AROUND THE GROUNDS with Barron von Crow

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Yay, Superoach is back! And yay, it’s already providing what seems like even more headaches than last year, with several popular selections in Paddy Ryder, Tom Liberatore, Matthew Kreuzer and Zach Merrett going down with injuries, which meant if you had one, or multiples of those players selected in your side this week, you may have done quite poorly in what seemed to be a very high scoring opening round.

But rookies are what we’re here for and we were given a very mixed bag. I wouldn’t go beating yourself up too much if you made a few mistakes here, no one will ever shoot 100% on rookies, in terms of both starting selections and on-field selections every week, so expect to make a few slipups here and there. We’re dealing with unknowns here, so it’s hard to be perfect. So lets go see what Round 1 gave us in rookie performances.

Across the Nation



The Blues started off hot, but they couldn’t keep the Tigers on a leash for four quarters, eventually going down 121-95. They had a few popular rookie selections, with Jarrod Garlett looking like the best option, scoring 61 SCPoints from 17 disposals, 7 marks and 2 goals. A good start for him. The other two options Carlton offered up in Paddy Dow and Ciaran Byrne were less successful, with Byrne recording 14 disposals and 4 marks for 48 SCPoints and Dow producing 11 disposals and 5 tackles for 35 SCPoints. On the injury front, Matthew Kreuzer may miss some time due to injury, but with the Blues already having Andrew Phillips and bringing in Matthew Lobbe in the off-season, that will mean little in the way of potential rookie priced players getting a go.

The VFL season will kick off for the Northern Blues on the 7th of April against Collingwood. In the mean-time, they played a trial match against Richmond last Thursday, which they lost 127-73. Lachie O’Brien was noted as one of the top 5 disposal getters with 17, while Patrick Kerr booted a team high 2 goals, with Kym LeBois and Tom De Koning also hitting the scoreboard with a goal each. They will be playing another trial match against Port Melbourne on the 31st of March against Port Melbourne prior to the start of the VFL season.



The Pies didn’t have much luck against Hawthorn, going down 101-67, but we did have two decent efforts from their rookie selections Sam Murray and Jaidyn Stephenson. Murray finished with 19 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 5 clangers for 72 SCPoints, while Stephenson had 16 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 62 SCPoints. Good start for both.

On the VFL side of things, Collingwood’s season starts on the 7th of April against Collingwood. The side had a trial match against Box Hill on Friday, which they won 89-66. No real stats were provided for the game.



The Bombers had a terrific 4th quarter comeback to take home the 4 points by 2 goals against Adelaide after being down by 20 at the end of the 3rd quarter, but in terms of actual rookie priced options, they didn’t really provide much at all, with just Joshua Begley playing, although he did have a solid game, producing 11 disposals, 5 tackles and kicking 1.1 for 61 SCPoints.

The Bombers VFL season kicks off on the 7th of April against the Frankston Dolphins, with the Bombers having a practice match against the Werribee Tigers last Friday, which they won 59 to 23 (the Tigers kicked an awful 2.11). Dylan Clarke, Trent Mynott and Matt Guelfi were noted among the Bombers best.



A very close game against Melbourne, which the Cats just held on to win, 94-97, but the biggest take away for us here was the MASSIVE debut by Tim Kelly, who produced a great game with 27 disposals, 3 marks, 6 clearances, 2 tackles and a goal for 118 SCPoints. There is the likely addition of some bloke whose last name is Danger to deal with, but a great start nonetheless. Not to be outdone, Lachlan Fogarty also looks good, recording 20 disposals, 4 marks and a goal for 82 SCPoints. Zach Guthrie also found plenty of the ball with 22 disposals and 6 marks for 86 SCPoints, while Esava Ratugolea (only took me two tries to spell that correctly!) was a bit quieter in his AFL debut, finishing with 8 disposals, 5 marks, 5 hitouts and a goal for 32 SCPoints.

The Cats VFL season kicks off on the 1st of April against Werribee, the VFL Round 1 fixture is spread over two weeks, with the Cats being the only side to play the first week, no reason why that was booked like that. Anyway, the Cats VFL side played Footscray in a trial match last Sunday, with the Cats winning 112-94. Jermaine Jones and Timm House were named in the top 5 for the Cats, with Jones booting 2 goals, with Gryan Miers and Jack Henry also kicking goals.



