JLT2 kicked off tonight with a match between my beloved Tigers and… *checks notes* North. I covered North Melbourne’s JLT1 match against the Dees and sigh, this should be fun!
Fast game early. North struggled to hit their targets by foot while Richmond were wasteful in front of goals. Once Richmond hit second gear their midfield speed stood out, or maybe North Melbourne’s midfield speed was really slow? Tigers kicked away in the third then the game became nothing more than going through the motions with a 6 goal to 1 final term.
NOTABLE ABSENTEES: North – Daw, Lukey McDonald, Still no Ahern
NOTABLE ABSENTEES: Richmond – Houli, Miles
Score: Richmond 19. 14. 128 beat North 8. 10. 58
SuperCoach Significance – Richmond
- Alex Rance – DEF – $492,300 – 44SC
Was at his intercepting best early on but didn’t have a whole lot to do tonight. Opposed to Brown/Wood. Only 62% TOG but will occasionally drop these turds so you probably should avoid.
- Nick Vlastuin – DEF – $430,100 – 82SC
Again played the +1 defender but it must be noted Houli wasn’t playing tonight. A solid but unspectacular game. 10 marks and 5 R50’s a big plus.
- Jayden Short – DEF – $319,300 – 113SC
Rotated between forward and the wing. Feels like a blue moon score here. Had 58SC in JLT1
- Brandon Ellis – DEF – $502,500 – 62SC
Played back 6 and looked pretty ordinary. Woke up in the second half a bit and started to bring his rebound game. 62SC tonight to go with his 57SC from JLT1. For 500k you could do a lot better. Pass
- Shane Edwards – MID/FWD – $414,600 – 63SC
Typically busy performance but makes some down right dumb decisions sometimes. 6 clangers out of his 23 touches.
- Trent Cotchin – MID – $555,000 – 83SC
He’s almost too good looking. That would be my main deterrent in… you know, considering a relationship.
Copped the Jacobs tag midway through the second. Spent time between each arc in the third then moved back into the middle when the game was run and done. His round 14 bye sucks.
- Jack Graham – MID – $268,800 – 58SC
I still love you, Jack. Was pushed out of the coalface and onto a wing where he had 18 disposals. 58SC wasn’t helped by 4 frees against.
- Corey Ellis – DEF/MID – $228,400 – 56SC
A nasty head gash meant he sat out most of the first. Played less than half the match with only 46% TOG. His 96 in JLT1 made me sit up and take notice, only 56SC tonight. Job security is my issue with Corey I reckon.
- Nank – RUCK – $488,300 – 132SC
Didn’t get to see him last week against being knocked out early against the Bombers. As such he’s been overlooked as a partner to Gawn. Goldy had the better of him in the ruck but his game is being a presence around the ground and he certainly was. 21 disposals (13 contested) at 71 d.e%
Hauled in 3 contested marks, one of which was mark of the year (don’t @ me) over Ziebell in the first quarter. Consider.
- Kane Lambert – MID/FWD – $472, 500 – 109SC
Kicked 3 first half goals and finished with 4. Was talked about early days as an option but Richmond’s spread of goal kickers means he’s not a reliable option in my book.
- Dusty – MID – $656,000 – 80SC
Bit of a quite night on the stats sheet for Dusty. Had a few fend offs but wasn’t at his line breaking best. Had a game high 7 clangers which kept his score down.
- Shai Bolton – FWD – $242,500 – 58SC
Absolute pest. Has a lovely set shot but if he’d just take a breath before he takes a snap at goal he could be anything. For mine, he’s locked up Rioli’s spot for a round 1. Might stick around when Rioli returns but he won’t be first choice. Not for SuperCoach
- Jack Riewoldt – FWD – $455,200 – 77SC
Focal point in attack but i guess that’s a given when you’re the only tall forward up there. Tries to be too clever sometimes which puts me off picking him up.
Incident in the third will be looked at when he tried to chuck a high 5 and missed completely, striking Caddy high.
- Caddyshack – MID/FWD – $419,600 – 115SC
Somehow managed 115SC from 2 goals and 20 disposals. Was that guy who ran into the open goal squad to accept the easy handball. Had 136SC last week. Burnt many last year, any takers?
SuperCoach Significance – North
- Marley Williams – DEF – $396,300 – 119SC
Snuck up on me last week and I didn’t make the same mistake this time around. His rebounding and precision by foot stood out. Had 22 disposals, (15 kicks) at 81% d.e. Nine R50’s
- Jamie Macmillan – DEF – $424,600 – 90SC
Looks to be North’s go to guy along with Williams coming out of defence. A bit handball happy. He had 7 R50s and 23 disposals (13 handballs).
- Shaun Atley – FWD – $373,800 – 50SC
- Billy Hartung – MID – $402,600 – 66SC
Still quick. That’s about all you need to know. The order of popular midprice midfielders goes: 1. Cogs, 2. Armitage, 3. Daylight, 4. Hartung.
- LDU – MID – $189,300 – 43SC
LDU was under my microscope tonight after a so-so JLT1, after tonight he is scratched off my list. 17 touches but he wasn’t influential.
- Mason Wood – FWD – $352,400 – 54SC
Played third tall behind Brown and Waite. North rate him. I don’t. Pass
- Jack Ziebell – MID – $493,600 – 105SC
Still the only North midfielder who looks like he give a genuine toss. Had 15 disposals in the first half and finished with 24. Efficiency has always been a problem for Jack though with only 58 d.e% tonight. A better daily fantasy pick for North games.
- Goldmember – RUCK – $521,400 – 81SC and
- Braydon Preuss – RUCK – $347,000 – 39SC
In a baffling display of honesty, Brad Scott straight up came out yesterday and said of the ruck plans, “Round 1, whichever way we decide to go, may not be the way we go round 2”. Go find the darkest marker you own and put a big fat line through both these guys.
Game wise; they each played a half. The highlights were Goldy selling some sweet candy to Conca for a goal and Preuss smashed a 70m barrel. Wouldn’t be picking either after Scott’s comments.
- Shaun Higgins – MID – $505,000 – 119SC
Missed the boat last week but tonight delivered the kind of preseason performance we’ve all come to love from Shaun. Played his usual role of midfielder while drifting forward. 31 disposals and a goal from 82% TOG. Surely is a one of those big “lock of the week” padlocks for Patch now.
- Ben Cunnington – MID – $500,800 – 72SC
Can share the podium with Ziebell as another trier in North’s engine room. 14 first half disposals and finished with 28 (13 contested) 9 clearances but also 6 clangers.
- Mitch Hibberd – MID – $169,300 – 47SC
Only 48% TOG after 41% in JLT1. Scott seems reluctant to play him. 11 touches at 81 d.e. Look elsewhere.
- Tom Murphy – DEF/MID – $124,900 – 15SC
I confess I don’t know a lot about this guy and maybe Brad Scott didn’t recognise him on the bench. 39% TOG and he can go straight off your rookie watchlist
Ben Brown FWD – $423,300 – 62SC
Kicked the opening goal of the game from 20m out directly in front on a 50m run up. That’s the only thing I wanted to mention. Don’t pick hm.