Adelaide vs Brisbane is not usually one of the more anticipated fixtures of any given round.
However, with this being the final round of the Alphabet Community Series, this game was crucial to our Supercoach preparation. Going down at the spiritual home of football, Hickinbotham Oval, this game contains some answers to some questions we have.
How is Beams going to fare this year? Is Hampton our D4 saviour? What does Rhys Mathieson really think of himself?
The answer to that last question will have to wait, however, as Mathieson was one of the players cut from the final team. Clearly, he thinks the JLT is below him. There is an interesting sub-plot to this game as well. Stefan Martin, the forgotten ruck premium, is rucking solo today. Could he force his way into a few teams with a barnstorming performance?
The game was pretty high-scoring, with Brisbane sticking around for the first half, off the back of some good performances from Beams, Zorko and the rest of their experienced brigade. However, after half time Adelaide’s scoring power simply blew Brisbane away, and Adelaide ended up pretty comfortable winners, winning by 39 points. Brisbane, for their part, scored 103, which I imagine Chris Fagan wouldn’t be too disappointed with. However more importantly, this was the last hitout for both clubs, and we saw both teams playing pretty full-strength lineups. How did our potential picks look? Read on below to find out!
Missing: Brad Crouch, Scott Thompson, Jake Lever, Rory Sloane, Paul Seedsman, Kyle Cheney, Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Dean Gore
Out from final team: Riley Knight, Harrison Wigg, Myles Poholke
7. Jordan Gallucci – MID/FWD – $148,800
Did absolutely nothing to make me want to consider him for Round 1. Would be getting pretty desperate if we’re picking Gallucci, barely sighted him.
17. Curtly Hampton – DEF – $160,000
Got a lot of ball, however, needs to up his disposal efficiency a little bit. Attending centre bounces, which bodes well for his potential scoring output. A good pick for D4. Will blossom like a flower as he ensconces himself in that Adelaide 22. I have had Hampton since before JLT and hasn’t put a foot wrong, so think he is a great player to fill an on-field defensive post. 33% by foot is a concerning stat though.
20. Hugh Greenwood – MID/FWD – $117,300
Solid without being spectacular today. If he plays Round 1, good bench option. However, there is the risk that Adelaide rotate their rookies, leaving no one with really good job security. Such is the risk that this year presents. Will take a very talented coach to navigate 2017!
22. Andy Otten – DEF – $123,900
Could be a sneaky Round 1 option. Has put together a very solid JLT, scoring 98 and 80 from his first 2 games. Doing all the right things Supercoach wise. Not one I’m very confident about picking though, as will be competing for a spot with Lever, Cheney, Kelly, Cummins, Coulter-Nile and Shane Watson. Watch the team lists for more information.
24. Sam Jacobs – RUC – $472,000
Not relevant in today’s supercoach landscape unfortunately. An absolute serviceman for Adelaide, but not sure that he will ever return to the heights he reached a couple of years ago. Absolute hard-nut though, and may be an option to pick up in a draft league if you want a ruckman that will definitely be their club’s no.1.
29. Rory Laird – DEF – $526,800
To me, Laird is a must-have. Will run more through the midfield this year, and today was really good, collecting ball almost at will. Lock and throw the key down a well.
32. Troy Menzel – FWD – $183,900
Is a real talent. Showed flashes today, and I reckon he’s capable of churning out a couple of tons to really help that price tick along, unfortunately, he will throw in stinkers as well. Not for me personally, but Adelaide seem pretty confident that he can have an impact this year, so may be one to consider if you don’t like the look of Taranto.
33. Brodie Smith – DEF – $410,400
Not even going to discuss Brodie Smith’s game today. Please do not pick Brodie Smith. Brodie Smith has claimed the season of many a Supercoacher, and I write this as a cautionary message. If you pick Brodie Smith, you are essentially throwing away the 50k. Do not pick him. The Supercoach gods are watching, and they are merciless.
Missing: Allen Christensen, Josh Walker, Jack Frost, Josh Schache, Marco Paparone, Hugh McCluggage
Out from final team: Claye Beams, Rhys Mathieson, Archie Smith
9. Dayne Beams – MID – $432,500
I have seen the light community. For so long, I was adamant I would not pick Beams. After I heard how well he played last week, I reluctantly put him in my team, figuring he was easier to get out than in. After today, I am well and truly sold. The bloke knows how to accumulate like few others in the AFL. 18 possessions in the first half at 66%, and sat at 54 SC at HT. Played majority inside midfield, looking good. Doesn’t show any signs of breaking down, which is mainly what we wanted to see from Beams. Almost uber-lock territory.
12. Stefan Martin – RUC – $488,000
Stefan Martin’s fantasy output relies mainly on one person, and that isn’t himself. If Archie Smith plays, Martin looks second-rate at best. As we saw today, if Martin is a solo ruck, he looks behemoth-like in output. Alas, I cannot have faith in the Brisbane Lions in any capacity. Played a great game today. If McStay gets a game over Smith, then I would have a serious eye on Martin. Until then, it’s a hard no for me.
15. Dayne Zorko – MID – $593,000
Zorko is a good POD option for those who like to go a bit off the beaten track. Personally, I wouldn’t be touching him, but think that Zorko and Beams will overtake Rockliff as the main premium scorers out of Brisbane. They seem to be playing a different brand of football that Rockliff is struggling with a little bit. Zorko definitely one to consider.
20. Cedric Cox – DEF – $117,300
Jonathan Brown described him as a “defensive defender” pre-game. Played primarily on Eddie Betts, and I reckon there may be a role for him in that backline. May be a bench option for us in the backline as a slow-burner. Imagine he learnt a few things playing on Betts today, which was certainly a tough assignment for the young lad.. One to keep in the back of the cranium when team lists are released for Round 1.
26. Tom Cutler – DEF – $412,800
One to watch for 2018. Could develop into a great SC pick like Zac Williams, and is on my watchlist for 2018. Brisbane fans are excited about him, so one to watch this year, and next pre-season. Will provide run off half-back in tandem with Sam Mayes, so is a future star for Brisbane.
38. Tom Rockliff – MID – $603,900
I can’t in good faith recommend Rockliff as a pick this year. I strongly feel that his output will drop off, and may get left in the dust a bit by Beams and Zorko in scoring. Didn’t show really anything today that would make me even consider him this year. Could make me look foolish though.
43. Jake Barrett – MID – $127,900
Tiny bit of a worry that he’s put up a game like this coming into round 1. May not be the on-field option we had all considered him to be. Then again, may have already done so much to earn his spot in Round 1 that he’s just doing us all a favour and scaring people off. Only time will tell! Did definitely lift as the game went on, with his opening half pretty dreadful. Ideally, you’d be loopholing him with Powell-Pepper for that M8 spot each week. Needs to get upgraded in order to be named Round 1, so is one to watch. Christensen out for 6-8 weeks, so if he does get elevated, there is a spot available.