No rookie starts for Hawthorn, who made easy work of Collingwood, winning 101-67.

The Box Hill Hawks start their VFL season against Williamstown on the 8th of April.  They had a trial game against Collingwood, losing 89-66, with Mitch Lewis kicking 3 goals and James Worpel booting 2 majors.



A close game on Sunday, with the Demons having a chance to take the lead with 11 seconds left, but unfortunately for them, Maxy Gawn was unable to convert and the Demons went down 94-97. Bayley Fritsch the 2017 winner of the Fothergill-Round Medal in the VFL made his AFL debut and did OK, producing 60 SCPoints from 11 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and 1.1. Decent rookie forwards looked to be in short supply this year, so we’ll take what we can get, especially at the cheaper price point.

In the VFL, the Casey Demons (No longer scorpions, although scorpions do remind me of something you’d find in Hell) start their season on the 8th of April against Coburg.


North Melbourne

They practically played in a swimming pool, so it’s hard to take too much out of the Kangaroos 55-39 loss to the Gold Coast Suns. The #4 pick in the 2017 AFL Draft, Luke Davies-Uniacke made his debut, but didn’t muster much, recording just 8 disposals, 2 tackles and 29 SCPoints. He averaged 47.5 SCPoints during the JLT Series, and the weather conditions wouldn’t have helped, so the 22% of teams that own him would be hoping for a better result next week.


North Melbourne will be getting their own side in the VFL this year, after previously being affiliated with the Werribee Tigers. They have a BYE in the first week of the season and won’t make their debut until the 15th of April against the Northern Blues. They had a practice on the 24th against Coburg, which they won 101-62. Nick Larkey was the standout performer, booting 7 majors, with Tristian Xerri chipping in with 3 of his own.



Both Corey Ellis and Shai Bolton started for Richmond in the 121-95 win against Carlton, though neither were heavily owned (2% to Bolts, 4% to Ellis), likely due to their premium rookie price point. Ellis, who averaged 75 SCPoints from just 57% ToG during the JLT series couldn’t translate that sort of form to the real thing, notching up just 12 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles for 59 SCPoints. Bolton had even less luck with just 6 disposals and 2 marks, with 3 clangers for 20 SCPoints.


Richmond’s VFL season kicks off on the 7th of April against Port Melbourne, but until then, the Tigers played a trial match against the Northern Blues last Thursday, which they won 127 to 73. There were no official stats on Richmond’s end for the game, but noted that Jack Higgins booted 3 goals, with Patrick Naish being singled out for some of his defensive efforts and Ryan Garthwaite doing a good job in down back against Harry Mckay.


St Kilda

It was a tight game for 3 quarters against the Brisbane Lions, but the Saints managed to pull away in the 4th quarter, producing a 5 goal to 3 effort to win 107-82 at Etihad on Saturday night. The #7 pick from the 2017 AFL Draft, Hunter Clark, made his debut, notching up 12 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 40 SCPoints, while the former #1 pick Patrick McCartin had a slow start to the year with just 7 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 24 SCPoints. Ben Long had a better performance though with 15 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 61 SCPoints. He is in just 1% of teams however, so few would be celebrating that performance.


In the VFL, the Sandringham Zebra’s will take on the Footscray Bulldogs in Round 1 on the 7th of April. The Zebra’s did have a trial match last Friday, taking on the Williamstown Seagulls, losing 90-41. Bailey Rice led the way with 24 disposals, with Ed Phillips finishing with 21 disposals and Nicholas Coffield 5th best with 17.


Western Bulldogs

Not the best start for the Bullies, going down to the GWS Giants, 133-55, and not a great start for Aaron Naughton either, who posted just 25 SCPoints from 11 disposals, which included 5 clangers. Billy Gowers also did poorly, producing 10 disposals, including another 5 clangers for 49 SCPoints. On the other side we had Tim English who did some nice work in the ruck for 12 hitouts, as well as recording 13 disposals and 6 marks for 83 SCPoints. That’s your SUPER risky Ryder downgrade option, though I imagine most will move to Nic Nat this week.

