ESSENDON v RICHMOND – Preseason Match Report

Filed in Essendon 2018, Richmond 2018, Supercoach, Supercoach 2018 by on 24/02/2018 • views: 15690

Thank god that’s over. Meaningless blow-outs are hard enough to watch during the regular season, let alone during the pre-season.

Essendon were insipid. Listless. Dilapidated. Barely palpable. Genuinely useless.

They provided absolutely no pressure and let Richmond prance around Wangaratta and do as they pleased.

And I had to sit there and watch it. Every. Single. Minute of it.

NOTABLE ABSENTEES:  Richmond – Dion Prestia, Daniel Rioli, Nathan Broad

NOTABLE ABSENTEES: Essedon – Michael Hurley, Orazio Fantasia, Tom Bellchambers, Cale Hooker

INJURIES: Tony Nankervis (concussion), David Astbury (concussion), Zac Merrett (jaw/concussion)


It was very hard to draw too much out of this game, and the longer it went on the worse it got as the Bomber’s defence and tackling had as much substance as one-ply toilet paper in a truck-stop dunny.

Devon Smith was literally the only shining light for the Dons, playing in the middle all day and pretty much locking himself into my forward line.

The other bloke who stood out was this young up and comer called *checks notes* Dustin Martin. He looked okay.



Dustin Martin – $656,000 – MID

This kid’s going to be something one day. A Norm Smith medallist even. Possibly a Brownlow winner. Might even do it this year. I’d managed to convince myself not to start him and have a look when he price drops, but based on today it might not drop any time soon. Only 106 points but from 66 per cent game time. Damn he was better than that anyway.

Jack Higgins – $133,000 – FWD/MID

Shai Bolton will get a run ahead of him in round one, but considering Bolton’s 242k, he won’t score enough to bother considering him.Hardly sighted.  

Bachar Houli – $517,400 – DEF

Was really crucial early with seven touches in the first when Essendon weren’t completely terrible, and sat out during the second half. 66SC.

Brandon Ellis – $502,500 – DEF

Far quieter than Houli. Did nothing to put himself back onto my watchlist and would need something exceptional to barge his way in at this stage. Only 54 points.

Corey Ellis – $228,400 – MID/DEF

Was by far the better Ellis. Finished with 96 points running off half back. I have no idea who this bloke is or if he plays, but at 228k in the midfield I don’t really want to know. Scratch that, he’s DEF/MID. I am interested again. Keep an eye on him in JLT2.

Alex Rance – $492,300 – DEF

Damn he’s handsome. Nothing else to report.

The Nank – $488,300 – RUC

Slammed his head into the turf early and wasn’t sighted afterwards, sending young Marboir Chol into the ruck who did… not much. Not even a ruck rookie, instead listed as a 123k forward.

Kane Kambert – $472,500 – MID/FWD

Need another look. Didn’t do anything to write home about but also didn’t do himself a disservice. Playing without Prestia makes it hard to judge if the mid time he got will continue.

Nick Vlaustuin – $430,100 – DEF

Had a lot of the ball, did some nice things with it. Priced very nicely, but his tendency to play as the third tall or to lock down someone will hurt his scores on the odd week. Picked up some intercept marks, kicks more than he handballs, he’s one to monitor.

Josh Caddy – $419,600 – FWD

Caddy makes Richmond a much better side. He will not make your Supercoach team a better side. Looked good with 132SC but with Prestia to return I’d be surprised if he has as much mid time as he did today.

Trent Cotchin – $555,000 – MID

Managed 116 from 52 per cent game time and 17 disposals. Did the dirty work and still finished with immaculate hair. I’m not saying pick him, but that’s impressive.


Devon Smith  – $439,100 – FWD

The one positive from today. Pretty much locked up in the forward line – played pure midfield and looked pretty good doing so. Finished with 26 touches and a goal. Scored 119 points. Yes please. Sign me up.

Jake Stringer – $356,000 – FWD

Has apparently bleached his hair. Last 15 minutes before Rance’s superb jawline split his skin and turned his hair pink. Suited him. Not much effort defensively, ineffective with ball in hand, played more forward than midfield.

