AROUND THE GROUNDS ROUND 5
Hello folks, and welcome to this weeks almost completed, but not quite completed Round 5 Rookie Scout review.
We’ll be covering off mostly everything this week, but as of now we will be missing Melbourne/Richmond match, the Collingwood/Essendon Anzac Day match, as well as Port Adelaide/Sturt in the SANFL. Apart from those 3 matches, every other football match around the country is being reviewed, so yay for that! So let’s go look and see what happened this week.
Around the Grounds
Carlton came close to getting their first win of the year, but fell just short on Saturday at the MCG, losing to West Coast 79-69. Paddy Dow probably had the best game of his short career, with 15 disposals, 3 marks, 4 inside 50’s and 7 clearances for 70 SCPoints. Lochie O’Brien also played well with 15 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 4 clearances for 61 SCPoints. Good results for both of them, hopefully they can keep up that sort of pace going forward. Cam O’Shea was the clanger king with 10 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and 8 clangers, which pushed his Supercoach score all the way down to 14. Jarrod Garlett wasn’t much better Supercoach wise with just 5 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles with 3 clangers for 21 SCPoints. Finally, Harry McKay played his first game of the season and had a big impact up forward, booting 4 goals with 10 disposals and 6 marks for 63 SCPoints.
The Northern Blues have the bye this week.
In the VFL, the Pies had a solid win against Essendon, defeating the Bombers 106-78. Brayden Sier had 21 disposals (16 handballs) and 5 tackles, Flynn Appleby had 13 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles, Josh Daicos booted 2.2 with 13 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles, and Sam McLarty had 1.1 with 13 disposals, 3 marks and 10 hitouts.
In the VFL, the Bombers were defeated by Collingwood 106-78. Dylan Clarke had 21 disposals, 6 marks and 7 tackles, while Kobe Mutch kicked a goal with 26 disposals, 1 mark and 2 tackles. Jayden Laverde also kicked a goal, along with 23 disposals, 6 marks and 2 tackles and Jordan Ridley had 16 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s. Aaron Francis made his return to football and had 6 disposals and 2 marks.
Geelong did what they normally do when they’re in front at 3 quarter time, taking the game against Port Adelaide 84-50. Tim Kelly had 20 disposals, but racked up 16 handballs in this one, with 5 tackles and a goal for 73 SCPoints, while Lachlan Fogarty laid 10 tackles with 17 disposals, 2 marks and a goal for 89 SCPoints. Esava Ratugolea continued to look comfortable at AFL level with 8 disposals, 1 mark, 4 tackles, 19 hitouts and a goal for 70 SCPoints, while Jordan Cunico had 15 disposals, 4 marks and 2 clearances for 60 SCPoints. Finally, Jack Henry was a bit quiet this week with just 8 disposals, 3 marks and 2 inside 50’s for 48 SCPoints.
Geelong’s VFL side defeated Footscray 87-68 to push back into the top 8 of the VFL ladder. Jamaine Jones had a big game with 3.1, as well as 25 disposals, 5 marks and 6 inside 50’s. Charlie Constable had 22 disposals and 3 marks and Gyran Miers kicked 2.1 with 21 disposals and 3 marks and Mark O’Connor had 13 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles.
Hawthorn tried to catch up, but they were too far behind a rampaging North Melbourne, losing 98-70. David Mirra found plenty of the ball with 17 disposals, as well as 6 marks and 3 rebound 50’s, but scored just 54 SCPoints, largely thanks to a disposal efficiency of 58.8% and 6 turnovers. He’s on the bubble this week and I’d still look to trade him in if you’ve got a non-playing rookie on your bench somewhere.
In the VFL, the Box Hill Hawks had a big win against Coburg, taking the game 155-83. Mitch Lewis was again damaging in front of goals, booting 3.1 with 15 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles and 11 hitouts. Teia Miles had 23 disposals, 7 marks and 2 tackles, while Conor Nash also booted 3 goals with 16 disposals and 4 marks.
Melbourne’s AFL side is playing tonight against Richmond, so they won’t be covered off this week, although Bayley Fritsch isn’t playing, so helldamnfart I have to take Jarrod Garlett’s score this week.
In the VFL the Casey Demons went down to Richmond 121-86. Charli Spargo kicked 2.1 with 18 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles and Corey Maynard had 17 disposals and 5 tackles
North Melbourne did half their damage offensively in the first quarter, and defensively did the damage in the first half, which was enough to give them an 8-goal lead at half-time that saw them through to take a fantastic 28-point win against Hawthorn. Ben Jacobs was again given a tagging role, this time on Tom Mitchell, and he again did a fantastic job, limiting Mitchell to 19 disposals, while grabbing 19 of his own, with 5 tackles and 7 clearances for 69 SCPoints. He’s almost becoming a must-avoid for Supercoach Captain purposes.
