Supercoach Rd 22 : Rookie Scout Report

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The season is almost over and it feels like it’s just flown by. We’re up to Round 22, which means there’s just two more weeks to go before our Supercoach seasons are over.

For some it will be a time of celebration, for others, it’ll be a time of quiet reflection and contemplation. Others may just go around wanting to smash stuff like they’re playing Grand Theft Auto. It’s never too early to get ready for next year though, so we’re going to go digging in the Barron Bargain Bin again and see what players could be in our sides next year.

Nathan Freeman

It feels like every year we talk about Nathan Freeman, but the truth is that 2017 has probably been the first year where he’s been able to play a large portion of football without having his hamstrings go ping on him.

He was the #10 pick back in the 2013 AFL Draft and immediately missed all of 2014 with injuries, then played the first 4 games of 2015 before hurting his hamstrings again and missing the rest of the year, followed by two more hamstring injuries striking in 2016, which kept him limited to just 8 games. It looks like Freeman might finally be getting his body right.


The two games he missed in Rounds 15 and 16 were due to an ankle injury, and so far this year his hamstrings have been going strong, playing in 13 of a possible 16 games so far this year. He did start off slowly, but really started to pick up the pace as the season went along, notably between Round 7-11 where he averaged 30 disposals a game.

St Kilda have said it didn’t matter how well he played this year, it was all about getting him ready for 2018. He’ll be a dirt cheap selection, so let’s hope he gets a full pre-season in, because if he does I can’t see much keeping him out of the Saints best 22.

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Lukas Webb

Much like Ben Lennon last week, Webb is another guy who has only managed to play a handful of games over the past two seasons and has scored reasonably poorly, although high enough that it’ll see him start the year in the mid $200K range. Webb was the #27 pick back in the 2014 AFL Draft, but has only managed to string together 19 games over that time, despite some strong VFL form.


The bigger bonus from Webb’s stats is he’s been able to impact the scoreboard in nearly every game, while usually racking up over 20 disposals as well, with some really strong games where he’s had 30+. There’s been growing rumours that he might seek his fortunes elsewhere next year, with the Gold Coast being listed as a potential destination. If that happens he could be a Jack Steele type selection for us next year.

Corey Lyons

He’s only in his first year at the Lions, by Lyons has been one of the more encouraging players in the NEAFL squad so far this year. He was the 71st pick in the 2016 Draft and is the brother of current Gold Coast Sun Jarryd Lyons. Like his brother he’s an inside midfielder who is also capable of moving up forward and kicking a goal or two.


His form has been a bit patchy at times, but is averaging near 20 disposals a game and has also been made senior emergency as well. The Lions will have another crop of youngsters coming into the side in this year’s draft, but with the potential (though probably unlikely) loss of Tom Rockliff in the centre, there could be opportunities for Lyons to find his way into the 22 next year. If he gains MID/FWD eligibility, his worth will be all the greater for us in 2018.



Round 17 of the VFL season saw Footscray smash Sandringham 138-39, Geelong defeated Richmond 84-77, Casey beat the Northern Blues 102-65, Essendon won a close one against Box Hill 89-83 and Collingwood handled North Ballarat easily 128-41.

Northern Blues (Carlton)

Jesse Glass-McCasker – Had just 8 disposals and 3 marks.

Harrison MacreadieFinished with 10 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles.

Ciaran Sheehan – Sheehan had 18 disposals, 4 marks and 5 rebound 50’s.

Andrew GallucciKicked 1.3, but also had 13 disposals, 6 marks and 5 tackles.


Brayden Sier – Sier had 18 disposals (14 handballs) and 2 marks.

Tim BroomheadDominated the game with 41 disposals, as well as kicking 3.1.

Kayle Kirby – Kicked 1.1 from 14 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 4 inside 50’s. Kirby is currently in the lead in the Frosty Miller medal race with 39 goals, ahead of Jordan Lisle on 38, Dylan Conway on 35 and Ben Lennon on 34.


Aaron FrancisTook the game saving mark in defence and had 13 disposals, 4 marks and 4 rebound 50’s.

Jordan Ridley – Ridley had 14 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s.

Jake Long – Long had 20 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.

Kobe Mutch – Mutch finished with 22 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s.

