GOLD COAST v BRISBANE: Supercoach Match Report

Filed in Brisbane 2018, Gold Coast 2018, Supercoach 2018 by on 11/03/2018 • views: 7477

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.


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.

Gold Coast

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.

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.


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  1. Patch says:

    SCORES: some of the ones I had may have been scaled since I grabbed them.


    Aaron Hall 124

    Brayden Fiorini 96

    David Swallow 91

    Jarrod Witts 91

    Touk Miller 90

    Aaron Young 83

    Jarryd Lyons 78

    Lachie Weller 76

    Jarrod Harbrow 73

    Jack Bowes 72

    Pearce Hanley 72

    Nick Holman 72

    Darcy Macpherson 70

    Will Brodie 66

    Tom J. Lynch 60

    Kade Kolodjashnij 60

    Ben Ainsworth 59

    Alex Sexton 52

    Rory Thompson 52

    Jesse Joyce 40

    Sam Day 40

    Michael Rischitelli 39

    Jack Martin 30

    Steven May 22

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    Dayne Zorko 127

    Lewis Taylor 117

    Tom Bell 104

    Ryan Lester 102

    Darcy Gardiner 86

    Mitch Robinson 86

    Stefan Martin 85

    Alex Witherden 83

    Nick Robertson 79

    Daniel Rich 75

    Jarrod Berry 74

    Luke Hodge 72

    Cameron Rayner 71

    Josh Walker 70

    Hugh McCluggage 66

    Harris Andrews 65

    Jacob Allison 59

    Ben Keays 58

    Charlie Cameron 51

    Allen Christensen 46

    Daniel McStay 39

    Sam Mayes 36

    Eric Hipwood 32

    Jack Payne 10

  2. GloryDays90 says:

    Just slotted Tom Bell into my FWD line. Looks the goods.

    • Russty_ says:

      If he could get back to his 2015 average…good pick!

    • Terry says:

      Is he best 22 is my only concern

    • Doughboy says:

      I've been like probably all you chaps been acutely aware of this fella………I reckon there is value here!, has to be a better pick than out of the game Christo eh?

  3. Harry says:

    Bell's been in my team for a while now. Averaged 90 back in 2015. Plays better against crap teams, and he's got a few early. Should make lots of cash.

    I still don't trust Pearce Hanley to play more than 15 games, plus the early bye turns me away. Zorko is tempting as a POD to replace Dangerfield if Danger doesn't play round 1. Brodie is a lock.

  4. Adam says:

    Thoughts on my team?

    DEF – Laird, Hibber, Lloyd, Murray, Doedee, Coffield (O'Shea, Finlayson)
    MID – Martin, Mitchell, Merrett, Fyfe, Parker, Cripps, Andrew Brayshaw, T. Kelly (Fogarty, Holman, Barry)
    RUCK – Gawn, Lycett
    FWD – Heeney, Billings, McLean, D. Smith, Fritsch, Ryan (Keefe, Garlett)

    I know I'm taking a risk with Lycett at the minute, but interested in what others think to this point. All feedback welcome. Cheers.

    • SC_Kev7 says:

      Looks okay, Adam. Have you got the coin to turn a Parker/Cripps into a uber premo? (Oliver, MCrouch, Zorks)

  5. Defying_Madness says:

    J McGovern anyone?

    • Captain Risky says:

      Will be seeing plenty of the ball down that end this year…

    • James says:

      I like that it's his contract year too, bit of extra incentive for him to play well

  6. King says:

    Anyone know what Barlow's deal is? Injured? Underdone? Constipated? No JLT games and I thought he had a good pre season.

    • Russty_ says:

      Probably broke his leg getting out of bed, on the way to the toilet, because he was constipated 🙂

  7. BrownlowBoy says:

    How many Freo blokes is too many?
    Fyfe, Brayshaw, Banfield, Walters all looking good. Throw in Neale too.

    • Captain Risky says:

      Reckon Luke Ryan might go OK too. Brayshaw looking like the best mid rookie, worth the extra $ i reckon.

    • SCdonkey says:

      Depending on your structure, Fyfe, Walters and Neale that's 3 keepers will be out in Round 14

  8. DunNuthin says:

    Lycett looking good mate. Had one of his best ever first quarters finishing on -3 SC. I don't know who's the bigger hack Lycett as a SC ruck or you lot as supposedly knowledgable SC advisers.

    • Rick Grimes says:

      You are a bigger flog than Greene. Lycett was a genuine option heading into JLT. The lads were right to discuss him. Didn't show much and will be off the radar for many now, but much easier to say that in hindsight.

  9. CalebCripps922 says:

    What to do with Christensen?

    • Russty_ says:

      Why he injured?

      • BrownlowBoy says:

        Hasn't been setting the world on fire with his two JLT scores.

        • Russty_ says:

          Can't really judge him by his score today though, the weather was atrocious and it was a mudpit.
          I'll stick with him for now.

