SuperCoach RD6: The Heroes, The Villains, The Damned.
He has risen.
The resurrection is complete and the messiah has come back to life.
Gary Ablett’s majestic performance on Saturday night will go down as one of the greatest individual performances the AFL has ever seen.
Many had written him off as a spent SuperCoach force, but like a phoenix rising from the ashes he has levitated back to significance – gracefully registering a heavenly 210 SC points.
The statistics are mind-blowing: 45 touches – 26 kicks and 19 handballs. 27 contested possessions. 18 clearances. 9 tackles. 1 goal. All at 80% efficiency.
Such was this performance that he has been elevated past Hero status this week to a new title: God.
Gary’s exceptional outing masked what was a dismal round in general for many SuperCoaches. While the odd premo fired, many more failed miserably. Coaches were doing well to pass 2000. It was a bloody horror show.
He has risen #SuperCoach
— Carl Pfeiffer (@CarlPfeiffer9) April 29, 2017
Scott Pendlebury (149 SC) could have easily featured as a Redeemer but his epic score means he is above that. He described last week’s performance as his worst game in 10 years and boy did he a make amends. Had 33 touches and nine tackles which propelled him to a colossal total. Fellow Pie Taylor Adams (120 SC) also helped the Woods to a clinical victory over a poor Geelong.
Righto, I’m going to say it *clears throat*… Elliott Yeo (150 SC) should be considered as a premium forward option. In typical Yeo-Yeo style, he rebounded impressively after a down match last week. Had 32 touches, 14 marks, 6 tackles at 84% efficiency. His kick to handball ratio was outstanding. West Coast team-mates Josh Kennedy (141 SC and 6 goals), Jeremy McGovern (121 SC) and Matt Priddis (120 SC) were also in splendid form as the Eagles routed the Dockers in the derby. Lachie Neale (122 SC) was the only player who could hold his head high for Fremantle.
Do we have a bolter here for a defensive premo keeper? Dylan Roberton (149 SC) has been in exhilarating touch so far this season, knocking out 4 tons in 6 matches for an overall average of 109. Should be strongly considered. Speaking of standout defensive options, Blues duo Kade Simpson (148 SC) and Sam Docherty (149 SC) were exceptional in Carlton’s shock win over the Swans. GWS’ Zac Williams (120 SC) is another throwing his hand up to be considered in this area.
Rory Sloane (140 SC) continues to be the highest scoring player in SuperCoach and helped the Crows to a big win over Richmond. Fellow Rory, of the Laird variety, also had a prolific game (122 SC) while Adelaide team-mate Tom Lynch (121 SC) joined in on the party as well.
Big men Callum Sinclair (142 SC), Ben McEvoy (125 SC) and Ben Brown (122 SC) enjoyed decent games for their respective sides, but there’s no doubt there are better options out there.
Port duo Charlie Dixon (150 SC) and Chad Wingard (127 SC) were the two that most benefited from the Power’s demolition of Brisbane, with Wingard in particular providing some SC relevance as POD up forward.
Highly-rated Geelong duo Patrick Dangerfield (65 SC) and Joel Selwood (73 SC) were bloody terrible in their side’s second-rate loss to Collingwood. With few decent loophole VC options, many coaches had the C on Danger, and to a lesser extent Selwood, and they failed miserably, letting thousands down in the process. With Dangerfield’s dip in form in 2017, it has become a scary proposition that we no longer have a gun perma-captain to fall back on this season. It will make things very interesting in the coming weeks.
Freo leaders Nat Fyfe (62 SC) and David Mundy (61 SC) failed to stand up as their side fell to a West Coast blitzkrieg. They will both be eager to rebound next week. Popular Collingwood picks Brodie Grundy (82 SC) and Adam Treloar (72 SC) also left their coaches with rather large underpant stains.
Brisbane were insipid against Port and SC relevant selections Tom Rockliff (52 SC), Dayne Beams (66 SC), Dayne Zorko (68 SC) and Stef Martin (68 SC) all had games they would rather forget. Todd Goldstein (77 SC) and Jarrod Witts (73 SC) rucked against each other on Saturday night and were both substandard. One difference, though. One costed nearly 600K at the start of the season, the other a bit over 200K.
