Round 2 is now in the books, and for many of us, it wasn’t the best round of Supercoach we could have hoped for.
There’s a lesson to be learnt in everything though and Round 2 had plenty to teach us about Supercoach. About not chasing rookie scores after just one week and about not throwing a rookie on the scrap heap after just one poor score either. And this rule doesn’t apply just to rookies either, this is a lesson that can be taught across all price ranges when it comes to Supercoach.
I’m sure for a few of us it’s thrown in a healthy dose of confusion as well, with injured players making way for rookies who performed well, but may have iffy job security, as well as others who are widely picked, but looking to be hanging on to their spot in the 22 by the skin of their teeth.
We’re going to go around again and take a look at every rookie player who went out there in Round 2, hopefully we can make a clear path to finding the golden rookies of 2017.
Collingwood VS Richmond
FWD | SC Price: $213,300
Round 2 Stats: 21 disposals, 8 marks, 3 goal, 120 SCPoints, 124 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $123,900
Round 2 Stats: 13 disposals, 3 marks, 1 goal, 65 SCPoints, 59 CKPoints
Will Hoskin-Elliot has become the man on every Supercoachers lips and #1 on their must have lists after his game here. He was massive pushing up and down the wing and booted 3 goals in a tight game was the icing on the cake for his game.
Dan Butler had less of an impact than in Round 1, but 65 SCPoints is still a decent return if you played him at F6, so I still consider starting him again in Round 3.
Western Bulldogs VS Sydney
DEF | SC Price: $238,700
Round 2 Stats: 7 disposals, 1 mark, 31 SCPoints, 15 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $123,900
Round 2 Stats: 16 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 73 SCPoints, 77 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $ 102,400
Round 2 Stats: 13 disposals, 3 tackles, 44 SCPoints, 37 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $166,800
Round 2 Stats: 13 disposals, 2 tackles, 1 goal, 44 SCPoints, 49 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $ $121,800
Round 2 Stats: 16 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 6 inside 50’s, 82 CKPoints, 74 CKPoints
Nic Newman and Will Hayward were the big starts here on debut, both racking up quality SC scores for their games. Defence is particularly thin this year, so I imagine more than a few Joel Smith owners will be picking Newman up next week. Hayward did some quality work across half forward/wing, pumping the ball inside 50 6 times and applied some needed forward pressure, with 4 of his 6 tackles being inside 50, as well as 22 pressure acts for the game. He also had 455 metres gained, which was 3rd best for the Swans.
Oliver Florent was good in the 1st half, but could only record 4 disposals in the 2nd, which meant his score stagnated after half time. He did have 29 pressure acts, which was 2nd best for the Swans, so his spot should (hopefully) be safe.
Hawthorn VS Adelaide
DEF/FWD | SC Price: $254,600
Round 2 Stats: 26 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles, 104 SCPoints, 112 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $123,900
Round 2 Stats: 15 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 47 SCPoints, 54 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $160,000
Round 2 Stats: 12 disposals, 1 mark, 10 tackles, 64 SCPoints, 66 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $123,900
Round 2 Stats: 17 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal, 108 SCPoints, 81 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $197,700
Round 2 Stats: 7 disposals, 1 mark, 24 SCPoints, 20 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $197,700
Round 2 Stats: 16 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 3 goal assists, 61 SCPoints, 69 CKPoints
Andy Otten may have given himself another week (at a minimum) with an injury to Josh Jenkins forcing the Crows to swap Otten into a forward/ruck role for the majority of the game against the Hawks. His lack of speed wasn’t as much of a hindrance forward, he took a few nice grabs, kicked a goal and passed off a few too.
It’s unknown how long Jenkins will be out, I would suspect JJ may miss a fortnight and Otten should keep his spot, but the Crows could also go for a like for like replacement by debuting the 198cm, 104kg Harry Dear (Kicked 40 goals in the SANFL in 2016, AVG 29 SCPoints in JLT).
Elsewhere Teia Miles made his debut for an OK result, but I suspect the Hawks may continue to play a few younger players if their current form continues.
Ryan Burton played his first game for 2017 and looked fantastic. It’s debatable if he can keep that pace up, but like Miles, we’ll still get another week to watch him. If he can put up the same sort of Gold Coast he might be an interesting buy. He’s only played the 1 game, so we can keep him under the microscope for another week.
Jake Kelly was generally poor with the ball in hand, he likely makes way for Jake Lever this week (though I doubt many own him anyway), while Curtly Hampton again didn’t find a ton of the ball, but made up for it with his defensive work (10 tackles and 30 pressure acts, as many as Charlie Cameron in 20 less minutes on the ground).
