CARLTON v ST KILDA – Preseason Match Report
Well the Blues are going to win the flag and Patrick Cripps will win the Brownlow.
In other news, Liam Jones is still the greatest player in AFL/VFL history. Unfortunately the gentlemen’s agreement prevents us from selecting him as it would render all leagues invalid do to the unfair nature of his talent. At least we have the honour of seeing Jones play in our lifetimes.
St Kilda on the other hand weren’t overly impressive although it was clear that they were running at half pace. Steven, Armitage and Savage all looked really impressive and (for the moment) are all relative PODs worth considering.
Notable Absentees – CARLTON – Weitering, SPS, Lang, Docherty :’(, Rowe, Kerridge, O’Shea
Notable Absentees – ST KILDA – Billings, Hickey, Freeman, Bruce
Injuries: David Cuningham (leg), Jarrod Garlett (Shoulder) Jarryn Geary (concussion) Paddy Dow (tooth)
Alright let’s shine a light on some Supercoach players (something that Ikon Park couldn’t do…because half the lights didn’t work…it’s a joke about darkness):
Matthew Kreuzer – $603,700 – RUC – SC 122
Took the piss out of Billy Longer for most of the day, went forward pretty regularly and was able to convert on almost all of his opportunities in front of goal. Looks like he walked out of Round 23 into this game, peak Kreuzer form. He’s still Carlton’s third best midfielder and you could do worse things than select him. Price is at his absolute maximum so I’d personally be looking for a better value selection.
Patrick Cripps – $537,300 – MID – SC 120
Indistinguishable human noises
Disposals. Clearances. Goals. Marks. Tackles. Selected.
Marc Murphy – $595,000 – MID – SC 86
Ran around with company most of the day. Clearly was still in first gear but you wouldn’t be selecting him at almost $600K. For that much cash you can get Sloane, Fyfe, Zorko etc.
Ciaran Byrne – $229,300 – MID – SC 75
Played in tandem with Simpson in defence, slapped it on the boot a lot and showed flashes of excitement. Looked like he was finding his feet still. In a stacked Carlton backline I’m only locking Simpson as basically everyone else (obviously not Liam Jones) is replaceable. I’m avoiding.
Kade Simpson – $516,300 – DEF – SC 75
Prior to the game I was messaging my brains trust, I was expressing doubt about my Simpson lock…he quickly alleviated any doubt I had. Was clearly the main man in defence for the Blues, the whole team looks for him because they want the ball in his hands. Looks like a more traditional halfback role for Simpson this year, unlike whatever position he was playing last year. I’m backing him in for one last ride.
Charlie Curnow – $408,100 – FWD – SC 69
“Tried the shake and bake…but it didn’t work” Foxtel commentary sums up his day. Didn’t look confident with the ball until late, might scare a few off but I’ll give him another week.
Paddy Dow – $193,800 – MID – SC 66
Lived up to the hype so far. Looks like he can play at the level, some of the more matured St Kilda players seemed to out-muscle him a few times. Kicked a nice cheapie goal in the second and really fired after that. Played through the midfield and looked good inside, thought he was a midfielder but took a few inside 50 marks and hit the scoreboard. Looming as a potential cash cow despite his elevated price, want a little bit more out of him in terms of score in JLT 2.
Matthew Kennedy – $356,000 – MID – SC 60
The GWS folk weren’t lying, he loves the hardball (7 of his 15 contested). Looked solid in his first hit out at the Blues but I’m not sure at his price you’d be selecting him. Draft lock.
Jarrod Garlett – $117,300 – FWD/MID – SC 41
Looked lively if a little slow, kicked a nice crumbing goal to start the second term. Will be on everyone’s bench if named in Round 1…at least until he hurt his shoulder. Went off laughing but we need to monitor his progress.
Lochie O’Brien – $162,300- MID – SC 24
Ended the first term on -5 and never really looked composed. Struggled to impact the game and I probably Carlton to save him until later in the season. Will be a decent downgrade option after some time building his fitness in the twos.
Shane Savage – $479,700 – DEF – SC 146
Sorry to the Supercoach Hipster, people are going to be jumping on Savage like a trampoline. He was the highest scoring player in the game and played off halfback. Very Supercoach friendly role and with Ross in the midfield I really like this sub-$500K option.
Jack Steven – $498,600 – MID – SC 130
Led with Ross from the midfield. Found himself resting forward fairly and was able to impact scoring chains with ease. He had 24 touches and 7 clearances, if this is the kind of performance he can deliver he is a steal at under $500K. He’s only in 3% of teams but that’ll be much higher this time tomorrow.
David Armitage- $310,100 – MID – SC 128
Had a very black eye and played through the middle for pretty much the whole game. Stepped right back into his old role and racked up disposals on the inside. He was a clearance machine today, had. His tackling is a big plus and he’ll be attracting some coaches after today’s performance. Joins the O’Meara/Griffen/Brayshaw debate…has my vote of the four by the way.
Paddy McCartin – $234,500 – FWD – SC 86
Found the ball all over the ground and was the main target inside 50 for St Kilda. Could you risk picking a key position forward who is prone to head knocks? Probably not.
Hunter Clark – $175,800 – MID – SC 81
Rotated through the midfield but played primarily forward. Looked really good after quarter time and found himself in a few chains of play. Can he play in a forward line with Billings and Bruce? Maybe? If he can fit into a round 1 side with Billings and Bruce he’s worth a discussion
Seb Ross – $555,300 – MID – SC 79
Played through the midfield today, didn’t do enough to excite me though. I have a feeling that Armitage may take some of those inside midfield minutes Ross had a lot of in 2017. Not saying it’ll hurt his scoring but he may have to do more with less to maintain his price point, avoid for now.
Billy Longer – 429,500 – RUC – SC 74
Still one of my least favourite ruckmen but I thought he showed signs last year. Will probably do enough to keep Hickey out of the side but won’t do enough to get into yours.
Nicholas Coffield – $171,300 – MID/DEF – SC 67
Had a really good first quarter and picked it up again in the third and fourth. Managed to get some really nice possessions on the switch in defence and on the run going forward. If he get’s named round 1 I think he’s a decent defensive option. Impossible to tell how many games he might get in 2018 but I was really impressed by the young man. Only thing he needs to work on is his disposal efficiency and decision-making but that’ll come with more experience.
Blake Acres – $412,300 – MID/FWD – SC 52
Is this man ever going to reach his projected heights? Played up forward and started on the wing at a few centre bounces. Thought he was composed with the ball but doesn’t put himself in positions to win enough of it. Not this year Blake.
Jack Steele – $500,800 – MID – SC 52
Had him marked for a potential breakout year in 2018, don’t think that’ll be the case. Only had 12 touches and 10 were by hand. Nope.
Dylan Roberton – $509,000 – DEF – SC 29
Played as a loose man in defence for a lot of the game but didn’t do enough to impact the game. We can’t base our decisions on one game but if this is how St Kilda plays in JLT 2 I’d be avoiding Roberton at that price.
Rowan Marshall – $219,400 – FWD – SC 12
Only really in here because I thought he’d be cheaper and I ain’t deleting his name now.