By Post MaSloane
The scene is set. The final siren has gone. 31,200 fans hold their breath at the ‘G as David Mundy lines up to take the game deciding kick against the tigers. He knows this situation. He’s been in it before.
The nation watches on as the weather-hardened veteran takes the all important kick to stop the tiger train in its tracks. Purple haze billows from every chimney in Fremantle as the locals realise the gravity of what has happened. He’s kicked it. David Mundy has won the game for his team.
It’s every young boy or girl’s dream.
Except there’s one glaringly obvious problem. David Mundy is not a young boy. Or indeed a young girl, for that matter.
He’s far from young. Pensioner might be a more accurate description, as Mundy’s childhood was probably filled with The Rolling Stones and black and white TV. But can old man Mundy deliver us one more fantasy relevant year, or will he fall another victim to the Mundy morning blues?
2018 Price – $491,700
2017 Average – 89.4
2017 Games – 21
2017 100+ Scores – 7
2017 Sub-80 Scores – 6
2017 Highs and Lows – High of 143, Low of 38
Mundy will go into 2018 as one of the more experienced heads in the Fremantle uniform, as someone who can more than hold his own amongst a very capable midfield, as well as being a leading option in an otherwise fairly dilapidated forward line.
He can play almost anywhere on the ground and still score Supercoach points, meaning it is less likely that Ross Lyon can do anything to completely ruin his output (touch wood). His ceiling is high, as he showed with a 143 point outing against the bulldogs in round 3, and the Dockers should be expecting a fairly successful 2018, which should raise his floor and smooth out the roughies.
And, in a year when stocks of serviceable forward line options are thinner than Mundy’s receding hairline, his new DPP eligibility may just be the precious gift that the Supercoach gods have delivered us.
Let’s be honest though, Mundy is no spring chicken. Just have a look at Heath Shaw’s 2017 stats to see that as the tooth gets longer, the less relevant they become to Supercoach. And Mundy’s teeth are beginning to somewhat resemble a warthog.
His average dropped from 113.5 in 2015, to 93.2 in 2016, and to 89.4 in 2017. Not a great trajectory, and it could be said that the game is sadly going past him. But being a midfield premo and a forward premo are two very different things, and if he can hold around the 90-95 average for 2018, I believe he will end the year in the top 8-10 forwards.
I like him. There are not many forward line options that are really worth considering for mine, but David Mundy is. Is he a risk? Yes. Do we have to rely on his body withstanding the rigours of a young mans sport? Yes.
But Mundy has had an excellent record with injuries since he first stepped on to the scene in 2005, and I’m excited to report he is currently my F2. Whether or not he stays there will mostly depend on whether I get sucked into any of the 85 ‘breakout’ players who are guaranteed ‘more midfield minutes’. But until then, lock it in, Eddie.