Eleven sleeps until round 1 you guys! Get bloody excited. Before I jump into tonights game between West Coast and Freo, I want to give a quick Twitter shoutout to Patch, Lek, Barron, Damien, Dan, and Post_MaSloane for giving up their weekends, weekdays, and in Patch’s case, his eyesight to watch and analyse all these JLT games. It’s not easy keeping track of 20+ blokes and come away with SuperCoach significance for each one. These guys have been marvellous in doing so.
Right, lets get into it. These two sides have SuperCoach relevance and rookie options coming out the wazoo!
This game was just… bad, terrible, absolutely horrible. There were literally passages of play where the teams would just play kick to kick and turn it over each time. While there was plenty of options to look at pre game most of them shat the bed. Take tonight’s game with a large grain of salt, it was a blowout and no one really looked interested after 1/4 time.
NOTABLE ABSENTEES – Fremantle: Bennell, Stephen and Brad Hill, Hughes (kinda), Darcy (kinda)
NOTABLE ABSENTEES – West Coast: JJK, Nic Nat, Vardy, Ah Chee
Score: Fremantle 14. 17. 101 v West Coast – 5. 9. 39
Injuries: Sandi (cheek – fine), Rioli (knee – didn’t play second half), Hutchings (head clash – fine), Matera (calf – fine) Ed Langdon (deceased after Ryan buried with with a (fair) bump in the third)
- Nathan Wilson – DEF – $417,300 – 94SC
I rated Wilson at GWS and hoped that a move to Freo would free him up. Played his role well despite not having a lot of opportunity. 19 possessions and 6 inside 50’s.
- Luke Ryan – DEF – $422,300 108SC
Could be a real option here folks. Scored 82 in JLT1 and backed it up with 106SC tonight. Was super after quarter time. 21 touches (19 kicks) at 100% d.e. 12 marks as well.
- David Mundy – MID/FWD – $491,700 – 94SC
Played the veteran game tonight. Didn’t exactly stand out but knows his role at Freo. Has averaged under 90 twice in past 8 seasons (both times 89). Consider.
27, Lachie Neale – MID – $599,300 – 161SC
He’s a nugget, Lachie. Had 11 possessions in the first and finished with 36 (13 contested) along with 3 goals, 8 clearances and 6 marks. Should absolutely be in the conversation if you’re thinking Zerrett or Brad Crouch. R14 bye sucks though.
- Michael Walters – MID/FWD – $478,300 – 100SC
Again started in the middle. Kept my key close when I picked him early days but will be giving it the flick after tonight. Ross isolated in the forward 50 in the second and no one had the speed to go with him. Could be a tactic at Freo this year. Looked dangerous with the ball in hand and could kick a bag or two this year
- Sandipants – RUCK – $480,000 – 112SC
Assistant coach Simon Eastaugh said the other day that Freo “probably looking more at the (one) ruck and that pinch hitter”. So I reckon as long as Sandi stays fit he’s an option.
The magic cream came out in the first after he copped a whack in the face that drew blood. Smashed Lycett in the ruck and was given a rest in the 4th. 12 disposals, 9 contested, 24 hitouts from only 58% TOG
- Matthew Taberner – FWD – $325,100 – 148SC
Will be setting up a parental lock on supercoach.com.au after this write up before I do something stupid and put this guy at F4. West Coast just didn’t have a match up for him tonight. Had it 23 times, kicked 2, helped out in the ruck when needed, and 5 of his 12 marks were contested.
- #FyfeisLife – MID – $597,900 – 109SC
Owner of the only respectable man bun in AFL never slipped out of second gear tonight. Did nothing to suggest you should take him out your team. Disposal efficiency of 61 kept his score down. 14/26 disposals were contested.
- Bailey Banfield – MID – $123,400 – 76SC
Sharked a nice goal in the second and did his round 1 chances no harm. Backed up his 96 in JLT1 with 76 tonight. Started forward but did rotate through the middle a bit. If he’s named round 1 pick him with confidence.
- Andrew Brayshaw – MID – $198,300 – 97SC
Far and away the best high priced midfield rookie. Getting genuine midfield minutes and has slipped right into Fremantle’s rotation. 15 out his 19 touches were handballs but with 10 of those being contested and a further nine tackles laid lock him in.
- Ballantyne – FWD – ??? – 141SC
Yeah, cool. I’m only putting him in here because I can guarantee there will be a comment like, wHaT aBoUt HaYdEn BaLlaNtYnE?? Do you really want this guy in your team? He’s never averaged over 75 in a season and is a guarantee to be at the tribunal at least 3 times this year
- Tom Cole – DEF – $170,400 – 67SC
Wanted something out of him tonight but it wasn’t there at his elevated price. 60’s in both his JLT games. Pass
- Jeremy McGovern – DEF – $498,800 – 107SC
Did his intercepting thing thing tonight but didn’t look as pretty or use the ball as well as Rance does. Is he a bad pick? No. Could you do better? Yes. Had 7 rebound 50’s from 82% game time
- Jack Redden – MID – $437,900 – 58SC and Luke Shuey – MID – $529,100 – 26SC
Remember these two from JLT? Scored 311SC between them but tonight…
This is what we mean by players being a trap. They flash their wares in preseason games but don’t fall for it, Community. Always do your research and look at the history of a player. Shuey had 15 disposals for 26 (!!!) SC, Redden slightly better with 58SC to show for his 15 disposals. Both players had over 80% TOG
- Andrew Gaff – MID – $512,000
Could have included him in the above section with Redden and Shuey. 138SC last week, 61SC this week. 90% TOG. Pass
- Jake Waterman – FWD – $123,900 – 53SC
Keeping JJK’s seat warm I reckon. Lump of a lad that didn’t see a lot of the ball. Forward rookie that’ll probably play round 1 but you don’t want him.
- Liam Ryan – FWD – $117,300 – 50SC
Had a massive first quarter. Kicked the first goal of the game by setting up a chain of possessions in his defensive 50. West Coast quickly moved it through the centre corridor and he somehow ended up with it in the goal square 10 seconds later. Quietened down after that but looked to be playing further up the ground than Rioli. 13 touches and a goal
I wouldn’t trust him on field but a handy F8 if he’s named round 1
- Willie Rioli – FWD – $123,900 – 11SC
Like Ryan he looked good early. Tries to be a bit flashy sometimes, if he’d just lower the eyes and play a bit more team footy he’d be rewarded in SC.
- Scott Lycett – RUC – $227,100 – 54SC
Got absolutely towelled up by Sandi in the ruck and wasn’t a presence around the ground. Showed a sizeable chink in his armour tonight. Gave away 7 frees among 11 clangers. 18 hitouts but most of them came against Meek.
- Elliot Yeo – DEF – $561,300 – 60SC
Wasn’t alone in being poor tonight. There wasn’t a particular area that kept his score down he just plain sucked. 39% d.e. Huge amount for a D1. Look elsewhere
- Jarrod Brander – DEF/FWD – $148,800 – 0SC (saw 8 minutes of game time), Daniel Venables – FWD – $123,900 – 41SC and Brayden Ainsworth – MID – $117,300 – 8SC
Included because they are rookie priced. No to all of them.