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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
DEF | SC Price: $236,100 | CK Price: $5,850
Round 1 Stats: 19 disposals, 8 marks, 6 rebound 50’s, 97 SCPoints, 78 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $236,100 | CK Price: $5,000
Round 1 Stats: 6 disposals, 4 tackles, 36 SCPoints, 35 CKPoints
MID | SC Price: $189,300 | CK Price: $7,550
Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles, 3 clearances, 59 SCPoints, 65 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 5 disposals, 3 tackles, 28 SCPoints, 30 CKPoints
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
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
FWD | SC Price: $247,000 | CK Price: $7,450
Round 1 Stats: 8 disposals, 2 inside 50’s, 23 SCPoints, 23 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 5 disposals, 1 mark, 1 tackle, 23 SCPoiints, 18 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $5,000
Round 1 Stats: 16 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles, 2 goals, 96 SCPoints, 88 CKPoints
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
DEF | SC Price: $238,700 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 24 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 79 SCPoints, 83 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $182,800 | CK Price: $8,000
Round 1 Stats: 12 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 37 SCPoints, 58 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $166,800 | CK Price: $7,350
Round 1 Stats: 8 disposals, 3 tackles, 44 SCPoints, 31 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $135,300 | CK Price: $7,100
Round 1 Stats: 19 disposals, 7 clearances, 2 tackles, 78 SCPoints, 71 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $102,400 | CK Price: $5,000
Round 1 Stats: 3 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 30 SCPoints, 17 CKPoints
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
MID/FWD | SC Price: $171,300 | CK Price: $7,400
Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 64 SCPoints, 46 CKPoints
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
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
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
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
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
DEF | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle, 23 SCPoints, 24 SCPoints
MID | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $8,000
Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 43 SCPoints, 44 CKPoints
RUC | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $7,200
Round 1 Stats: 5 disposals, 2 marks, 19 hitouts, 1 goal, 44 SCPoints, 50 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $162,300 | CK Price: $6,350
Round 1 Stats: 9 disposals, 2 marks, 35 SCPoints, 31 CKPoints
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
DEF | SC Price: $160,000 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 11 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 50 SCPoints, 66 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $123,900 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 45 SCPoints, 37 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $197,700 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 17 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 42 SCPoints, 47 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $183,900 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 14 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal, 81 SCPoints, 68 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $197,700 | CK Price: $6,600
Round 1 Stats: 18 disposals, 5 marks, 2 goals, 78 SCPoints, 71 CKPoints
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
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
FWD | SC Price: $203,600 | CK Price: $6,400
Round 1 Stats: 12 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal, 36 SCPoints, 52 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $117,300 | CK Price: $5,150
Round 1 Stats: 10 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 57 SCPoints, 42 CKPoints
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.
ROOKIE POWER RANKINGS
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
AROUND THE GROUNDS
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 .
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 AFC.com.au
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 didn’t post official stats from their trial game, but listed rookie players Peter Ladhams, Will Snelling, Willem Drew and Riley Bonner in the PortAdelaideFC.com.au 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 NEAFL.com.au 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 also didn’t post any information about their practice match against the Lions, but NEAFL.com.au 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.