SuperCoach RD18: The Heroes, The Villains, The Damned.
With just five rounds to go, the cream is rising to the top in SuperCoach.
The top echelon of players for this season has emerged – the stallions demanding to be picked in our sides through sheer weight of numbers.
If you don’t already have them, Danger, Dusty, Tmitch and Zorko are must-haves in the midfield, while Docherty is an obvious mainstay in defence, Kruezer in the ruck and Yeo and McRae up forward.
Par score for the round was around 2350, with some strong 2400+ totals across the board.
It’s going to be a ding-dong battle on Brownlow Medal night between the competition’s two best players. Dustin Martin (150 SC) and Patrick Dangerfield (142 SC) have been in imperious form this season, with the brute strength of both midfield beasts making them virtually untagable. Dusty had 25 kicks, 6 handballs, 17 contested possessions, 11 clearances and 1 goal on Sunday, while Danger collected 8 kicks, 17 handballs, 10 tackles, 15 contested possessions and a goal on Friday night.
Dayne Zorko (142 SC) and Tom Mitchell (126 SC) were industrious as always for their respective sides. Zorko the Magnificent accumulated 26 disposals, 12 contested possessions and kicked 3.1, while Mitchell notched up another lazy 37-disposal effort.
I’ll say this about #AFLLionsBlues, Dermott Brereton needs to never call Dayne Zorko “The Zorkonator” again, truly awful.
— AlexieLekdogBeovich (@LekBlog) July 24, 2017
Defenders Shannon Hurn (149 SC), Michael Hibberd (140 SC) and Zach Williams (139 SC) all produced massive outputs, as did midfielders Dayne Beams (131 SC), Matt Crouch (134 SC) and Joel Selwood (127 SC). Ruck pair Sam Jacobs (133 SC) and Matthew Kruezer (128 SC) were the best-performed big men of the round.
Other significant scores: Callum Sinclair (148 SC), Jack Gunston (146 SC), Ryan Lester (134 SC), Cale Hooker (132 SC), Ben Brown (134 SC), Jordan De Goey (130 SC), Jack Crips (129 SC), Phil Davis (127 SC), Richard Douglas (124 SC).
Bryce Gibbs (45 SC) was brilliantly blanketed by Tom Rockliff, which did not bode well for owners of either player. Gibbs was reduced to just 8 possessions, while Rocky gathered only 10 of his own. Marcus Bontempelli (80 SC) just isn’t impacting on games the same way he did in 2016, but he should come home strong. He’s only produce two tons since Round 7, which is concerning.
Defenders Rory Laird (83 SC), Heath Shaw (82 SC), Jake Lloyd (72 SC), Alex Rance (71 SC) and Zack Jones (36 SC) were all below their best, as were forwards Toby Greene (84 SC), Tom Lynch (77 SC) and Jack Billings (75 SC). Greene will also miss a number of weeks for yet another brain fade, which is highly inconvenient for his owners at this point in the season.
Rory Sloane (169 SC) produced the ultimate redeemer performance for his owners on Friday night. The Sloane Ranger was hugely influential in Adelaide’s win, racking up 28 disposals, 7 tackles, 15 contested possessions and 7 clearances as well as kicking 3.2. The most encouraging part of his performance was his ability to work through a tag, with Scott Selwood and Mark Blicavs sitting on him for large periods of the game.
Ruck duo Brodie Grundy (125 SC) and Max Gawn (108 SC) both returned to prominence with dominant outings for their sides. Gawn just shaded Paddy Ryder during the Dees’ win over the Power, while Grundy dominated West Coast’s ruck division.
Mitch Wallis (124 SC), Luke Dahlhaus (115 SC) and Jason Johannisen (104 SC) bounced back from form slumps with exceptional contributions against Gold Coast on Saturday night. Wallis had 26 touches and a goal, Dahl had 23 and 2 while JJ had 22 disposals at 90% efficiency.
Coaches still holding Hugh Greenwood (103 SC – 23 disposals and 8 clearances) and Alex Witherden (86 SC – 24 touches and 7 marks) continue to be rewarded with their strong output.
Plenty of other rookies are emerging as well:
First gamers: Conor Glass (84 SC), Harry McKay (72 SC), Alex Keath (64 SC), Will Setterfield (63 SC), Josh Williams (58 SC), Rowan Marshall (57 SC), Jack Scrimshaw (44 SC), Nick Larkey (1 SC).
On the bubble: Lewis Young (79 SC), Josh Deluca (40 SC), Cameron Zurhaar (37 SC).
There is something seriously wrong behind the scenes with Tom Rockliff (57 SC). Rocky might already know he is leaving the Lions and his role may have been adjusted according. He tagged Bryce Gibbs yesterday and did an excellent job. The problem is Rocky is supposed to be ball-winning pig, not a tagger. If this sort of rubbish continues, it will be panic stations for his owners. The form line of 92, 59, 83, 68, 90, 57, 57 since his comeback from injury is certainly a cause for concern.
Nic Newman (57 SC) and Toby Nankervis (54 SC) have been excellent contributors this season and have made their owners some nice cash. But it is becoming increasing clear that both players have reached their used-by dates and need to be discarded.
The old war horse Nick Riewoldt (75 SC) just doesn’t look the player he used to be. With doubts over whether he will play again next year, the veteran may have already taken the foot off the pedal this season. Since Round 5, St Nick has only hit triple figures once.