It hurts, community. It really bloody hurts. We’re a proud bunch here in the JR Community and it sucks logging in on a Sunday night to see another sub-2000 effort.
There’s absolutely nothing worse than rocking up to work on a Monday and bloody Gary from accounting casually drops he scored 2200 on the weekend. “How did you pick your team?” You ask him. “The day before SuperCoach opened, he replies. With that article from Herald Sun that showed all the good picks. LOL” (Yes, he’s the type that says LOL in conversation). You slink away back to your cubicle, mentally reminding yourself to cross him off your Christmas card list. Lucky prick.
I could use this article to drop some inspirational quotes that vaguely link to the situation we’re facing here. Nietzsche, Plato, Aristotle. I don’t give a stuff about those guys. When I’m in need a good inspirational kick up the pants there’s only one man I turn to. Revered by men, lusted after by women, looked up to by the children of our generation. His name is Jock Reynolds.
“You are about to be challenged, my friend. You will doubt yourself. You will wonder just how hard you are willing to push yourself, how willing you are to unleash the competitive beast that has stayed dormant for so many years.”
Jock Reynolds Magazine
I don’t want to hear any of this “I’m giving up” talk. There’s still a long way to go, community. As absolute carnage has wreaked havoc on our SuperCoach sides nation wide, hopefully you’ve quietly gone about upgrading the best you can. They don’t give out the premiership after seven weeks. Set your team up to come home strong and you can still claim a win on the big stage.
That’s it. That’s the most inspirational I can be. If that didn’t work for you this was my original idea to describe my current mental state regarding SuperCoach this year.
We welcome back Toby Nankervis with open arms this week. Though, worryingly, Ivan Soldo has kept his place in the side. We’ve seen Grundy struggle when in tandem with Cox so fingers, toes, and any other extremities crossed for that not to repeat itself with Nank.
Lachie Whitfield is straight back from his 8 week layoff after “allegedly” dodging the drug testers. Adam Treloar has finally been dropped. The Pies are spinning some ridiculous yarn about his omission being because of an ankle injury but my sources tell me he’s lost too many footy’s at training trying to kick straight and Collingwood no longer have a budget to replace them. His usual match payment will go towards buying new ones.
We’ve also been given some fresh rookie blood this week in the form of Mark O’Connor (102k DEF), Daniel Lloyd (117k MID), Fraser McInnes (155k DEF/FWD), and James Stewart (169k FWD). Watch Lloyd in particular. He’s far too good for NEAFL and would have been a walk up start at any other team that wasn’t the Giants in round 1. Scored 115 from 77% game time in JLT1.
In tonights clash the Dogs have made two forced changes with Stringer and Dunkley out with injury. Bob Murphy has been given a rest.
Catastrophic change continues at Hawthorn. Their latest SOS going out to former Demon and current rookie, Jack Fitzpatrick. His promotion and recall to the seniors means another week in the VFL for Tyrone Vickery, which is just hilarious. Money well spent, Hawks!
Zac Fisher is straight back in after his hamstring injury kept him out last week. Koby Stevens somehow got himself rubbed out after a promising start to his career as a Saint.
Owners of Brodie Grundy have let out a sigh of relief after Cox was pulled out… of the side to face the Giants. Daniel Wells felt like playing footy this week.
The Crows teased us all by upgrading Hugh Greenwood Thursday afternoon. Alas, he hasn’t been named. They’ve made some changes that aren’t SuperCoach relevant.
There were some nervous coaches thinking Tom Stewart wouldn’t be named with Mark O’Connor debuting. He’s been called up, although we’ve lost Aaron Black. Jobe Watson and Andrew McGrath come back in after a rest.
Harley Balic has pulled out with “illness” three days before the actual game. It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday so i hope Mrs Balic enjoys her breakfast in bed made by Harley while I scramble to cover a forward line donut.
Dan Houston and David Swallow are amongst the outs for AFL’s genius plan to swindle the Chinese out of money on a sport they haven’t seen or understand. Reports coming in that Robbie Gray is under some doubt as well as he didn’t finish training.
Declan Mountford, Jy Simpkin, and Nic Newman are all on an extended bench for the last game of the round. Watch for Friday team announcements to see if they’ve made the cut.
Everything’s coming up, Milhouse / Dig up, Stupid!
The rookie cupboard is down the its bare bones this week, only Mutimer is on the bubble. EVW, Parsons, Berry, and Fisher are still affordable. Myers will line up for his second game, while
Brad Scheer is named on an extended bench.
Guys like Hampton (ave. 63, b.e 91), Houston (ave.67, b.e 63) and Otten (ave. 83, b.e 91) have just about maxed out and should be in your trade plans. In Otten’s case, he has scores of 61 and 69 since Jenkins returned. Cash in while he’s at his peak.
Everything’s coming up, Milhouses
-22 Jarrod Berry
-18 Lewis Melican
-12 Jake Barrett
-8 Kurt Mutimer
3 – James Parsons
7 – Zac Fisher
11 – SPP
14 – Nic Newman
I’ve limited myself to a dozen players with high breakevens this week. Have a gander at that list would you?! It reads like a who’s who of SuperCoach royalty. For coaches like myself who put a lot of weight behind premiums being proven over many years are seriously hurting.
Dig up, Stupid!
Joel Selwood – 180
Ollie Wines – 176
Robbie Gray – 170
Patrick Dangerfield – 169
Rory Sloane – 166
Shane Mumford – 166
Dayne Zorko – 164
Nat Fyfe – 156
Stef Martin – 150
Tom Rockliff – 146
Luke Dahlhaus – 146
JPK – 140
As always the members of this community are spinning straight up SuperCoach GOLD each and every week. These articles are a must read and they aren’t behind a stupid paywall. Lek’s cheat sheet, Jock’s cattle market, and Barron’s rookie scout report.
— Jock Reynolds (@jock_reynolds) 9 May 2017
OUT – Captain’s call. IN – Captain McCaptainface
I thought about naming this section the kiss of death but that’s already been taken. That’s two weeks on the trot my captain choice has phoned it in. Maybe take this section as a guide of exactly what not to do.
For VC duties, consider Bont tonight or Rocky against the Hawks early in the early Saturday game. Bont scored 147 in his last outing against West Coast while Rocky had 45 touches and 14 marks in his last game in Tassie. Tom Mitchell could excel with Mitch Robinson sidelined.
The Crows will be looking to beat up Melbourne on their home deck. Sloane’s record at home is ridiculous and is coming off a poor game (by his standards) against the Roos. Hopefully Dangerwood can play themselves back into some form against Essendon. Rumours of Selwood’s dodgy ankle would have me steering clear though.
Can Buddy back up his 160 last week against North? I still have arousing thoughts at night of his 23 possession, 13 goal, 236 Supercoach point haul against them in 2012.
***LATE, BREAKING NEWS***
As of 3:02 this morning I became an uncle again to a little girl named Ruby. I’ll do my best to get among the comments but no promises.
Patch will be making his triumphant return next week, community! I’ve had a blast bringing the Panic Room to you for the past few weeks. As a final show of appreciation for you all, here is the theme song from the hit motion picture, The Bodyguard.