve on last year’s average.
Dylan Shiel | MID | $539,200
Came off early in the match with a hip complaint. Tried to play on, but didn’t really have a huge impact. Went down again in the third with a shoulder complaint.
Callan Ward | MID | $574,500
Another warrior-like performance from the samurai king of GWS. 28 touches, 2.1 goals and 15 contested possessions. Massive game.
Tom Scully | MID | $530,000
He ran. And ran. And ran. Sometimes he got the ball. But he was overshadowed by the many others.
Devon Smith | MID | $575,900
Decent match. Another part of this potent GWS forward line. Finished with 3.1 from 18 touches. Will form a potent half forward combination with Greene.
Jonathon Patton | FWD | $349,000
Good in patches, but not worth considering as a key forward.
Tim Taranto | MID/FWD | $207,300
Worth forking out the extra cash for this young lad, I reckon. The kid can play. Had five touches in the first five minutes. Looked incredibly impressive. Tough as a rusty nail as well. Faded a bit in the second half, but all in all has enjoyed a stunning pre season. Should be named Round 1. Get him in your side.
Matthew Kennedy | FWD | $235,000
Was given kick in duties on the odd occasion. Mature young man for his age, but battling for his spot with a lot of other prime talent.
Jeremy Cameron | FWD | $386,300
Dangerous up forward with 3.4 and six marks. Just one part of an insanely-packed forward line.
Adam Tomlinson | DEF | $316,900
Went down in the third. That was the first time I noticed him. Finished with 18 touches and nine marks.
Josh Kelly | MID | $473,800
Shitloads of it early. Break out contender. Finished with 24 possessions. But, as is the common problem at the Giants, is fighting with a lot of other quality mids.
Heath Shaw | DEF | $576,500
It’s poetry in motion watching Heater take the kickout, do a little dinky kick to himself before streaming out from full back, taking a bounce and hitting a team-mate on the chest. A very reliable, safe option in defence. Had 27 kicks and 16 marks. Lock at D1.
Zac Williams | DEF | $480,100
Got done for a deliberate rushed behind. Messed up a kick-in that resulted in a goal. Turned a couple of others over. Not the best day at the office for Zac. But he rebounded nicely in the second half and finished with a half decent score.
Ryan Griffen | MID | $511,000
The forgotten man at GWS. And if he keeps playing like this he is unlikely to ever be remembered at the Giants. Was solid, but not spectacular.
Shane Mumford | RUC | $536,300
Had 34 hitouts. Looked in alright nick, but I can’t see him having much SC significance this season.
Rory Lobb | FWD | $406,100
Picked up a few niggles, which limited his output.
Nick Haynes | DEF | $457,900, Adam Kennedy | DEF | $273,500, Matt Buntine | DEF | $281,600, Phil Davis | DEF | $355,700 and Nathan Wilson | DEF | $363,700.
All played as pure defenders. Pass.
Steve Johnson | FWD | $464,500 and Aidan Corr | DEF | $236,700
Both fell to injuries in the first half, sat out the rest of the match.
Notable absentees: Brett Deledio, Jacob Hopper, Harry Perryman, Will Setterfield, Lachie Whitfield.
Shaun Higgins | FWD | $426,400
Only played the first half, but he looked really good. One of North’s best mids up to half time. Probably the fittest and strongest he has been in his career. Sat out the second half as a precaution. Could be a legitimate FWD keeper if you have the spuds to start with him.
Jack Ziebell | MID | $514,200
Looks willing to step up as captain to try and cover North’s losses. Was very strong at the contest and is a chance to improve his average this season.
Nathan Hrovat | MID/FWD | $301,400
Quiet early. Did a couple of nice things as the game wore on. Is he still an option?
Andrew Swallow | MID | $464,800
21 touches up and 8 tackles to 3 qtr time. Looked solid, but can’t see him being relevant.
Luke McDonald | DEF | $348,200
No frills type defender. Plays in the true Shinboner spirit. Not ideal for SC though.
Lindsay Thomas | FWD | $343,300
Played some long stints in the middle. Will actually provide some good X factor in the midfield for the Roos if they play him there more during the regular season.
Ryan Clarke | MID/FWD | $306,500
Played an outside role, got a bit of it.
Trent Dumont | MID | $415,500
Didn’t notice him much, but played OK in patches. Still a bit rough around the edges in certain aspects. Pass for now.
Jy Simpkin | FWD | $162,300
Showed some touches of class. A crafty half forward, he might be worth a look if named Round 1.
Todd Goldstein | RUC | $588,400
It’s worth noting Goldy is tapping to a much shitter midfield now. But like Gawn, I wouldn’t read into this performance too much, though. He played with 2 other ruckmen and didn’t really get out of second gear. Still a good option.
Kayne Turner | FWD | $171,400
The slightly-built Turner has put on 5kgs in the off season. Kicked a couple of snags in the first term and finished with impressive stats of 3 goals, 14 touches and 5 tackles for the match. Awkward price, but could be a smoky option considering the lack of FWD rooks.
Jarrad Waite | FWD | $499,400
Was probably the Kangas’ best tonight. Let’s not forget this man worked himself into form worthy enough to be considered the best player in the competition by some North supporters in the opening rounds of 2016. Waite looked is pristine condition and took a number of strong contested marks. Finished with 5.2 for the match.
Braydon Preuss | RUC | $123,900
He’s a bloody massive unit this bloke. Models his game on Shane Mumford, apparently. Played the majority of the match as a tall forward. Has great strength for a big man and even outmuscled Mumford a couple of times. Took several massive contested grabs. High chance for Round 1 based on this performance.
Ed Vickers-Willis | DEF | $123,900
Went at the body instead of the ball on a couple of occasions. Made a few mistakes. But he looks a good prospect none the less. Wait to see if he is named Round 1.
Jamie Macmillan | DEF | $438,500
Was shown up early by Toby Greene, who absolutely killed him in the first term. Worked his way into the game nicely and showed some good speed and rebound out of defence. A very attacking defender, he ended up getting a fair bit of it.
Majak Daw | RUC/FWD | $378,800
Struggled to get into the game. Not on our radars.
Mitch Hibberd | DEF/MID | $123,900
Played only the second half but was in the thick of things early. Kicked a goal and I thought he was impressive. A good size for AFL already. Pick him if named Round 1.
Sam Gibson | MID | $468,600
Had a fair bit of it. But shouldn’t be considered from a SC perspective.
Ben Cunnington | MID | $575,900
Played second half. Didn’t really inspire.
Robbie Tarrant | DEF | $458,500, Lachlan Hansen | DEF | $326,400, Scott Thompson | DEF | $386,300, Shaun Atley | DEF | $353,400 and Sam Wright | DEF | $333,200.
Wright and Atley got a bit of it, but all these blokes are DEFs I don’t have any SC significance.
Notable absentees: Marley Williams, Jed Anderson, Ben Jacobs, Mason Wood, Ben Brown, Sam Durdin.
What are your thoughts, Community?