Mason Redman – Redman had 19 disposals, 6 marks, 3 each of tackles, inside 50’s and rebound 50’s.


Jordan Cunico – Cunico had 19 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.

Wylie Buzza – Inaccurate in front of goals kicking 2.4, also had 13 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 13 hitouts.

Ryan AbbottHad just 9 disposals with 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s and 26 hitouts.

Aaron BlackBooted 3.1 with 12 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.

Box Hill (Hawthorn)

Kurt HeatherleyHeatherley had 18 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 4 inside 50’s.

Dallas WillsmoreKicked 2 goals with 19 disposals, 8 marks, 4 tackles and 6 inside 50’s.

Oliver HanrahanKicked a goal with 15 disposals and 3 inside 50’s.

Marc Pittonet – Had 48 hitouts with 17 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles.

Casey (Melbourne)

Declan Keilty – Keilty had 22 disposals and 11 marks.

Mitchell KingHad 26 hitouts with 5 tackles but just 4 disposals.

Jay Kennedy-HarrisHad 27 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles and a goal.

Dion JohnstoneFinished with 11 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and 2 inside 50’s.

Werribee (North Melbourne)

Werribee stats not provided.


Ben LennonKicked 3 goals with 15 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 2 inside 50’s.

Todd EltonBooted 3 behinds with 13 disposals and 4 marks.

Tyson StengleKicked a goal with 13 disposals and 5 tackles.

Sandringham (St Kilda)

Ben Long – Kicked 1.1 with 14 disposals, 3 tackles and 2 inside 50’s.

Nathan FreemanBack in the side after his ankle injury, Freeman had 18 disposals, 4 marks and 2 inside 50’s.

Nick O’Kearney – Finished with 25 disposals, 7 marks, 4 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s.

Josh Battle – Kicked 1.1 with 10 disposals and 3 marks.

Footscray (Western Bulldogs)

Fletcher RobertsFinished with 16 disposals, 9 marks and 3 rebound 50’s.

Kieran Collins – Collins had 11 disposals, 1 mark and 2 tackles.

Fergus Greene – Greene kicked a goal with 12 disposals and 6 marks.


Round 16 of the SANFL season saw Adelaide defeat North Adelaide 115-76 and Port smashing West Adelaide 149-57


Tom Doedee – Had 14 disposals, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and 2 rebound 50’s. Currently leads the SANFL in intercept possessions.

Jordan Galluci – Kicked 2.1 with 23 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.

Harrison Wigg – Was the travelling emergency to Melbourne for the Bombers game.

Matthew SignorelloKicked 2 goals with 22 disposals (16 handballs), 3 marks, 7 tackles and 4 inside 50’s.

Myles Poholke – Poholke had 21 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles and 8 inside 50’s.

Ben Jarman – Kicked a goal along with 16 disposals, 3 marks and 3 inside 50’s.

Troy Menzel – Booted 4.1 with 18 disposals and 8 marks.

Port Adelaide

Will SnellingSnelling had 21 disposals, 4 marks and 9 tackles.

Matthew White – White had 24 disposals (21 kicks), 8 marks, 4 tackles and 4 inside 50’s.

Joe AtleyAtley finished with 26 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles and 7 inside 50’s.

Willem Drew – Drew had 20 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.

Jesse PalmerPalmer had 21 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.

Todd Marshall – Booted 5.1 with 17 disposals, 10 marks, 3 tackle and 3 inside 50’s.

Brett EddyKicked 3.1 with 17 disposals, 10 marks and 2 inside 50’s.


Round 20 of the NEAFL season ended with Sydney smashing Redland 173-46 and Gold Coast beating Brisbane 111-104 while the UWS Giants had the bye.


Matthew Hammelmann – Kicked 3.1 with 12 disposals and 11 marks.

Corey LyonsLyons had 25 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles, 2 inside 50’s and 3 rebound 50’s.

Blake GrewarGrewar kicked a goal with 20 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50’s and 3 rebound 50’s.

Oscar McInerneyKicked 2.1 with 11 disposals, 4 marks and 18 hitouts.

Gold Coast

Mackenzie WillisHad 18 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s.

Will Brodie – Booted 1.2 with 16 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and 2 inside 50’s.