Finally, Riley Knight played just his 3rd AFL game in 2 years, he was a bit in and out of the game and he had 11 disposals to half time, but could only manage 1 disposal in the 3rd term and then 5 in the final quarter. That score is probably a minimum for him, so if he can continue to hit the scoreboard a bit he should have better results in him.
GWS VS Gold Coast
MID/FWD | SC Price: $207,300
Round 2 Stats: 15 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 goal assists, 75 SCPoints, 54 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $171,300
Round 2 Stats: 7 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 26 SCPoints, 40 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $198,300
Round 2 Stats: 10 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 64 SCPoints, 56 CKPoints
RUC | SC Price: $217,600
Round 2 Stats: 17 disposals, 4 marks, 27 hitouts, 100 SCPoints, 90 CKPoints
Jarrod Witts may turn out to be the bargain buy of the ruck division, putting in a quality performance to hit a triple digit score. Even if that’s the max he’s pumping out, it’s still a useable score and one that will see him gain a significant amount of cash by the time his Round 9 bye comes along.
The other GC rookies, Jack Bowes and Ben Ainsworth were a mixed bag. Bowes got the very few possessions he did around the centre square, he just couldn’t get near it most times. His BE is already 9, which means he’ll still make some cash, but at his price we’d still want him to be in the negative BE area. Might be a strategic trade out if he’s not named next week. Ainsworth didn’t find a ton of the pill either, but still put out an OK score (in comparison to Bowes, Ainsworth’s BE is still -29).
Tim Taranto managed to put in a better performance in his 2nd game, putting up a healthy 75 SCPoints. He spent most of his time around the forward half of the ground, but he had 10 of his 15 possessions as contested and also had 8 score involvements, including 3 goal assists. Job security is always iffy for rookies at GWS, but hopefully that’s the new normal for Taranto in Supercoach.
West Coast VS St Kilda
RUC | SC Price: $265,500
Round 2 Stats: 11 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal, 20 hitouts, 79 SCPoints, 69 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $240,400
Round 2 Stats: 12 disposals, 2 marks, 2 goals, 55 SCPoints, 64 CKPoints
Nathan Vardy continued to play a dual role up forward and in the ruck, putting up a quality score for him. I think sometimes people forget he’s only played 27 AFL games since 2011 due to mass amounts of injuries, so he’s the type that could still get better, despite being almost 26 years old. Still, not surprising only 4% of SCers own him, especially with Witts there at a cheaper price.
Patrick McCartin booted 2 goals, but could have had 5 if he hit all his shots. That’s the nature of key forwards though and that’s the risk you take if you pick them in Supercoach.
Brisbane VS Essendon
MID | SC Price: $127,900
Round 2 Stats: 11 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles, 50 SCPoints, 65 CKPoints
DEF/MID | SC Price: $211,800
Round 2 Stats: 16 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 56 SCPoints, 65 CKPoints
Jake Barrett again spent most of his time in the forward half for the Lions, he only had the 11 disposals, but managed to display his defensive work we’d seen in the NEAFL with 7 tackles and 19 pressure acts (4th best on the ground). It’s yet to equal a big score for him, but he hasn’t been racking up the possessions, so that’s almost a good thing. At the moment he’s probably slipped into a bench role and one you’ll use as an emergency only though.
Andrew McGrath couldn’t replicate his Round 1 efforts. He’s playing across half back for the Bombers, so that’s a role that can be conducive towards scoring well in Supercoach. I’d keep him plugged in on my field as long as he’s playing.
Geelong VS North Melbourne
DEF | SC Price: $117,300
Round 2 Stats: 14 disposals, 2 marks, 60 SCPoints, 43 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $117,300
Round 2 Stats: 11 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 36 SCPoints, 51 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $162,300
Round 2 Stats: 13 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 46 hitouts, 111 SCPoints, 105 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $162,300
Round 2 Stats: 8 disposals, 1 goal, 2 tackles, 47 SCPoints, 44 CKPoints
If only it wasn’t for that pesky Todd Goldstein! Braydon Preuss was a late inclusion for Goldy and he looked fantastic taking the main ruck duties, and helped the Roos dominate the hitouts 54 to 21.
The big problem for the Roos now is what do they do with him if he’s healthy? He’s clearly good enough to play, but Goldstein is likely to play this week, so it probably comes down to Majak Daw VS Preuss in the end and if they want extra help in the ruck or up forward. Tough call!
