Has there ever been a better second-year SuperCoach player than Clayton Oliver?
The feisty Demon red nut is having a staggering season and looks to be getting better with every game. He smashed out a lazy 170 on Saturday, boosting his season average to 112.
For a second-year kid, his numbers since Round 1 are incredible: 109, 139, 102, 112, 115, 108, 91, 142, 91, 112, 107, 102, 113, 80, 116, 95, 116, 170.
Of course there is the flog factor to take into consideration, but credit where credit is due, the kid has been exceptional on the field this season.
The absence of a high-scoring captaincy option kept scores down for the round, with par around the 2200 mark.
Jeez, it was some game Tom Hawkins (192 SC) played on Saturday night. The big Tomahawk gathered 27 disposals, booted six goals and clunked 12 marks. Aside from his performance in the 2011 grand final, it could well be the best game he has ever played in the AFL.
It was a mammoth game from Clayton Oliver (170 SC), especially considering his kick to handball ratio. Oliver had 27 handballs and just six kicks. But he thrived in the contest, amassing a staggering 26 contested possessions and 12 tackles, while still managing to keep his efficiency at an elite level – going at 81%.
Taylor Adams (144 SC) was on fire on Sunday afternoon, amassing 34 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 3 goals in a best on ground performance. Fellow Magpie Jeremy Howe (131 SC) also shone for Collingwood with 32 disposals and 8 marks.
Dustin Martin (142 SC) has compiled a magnificent body of work in 2017. His 34-possession outing on Saturday night was just another chapter in his extraordinary year. Seb Ross (132 SC), Patrick Ryder (130 SC) and Matt Crouch (120 SC) all continued their stellar form in 2017, rewarding their owners with excellent totals.
Nat Fyfe (132 SC) is well and truly back after a sublime 31-touch, 2-goal effort, while Dockers team mate Luke Ryan (136 SC) produced the best performance of his short AFL career – 19 kicks, 6 handballs, 14 marks, 6 tackles at 88%.
Other significant scores: Luke Dunstan (140 SC), Aaron Hall (134 SC), Andrew Swallow (131 SC), Daniel Rioli (131 SC), Daniel Wells (130 SC), Jordan Roughead (127 SC), Brodie Smith (127 SC), Daniel Rich (124 SC), Luke Shuey (121 SC), Dayne Beams (121 C).
Gun midfielders Zach Merrett (67 SC), Joel Selwood (65 SC) and Rory Sloane (36 SC) were all tagged out of their respective games, with Tom Liberatore blanketing Merrett, Sam Kerridge doing the job on Selwood and Levi Greenwood successfully keeping Sloane to just 16 disposals.
Swans trio Isaac Heeney (80 SC), Dan Hannebery (74 SC) and Lance Franklin (65 SC) were all well down on their usual output on Friday night, something that no doubt factored into Sydney’s loss. Defensive pair Dylan Roberton (82 SC) and Michael Hibberd (81 SC) continued their yo-yo form, while Hugh Greenwood (51 SC) struggled for game time in what perhaps is a bad omen for those still holding him.
Popular selections Gary Ablett (late withdrawal) and Sam Lloyd (late withdrawal) provided their owners with a nice bit of carnage, while Elliot Yeo (80 SC) has dipped in form over the past month after a strong start to the season.
Matthew Kruezer (74 SC) suffered a rare blemish in an otherwise quality season, while Blues teammates Kade Simpson (61 SC) and Bryce Gibbs (58 SC) were also quiet. Bulldogs duo Mitch Wallis (81 SC) and Luke Dahlhaus (72 SC) both had little impact on their match.
Those still holding Jarryd Roughead (130 SC) were handsomely rewarded on Friday night. The Hawks captain kicked 2 goals, including the match-winner, and had 24 possessions and 8 marks to be one of his side’s best players.
Marcus Bontempelli (123 SC) was back to his vintage best to register only his second triple figure score in the past five matches. The Bont had 23 disposals – 15 contested – as well as 7 marks, 6 clearances and 2.3 on the scoreboard.
Alex Witherden (103 SC) continued the stunning start to his career with another ton against West Coast. He’s on track for rookie of year status if he can keep this sort of output up.
On the bubble: Jack Scrimshaw (64 SC), Alex Keath (47 SC), Conor Glass (43 SC), Harry McKay (36 SC), Will Setterfield (26 SC).
First gamers: Sam Skinner (62 SC), Luke Partington (58 SC), Jacob Allison (53 SC), Max Spencer (47 SC).
Heath Shaw (55 SC) has to go. His mediocrity can’t be tolerated any longer. Likewise for Tom Rockliff (60 SC), who has been a shadow of his former self for a number of weeks now.
Josh P Kennedy (50 SC) has another injury cloud hanging over his head and could be straight swapped for a better-performing premo for those who have luxury trades available.
Toby Nankervis (66 SC) is trapped in a very unfriendly SuperCoach role at the moment, playing predominantly as a forward. As long as Ivan Soldo continues to get a game at Richmond, expect the Nank’s scoring to continue to dwindle.