HEROES, VILLAINS AND DAMNED
Key forwards are one of the great paradoxes of SuperCoach.
A good day out and a bag of goals can reap immense rewards for owners, but inconsistent scoring is a well-known hazard.
It’s not uncommon for a spearhead up forward to go 150 SC one week, 50 SC the next.
As a rule of thumb, only a couple of blokes in this bracket are worth picking. One is Lance Franklin.
Could the other be Tom Lynch?
The blonde Gold Coast bombshell went bananas against the Blues on Saturday, slamming home eight majors for a rich return of 180 SuperCoach points.
Could this finally be the year he breaks out and presents himself as a consistent scoring option up forward? Time will tell.
Gun Suns captain Tom Lynch (180 SC) loves beating up on Carlton and that trend continued on Saturday when he slammed home eight goals and had 21 possessions. Fellow key forward Jesse Hogan (145 SC) was also dominant, booting five goals and clunking nine marks to help the Demons get over the line against a spirited Brisbane.
Winding back to Thursday night, Dustin Martin (160 SC) was imperious form, despite his Tigers going down to Adelaide. The Brownlow medallist kicked five goals to go with 25 touches, seven tackles, 14 contested possessions and seven clearances. Crows trio Rory Sloane (141 SC), Bryce Gibbs (127 SC) and Rory Laird (120 SC) all performed well for the victors.
Geelong couldn’t get the job done on Easter Monday but that didn’t stop their stars from having a day out, with the big three of Gary Ablett (144 SC), Joel Selwood (140 SC) and Patrick Dangerfield (130 SC) all dominating. For the victorious Hawks, it was ball magnet Tom Mitchell (148 SC) who again did the business. He had 40 disposals – 23 of them contest – to go with 13 clearances and two goals.
Several nice PODs performed well in the midfield, such as Gold Coast’s Jarryd Lyons (150 SC), who had 26 contested possessions and 14 clearances, and Port bull Ollie Wines (147 SC) who was prolific in his side’s win over the Swans. Even young Demon Clayton Oliver (146 SC) has low ownership numbers but that didn’t stop him producing a 35-touch, 22-contested possession, 11-clearance masterclass.
The sublime kicking of elite West Coast defender Shannon Hurn (138 SC) was a joy to watch on Sunday. He sliced through the Bulldogs’ zone with his 22 kicks and 10 marks coming at 89% efficiency. While the Dogs were woeful, a couple still stood out, with Jack McRae (142 SC) kicking three goals to go with 31 touches at 90% efficiency and Toby McLean (125 SC) finishing with 31 disposals.
Ruck behemoths Brodie Grundy (139 SC) and Todd Goldstein (123 SC) proved what many of us already knew – they do their best work alone. So steer clear please Mr Cox and Mr Pruest. Popular picks Stephen Coniglio (120 SC) and Nat Fyfe (120 SC) did not let their owners down with polished performances.
Other scores: Jeff Garlett (152 SC), Ed Curnow (148 SC), Ben McEvoy (139 SC), Jarryn Geary (128 SC), Jarrad Polec (125 SC), Jarrad Waite (125 SC), David Mundy (123 SC), David Swallow (121 SC), Jeremy Howe (121 SC), Shaun Higgins (120 SC).
Michael Hibberd (72 SC) is causing his owners a lot of angst. He produced his second poor outing in a row and to put things in perspective, he has been outscored so far by basement-priced rookie defenders Tom Doedee and Jeremy Finlayson. If this sort of trend continues, Hibberd could well turn out to turn out to be like Heath Shaw last year.
Lions duo Stefan Martin (63 SC) and Dayne Beams (59 SC) are yet to recapture their best form while Sydney’s Jake Lloyd (71 SC) was also kept quiet by Port Adelaide. Freo giant Aaron Sandilands (42 SC) was poor despite his side’s big win, while popular Hawthorn pick James Sicily (62 SC) failed to back up his ton the week before.
Geelong’s Sam Menegola (55 SC) appears to be struggling with his new role given the power that’s in Geelong’s midfield and that was with Mitch Duncan out of the frame as well.
Is Heath Shaw (110 SC) back? That’s the question many are asking. Those bold enough to take the plunge on 2017’s burn man will certainly be hoping so. It’s only a small sample size, but two tons in two weeks is a great start.
Adam Treloar (108 SC) has always been able to hunt the footy, but it’s his propensity to chop it up that often hinders his scoring. He kicked two goals and went at 75% efficiency, which is good for him.
It’s been a long road for Allen Christenson (101 SC) due to injury, but he gave his owners an exciting glimpse at his scoring potential by posting a triple-figure score.
Jason Johannisen (110 SC) didn’t receive much attention from the Eagles and performed well despite his side’s poor outing, while Port’s Robbie Gray (111 SC) spent more time in the midfield than usual and had a 10-tackle, 26-possession outing.
Rejoice, it looks like we finally have a decent forward rookie option on our hands. Liam Ryan (115 SC) won’t score like this every week, but his three-goal performance should have his owners feeling optimistic. The West Coast excitement machine should only grow in confidence from here.
Defensive pair Tom Doedee (115 SC) and Jeremy Finlayson (106 SC) were again brilliant, with Doedee racking up 25 touches, 14 of them contested, at 96% efficiency. Nick Holman (92 SC) went close to another ton with an 11-tackle masterclass, while Geelong’s Tim Kelly (122 SC) is stating his case to become rookie of year with a 27-possession performance.
Adelaide’s Lachlan Murphy (80 SC) and North’s Luke Davies-Uniacke (77 SC) both improved on their Round 1 performances, while Collingwood pair Jaidyn Stephenson (64 SC) and Sam Murray (58 SC) produced about what was expected of them.
Forward options Jake Waterman (78 SC), Zac Giles-Langdon (65 SC), Bailey Fritsch (60 SC) and Daniel Venebles (59 SC) showed some promise, as did Dom Barry (62 SC) in the midfield.
Freo trio Adam Cera (61 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (62 SC) and Bailey Banfield (64 SC) were all pretty similar, with Cera in particular looking like a good prospect.
Other rookie scores: Billy Gowers (57 SC), Cameron Polson (50 SC), Ed Richardson (49 SC), Aaron Naughton (48 SC), Cam O’Shea (48 SC), Lachlan Fogarty (47 SC), Paddy Dow (46 SC), Darcy Fogarty (45 SC), Jarrod Garlett (36 SC), Tim English (33 SC), Willie Rioli (31 SC), Mitch Crowden (29 SC), Jack Henry (27 SC), Hunter Clarke (26 SC), Cameron Rayner (20 SC).
Matt Crouch (51 SC) has done his hamstring and looks set for a stint on the sidelines. His owners could hold him if they have bench cover, depending on the severity of the injury.
Tom Scully (19 SC) will be out long term with a badly broken ankle, while Tom Rockliff (17 SC) is clearly massively underdone. The once mighty SuperCoach force only managed nine possessions in Port’s upset win over Sydney.