No, no and no thank you.

Adam Saad – $399,800 – DEF

I’m very excited to watch this man play football. Extremely quick, extremely exciting, will play very well with Conor McKenna during the year. Wrote him off at quarter time as someone who’ll average 80 but look good while doing so.

Ended with 89 points, which is about what I expected, but I’ll be watching closely next game. Uses the ball well and players were looking for him. Others ahead of him for now, but don’t write him off.

Also kicked an INSANE goal to open his account.

Zach Merrett – $600,600 – MID

Merrett for PM. And for President. Future King of Australia. Can also play football. Chose not to play football after having two head knocks early and coming off gastro. The four touches he did have looked very good so don’t write him off.

Dyson Heppell – $547,300 – MID

Good at footy. Not as good at Supercoach. Got a bit of it but couldn’t do a huge amount with it. Spent long stints on the bench to manage his workload.

Brendan Goddard – 535,500 – MID

Has averaged 97 three years in a row. Looks to make it four. Pass.

Joe Daniher – $472,800 – FWD

Had terrible delivery and had little support without Hooker or Stewart. Apparently had 70 per cent time on ground but couldn’t get near it. Shaun McKernan made him look like a second-stringer.

Andrew McGrath – 388,400 – DEF

Started very slowly, with just the one touch in the first term, which was an ineffective handball. Finished with 18 touches and 63 SC. Nah.

Darcy Parish – $419,000 – FWD/MID

Might see some jumping on after playing the inside role for the Dons. Had 21 touches and did the dirty work, but only had the 85 points to show for it. That will go up when four players are whittled from the bench, but would need to see something special in JLT2 to consider him up forward.

And that’s about it from me. I can’t think about this game anymore. Essendon were AWFUL. Richmond looked really good. Hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come.


What did you get out of the game, community?

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  1. Lekdog says:

    Patch how could you not know Corey Ellis? I've only told the story about when I broke the news first that he'd be debuting about 40-hundred times, got a real soft spot for him!

    • Patch says:

      Oh THAT guy.

      Considering you have a soft spot for Daniel Rich I'm not sure how to take that endorsement.

  2. Liam says:

    Corey Ellis is a def/mid.

    Could be a decent option considering the lack of rookies in defence.

    • Patch says:

      Ahhh he is too. Curse the Supercoach site's UI which makes it really hard to tell

    • neil Demons Delight says:

      ed Richards naughton mirra O'Brien dow brander Doedee no defensive rookies there's 7 No quite the opposite theris a plethora of def.rookies.Whats lacking is forward rookies

      • TOPHAWK1 says:

        Enter Laughlan Keeffe. A fwd/def rookie. May be the solution.

        Setterfield OUT with a torn ACL.

        • Defying_Madness says:

          It would be great if he plays, the DPP is extremely valuable as I have Sicily in my team.

  3. Tyruddanaut says:

    Love Vlaustuin, little bit of bias with him considering he came from the best footy club in the state, but he did me a great service when I couldn't play properly

  4. Lachy says:

    Not 100% sold on Smith, reason he got so much mid time was because of the Heppell/Merrett rests

  5. TOPHAWK1 says:

    Geez these JLT games are like watching grass grow. Boring as bat-shit but I have to force myself to sit there and watch them. From today's games, all I can say is that Max Gawn, Michael Hibberd, Dustin Martin, and Devon Smith are just about locked and loaded. LDU needs to show a bit more in JLT2. No longer a certain lock. (Still in my side atm) Petracca did not set the world on fire either. Not 100% sold as yet. (Bring on JLT2). Brandon Ellis was a major flop and has been punted out of my side as a POD player. He would have to bring something VERY special to JLT2 for me to reconsider. Mc Grath is a no, Higgins is a no, Daniher is a no, Angus Brayshaw is a no, and Jake Stringer was again embarrassing. NO. Jake Lever is still lerking on my watch list. The kid has a serious point to prove after being thrown under the bus by Adelaide for being just in it for the money. Other than that, that's about it. Bring on tomorrow…….Wooohooooo. NOT

    • Lachy says:

      who on earth even considers B Ellis as a supercoach player. Kid sucks,

    • TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

      Thats pretty much where i finished up hawk.
      4 standouts.
      Starting to think Dow or Brayshaw might be a better choice than LDU. OR Brodie will wait and sew what tomorrow brings.

