SuperCoach RD4: The Heroes, The Villains, The Damned.
Easter is supposed to be a joyous time of the year, where we delight in receiving chocolate eggs as gifts from a mythical furry creature.
Unfortunately this weekend many SuperCoaches received gifts of a different brown variety – turds.
There were stinking nuggets everywhere. Dusty. Treloar. Rance. Cripps. Swallow. Robbie Gray. Heater. Buddy. Higgins. Roughy. Ward. Heppell. Watson. The list goes on. The stain in the underpant was absolutely enormous.
For the first time this season the Villains list was bigger than the Heroes. Coaches were doing well to pass 2200 in a round many would like to forget.
Tom Rockliff (176 SC) was enormous in a losing side for Brisbane on Sunday, amassing 33 touches – 21 of them contested – 11 tackles and 8 marks to register an imperious score.
A trio of Crows had a day out in Adelaide’s thrashing of Essendon, with Eddie Betts (150 SC) nailing six majors, captain Taylor Walker (142 SC) banging home five of his own and Rory Sloane (124 SC) continuing his magnificent start to the season.
Eagles duo Elliott Yeo (141 SC) and Luke Shuey (127 SC) were the pick of the players from the Thursday night match against the Swans, while Luke Dahlhaus (145 SC) and Ben Cunnington (125 SC) were arguably their respective sides’ best in Good Friday’s historic first AFL match.
Shane Mumford (133 SC) and Stef Martin (130 SC) were the pick of the ruckmen for the round, with Mumford shaping as a nice POD if he can continue his current output.
Collingwood’s Jeremy Howe (130 SC) is shaping a potential top 6 defender after cracking his second ton in four matches. A consistent Howe is yet to drop below 85 this season. Freo’s David Mundy (121 SC) is recapturing the form that saw him present as a decent midfield option in season 2015, once again outshining Nat Fyfe in Freo’s upset win over Melbourne.
You have to admire the tenacity and consistency of Carlton’s Marc Murphy (123 SC) and Essendon’s Zach Merrett (120 SC) so far in 2017, as both gun mids have easily been their side’s best players this season. Sam Menegola (126 SC), Mitch Duncan (125 SC) and Steven Motlop (123 SC) led the way for Geelong in their demolition of Hawthorn on Monday.
Brandon Matera (159 SC), Daniel Rich (137 SC), Jeff Garlett (131 SC), Shaun Grigg (127 SC), Dylan Roberton (126 SC) and Jack Riewoldt (122 SC) were others to post quality scores over Round 4, however they don’t appear SC relevant at this stage.
Bloody hell, where do we start. Many bought into Dustin Martin (54 SC) following his prolific start to the season but a hard Mitch Robinson tag and a leg complaint hindered his output severely. Team-mate Alex Rance (55 SC) also was quiet but in fairness he didn’t really have a lot to do as the ball rarely made it into his area during the Tigers’ big win.
I’ve nicknamed Adam Treloar (72 SC) “The Butcher” for his extreme talent of regularly chopping up possessions and turning the pill over to the opposition. He always gets plenty of it, but again he went at under 70% efficiency for third time this season. Fellow Pie Steele Sidebottom (64 SC) also had a nightmare, going at just 51% efficiency despite gathering 31 possessions.
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Lance Franklin (77 SC) was sore against the Eagles after a Shannon Hurn bump while team-mate Zak Jones (72 SC) is looking like the classic mid-price trap at the minute. Speaking of traps, I bet Shaun Higgins (75 SC) gets some sort of sick pleasure from sucking coaches in every season only to turn around and burn them severely. Heath Shaw (80 SC) is in doubt for this week with a shin issue, while poor efficiency hurt team-mates Toby Greene (84 SC) and Callan Ward (65 SC). Father time might just be catching up with Bulldogs champion Matthew Boyd (62 SC), while fellow veteran Leigh Montagna (77 SC) couldn’t back up a brilliant outing last week.
Bomber pair Dyson Heppell (67 SC) and Jobe Watson (44 SC) had matches to forget, as did Carlton duo Kade Simpson (84 SC) and Patrick Cripps (77 SC). Port Adelaide’s Robbie Gray (68 SC) appears to be spending more time up forward which will hamper his ability to post consistent high scores.
David Swallow (46 SC) was plagued by an ankle complaint while Gold Coast team-mate Jarrod Witts (79 SC) was never going to be able to maintain the high standard he had set himself in the first three rounds.
It was a case of when it rains it pours for Gold Coast spearhead Tom Lynch (161 SC). Coming off erratic totals of 43 and 94, Lynch slammed through seven goals as well as 12 marks to register a monster score.
