ADELAIDE v FREMANTLE – Preseason Match Report
Plenty to look at in this game. Adelaide went in with eight new faces and Bryce Gibbs and Sam Gibson, while Fremantle took three potential debutants as well as Nathan Wilson and Brandon Matera. The 5 per cent who own Nathan Wilson would’ve been watching him with great interest, and then rookies in Tom Doedee, Andrew Brayshaw and Darcy Fogarty were ones to watch as potential cash cows.
Notable Absentees – ADELAIDE
Eddie Betts, Rory Sloane, Taylor Walker, Brodie Smith, Brad Crouch, Riley Knight, Daniel Talia, Richard Douglas, Kyle Hartigan
Notable Absentees – FREMANTLE
Stephen Hill, Joel Hamling, Adam Cerra, Sean Darcy, Ethan Hughes, Griffin Logue, Lee Spurr
Injuries: Cam Sutcliffe (concussion)
Adelaide 13.13.91 – Fremantle 12.9.81
On the small ground, it was a pretty crowded contest through the entire game. The forward 50 arcs hit the centre square, and the wings were quite narrow. It took both teams a little while to adjust, Fremantle appeared to take longer than Adelaide, but eventually turned it into a contest with Taberner kicking two goals in the first quarter, and looking impressive early for the Dockers up forward.
Adelaide’s inaccuracy ultimately kept Fremantle in the game through the first quarter and early in the second, failing to captilise on their shots on goal, but Adelaide kept a good hold on the game, and looked sharper around the ground. Fyfe looked unstoppable, while Matt Crouch and Bryce Gibbs were sharing the ball between them, it seemed.
In the third, it was a far more even contest from both sides. Fremantle fought their way back to create a good contest, and they appeared more composed with ball in hand, kicking 5 goals to 2, to bring the margin back to 10 points.
Fremantle made it a good close game in the end, bringing the margin to under a goal for much of the fourth quarter, before breaking away late. Fremantle appeared to be back to the type of football that brought them to the 2013 Grand Final. A late burst had Adelaide take the lead back with 39 seconds to go, and then seal the win with a late goal. An encouraging performance for various reasons for both teams.
(In these write-ups, scores haven’t yet been scaled so they may change slightly later Sunday evening.)
Rory Laird ($550,800 DEF) 102SC
Looked to do what he has always done. Very efficient with ball in hand, too. Will be a very popular defence option in SuperCoach.
Paul Seedsman ($300,200 DEF/MID) 69SC
Played on the wing and ran down Bradley Hill early in Q1, setting up the Crows first goal. Didn’t really see him after that.
Cam Ellis-Yolman ($266,900 MID) 102SC
Rotating through the midfield, and looked okay. Awkwardly priced, and doesn’t have the MID/FWD eligibility like he has in years gone by. One to keep an eye on based on today’s performance.
Tom Lynch ($470,900 FWD) 116SC
Teased us in a forward line missing Taylor Walker and Eddie Betts. He’s averaged in the mid 80s for the past 3 years. Better in the draft SC format.
Matt Crouch ($608,300 MID) 109SC
Was at almost every contest, and picked up 22 disposals in the first half. His disposal efficiency sat around 60 per cent for the entire game, and 24 of his 36 disposals were handballs.
Bryce Gibbs ($563,000 MID) 102SC
Playing inside mid, and got a good amount of the ball. Could be a good POD.
Sam Jacobs ($526,300 RUCK) 74SC
Struggled to make an impact, hopefully he is better in Adelaide’s second JLT game, for his owners. Was good in the fourth quarter, although opposed to the Dockers rookie ruckman.
Darcy Fogarty ($153,300) 13SC
Nice strong contested mark in the third, resulting in a goal for himself, and Adelaide. This kid was touted as the number 1 draft pick before a knee injury scared some recruiters off. For his price, you’d want a much better than score than this. Almost shakes him off your rookie watchlist.
Tom Doedee ($123,900 DEF) 86SC
Proved that he’s not a bench option, but an on field rookie option. Jump on.
Myles Poholke ($123,900 MID/FWD) 52SC
Looked composed, and disposed of the ball nicely. Put him on your rookie watchlist.
Harry Dear ($123,900 FWD) 53SC
Kicked the crows first goal, and presented well throughout the first quarter. Put him on your rookie watchlist.
Lachlan Murphy ($102,400 DEF) 69SC
Looked good, really. Very lively, and looked scary with ball in hand. Scored 69SC in a half of football. Is he the player who takes over Charlie Cameron’s old spot? Rookie watchlist.
Luke Ryan ($422,300 DEF) 83SC
Played loose at half back, didn’t really do anything damaging. 5 disposals at 60 per cent DE in the first half. A lot better in the second half, but for around the same price, you’ll find something better elsewhere.
Lachie Neale ($599,300) 103SC
Looked clean and composed in heavy traffic, and helped Fremantle square up the contest in the first quarter. 25 touches and 5 tackles playing inside mid, how many is too many Fremantle midfielders?
Nat Fyfe ($597,900 MID) 163SC
Nat Fyfe just did Nat Fyfe things. Lock him in. Throw away the key. Forget where you threw the key. 87SC in that first half.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) February 25, 2018
Michael Walters ($478,300 FWD/MID) 93SC
Started the game at the centre square, which would have pleased his current owners. Looked better doing around the ground work though, was closely checked at centre bounces. He stepped it up in the second half, and looked like what his current SuperCoach owners would be looking for.
Nathan Wilson ($417,300 DEF) 65SC
Coming off the half back flank, seemed to be left alone too often with not a lot to do with the ball. If he’s going to score well, the other players in purple need to help him out. Really didn’t do anything to instill much confidence.
Connor Blakely ($490,300 MID) 78SC
Looked to have time and space whenever he had the ball, but didn’t get enough of it and didn’t do anything great with it either.
Aaron Sandilands ($480,000 RUCK) 71SC
Only played until 3QT, but led the hitout count with 28, and scored 78SC. If his strings hold up, he’s an option.
David Mundy ($492,300 FWD/MID) 98SC
Didn’t attend any centre bounce in the first half, and played mostly up forward and on the wings, but his final SC score was very, very encouraging for his owners.
Matt Taberner ($325,100 FWD) 97SC
Looked good, and threatened to be Fremantle’s best SC scorer for the game, but ultimately not SuperCoach relevant. Will have good games like these every now and then.
Andrew Brayshaw (198,300 MID) 86SC
Attacked with head over the ball, and won himself a free kick in the first quarter. Kid fits in well, looks readymade to me. One of the expensive ones to keep an eye on. 6 disposals at 100 per cent disposal efficiency in the first quarter and 36 SC.
Bailey Banfield ($123,400 MID) 96SC from 40 per cent TOG!!
Looked fairly comfortable at the level. Will be in the frame for round 1 after this performance. Kicked a good goal under pressure in the third quarter. Got to the right spots, and looked to read the play quite well.
Stefan Giro ($102,400 MID) 21SC
Wasn’t sighted in the first half, but came on in the second, and put on a very strong tackle resulting in a free kick. Rookie watchlist, according to The West Australian he is in round one calculations.