AROUND THE GROUNDS ROUND 4
Another week, another 9 games of football completed, which means only one thing. Round 4 is finished, I have successfully taken a chill pill after Friday night’s results and we’re now all looking ahead to what Round 5 has in store for us. At this point in the year we’d likely be looking to keep our rookies fairly static and just let them fatten up for a few months before sending them off to slaughter, but there’s been a lot of mixed results so far this year, as well as injuries, which has necessitated some early burning of trades for some. Whatever position you’re in, I’m hoping you’ll find something for you here. So let’s get to it.
Around the Grounds
Carlton had a game they’d rather forget, with the Roos making easy work of them, taking the match 116-30. Jarrod Garlett was the best performer for Carlton, producing 9 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 2 goals for 71 SCPoints. His BE sits at -22 for this week. Paddy Dow had 10 disposals, 1 mark and 2 tackles for 41 SCPoints, while Lochie O’Brien finished with 11 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles for 46 SCPoints in his AFL career debut. Dow gained just $8,200 this week and has a BE of 21 while O’Brien has a BE of 3.
Over in the VFL, the Northern Blues lost a close one to North Melbourne, going down 84-81. Angus Schumacher had 19 disposals, 3 tackles and 8 rebound 50’s, Pat Kerr kicked 1.2 with 7 disposals and 6 marks, and Kym Lebois booted 3 goals with 6 disposals and 5 tackles.
Collingwood looked terrific in their Friday night win against the Crows in Adelaide, making easy work of the Crows in a 106-58 win. Sam Murray was again terrific down back with 23 disposals, 6 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s for 92 SCPoints, but the big star was Jaidyn Stephenson, who booted 5 goals, with 13 disposals and 4 marks for 115 SCPoints. A great result for him, and while it is a bit much to expect 5 goals a week, hopefully he can continue to have an impact up forward for us and the Pies. Murray has a BE of -40 this week, so should be looking to reach into the $300K price range this week, while Stephenson’s good game has pushed his BE to -4 and will likely see him make some decent cash while it remains in his rolling average.
The Collingwood VFL side couldn’t keep up last weeks high scoring pace, going down to Port Melbourne 63-47. Josh Daicos had 20 disposals and 5 tackles, Brayden Sier had 20 disposals (16 handballs) and 6 tackles, Flynn Appleby had 19 disposals, 4 marks and 3 each of inside and rebound 50’s, and Sam McLarty had 18 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles and 23 hitouts. Brody Mihocek had 14 disposals, 3 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s and Max Lynch was busy in the ruck with 40 hitouts, with 8 disposals and 2 tackles.
Essendon managed to get their season back on track with a quality win against Port Adelaide, taking the game 106-84. Matt Guelfi made his AFL debut and had a good one, finishing with 17 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles with 6 inside 50’s for 72 SCPoints. Keep him on your watchlist for next week. Joshua Begley had 9 disposals and 1 mark for 27 SCPoints. Don’t keep him on your watchlist for next week.
In the VFL, Essendon went down to Williamstown 77-45. Dylan Clarke was the obvious standout for the Bombers with 35 disposals, 3 marks and 15 tackles, while Kobe Mutch had 22 disposals, 5 marks, 14 tackles and 5 inside 50’s and Jayden Laverde had 19 disposals, 5 marks and 11 tackles.
Geelong made easy work of St Kilda in the end, winning 103-56. Jordan Cunico was the big bolter for Geelong, playing his first game of the season (and 2nd in his career) and finished with 21 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and 2 goals for 109 SCPoints. Bit much to expect 2 goals from him every week, but if he can hold up the other stats to a similar level, he could be a nice scorer. Tim Kelly also played well, with 15 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 2 goals for 89 SCPoints. Less disposals than usual for him, but thankfully he kicked some goals to make the score up.
Lachlan Fogarty had 18 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 6 inside 50’s for 80 SCPoints, while Jack Henry had 7 disposals, 3 marks and 6 tackles for 46 SCPoints. Esava Ratugolea couldn’t hit the scoreboard, but still did OK with his 6 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 60 SCPoints, while Zach Gutrhie could only manage 6 disposals and 2 marks, and finally Cory Gregson had just the 2 disposals for 22 SCPoints.
Kelly still has a BE of -1, while Fogarty’s is at -22. Ratugolea had his first price rise of $41,900 this week and has a BE of -31. He’s still at a buyable price of $165,800 this week, but will likely push into the $220K range this time next week. Zach Guthrie failed to hit his BE this week and lost $3,900 and has a BE of 51.