The yo-yo form of Lachie Neale (140 SC) has also continued. After being one of the top-scoring SC mids last season, Neale start 2017 with scores of 83, 129, 84, before roaring back into form during Freo’s upset victory over Melbourne. Only had the 22 touches but kicked 4.1 to help bolster his score.
Finally, Cam McCarthy (100 SC) showed us something. Kudos goes to the brave coaches who held him after his shocking start to the season. This was a good display from the young man, registering 15 kicks, six marks to go with 2.3 in front of goal.
It wasn’t the massive 150 his owners were hoping for, but Todd Goldstein (96 SC) showed enough for his coaches to hold the champion ruckman. In a reversal from last week, Goldy attended far more centre bounces than Pruess and looks back in favour as the number one ruck at North.
After starting brightly in Round 1, number one draft pick Andy McGrath (97 SC) looked average in the following two matches, but he showed plenty on the weekend. Was one of Essendon’s best in their poor display against Adelaide, racking up a cool 28 possessions at 85% efficiency.
Once again it was Adelaide’s Andy Otten (98 SC) that led the way for the rookies, racking up yet another nice score. Otten is thriving in the absence of Josh Jenkins playing the back up ruck role at the Crows, but keep an eye on his output once big Josh returns.
Nic Newman (80 SC) was the pick of the Sydney rooks, enjoying another notable performance, despite his side’s woes. Will Hayward (61 SC), Robbie Fox (59 SC) and Oliver Florent (59 SC) were all ok without standing out.
Many coaches were playing two or three of Will Hoskin-Elliott (70 SC), Dan Houston (69 SC) and Dan Butler (64 SC) on field in their forward lines and they again did not disappoint.
Freo’s Harley Balic (73 SC) produced a much better display in his second outing, finishing with 15 touches, five tackles and a goal. He’s on the bubble this week and should be considered as a trade-in option in the midfield. His team-mate Griffin Logue (21 SC) is playing a key defensive role and will not score high enough to earn a place in your side.
Carlton have been producing plenty of cash cows with first-gamer Zac Fisher (74 SC) looking very promising, while Caleb Marchbank (74 SC) again got the job done. The same can’t be said for Jarrod Pickett (49 SC), Tom Williamson (45 SC) and Harrison Macreadie (32 SC).
Popular rookie selections Sam Powell-Pepper (41 SC) and Curtly Hampton (52 SC) were highly disappointing and many coaches will not have the confidence to play them on their field next week.
The more expensive forward line options of Jack Bowes (74 SC), Tim Taranto (60 SC) and Huge McCluggage (52 SC) actually improved on their outputs from last week but it is still not enough to justify having them in your sides.
There was plenty of anticipation over how defence contenders Ben Long (28 SC), Jarrod Berry (29 SC) and Cedric Cox (37 SC) would fare, but so far their outputs haven’t exactly filled us with confidence.
James Parsons (68 SC), Tom Stewart (51 SC), Brandon Parfitt (52 SC) and Blake Hardwick (63 SC) were the rooks who played the Monday game, with Parsons and Hardwick on the bubble next week.
North trio Braydon Pruess (60 SC), Jy Simpkin (57 SC) and Kayne Turner (49 SC) were all run of the mill, as were Melbourne’s Mitch Hannan (53 SC) and Richmond’s Todd Elton (47 SC).
There is no doubting Callum Mills (56 SC) is going to be a good player, but those who selected him in defence were banking on him to be a premo keeper, which is a big ask for a second-year player. Has started 2017 with scores of 78, 54, 83 and 56. Nowhere near good enough.
The same can be said for Kade Kolodjashnij (67 SC). His owners would have been hoping he could hit an average in the 90s after a poor last season, but so far the signs aren’t good. After four rounds, he’s averaging just 75.
Those who took a punt on Chad Wingard (58 SC) up forward would be somewhat disappointed at the moment. The Chad started off brightly enough with a ton in Round 1, but since then his scores have been on a downward spiral. At the moment he’s not looking like a keeper in our forward lines.
It’s the same old story for Matt Crouch (78 SC). He get shitloads of the pill, but his tendency to handball and poor efficiency lets him down. Had 31 touches on the weekend but 21 were handballs. It might be time to look elsewhere.
As much as we all love a good inspirational comeback, maybe Jarryd Roughead (53 SC) needs to be traded out. There were always going to be concerns about how he would cope with a year out of football and so far he hasn’t been able to adjust fully to the speed of the modern game. His team-mate Josh Gibson (55 SC) is finished as a SuperCoach player and also probably as an AFL footballer. Can’t see him going on next season.
Josh Caddy (69 SC) has appeared in this section two weeks in a row now and if you still have him, I’d be getting him the hell out of your side. He’s been the let down of the season so far for mine.