In the VFL, the Footscray Bulldogs will be taking on Sandringham on the 7th of April. The Bulldogs played a trial match against Footscray last Sunday, but no match report details were provided by them.


South Australia


It was a mixed bag of results for the Crows rookies in their 99-87 loss to Essendon, on the high end we had a great debut game from Tom Doedee with 21 disposals, 7 marks, 2 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s, 9 1%ers, 6 intercepts and a disposal efficiency of 85.7% for 86 SCPoints. Seems like a sure fire-starting option for next week. On the other end we had Lachlan Murphy and Darcy Fogarty, who did some nice things, but both drifted out of the game as it progressed. Fogarty kicked the first goal of the game and finished with 6 disposals, 3 marks and 2 goals for 48 SCPoints, while Murphy had 6 disposals, 1 mark and kicked 1.1 (lucky on the 2nd goal though) for 32 SCPoints.

Tex Walker and Tom Lynch are potentially returning next week, which could see either of/both of Fogarty and Murphy miss, but there is also the suspension of Richard Douglas and the injury of Curtly Hampton to contend with also. That may work more in Murphy’s favour than Fogarty’s if both Tex and Lynch return though.

The SANFL (make sure you say SAN-FULL, I said S.A.N.F.L once and I haven’t been allowed back in West Adelaide since. John Olsen is a jerk) doesn’t start until March 31st, but the Crows did play a trial match against Port Adelaide on Friday night, which they lost 81-41. There are no official stats for the game, but Ben Davis and Jordan Gallucci were named among the best for the Crows side.

Port Adelaide

The Power got the job done easy enough against Fremantle, winning 110-60, with Riley Bonner looking like a massive star, collecting 31 disposals (21 kicks), 6 marks, 5 rebound 50’s and a disposal efficiency of 80.6% for 119 SCPoints. A junior Heath Shaw in the making. Dom Barry found plenty of the ball with 22 disposals, but had 16 uncontested, along with a DE of 68% and 5 clangers, which dropped his score to 44 SCPoints. Good signs in how much of the ball he found however. Todd Marshall also had a good game in front of goals, booting 4 majors, but had just the 10 disposals along with it for 59 SCPoints.

The Power will be dealing with an injury to Patrick Ryder, it’s not currently known how long he will be out for, but the Power have a few options in that they could bring in rookie options in Peter Ladham or William Frampton as a like for like replacement, or run with guys like Justin Westhoff and Dougal Howard in the ruck and bring in more backline help in someone like Jack Hombsch. Either way, I doubt you’ll be using a trade to bring in a Port ruckman, but we’ll have to wait for more information if you do own Paddy Ryder, though it sounds like he may be out for 3-5 weeks at the time of writing.

The Port Magpies start on the 31st of March, in the 3rd Showdown in 4 weeks with their Round 1 opponent being Adelaide. In Their 81-41 win in a trial match Jack Trengove and Will Snelling were named in their best 5, with no official stats being given.

Western Australia


The Dockers never looked any chance of winning on Saturday afternoon against Port Adelaide, losing 110-60. They did trot out a few rookie Supercoach options for us though, with Andrew Brayshaw and Bailey Banfield lacing up the boots for their AFL debuts. Brayshaw, the #2 pick in the 2017 AFL Draft finished with 12 disposals, 3 marks and 2 clearances for 58 SCPoints, while Banfield posted a similar stat line, with 12 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 51 SCPoints. That’s an OK start, but since Brayshaw cost a bit more than a regular price rookie we’d probably want to see a slightly higher average, though adding another 6-10 points to his scores shouldn’t be too difficult to do.

On the WAFL side of things, the Peel Thunder start their season on Friday night, taking on East Fremantle in the battle of Fremantle I guess. East side VS West side or something like that, I dunno how they do things over in Perth. Also, every time I start talking about the WAFL it makes me hungry for an actual waffle. Anyway, in a trial match, the Thunder took on East Perth last Saturday, winning 129-25 with no stats provided.

