Abracadabra. Hocus Pocus.
Zorko the Magnificent pulled a rabbit out of the hat on Saturday night when he amassed a monster 196 SC points in phenomenal performance.
The little Brisbane magician had all the tricks with 36 disposals, 12 tackles, 4 goals and 10 clearances in a masterful display.
Zorko’s entertainment show was the highlight of Round 16, along with sensational outings from Patrick Dangerfield and Seb Ross.
It was somewhat of a mercurial round for many coaches, with 2250 around par.
Dayne Zorko (196 SC) narrowly missed the 200-mark in one of the great games by a player in a losing team. The massive outing all but eliminates his 54 from two weeks ago and ensures, unfortunately, that many coaches will be unable to pick him up cheaply. His price sits at $586,700 and will only rise again in the coming weeks.
Geelong had a field day against Zorko’s Brisbane, headlined by (surprise, surprise) Patrick Dangerfield (165 SC). The birth of his first child only seemed to elevate Danger’s game to another level as he gathered 38 touches, 10 clearances, 9 marks and kicked 3.1. He got plenty of help from his Cats teammates with Mitch Duncan (144 SC), Mark Blicavs (137 SC), Joel Selwood (120 SC) and Lachie Henderson (120 SC) all joining in on the fun.
It has been a stunning emergence from Saints hardman Seb Ross (151 SC) this season. After scoring a disappointing 36 in Round 1, Ross has racked up a prolific 11 tons from his next 14 games, highlighted by his brilliant score in St Kilda’s mauling of Richmond. Seb has lifted his output from last year by 11 points per game and is averaging 105.8 in 2017. He had 33 possessions, 8 tackles and a goal on Saturday night.
Blues duo Sam Docherty (142 SC) and Marc Murphy (141 SC) were in imperious form during Carlton’s narrow loss to Melbourne, while GWS pair Callan Ward (136 SC) and Josh Kelly (134 SC) were in formidable touch for the Giants, compiling 66 possessions, 18 tackles and 16 clearances between them, as well 2 goals.
The consistency of Tom Mitchell (130 SC) has been something to admire this season. The ball-magnet’s numbers have been extremely reliable in 2017, with only one score under 100 (an 85 in Round 4) for an average of 116.6. Mitchell racked up another 39 disposals in Hawthorn’s draw with GWS, as well as 9 tackles and 10 clearances.
Imagine Todd Goldstein’s (129 SC) score if he kicked that match-winning goal on Sunday afternoon. Still a decent effort by the big man, though. The same can be said for Port’s Paddy Ryder (129 SC), who took West Coast’s ruckmen to the cleaners at Domain Stadium, with 39 hit outs and two goals. Ryder is in a rich vein of form at the moment, averaging 115 in his past four matches.
Other significant scores: Justin Westhoff (136 SC), Connor Blakely (129 SC), Toby McLean (123 SC) and David Zaharakis (120 SC).
Dustin Martin (71 SC) has been superb this season but, just like most of his side, he didn’t really turn up against St Kilda on Saturday night. Ditto Trent Cotchin (71 SC). Adam Treloar (61 SC) returned to his bad habits of earlier in the season, while Dayne Beams (58 SC) was ordinary in his comeback from yet another injury.
Many popular defensive options let their owners down, with Jake Lloyd (82 SC), Taylor Adams (80 SC), Dylan Roberton (79 SC), Zach Tuohy (73 SC), Jason Johannisen (71 SC), Michael Hibberd (64 SC) and Jarrod Harbrow (56 SC) all performing below expectations. Except maybe JJ, who was about par.
The same can be said for ruckmen this round. Stef Martin (57 SC) went at just 37% efficiency, while Max Gawn (80 SC), Brodie Grundy (80 SC), Sam Jacobs (64 SC) and Shane Mumford (61 SC) were also well down on their usual output.
Forwards weren’t immune to the carnage, either. Tom Lynch (82 SC), Toby Nankervis (81 SC), Jack Steele (74 SC), Luke Dahlhaus (64 SC) and Jack Billings (57 SC) were all quiet.
Rejoice, Nat Fyfe (139 SC) owners. Finally a score of substance from Nathanial. Many traded out Fyfe after becoming frustrated with his mediocrity, so those who loyally held him would have been wrapped. He had 33 disposals, 18 of them contested, 12 clearances and a goal to help Freo get over the line.
