Supercoach RD2 : Rookie Scout Report

Published by Barron Von Crow on


Hello Community, we’re back!

Round 1 is in the books and it certainly was a mixed bag from a Supercoach/CoachKings point of view.

We started the opening round with some nice performances from the likes of Marchbank, Butler and Hannan, but then Sunday hit and it seemed our rookie luck ran out, with popular picks such as Stewart, Otten and Hampton posting scores in the 50’s, along with a few blokes plopping a turd on the carpet with scores in the 20’s.

Now is not the time to panic however, we’re only in week 1 and very rarely will you ever get it 100% right with your rookie selections straight off the bat. This week’s heroes can easily become next week’s villains and vice-versa. One of the worst things you can do is make a panic trade on a poor performing rookie after just one week.

We’re going to cover off EVERY playing rookie over these first few weeks to make sure we have all our bases covered, we’re also going to take a look around the state leagues and see how some potential rookie picks are performing in the twos.

Carlton VS Richmond

Caleb Marchbank

DEF | SC Price: $236,100 | CK Price: $5,850

Round 1 Stats: 19 disposals, 8 marks, 6 rebound 50’s, 97 SCPoints, 78 CKPoints

Harrison Macreadie

DEF | SC Price: $236,100 | CK Price: $5,000

Round 1 Stats: 6 disposals, 4 tackles, 36 SCPoints, 35 CKPoints

Sam Petrevski-Seton

MID | SC Price: $189,300 | CK Price: $7,550

Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles, 3 clearances, 59 SCPoints, 65 CKPoints

Jarrod Pickett

MID/FWD | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 5 disposals, 3 tackles, 28 SCPoints, 30 CKPoints

Dan Butler

FWD | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 19 disposals, 9 score involvements, 3 tackles, 2 goals, 5 inside 50’s, 96 SCPoints, 72


Caleb Marchbank was the highlight here, taking a key position role down back and grabbed a gamehigh 13 intercept possessions. His job security should be very steady, especially if Weitering stays forward.

Dan Butler kicked 2 goals, but also had 19 disposals, so even if he doesn’t hit the scoreboard every week he should still manage to put up a 60+ score if he can keep that sort of disposal average up.

Sam Petrevski-Seton didn’t play any pre-season games, but that didn’t stop him from showing some potential. He had just the 59 SCPoints, but looked solid out there, but since he has a starting price of $189K we probably will wait out another week before considering him as a corrective trade (if at all).

Jarrod Pickett had very little impact on this game, but he’s a small forward, so we should have seen this sort of thing coming from him.

Harrison Macreadie was a late in for Jed Lamb, he produced just the 6 disposals and 4 tackles and his job security is probably very unstable at this point.

Collingwood VS Western Bulldogs

Will Hoskin-Elliot

FWD | SC Price: $213,300 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 22 disposals, 1 mark, 1 goal, 88 SCPoints, 95 CKPoints

Will Hoskin-Elliot was the only rookie priced player in play here, he put on a good performance and looked to play across the wing and push forward/back as needed. That led to a greater uncontested rate of possessions, but if he can keep this sort of scoring up he should make a nice chunk of change by the time you trade him out.

St Kilda VS Melbourne

Nathan Wright

FWD | SC Price: $247,000 | CK Price: $7,450

Round 1 Stats: 8 disposals, 2 inside 50’s, 23 SCPoints, 23 CKPoints

Joel Smith

FWD | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 5 disposals, 1 mark, 1 tackle, 23 SCPoiints, 18 CKPoints

Mitch Hannan

FWD | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $5,000

Round 1 Stats: 16 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals, 96 SCPoints, 88 CKPoints

Sam Weideman

FWD | SC Price: $219,400 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 12 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal, 54 SCPoints, 45 CKPoints

The highlight here was Mitch Hannan, who booted a pair of goals and should see his job security tighten if he can keep up this level of play. He was in just 4.0% of teams this week, I’d look for that number to skyrocket by next week.

On the downside, Joel Smith, owned by 17.3% of Supercoachers, dislocated his shoulder 17 minutes into the 1 st quarter. He’ll need to be traded out, but probably the best course of action here is to wait another week and see how players perform in Round 2 and pick the best option for week 3 as a replacement for him.