Geelong’s VFL side went down in a close one to Sandringham, losing 64-62. Timm House had 28 disposals, 8 marks and 4 rebound 50’s, Charlie Constable had 22 disposals, 1 mark and 6 tackles and Ryan Abott had 21 hitouts with 7 disposals and 6 marks.
Hawthorn bolted into the top 4 on the back of a quality 115-48 win against Melbourne. David Mirra made his debut for the Hawks and had 18 disposals, 3 marks and 6 rebound 50’s for his 77 SCPoints. We’ll need to see how he goes next week, but he looked the goods in this game.
The Box Hill Hawks made easy work of the Frankston Dolphins, winning 103-64. James Cousins led the way with 27 disposals, 8 tackles, 4 inside 50’s and 1.2, James Worpel had 18 disposals, 2 marks and 4 inside 50’s and Mitch Lewis kicked 3.2 with 14 disposals, 5 marks, 8 tackles and 9 hitouts
Melbourne saw themselves drop to a 2-2 record after a 115-48 loss to Hawthorn on Sunday. Bayley Fritsch found a bit more of the ball than usual with 14 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles, but was held goalless for only 58 SCPoints. His season average now sits at the 58 SCPoints he scored on the weekend, but has a BE of 3, so there’s still cash to be made. If he can keep up an average of 60, he’ll still make money until the bye rounds.
Melbourne’s VFL side the Casey Demons defeated Werribee 71-55 on Saturday night. Corey Maynard had 21 disposals, 6 tackles and 4 inside 50’s, Harley Balic had 14 disposals, 6 tackles and a goal and Mitch King had 35 hitouts in the ruck with 11 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and a goal.
North Melbourne continued their “They might not be as terrible as everyone thought” streak alive against Carlton, winning an easy match 116-30. Luke Davis Uniacke was again limited in what he did, having just 9 disposals and 3 marks for 37 SCPoints. Ben Jacobs was given a tagging job on Patrick Cripps, and while he restricted Cripps to 19 disposals, he only managed 11 himself, along with 7 tackles and 5 clangers (4 due to frees against) for 56 SCPoints. Tagging is never friendly towards Supercoach, and we knew Jacobs would be given those sorts of jobs going in, so this is not a massive surprise. LDU has a BE of 60 this week, so there’s a good chance he could lose some cash this week.
North Melbourne’s VFL side got their very first win, defeating the Northern Blues 84-81. Paul Ahern led the game in disposals with 29 (23 kicks), with 4 marks, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and a goal also. Mitchell Hibberd had 25 disposals, 3 marks and 9 tackles and Tristian Xerri kicked 2.1 with 7 disposals, 3 tackles and 14 hitouts.
Richmond looked near unstoppable on Saturday at the MCG, keeping Brisbane goalless in the first half and running away with the game easily, winning 110-17. Jack Higgins was dropped, so no rookie priced players were on the field for Richmond. The Tigers VFL side had a bye this week as well, so no results from the VFL.
It was another disappointing result for St Kilda, going down to Geelong 103-56. Nicholas Coffield had a quality game with 17 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s for 80 SCPoints, Ben Long finished with 18 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and a goal for 65 SCPoints and Rowan Marshall had 9 disposals, 2 marks, 6 hitouts and a goal for 39 SCPoints. Coffield is on the bubble this week with a BE of -45, so this is the week to downgrade to him if you absolutely must.
In the VFL, the Sandringham Zebras had a close game against Geelong, winning 64-62. Bailey Rice finished with 22 disposals, 4 marks and 7 rebound 50’s, Ed Phillips had 19 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 4 rebound 50’s, Nathan Wright kicked 2.1 with 16 disposals, 3 marks and 9 tackles and Josh Battle had 10 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal.
The Bulldogs kept it tight for most of the game, but some inaccurate kicking may have hurt them in the end, going down to Sydney 86-79. Timothy English continued his solid work in the ruck with 24 hitouts, along with 16 disposals and 7 marks for 78 SCPoints. Billy Gowers was the quietest for the Bulldogs with just 8 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 48 SCPoints. Ed Richards would have pleased those who traded him in this week, he had just 13 disposals, but also had 3 marks and 5 tackles for 67 SCPoints. He had 4 clangers in there, thanks to 4 frees paid against him, which means his score could have been even better. Finally, in a game where many predicted dire results, Aaron Naughton put up his highest score of the year, finishing with 15 disposals, 7 marks and 5 rebound 50’s for 78 SCPoints. Let’s hope he’s got his scoring on track from here on out!
