Hello Patrick, my old friend. You’ve become your old self again.
Sung with Simon and Garfunkel theme music, these lyrics amount to pure SuperCoach bliss.
Finally, many of our premiums lived up to their reputations on the weekend, smashing out imperious scores. Danger and Tommy Mitchell were phenomenal, while the likes of Dusty, Pendles, Hanners and Lachie Neale produced colossal totals.
Tom Mitchell (158 SC) had a mammoth 50 possessions, just 3 off the all-time record. Despite the Hawks’ loss, T-Mitch was everywhere, getting his hands on the pill with alarming regularity. 22 of his disposals were contested, while he also had 8 marks and 8 tackles. Forget top 10 mid, Mitchell is well on track for top 5 based on his current form. Dustin Martin (144 SC) was influential for the Tigers with 35 touches, while Scott Pendlebury (142 SC) had 36 disposals, 9 tackles and a goal to help Collingwood overcome Hawthorn on Saturday evening.
Geelong had a field day on Friday night against the Dogs. Dangerfield (150 SC), Zac Smith (140 SC), Mitch Duncan (130 SC) and Joel Selwood (126 SC) all broke the magical 120-barrier. Danger’s 102-point first half was extraordinary and he became the first player in history to register a 30+ disposal, 4-goal and 10+ tackle game. Selwood bounced back with a robust ton after a couple of lean weeks while Duncan has been the quiet achiever of the Cats side, boosting his average up to 107 with his 6th triple-figure score in 9 weeks.
Sydney’s Dan Hannebery (137 SC) must have surely got back on the cans in the past month. The gun mid was the Swans’ best player in their romp over the Saints, racking up 30 touches, 12 marks, 8 tackles and 2 goals. He’s averaging 115 over the past 7 rounds, with 6 tons. Saints opponent Dylan Roberton (119 SC) was one of his side’s best performers and has cemented himself as a genuine top 6 defensive prospect.
Freo ran riot on Sunday evening, with Michael Walters (135 SC), Lachie Neale (134 SC), Connor Blakely (130 SC) and David Mundy (128 SC) all producing massive numbers. Neale is now the best SC player in the competition, averaging 121 points per game, while Walters has been outstanding since being moved to the midfield a couple of weeks ago. Carlton opponents Marc Murphy (123 SC) and Matthew Kreuzer (121 SC) both continued their outstanding form in 2017.
Todd Goldstein (135 SC) almost looks back to his best after posting his third ton in a row for the Roos, while Brisbane midfield ace Dayne Zorko (123 SC) continues to fly under the radar. He’s currently averaging 108 and has only missed three figures twice so far this season.
Monster Giants ruckman Shane Mumford (135 SC) continued his exceptional year, while speedy sidekick Nathan Wilson (127 SC) used his run off half back to devastating effect against the Tigers.
Marcus Bontempelli (81 SC) played arguably his worst game of the year. He has inspired the Dogs to some famous victories already in his short career, but was unable to repeat those efforts against Geelong. Was the only player in the competition to have had 20+ possessions and a goal in every match so far in 2017, but broke that run with 19 touches and 0.3 on Friday night.
St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt (77 SC) is going to be dirt cheap shortly after an uncharacteristic down period. Scores of 65, 75 and 77 over the past three rounds have seen Rooey’s price head south, making him a bargain after his round 11 bye. Swans opponents Lance Franklin (76 SC), Luke Parker (74 SC), Isaac Heeney (69 SC) and Zak Jones (49 SC) were unable to cash in on their side’s success, posting below-average totals.
Elliott Yeo (70 SC) and Josh Kennedy (71 SC) are probably the two biggest barometers at the Eagles and it’s no coincidence that their scores are usually well down in West Coast losses. This was certainly the occasion on Sunday, as the flat-trackers were absolutely thumped by Essendon. Even the usually reliable and consistent Matt Priddis (70 SC) had an off game for the Eagles.
After a small resurgence, Kade Simpson (78 SC) has been quiet the past 2 weeks. This must be of some concern to his owners. Toby Greene (70 SC) was sketchy on his return from suspension and relies too heavily on goals to boost his scoring. The Shaun Higgins (82 SC) roller-coaster continued for his owners with another sub-par outing.
Dayne Beams (132 SC) and Adam Treloar (125 SC) both returned from injury lay offs with a vengeance on Saturday evening. Those who held the pair would have been extremely pleased with the outcome. Beams accumulated a monster 40 disposals, while Treloar had 34 touches, 7 tackles and a goal.