Sydney VS Port Adelaide

Harrison Marsh

DEF | SC Price: $238,700 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 24 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 79 SCPoints, 83 CKPoints

Jordan Foote

MID/FWD | SC Price: $182,800 | CK Price: $8,000

Round 1 Stats: 12 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 37 SCPoints, 58 CKPoints

Oliver Florent

MID/FWD | SC Price: $166,800 | CK Price: $7,350

Round 1 Stats: 8 disposals, 3 tackles, 44 SCPoints, 31 CKPoints

Sam Powell-Pepper

FWD | SC Price: $135,300 | CK Price: $7,100

Round 1 Stats: 19 disposals, 7 clearances, 2 tackles, 78 SCPoints, 71 CKPoints

Brett Eddy

FWD | SC Price: $102,400 | CK Price: $5,000

Round 1 Stats: 3 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 30 SCPoints, 17 CKPoints

Dan Houston

FWD | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 12 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 72 SCPoints, 61 CKPoints

There were no surprises with Sam Powell-Pepper’s quality performance. He had 6 clangers impact his score, but only had 67% ToG, so it’s still a decent output for a lower amount of gametime.

Likewise, Dan Houston had a solid score, he’s the 7 th most owned rookie forward at this current time, though his job security could be an issue when Pittard returns, while the #1 owned rookie forward Brett Eddy, produced a disappointing 30 SCPoints. I’m sure a few will think of an immediate Eddy to Hannan trade, but that would probably be a premature move at this early stage.

For the Swans, Harrison Marsh put in a quality game and with Dane Rampe going down he may stick for a little while longer. His price will probably make it difficult for most to fit him into their sides however.

Gold Coast VS Brisbane

Jack Bowes

MID/FWD | SC Price: $171,300 | CK Price: $7,400

Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 64 SCPoints, 46 CKPoints

Ben Ainsworth

MID/FWD | SC Price: $198,300 | CK Price: $7,650

Round 1 Stats: 13 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 2 goals, 79 SCPoints, 86 CKPoints

Jarrod Witts

RUC | SC Price: $217,600 | CK Price: $8,850

Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 2 marks, 4 clearances, 8 tackles, 38 hitouts, 81 SCPoints, 104 CKPoints

Jake Barrett

MID | SC Price: $127,900 | CK Price: $8,000

Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 46 SCPoints, 56 CKPoints

Jake Barrett got most of his possessions forward of centre, so he may see his SC output limited with the lack of midfield time, especially since he’d be competing with the likes of Beams, Rockliff and Zorko.

Ben Ainsworth put up a quality score, though I wouldn’t expect him to boot a pair of goals every week.

Jarrod Witts is obviously the pick of the rookie priced ruckmen, but looks like he’ll need a good day with his hitouts to post a really good score. He hit just 19% of his hitouts to advantage, so the raw numbers are there, if he can pick that rate up to the 30% range (the best like Gawn can run at 40%+ on their HTA’s), he could push into triple digit scoring territory.

Essendon VS Hawthorn

Andrew McGrath

DEF/MID | SC Price: $211,800 | CK Price: $7,750

Round 1 Stats: 22 disposals, 6 marks, 5 rebound 50’s, 5 tackles, 83 SCPoints, 96 CKPoints

Ryan Schoenmakers

FWD | SC Price: $155,100 | CK Price: $7,100

Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 5 marks, 1 goal, 60 SCPoints, 57 CKPoints

A great Round 1 debut for Andrew McGrath, who may be this years Clayton Oliver or Darcy Parish if he can put up similar stats for most of the year. He will certainly have plenty looking his way, especially as a DEF pick as our options are currently looking very limited there.

Ryan Schoenmakers was OK, but he may only have a job as long as the Gunston up the ground experiment lasts.

North Melbourne VS Hawthorn

Mitchell Hibberd

DEF | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle, 23 SCPoints, 24 SCPoints

Declan Mountford

MID | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $8,000

Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 43 SCPoints, 44 CKPoints

Braydon Preuss

RUC | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $7,200

Round 1 Stats: 5 disposals, 2 marks, 19 hitouts, 1 goal, 44 SCPoints, 50 CKPoints

Jy Simpkin

FWD | SC Price: $162,300 | CK Price: $6,350

Round 1 Stats: 9 disposals, 2 marks, 35 SCPoints, 31 CKPoints

Nathan Vardy

RUC | SC Price: $265,500 | CK Price: $9,300

Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 3 marks, 16 hitouts, 51 SCPoints, 48 CKPoints

There wasn’t a heck of a lot to take away from this game, with every rookie option putting up a pretty average score.