After two consecutive scores of 72, Rory Laird (119 SC) was back to his best for the Crows on Friday night. The dynamic half back had 32 possessions at a precise 87% efficiency, as well as 12 marks. Teammate Taylor Walker (133 SC) finally provided his loyal owners with some respite, booting 3.1 on his way to his best score since Round 3.
The resurgence of Luke Parker (109 SC) continued for Sydney on Saturday. Parker was averaging a paltry 90.1 before his round 11 bye, but since having that week off his lowest score has been 104. He is averaging 110 post byes and looks to be coming home strong.
St Kilda trio Nick Riewoldt (116 SC), Jack Steven (115 SC) and Leigh Montagna (102 SC) have been a little off in their past couple of games but they were back with a bang on Saturday night to be three of their side’s best players.
What a roller-coaster for Robbie Gray (110 SC) owners. These are his numbers so far this year: 38, 168, 92, 69, 139, 111, 30, 76, 104, 44, 85, 129, 146, 45, 110. Four scores 125+ and four scores -45. Madness.
David Swallow (132 SC) was hyped as one of the value picks of 2017 but Saturday was his first score of substance all season. 18 of his 29 touches were contested and he had 9 clearances.
It was a pretty good week from the young guns.
Those still holding the likes of Charlie Curnow (118 SC), Sam Petrevski-Seton (101 SC), James Parsons (98 SC), Andy Otten (94 SC), Dan Houston (91 SC), Andrew McGrath (90 SC), Jarrod Berry (85 SC), Will Hoskin Elliott (82 SC) and Nic Newman (80 SC) would have been pleased.
Zach Guthrie (54 SC), Wylie Buzza (43 SC), Ciaran Sheenan (42 SC), Joel Smith (34 SC) and Tyson Stengle (30 SC) are all on the bubble this week, but none of them have done anything to suggest they can be relied upon on field.
Ryan Nyhuis (78 SC) was the standout debutant, booting four goals, but don’t expect that sort of output from him every week. Daniel Nielson (58 SC) and Joe Atley (45 SC) were others to play their first games.
Defenders Luke Ryan (91 SC) and Alex Witherden (74 SC), as well as ruckman Sean Darcy (71 SC), are really blossoming and should make their owners some decent coin.
Other rookie scores: James Stewart (75 SC), Lewis Melican (74 SC), Mitchell Hibberd (72 SC), Brandon Parfitt (71 SC), Harry Perryman (70 SC), Mitch Hannan (70 SC), Jack Bowes (69 SC), David Meyers (69 SC), Zac Fisher (64 SC), Brennan Cox (61 SC), Ben Long (58 SC), Matthew Scharenberg (57 SC), Declan Mountford (57 SC), Ryan Schoenmakers (56 SC), Hugh McCluggage (55 SC), Blake Hardwick (50 SC), Josh Thomas (46 SC), Oliver Florent (45 SC), Daniel Lloyd (44 SC), Harrison Macreadie (41 SC), Daniel Butler (36 SC) and Ben Ainsworth (23 SC).
Matt Priddis (72 SC) is not the player he once was. The inclusion of Sam Mitchell into the West Coast midfield has clearly hindered his output. He’s averaging a hideous 93 for the season and hasn’t tonned up since Round 8. He must be moved on.
Mitch Wallis (65 SC) was touted as a possible forward line savour when he returned from injury with scores of 132 and 89. Many bought in to Wallis, but they would now be cursing that decision, with the Bulldog registering scores of 76, 66 and 65 in his past three outings. Playing as a permanent forward, it’s hard to see Wallis generating any massive totals any time soon.
A decision to got off the piss pre season could quite possibly the worst call Dan Hannebery (73 SC) has ever made. On the surface it seemed like a good move, but Hanners’ returns in 2017 have proved otherwise. The usually consistent midfielder now has five scores of 75 or less next to his name this season and has not hit three figures in his past four matches. The common sense thing to do for his owners must be to hold, but there’s no doubt he would be testing the patience of many.
Patrick Cripps (25 SC) went down with a nasty-looking leg injury and may need to be traded depending on the prognosis.
How did you go this week?