Elsewhere, Tom Stewart looks like he may not be a world beater in Supercoach, but a consistent safety option, one we can count on to put up a 60 odd score each week. Not the worst thing in the world to have, he should continue to chug along for some time.
Brandon Parfitt did some nice things, but didn’t have a single contested possession and only 1 tackle. Obviously likes to get the easy stuff on the outside. He’ll need to do better if he’s to make us some cash.
Jy Simpkin booted 1.2, but playing so close to goals is never going to see guys rack up a ton of possessions. He looks like he might be playing the same sort of role they had Jed Anderson in last year, which saw him perform quite poorly in Supercoach (though a lot of that may have been due to Anderson himself).
Melbourne VS Carlton
FWD | SC Price: $117,300
Round 2 Stats: 10 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 31 SCPoints, 32 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $219,400
Round 2 Stats: 9 disposals, 5 marks, 2 goals, 59 SCPoints, 54 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $236,100
Round 2 Stats: 16 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 82 SCPoints, 80 CKPoints
DEF | SC Price: $117,300
Round 2 Stats: 10 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 55 SCPoints, 51 CKPoints
MID | SC Price: $189,300
Round 2 Stats: 13 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 51 SCPoints, 64 CKPoints
MID/FWD | SC Price: $123,900
Round 2 Stats: 9 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal, 35 SCPoints, 49 CKPoints
Mitch Hannan, hero one week, villain the next, and the perfect example of why you don’t chase rookie scores after just one week. It’s hard to fault anyone who played him on field last week (maybe I’m just saying that cause I did!), but with Jesse Hogan suspended for the next two weeks, this may be a chance for him to take a larger load up forward and hit the scoreboard again.
Caleb Marchbank continues to be the pick of the defensive rookies, putting up another quality score. He was 2nd on the ground for intercept possessions with 8 and is averaging 10.5 over his two games. We’ll likely look to start him every week and if you don’t own him, you might want to see if you can grab him, even at his almost double rookie price his BE heading into this week is still -43.
Harrison Macreadie and Jarrod Pickett were a little bit better than Round 1, but still struggling to make a major impact. Pickett is the biggest worry, owned by 49% of all Supercoachers, he’s yet to look like he’s going to break out and put a score above 60 on the board.
Sam Petrevski-Seton again showed signs he could develop into a quality player, but doesn’t look to be on the level of a Sam Powell-Pepper just yet.
Port Adelaide VS Fremantle
FWD | SC Price: $135,300
Round 2 Stats: 25 disposals, 4 marks, 8 clearances, 90 SCPoints, 84 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $117,300
Round 2 Stats: 18 disposals, 11 marks, 81 SCPoints, 99 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $102,400
Round 2 Stats: 11 disposals, 2 mark, 2 goals, 76 SCPoints, 68 CKPoints
FWD | SC Price: $203,600
Round 2 Stats: 10 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 28 SCPoints, 43 CKPoints
Sam Powell-Pepper continues to be the midfield savior for our Supercoach sides, putting on a fantastic performance against the Dockers. He’ll be in his first Showdown this week, but doesn’t look the sort who’ll crumble under the pressure at all. If you’re one of the 33% of teams who don’t own him (why?), make him your #1 priority.
Dan Houston again put up a good score, though Jasper Pittard is due to have a fitness test this week, which could see Houston out, but you’d think they’d want to find a way to keep Houston in the side, so either Pittard plays in the SANFL for a couple of weeks, or Darcy Byrne-Jones will make way for Pittard’s return (Jared Polec is also under an injury cloud too).
A spot in the 22 may also be difficult for Brett Eddy to find, he was a late replacement for Hamish Hartlett, but managed to get in on the Fremantle demolition job, booting 2.3. He could lose his spot for the return of Hartlett, but there’s also Nathan Krakouer pushing for a spot too, if the Power decide to go for a smaller option.
ROOKIE POWER RANKINGS
AROUND THE GROUNDS
The VFL season officially kicks off on the 8th, but we do have some information about the last round of VFL trial matches that occurred.
Northern Blues (Carlton)
Kristian Jaksch – Booted 2 goals for the Blues as they defeated the Weribee Tigers by 23 points.
Harry McKay – McKay had just the 1 goal against the Tigers.
Andrew Gallucci – Booted 3 goals and had 12 disposals in his first match back since shoulder surgery.
Lachlan Keefe –
Matthew Scharenberg – Used loose in defence against Richmond’s VFL side, with the Pies VFL coach Jared Rivers noting “His aerial work was really strong and his decision with the ball in hand was really good”
Ben Crocker – Crocker booted 3 goals for the Pies and was named in their BOG by Collingwood Media.