Braydon Preuss could still have iffy JS if/when Daw returns (which could be as early as this week with Waite injured) and I’m sure nearly every SCer and his dog will be hoping Mitchell Hibberd can put up a better score next week.

Both Jy Simpkin and Declan Mountford scored poorly and the Roos will be bringing back Ben Cunnington this week, so one of them could potentially be losing their spot already.

Adelaide VS GWS

Curtly Hampton

DEF | SC Price: $160,000 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 50 SCPoints, 66 CKPoints

Andy Otten

DEF | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 45 SCPoints, 37 CKPoints

Jake Kelly

DEF | SC Price: $197,700 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 17 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 42 SCPoints, 47 CKPoints

Troy Menzel

DEF | SC Price: $183,900 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 14 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal, 81 SCPoints, 68 CKPoints

Riley Knight

DEF | SC Price: $197,700 | CK Price: $6,600

Round 1 Stats: 18 disposals, 5 marks, 2 goals, 78 SCPoints, 71 CKPoints

Tim Taranto

MID/FWD | SC Price: $207,300 | CK Price: $7,750

Round 1 Stats: 13 disposals, 3 clearances, 5 inside 50’s, 44 SCPoints, 38 CKPoints

Matthew Kennedy

FWD | SC Price: $235,000| CK Price: $8,000

Round 1 Stats: 14 disposals, 2 marks, 2 clearances, 48 SCPoints, 50 CKPoints

Another Sunday game with little to get excited about in terms of rookies. As expected, Curtly Hampton received less midfield time with the addition of Rory Sloane back to the side and spent a lot of time doing nothing up forward, but worked into the game, so hopefully he can produce more than 11 disposals next week.

Andy Otten and Jake Kelly were a bit of a mixed bag, Kelly got more of it, but didn’t use it as well, while Otten had it less, but also made fewer errors.

Both Riley Knight and Troy Menzel had a decent impact up forward for the Crows, although I suspect Knight may have the greater job security than Menz. Knight was a late inclusion for Taylor Walker, if Tex returns this week one of them may be missing out.

Tim Taranto was heavily selected, but didn’t get into the game in a big way, but I imagine it was a tough slog to have to play your very first AFL game in hot and humid conditions.

Fremantle VS Geelong

Cam McCarthy

FWD | SC Price: $203,600 | CK Price: $6,400

Round 1 Stats: 12 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal, 36 SCPoints, 52 CKPoints

Tom Stewart

DEF | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $5,150

Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 57 SCPoints, 42 CKPoints

Brandon Parfitt

MID/FWD | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $6,800

Round 1 Stats: 9 disposals, 3 tackles, 2 marks, 44 SCPoints, 39 CKPoints

Sunday just obviously wasn’t the day for rookie priced players in Supercoach.

Cam McCarthy kicked 1.5 for the game, so the opportunities appear to be there, he just needs to convert.

Tom Stewart went at 100% with his disposal, so he at least wasn’t wasteful and if he can get his hands on it a few more times he might be worth a consistent start.

Brandon Parfitt was generally OK, but he might see his job security tighten in the short term with Nakia

Cockatoo expected to be out for up to a month with a thumb injury.



1. Caleb Marchbank

2. Andrew McGrath

3. Harrison Marsh

4. Tom Stewart

5. Curtly Hampton


1. Andrew McGrath

2. Ben Ainsworth

3. Sam Powell-Pepper

4. Jack Bowes

5. Sam Petrevski-Seton


1. Jarrod Witts

2. Nathan Vardy

3. Braydon Preuss


1. Mitch Hannan

2. Dan Butler

3. Will Hoskin-Elliot

4. Troy Menzel

5. Ben Ainsworth



The VFL isn’t kicking off until April 8 th , but we’ve had some practice matches going on before the official season kicks off. They don’t usually keep official stats from these games, so information can be limited, but we’ll post whatever information we can find.

Northern Blues (Carlton)

Carlton posted limited information about their loss to Richmond, but noted 2nd year Blue Harry McKay kicked 4.3.


Collingwood lost to Footscray by 48 points in their trial match, with Collingwood Media including Kayle Kirby (4 goals), Mitch McCarthy (3 goals) and Josh Daicos as BOG’s for the Pies, while also noting a switch forward for Lachie Keefe (1 goal), while noting both Ben Crocker and Josh Thomas may be pushing for AFL selection in the coming weeks.