Tim English has now pushed up to costing $220K and has a BE of -25. Richards had a price rise of $52,800 and now costs $188,100, so it could very well be a choice between Coffield and Richards this week for some. Naughton’s BE is -11 this week, though that could rise significantly close to his season average of 53 in a few weeks once the 78 rolls out of his average (unless he can add a few scores similar in the next 2-3 weeks).
In the VFL, the Footscray Bulldogs had an easy game against Coburg, winning 113-32. Lukas Webb led the Bulldogs with 32 disposals, 7 tackles and 7 inside 50’s Lewis Young had 18 disposals and 10 marks with 7 rebound 50’s, and Patrick Lipinksi kicked 2 goals with 12 disposals, 6 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.
The Crows had a terrible game and never looked a chance on Friday night as they went down to Collingwood 106-58. The Crows rookies didn’t fair much better on a wet and windy night, with the returning Darcy Fogarty producing just 9 disposals, 2 marks and 1 tackle for 44 SCPoints. Tom Doedee was quiet also, with just the 13 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles for 57 SCPoints. Fogarty may struggle to hold his spot in Round 5 against Sydney, but we’ll hope The Dood bounces back. Fogarty might find himself on the chopping block again this week, but has a BE of 14 this week, while Doedee’s BE has pushed up to 21, but currently projects to move past the 400K mark by Round 10, as long as he can keep up his average of 86 until then.
In the SANFL, the Adelaide reserves side lost to South Adelaide 60-40. Patrick Wilson had 20 disposals, 8 clearances and 3 inside 50’s, Myles Poholke had 17 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles, Jordan Gallucci had 14 disposals, 4 clearances and 6 tackles, while Reilly O’Brien had 11 disposals, 33 hitouts and 7 tackles and Paul Hunter led the goal scoring for Adelaide with 2.
Port Adelaide had their first loss of the year, going down to Essendon 106-84. Riley Bonner was quieter this week with just the 14 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles and a goal for 60 SCPoints. We also have the potential return of Jasper Pittard (who had 28 disposals, 7 marks and 7 rebound 50’s in the SANFL) to worry about too, but that bridge will need to be crossed when we come to it. Todd Marshall also had a slightly quieter game, finishing with 9 disposals, 1 mark and 1 goal for 46 SCPoints.
In the SANFL, it was a low scoring affair for Port against Woodsville West-Torrens, with both sides scoring 28 points to draw the game, with Port keeping WWT goalless until the last quarter (WWT kicked 2.16 to Ports 4.4). Will Snelling finished with 25 disposals, 5 marks and 8 tackles, Joe Atley had 22 disposals, 3 marks and 7 tackles, Jack Trengove had 22 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles, Dom Barry finished with 19 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles and finally Billy Frampton had 13 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and 12 hitouts. Bonner’s BE has pushed up to 58 this week, while Marshall’s currently sits at 44.
Fremantle kept pace with the Giants for half the game, but ran out of steam by the end, going down 82-51. Bailey Banfield led the way for the Dockers rookies with 17 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 69 SCPoints. Mitch Crowden was also handy with 15 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles for 61 SCPoints, while Andrew Brayshaw was subdued again with 11 disposals, 4 tackles and 1 mark for 42 SCPoints. He has become a serious concern now. Finally, Adam Ceera had just 8 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 34 SCPoints. Brayshaw made a minimal price rise of $4,800, but has a BE of 54, which is higher than his season average of 48.5 SCPoints. Banfield is in no trouble with a BE of -10, and Crowden is in a similar position with a BE of -40.
In Round 3 of the WAFL, the Peel Thunder lost a close one to Perth, 85-79. Taylin Dunman had 29 disposals, 10 marks and 3 each of inside and rebound 50’s and Ryan Nyhius had 23 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and 4 rebound 50’s,
West Coast continued their strong to the season with a quality win against the Gold Coast, taking the match 139-59. Jake Waterman had to deal with the return of Josh Kennedy, but still managed to hit the scoreboard for 1.1, along with 10 disposals, 3 marks and a tackle for 61 SCPoints.
Willie Rioli kicked his first goals in the AFL, finishing with 2 as well as having 10 disposals and 6 marks for 48 SCPoints. Daniel Venables also hit the scoreboard for 1.1, with 11 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles for 61 SCPoints. Waterman’s BE has hit positive numbers this week, though it couldn’t get much lower at 1, while Venables BE is 16, while Rioli’s is at -3, though his season average of 39.7 will see it rise quickly if that remains.
West Coast’s WAFL side had a bye this week.
