AROUND THE GROUNDS with Barron von Crow
Round 2 is in the books and it was a mixed bag for sure. Lots of high scoring, but some poor scores from individual players, with a few late outs to throw some spanners in the works too. Thankfully we’ve had some very high scoring rookies early on this year, which could set us up very nicely later in the year when it comes time to upgrading. So, let’s go take a look at what happened in Round 2.
Around the Grounds
Not the greatest game we’ve seen from Carlton, who looked to regress a bit defensively from what we saw in Round 1, going down to the Gold Coast 67-101. Paddy Dow again didn’t find a ton of the ball, finishing with 11 disposals, 1 mark and 2 tackles for 46 SCPoints, while Ciaran Byrne had just 14 disposals and 3 marks for 53 SCPoints. Cam O’Shea was a late addition to the side, but he finished with just 14 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 48 SCPoints. Jarrod Garlett was a bit quieter this week with just 11 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles for 36 SCPoints. That can be the way these small types of players go in SC, he’ll be up and down, so I am leaving him as an emergency only option for the time being.
In a VFL trial match, the Northern Blues went down to Port Melbourne 100-69. Harry McKay booted 2 goals for the Blues, with Patrick Kerr and Kym Lebois also hitting the scoreboard for a goal each. Angus Schumacher finished with 21 disposals and Lachie O’Brien had 14.
It was a close game on Saturday afternoon, but the Pies were just pipped at the line in the last quarter by GWS, going down 79-95. Sam Murray couldn’t replicate his efforts in Round 1 with just the 58 SCPoints, although his stat line was largely similar to Round 1, with 20 disposals, 2 marks and 2 rebound 50’s. The stats are there, so I would still start him next week. Callum Brown played his first match of the year and had 12 disposals, 1 mark and 4 tackles for 50 SCPoints, while Jaidyn Stephenson finished with 13 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and 64 SCPoints.
In the VFL, Collingwood lost to North Melbourne in a trial match, losing 103-66. Sam McLarty, Brandon Sier and Flynn Appleby were listed among the best for the Pies.
Essendon couldn’t replicate their Round 1 fourth quarter heroics against Fremantle, they were down 22 at 3 quarter time, but couldn’t halt Fremantle’s momentum, eventually losing 106-90. Again, the Bombers just had Joshua Begley play from a rookie priced prospective and he had a similar game to Round 1, finishing with 12 disposals, 3 marks, 2 goals and 2 tackles for 52 SCPoints, with 5 clangers likely driving down his score a bit.
In a VFL trial match, Essendon went down to Footscray 91-81. Jake Long, Jordan Houlahan and Matt Guelfi were among the goalkickers for the Bombers.
It went down to the final seconds of the game, but Geelong just fell short at the end, going down to Hawthorn 118-117. Well, first up, what a game from Tim Kelly! Dangerfield was back, but Kelly didn’t look to take a step back at all, finishing with 27 disposals, 6 marks, 6 inside 50’s and 4 clearances for 117 SCPoints. His BE sits at a lazy -166, with a projected increase of $127K if he can belt out another triple figure score. Awesome. Lachlan Fogarty was quieter in his 2nd game, with just the 8 disposals, 3 tackles and a goal for 47 SCPoints, the same with Zach Guthrie, who had 12 disposals and 5 marks for 45 SCPoints. Jack Henry made his AFL debut and had 5 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 27 SCPoints, while Mark O’Connor had an OK game with 12 disposals, 7 marks and 2 tackles for 62 SCPoints.
Geelong played the first game of the official VFL season, defeating Werribee 84-80. Charlie Constable starred with 31 disposals, 8 marks and 5 tackles while Jordan Cunico had 35 disposals, 9 marks and 5 inside 50’s.
Again, no rookie priced players for Hawthorn, who won a terrific Easter Monday game against Geelong 118-117.
