The SuperCoach Gods giveth. And the SuperCoach Gods taketh away.
The powers that be blessed us some magnificent scores this round, most notable the stunning returns of Danger and “Sonny” Walters.
But while some have experienced joy, others have felt the wrath.
The once majestic scoring capabilities of Nat Fyfe and Dan Hannebery have been seemingly stripped away by the Gods, with the once-mighty SuperCoach beasts seemingly withering away into obscurity.
Many coaches experienced an improved round after the carnage of last week with the par score around the 2300-mark.
Patrick Dangerfield (195 SC) is fast turning into a SuperCoach immortal. The numbers in his masterclass against the Giants are highly impressive. 45 possessions, 25 of them contested, 13 clearances and a goal. A massive final term helped lift him close to the magical 200-figure and boosted his season average to 132.7, higher than his figure of 131.8 per match in 2016. After recovering from sore ribs sustained in Round 2, Danger has turned on the afterburners in his past 6 matches with scores of 151, 163, 149, 141, 145 and 195. Incredible stuff.
Michael Walters (172 SC) produced one of the great individual games of the season, gathering 32 disposals while also booting 6 goals. The haul also included 18 contested possessions and earning five free kicks. Despite playing one of the best games of his AFL career, Walters’ efforts were not enough to inspire the Dockers to victory.
Bryce Gibbs (144 SC) continued his splendid form with a 30-posession, 15-tackle outing, kicking two majors to put the icing on the cake. Fellow Blues Patrick Cripps (126 SC) and Sam Docherty (122 SC) also impressed. Docherty registered his eighth 120+ score this season, in what has been a massive 2017 so far for the defender. He’s averaging a superb 119 per game.
The Crouch brothers had a day out against Carlton, with Matt (132 SC) and Brad (122 SC) among Adelaide’s best players. Tom Mitchell (129 SC) continued his stunning record against Collingwood, tearing the Pies to shreds with 35 possessions, 2 goals, 7 clearances and 6 tackles.
Patrick Ryder (127 SC) is firming for All Australian ruck selection after another fine performance for the Power, amassing 42 hit outs and 5 tackles. Opponent Dustin Martin (121 SC) did his Brownlow chances no harm to again be one of Richmond’s best, compiling 36 disposals and a goal.
Other notable scores: Jarrad Lyons (138 SC), Jack Darling (138 SC), Callan Ward (132 SC), Ethan Hughes (131 SC), Lachie Whitfield (130 SC), Sam Menegola (130 SC), Andrew Gaff (128 SC), Jobe Watson (127 SC), Kieran Jack (124 SC), Drew Petrie (122 SC), Jack Martin (122 SC), Jack Newnes (121 SC).
It’s been a huge fall from grace for Dan Hannebery (75 SC) this season. His third double figure return in as many weeks sees him averaging just 99 so far in 2017. The same can be said for Nat Fyfe (84 SC) who has been nowhere near his best so far this season, averaging only 98 points per game.
Pies trio Scott Pendlebury (77 SC), Taylor Adams (64 SC) and Jeremey Howe (63 SC) did not have much impact against the Hawks, with Pendles gathering only 21 touches, Adams giving away 3 free kicks and Howe restricted by a Taylor Duryea tag. Clayton Oliver (80 SC) was kept a little quieter than usual on Thursday night, but we can’t be too hard on a kid who has already knocked out 11 tons in just his second season.
Defenders Rory Laird (72 SC) and Zach Tuohy (75 SC) both had their influences curbed off half back by the opposition and were not allowed to be as damaging as they have been for much of the season. Trent Cotchin (72 SC) was tagged by Brad Ebert (58 SC), which blunted both players’ impact on the game.
The Dogs had plenty of culprits in their poor performance against West Coast, with Marcus Bontempelli (85 SC), Jack McRae (82 SC) and Mitch Wallis (66 SC) all below their best. Saints quartet Jack Steven (77 SC), Leigh Montagna (71 SC), Dylan Roberton (60 SC) and Nick Riewoldt (45 SC) were all down on their usual output, with Steven also reported for striking.
The old Tom Lynch (126 SC) is back. The Suns forward booted 5 goals and hauled in 8 marks to redeem himself after a horror run of poor scores. Tiger Toby Nankervis (108 SC) also produced an improved performance with 10 contested possessions and 6 clearances to buck the trend of poor scores from opposition ruckmen against Port.
Luke Parker (129 SC) has certainly turned the corner in the last month and looks set to finish the season strongly. He had 38 touches on Friday night, 19 of them contested, as well as 6 marks, 6 tackles and 1.2 on the scoreboard. Teammate Lance Franklin (122 SC) also made a timely return to form, with 11 marks and 4.3 helping him churn out a nice ton.
It’s been a remarkable career turnaround for Liam Jones (117 SC). Once a much-maligned forward, Jones has been reborn into a quality defender and is averaging 91 since breaking into the Carlton side four matches ago. A whopping 17 tackles helped Jack Steele (106 SC) return with a vengeance for St Kilda, while Dayne Zorko (119 SC) bounced back nicely after a horror outing last match, gathering 30 possessions, 8 tackles and kicking 2.1.
Sean Darcy (99 SC) and Alex Witherden (91 SC) are both on the bubble this week and look like excellent prospects. Darcy will get an extended run in the ruck with Sandi injured again, while Witherden produced a sensation 29-disposal, 8-mark return in just his second AFL match.
There were four debutants this round, three of them from Geelong, with Wylie Buzza (58 SC) the best of them. The others were Tiger Tyson Stengle (47 SC) and Sam Simpson (37 SC) and Zac Guthrie (17 SC) from the Cats.
Ben Ainsworth (99 SC) kicked four goals to be one of the best-performed youngsters of the round, while 19 kicks helped Nic Newman (88 SC) produce another respectable score. Hugh Greenwood (84 SC), Declan Mountford (82 SC) and Blake Hardwick (79 SC) were other rookies to produce respectable totals.
Other rookie scores: Jarrod Berry (69 SC), Luke Ryan (65 SC), Will Hoskin Elliott (61 SC), James Stewart (59 SC), Hugh McLuggage (59 SC), Mitch Hannan (57 SC), Aaron Black (47 SC), Brennan Cox (46 SC), James Parsons (45 SC), Mitch Hibberd (51 SC) Jono Beech (35 SC), Jake Barrett (28 SC), Daniel Lloyd (26 SC).
Aaron Sandilands (15 SC) suffered a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury and looks set for another stint on the sidelines. Those who have loyally held the big man during his time out injured should certainly offload him now.
Jason Johannisen (62 SC) was tagged by Hutchins on the weekend and the West Coast players made plenty of effort to unsettle the damaging play-maker. This has become a theme of the last couple of matches and one JJ has had difficulty overcoming. Based on this he should not be considered as a trade-in target despite his bargain basement price. He’s now bench cover at best.
Shaun Higgins (68 SC) has done it again. Hi third double figure score in a row has seen his season average drop to 89. He will not be a top 6 forward, so his owners should be looking to upgrade him if they have the trades to do so.