Supercoach Rd 21 : Rookie Scout Report
We’re only one week into the Supercoach Finals and anarchy has reigned more than ever.
Injuries, suspensions, we’ve been hit heavily by them already and that’s even before we get to the team announcements on Thursday! For many of us, this week is just another reminder of why we should have held onto as many trades as we could have as we find ourselves already knocked out of the finals race in our leagues and now we begin the long wait for the 2018 Supercoach season to start.
And for those of you in that position, the Barron is here to get you started on some early homework. This week we’ll take a look at another 3 players and see if we can find ourselves some bargains for the 2018 AFL season.
Barron’s Bargain Bin Week 2
Dawson Simpson – GWS Giants – RUCK
First up we’re gonna take a look at Dawson Simpson from the GWS Giants. We saw this year how much value was in picks such as Jarrod Witts and Nathan Vardy, either as a bench option, or as a cheap R2, so it makes sense for us to look around and see if we can find similar value for next year.
So far this year, Dawson has been ruling the NEAFL with an iron fist, putting up some massive hitout numbers in the process.
The immediate problem we’ll face with Simpson is that he played in Round 18 and scored 91 SCPoints and is likely to play again this week after Shane Mumford was suspended. For example, Dayne Beams came into this year having played 2 games and was priced at $432K, so despite the likelihood of him to cost more than the likes of Witts did this year, if he can land himself a starting gig at a team next year, there’s still potential for him to be a value for money selection in the mid-price range.
He’s had some huge hitout numbers in the NEAFL this year and his first AFL game this year saw him net 44 hitouts against Sean Darcy, who has been a pretty decent ruckman in his short career. This one will be a longshot that doesn’t likely come off, but he’s a decent POD to keep in the back of your mind should he find himself in a new side next year, or Mumford is unavailable for an extended side for some reason.
Tom Doedee – Adelaide Crows – DEF
The next player up is Tom Doedee from the Adelaide Crows. The Dood has spent the last 2 years in the SANFL, he had some injury issues in his first year and over the pre-season, but has started to string some games together after a slow start. This is another selection that could be up in the air at the moment and is probably dependent on who the Crows re-sign with Jake Lever, Jake Kelly and Kyle Cheney all out of contract at the Crows for next year. If two of the three leave, Tom could find a spot for himself open up.
Jake Kelly is probably a good example of his potential if he does get game time, though Tom might have slightly higher upside as he is a decent intercept player, whereas Kelly tends to be more of a 1-1 defender. Jake Kelly has averaged 60 SCPoints for the year, with a peak price of $330K, though Tom won’t cost $197K to start with like Kelly did. Again, we’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out, because at the moment Lever (likely gone), Kelly (will definitely stay), Cheney (who knows?) and now Keath appear to be ahead of him on the depth chart.
One handy thing about Crows rookies has been Don Pyke is pretty good at giving players extended chances and likes to stay with a consistent 22, with rookie priced selections this year such as Hugh Greenwood (played 10 games out of 11 since initial selection), Riley Knight (13 games), Jake Kelly (18 games after 0 in 2016), Andy Otten (17 games this year with 0 in 2016) and now Alex Keath (3 games in a row since his initial selection) all being kept in the side for extended periods.
Ben Lennon – Richmond Tigers – FWD
Lennon has been in the league quite awhile now, he was the #12 pick all the way back in the 2013 draft, but in that time he’s never been able to play more than 9 games in a season and again has spent most of the year in the VFL for Richmond, with Richmond preferring to look at high pressure players such as Dan Butler, Shai Bolton and Daniel Rioli to place in their forward line.
He’s been a solid goal kicker in the VFL, booting at least 1 goal in every game he’s played, while also having decent disposal and mark tallies too. He requested a trade at the end of last year, which didn’t eventuate, but will likely seek a trade again this off-season and I’m sure Richmond may be more willing to move him on with the emergence of the above players.
He’s another that will only be worth a risk if he can find a new team, but even then might come in at about $200K to start with, which probably puts him on equal footing with 2017 selections such as Riley Knight (Average of 60 SCPoints and reached a peak price of $304K), Kayne Turner (63 SCPoint average, peak price of $353K) and even your higher priced rookie selection such as Hugh McCluggage. If he landed with a side like Carlton (who chased him in 2015, though I don’t think SOS was in charge back then), he could be an OK starting selection.
AROUND THE GROUNDS
Round 16 of the VFL season saw Footscray defeat North Ballarat, Casey beat Sandringham 93-83, Box Hill defeated Geelong 137, 85 and Collingwood defeated Werribee 102-70. Richmond and Essendon had the bye.
Northern Blues (Carlton)
Kristian Jaksch – Booted 4 goals from 15 disposals, 4 marks and also had 3 rebound 50’s.
Matt Korcheck – Had 7 disposals (all handballs) with 4 tackles and 26 hitouts.