Essendon played Box Hill on Saturday, but failed to post any status updates on the game.


Sam Simpson – Had 21 disposals and 4 tackles and Geelong defeated North Ballarat 84 to 35.

Aaron Black – Black booted 2 goals and took 6 marks against North Ballarat.

Wylie Buzza – Buza booted 3 goal, along with 3 hitouts and 6 marks and was included in the 5 best by the Geelong VFL Twitter.

Box Hill (Hawthorn)

Hawthorn, like Essendon, failed to post any updates on their practice match with Essendon on the 25 th .

Casey (Melbourne)

Melbourne did not post any information about their 105 to 69 win over Williamstown.

Werribee (North Melbourne)

No official stats were posted for the Werribee Tigers win against Coburg, but it was noted Nick Larkey led the day for Werribee, kicking 3 goals.


The Richmond VFL side played the Northern Blues, but failed to post any game stats, though draftee Shai Bolton has been reported for striking the Blues Tom Williamson. Due to the late start of the VFL season, a 2-week suspension would mean he won’t cleared to play AFL football until Round 6.

Sandringham (St Kilda)

Sandringham have no further practice matches scheduled until the VFL season begins.

Footscray (Western Bulldogs)

Footscray did not post any official information about their VFL win against Collingwood.


The SANFL season doesn’t start until April 7 th , but both the Adelaide Reserves and Port Magpies played practice matches this week, with Adelaide taking on Woodsville West-Torrens and the Port Magpies taking on Sturt.


Harrison Wigg – Wigg had 28 disposals, 5 clearances, 4 rebound 50’s, 4 marks and 3 tackles and was rated as BOG for the Crows by

Hugh Greenwood – Greenwood had 24 disposals, 9 clearances, 8 marks and 6 tackles and rated in the best on ground by the Crows.

Ben Jarman – Jarman had 15 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 marks and a goal playing across the wing and the forward line.

Dean Gore – Gore had 11 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles in a half of footy.

Harry Dear – Dear kicked a goal, along with 11 disposals and 8 marks against WWT.

Matthew Signorello – The Sig played just a half of footy and had 10 disposals and 2 clearances.

Paul Hunter – Hunter had 8 disposals, 18 hitouts and 5 clearances.

Elliot Himmelberg – Himmelberg played just a half of footy like quite a few of his teammates and had 7 disposals, 2 marks and a goal.

Reilly O’Brien – ROB had 7 disposals, 15 hitouts and 4 tackles.

Jordan Gallucci – The Gooch played just a half of footy and had 6 disposals, 6 tackles and 3 marks.

Alex Keath – Keath had 6 disposals and 1 mark, but went off at half time with a hamstring injury.

Port Adelaide

Port didn’t post official stats from their trial game, but listed rookie players Peter Ladhams, Will Snelling, Willem Drew and Riley Bonner in the best on ground list.


The official NEAFL season kicks off next week on April 1 st , but there have been several practice matches, with Sydney University taking on both Sydney and GWS and the Gold Coast and Brisbane playing against each other.


Brisbane didn’t post official stats in their loss to Gold Coast, but noted that Jarrod Berry played in the midfield and across half forward, while Cian Hanley played his very first game for the Lions, despite being on the Lions list since 2014.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast also didn’t post any information about their practice match against the Lions, but noted Will Brodie was “prolific in generating clearances from stoppages for the Suns.”



Neither Sydney nor GWS posted updates about their trial matches over the weekend.


The WAFL season started on March 18 th , so we’re already a week behind on their action, but we’ll catch you up on them.

Peel Thunder (Fremantle)

Griffin Logue- Logue had 17 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles in the Peel Thunders Round 1 matchup against East Perth, while in Round 2 he had 14 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles.

Taylin Duman – Duman had 19 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 4 inside 50’s in Round 1

Brennan Cox – Cox had just the 10 disposals and 5 marks in Round 1 and 9 disposals and 5 marks in Round 2 of the WAFL.

Brady Grey – Gray had 17 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles and 2 each of rebound and inside 50’s in Round 1, while having 13 disposals, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50’s in Round 2.

Harley Balic – Big game in Round 1 for Balic, leading the Thunder with 30 disposals, 2 marks and 3 inside 50’s. In Round 2 VS East Fremantle he put up 33 disposals, 3 marks and a goal.