The curious case of Tobias Greene (92 SC) continues. Going by recent evidence, it appears as though he’s a bit of a dick on the field. Or in Rugby League terms, a “grub”. A couple pretty ordinary acts will see him suspended for at least 1-2 weeks. Definitely worth holding if you’re an owner, though. Some were flirting with the idea of bringing team-mate Jeremy Cameron (56 SC) into their sides. He proved on the weekend this is a bad idea.
Toby Nankervis (68 SC) was one of the many Tigers that disappointed against a rampant Adelaide, but we will let him off due to his outstanding previous form so far this season. Jason Johannisen (65 SC) and Bernie Vince (63 SC) both had off games and fell further in our thinking as defensive keepers.
Of course, Shaun Higgins (121 SC) comes back after missing a week and bangs out a decent score. He just loves toying with his coaches, does Higgo. Full credit to him for coming back with a bang. Finally, Jack Steele (116 SC) had a game to remember. Unlike previous matches, he did not sit back and rest on his laurels after couple of good passages of play. Was consistent the entire match and was one of the Saints’ best in their demolishment of the Hawks. Could this be the start of something big?
Giants Heath Shaw (111 SC) rewarded his loyal owners with a nice ton, while Dylan Shiel (104 SC) was better of a lacklustre season so far.
Ironically the trio that many coaches would have chopped the past few weeks in Will Hoskin-Elliott (125 SC), Sam Powell-Power (97 SC) and Tim Taranto (86 SC) registered excellent returns in their respective matches.
Bomber Andrew McGrath (89 SC) looks like he is worth keeping for another few weeks, while Docker Cam McCarthy (78 SC) continued his resurgence as a SC forward. Harley Balic (78 SC) and Blake Hardwick (77 SC) provided their owners with superb scores on the bubble.
Most of the Carlton rookies enjoyed excellent days out in their upset win over Sydney, with Sam Petrevski-Seton (78 SC), Tom Williamson (71 SC) and Caleb Marchbank (69 SC) posting respectable scores. Those who traded in Zac Fisher (38 SC) would have been disappointed as he gathered just 11 possessions. The Sydney youngsters didn’t fare as well as their Carlton rivals. Nic Newman (59 SC) was quiet on his return, while Lewis Melican (54 SC) and Will Hayward (47 SC) were also below par.
Dan Houston (51 SC) couldn’t cash in on Port’s instrumental victory over Brisbane, while Lions Jarrod Berry (62 SC) and Huge McCluggage (19 SC) did their best to stem the flow. Young Kangaroos Kayne Turner (61 SC), Ed Vickers-Willis (58 SC) and Jy Simpkin (28 SC) did not stand out against Gold Coast and neither did Sun Jack Bowes (55 SC).
Melbourne’s Mitch Hannan (53 SC) will be lucky to keep his place in the side when Jesse Hogan comes back while Essendon’s Ben McNiece (48 SC) was OK in his second game. West Coast’s Kurt Mutimer (21 SC) looked a little overwhelmed by the Western Derby in his first match. He’s got limited job security so I would steer clear anyway.
Tom Stewart (68 SC) was the best of the Geelong rookies in their surprise loss to Collingwood, while Aaron Black (48 SC) and Brandon Parfitt (41 SC) would not have been satisfied with their performances.
Now Josh Jenkins is back in the Adelaide side, I have serious concerns about the scoring capacity of Andy Otten (61 SC). He has been an absolute champion in our backlines but there are doubts as to whether he can keep it up no JJ is back. Curtly Hampton (41 SC) couldn’t back up last week’s solid game while Tiger Daniel Butler (54 SC) will have a decent break even this week after a low score.
Those who have been loyally holding onto Hawks pair Jaeger O’Meara (39 SC) and Jarryd Roughead (64 SC) must offload them immediately. Their extended break away from the game has taken its toll and they have not at all been themselves this season. Their team-mates Jack Gunston (43 SC) and Josh Gibson (49 SC) were also horrid. They all need to go.
Sydney’s Callum Mills (63 SC) is certainly not a defensive keeper, while those who traded in Brandon Matera (59 SC) two weeks ago were let down by a second straight mediocre score.
How did you go this week, Community?