HEROES, VILLAINS AND THE DAMNED
Ladies and gentleman, we have a SuperCoach rookie bonanza on our hands. After a baron 2017 season, we are now blessed with a plethora of rookie options. It’s an embarrassment of riches for SuperCoaches at the minute, with eight young guns making their debut on the weekend. It was a low-scoring round this week, with par around the 2150 mark.
Melbourne’s ruck monster Max Gawn (168 SC) backed up his 151 from last week with another herculean performance. The big man had 42 hit outs and kicked two goals while also having an entertaining encounter with a Bombers supporter on the sidelines.
Fremantle midfielder Lachie Neale (151 SC) had an excellent game against West Coast yesterday, racking up 35 disposals, eight tackles and 15 contested possessions. Collingwood defender Jeremy Howe (150 SC) had a day out on Sunday with 30 possessions and 12 marks, as did Hawks running machine Isaac Smith (143 SC) on Saturday, with 24 touches at 91% DE to go with four goals.
Midfield bulls Patrick Cripps (143 SC) and Jack McRae (141 SC) were both sublime for their sides on Friday night, with the former having 32 disposals, nine tackles, 24 contested possessions and 12 clearances and the later tallying 32 touches, seven marks, nine tackles and a goal.
Sydney ruckman Callum Sinclair (128 SC) has hit a rich patch of form and had 39 hit outs and 18 possessions at 89% DE on Saturday. Geelong opponent Joel Selwood (122 SC) was his side’s best and continues to fly under the radar with Dangerfield in the Cats side and Ablett soon to return.
West Coast pair Shannon Hurn (130 SC) and Jack Redden (128 SC) were two of the side’s best players in the derby win. West Coast’s captain had 31 possessions and 11 marks while Redden had 34 disposals and 16 contested possessions.
Other significant scores: Justin Westoff(147 SC), Brad Ebert (139 SC), Mitch Robinson (130 SC), Ben McEvoy (129 SC), Tom T Lynch (127 SC), Lachie Whitfield (125 SC), Toby Nankervis (125 SC), Sam Gray (124 SC), Richard Dougless (124 SC), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (124 SC), Jared Polec (122 SC), Tom Phillips (120 SC), David Zaharakis (120 SC).
The old man Kade Simpson (70 SC) was tagged by Caleb Daniel on Friday night, severely limiting his influence. With Docherty out of the Carlton side, teams are becoming more aware of Simpson’s influence off half back and may continue to attempt to shut him down in the future. Watch this space.
After a slow start to the season, Sam Menegola (70 SC) had been on fire in recent weeks. That was until Saturday. Like many of his Geelong teammates he was quiet in the side’s loss to Sydney.
Luke Parker (79 SC) continued his up and down season with another quiet game for the Swans. Despite the absence of a number of star players from the Sydney line up, Parker didn’t make much of an impact on the Geelong game.
Marcus Bontempelli (145 SC) has had an indifferent start to the season but boy did he bounce back in emphatic fashion on Friday night. The Bont ad 30 touches, seven tackles and four clearances. Fellow midfield ace Adam Treloar (148 SC) also had a match to remember on Sunday. Treloar had 37 possessions at 81% DE and appears to have cleaned up his disposal efficiency.
Sydney midfield general Josh P Kennedy (125 SC) almost singe-handily won the match for Sydney against Geelong on Saturday. The onballer had a brilliant final quarter and combined well with ruckman Callum Sinclair. He finished with 33 possessions and 13 clearances.
Years ago, Dayne Beams (130 SC) was one of the best SC midfielders in the competition. Injury has curtailed his career recently, but he appears to be getting back to his best based on what he produced for the Lions on the weekend. Speaking of reinvigorated players, Brett Deledio (111 SC) also looks to be rediscovering some of his best form. The injury-prone Giant has now smashed out three tons in a row and is making a case to be considered in top 8 forward calculations.
After a quiet two weeks, Tom Mitchell (126 SC) was back to his prolific best for the Hawks. He racked up 45 possessions and 10 clearances in a trademark display. Demon Michael Hibberd (96 SC) has been one of the most disappointing premiums so far, so it provided a small amount of solace to the coaches that still own him that he knocked out a near ton for Melbourne on Sunday.
We have been blessed by an abundance of rookie options in recent weeks.
The likes of Ben Ronke (92 SC), Charlie Spargo (81 SC), Kobe Mutch (66 SC), James Worpel (64 SC), Flynn Appleby (59 SC), Oscar McInerney (53 SC), Nic Shipley (41 SC) and Jack Petruccelle (12 SC) played their first matches on the weekend, while Tom Cole (67 SC), Taylin Duman (53 SC) and Myles Poholke (18 SC) were among those to play their second matches for the season and are now on the bubble.
Tim Kelly (106 SC) continues to be a standout for rookie of the year, while Bayley Fritsch (91 SC) had his best match for the season after being dropped last week. Crows defender Tom Doedee (83 SC) was also very reliable.
Third gamers Jack Higgins (72 SC), David Mirra (71 SC) and Matt Guelfi (66 SC) were all solid, while popular defenders Jeremy Finlayson (65 SC) and Sam Murray (62 SC) were slightly down on their usual output.
Other rookie scores: Aaron Naughton (78 SC), Billy Gowers (78 SC), Esava Ratugolea (70 SC), Harry McKay (63 SC), Zac Giles-Langdon (60 SC), Jaidyn Stephenson (59 SC), Ed Richards (58 SC), Paddy Dow (59 SC), Zac Bailey (57 SC), Jack Henry (54 SC), Cameron Rayner (54 SC), Lachlan Fogarty (50 SC), Lochie O’Brien (39 SC), Dom Barry (35 SC), Nic Coffield (24 SC),
The form of Jack Billings (47 SC) has become a serious concern. After booting 23.36 last year, Billings has returned 4.11 in six outings this season, with his wayward goal-kicking creating plenty of worries for his owners. He’s been goalless in three of those matches, and his disposal efficiency is a woeful 61.8 per cent. Against the Hawks he had just 15 touches at 40% and booted 1.3.
Gun Brisbane midfielder Dayne Zorko (46 SC) has again proven he can’t handle a tag. He had just 10 disposals against GWS and registered another poultry score. This comes after a 37 in Round 5 and a 32 in Round 1. Teams will continue to target him so his owners must discard him ASAP. That sort of mediocrity can’t be accepted.
If you haven’t traded out Riley Bonner (53 SC) now is certainly the time to do so. He actually lost money this week and has reached his used-by date. The same can be said for young Gold Coast midfielder Nick Holman (33 SC). Despite having a low break even, his scoring has been erratic mixing scores in the 80s and 90s with a duo of returns in the 30s. His break even remains only 32, but the way he is tracking, it might be time to pull the pin early.
The perils of selecting key forwards have been on display in the form of Gold Coast spearhead Tom J Lynch (33 SC). The Suns captain smashed a monster 180 in Round 2 but hasn’t come to cracking a ton since. His owners should consider trading to a forward who will provide a more consistent output.