Well, there was a game of football on tonight, but it was hard to tell from the first half. No lights, about 4 goals kicked and not much smooth play going on at all. It all opened up for the Giants in the 2nd half as their quality defensive pressure made it a nightmare for the Collingwood defenders and they ran away with an easy victory.
Notable Absentees – COLLINGWOOD
Adam Treloar, Jeremy Howe, Darcy Moore, Jordan De Goey, Jamie Elliot, Alex Fasolo, Levi Greenood, Daniel Wells, James Aish
Notable Absentees – GWS
Zac Williams, Rory Lobb, Ryan Griffen, Brett Deledio, Tom Scully, Toby Greene, Nick Haynes, Aidan Coor, Jacob Hopper
Injuries: Adam Oxley
Brodie Grundy – $534,700 – RUC – SC 104
Didn’t look to have many issues sharing ruck duties with Cox. Cox rucked in the forward 50, Grundy did it everywhere else. Generally outworked Simpson and finished with 10 disposals and 29 hitouts. Not the best result for him, but he’s certainly capable of better and even with just 10 disposals (averaged 18 last year) still scored 104 SCPoints.
Scott Pendlebury – $586,500 – MID – SC 60
Started across half-back and finished with just 6 touches in the first half. Moved into the midfield for the 2nd half and looked like he took some angry pills in the 4th. Totalled 16 disposals, 3 marks, 3 clearances and a goal.
Taylor Adams – $591,000 – MID – SC 91
Looked to be spending time across HB, he finished with 7 rebound 50’s from his 23 disposals, along with 6 marks and 4 tackles.
Tom Langdon – $451,300 – DEF – SC 115
Produced a quality 115 SCPoints off the back of some great work across HB. Had 20 disposals, 6 marks, 6 rebound 50’s and 6 1%ers. Could be a big POD.
Callum Brown – $224,300 – MID/FWD – SC 64
Looked to get a lot of time in the midfield in the first half, and was OK. Lots of handballs in his 19 possessions with 15, but 11 contested possessions is a plus. Also had 4 clearances. Awkward price to start.
Josh Daicos – $190,500 – FWD
Didn’t get much time on the ground, finishing with just 30% ToG played and 6 disposals with 3 clangers in there.
Flynn Appleby – $121,900 – DEF – SC 34
Actually got a taste of VFL action last year with North Ballarat, the Pies were recently fined $20K for having him train with the teams VFL side prior to drafting him in the rookie draft. Looked OK down back, he had 11 disposals, but just 45.5% disposal efficency. Would suggest he’ll be starting 2018 in the VFL.
Jaidyn Stephenson – $180,300 – MID/FWD – SC 48
Showed some nice flashes, but looks handball happy and looks like he still may be questioning himself out there, with some quick handpasses to the man next to him. Had 13 disposals with 9 handballs and just 22 metres gained. 48 SCPoints won’t cut it at his slightly higher rookie price.
Brayden Maynard – $394,800 – DEF – SC 60
Spent a lot of time in the midfield, which is a good sign for him, but didn’t really get a chance to put his kicking skills on display. Had 19 disposals and 6 tackles, but 6 clangers and a DE of just 52.6%. If the opportunity is there he still might be an OK pick. But very risky.
Brody Mihocek – $102,400 – DEF – SC 50
A mature-aged defensive recruit who has spent his time in the VFL playing for Werribee and Port Melbourne, he averaged 17 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s last year. Showed some nice flashes as a taller defender and had 14 disposals, 4 marks and 7 intercept possessions. DE of 57.1% is a concern.
Stephen Coniglio – $452,400 – MID – SC 130
He was everywhere in the first half, but looked like he was rested a bit up forward in the 2nd. Still had 28 disposals, 7 clearances, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and 2 goals assists. 130 SCPoints is a great result.
Callan Ward – $548,300 – MID – SC 91
Had just the 18 disposals with 1 goal, but generally made all his touches count. Still a bit over proceed with Coniglio sitting there.
Zac Langdon – $117,300 – FWD – SC 45
Small forwards are always iffy Supercoach prospects, even the best of the best, but GWS assistant coach Mark McVeigh has been talking up the 22 year old after some strong form in the pre-season. Booted 2 behinds (that is missed goals, not a players posterior) with 10 disposals, 2 tackles and 11 pressure acts. Just the 65% ToG, will need to see another performance from him.
Josh Kelly – $628,600 – MID – SC 126
Will cost you the big bickies, and I’m meaning your fancy iced-vovo, double-choc Tim Tam types, not your stale shortbread that came in that blue tin that your Nan always seemed to have a never ending supply of type biscuits. Where did she find these things from? And why were they put in paper wrappers, like they were some delicate thing? Some mysteries in life just weren’t meant to be solved by mortal men such as you and I. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaannnyway, he looked to be taking it pretty easy out there and still had 24 disposals, 8 marks and 5 tackles. You’d take 127 SCPoints to the bank every day of the week.
Heath Shaw – $458,100 – DEF – SC 114
Had his kicking shoes on, recording 20 of his 22 disposals by foot. Also had 5 marks, 4 rebound 50’s and 6 intercept possessions. Would want to see Ryan Griffen next to him first, but encouraging signs with 114 SCPoints.
Lachlan Keeffe – $123,900 – DEF/FWD -SC 44
Just 8 disposals, with 4 marks, but just 61% ToG. Don’t think he’ll be a high scorer, even if he does play, but if options are limited we may have no other choice.
Dawson Simpson – $290,300 – RUC – SC 83
OK in the ruck with 11 hitouts and 12 disposals. Scored 83 SCPoints, which isn’t the worst considering his starting price.
Dylan Shiel – $537,300 – MID – SC 123
Looked unstoppable in the 2nd half and had a game high 29 disposals with 9 marks and 2.2. Issue would be 24 uncontested possessions, but still good for 124 SCPoints.
Matthew Flynn – $123,900 – RUC/FWD – SC 21
Got some token minutes as a backup ruck. Just the 38% ToG with 4 disposals and 7 hitouts.
Jeremy Finlayson – $123,900 – DEF/MID – SC 86
Did the kick-in duties at times and looked like a Heath Shaw-lite at times. 14 disposals, 10 kicks and 86 SCPoints. Big tick!
Lachie Tiziani – $123,900 – FWD – SC 69
From the GWS Academy, he booted 19.10 in 12 games last year in the NEAFL. Showed some signs, booted 2 goals, but had just 7 disposals in 59% ToG. 69 SCPoints is a quality result.
Nick Shipley – $117,300 – MID – SC 60
The very first Academy player that GWS actually drafted out of Western Sydney, he had 13 disposals from 61% ToG. Likely other options in the midfield.
Daniel Lloyd – $214,200 – FWD – SC 88
Booted 3 goals with 14 disposals, but his higher starting price is a turn off. Could still he worth owning though.