Aaron Francis – Francis had 21 disposals, 8 marks and kicked a goal against Footscray.
Ben McNiece – Named BOG for the Bombers, the Cat B rookie had 23 disposals and 12 marks.
James Stewart – Stewart finished with 2.2, along with 20 disposals and 10 marks.
Aaron Black – Black had 22 disposals, 6 marks and a goal.
Jermaine Jones – Played his first VFL game since being drafted and had 10 touches and a goal.
Box Hill (Hawthorn)
James Cousins – Cousins had 28 disposals and 8 clearances.
No rookie performances of note.
Werribee (North Melbourne)
Nick Larkey – Booted 3 goals for North.
Corey Wagner – Kicked 2 goals in the 2nd half.
Mabior Chol – Went off at 3 quarter time with a concussion, but had kicked 2 goals prior to that.
Sandringham (St Kilda)
Sandringham have no further practice matches scheduled until the VFL season begins.
Footscray (Western Bulldogs)
No rookie performances of note
Adelaide have played their final trial match before the regular SANFL season starts, taking on Norwood. Port Adelaide played their final trial match last week, so weren’t in action this week.
Harrison Wigg: Wigg had 22 disposals, 7 inside 50ms, 4 rebound 50ms, 4 marks, 3 clearances and 1 goal against Norwood. Continued his SANFL form of being one of the BOG’s for the Crows. May debut soon.
Hugh Greenwood: The Adelaide Reserves co-captain had 21 disposals, 6 clearances, 6 tackles, 5 rebound 50ms, 4 inside 50ms and a goal. Still on the rookie list, but the Crows now have two LTI’s for him to be brought up into.
Jordan Gallucci: The Crows 1st round draft pick this year had 17 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50ms and 2 clearances.
Jonathon Beech: Beech had 16 disposals, 7 marks, 2 rebound 50ms and 2 goals VS Norwood.
Myles Poholke: Poholke had 16 disposals, 5 marks, 4 inside 50ms, 3 clearances and a goal in a rotating mid/fwd role.
Dean Gore: Gore had just the 15 disposals, 4 marks and 2 clearances.
Ben Jarman: Jarman had 15 disposals, 4 clearances, 1 mark, 1 tackle and 1 goal in a half forward/wing role for the Crows.
Reilly O’Brien: Rob had 12 disposals, 19 hit-outs, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 2 clearances and 2 goals.
Elliott Himmelberg: Himmelberg had 10 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50ms and 2 goals.
Paul Hunter: Hunter, one of the few Crows not to feature during the JLT series had 10 disposals, 12 hit-outs, 6 tackles, 2 marks, 2 clearances and 2 inside 50’s
Harry Dear: Dear had just the 10 disposals, 4 tackles, 2 marks and 2inside 50’s
Matthew Signorello: The lanky Sig had just the 8 disposals, 1 mark and 1 tackle.
Claye Beams – Beams had a good game with 15 disposals and 8 marks.
Matthew Hammelmann – He had just the 9 disposals, but booted 2 goals along with 4 marks.
Liam Dawson – Dawson had 21 disposals, 13 marks and 5 tackles against the Swans.
Jarrod Berry – Berry led the way for the Lions in their 26 point win over the Sydney Swans reserves with 29 disposals and 12 marks.
Cedric Cox – Played down back in the JLT series, he was forward more in the NEAFL, kicking 2 goals, along with 11 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles.
Alex Witherden – Witherden had 18 disposals, along with 7 marks.
Mitchell Hinge – Hinge had 22 disposals, 8 marks and 4 tackles.
Hugh McCluggage – The #3 pick in the draft, McCluggage booted a goal, along with 13 disposals, 6 marks and 7 tackles.
Josh Clayton – Clayton had just the 13 disposals and 2 marks.
Jacob Allison – Allison had 20 disposals, 10 marks and 2 tackles.
Corey Lyons – Lyons had 24 disposals, 3 marks and 7 tackles for the Lions.
Blake Grewar – Grewar had 24 disposals, 3 marks and 7 tackles in his first NEAFL match of the year.
Matthew Eagles – Eagles had 15 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles. Won the Recruit last year.
Oscar McInerney – Played 2nd ruck and forward, he booted 1 goal, along with 8 hitouts, 21 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles.
Jonathan Freeman – Booted 3.2, along with 10 disposals and 3 marks.