In their final VFL trial match, the Box Hill Hawks lost to Richmond 80-57. Mitch Lewis booted 3 goals, with James Worpel and Dylan Moore also booting singles.
Melbourne were given a bit of a scare in their match against Brisbane, but in the end proved to be the better side, taking the win 100-74. Bayley Fritsch was again OK in his role up forward for Melbourne, booting 2 goals with 9 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 60 SCPoints. Early days, but his BE is at -51, so should earn a solid $50K or so on his first price rise should be knock out a similar score in Round 3.
In a trial match the Casey Demons smashed the Frankston Dolphins 144 to 33. Sam Weidman was listed in Casey’s best, kicking 3 goals, while Mitch King and Lachlan Flipovic also hit the scoreboard.
North Melbourne produced a quality second half, kicking 11.7 and restricting St Kilda to just 3 goals to take away a 95-43 win. Luke Davis-Uniacke had a very solid game, producing 16 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances and more importantly, 77 SCPoints. That’s the type of scoring we’d like to see from him going forward. His BE is 9 this week, so hopefully he can score well again and push that BE down even further for Round 4. Ben Jacobs also produced some good defensive work with 10 tackles, with 18 disposals, 4 marks and a goal also for 104 SCPoints. He’s always going to be an up and down player in Supercoach terms, but when he manages to find the ball some, he can score OK. 6 disposals in Round 1 to 18 in Round 2 highlights this.
North Melbourne had a nice 47-point win against Collingwood in their VFL trial match, taking the win 103-66. Nick Larkey booted 4 goals.
Richmond fell short in Round 2, going down to the Crows 118-82, and again their rookie priced players didn’t set the world on fire. Corey Ellis produced just the 11 disposals with 2 marks for 41 SCPoints, while Shai Bolton had 10 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal and 3 tackles for 44 SCPoints.
In the 2nds, Richmond had a trial match against the Box Hill Hawks, which they won 80-57. Jack Higgins recorded 22 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and a goal, while Noah Balta had 8 marks across half-back. Ivan Soldo finished with 20 hit outs in the ruck, along with 15 disposals and 4 marks, while Mabior Chol booted 2 goals up forward.
St Kilda won’t be happy with their effort on the weekend, going down to North 95-43, and we probably won’t be too happy with the results from their Supercoach rookies either. Hunter Clark had just 7 disposals, 1 mark and 4 tackles for a disappointing 26 SCPoints, while Ben Long had just 8 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 51 SCPoints.
In a VFL trial match, the Sandringham Zebras defeated Coburg 131-78. Bailey Rice had 24 disposals, while Josh Battle kicked 3 goals with Rowan Marshall chipping in with 2 goals.
The Bulldogs didn’t have much luck at Etihad on Sunday, going down to the West Coast Eagles 121-70. Aaron Naughton was again a disappointment, producing 12 disposals, 8 marks and 2 tackles for 48 SCPoints. The stats themselves aren’t terrible, they’re just not translating to SC success much. His BE this week is 25, which he should hit, but we’d normally be looking at that sort of BE 5-6 weeks down the road, not in Round 3.
Billy Gowers had 13 disposals and 8 marks, but was inaccurate in front of goals, booting 1.3 for 57 SCPoints. 4 shots at goal is nothing to sneeze at though. Ed Richards made his AFL debut and had 11 disposals, 6 marks and a tackle for 49 SCPoints. Not the greatest starts, but not a total dud either. Finally, Tim English couldn’t re-create his form from Round 1, finishing with just 8 disposals, 2 marks and 6 hit outs for 33 SCPoints. Hopefully he can turn that form around for Round 3.
In a VFL trial match, Footscray got a 10-point win over Essendon. Lewis Young and Patrick Lipinski were listed among the best for the Bulldogs.
