In my efforts to come up with some sort of quippy introduction for today’s match between the Dogs and Hawks at Mars Stadium in space Ballarat, I learnt that Mars no longer uses the slogan “work, rest, and play” but instead “put some play in your day”. This isn’t a recent thing either, this happened almost three years ago. Admittedly, I’m a Snickers man, but as a chocolate fan in general in disappointed in myself that I missed the memo on this.
On to the footy, both teams rolled out some pretty decent lineups today from a SuperCoach viewpoint. A few rookies caught the eye but it was mainly some of the mid priced options lifting their skirt and giving us a cheeky flash of their potential for 2018.
The game went goal for goal in the first half. Dogs kicked away a bit in the third then held off the Hawks to run out 22 point winners.
No Tim English today, the Dogs instead opting to rotate Trengove (13 hitouts), Roughead (5) and Schache (2) through the middle.
Notable absentees – Hawthorn
Birchall, Cyril, Frawley, Langford, Worpel
Notable absentees – Western Bulldogs
Tom Boyd, Dickson, Wallis, Dale Morris (LTI)
Score: Bulldogs 15. 10. 100 v Hawks 11. 12. 78
- Schoenmakers had his knee strapped in the first after a knock. Was okay to play the rest of the game
- Picken used his head to run into Dunkey’s hip and was stretched off. Up and about in the rooms though.
SuperCoach Significance – Hawthorn
- James Sicily – DEF/FWD – $402,800 – 114SC
Played back with Gunston up forward. Had a very quiet first quarter but picked it up for the rest of the afternoon. 24 touches (17 kicks) and 6 marks at 91% d.e.
Champion Data loves the metres gained stat and he led that with 520m (elite)
- Ryan Burton – DEF – $460,200 – 45SC
Quiet. Terrible turnover by foot in the third and looked a shadow of the player that had a breakout year in 2017. Fell a few rungs on my watchlist
- Blake Hardwick – DEF – $349,300 – 54SC
What the bloody hell is that on your head, Blake?! I told you to trim those sideburns. GO HOME, YOU’RE OFF THE TEAM!
- Jarman Impey – FWD – $335,700 – 39SC
Had a good start playing as a link up player between midfield and the forward line. Only 39SC to show for his 15 disposals. Avoid
- Ben McEvoy – RUCK – $523,300 – 63SC
Dominated the hitouts with little competition in the ruck but didn’t do much around the ground with only 8 touches. Keep him as an option though as his TOG was only 57%
- Tom Mitchell – MID – $653,500 – 123SC
Standard day at the office for Tom. 16 of his 30 touches were contested. A goal, 10 clearances, and 7 inside 50’s from 83% TOG. Still the #1 mid at the Hawks
- J-J-J-Jaegar Bomb – MID – $315,800 – 79SC
New season. Same Jaegar. Loves a handball that kid. Wish he’d kick the bloody thing but got through the game at least. Did what he had to without stamping his dominance on the game. Looked a bit slow out there. 16 touches.
- Marc Pittonet – RUCK – $129,700 – 40SC
Few games back in 2016. Looks a lively type, throwing himself into contests. Kicked a lovely set shot in Q1. Finished with 13 hitouts from 32% TOG. Can he get a game though? Big Boy is still the undisputed #1 and there was no Ceglar today. If you’re after a playing R3 keep an eye on him.
- David Mirra – DEF – $102,400 – 15SC
Sat out the first three quarters. Got his opportunity in the last but could only find three touches and a mark. Not what I wanted to see but remains in my team until Clarko doesn’t pick him.
- Ollie Hanrahan – FWD – $123,900 – 44SC
Did deadset nothing in the first quarter despite a lot of TOG%, I was sharpening my tongue ready to rip in. Had a better second quarter then disappeared again. 8 touches and a goal. Cant see him keeping his spot when Cyril returns.
- The Shoemaker – FWD – $301,400 – 95SC and
- Jarryd Roughead – FWD – $475,800 – 82SC
Kicked 5.4 between them as a lead up forwards. Looked a decent combo but not for SuperCoach purposes.
SuperCoach Significance – Western Bulldogs
- Aaron Naughton – DEF – $166,800 – 63SC
Took some time to find his feet at this level. Looked okay but will need another game. Problem with these intercept types is if they don’t do that, there’s not many other strings to their bow. 13 touches and 5 marks from 84% TOG
- Jason Johannisen – DEF – $450,800 – 83SC
Still looks like the illegitimate lovechild of a mop and a block of Cadbury™ Top Deck choccy. His position was hard to nail down exactly, spent time on the wing and each forward 50 arc depending on the quarter. His quick hands were an asset up forward while his speed and ball use in the D50 made the Dogs look cleaner. Hawks let him run wild and free today, doesn’t answer my questions over his ability to handle a tag. Kicked 3 behinds.
- Hayden Crozier – FWD – $341,400 – 85SC
Damo did a writeup of him earlier in the week. he might be onto something here. A forward in SuperCoach but playing off half back. Had kick in duties at times and the Dogs looked to get it in his hands. Had it 20 times and went at 90% d.e
- Luke Dahlhaus – FWD/MID – $498,500 – 75SC
Played predominately midfield and mostly spotted him being a seagull on the outside of packs. Didn’t do enough from his 16 disposals.
- Libba – MID – $434,600 – 99SC
Wanted to see some mongrel out of Libba. Laid 5 tackles but that needs to be more. Spotted him front and centre of a lot of packs but couldn’t get his hands on it. Go in and get it Libba!
- Bont – MID – $577,800 – 125SC
The big graceful bastard reminds me of a gazelle. Time seems to stop wen he gets his hands on it. Like every other midfielder this preseason, drifted forward where he proves to be a difficult matchup. 25 touches and 7 inside 50’s. Led the Dogs today with 125SC but got a few freebies from Champion Data I feel.
- Toby McLean – FWD/MID – $470,200 – 98SC
Those trying to keep this guy quiet might find it a bit more difficult after today. Went almost unsighted in the first half but picked it up after that playing on a wing. Finished with 19 disposals at 89% d.e
- Jackson Macrae – MID – $587,800 – 113SC
First first quarter alone was enough to get me excited. Had 11 touches and 2 goals but slowed down after that. Finishing with 23. Played mostly midfield and rotated forward.
- Josh Dunkley – FWD – $296,900 – 114SC
Kicked two in the first quarter playing as a small forward and added another in the fourth. Super awkward price. Interested to get another look.
- Grizzly “Marcus” Adams – DEF – $434,900 – 78SC
Would honestly crap myself if this guy even approached me. Built like a brick shithouse as they say but he’s more than that. Several brick shithouses? Loved him at rookie price but not at 434k. Pass.
- Bailey Williams – DEF – $319,300
24 touches and eight marks and honestly a lot bigger than I remember him being. Flicking through his scores last year he didn’t do that much. Blue moon score?
What did you see from the game, community?