Rodney Eade didn’t sound too complimentary of his reserves side over the weekend, noting “The seconds didn’t play well today. We’ve got to reward players who have played well in the twos, unfortunately there wasn’t enough of them.” So a few underperforming Suns like Bowes may just keep their spots yet.
Jack Scrimshaw – The #7 pick in the draft, Scrimshaw only managed 5 disposals and 3 marks against the UWS Giants.
Will Brodie – Brodie had 20 disposals, along with 4 marks, 3 tackles and booted a goal.
Cameron Loersch – Loersch booted 1.2 and also had 12 disposals and 4 marks.
Will Setterfield – Huge match in his first NEAFL game of the year, grabbing 33 disposals, 11 marks, 4 tackles and booted 3.1
Aidan Corr – Corr had 14 disposals and 5 marks against the Suns.
Tim Mohr – Mohr had just the 13 disposals and 4 marks.
Harry Perryman – Perryman had 25 disposals, 7 marks and 3 tackles.
Isaac Cumming – Cumming had just the 10 disposals and 5 marks.
Zachary Sproule – Sproule started with a bang, booting 5.1, along with 15 disposals and 5 marks.
Jake Stein – Jack Stein had just the 8 disposals and 3 marks. Coming in as a Cat B rookie, he’ll take some time.
Daniel Lloyd – Lloyd had 25 disposals, 5 marks and 7 tackles in the UWS Giants 28 point win over the Gold Coast Suns reserves side.
Dawson Simpson – Simpson had 36 hitouts, along with 12 disposals and 3 tackles.
Matthew Kennedy – Back in the NEAFL after playing Round 1 in the AFL, Kennedy had 30 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles and kicked 1.1
Matthew Flynn – Flynn booted 3.2, with 10 disposals and 6 marks also on his stat sheet.
Lachlan Tiziani – Tiziani kicked 2.1 and also had 17 disposals and 3 marks.
Michael Talia – Talia had just the 14 disposals, 2 marks and a tackle against the Lions.
Colin O’Riodan – O’Riodan had just 16 disposals and 6 tackles.
Shaun Edwards – Edwards led the way for the Swans with 26 disposals and 10 tackles. Has spent plenty of time in the NEAFL before.
Jordan Foote – Foote booted 1.1, along with 20 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles.
Brandon Jack – Jack had 23 disposals and 2 tackles against the Lions.
Jordan Dawson – Dawson led the goal kicking for the Swans with 3.1, along with 23 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles.
Tyrone Leonardis – Leonardis had 14 disposals, 2 marks and 5 tackles.
Darcy Cameron – Cameron booted 2 goals, along with 12 disposals, 4 marks and 16 hitouts. Will potentially battle Sinclair for a spot to replace Tippett, with Sinclair kicked 2.2, along with 10 disposals and 14 hitouts.
Sam Murray – Murray had 14 disposals and 1 tackle.
Samuel Fisher – Fisher had 18 disposals and 4 tackles in the Swans loss to the Lions.
Peel Thunder (Fremantle)
The Dockers have struggled so far this year, so they’ve supposed to be looking to make a few changes this week, with Harley Balic looking to be the most likely inclusion after some strong form in the WAFL early in the season.
Griffin Logue – Logue had 18 disposals, 7 marks and 3 tackles in the Peel Thunders 43 point loss to South Fremantle.
Harley Balic – Balic had a Peel high 29 possessions, along with 11 marks and 4 tackles. He’s averaging 31 disposals and 5 marks over his 3 WAFL games so far this year and is a 123K MID/FWD in Supercoach.
Sean Darcy – Darcy had 35 hitouts, along with 12 disposals and 4 marks.
Luke Strnadica – Strnadica had just the 12 disposals, along with 2 marks and 8 hitouts.
Luke Ryan – Played in his first WAFL match of the year after an ankle injury, Ryan had 17 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles.
East Perth (West Coast)
Will Schofield – Schofield kicked a goal, along with 18 disposals and 9 marks.
Fraser McInnes – McInnes took main ruck duties for East Perth, with 31 hitouts, along with 17 disposals, 7 tackles and 1 goal.
Daniel Venables – Venables, the Eagles 1st round pick this year, had 13 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and kicked a goal in his first WAFL match of the year.
Francis Watson – Watson led the way for East Perth with 30 disposals, 6 marks and 5 tackles in their 10 point loss to Swan Districts.
Luke Partington – Partington had 25 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles for East Perth.
Jordan Snadden – Snadden had 24 disposals, 8 marks and 4 tackles.
Tom Lamb – After booting 5 goals last week Lamb could only convert 1.3, along with 16 disposals and 8 marks.