BY POST MASLOANE
I sat down tonight with a couple of beers excited to analyse what I thought was going to be a ripping contest between two teams unlucky to not make finals last year. However, after the first quarter, I thought the game was already done. Melbourne was all over St Kilda, who just didn’t seem to know how to use it properly, and I thought it was going to be a loooong night.
St Kilda kicked back in the third, however, and made me sit up straight and actually put my beer down as they hit the front. The game was becoming fast-paced and clean, and it looked like St Kilda might actually challenge in 2018. Melbourne held on though, and were too good, running out winners by 26 points.
Notable Absentees – MELBOURNE: Jack Viney, Jordan Lewis, Alex Neal-Bullen
Notable Absentees – ST KILDA: Billy Longer, Jack Lonie, Josh Battle, Hugh Goddard
Injuries: Jack Steven (ankle)
I was actually very impressed by the demons tonight. They seem to be running at fifth gear, and their engine room could compete with even the powerhouses in the competition, such as Geelong. The bearded giant once again showed his dominance, and Petracca, Oliver and Brayshaw all made strong cases for a spot in your side. So without further ado, let’s examine who the winners (Gawn) and losers were in Supercoach relevance.
Max Gawn – $503,700 – 126 SC
Lock this man into your team if you haven’t already. At a touch over $500k, The People’s Beard looks to be the best pick up of 2018. You’re absolutely nuts if you don’t pick him. 43 hit outs with 18 to advantage, and 18 disposals. Just do it.
Clayton Oliver – $612,800 – 98 SC
His owners would be very happy with his output, especially with a 66 point first half when he spent more time on the ground. The only thing stopping him from being an absolute lock is just the sheer number of rolled gold midfield premos we have. Will be among the top echelon of Supercoach scorers again this year.
Christian Petracca – $433,300 – 104 SC
Looked seriously good tonight, was everywhere and his teammates looked to get it to him whenever possible. Very, very tempting, you could do worse than backing this guy for a break out year.
Michael Hibberd – $545,200 – 66 SC
Not a bad game, but not his best either. Did nothing really to suggest he won’t be the general down back again this year, and this should hopefully be a one off.
Bailey Fritsch – $117,300 – 67 SC
Kicked a goal in the first quarter, and looked really comfortable at AFL level, scoring 49 points in the first half. Dropped off in the second half, partly due to his increased bench time, but for his price, is a lock on our forward bench if he is named round 1.
Angus Brayshaw – $316,700 – 99 SC
Kicked 2 goals, had 19 disposals and looked really good out there. Could be a breakout player in 2018, and be a good stepping stone, or even a keeper at D6, if he can keep up this output all season.
Nathan Jones – $554,900 – 42 SC
Love watching this guy play, looks like he has a paddock every time he gets the ball. Not a good enough scorer to be Supercoach relevant in the midfield though. PASS
Oscar McDonald – $383,500 – 13 SC
Don’t really know why this guy’s in here. Looked really lacklustre out there in the first half, and was benched for most of the second. Can’t seem to get near the ball enough, and at an awkward price. PASS
Jake Lever – $434,700 – 70 SC
Was really prominent early, but couldn’t maintain consistency throughout the game. Very affordable, but it will take a braver man than me to start him.
Jesse Hogan – $383,200 – 80 SC
Really hope he has a good year after a fairly troubled 2017, but at this price isn’t really Supercoach relevant. Would love for him to prove me wrong though.
Jayden Hunt – $389,600 – 75 SC
His shit headband is enough to keep him out of my team. Strong no.
Jake Melksham – $357,900 – 82 SC
Kicked 2 goals in the first quarter and looks a much better player in the blue and red than he did at my beloved bombers. Won’t score like this every week though. PASS
Shane Savage – $479,700 – 117 SC
Backed up a sensational JLT1 with another 108 points tonight. Looks to be in that rebounding defender role which is so valuable to Supercoach. Wasn’t on my watchlist, but seriously tempting me now. Jump on the bandwagon with me and we can all crash and burn together.
Jack Billings – $509,500 – 93 SC
Many eyes were on this man tonight, after missing JLT1 with a slight hamstring issue. Looked strong and did nothing to suggest he can’t be in the top 8 forwards for 2018. Not in my team, but will watch closely as an upgrade target.
David Armitage – $310,100 – 66 SC
Armitage couldn’t back up his stellar game against the blues last week, and only scored 20 points in the first half. Looked better in the second half, but looked a bit uninterested all game, searching for the cheap pill. At his price though provides great value, and for me remains a LOCK.
Sebastian Ross – $555,300 – 95 SC
Good game from Ross, but too expensive and won’t be among the top 10 midfielders so steer clear.
Dylan Roberton – $509,000 – 75 SC
Savage seems to have taken Roberton’s SC-friendly role this year, and was out of my team after JLT1. For around the same price you can get a seasoned gun in Kade Simpson. Pass for mine.
Tom Hickey – $327,200 – 55 SC
Actually looked fairly good despite being eaten by Gawn in the ruck, with 13 hitouts and 12 disposals off just 59% TOG. No Longer tonight though, so I’d steer clear considering he may not crack into the team come the regular season.
Hunter Clark – $175,800 – 44 SC and Nick Coffield – $171,300 – 48 SC
Neither did enough to justify their elevated rookie price tags, lacking confidence and poise at AFL level. Both had fairly impressive JLT1’s though, so maybe I’m being harsh on the youngsters.
Jack Steele – $500,800 – 91 SC
Lost his DPP eligibility, and after a fairly disappointing 2017 for his owners, there are better options at his price. Will throw in too many turds and just leave you frustrated. PASS
Tim Membrey – $410,400 – 59 SC
Strong in the forward line, looks to be the leader down there. Will have big games, but this wasn’t one of them. Better options for his price. PASS
Jack Steven – $498,600 – 78 SC
Was looking exceptionally good until an ankle injury 20 minutes into the third quarter, with 19 disposals, 5 marks and 79 Supercoach points off 67% TOG. Bad luck for him, but if he can get fit before round 1 he could be a decent POD, with 125 points in JLT1 as well.
Jake Carlisle – $376,100 – 37 SC
Looks slow and useless out there. Only 9 disposals, 3 tackles and 0 marks. Also doesn’t pass the flog test. AVOID
Well there you have it.
As much as JLT is usually as boring as watching a training session on Arden Street, I actually enjoyed this game. Will be interesting to see how far into September this demons outfit can go, they were a class above tonight and should be a strong team going forward.
Phew, that was more mentally draining than I thought. God I had a good time, though. Don’t we just love Supercoach?
What did you think, community? Anything stand out to you?