Sean Darcy – Took the #1 ruck spot for Peel and had 13 disposals, 2 marks and 22 hitouts in his first game. In Round 2 he had 12 disposals and 43 hitouts.

Luke Strnadica – Took some ruck work and played up forward, kicking 1.1. Also had 10 disposals, 5 marks and 8 hitouts in Round 1. Strnadica booted 2.1 in Round 2, along with 14 disposals and 9 hitouts.

East Perth (West Coast)

Will Schofield – Schofield had 21 possessions and 9 marks in Round 1 against the Peel Thunder.

Fraser McInnes – McInnes had 12 disposals, 2 marks and 13 hitouts in Round 1 and 19 disposals and 1 mark in Round 2.

Josh Rothman – Rotham had 16 disposals and 4 marks in Round 1 against Peel, and 17 disposals and 5 marks in Round 2 against West Perth.

Thomas Gorter – Gorter started his year with 18 disposals and 8 marks against Peel

Francis Watson – Watson was one of the bigger performers for EP in Round 1, with 27 disposals, 3 marks and 10 tackles. He then had 26 disposals, 9 marks and 2 tackles in Round 2.

Malcolm Karpany – Just the 17 disposals for Karpany, along with 4 marks and 3 tackles in Round 1, followed up by 27 disposals and 6 marks in Round 2.

Kurt Mutimer – Solid game for Mutimer, racking up 26 disposals, 8 tackles and booted a goal in Round 1 and 30 disposals, 6 marks and 1.2 in Round 2.

Luke Partington – Another EP player who found the ball a fair amount, having 26 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and a goal. He continued his form into Round 2 against West Perth with 35 disposals, 1 mark and a goal.

Jordan Snadden – Just the 20 disposals and 5 marks for Snadden in Round 1 and 25 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles in Round 2.

Tom Lamb – Lamb had 15 disposals and 3 marks in Round 1 against Peel, but followed it up with a quality game against West Perth, booting 5.1, along with 23 disposals and 4 marks.


That’s it for our big Round 1 report! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the section below, or  

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The Buttonsticher

No wonder Hawks lost had to play 2 games on the weekend. Thanks for the report Baron, You and everyone at Jock Reynolds has added immeasurably to my SC knowledge and team improvement this year. Think I will swap out St Nick for a rookie and beef up the defense. No defense=no hope. I think I will start the BBL (Bring back Lakey) movement.




Great stuff, owe a lot to this site, my first year and scored 2266 on my first round, top of all my friends leagues, thanks guys.


Im thinking Roo down to steele and then improving the defense as well. Might just do the Roo trade this week to bank the cash and decide proper for round 3.


thinking the same thing roo to steele and then hold off and see which rookies (hopefully) step up this week.


you should be going a Premium for another premium


Doing the lord's work Barron


Neale isn't going to perform as expected this year, I'll admit he was mistake.
Thoughts on Neale -> pendles?

Johnny Bee

Gone a bit quick on the Neale not performing after 1 round champ. He's a star. He'll average north of 110 by seasons end. If you make sideways trades this early you'll not have enough trades by seasons end to finish with a full strength team. Save you're trades to fix rookie mistakes before round 3. Good luck.

Big G

Disagree. I think his average will fall somewhat. With Mundy a bit off last year and no Fyfe, his average was inflated.

PJ King

I had Neale in 2015 when Fyfe and Mundy where fired up and he produced some spectacular scores. Averaged 104.3 for the season. He also played 22 games in 15 and another 22 in 16. Hang on to him.

Best to upgrade someone like JOM or Swallow later in the season.

Good Hunting


Strndick had 55 marks?


Seeing so many people wanting to pull the trigger on unnecessary trades this week. If a rookie didn't quite perform as you expected, give them one more week before looking at other options. I can guarantee the coaches who end up in the top 1-2% overall don't make any trades in the first week unless they have a situation like we have with Riewoldt who is an injured premium. The week after Round 1 is not the time to be making sideways trades – wait until after Round 2!!


Spot on Jez. Whilst the punters go silly on stupidity trades like ditching Hannebery Rance Cripps & even Treloar is being dumped, the people who know what their doing sit back idle & laugh. It's always fun to watch the masses chase last weeks points as well


Those with a limited preseason were prolly a mistake…but Treloar….fmd


Thinking Riewolt out – Nank moved down. Witts into R3 (future cash cow)

Oliver in for either Pickett or Mountford if dropped.

