What did this game tell us?
Carlton will be premiers in 2018.
Well I might be acting facetious, one thing that stuck out to me was Carlton’s defensive setup. The Docherty role will be filled through a mixture of Byrne, Mullett, Marchbank and (presumably) Williamson. Kade Simpson appears to be playing the same role as he did in 2017, a weird floating halfback/wing role that won’t see him improve on last year’s output dramatically…I’ve gone off him.
In Hawthorn land I think we’ve learnt that Sicily (despite his flog-like nature) will be a good selection, as will Jack Gunston (who’s back in his preferred forward half role) and of course Tom Mitchell-son will be a good selection (he bloody gun). Jaeger O’Meara still doesn’t fill me with confidence, I understand the selection but I don’t condone it. Recent history says his legs are cooked.
Oh and the Hawks can’t kick for goal
BTW~ I don’t mind the Blues new clash jumper but the commentary teams on TV and radio tore it to shreds…the shorts were a little small, I’ll give them that.
Notable Absentees – CARLTON
Lang, Docherty :’(, Rowe, Kerridge, Garlett, Williamson
Notable Absentees – HAWTHORN
Rioloi, Shiels, Mirra (Notably unavailable for the game due to his wedding)
Injuries: Kreuzer (ankle), Puopolo (leg), Frawley (back), C. Curnow (finger)
Matthew Kreuzer – $603,700 – RUC – SC 8
Injured his left ankle during the first quarter. Looked good before that but the injury will scare some coaches off. Wait to hear from the doctors and then make your decision, still in my side.
Marc Murphy – $595,000 – MID – SC 56
Another quiet week from Murphy not that anyone’s going to pick him. He’ll ramp it up in the actual season but he’s not worth the starting price.
Patrick Cripps – $537,300 – MID – SC 103
Barely got near it until the fourth quarter, ended up with 103 points. Is now my deity.
Ciaran Byrne – $229,300 – MID – SC 48
Was using his dash off halfback and pushing up the ground, kicking in traffic is still an issue for him. I’m passing on him, he’s not going to make enough cash.
Kade Simpson – $516,300 – DEF – SC 70
I thought a Docherty-less Carlton side would be gold for Simpson…I think I might’ve been wrong. He looks to be playing that weird halfback/wing/floaty role and it’s not great for Supercoach. It wasn’t obvious last week how Carlton would line up in defence but having seen them play today it looks like Docherty’s points won’t find their way to Simpson.
Charlie Curnow – $408,100 – FWD – SC 66
Early on he looked like the Charlie Curnow we saw late in 2017. Was everywhere and had his name read out a lot by the commentators (admittedly half of those were for his brother) despite dislocating his finger in the first quarter. Still looms as a breakout contender but I’ve removed him from my side.
Paddy Dow – $193,800 – MID – SC 26
Struggled to keep up with Hawthorn’s midfield and his impact on the play suffered because of it. Won’t be my first picked rookie because I don’t think he’ll be a great cash generator. Don’t cross him off completely because we might not have anyone else come round 1.
Matthew Kennedy – $356,000 – MID – SC 76
If he’s near the ball in traffic he’ll probably take possession. Unfortunately due to the nature of his contested game it’s very hard for him to deliver clean disposals to teammates. He’ll grow into a prolific inside midfielder but it won’t happen quickly enough to warrant a starting selection in your side.
Lochie O’Brien – $162,300- MID – SC 33
Didn’t get on the ground in the first half and when he got on he still looked lost. Hoping he’s a downgrade option for us later in the year.
Cam O’Shea – $166,000 – DEF – SC 60
Didn’t play in the first half…he’ll see some senior footy in 2018 but not enough to warrant a selection. Better options in defence either way.
Caleb Marchbank – $381,400 – DEF – SC 89
After an incredible game last week he was talked about on Twitter a lot as a breakout contender. I still don’t see it but he was started on a wing a number of times today so the Blue are looking to utilise his pace and kicking in 2018. No for me.
Jacob Weitering – $353,900 – DEF – SC 106
He bloody good.
Has been floated as a pod, but I’m not bold enough to pick him.
Shaun Burgoyne – MID – $481,300 – SC 120
He was pretty much everywhere throughout the day; if he could kick straight he would’ve had 200 points. Kicked 0.5 to go with 25 disposals. Not a guy you’d be considering despite his ability to NEVER AGE.
James Sicily – DEF/FWD – $402,800 – SC 57
In my side but after today I really don’t want him to be. He’ll average 15 points less than he should in 2018 due to his flog-like free kicks against.
Look he’s going to provide some real value but gee whiz he’s a flog.
Ryan Burton – DEF – $460,200 – SC 48
I once said he could be a better option than Sicily, I am an idiot.
Jarman Impey – FWD – $335,700 – SC 89
Started in the middle of the ground and was impressive in a negating role on Cripps early, was able to push forward and hit the scoreboard too…speedy little bastard. But at that price you can’t touch him. Better options slightly above and below the $300K mark.
Ben McEvoy – RUCK – $523,300 – SC 74
Just the 74 points from McEvoy today, which is disappointing given he only had McKay and Casboult to contend with. I still think he’ll be a nice pod but I’d currently be favouring the Nank!
Tom Mitchell – MID – $653,500 – 115SC
What more can be said about this man? Currently trying to find $50K to fit him in.
Jaeger O’Meara – MID – $315,800 – 90SC
Still handballs a lot…like a lot. With his injury history and mediocre JLT 1, I was looking for a superb outing against the Blues. He was good but not good enough to take one of the 30 positions in my Supercoach side. Can understand the upside but the recent history isn’t there.
Olliver Hanrahan – FWD – $123,900 – 47SC
Only played the second half and won’t get much of a run at it in 2018. Avoid.
Jack Gunston – FWD – $474,800 – SC 79
Played mostly in the forward half and looked the Gunston of old. Accuracy was pretty poor kicking only 1.3 His kicking game combined with his forward pressure, eleven tackles today, ELEVEN, lead to him being a pretty good Supercoach scorer. I have him on my POD-list, Based on today he will be a decent selection.