SuperCoach RD2: The Heroes, The Villains, The Damned.
Ying yang. It was that type of round, Community.
While there were some very admirable performances, plenty of our premos simply shat their pants when we needed them to stand up and be counted. It was enough to drive any decent coach to drink.
I was on the receiving end of several poor returns from my on field players, finishing with an ordinary 2146 and plummeting me out of the top 1000. But it is important that we stick to our plans and don’t panic.
Robbie Gray was the star of the round with a whopping 161 SC in Port’s big win while team-mate Ollie Wines (144 SC) also feasted out on a poor Freo midfield.
Rory Sloane (146 SC) and Luke Shuey (138 SC) are proving to be excellent points of difference in our premium midfields, while Marcus Bontempelli (140 SC) and Patrick Dangerfield (140 SC) are presenting as reliable captaincy options as expected.
Melbourne pair Clayton Oliver (139 SC) and Christian Salem (134 SC) look like tantalising prospects if they can keep this sort of form up.
Brodie Grundy (135 SC), Toby Nankervis (124 SC) and Stef Martin (126 SC) continue to be revelations in our ruck divisions, while Trent Cotchin (135 SC) seems to be benefiting from the inclusions of Caddy and Prestia and the extra attention on Dustin Martin (118 SC).
Jack Gunston (131 SC) gathered 22 touches and 8 tackles playing further up the ground than usual, while Lachie Neale (131 SC), Shaun Higgins (130 SC), Marc Murphy (130 SC), Joel Selwood (128 SC) and Sam Docherty (124 SC) provided their owners with good returns.
Giants trio Tobias Green (138 SC), Dylan Shiel (132 SC) and Josh Kelly (120 SC) helped put Gold Coast to the sword, with Greene finishing with 5 goals in an outstanding exhibition.
Pendles (120 SC) did what Pendles does in another effortless display, while Dayne Beams (120 SC) was everywhere for the Lions and almost helped them get over the line against the Bombers.
Popular premo selections Tom Lynch (43 SC), Kade Simpson (57 SC) and Heath Shaw (55 SC) top this list with horrendous returns from their matches.
As a key forward, Lynch is always going to struggle to score when he’s held goalless. Not sure what Heater’s excuse was as he had only 15 touches despite the Giants’ big win. Maybe the ball didn’t get down there enough. The usually ultra-consistent Simmo’s below par score was surprising to say the least.
Gary Ablett (73 SC) looks a shadow of his former invincible self and those who took a punt on him are yet to reap the rewards. But at least he hasn’t got injured yet, right?
Rory Laird (76 SC) went from hero to zero and was lucky to crack the 70s in the end, while disposal efficiency and a tendency to handball let down team-mate Matt Crouch (76 SC) despite gathering 28 possessions.
Dan Hannebery’s (71 SC) decision to get off the piss in the off season is looking worse and worse by the week. I’m sure his owners would be suggesting he get back on the cans if he is going to dish up this sort of rubbish each week.
Swans defenders Zak Jones (55 SC) and Callum Mills (55 SC) had off nights in Sydney’s loss to the Dogs, while Matthew Boyd’s (55 SC) 21 touches came at only 66% efficiency.
Forward line options Jake Steele (67 SC) and Jack Billings (68 SC) had off nights against the Eagles as the Saints crashed and burned after a strong start.
Others to stink it up included Jack Viney (64 SC), Aaron Sandilands (72 SC) and Patrick Ryder (76SC).
Will Hoskin-Elliott (120 SC) and Andy Otten (108 SC) were the two standout options from the young guns with both cracking nice tons. The hyphened one was brilliant for Collingwood despite their disappointing loss, slotting 3 goals and clunking 12 marks.
Power trio Sam Powell-Pepper (91 SC), Dan Houston (82 SC) and Brett Eddy (77 SC) all excelled but keep in mind they can’t play Freo every week.
Tim Taranto (75 SC) redeemed himself after a poor first outing while Nic Newman (73 SC DEF) and Will Hayward (82 SC MID/FWD) both enjoyed excellent debuts for Sydney and should be good rookie options if they can keep their places in the Swans side.
Popular selections Curtly Hampton (64 SC), Daniel Butler (65 SC), Ben Ainsworth (64 SC), Jake Barrett (50 SC) and Jy Simpkin (47 SC) were all reasonable without being outstanding.
Andy McGrath (56 SC), Sam Petrevski-Seton (54 SC) and Oliver Florent (44 SC) all looked ok but loom as management risks for their owners, while debutants Teia Miles (46 SC) and Robbie Fox (44SC) are still finding their feet at AFL level.
After showing a bit last week Brandon Parfitt (36 SC), Mitch Hannan (31 SC), Jack Bowes (26 SC) and Harry Marsh (31 SC) were very ordinary in their second outings, while Jarrod Pickett (35 SC) had only 9 touches.
Jack Steven (60 SC) punctured his lung early in the match against the Eagles, but bravely played on, which would explain his low output. He is expected to be out for this week at least. Nathan Hrovat (57 SC) has put in two disappointing performances in a row and it might be time for his owners to consider a corrective trade, while the same goes for Cam McCarthy (29 SC).
Injury-prone Kurt Tippett (11 SC) stuffed his ankle and looks set for an extended stint on the sidelines. Josh Gibson (46 SC) no longer looks like a relevant SuperCoach option in defence and should be offloaded immediately.