West Coast

Probably not the way they wanted to open the new stadium in Perth for the 2018 AFL season, but the Eagles did a good job keeping pace with Sydney for most of the game (especially hard when Franklin goes off), though they eventually lost 115-86. The Eagles had a few new faces in their side to start Round 1, with Jake Waterman producing a 8 disposal, 2 mark and 1 goal game for 51 SCPoints. Daniel Venables was quiet, with just the 7 disposals, 1 mark and 4 tackles for 37 SCPoints, while Liam Ryan found more of the ball, but didn’t fair any better SC wise, finishing with just 38 SCPoints from 12 disposals, 3 marks and 1.1. None of these are really useable scores, all three will hopefully do better this week.

On the WAFL side of things, East Perth start their season against Subiaco on the 30th of March

New South Wales


GWS announced their intentions for the season in a big way, demolishing the Bulldogs after a tight first quarter, kicking 16.11 to 4.6 in the final 3 quarters to win 133-51. It was a mixed bag on the rookie front, with Jeremey Finlayson, Zac Langdon and Daniel Lloyd playing. Finlayson was the good, posting 20 disposals, 4 marks and 6 rebound 50’s for 87 SCPoints. He likely becomes an automatic rookie on-field selection at this point. In the middle we had Daniel Lloyd, who had 13 disposals, 4 marks and 7 tackles for 61 SCPoints. OK, but he started at an inflated price, so he needs to do slightly better. And at the bottom we have Zac Langdon, who posted 7 disposals, 3 marks, 6 tackles and a goal for 47 SCPoints. Slow start, as some small forwards can in Supercoach, but some nice supporting numbers outside the raw disposal tally to hopefully give us some confidence.

The UWS Giants start their NEAFL season on the 7th of April against Sydney.


The Swans started with a quality win away from home against the West Coast Eagles, being led by an unstoppable Lance Franklin, they pulled away in the 4th quarter to win 86-115. On the rookie front, they don’t look like they’ll be producing the numbers they did last year, with just Robbie Fox and Oliver Florent playing, both doing rather poorly with Fox grabbing 10 disposals, and 2 tackles for 55 SCPoints and Florent netting 6 disposals and 2 tackles for 32 SCPoints. Both Fox and Florent were $200,000+ players, so you’d expect slightly better scores than that if you selected them.

For the Swans reserves side, their NEAFL season started on the 14th of April against Brisbane.



The Lions tried hard, but they eventually went down to the St Kilda saints 107-82. On the rookie side of things, they started the #1 pick Cameron Rayner, but he didn’t provide much fantasy football wise, recording 9 disposals, 2 marks, 1 tackle and 1.1 for 38 SCPoints. At his starting price and scores like that, he looks to be Hugh McCluggage MkII at this stage. Now, that’s just for Supercoach purposes, certainly not writing off him, or his development as a player, it is his first year of AFL football after all.

For the Lions, their NEAFL kicks off on the 7th of April with a match against the NT Thunder.

Gold Coast

Stewie Dew got the start of his senior coaching career off to a good start, posting a 55-39 win against North Melbourne in a wet game that probably wasn’t very friendly for clean ball use. It certainly seemed to play to Nick Holman’s strengths though, with NH posting a double-double of 13 disposals and 13 tackles for 96 SCPoints. We saw he averaged 6.5 tackles in the JLT games, so that looks like it will be a strength of his, and for a side that lacked defensive pressure last year, it will be one that hopefully keeps him in the side. We unfortunately didn’t see the Will Brodie like many hoped, but all that means is he may become a nice downgrade option later in the season (assuming he’s not named before then).

The Suns start their NEAFL campaign on the 7th of April against the Aspley Hornets.

