“OK”, Barron thought to himself.
“We’re covering off Port Adelaide today. Time to be a professional. You can’t let Jock and the Community down by getting involved in petty pot-shots at the team down the road. This is Supercoach.
“Frig off,” the right side of Barron’s brain interrupted, “I’ll say whatever I damn well please about ‘em. They’d do the same thing to us!”
“Hey, cut that out,” the left side of Barron’s brain chided. “This isn’t about us, we’re helping out the community here. We’ve got important stuff to cover here, like SPP and Paddy Ryder.”
The left side of Barron’s brain was always the more logical one. Not prone to laughing at immature fart jokes like the right side did. “So be the bigger man and turn the other cheek while we’re covering Port Adelaide.” The left side continued.
“Oh, I’ll turn the other cheek,” the right side of Barron’s brain threatened, “I’ll turn it when I’m telling them they can pucker up and kiss my…”
“OK, that’s enough of that!” the left side yelled. “This conversation is over!”
And welcome to my completely logical, left brain sided review of the Port Adelaide VS Hawthorn match!
It was a windy, rainy day down at Noarlunga today, which isn’t anything new for that part of town. It was back and forth in the first half, but Port blew the game open in the 3rd, booting 7 goals to nothing to grab a 32 point lead heading into the last quarter, though the heat was pretty much out of the game by that point, with the Power taking the game by 28 points for their first win of the JLT series.
Now, for the players.
Ollie Wines | MID | $533,700
Was a bit quiet in the 1st quarter, but more involved in the 2nd, finishing with 12 disposals, 3 clearances and a goal in the first half. Finished with 24 disposals, 6 tackles and 9 clearances, but more importantly for Ollie, just the 1 clanger with a 75% disposal efficiency. Only played 67% ToG, so those stats are very good for the time he spent on the ground. 115 Supercoach points.
Patrick Ryder | RUC/FWD | $418,100
Looked much better today as the sole ruckman with Lobbe out. Had 11 hitouts and 8 disposals in the first half and finished with 12 disposals, 35 hitouts, 10 of them to advantage, and a goal. His appeal has probably diminished quite a bit with the emergence of Nankervis at a cheaper price, but that’s the sort of effort we want to see from him. 109 Supercoach points.
Sam Powell-Pepper | MID | $135,300
He’s only just 19, but he looks like he’s had 6 pre-seasons under his belt from a physical standpoint. Kicked a goal in the 1st quarter, along with 7 disposals. Ended the first half with 11 disposals, but had 6 clangers (all frees against). Ended the game with 8 clangers (all FA’s), but on the good side, he had 23 disposals, 5 clearances and 3 tackles. He had 8 clangers in his previous two JLT games, which is something that could chip away at his scores, but he looks too good to pass up at this stage. 83 Supercoach points.
Travis Boak | MID | $496,800
He was OK with 10 first half disposals, along with 4 tackles and 3 clearances. Sat out the 2nd half after Ollie Wines ran into him and gave him a corked thigh. Don’t think he’s going to score any better than he did last year.
Brad Ebert | MID | $437,100
Led the Power with 27 disposals as well as 10 tackles and 6 clearances. He’s a good player, and while he’s capable of great performances like this, he hasn’t ever done it often enough to be worth considering. You’d be happy with this sort of effort if you grabbed him in CoachKings though.
Riley Bonner | DEF | $248,100
Equal 1st for disposals for the Power in the first half with 12, but included 6 clangers and a disposal efficiency of just 33.3%. Ended the game with 18 disposals, but he had 9 clangers and a DE of 44.4%. There’s lots of talent there to work with though, so I wouldn’t be writing him off at all.
Jared Polec | MID | $406,800
Had a good game with 21 disposals, 4 clearances and 4 inside 50’s. He does this sort of thing, but he hasn’t been worth owning in Supercoach since he came in to Port Adelaide from Brisbane at a bargain basement price.
Charlie Dixon | FWD | $356,400
Started well early, pushing further up the ground to take some nice marks, but couldn’t continue to make a huge impact over the rest of the first half, finishing with 5 disposals and 3 marks. Rolled his ankle in the opening minutes while taking a mark, so not sure how much of an impact that had on him. Ended with 13 disposals, 4 marks and 1 behind.
Darcy Byrne-Jones | DEF | $347,100
Led the game in the 1st quarter with 11 disposals, as well as 5 marks and 3 rebound 50’s. Only added 2 more disposals in the 2nd quarter and ended the game with 17. Looks to be the man bringing it out of defence with Pittard out, but may not have enough time in that main role to earn some big cash.
Joe Atley | MID | $117,300
Only played 53% ToG, but had 14 disposals. Might be just out of the 22 to start the year, but all it takes is an injury or two for him to get in if that’s the case.
Brett Eddy | FWD | $102,400
Playing in his natural habitat, but had just the 5 disposals and 3 inside 50’s in the first half. Reacclimatized to the Noarlunga conditions in the 2nd half, booting 4 goals in the 3rd quarter. Kicked 5.4 for the game, with 15 disposals (all kicks). Really needed a game like this to give the Power no choice but to upgrade him to the main list. 105 Supercoach points.
Dan Houston | PTA | FWD | $117,300
Houston had 11 disposals in the first half and ended the game with 14, along with 4 inside 50’s. Still on the rookie list, but Port will have the ability to upgrade both he and Eddy before the season starts. We’re struggling for forward rookie options, so we may have to pick both the power players to start the year.
Jaeger O’Meara | MID | $318,900
12 disposals in the first half, but didn’t look to be hanging around many of the stoppages at the time. 2nd for the Hawks in disposals with 27, along with 4 clearances and 6 tackles. Good showing for him and can’t see anything wrong with picking him at his price. 91 Supercoach points.
Jarryd Roughead | FWD | $367,100
Looked a tad rusty still at times, but had 10 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles in the first half. Ended the game with 20 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles and 2 behinds. If he’s still getting into the swing of it, which means he’s still got some improvement left in him, so he’s still in play as a mid-priced FWD option. 74 Supercoach points
Tom Mitchell | MID | $565,600
He had 9 disposals and 3 clearances in the 1st quarter and finished the first half with 18 disposals and 7 clearances. Led the Hawks with 29 disposals, 8 clearances and 7 tackles, with a nice 50/50 split between his uncontested/contested possessions. Will probably be a POD if you grab him. 111 Supercoach points.
Jack Gunston | FWD | $502,300
Doesn’t look to be spending any time up forward with Roughy back, pushing from the wing and into the backlines as needed. Had 7 disposals and 2 marks in the 1st half and finished with 18 disposals, 5 marks and a goal.
Ricky Henderson | DEF/MID | $420,100
First game for the Hawks and he had 9 disposals and 2 inside 50’s in the 1st quarter, with 15 disposals and a supergoal in the 1st half. As Ricky sometimes does, he wasn’t able to continue the strong form over an entire game, ending with 21 disposals and 5 marks. Still iffy if he’s 22, but he’s never been the most consistent player over his career at Adelaide.
Ben McEvoy | RUC | $363,500 & Ty Vickery | FWD | $310,400
Teia Miles | MID/FWD | $123,900
He had 13 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles. Not massive numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but if he’s there in Round 1 then we may just have to pick him for that reason alone.
Harry Morrison | DEF | $117,300 & Connor Nash | DEF | $102,400
Both got some junk-time in the 4th quarter, but likely means neither are in the best 22 for Round 1.
And that’s it for me today, but what are your thoughts Community? Let us all know in the comments below.