      • TOPHAWK1 says:

        Andrew Brayshaw is already in my side. Paddy Dow will be really interesting to see how he goes. There should be a some decent rooks on show tomorrow. Still shocked about LDU's effort today. Early days I know, but I expected a hell of a lot more. Cheers Trigga!

    • Patch says:

      I was absolutely done by 3QT. The only people enjoying that were sadistic Richmond fans.

      Agree with those calls – embarrassing a very good word for Stringer. Didn't look excited to be there.

      • TOPHAWK1 says:

        Stringer the "stinger" is where he is at. He "strings" you along, and then, wham he stings! And then we get "stung" by this fraud.

        I really hope he proves me wrong, but after today, he has some serious work ahead to do so. Absolute rubbish today at his new club.

  6. BockChoy says:

    How did Jack Graham go? Given 3 of his 5 games have been played in finals, they may not count towards a SC price and $269k may be worth a look for a midfield grunt player who knows where the goals are.

    • Finnius123 says:

      74 SC from 70% TOG – could be seriously worth a crack if he can hold 80-85

    • TOPHAWK1 says:

      He did alright……just keep it hush hush

    • Patch says:

      Looked very good as a footballer, not sure he'll deliver for us as a Supercoach player. Could average 80 but you'd make more from a 140k rookie averaging 65 or 70.

      Unless we have absolutely no midfield rookies I'll be steering clear based on price alone.

      • Damo says:

        If you’re looking to make similar cash, wouldn’t the player scoring more be a better investment? Not to mention Graham has exposed form.

      • Lazza says:

        Graham scored 108 SC in the GF, averages 81 in his first 5 games and 87 in his last 3. … Amongst the rising stars he was 1st for tackles, 1st for clearances per game, 1st for stoppage clearances, 3rd for SC scoring and 4th for centre clearances … he is more likely to average 85 or 90 given his start and maturity. He is priced at 49 SC points… even at an average of 80 he will make you $170k, @90 it’s $220k, a good stepping stone to a premo. He has strong upside for his price and is likely to play every game ..

        I have him at M7 at present.

        • Russty_ says:

          Nice work Lazza, can't argue with stats like that.
          O'Meara, is hereby, booted.

  7. Bells says:

    Setterfield did an acl in the GWS v Swans inter club last night for anyone that was considering him.

    • TOPHAWK1 says:

      Thanks Bells.

      Setterfield is a non starter round 1.

      A serious ACL knee injury by all reports. The door opens for Laughie Keeffe. This is his chance. Can he grab it? Let's see. Officially on the rookie def/fwd watch list.

      • BrownlowBoy says:

        TopHawk reckon you could jump in a league of mine?

        • TOPHAWK1 says:

          No worries. What is your league number?

          • BrownlowBoy says:

            193465 – Just let me know your team name 🙂

            • BrownlowBoy says:

              Just let me know your team name because I have others joining and want to make sure you get in.

              • TOPHAWK1 says:

                My team name is Top Hawks. I think I might have missed the boat in your league as it has come back being full. Chhers

      • The Ranger says:

        Well spotted TH, got Keefe at M8 at the moment and he is, as Jock might have said, firming.

  8. Canny says:

    Don't think you were hard enough on Stringer, Patch. He was absolutely putrid and would struggle to get a game in the VFL side if he turned up to play like that again. Then again no one in red turned up to play.
    Thoughts on Jack Graham? I know it's hard to tell in games as one sided as this but I thought he did a bit. Also puts my heterosexuality at risk when he comes on screen. Bloke's more attractive than Rance.
    Aside from Smith, Mckernan was the only player who wanted to win his own pill. That's probably the most frustrating part of the whole match for dons supporters.
    I had to sit through this shit with a tiger fan too. Not the start I had in mind for the red and black.