Rookie Top 5


Jeremy Finlayson – $123,900 – 87 SCPoints

Zach Guthrie – $194,400 – 86 SCPoints

Tom Doedee – $123,900 – 86 SCPoints

Sam Murray – $123,900 – 72 SCPoints

Corey Ellis – $228,400 – 59 SCPoints



Tim Kelly – $117,300 – 118 SCPoints

Nick Holman – $102,400 – 96 SCPoints

Jeremy Finlayson – $123,900 – 87 SCPoints

Lachlan Fogarty – $117,300 – 82 SCPoints

Jaidyn Stephenson – $180,300 – 62 SCPoints



Tim English – $134,700 – 83 SCPoints



Tim English – $134,700 – 83 SCPoints

Jaidyn Stephenson – $180,300 – 62 SCPoints

Daniel Lloyd – $214,200

Josh Begley – $209,700

Ben Long – $168,200

Jarrod Garlett – $117,300 – 61 SCPoints

Bayley Fritsch – $117,300 – 60 SCPoints

Todd Marshall – $194,300 – 59 SCPoints


And that will be it for us this week. Hope you have a good Round 2 and we’ll see you next time!


Wood · 27/03/2018 at 18:11

Quick one. What's peoples thoughts on the Bonner kid ? Is he a must to get in ?

    StevoRivo · 27/03/2018 at 18:26

    He’s a good option for cash, but see how he goes round 2 before trading in unless you have an immediate injury issue to deal with.

    BarronVonCrow · 27/03/2018 at 21:19

    Gets a thumbs up from me.

    Derek · 27/03/2018 at 21:29

    If he can get a decent score against the Swans, we might have to say he is a good call

    Russty_ · 28/03/2018 at 00:08

    Hey Wood, agree with Steve..have one more look at him, if he goes 80+ this week, he'll make good cash, could even be a keeper/stud.

Steve · 27/03/2018 at 18:22

Keep or trade Rayner?

    ZerrettForPM · 27/03/2018 at 19:01


neil demons delight · 27/03/2018 at 18:36

Great effort BVC very thorough indeed .Doggies don't appear to have much depth. English may be the exception

    BarronVonCrow · 27/03/2018 at 21:20

    Cheers NDD. They seem very reluctant to try certain guys for whatever reason. English looks like a winner though.

StevoRivo · 27/03/2018 at 18:37

Great review Barron. Very comprehensive.
Holding my rooks this week. Based on Round 1, which is the better option to start on field?

1. Naughton, Banfield & Brayshaw, or
2. Murphy, Holman & Kelly
3. Switch Sicily to defence with Keefe, run Keefe to fwd bench & add Holman & Kelly?

    hedski · 27/03/2018 at 19:50

    Option 3, dunno if Murphy gets a gig this week (in my team).

      StevoRivo · 27/03/2018 at 20:55

      Yeah I’m thinking the same way. Thanks hedski.

    BarronVonCrow · 27/03/2018 at 21:21

    Thanks, SR. And yea, maybe 3 might be the best option, the way some of the fwd rookies are going, having a guy not playing might be just as effective!

      StevoRivo · 28/03/2018 at 07:34

      Thanks Barron. Option 3 includes swinging Naughton to the bench and putting Langdon on field at F6, assuming Keefe doesn’t play.

hedski · 27/03/2018 at 18:39

Thanks Barron!!

    BarronVonCrow · 27/03/2018 at 21:21

    You're very welcome Hedski! Thanks for reading.

Rowdz · 27/03/2018 at 19:34

With the injury to Kreuzer was thiking of bringing in English for cover, At the moment I have Olango at R3
Who would be the best Ruck/Fwd to to use as the captains loophole to pair with English?

    hedski · 27/03/2018 at 19:54

    I went Flynn(Giants) over Hayes(Port), cheapest two options and GWS have more late games than Port.

      Rowdz · 27/03/2018 at 20:18

      Cheers Hedski

      gator59 · 27/03/2018 at 20:30

      Is Flynn playing this week Hedski.. I have Kruz also and might have to look at a cheap option also………….By geez i'm gunna have to re structure holidays… In Tassie with very limited internet access and sucks big time… I think it may kill my side for the year

        hedski · 27/03/2018 at 20:42

        Flynn is a ruck/fwd loophole Gator, pair him with the Pom, hoping he doesn't get a run just like Sterndicka last year, Olango has the most late games but doesn't have the DPP.