North Melbourne’s VFL side had a narrow loss to the Frankston Dolphins, going down 129-116. Paul Ahern was again busy with 24 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 6 inside 50’s, while Josh Williams had 17 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and a goal. Ben McKay had 16 disposals, 7 marks and 3 tackles, and Nick Larkey booted 4.2 with 9 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles.
In the VFL, Richmond won their Tuesday night preview, defeating the Casey Demons 121-86. Shai Bolton was a bit inaccurate in front of goals, kicking 2.4, but also had 22 disposals and 8 marks. Corey Ellis had 17 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and a goal and Patrick Naish had 14 disposals, 2 marks and 3 inside 50’s. Callum Coleman-Jones spent his time up forward, kicking 3 goals with 12 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles, while Ivan Soldo did his damage in the ruck, with 67 hitouts, along with 11 disposals and 4 marks and Mabior Chol did a bit of both with 2 goals, 8 disposals, 4 marks and 7 hitouts.
A four-goal final term was enough for the Saints to get a draw on Saturday afternoon with a tough game against GWS. Nic Coffield continued his solid form with 19 disposals, 11 marks and 4 inside 50’s for 61 SCPoints. He had 4 clangers and just 2 contested possessions in there, which likely accounts for the slightly lower score. Ben Long had a quality game with 15 disposals, 4 marks and a goal, but did his damage with 8 tackles and ended up with 97 SCPoints. Hunter Clark was back in the side, but finished with just 10 disposals, 1 mark, 4 tackles and a goal for 47 SCPoints. Finally, Brandon White had 14 disposals, 6 marks and 6 tackles with 5 rebound 50’s for 90 SCPoints.
The Saints VFL side Sandringham lost a close one to Port Melbourne, kicking just 2 points to 12 in the last quarter to lose 85-75. Ed Phillips was busy with 32 disposals, 11 mars, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and 5 rebound 50’s, while Ben Rice had 20 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles. Nathan Wright kicked 2.2 with 10 disposals and 7 tackles while Hugh Goddard had 8 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles.
The Bulldogs may have still been a chance at halftime, but a 6 goal to 1 3rd quarter pretty much sealed the game and the Doggies ended up going down to Fremantle 108-54. Tim English continued his solid form with 19 disposals, 9 marks, 3 tackles and 13 hitouts for 78 SCPoints. Aaron Naughton again put up a decent score with 11 disposals, 5 marks and 5 rebound 50’s for 62 SCPoints, while Billy Gowers had 9 disposals, 3 marks and 2 goals for 48 SCPoints. Patrick Lipinkski played his 2nd career game and made his 2018 AFL debut for 11 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 51 SCPoints. He played a single game in 2017, which pushed his starting price to $204,000 to start with. Ed Richards had 15 disposals and 4 marks, but also had 4 clangers, which lowered his score to 44 SCPoints and Lukas Webb had the 15 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles for 69 SCPoints.
Footscray suffered their 2nd loss of the VFL season, going down to Geelong 87-68. There wasn’t much happening for the Bulldogs from a rookie perspective in the VFL, with Nathan Mullenger-McHugh having just 11 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles and Fergus Greene having 10 disposals, 1 mark, 1 tackle and 4 inside 50’s.
Adelaide had a quality win on Friday night, beating the Swans 85-75 up in Sydney. Tom Doedee was again the star for us in Supercoach, and he was one of the better players on the ground, finishing with 25 disposals, 11 marks and 5 rebound 50’s for 100 SCPoints. We also saw the debut of Myles Poholke, filling in for the injured Rory Sloane, who had 10 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 4 inside 50’s for 53 SCPoints. With Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch to return in the coming weeks, his job security looks to be non-existent at this point. Jordan Gallucci played his 2nd AFL game and was active up forward with 23 pressure acts, along with 11 disposals, 2 marks and a goal for 54 SCPoints. He’s on the more expensive end, costing $219,400, so not one we’d consider at that price. He could still keep his spot even with Eddie Betts to return, but it’s likely a battle between him and Lachie Murphy at this point.
In the SANFL, the Adelaide Reserves continued their winless season, going down to Central Districts 137-67. Jackson Edwards led the way with 23 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles, Matthew Signorello had 18 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles, Darcy Fogarty booted 1 goal with 16 disposals and 1 mark and Ben Davis led the goal scoring tally with 3, along with 8 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles.