Wait till next week and trade out Smith for the best rookier if its Hannan so be it.


Thanks for the comprehensive round up BVC!

I am considering Grundy -> Wits to free up some cash ($300k) for corrective trades next week. Currently don't have any cash and if I need to bring Grundy back in later (if he is top 2 ruck) then so be it.

Just think we may need to spend a bit more on rookies this year … maybe even ride a mid privet up to a straight swap with a fallen premo (Oliver could do this or Steele)

The other option is to turn my phone off until Sunday …


Was one point difference in their scores and Witts had low HOA … That's $300k for one super coach point!

If GC mids fire he will be sure to ton up as BVC suggests above


Plain dumb

Bravis Toak

just hold Grundy mate. This year more than any other year, trades are going to be key to winning your league or overall score.

Grundy is a premo ruck and you chose him for a reason. It is round 1, by trading down to Witts who you will only end up trading up to someone later, you have wasted 2 trades (possibly more) on cementing 1 position. Just leave Grundy and he will come good.


Thanks for the advice … week 2 really is a challenge! Hard to just let things be … bring on thursday


I like it. Hard year to generate cash. Do so where you can.


Thinking of trading Laird to Hibberd. Could be the move of the season


I wouldn't recommend, Danger to Mountford seems a better option for mine


I can see on the SC app that there is a punter who has lost patience with Rory Laird & traded him. So you think he's put the cue in the rack for the season Bundy?


Pumped the big score, now chasing next week's winner. Good plan. :-p


Was just being silly LOL. I dont have laird at the moment. will grab him later on after his bye


Docherty to Dawson ?


Fantastic to have the rookie round up back for another year, BvC.

Any word on Zac Guthrie? Heard nothing myself this week after Scott was basically frothing at the mouth over the bloke


Thoughts on Luke Hodge?


Great player, four premierships. Heard he likes steak. Favourite colours gold and brown.


has alot of competition for top 6 defender status


Agree with Derek, but I ran him from the start. At 1.4% ownership I hope and believe he will go large. POD, game on. At 2193 I didn't lose to much ground with the week 1 donut so feeling okay, but for it would be been laird on ground instead of a rookie…..whoops….Oh well.


Superb stuff as always BVC. Let's hope those bench rookies get over the round 1 nerves & pull their finger out!! Or we are stuffed


Is it stupid to trade out hibberb instead of Joel smith and use smith for rookie loophole


Yes. Dont trade out a playing rookie after one game


don't trade either yet


If you had a choice between Taranto or Will Hoskin-Elliot, who would you pick?


A first year player with limited JS vs an experienced player with JS………………..


Thanks Barron this report always saves time and effort. Any possibility of you or higgo knocking out a midpricers report for the next couple of weeks?


sensational work barron.

3 players who caught me eye from that lot were Wigg's BOG. I liked the look of him and is the type of player who will score well in a winning team.

Brodie was in my team until he didn't get named.

Berry is on my bench. i knew he had a practice game last weekend and he has been training really well, might not be far away


does anyone know if Scharanberg played for collingwood seconds?


Yes he did Derek was quite and took a heavy hit during game


They had a practice game against the Dogs. Scharenberg "looked at home in defence" not much more detail other than that. But Josh Daicos was fantastic & "looked a class above". Kayle Kirby was the Pies best player for the day & kicked 4 goals. And Callum Brown played & looked promising


Go Fatso

Steven Jurica

Where is Connor Mena-poo?


Good stuff here Baron…

Pieman must be happy with Fatso's 4 goals….. The ANZAC dream is alive….


I'm aware of the old trigger finger, but it fairly certain I've got my structure wrong, with too many starting rookies. Is it too early to make two trades this week and leave one for potentially hannan next week?

Just wary of price changes after next week and where that may leave me..


Hard to say Sarah without seeing yr team.


Hi stirlsy my team looks likes this

Shaw Adams Laird Hampton often Stewart- smith hibberd

Danger Selwood Rockliff Bont Fyfe Beams Omeara Spp- Pickett mountford barrett

Gawn goldy- strandica

Dahlhaus macrae nankervis turner butler Houston- eddy parffitt


structure is fine the way you have set it, not many went set and forget rucks 7 rookies on ground is same as many including myself, we just need the rookies to fire, id hold till next week, then look at corrective trading rookies. That's what im doing.


