It looked like we might have a decent game on our hands at the end of the first quarter, but it wasn’t to be as Sydney used their superior size and skills to pull away from the 2nd quarter onwards to post an easy 55 point win. There weren’t many good signs for the Lions, who looked to have absolute no method to their forward 50 entries, other than bombing it in long, kicking 3 consolation goals (two to Ben Keays, one to Eric Hipwood) in the 4th quarter while being held goalless for the 2nd and 3rd quarters. On the other side, Sydney used the holes in Brisbane’s zone to their advantage, playing a game of short chip kicks, moving the ball around until they found a hole and moved it forwards quickly.
If I made the game sound exciting at any point during that above paragraph, I sincerely apologize and i’m just gonna have to let it out here. AAAAARRRRRGHHHH, THAT GAME SUCKED TO WATCH. It was a total hydrologic suck session and I still have to watch Geelong and Gold Coast tomorrow which is probably going to suck even harder.
Now that that’s out of the way!
Notable Absentees – BRISBANE
Dayne Beams, Dayne Zorko, Luke Hodge
Notable Absentees – SYDNEY
Daniel Hannebery, Heath Grundy, Zak Jones, Jarrad McVeigh
Injuries: Aliir Aliir (ankle), Callum Sinclair (ankle)
Allen Christensen – $267,300 – FWD
Started the game well, but like the Lions in general, seemed to struggle a bit after that, though he still finished with 16 disposals and a goal from 69% ToG. DE was at just 43.8% though, but encouraging signs considering he’s such a cheap player this year and he’s missed so much football you’d expect him to be a bit rusty. 66 SCPoints isn’t ideal, but hopefully he can build from here.
Daniel Rich – $502,800 – DEF
Didn’t have a good game at all with just 12 disposals and 4 rebound 50’s.
Cameron Rayner – $202,800 – MID/FWD
Looks likely to get games early, but may look like he’ll have a similar rookie year to Hugh McCluggage. At his price that makes him a no-go. Just the 5 disposals.
Jack Payne – $117,300 – DEF
OK game for him, but like a lot of others, his ball use wasn’t great, recording a disposal efficiency of just 45.5%. Also had 6 rebound 50’s and 2 tackles, one to watch for next week. 61 SCPoints is a good result for a rookie at his price.
Charlie Cameron – $372,500 – FWD
Ball use still a concern, recording a disposal efficiency of just 44.4% with 4 clangers from his 9 disposals. Spent a lot of time at the stoppages in the first, but more time forward after that. He’s a confidence player and always has been, so today just wasn’t his day.
Alex Witherden – $478,900 – DEF
Had a horrific turnover in the 3rd quarter that lead to an easy goal for Papley that summed up the Lions game probably. Wouldn’t have done much to encourage people who were thinking about picking him with 12 disposals @ 58.3% and 7 clangers. 38 SCPoints might be his worse ever return.
Rhys Mathieson – $400,100 – MID/FWD
Found his first high free kick early in the game, but was OK with 16 disposals, 4 clearances and 4 tackles from 69% ToG. Repeating theme, disposal efficiency sat at just 50%. Still questionable if he can take a sizeable role in the midfield to be worth picking. Scored 80 SCPoints, which just highlights his awkward price even more.
Tom Bell – $287,000 – FWD
Did a lot of work inside with Beams and Zorko missing, and had 6 clearances with 17 disposals and 3 tackles. Could he be the overlooked cheapie in the Lions forward eligible pile? 79 SCPoints is an OK result, but will the contested work be there once Beams and Zorko return?
Stefan Martin – $540,000 – RUC
Looked very good for the first hit-out of the year, although I don’t rate the opposition ruck quality all that highly. Led the Lions with 7 clearances, along with 21 disposals (Lions high also), 26 hitouts and 5 inside 50’s. Supercoach score may be boosted a bit with 8 free’s for.
Isaac Heeney – $536,300 – MID/FWD
Didn’t look all that impressive, and his ball use was very poor considering you generally expect him to use it well. Finished with 14 disposals @ 42.9% efficiency. Not a good start for such a heavily selected player. 45 SCPoints? Into the bin!
Tom Papley – $451,400 – FWD
Did his work up forward kicking 3 goals, and is troublesome at the bounces when he goes there. At his price though it’s a tough pick, but his contested ball winning ability, along with his goal scoring gives him some upside in Supercoach. 110 SCPoints is a big result for him.
Callum Mills – $403,100 – DEF
Had 18 disposals, though 16 of them were uncontested, which won’t result in huge Supercoach scores traditionally. Just 59% ToG, so he was finding it fairly often when he was out there. 80 SCPoints is a good deal from his limited game time.
Darcy Cameron – $123,900 – RUC
Only played the 10 minutes in the first half, exclusively up forward with Callum Sinclair and Dean Towers taking ruck duties. Sinclair rolled his ankle early in the 3rd, so Cameron got a bit more time after that. The fact that Sam Naismith was a late withdrawal and they chose to use Towers as the backup ruck might mean he’s back in the NEAFL to start the year.
Lance Franklin – $540,500 – FWD
Did his thing without many issues at all, using his size (and Daniel Rich’s outright refusal to try and apply any physical pressure) to bully around the smaller defenders. Doesn’t look like he’s any chance of slowing down yet, but knowing him, you could probably get him cheaper at some point during the year. Did his usual Supercoach thing, scoring 134.
Luke Parker – $546,000 – MID
A lot of uncontested ball movement didn’t really suit him, and he had just the 21 disposals, 4 clearances and 5 tackles and a goal, but still scored 108 SCPoints. Good result and he can certainly get more involved.
Josh P. Kennedy – $564,200 – MID
Did his job with a minimum of fuss and collected 25 disposals with 7 marks, 4 clearances and 3 tackles.
Ryley Stoddart – $117,300 – DEF
Had 12 disposals and 6 marks, but would say he’s still probably a long shot to start in Round 1 at this stage.
Aliir Aliir – $218,100 – DEF
Looked OK to start the game, but injured his ankle early in the game and was put on ice after that.
Dane Rampe – $427,400 – DEF
Had a field day out there with 6 intercept possessions and 8 uncontested marks in the backline along with 21 disposals. Also had a game high 148 SCPoints. Big tick.
Robbie Fox – $232,200 – MID
Looked very solid linking up around the ground, recording 20 uncontested disposals in his 24. His price makes him awkward though 96 SCPoints is a good score.
Jake Lloyd – $479,900 – DEF
Plenty of easy work around the back half with a game high 26 disposals, as well as 9 marks and 3 rebound 50’s. Scored 103 SCPoints, would be good if he could keep that up all year in 2018!
So Community, did you see anything in that game that stood out to you? Let us all know your thoughts!