SuperCoach RD20: The Heroes, The Villains, The Damned.
Not only did Adelaide cement their title as premiership favourites, they also did their SuperCoach owners a huge favour with a stunning display against Port Adelaide yesterday.
Eight Adelaide players smashed out SuperCoach tons in the Crows’ rout of the Power, five of those going 125+.
Coaches who owned a glut of Crows players were handsomely rewarded in what was the first round of league finals on the weekend.
Par for the week looked around the 2350 mark, with many coaches scoring north of 2400.
Adelaide had a field day against a disappointing Port Adelaide side, with the Crows posting some sensational numbers. Rory Sloane (151 SC), Brad Crouch (149 SC), Taylor Walker (140 SC), Matt Crouch (139 SC) and Eddie Betts (129 SC) all compiled mammoth scores, while Hugh Greenwood (114 SC) also got in on the action.
Hats off to Jack McRae (162 SC), who has been this season’s most consistent forward in a year where options have been baron. He was in sublime touch on Saturday night, compiling 32 touches and 11 marks at an elite 84% efficiency. Big Maxy Gawn (160 SC) was back to his dominant best against the Giants, despite copping a massive hit from Shane Mumford in the third quarter. Gawn racked up 52 hit outs and 19 disposals – 15 of them contested.
Freo pair Lachie Neale (156 SC) and Nat Fyfe (140 SC) were in splendid form for the Dockers, with Neale collecting 32 disposals, 9 marks, 10 tackles, 11 clearances and Fyfe registering 29 disposals, 10 marks, 6 tackles and 15 contested possessions.
The ridiculously consistent season of Tom Mitchell (128 SC) continued with another 35 disposal-display on Sunday, while Marcus Bontempelli (127 SC) and Taylor Adams (127 SC) both went 120+ for the second consecutive game.
Carlton trio Matthew Kruezer (131 SC), Marc Murphy (125SC) and Bryce Gibbs (124 SC) were all gallant despite the Blues’ close loss. Shane Mumford (129 SC), Jake Kelly (127 SC) and Stephen Coniglio (120 SC) were in top form for the Giants, while Luke Parker (134 SC) amassed 23 disposals, 13 tackles, 1 goal and 8 clearances to be one of Sydney’s best on Friday night.
Other significant scores: Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (144 SC), Dyson Heppell (134 SC), Daniel Rich (133 SC), Mitch Duncan (132 SC), David Zaharakis (129 SC), Dion Prestia (124 SC), Billy Longer (123 SC).
Sam Docherty (75 SC) was due for a quiet match after a staggering run of form this season, while Jake Lloyd (59 SC) and Lance Franklin (42 SC) had games they would rather forget on Friday night, despite the Swans’ big win over Geelong.
Ollie Wines (76 SC) is badly out of form and posted his third consecutive double-figure score, while Mitch Wallis (76 SC) can’t be relied upon to consistently score well each week.
Bacher Houli (51 SC) is prone to having the odd stinker, with seven clangers badly hurting his score. Saints veteran Nick Riewoldt (49 SC) already appears to be enjoying life in retirement, although he did cop a nasty hit to his face which impacted his output.
If only Jack Steele (137 SC) could have produced this sort of performance earlier in the season. He was prolific for the Saints yesterday, collecting 26 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 10 clearances, 2 goals and 12 tackles. Teammate Jack Billings (130 SC) also produced a game of substance after a quiet period.
Josh Caddy (137 SC) posted a nice ton on the back of four goals, while Dan Hannebery (109 SC) had a welcome return to form. Pies pair Adam Treloar (116 SC) and Brodie Grundy (114 SC) were among their side’s best players, although Grundy faces a week on the sidelines following his tackle on Ben Brown, which left the Kangaroos forward concussed.
Luke Ryan (116 SC) was the standout of the former rookies, belting out his second consecutive ton.
Jacob Allison (68 SC), Max Spencer (64 SC), Aidyn Johnson (53 SC), Luke Partington (34 SC) and Nick Larkey (19 SC) are all on the bubble this week. Brisbane’s Allison looks the pick of the bunch, clunking 7 marks to go with 17 possessions on the weekend.
Corey Maynard (72 SC) looked the goods on debut for Melbourne. Yet another player with a basketball background, he collected 18 touches and laid 7 tackles on debut.
It’s a case of the usual suspects here. Heath Shaw (79 SC) continued his putrid 2017, while Tom Lynch (77 SC) was been highly inconsistent this season.
Big man Toby Nankervis (84 SC) again failed to produce a score of substance, with his new role up forward not helping his scoring. However, his owners may need to hold him if Grundy and Mumford get suspended – both will come under scrutiny over incidents in their matches on the weekend.
Joel Selwood (82 SC) is set to have surgery on his ankle. The Cats are hoping to get him back for finals, but that spells bad news for his owners. He’s got to go.