New South Wales
GWS did their work in the 2nd half to turn a 7-point lead at half time into a 31-point win at the end of four, to defeat Fremantle 82-51. Jeremy Finlayson was again the man for the Giants, with 25 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles and 6 rebound 50’s for 101 SCPoints. He’s earned automatic starting position so far this year. Daniel Lloyd was again handy for the Giants up forward with 14 disposals, 2 marks and a goal for 69 SCPoints. Finlayson still has a great BE at -11, while Lloyd ‘s sits at 2.
The Giants NEAFL side lost to Gold Coast 93-72. Isaac Cumming led the Giants with 30 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and 6 rebound 50’s, Zachary Sproule had 22 disposals, 6 marks and 7 tackles, Lachlan Keeffe finished with 19 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and a goal and Matthew Flynn had 51 hitouts with 13 disposals, 2 marks and 2 goals. Lachie Tiziani had 11 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and 3 goals, but unfortunately ruptured his ACL and will now miss the rest of the year.
The Swans kept up their winning ways on Saturday afternoon, taking care of the Bulldogs 86-79. Aliir Aliir played his first game of 2018, but was very quiet with just 5 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 32 SCPoints. Will Hayward faired similar, having just 5 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles for 25 SCPoints. Finally Oliver Florent may not have found the ball much with just 12 disposals, but thanks to kicking the winning goal he scored 82 SCPoints, with 2 marks, 4 tackles and 4 inside 50’s to his name as well.
The Swans NEAFL side went down to Brisbane 127-74. Colin O’Riodran led the Swans with 23 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 5 rebound 50’s, Robbie Fox had 22 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles and 4 rebound 50’s, Ben Ronke kicked 2 goals with 18 disposals, 2 marks and 10 tackles and Darcy Cameron also kicked 2 goals with 14 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 17 hitouts
It’ll be a game Brisbane will try and forget in a hurry, with the Lions managing to kick only 2.5 for the game against the Tigers, going down 110-17. In one piece of good news, Cameron Rayner had the best game of his short career, producing 22 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 6 inside 50’s and a goal for 97 SCPoints. That’s a score he certainly needed to boost his BE back.
We also saw the debut of Zac Bailey, who was pick #15 in the 2017 AFL Draft. He had just the 7 disposals, 2 marks and 1 tackle for 15 SCPoints. Nothing to see here at this stage. That big score for Rayner has pushed his BE all the way down to -25, so now is hopefully the time for him to strike, because if he goes back to his old ways, that score of 97 will roll out of his average by Round 7 and his BE will jump back to the 55-60 range.
In the NEAFL, the Lions had a good win against Sydney, taking the game by 50 points -124-74. Corey Lyons had 28 disposals, 10 marks, 2 tackles and a goal, Brandon Starevich had 16 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 2 goals and Oscar McInerney had 9 disposals, 2 marks and 25 hitouts.
It probably wasn’t the easiest thing for the Suns to play in Perth two weeks in a row, and it certainly shows as they were never really in contention in the 139-59 loss to West Coast. Nic Holman had a poor game (by his brief AFL standards this year), finishing with just 7 disposals and 3 tackles for 32 SCPoints. He’s never been a massive ball winner, averaging 14 disposals per game in his first 3, but it’s his tackle numbers that have taken a slow dip across the first month, going from 13 to 11 to 6 and now 3. That’s a strong way for him to keep his Supercoach scoring up, so hopefully he can bounce back against the Lions in Round 5. Holman has a BE of 25, though a few scores of old will push that down quick enough.
Gold Coast’s NEAFL side defeated the UWS Giants 93-72 in Round 2 of the NEAFL season. Will Brodie had 26 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 8 inside 50’s and 2 goals, Harrison Wigg finished with 25 disposals (21 kicks), 8 marks and 8 rebound 50’s and Brad Scheer had 23 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and 5 inside 50’s with a goal.
- Jeremy Finlayson – 92.8 SCPoints
- Tom Doedee – 85.8 SCPoints
- Sam Murray – 79.3 SCPoints
- David Mirra – 77 SCPoints
- Nicholas Coffield – 73 SCPoints
- Jordan Cunico – 109 SCPoints
- Tim Kelly – 103.5 SCPoints
- Jeremy Finlayson – 92.8 SCPoints
- Nick Holman – 75.5 SCPoints
- Nicholas Coffield – 73 SCPoints
- Tim English – 67.5 SCPoints
- Liam Ryan – 80.3 SCPoints
- Matt Guelfi – 72 SCPoints
- Daniel Lloyd – 69.8 SCPoints
- Jaidyn Stephenson – 68.5 SCPoints
- Tim English – 67.5 SCPoints
And that’s it from me this week. As usual, you can either leave a comment in the section below, or hit me up on the Twitter @BarronVonCrow. Seeya next week!