I’m sure the end result would be of some confidence to the two or three Gold Coast fans out there, but in the end the game was nothing more than a light training drill for both sides, with Geelong missing so many best 22 players that they looked to just be going through the motions the majority of the time, while Gold Coast were playing against an obviously weakened side, although their intent to run both ways, especially after displaying a complete lack of desire to do that under Rodney Eade, should be applauded, even in a nothing game. The Cats were sloppy in front of goal, booting 3.11, and the Suns ran away with an easy victory, winning 85 to 29.
Notable Absentees – GEELONG
Patrick Dangerfield, Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood, Lachie Henderson, Harry Taylor, Nakia Cockatoo,
Notable Absentees – GOLD COAST
Steven May, Peter Wright, David Swallow, Callum Ah Chee, Michael Barlow
Injuries: Tim Kelly (groin)
Tim Kelly – $117,300 – MID
Was put on ice partway through the 4th quarter, but he looked dangerous around the packs early. He had 13 disposals, 2 clearances, 3 tackles and 6 score involvements. Will need to see how he plays once the big 3 for Geelong return, but if Ablett or Danger spend a lot of time forward, he could be one that gets a spot. 72 SCPoints is a big tick.
Lachie Fogarty – $117,300 – MID
Solid hitout with 14 disposals @ 85% efficiency. Still liked Kelly’s game better, but there’s more than a few young guys for Geelong who could push for a spot this pre-season. 68 SCPoints is a good result if he can put that up in the real stuff.
Esava Ratugolea – $123,900 – FWD
Kicked 1.1 with 6 disposals and 4 clangers. Still a work in progress.
Zac Smith – $501,800 – RUC
Didn’t play in the first half and then split some ruck time with Stanley and Buzza after that. Played just 43% of the game and had 10 disposals with 12 hitouts. Still clearly the #1 ruck at the Cats, even with the limited game time.
Charlie Constable – $117,300 – MID
Was a late addition and had no issue finding the ball, with 22 disposals, the 2nd highest for the Cats. Also had 4 tackles, 2 clearances and 2 rebound 50’s, while only playing 68% ToG. Good game, could put pressure on Tim Kelly. Ended up with 74 SCPoints.
Mitch Duncan – $603,700 – MID
Was finding the ball at will in the first quarter, but only ended up with 17 disposals @ 52.9% efficiency. Can’t see anyone selecting him in such a strong midfield unit at his price.
Sam Menegola – $551,800 – MID/FWD
Had 21 disposals, but only went at 52.4% efficiency. Another one whose role need to be clarified in a full strength team before i’d consider selecting him. 86 SCPoints is OK, but not for his starting price.
Gryan Miers – $117,300 – FWD
Looked very dangerous in the first quarter, but sat forward mostly after that and didn’t get involved much more. If he plays, it’s likely as a small forward, but the ball will certainly be coming in more often once the midfield returns for Geelong. He had 11 disposals, 3 inside 50’s and a goal. Could consider at this point, but we’d still want better than the 54 SCPoints he scored today.
Jamaine Jones – $123,900 – FWD
Was BOG the way Dwayne was hyping him up, but i’m sure he was getting text messages from Chris Scott telling him to do so during the broadcast. He had 10 disposals and 2 tackles with 55 SCPoints.
Zac Tuohy – $484,600 – DEF
Had a game high 24 disposals, with 8 rebound 50’s, 4 marks and 105 SCPoints. Did his usual thing across half back, could be a POD if you pick him.
Aaron Hall – $507,200 – MID
He’s teased us plenty in the past, but he had a quality game with 17 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles, 4 inside 50’s and 2 goals. Went at 94% efficiency and scored a game high 115 SCPoints.
Pearce Hanley – $428,000 – DEF/MID
Didn’t do anything to convince anyone to pick him in the first half, but calmed after that and had 16 disposals, 5 marks and 3 rebound 50’s from 63% ToG. First half was the worst you could expect from him, let’s just hope it was nerves or rust. 62 SCPoints is a big disappointment though
Lachie Weller – $394,300 – MID
Honestly can say I did not notice him once in the game, although he finished with 14 disposals, although he only went at 42.9% efficiency. Definite no at his price, but he should get better.
Tom J. Lynch – $467,600 – FWD
Looked active up forward even though he only kicked 1.1, but we must remember he probably would have had someone like Harry Taylor on him in the real stuff rather than smaller defenders such as Tom Stewart or Zach Tuohy.
Jarryd Lyons – $493,900 – MID
Led the way for the Suns with 22 disposals, including 9 contested possessions and 21 pressure acts. Went at 77% efficiency and also had 7 clearances and 87 SCPoints. Solid hitout for him and he’s likely to be the lead dog inside for the Suns in 2018.
Jarrod Witts – $518,300 – RUC
Split his time with Tom Nicholls, Witts played 64% of the game, Nicholls played 41%. Witts ended with 9 disposals, 17 hitouts, 3 clearances, while Nicholls had 9 disposals and 10 clearances. I’d say Witts still has the lead spot, but could be a tough contest leading up to round 1.
Nick Holman – $102,400 – MID
Did his work around half forward, booting a goal, with 15 disposals (9 contested), 9 tackles and a game high 23 pressure acts. Good game for him, he’ll certainly be a popular pick after this game. Scoring 84 SCPoints might have made our days.
Will Brodie – $187,700 – MID
Very active in the first half, he finished with 14 disposals, 4 tackles and 2 clearances from 69% ToG. Needs to improve on a disposal efficiency of 57.1% though, but 72 SCPoints is OK, that kind of average would still see him potentially make a couple hundred grand during the year.
Brayden Fiorini – $387,400 – MID
Booted 2 goals with 14 disposals, 5 rebound 50’s and 3 clearances. Good game, but very awkward price means no-one will go near him, even if he did score a big 105 SCPoints today.
Aaron Young – $313,400 – FWD
Was getting around it in the forward line, but didn’t really put it all together with just 10 disposals, 2 marks and 1.2. One of those “almost” games, but the signs were good.
Darcy MacPherson – $257,000 – FWD
Big game with 15 disposals, 4 tackles, 4 inside 50’s and 113 SCPoints. Looked very active around half forward for the Suns.
So that’s my review, but for anyone else who watched, did you see anything that took your fancy?
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