          gator59 · 27/03/2018 at 20:44

          so who you bringing in for kruz if he don't get up

            hedski · 27/03/2018 at 21:40

            The Pom into f5. Holding Kreuz, will swing Flynn fwd and use him to loop a fwd rookie. If Kreuz plays will swing English fwd and play him.

              gator59 · 27/03/2018 at 21:46

              Who is the pom.. I aint been on here much of late … Bloody Tassie where you have sfa internet access

                hedski · 27/03/2018 at 21:49


                Clueless · 27/03/2018 at 21:49

                I'm guessing Tim English?

                gator59 · 27/03/2018 at 21:50

                Just worked it out … English

        Russty_ · 27/03/2018 at 23:34

        Hey Gat..plenty of time to bounce back mate if you have a few down weeks, long season and all, not much internet in Tassie ay?..are they all sharing one Router or something? lol

      Northerner · 27/03/2018 at 23:18

      I also picked up Flynn. It allowed me to loophole Mitchell's score. The one rookie trade I'm considering would be if L Fogarty delivers again this week. I might sacrifice my loophole (Flynn) using DPP swings and pick up the extra cash cow in the short term and look to bring a loophole back in later on. I'm a bit concerned that we may be light on with downgrade options this year. You really need playing rookies through the bye rounds. After that you can live with donuts on your bench and use your trades for injuries. But the cupboard looks a bit bare with depth in players that will score enough to make good coin. Let's hope there are some upgrade options emerge from week4-6!

    Derek · 27/03/2018 at 21:31

    Are you going to use 2 trades?

      gator59 · 27/03/2018 at 21:36

      I may have to Derek.. I got an issue down back I have to rectify…. Being in Tassie with limited internet access I got stuck with 2 non playin rookies that I couldn't change or I can go with what I got and only have 6 playing and hope no one goes down

        gator59 · 27/03/2018 at 21:43

        And one of them is naughton

Rick Grimes · 27/03/2018 at 19:52

Great write up, thanks BVC. I'll line up with the same group of pumpkins unless there is a significant out. Gotta learn from last season and not chase every shiny bauble.

    BarronVonCrow · 28/03/2018 at 11:30

    Thanks Rick, hope the zombie hunting is going well!

      Russty_ · 28/03/2018 at 16:48

      He's Negan hunting these days.

Ayda · 27/03/2018 at 20:23

Great work Barron! What are people's thoughts on Zac Guthrie? JS seems OK ( Geelong supporters can correct me if I'm wrong) thinking of trading to him if naughton stinks it up again. Like to get Bonner but don't have the cash.

    BarronVonCrow · 27/03/2018 at 21:25

    He definitely could be an option.

      JugHead · 28/03/2018 at 00:45

      I thought about him for a while pre season. I agree his JS looks ok, especially with a few cats defenders sore. But I think his round 1 score was his absolute best.
      So….the question is….if you bring him in, are you going to keep him. If so, fine.
      But if he is a stepping stone, he looks a bit too sideways from Naughton in my opinion.
      I'd prefer to bench Naughton if possible and hopefully trade him to a low priced rookie when one pops up. And maybe even bank a few $$$. And a few $$$ is always handy. Especially with that 19SC points affecting Zerret's price…….

        EatChickenNuggets · 28/03/2018 at 11:30

        I mean surely no one is considering Zuthrie as a keeper, and if they are it's not "fine", they may need to get checked for concussion!!! If Naughton fails again or gets dropped before round 3, and Zuthrie scores well again, it's a valid corrective trade imo, as he should make cash and his JS is as decent as any other rookie, given Scott's faith in selecting him for 2 finals last year. Dunno if you've played the game for long but if a rookie is not gonna make cash, he's no good sitting on the bench doing nothing as you wait for a new rookie to come along, when you could have someone else banking profit.

          JugHead · 28/03/2018 at 13:54

          Guthrie is nearly 200k My point is that although he will make money, there might be better cash cow options emerge in the next couple of weeks.