A quality win for the Crows in the Grand Final re-match, and even better for us, a quality performance from both Tom Doedee and Lachlan Murphy, while the Crows other rookie selection Darcy Fogarty showed some nice glimpses, but remained slightly quieter outside of his goal scoring. Doedee was the big winner, notching up 25 disposals (@ 96% efficiency), 11 intercepts, 6 marks and 3 rebound 50’s for 115 SCPoints and a Round 2 Rising Star nomination. Murphy got most of his work done in a quick 30 second period in which he booted 2 goals, while also having 10 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 80 SCPoints. I’d still leave him as a bench option going forward though. Fogarty also booted 2 goals, while having just 7 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 44 SCPoints. The injury merry-go-round for the Crows might be good news for Murphy and Fog, with both Mackay and Matt Crouch likely to miss next week, which could be the easy ins for the returning from suspension Richard Douglas and Tom Lynch.
On the SANFL side of things, the Adelaide Reserves side was smashed by Port Adelaide, going down 128-33. Patrick Wilson was the standout for Adelaide, notching up 26 disposals, 7 marks, 7 clearances, 3 tackles, 7 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s. Jackson Edwards was 2nd best with 17 disposals, 7 tackles and 4 clearances, Matthew Signorello had 16 disposals, 4 tackles and 2 marks while Ben Davis had 14 disposals, 5 marks and 4 inside 50’s.
It was neck and neck in the first half of the Power’s game against Sydney, but they pulled away in the 2nd, kicking 10 goals to 4 to win 94-71. Riley Bonner couldn’t replicate his terrific Round 1 form, but he still had a quality game, finishing with 18 disposals and 5 marks with 4 rebound 50’s for 76 SCPoints. He’s at the tippy top of the rookie price scale at $257K, but still has a -44 BE, with a projected change of probably $50K coming if he scores similar in Round 3.
Dom Barry had 15 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles and 6 inside 50’s for 62 SCPoints. His score was probably capped a bit by having 11 of his 15 disposals as uncontested. Finally, Todd Marshall was again dangerous in front of goals, booting 3, along with 12 disposals and 3 marks for 93 SCPoints.
In Round 1 of the SANFL season, the Magpies made easy work of the Adelaide reserves, winning 128-33. Joe Atley finished with 24 disposals, 5 tackles and 5 inside 50’s, Jarrod Lienert had 16 disposals, 4 marks and 4 rebound 50’s and Will Snelling had 22 disposals, 4 marks and 11 tackles.
Fremantle get to be the first AFL side to post a win at the new Optus Stadium in Perth, taking down Essendon 106-90. The Dockers introduced 2 new starters into their side for Round 2, with Adam Cerra and Mitch Crowden making their AFL debuts. Cerra had just 9 disposals, but booted 2 goals, along with 4 marks and 4 tackles for 61 SCPoints. We’d probably like to see him get a bit more of the ball, because he probably won’t be able to boot 2 goals every game. Crowden had just 11 disposals, with 2 marks and 2 tackles, with 4 clangers for 29 SCPoints. Not the greatest start in Supercoach, but he’ll likely get better.
We also had Andrew Brayshaw play, with AB finishing with 16 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 6 inside 50’s and 62 SCPoints. He’s in a tricky spot as we’d probably want him to do slightly better than the 60 he’s averaging so far since he started at $198K, but he hasn’t been a total disaster yet and there’s still time for him to improve. Bailey Banfield did slightly better with 14 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and 64 SCPoints. Finally, Alex Pearce had 13 disposals and 4 marks for 70 SCPoints.
In the first round of the WAFL season, the Peel Thunder defeated East Fremantle 78-63. Sam Switkowski had 19 disposals, 3 marks and 6 tackles.
West Coast had a solid win away from home in Round 2, defeating the Western Bulldogs 121-70. Liam Ryan was the obvious star of the game, showing off some amazing abilities and finishing with 14 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and kicked 3.3 for 115 SCPoints. He won’t score like that every week, but it’s nice to know he has that sort of potential in him.