Alex Johnson – Johnson had 21 disposals, 9 marks and 3 rebound 50’s.

Shaun EdwardsEdwards kicked 1.2 with 20 disposals and 5 marks.

Brandon JackJack had 30 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and a goal.

Oliver FlorentFlorent kicked 2 goals with 25 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 5 inside 50’s.

Jordan DawsonDawson booted 3.3 with 26 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.

Ben Ronke – Ronke kicked a goal with 18 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.

Samuel Fisher – Fished had 32 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 5 inside 50’s and kicked 4.1.


Round 21 of the WAFL season saw East Perth win easy over Swan Districts 110-56 and Peel Thunder defeat Perth 76-55.

Peel Thunder (Fremantle)

Taylin Duman – Had 21 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s.

Ryan Nyhuis – Finished with 18 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and 4 inside 50’s.

Luke StrnadicaHad 51 hitouts, along with 13 disposals, 6 tackles and a goal.

East Perth (West Coast)

Fraser McInnesHad 12 disposals, 4 marks, 10 hitouts and a goal.

Jordan Snadden – Snadden finished with 24 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.

Tom Lamb – Kicked a goal with 24 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s.

Jake Waterman – Kicked 2.2 with 15 disposals and 8 marks.

Willie Rioli – Played just his 2nd WAFL game for the year and had 12 disposals, 4 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 4 goals.

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


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Thanks for your A grade work and humour this year Barron. Who needs the Phantom when you have the Barron.


Good work this year Barron, you've been an entertaining one stop rookie shop! freeman and Webb certainly both look promising…..gotta say though I'm looking forward to the underpriced premos next year, guys like rocky, treloar, hanners, prestia etc could be serious value


That will be the big talking point for next year, Swans. Go with the new kids on the block (Kelly, Zerrett, Zorko etc) or stick fat some of the guys who have struggled at times this year.

I like a bit of Meatball action. Limited preseason with his knee, finding his role in Tigers engine room now


Yeah it will be interesting, I'm expecting an overcorrection of sorts next year of people looking for the next big thing. I mean sure like everyone I'm going to want to look at the Zorko, Kelly, Merrett Oliver et al but they are going to be priced fully, and we know starting teams are all about value….

If Neale plays on I might be doing a Selwood-Prestia this week, otherwise it'll be a Neale to someone with that last trade ….


Nice write up Barron, Willi Rioli played on limited mins kicked the 4 goals all in 1 qtr
Simpson stated Monday that he is unlikely to play in next 2 games so pen him in for a round 1 berth next year.
The word is the coach has big raps on this kid.


That game was on tv here but I didn't bother to watch it, but got a bit air time on news.
Eagle fans want him straight into team, (there a funny bunch over here in the west) no jack about footy, Kid hasn't even played a full game in WAFL yet.
Yes he looks good in what he has done and the weagles need a livewire small.

neil Demons Delight

great report BVC the interesting one for me is Lucas Webb Had my eye on him all year His delivery is first class but doesn't seem to get much of a go with bullies. Looking at him as a midpricer particularly if he changes clubs next year.


How do you see Willem Drew and Francis Watson as 2018 rookies? Likely to play from the outset?

Mafia FC

Gday BVC, love your work mate and always read your Rookie Scout report. Find it very helpful to get a read on rookies playing in vfl/sanfl/etc… Has helped me with achieving an overall ranking of 64 this season. Hoping I can crack the top 50 with 3 trades in hand.

Question: any update on what Shai Bolton did on the weekend? I have him as a floating mid/fwd E loophole doughnut. Just making sure the bastard is not likely to play so i can keep the E loophole going.

Mafia FC

Mafia FC

Cheers mate, you're a legend!


Thanks for the insight all year, I've got one question regarding my last trade this year, Neale to Merrett, Beams, Parker or Murphy. On the topic of next year which out of those 5 will you be starting in 2018 if any? Once again love your work!


Sad day for the SC community with the retirement of Zac Dawson today. RIP Funny, I thought he'd stopped playing years ago!!


I reckon he scored 150 once in coachkings
He might have got double digit disposals that night – lol


Great stuff BVC
A few to have a close at look at next year.
Menzel totally forgotten about him good to see him still getting a kick in the magoos