            Locked and Loaded · 28/03/2018 at 16:39

            Wouldn’t call it a sideways trade to be fair it’s a corrective trade we’re takkikg about finding the best cash generators possible at the lowest price… of Guthrie gets a solid 70 this week it will be something I really think about if Naughton also shits the bed once more…

gator59 · 27/03/2018 at 20:31

Good stuff you got here Barron.. Cheers

    BarronVonCrow · 27/03/2018 at 21:25

    You're welcome, Gator. Thanks for checking it out.

BarronVonCrow · 27/03/2018 at 21:27

Not much happening in the 2's unfortunately, and teams can annoyingly be very vague on trial games. Damien was nice enough to send this one over to me, which was put out after I sent this one in on the Freo trial match.

neil demons delight · 27/03/2018 at 23:12

Just watched the Cats – dees game again .Thought I seen a Geelong player rub one side of the ball before he gave it to Gawn . Swung to the left just like an aussie cricket ball.

    Russty_ · 28/03/2018 at 00:06

    I saw that too Neil, he had 80 grit sandpaper stitched onto the front of his jumper, and had just taken a chest mark , then he shoved his jumper down his daks..and hoped 45 cameras didn't see it.

      neil demons delight · 28/03/2018 at 07:27

      Hey Russty If Danger knew about it Could he be sent home to Adelaide and Ableii back to the Suns

    INPieman · 28/03/2018 at 07:29

    Gold Neil

Noah · 27/03/2018 at 23:36

Who are some good captian options this week. Nice article BVC

    Russty_ · 28/03/2018 at 00:03

    Dangerfield's a pretty good player, Gawn, Oliver, Tom Mitchell, Luke Parker

      Geronimo · 28/03/2018 at 05:08

      Not Dusty as VC in the early game?

        Russty_ · 28/03/2018 at 16:44

        Sure why not? 🙂

      Derek · 28/03/2018 at 10:18

      I think Ebert will slow Parker down this week

    Derek · 28/03/2018 at 09:50

    i am thinking about a sneaky VC option this week from the early games.

    Dusty is good at football and should be considered.

    Billings up against Norf. Norf will struggle this week especially after a huge week travelling to Cairns and back (that is a long way) playing in very heavy rain. there were nearly 200 tackles in that game, the Norf boys will be sore and tired. i can see the Saints getting on top of them, especially late in the game and players like Billings will have a field day.

    My C will be on big Max

      SCdonkey · 28/03/2018 at 10:34

      Oliver will swallow every tap down Martin and Gawn does. He'll have leather poisoning unless Berry tags him, but Oliver will just outrun and outsmart him.

        Derek · 28/03/2018 at 11:51

        Oliver is a good option. he is already a big POD so pretty happy if he goes big.

        Gawn on other hand, everyone has him, so to make him a POD you need to throw the C on him once in a while. its like having Two Gawns.

    krups · 28/03/2018 at 11:15

    Cripps into Danger

    BarronVonCrow · 28/03/2018 at 11:30

    I think one of the guys will be covering off captains today or tomorrow. Be on the look out for it, Noah.

      Noah · 28/03/2018 at 14:11

      Thanks Barron

Roxanne · 28/03/2018 at 05:07

I am a newish SCer. My dad buys the Herald Sun most days. I notice that when I use the computer for further SC news it indicates that for $19.95 I can have access to all of the stories including the Phantom stories which I’d like to read.
Being a student and money being tight, is the payment a one off annual fee and is it not a ‘Squiz’?

    Clueless · 28/03/2018 at 10:37

    If you're using Facebook to access articles you can get around the sign-up bull by going into your Facebook settings and clearing your browser data. To do this on my iPad I go more (bottom left), settings, account settings, browser, clear data. Hope that helps

      Roxanne · 28/03/2018 at 12:00

      Thank you. I’ll try it.

SC_Kev7 · 28/03/2018 at 08:27

Great stuff, Barron. Saw on Twitter that Wigg is close to a ressies game. Gagging to see the lad, feels like I’ve been tracking him for years!

    BarronVonCrow · 28/03/2018 at 11:31

    Hopefully he's gotten his butt in gear up at the Gold Coast. Prep work wasnt the best over here.

WoW_Trevor · 28/03/2018 at 08:59

Typically accurate and comprehensive. Sometimes 'same-old same-old' is Gold.
You're becoming an icon Barron.

