I knew this would be an average game. I knew it. Even Gold Coast’s improved effort last year couldn’t deter myself from the fact that I was in for a rough one.
I tuned in to the first bounce to rain falling at Southport Oval, and after three minutes of average, damp football my phone promptly decided it didn’t have the heart to watch this game and died.
It took me some fifteen minutes to coax it back from being Not Dead, and after popping next door to have a quick phone call to Port Adelaide’s medical staff I was able to reanimate it. In that 15 minutes neither side had kicked a goal, and according to The Internet, no-one could see anything due to water all over the camera lens.
Gold Coast v Brisbane
Current conditions 🌨 pic.twitter.com/D5B5YUGAX9
— Pete (@aflratingsPete) March 11, 2018
The rest of the game was just as painful as I expected, with awful turnovers repeating end on end until it looked like kick-to-kick between people of different jumpers. I’ve seen AusKick games with less boots off the turf. Simple marks were dropped and there were some absolute shanks, including one to [RICH WHO SHALL NOT BE NAM- wait, dangit I named him] who had a kickout grub off the side of his boot to a Gold Coast player ten metres out from goal.
Notable absentees: Brisbane – Dayne Beams, Rhys Mathieson… maybe Claye Beams? I’m not sure who else to be honest
Nobale absentees: Gold Coast – Michael Barlow, Peter Wright, Sean Lemmens, Jack Scrimshaw, Gary Abl… oh wait, oops.
Gold Coast 7.7.49 def Brisbane 4.18.42
Four goals EIGHTEEN. Yeah it really wasn’t pretty. For those concerned about Beams missing, sadly his father passed away just before the JLT, he’s apparently good to go physically.
Pearce Hanley ($428,000 DEF/MID)
Very, very lively early for a player used to running around with the ball a little bit drier than it was today did really well. Had 40SC in the first quarter and was on 55 on the half time buzzer. Was quiet in the third as the Suns got on a roll but I saw enough to lock him in. Unfortunately in the final quarter he slid across the grass to stop a tumbling goal and popped his shoulder out.
PEARCE MATE. IT’S A JLT GAME. DON’T SLIDE INTO THE FENCE.
— Patch (@PatchToTheMax) March 11, 2018
Looked okay – he wasn’t in a huge amount of pain, and I wouldn’t expect him to miss round one. Nonetheless Pearce pull your head in mate. We don’t need that fright. Still in my side unless injury intervenes.
Aaron Hall ($507,200 MID) 131SC
If this bloke was forward eligible he’d be my first picked. In the middle, he’s got to work a hell of a lot harder to justify his position. He’ll be the main man for the Suns in the middle and I can see him having a really good year. I can honestly see him being a roughie to average 110 or more – I mean someone’s got to score and Witts is good enough (or tall enough) to tap it to him semi-regularly.
I’m not starting him due to the uncertainty in the Suns’ side and that stupid bye, but will be watching him until that bye in round 10.
Jarrod Witts ($518,300 RUC) 91SC
Looked okay coming up against big Stefan Martin, and had a strong first half with 67 Supercoach points. Racked up the contested possessions and while he didn’t dominate the ruck despite being 209cm, it wasn’t a day for the big men. If you’re considering him, I’d continue to do so as it does look like he’ll be the solo ruck on the Gold Coast.
Will Brodie ($187,700 MID) 66SC
He’s one midfield rookie we should lock away. Elevated price point but will play in the guts for the Suns and has the best job security of anyone under $200,000, and with his contested game (10 contested possessions and four tackles) he’ll make coin. His 66 points slightly less than I’d have liked but we’re in no position to be picky at this stage.
Nick Holman ($102,400 MID) 72SC
Had a return of 72SC points from his 13 touches, but 11 of those bad boys were contested. Looked very good in and under for the Suns and for the love of Ablett I hope he’s named in round one as he’ll make a bucketload of coin. Based on today’s performance he does.
Tom J Lynch ($467,600 FWD) 60SC
One of the best forwards in the game. If he had someone to kick it to him I’d be heavily considering him as a top six or eight forward. However, there’s the tiny, inconvenient factor that his side is a bit slightly maybe not all that good? Pick him up next year when he’s playing for a Victorian club that can actually get him the ball.
Jarryd Harbrow ($NON,ONO NOPE) NopeSC
Jarryd Lyons ($493,300 MID) 78SC
Was everywhere today and will be one of the main linchpins in the Suns’ midfield. Had 26 kicks and seven handballs, but only 33 per cent of those 33 touches were effective and despite the weather impacting that I’m not interested in the slightest.
Darcy MacPherson ($257,000 FWD) 70SC
After last week’s 119 I thought he was a smokie at entering the Gold Coast midfield and making us coin if we lost rookies at the last minute. Looks like his JLT1 was a bit of a flash in the pan and I’ll pass on him.
Steven May ($462,100 DEF) 22SC
Good player, bad Supercoach option.
Sam Day ($259,000 FWD) 40SC
With the rookies dropping like flies up forward he was a chance at being a value selection if he could average 80. That thought lasted about 10 minutes of today’s game.
Zorko the Magnificent ($608,900 MID) 127SC
Absolute gun. Love watching this guy play and in the wet was no different. Hacked the ball out of mid-air to effect, had a gnarly soccer goal in the last and was everywhere in the absence of Dayne Beams. I really want to select him but won’t have the space. Very good POD.
Stefan Martin ($540,800 RUC) 85SC
Did his usual thing with 18 touches and 31 hitouts despite conceding well over 5cm to Witts. Wouldn’t be concerned by his failure to rack up a ton, was an average game in the wet. Still in my thoughts as structure comes together.
Alex Witherden ($478,900 DEF) 83SC
Much more promising game from the young rebounding defender. I like the cut of his jib, and 17 kicks to just two handballs is a very good omen. That 73 per cent efficiency will increase when it’s dry, but I probably won’t select him this year. If I was picking a 2019 team tonight he’d be one of my first defenders picked.
Tom Bell ($287,000 FWD) 104SC
Well, well, well. What have we got here? Looked to be playing in Dayne Beams’ role when he was in the midfield, and playing high half-forward when not. Painfully aware Beams is due to come back into the side and that will impact his scoring. The question is how much? If he averages 90 at just under 300k I’d be taking that.
Can he average 90? Yes. Will he? I think so? Had 20 touches with 13 contested – if he converts the 0.2 into 2.0 and doesn’t give away three frees he becomes very relevant indeed. Interested in the Community’s thoughts on this one.
Allen Christensen ($267,300 FWD) 46SC
Played very deep in the forward line and while he looked dangerous at times – especially early when he was the leading possession getter a few minutes in – I can’t see him being worth selecting. Cross him off your list and consider Tom Bell at just 20k more.
Mitch Robinson ($406,400 MID/FWD) 86SC
Had a few knocks about in the game and did some hard work but 86 isn’t quite enough. Really bad disposal effeciency and I know that will improve, but I’ll be looking elsewhere.
Luke Hodge ($461,800 DEF) 72SC
It’s got to the stage where the tooth is a bit long in the Luke Hodge.
Cam Rayner ($202,800 FWD) 71SC
Played mostly forward but did push up the ground at times. 10 tackles is a huge effort, too. If we lose a lot of rookies he may have to come into calculations? No at this stage.
Charlie Cameron ($372,500 FWD) 51SC
dAnIeL rIcH ($502,800 DEF) 75SC
wOw dAnIeL rIcH iS a GoOd SuPeRcOaCh SeLeCtIoN.