Jake Waterman also had a quality impact up forward, kicking 2 goals with 13 disposals and 2 marks for 78 SCPoints. Daniel Venables was good in front of goals, kicking 3.1, with 12 disposals and 7 marks, but a disposal efficiency of 58% and 6 clangers dragged his score down to 59 SCPoints. Finally, Willie Rioli made his debut for the Eagles and had 8 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 31 SCPoints.
In Round 1 of the WAFL season East Perth couldn’t stop Subiaco, who booted 29 goals to take away a 188-70 win. Luke Partington had 21 disposals, 2 marks and 7 inside 50’s, Jarrod Brander kicked 1.1 with 12 disposals and 7 marks, Thomas Cole had 11 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles and Brayden Ainsworth had 24 disposals, 7 marks and 2 inside 50’s with 3 behinds.
New South Wales
GWS continued their winning ways, defeating Collingwood 95-79, while Jeremey Finlayson continued his Heath Shaw Jr ways, producing a 23 disposal (21 kicks), 6 marks, 7 rebound 50’s game for 106 SCPoints. He has entered must start range. Zac Langdon managed to get on the board with 2 goals, along with 13 disposals, 3 marks and a tackle for 65 SCPoints. Not the worst result, but I fear that may be his ceiling and you’ll be fighting an uphill battle for him to hit that each week. That will generate him some OK cash, but may make him an iffy selection each week. Finally, Daniel Lloyd had 13 disposals, 1 mark, 3 tackles and a goal for 54 SCPoints. Not much worth getting excited about there.
In a NEAFL trial match, the UWS Giants lost to Sydney 88-57. Nick Shipley was noted as the BOG for the Giants, with Aidan Bonar receiving praise for his contested skills, as well as his ability to move forward, with Isaac Cumming also getting through his 2nd trial match after some injuries during the pre-season.
The Swans couldn’t get the win at home in Round 2, going down to a tough Port Adelaide side 94-71. Robbie Fox finished the game with 12 disposals for 51 SCPoints, while Oliver Florent found the ball a bit more this week, finishing with 20 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles for 73 SCPoints.
The Lions were down by 4 goals at 3 quarter time, but managed to fight back to get the scores level into the 4th, before Melbourne put the foot down to run away as eventual winners, winning 100-74. On the rookie front, it was another disappointing effort from Cameron Rayner who had just the 4 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles for 20 SCPoints, which failed to even his breakeven for the week, which now sits at 61, which is higher than the total amount of points he’s been able to score in the first two weeks.
In their final NEAFL trial match, the Lions went down to the Suns 78-53. The Lions didn’t provide any stats for the game.
Top 4! Who’d of seen that coming, but that’s where the Suns find themselves after a solid 101-67 win against Carlton at Etihad on Saturday. The man is quickly becoming a favourite of ours thanks to some fantastic defensive work with Nic Holman notching up 11 tackles, along with 15 disposals and 2 marks for 92 SCPoints. The man is currently leading the league in tackles and is also 4th for tackles inside 50, which is a great result for him (and us!). I would continue to start him without any hesitation heading into Round 3.
The Suns defeated Brisbane in a trial match, though no stats were provided.
- Tom Doedee – 100.5 AVG
- Jeremy Finlayson – 96.5 AVG
- Zach Guthrie – 65.5 AVG
- Sam Murray – 65 AVG
- Alex Pearce – 63.5 AVG
- Tim Kelly – 117.5 AVG
- Jeremy Finlayson – 96.5 AVG
- Nick Holman – 94 AVG
- Ben Jacobs – 66.5 AVG
- Lachlan Fogarty – 64.5 AVG
- Tim English – 58 AVG
- Liam Ryan – 76.5 AVG
- Todd Marshall – 76 AVG
- Jake Waterman – 64.5 AVG
- Jaidyn Stephenson – 63 ACG
- Bayley Fritsch – 60 AVG
And that’ll be it for this week. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions/comments, make sure you whack ‘em in the section below.