    BarronVonCrow · 28/03/2018 at 11:31

    Cheer, Trev.

John · 28/03/2018 at 09:23

Ryder to Nic Nat ($141k on the side) or Stef Martin ($67.6k on the side)? Or any other suggestions. Cheers

    judd0 · 28/03/2018 at 10:34

    I don't trust Nic Nat's body John, he's a great SC player though if he can stay playing.
    If you think he can stay fit bring him in.

BloodyFranklin · 28/03/2018 at 09:39

JJK not back until at least Round 4.

judd0 · 28/03/2018 at 09:48

Good content as always Barron, cheers!
Now what to do with Ryder? At the moment I've traded in English reasons for that:
– I don't have danger, all that cash will make him an easy upgrade in a week or two
– I don't trust Nic Nat's body, surely he will miss games this year?
– I want to have a look at who is going to be the premier rucks this year for a couple of weeks, I think English can provide adequate cover for that.

    BarronVonCrow · 28/03/2018 at 11:33

    I don't know if Nic Nat will miss games, but they've certainly said he won't be exposed to a full workload for the time being.

    If English can average 80 for now, that's not too bad at all. Gives you some $ now that you can bank for upgrades later, I guess you just have to worry about Boyd, Roughead or Trengove being moved to the ruck.

Nick · 28/03/2018 at 10:25

what to do with Ryder?

    BarronVonCrow · 28/03/2018 at 11:33

    Trade unfortunately. Unless you have English on the bench I guess.

Nick · 28/03/2018 at 10:31

Nic Nat, Witts or Martin for Ryder?

    BarronVonCrow · 28/03/2018 at 11:33

    I would say Martin, but I did consider Witts in the preseason.

      Rick Grimes · 28/03/2018 at 13:21

      I acrually think Witts might be the go. Solo ruck, fairly durable, getting around the park. Looked good.

        TRIGGA_HAPPY · 28/03/2018 at 15:36

        Crap ar$e bye but.

Sammi · 28/03/2018 at 10:52

Consider the bye if you have Gawn.
Love Nit Nat but vulnerable so Martin.

Nick · 28/03/2018 at 12:45

Fogarty (Geelong) or Garlett?
Cheers community

    JugHead · 28/03/2018 at 13:58

    Leaning towards Garlett myself. I like what I've seen of him so far. I like Fogarty too but I think Garlett's JS looks stronger.

Sean's Mob · 28/03/2018 at 12:48

If you bring in English (next week) do you bring him in as a forward (F6) and take the points or at R3 as injury cover. Easy if you have a ruck/fwd at R3 already but a lot of people (myself included) have Olango at R3

TRIGGA_HAPPY · 28/03/2018 at 12:50

Old rossy lyin has said cerra will play on the weekend along with brayshaw as well as another purple debut.
Looks like for the time being the kids r getting a run early.

TheGreatBozza · 28/03/2018 at 13:06

I’m looking to harden up my team by going from a Cox to Bonner

    JugHead · 28/03/2018 at 14:00

    I see what you did there…..

hedski · 28/03/2018 at 13:10

Tom Lynch to miss again this week should see Fogarty hold his spot, Hampton and Douglas out, hopefully Murphy stays in also.

    Russty_ · 28/03/2018 at 16:46

    Good news Hed, hope Fogarty isn't flogarty this week.

      Scone · 28/03/2018 at 17:54

      Well the Tigers mightn’t flog them but they will beat them this time in Adelaide.

Tom · 28/03/2018 at 13:46

Who's the Dangerfield bloke everyone is talking about??

    Russty_ · 28/03/2018 at 16:45

    Rodney, in the Caddyshack movies 🙂

Sir Alex · 28/03/2018 at 14:19

None, keep both no changes there needed for now, gawn only upgrade.

Mincemeat · 28/03/2018 at 17:56

Kreuzer for Witts. Why Rampe. He isn’t injured. The way you think you will be out of trades by round 18.

Plate · 29/03/2018 at 00:08

Collingwood vs Collingwood should be a good match Barron :'D just messin, love the hard work you guys put into this community

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