Kym Lebois – Kicked 1.1 from 7 disposals and 4 marks.
Andrew Gallucci – Kicked 1.1 from 15 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s.
Callum Brown – Had 24 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles, 6 inside 50’s and kicked a goal.
Max Lynch – Finished with 7 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 12 hitouts and kicked 1.1.
Josh Daicos – Finished with 26 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and booted a goal.
Kayle Kirby – Booted 5.1 with 14 disposals, 8 marks and 4 tackles. Has now kicked 38.13 from 14 games in the VFL this year.
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Box Hill (Hawthorn)
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Mitchell King – Finished with 21 hitouts, 7 disposals, 2 marks and 6 tackles.
Jay Kennedy-Harris – Had a game high 43 disposals with 3 marks, 9 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.
Dion Johnstone – Had 24 disposals, 1 mark and 5 inside 50’s.
Werribee (North Melbourne)
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Sandringham (St Kilda)
Ben Long – Kicked 1 goal with 13 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and 2 rebound 50’s.
Nick O’Kearney – Finished with 28 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 2 inside 50’s and 3 rebound 50’s.
Ed Phillips – Phillips kicked a goal with 13 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 4 rebound 50’s.
Josh Battle – Battle kicked a goal with 16 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.
Footscray (Western Bulldogs)
Fletcher Roberts – Kicked 2 goals with 13 disposals, 6 marks and 1 tackle.
Kieran Collins – Collins had 19 disposals, 5 marks and 1 rebound 50.
Patrick Lipinski – Lipinkski kicked 1.1 with 19 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.
Timothy English – English had 13 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 35 hitouts.
Nathan Mullenger-McHugh – Finished with 14 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and 7 hitouts.
Round 15 of the SANFL continued this week with the split round seeing Adelaide have the bye and Port Adelaide defeat South Adelaide 83-51.
Riley Bonner – Finished with 16 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 5 each of inside and rebound 50’s and kicked 1 goal.
Will Snelling – Had a team high 24 disposals with 13 tackles.
Joe Atley – Atley had 14 disposals, 2 marks, 9 tackles, 4 inside 50’s and 2 rebound 50’s.
Jarrod Lienert – Lienert had 20 disposals, 8 marks, 3 inside 50’s and 6 rebound 50’s.
Billy Frampton – Frampton had 16 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 4 inside 50’s, 10 hitouts and a goal.
Todd Marshall – Kicked 3.1 with 8 disposals (all kicks), 5 marks, 3 tackles and 2 inside 50’s.
Dan Houston – Kicked 1.1 with 12 disposals and 4 marks.
Brett Eddy – Booted 2.2 with 9 disposals, 3 marks and 2 inside 50’s.
Round 19 of the NEAFL year saw Eastlake defeat the UWS Giants 80-75 and Brisbane beat Sydney 128-100 with Gold Coast having the week of with the bye.
Matthew Hammelmann – Kicked 4 goals with 12 disposals and 5 marks.
Reuben William – Had just 12 disposals with 6 marks and 1 tackle.
Josh Clayton – Clayton had 15 disposals, 6 marks, 8 inside 50’s and kicked 1.1.
Corey Lyons – Lyons had 15 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and kicked 1.1.
Oscar McInerney – Had 14 disposals, 3 marks, 3 inside 50’s and 31 hitouts.
Isaac Cumming – Cumming had 17 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles.
Jeremy Finlayson – Kicked 2 goals with 15 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.
Zachary Sproule – Kicked 3 behinds with 8 marks, 2 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.
Daniel Lloyd – Lloyd had 36 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles and 6 inside 50’s.
Dawson Simpson – Had a HUGE 70 hitouts with 21 disposals, 5 marks, and 10 tackles.
Lachlan Tiziani – Tiziani had 18 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and kicked 3.1.
Shaun Edwards – Edwards had 15 disposals, 1 mark, 1 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.
Jordan Foote – Had a goal with 20 disposals, 6 marks and 3 each of inside and rebound 50’s.
Jordan Dawson – Kicked 1.2 with 22 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.
Round 20 of the WAFL saw East Perth smash West Perth 139-55 and the Peel Thunder had the bye.
Peel Thunder (Fremantle)
East Perth (West Coast)
Thomas Cole – Cole had 14 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 2 inside 50’s.
Fraser McInnes – Booted 2 goals with 18 disposals, 8 marks, 3 inside 50’s and 19 hitouts.
Kurt Mutimer – Kicked a goal with 18 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and 2 rebound 50’s.
Jake Waterman – Had a foot injury that kept him on the sidelines for most of the year. Played one game in the WAFL reserves and now played his first game for East Perth’s main side. Finished with 19 disposals, 7 marks, 3 inside 50’s and kicked 2.2.
And that’s it from me, but as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them in the section below, or drop me a line on the twitters