    • Danners says:

      Put him in if you feel confident he will make coin

    • Patch says:

      Personally would move him to Bell at this stage, but expect a few stinkers. Can't in any good faith condone starting Christensen.

  10. SCdonkey says:

    I'm settled with this line up for now,

    Laird, Hibbo, Touhy
    Naughton, Murray, O'connor
    E: Keeffe, Murphy
    Possible: Coffield, Doedee

    Titch, Oliver, Kelly, Zerret
    Fyfe, Brodie, Finlayson, Banfield
    E: Barry, Kelly, Holman
    Possible: Stephenson, Brayshaw

    Gawn, Nank
    E: Cameron

    Lambert, McLean, Taylor
    Petracca, Fogerty, Ryan
    E: Waterman, Fritsch

    A massive $471K in the kitty to play with before Round 1
    Depending if Danger and Kreuzer are fit to play.

    • ZerrettForPM says:

      Doedee is a must have.

      • SCdonkey says:

        Will depend on which Rooks start in Round 1. There are few Rooks a must have, but are they guaranteed a round 1 starter.

    • DacZawson says:

      4 speculative selections in the forward line is a bit too much for me. I'm not saying there's a possibility that Lambert, McLean and Petracca all fire but I'd say you'd want at least one sure thing in the forward line (eg. Buddy, Heeney, Greene)

      • SCdonkey says:

        Gone with mid price up forward this season, i just don't see any of them that's worth spending over 500K to start the season with.

    • JohnDJ59 says:

      I really like your team donk,I have Coffield at D4,then Naughton, Murray,with Doedee & O'Connor on the bench,did have Brodie at M6,but traded him for Brayshaw just now,the other mid rookies are the same,but I have Kelly on field and Banfield on the bench.Going with the same ruck combo.

      • SCdonkey says:

        Rookies will probably change just before Round 1 start John, we'll see who gets named. Ruck may also change depends if Kreuzer is fit to play.

        • JohnDJ59 says:

          Yes we will all be waiting for the teams to drop,to see which rookies have been picked.

  11. Shake_n_Bake_ says:

    More sad news pies fans like me the Sack out for the yr. knee. 🙁

  12. Krups says:

    Def: Laird Howe Savage Doedee Murray Finlayson { Naughton, Keffe )
    Mid: Danger Mitchell Oliver Merrett Fyfe Coniglio Banfield Kelly ( Holman, Barry, Coffield )
    Ruc: Gawn Nic Nat ( Cameron )
    For: Heeney Smith Petracca Sicily Fogarty Fritsch ( Venables McCartin )
    $74,000 left. Could upgrade Nic Nat

  13. Jordan says:

    Best ruck option apart from Gawn? Thinking lycett or Martin… thoughts?

    • GloryDays90 says:

      Nank or Martin

    • Patch says:

      Martin will be a good option providing Archie Smith stays out of the side. I'm tempted by Sandi, but the injury history worries me. Lek and I will have a long discussion about this in the podcast.

    • Derek says:

      Ryder is ok

    • SCdonkey says:

      Martin if you're not too worried about having Gawn and Martin of having the same bye in Round 13.

  14. Richo says:

    I am having a selection conundrum community. Barlow and Boak OR Dalhouse and Petracca. Please help me out and justify your opinions, this is the only part of my team that’s giving me headaches

  15. JohnDJ59 says:

    I did have Bell at F5, but traded him out for Fogarty last night.

  16. Donald Drumpf says:

    N Wilson or Sicily…? 🤔

  17. JugHead says:

    Version 57435 of my team, but the first tme I've posted it here. 97k left in the bank.
    I'd be interested in opinions………

    B: Yeo, Laird, Hibberd, Doedee, Murray, Finlayson (Naughton, O'Shea.)
    M: Danger, Titch, J. Kelly, Zerrett, Fyfe, Brodie, T. Kelly, Holman (Fogarty, Higgins, Garlett)
    R: Gawn, Nank (Olango)
    F: Heeney, Mundy, McLean, Petracca, Keefe, Giles-langdon (Fritsch, Ryan)

    • Russty_ says:

      Hey Jughead, very decent side mate, you might find Andrew Brayshaw could be a better pick than Brodie, and not sure if Higgins will play early..maybe Barry instead?
      Like the Nank Choice, I'm doing the same except with Cameron R3.
      Will Keefe and Giles-Langdon play?..not sure so you need a backup plan for that.

  18. Ben says:

    Can't decide btw Bell, Walters or Sicily at F4, currently got Heeney, McLean and smith plz help!!!

  19. flex350 says:

    Can you go too mid price players in fwd line. currently have Walters, Mclean, Smith, Petracca and Taberner. If anything considering downgrading Taberner but then not sure which one to upgrade. They all look like they have upside. Which ever one I choose will likely be the wrong one.

  20. Derek says:

    why didn't Zac Bailey play?

  21. JugHead says:

    Petracca or Cogniglio?