Hi Sarah
Consider goldilocks to sandiLOCK because he could well be a keeper. Or bont to Steele. Then don't do it. You chose one of the lowest risk structures there is out there. Your plan appears based on midpricers stuffing or injuring up. There sit pretty and smile when the rookies come good and the mid pricers do mid pricers things. Hold.

That coming from the coordinator of the mid priced madness league….who strongly believes it's the best way forward but acknowledges the sig risks.


Yeah I think I went to safe now but we shall see. I'm backing goldy to come strong and sandi to get injured happy with that move.. goldy as a pod seem to good to pass up. Just got a heavy reliance o rookies that might get dropped is a worry…

NEIL Demons Delight

Taranto was my only real onfield spud .All the other spuds were bench.The problem is if they spud too often we wont reach premo. Guns and Rookies might need a bit of mid prtce tweaking and that's going to sort us out .it will be difficult not to cull your Hannaberrys and Rances when Olivers and McGrath are tonning up the real test will be picking who to cull and who s going to break out


I'm going to see how McGrath and Steele/miller go this week then see wether I trade rooey for Steele or miller then Joel smith to McGrath, all about job security and if I have to cull a premo oh well and go to mud pricers oh well

Rick Grimes

Brilliant write up BVC. Anyone see value in swinging Nankilands into the forward line and getting Witts in for cash generation? Of all rookie priced players he looks the quickest and safest route to an upgrade. Prob give it another week but it seems a no brainer.


What a great report.
Much appreciated Barron


Bonza Barron.
This around the grounds stuff is gold.
Love your Crow insights.
Begging for Wigg to get a gig.

Oh and…



Hickey. Hold or trade ? Grundy or martin ?


Hold mate. Had a shocker on the weekend. Picked as a lone wolf ruck and nothing has changed


I understand sideways trading is frowned on and i'm not keen on it myself but I am considering the following.
I currently have a pure GnR structure and need to avoid the bad scoring rookies and upgrade them as quick as I can.

Selwood and Roo
Oliver and Steele

This gives me decent cash generation without losing to much scoring (around 20-30pts). Steele is also a possible keeper at F6.

The main reason I am interested in these trades is because it allows me to use the spare 450k in the bank for upgrades for the shite rookies when the get dropped or score 3 scores under 30k and go under 100k in price.

Need some of the experts to help me out, i'm looking at you Pieman, Derek, Danners, Kev, Trigger.

Rick Grimes

Roo yes, Selwood, no no no no. He's a super premium. Under no circumstances should you get rid of Jelwood.

NEIL Demons Delight

its moves like this that could work.You will no doubt have to trade both back in costing maybe 3 trades but I doubt you will lose too much Oliver and Steele perfect and will make money.Better rookies will also increase.The problem I have is your timing too early to judge the cheaper rookies Was considering something similar with Sellwood and Oliver Think it through


What to d o with hanner . 50 sc points 613k not happy jan


I think you hold Mike. However if he does it again, and say Dyson Heppell smashes it again, it will get very hard not to make the change and pocket 100k.


Shit happens.


I have hanners also. He is a proven premium and will bounce back. Even if he spids it again in r2 id still hold. My plan is keep till atleast round 5. If he averages below 100-105 at that stage im trading him out. If he bounces back and scores like we know he can great.


I never pick 200k + rookies. I even didn't start Mills last year and it never hurt me. There's always a cheap rookie who can provide similar output. This year is different though. Rookies are terrible. So I was thinking with my 2 injury trades:
OUT Riewoldt Smith
IN. Marchbank Hoskin-Elliott +200k
What's everyone think? I realise it's not like for like but I really need some good scoring cheapie a


I think you should've started with them if you wanted them.

This is a knee jerk trade and if they both flop after getting them in you've ruined your season potentially.


Hannen, Butler therefore don't 100% need WHE atm. Backline well perhaps…Roo to one of Steele/Nank/Rough could make it happen for an F6 keeper plus marchy but it's bloody risky. Hold for week.


Is Darcy Cameron a chance to play this week?


Finger has healed but will probably play NEAFL. Swans unlikely to make lots of changes


I feel like if I don't trade this week I am going to miss out on about 100 points
My problem is my 2-0-6 defence I have to start 2 of otten, Stewart, hibberb and have Joel smith
Wanted to go Taranto down to hannan or butler and upgrade smith to a keeper


Hope ya got a shed lod of cash to help with that.


those gone 2-0-6 in def are stuffed best mid-priced team will win this year guns and rookies no good


Not if you have cash to fix it.