What a comeback from Bulldog Mitch Wallis (133 SC) on Friday night. After suffering a horrific leg injury last season, the son of Dean played his first game of 2017 and looked mighty impressive. Had 26 disposals – 20 of them contested – to go with 2 goals and 12 clearances. Cats opponent Scott Selwood (104 SC) also made a fine return from an extended injury break. At $280K, many will be considering him as a M8 option if he looks the goods again next week.
Geelong speedster Zach Tuohy (114 SC) rebounded well after a poor outing last week, while Rory Sloane (119 SC) didn’t get tagged – unlike the previous two matches – allowing him to register an easy ton. Jobe Watson (111 SC) played arguably his best game of 2017, amassing 30 disposals, 9 marks and 5 tackles.
In a season where our cash generation options have been limited to almost unprecedented levels, finally there is a glimmer of hope.
117K MID/FWD Hugh Greenwood (104 SC) belted out a magnificent ton on debut, slotting 3 goals to go with 9 tackles. Watch him this week and if he looks the goods again, bring him in. Fellow Adelaide first-gamer Jordan Gallucci (57 SC) also did enough to warrant consideration, but keep in mind the Crows were playing a pretty ordinary side. Those still holding Andy Otten (72 SC) and Curtly Hampton (52 SC) should not have been surprised by their returns, as the pair hit almost exactly what they are currently averaging.
Brisbane young guns Jake Barrett (87 SC) and Jarrod Berry (75 SC) are proving to be viable on-field options after another eye-catching display. Fellow Lion Hugh McCluggage (40 SC) hasn’t quite tapped into his potential yet, however.
Nic Newman (91 SC) picked up where he left off for the Swans last week, while team-mates Will Hayward (64 SC) and Lewis Melican (40 SC) performed as expected. Mitch Hannan (85 SC) finally had another decent game for the Demons with three goals helping to beef up his total, while Roo Ed Vickers-Willis (75 SC) has posted notable scores in his past two matches.
Will Hoskin-Elliott (71 SC) had 18 disposals and 6 tackles to help his side to a remarkable comeback win over Hawthorn, while opponent Blake Hardwick (55 SC) was solid without being spectacular. Geelong’s Tom Stewart (52 SC) and James Parsons (47 SC) produced par totals, while Irish team-mate Mark O’Conner (36 SC) is a 102K defensive rookie who is on the bubble this week.
Tim Taranto (81 SC) continues to improve with every match, while Daniel Lloyd (47 SC) is on the bubble this week and should continue to get games due to GWS’ mounting injury list. Fellow Giant Harry Perryman (47 SC) didn’t look out of place in his first game.
Go-getter Shai Bolton (67 SC) showed plenty on debut for Richmond and almost helped them get over the line. He looks a good prospect for our forward lines in two weeks time. Fellow Tiger Ivan Soldo (31 SC) was less convincing in the ruck in his second outing.
Baby Bombers Andy McGrath (59 SC), David Meyers (56 SC) and James Stewart (51 SC) were unable to capitalise on their side’s dominant victory over the Eagles. West Coast opponent Fraser McInnes (66 SC) is averaging 66.5 after his first two games and looms as a decent DEF/FWD rookie option this week at $150K. Team-mate Kurt Mutimer (35 SC) was barely sighted.
Tom Williamson (64 SC), Zac Fisher (63 SC), Caleb Marchbank (61 SC) and Sam Petrevski-Seton (58 SC) all posted remarkably similar scores for Carlton in their gallant loss to the Dockers.
FFS, Heath Shaw (73 SC), this is getting beyond a joke. Heater was the top-scoring defender in 2015 and third on the list last season. But 9 rounds in and he has posted just 2 tons. This continual mediocrity demands he be put in the Damned section, after appearing as a Villain the past 2 weeks in a row. At this point his average is a horror 87. Despite this, he probably shouldn’t be moved on just yet. Some coaches may be considering a luxury trade to a Roberton or a Lloyd, which wouldn’t be the worse move in the world. But common sense says we should hold, as hard as that is. Surely he has to come good at some point.
What has happened to the once great Callan Ward (62 SC)? He looks a shadow of his former self. Those who started with him or traded him in at a cheaper price will need to look at upgrading him quick smart. Is averaging just 86 and only has 2 triple figure scores from 9 matches so far this season.
On the eve of the season, Bernie Vince (52 SC) was touted as a possible top 6 defender and a sound option. But a variety of roles, including occasional tagging duties, have seen his scores plummet in 2017. Just one triple-figure return and four scores under 65 have seen him average a very ordinary 72 so far. For those who still have him, he needs to go ASAP.
How did you go this week?