The game was still there to be won in the 3rd quarter, but the Power couldn’t stop the Cats in the 4th quarter, going down 84-50. Riley Bonner found plenty of the ball with 22 disposals and 6 marks with 4 rebound 50’s, but 6 turnovers pushed his score down to 64 SCPoints.
Port Adelaide will be having the Grand Final rematch against Sturt tomorrow, so we won’t be covering that off here. Unless someone has access to a time machine and would like to get me the results early.
Fremantle had a big win on Saturday night, defeating the Western Bulldogs 108-54. The Dockers continued to blood more talent, this time handing Taylin Duman his AFL debut, and he put in a good first effort with 15 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s for 85 SCPoints. Andrew Brayshaw found plenty of the ball with 17 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles for 62 SCPoints, while Mitch Crowden also had 17 disposals with 2 marks and 5 tackles for 55 SCPoints. Bailey Banfield had 18 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 67 SCPoints and Adam Cerra had an impact in front of goals, booting 2, with 15 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles for 87 SCPoints.
The Peel Thunder had a bye in the WAFL this week.
The Eagles had some concerns on Saturday, primarily from kicking 10.19, but they were the eventual winners at the ‘G on Saturday, beating Carlton 79-69. Tom Cole played his 1st game of 2018 (and his 7th in his career) and looked fantastic with 19 disposals, 6 marks, 2 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s for 98 SCPoints. He is one to watch out for next week and if he scores well, will probably be heavily traded in. Willie Rioli was dangerous in front of goals, despite kicking 1.3 and had 16 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 6 inside 50’s for 78 SCPoints. Jake Waterman struggled (it just wasn’t a day for the Eagles big forwards it seemed) with 10 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles for 44 SCPoints.
In the WAFL, East Perth beat the entire city of Perth, winning 136-99. Starring for East Perth was Brayden Ainsworth who had 23 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 4 inside 50’s, while Jack Patruccelle booted 4 goals with 11 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 3 inside 50’s. Matthew Allen had 13 disposals, 6 marks, 3 inside 50’s and 2 goals, and Kurt Mutimer had 18 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 6 inside 50’s and Jarrod Brander kicked 2.3 with 18 disposals and 6 marks.
New South Wales
It was a tough match for GWS, but they paid with their inaccuracy, kicking 9.19 and ended up drawing with St Kilda, scoring 73 apiece. Jeremy Finlayson continued his strong form, finishing with 18 disposals, 1 mark, 2 tackles and 7 rebound 50’s for 89 SCPoints. Daniel Lloyd was quieter with the 13 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 3 clangers for 54 SCPoints.
The UWS Giants had a bye this week in the NEAFL.
Sydney had their chances on Friday night, but had their issues converting in front of goal, so they had issues winning the game, going down to the Crows 85-75. Oliver Florent hit the scoreboard again with a goal, with 15 disposals and 3 marks, but had just 42 SCPoints. Will Hayward had just the 7 disposals, but also had 7 tackles to boost his score up to 49.
The Swans Reserves side also had a bye this week in the NEAFL.
They kept the Suns to just 10 points in the final quarter, but the Lions fell just short of staging a comeback in the last quarter, losing 76-71. Cameron Rayner managed to hit the scoreboard for 1.2, along with 11 disposals, 2 marks and 5 inside 50’s for 60 SCPoints. Solid result considering his early season scoring form. Zac Bailey played his 2nd game and had just the 10 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal, with 4 clangers for 41 SCPoints. He’s on the bubble this week, but I wouldn’t make him a priority trade in target at this stage.
The Lions reversed the result in the NEAFL derby, defeating Gold Coast 83-36. Matthew Eagles had 22 disposals and 11 marks, and Brandon Starcevich had 20 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals. Corey Lyons was inaccurate in front of goal kicking 3 behinds, while also having 19 disposals and 6 marks and Oscar McInerney had 9 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles, 24 hitouts and a goal.
The Suns just managed to hold on to their lead to get their 3rd win of the year, defeating Brisbane 76-71. Nic Holman got himself back into the good books with an 18 disposal, 2-mark, 2 tackle, 1 goal game for 88 SCPoints. As we have learnt this year with other rookies such as Tom Doedee and Sam Murray, you can’t write off 3-4 weeks of solid form after 1 down game.
Not much happened for the Suns in the NEAFL this week, getting smashed pretty easily by Brisbane 83-36. Jacob Dawson had 17 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles and Harrison Wigg was a bit more subdued in his 2nd game for the Suns with 14 disposals, 8 marks and 6 rebound 50’s. They have obviously decided to move Wigg back to his under-18 position of half-back, rather than as an inside midfielder where he played as a Crow.
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!