St Nick to Luke Hodge via DPP. I'm going for overall rank and I see this as the best move to make, NANK will be at F3 and HODGE at F4. Help me escape the cookie cutter!


I also pocket a handsome 70k!


Long in the tooth has missed too many games in recent years.


My team – Treloar&Order SVU – scored 2,154 this week. Thinking of trading out Jy Simpkin and Tom Hickey for Hannan and Nankervis. Giving me about $180k in the bank. Think both are upgrades in terms of scoring output and appreciation in price. Don't necessarily have to make the trades but seems logical for future upgrades and cash building. What's everyone's thoughts?


You are just putting yourself behind everyone who started nank over Hickey. Ride your team bus, other busses have already left. Hold.


Long time reader….first time poster.
The season is early,but feel this could make or break the start of the season for me.
Have saint nick…have most of the right rookies, but missed butler and hannan. If i finish in the top 5% I'd be stoked. To be honest want to win my league for the big $$$$$.
Trade down…..keep…..side ways trade


Sideways with a bit of cash gen for mine, Steele Higgins nank prime candidates if you don't have them.


Went Hoskins elliot.


I hear all this don't trade after first/or even second week stuff…..However I set myself a different non-trading two week stretch and that is weeks 3 and 4….weeks 1 2 and 3 if needed are for getting in the best scoring rookies that I have missed out on and clearing out any injuries and mistakes….so my trades this week are to get in Mcgrath and Hannan, and losing the injured Smith, next week I will get in Ainsworth for someone like Taranto or Florent if they fail again …..then with my team filled with "performing" rookies and not a bench full of spuds and dropped non=playing spuds I will put the safety on my trading trigger and sit back for two or three weeks……thats MY system


to continue……my goal at the first price rise after week 3 is to have ALL the best price risers…and each year that means trading my ass off for the first 2 weeks

Neil Demons Delight

The problem with trading that early is we don't have a big enough data supply.Hannan and McGrath spud it R2 and Pickett kicks 7 bog and150. We don't know this early.Having said that I agree Hannan and McGrath do look good just wanna make sure ,I will sit pat


true….its a guesstimate on my part….but if I wait a week….then I will miss out on Ainsworth for example because i will still be trading out people like Smith …..we have 4 trade opportunities before 1st price rise….I want all 4 of those….once my team is as perfect as I can get it…then I will stop

Neil Demons Delight

see your point with 4 good rookies replacing 4 spuds sets you up.just not me.good luck beag


yeah, its not for everyone….I play super aggressively and try and put myself ahead of the game….season before last I reached an overall position of 12th in the country with 2-3 rounds to go, but injuries in the middle of games cut me down and finished just outside top 100……luck still is a huge part of this game


Ok need the communities wisdom. fwd rookies – simpkin, pickett, houston and eddy, DEF Rookies – marchbank, otten, stewart, hampton. 80k in the bank. Not sure what I was thinking with simpkin other than i dont like to pay for 200+ rookies. Can do simpkin to mcgrath via Hibberd DPP. Move parfitt to fwds, and mcgrath onto d6. Otten and Stewart d7, d8. Gives me my 2 trades next week for corrective trades. Would love to get Steele in for f5 but lack the money unless I downgrade beams or omeara.

Can I live without McGrath to get more depth into the backline. I am going to need him regardless, he has the JS and potential 350-400k rookie.


forgot Hibberd in the backline rookies list. Currently d7 before move to mids to get mcgrath. marchbank is d4, hampton and otten d5/6


How do you use the DPP swing when trading? I have M Hibberd in my mids and would like to get him in defence to replace smith, move Parfitt to my thr forwards and get Hannan forward. Is that achieveable? Heard people talking about it just can't pull it off.


Parfitt to mids sorry


From your team screen, click on Smith to trade out.
Once the next page loads, it says "select a def to trade out" (or something).
If you scroll down at that point, there should be an "S" beside Hibberd, click that and it'll switch him into your defensive line.
It will now say "select a mid to trade out" and you repeat the procedure with Parfitt.
Now you should have an open forward line spot, where you slot Hannan in.


when you select smith to trade you should see a plus next to Hibberd. Select hibberd and you can then choose a mid for smith replacement.


Cheers, got it sorted. Need to use the S on the dpp which is not as obvious when on mobile.
Thanks again


another great report from the JR team, keep it up boys