    • Lachy says:

      Graham won't get much mid time with Prestia and co returning.

      • Canny says:

        Yeah I just checked his price too. I thought he was closer to 200k. Probably too expensive at the price he's at.

      • Damo says:

        Watch last year’s finals at all?

    • StevoRivo says:

      Graham is a very smart player. Makes up for lack of pace with smarts and good positioning. Tackling beast too. A smokey for my team at M6. Kicks goals too.

    • Russty_ says:

      At least Stringer's trying to look like a good player Canny…trying to look like Hurley, but nowhere near playing like him…lol

  9. INPieman says:

    Little concerned about cheap rookies with JS. Really don't think there will be many & it will mean finding mid pricers more important. From yesterday unlikely to get anything from Tigers & Dees. The Dees has Bailey Fritsch. But he won't score much & could be in & out. LDU might not score enough to make it worthwhile & it was a concern Ahern didn't play. All eyes on West Coast today

  10. Derek says:

    What were the team totals of the game for SuperCoach?

    Was the total still 3300?

  11. StevoRivo says:

    Hard to call after that one sided training run. However here is my conundrum. Liked the look of Graham yesterday and hoping Nic Nat gets up for Round 1.

    1. Ryder, Coniglio, Armitage (M6) & Rayner (F4) or

    2. Nic Nat, T.Mitch, Graham (M6) & Fogarty (F4.

    Thoughts please Patch & Community?

    • ToughBretts says:

      None of the above
      You've picked the two premium ruckman that have huge question marks about if they're playable.
      On that budget I would go Nank, Titch, A. Brayshaw & Rayner – but I don't think you should have 200-300k players at F4 or M6

  12. Shaun says:

    Hi all league to join if you want all welcome.607433

  13. BluebaggerJosh says:

    115,600 in the bank

    DEF: Hurley, Laird, Hibberd, O shea, Doedee, Murray (Mirra, O keefe)

    MID: Dangerfield, Martin, Tom Mitchell, Fyfe, Cripps, Coniglio, Dow, Luke davies-uniacke (kelly, worpel, spargo)

    RUC: Gawn, Naitanui (Cameron)

    FWD: Menegola, Heeney, Curnow, Ahern, garlett, Ryan (Higgins, Rioli)

    Obviously Rookies gonna change depending on JLT/selection (for example tossing up between Dow or Rayner) but would like thoughts on premos/mid pricers and overall structure.

    Some changes i'm considering
    Tossing up also between Curnow and Sicily. Also considering Curnow to a fwd premo such as greene, Curnow to christensen and a rookie in backline to Sicily OR a fwd rookie to Christensen but these options leave me bare in the cash department.

    • The Ranger says:

      I like it Bagger. Except for the NicNat pick. Too risky for mine.

    • ToughBretts says:

      Very Guns 'n' Rooks, but it's proven to work.
      I don't think Menegola is worth the price tag when Ablett is going to come in and play an identical role – would look at Jack Billings or Walters instead.
      Nic Nat is probably a write off for most considering his horrible pre-season. Even if he plays R1 he will probably have scheduled rest weeks that will leave you with a zero.
      I'd use the extra cash from dropping menegola to turn Coniglio into a keeper, like J Selwood, Luke Parker or Bontempelli.

      Team is safe and strong though if you decide to make no changes.

  14. Tibor says:

    Any thoughts on McLuggage. Very much last years man and a 54 average is hardly inspiring, BUT, he played 18 games and Brisbane do look like they are developing their young talent rather than just throwing them to the wolves. Price is a bit awkward but under 300k. A lot of the options in the low 300 area do not appeal much so is this bloke relevant

  15. Tibor says:

    The pink hair suited Stringer, that is funny because it's true….This bloke is still a flog…

  16. SilentLurker says:

    Full stats and summary for the crows freo game is now available at Trevs place.
    Some real mouth watering info on some rookies

  17. Doughboy says:

    Any love for McKernan fellas? DPP relevant