AROUND THE GROUNDS with Barron von Crow

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It’s Round 10 coming up, this is where we start to think about trading in some of our better performing rookies as they start to hit near their peak prices and upgrade them to some fallen premiums (or SUPER premiums if you’re after Jack Macrae) that have fallen a bit from their initial starting prices. Of course, the difficulty always comes in who to pick if you’re looking at downgrading a player to make some more cash, so hopefully this article this week will help you with that!

Around the Grounds



Not a good result for Carlton on Sunday, who lost to Melbourne 159-50. Paddy Dow had 14 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 51 SCPoints, Jarrod Garlett had 13 disposals, 1 mark and 4 tackles for just 27 SCPoints. Lochie O’Brien finished with 11 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 30 SCPoints, Cam O’Shea had 10 disposals and 3 tackles for 18 SCPoints, Harry McKay had 7 disposals, 5 marks and 2 goals for 54 SCPoints and Pat Kerr made his AFL debut and finished with 7 disposals and 2 marks for 23 SCPoints.

In the VFL the Northern Blues had a 96-58 loss to the Box Hill Hawks. Angus Schumacher had 17 disposals, 4 marks and 5 rebound 50’s,


The Pies did their damage in the 3rd quarter, booting 7 goals to 2 and ran away winners against St Kilda 100-72. Sam Murray found the ball 23 times, but only recorded 2 contested possessions and just 7 kicks (his average is 11 this year), along with 6 marks for just 56 SCPoints. His BE is now at 81 for the week, which he has achieved in the past, but his 5 round average sits at just 67.4 SCPoints. Jaidyn Stephenson hit the scoreboard for 2 goals, along with 18 disposals and 6 marks for 84 SCPoints, he usually puts up a decent score when he can kick a goal or two, and Flynn Appleby had 16 disposals and 8 marks for 51 SCPoints.

Collingwood’s VFL side got a win over Coburg, defeating them 72-47. Brayden Sier led the charge with a game high 35 disposals, with 2 marks and 6 tackles. Rupert Wills had 32 disposals, 4 marks and 8 tackles while Josh Daicos had 29 disposals, 7 marks and 5 tackles. Brody Mihocek had 21 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles and kicked 1.3 and Sam McLarty had 16 disposals, 5 marks, 10 hitouts and a goal.


Essendon got a quality win on the board with an 84-50 win over Geelong. Matt Guelfi returned to the side and had 14 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles for 61 SCPoints while Dylan Clarke made his AFL debut and had 9 disposals and 5 tackles for 34 SCPoints and Jordan Ridley had 25 disposals, 7 marks and 5 rebound 50’s for 76 SCPoints in his AFL debut.

Essendon’s VFL side also won against Geelong, although this one was a bit closer, with Essendon winning 91-84. Mason Redman had 28 disposals, 8 marks and 2 tackles, Trent Mynott had 21 disposals, 3 marks, 8 tackles and a goal and Ben McNice had 19 disposals, 4 marks, 3 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s.


Geelong just couldn’t get going, kicking 3 goals in the first 3 quarters and eventually lost to Essendon 84-50. Tim Kelly was quieter than we normally expect with 16 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 48 SCPoints. His BE is 120 this week, with his career high being 118 SCPoints, so it’s unlikely he achieves that, but he’s earnt $311,900 over the first 9 weeks, so it’s hard to be too upset with him. This might be the week to trade him out at his peak price since the 48 will be in his rolling average for a few more weeks. Jack Henry had 10 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles for 56 SCPoints.

Geelong’s VFL side also lost to Essendon 91-84. Gryan Miers had 18 disposals, 7 marks, 10 tackles and kicked 3 behinds and Jamaine Jones had 18 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and kicked 2.1


Hawthorn managed just 4 goals in the 2nd half, eventually going down to Brisbane 129-73. David Mirra returned and had 24 disposals, 8 marks and 3 tackles for 89 SCPoints, James Worpel had 11 disposals, 3 tackles and a goal for 32 SCPoints, Mitchell Lewis made his AFL debut and had 10 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles for 39 SCPoints and James Cousins had 8 disposals, 2 marks and 5 tackles for 40 SCPoints.

The Box Hill Hawks had a 96-58 win over the Northern Blues. Kieran Lovell had 30 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles and 1.1 and Dallas Willsmore had 25 disposals, 10 marks and 5 inside 50’s.


Melbourne had a big win on Sunday, defeating Carlton 159-50. Bayley Fritsch continued his strong form with 17 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals for 87 SCPoints, Tim Smith had 19 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 9 hitouts for 91 SCPoints and Charlie Spargo had 12 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 2 behinds for 60 SCPoints.

The Casey Demons also had a big win, defeating the Frankston Dolphins 139-33. Oskar Baker had 21 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal.

North Melbourne

North were challenged by GWS heading into half time with only a 5-point lead, but they put the Giants on lockdown after that and took the game away 112-69. No rookie priced players ran out on to the field for them however.

North Melbourne’s VFL team had a 70-62 win over Port Melbourne. Luke Davis-Uniacke had 19 disposals, 1 mark, 6 tackles and a goal while Paul Ahern had 18 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal.


Richmond had just their 2nd loss of the year, losing to West Coast 130-83. There were no rookie priced players playing for Richmond, with Jack Higgins being a late out for the Tigers.

Richmond had a big win over Sandringham in the VFL, winning 98-33. Corey Ellis had 20 disposals, 6 marks and a goal, Patrick Naish had 16 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 3 inside 50s and Mabior Chol kicked 2.1 with 12 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 6 hitouts.

St Kilda

St Kilda were in the game at half time, but a 3rd quarter blowout let them down and they lost to Collingwood 100-72. Hunter Clarke had a quality game with 21 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 82 SCPoints, while Ed Phillips had 19 disposals and 2 marks for 49 SCPoints. Bailey Rice made his AFL debut and looked good in patches, finishing with 17 disposals and 4 marks for 55 SCPoints and Nicholas Coffield had 12 disposals and 4 marks for 36 SCPoints.

Sandringham Zebras lost to Richmond 98-33. Darragh Joyce had 16 disposals, 6 marks and 4 tackles while Nathan Freeman had just 2 disposals after injuring his shoulder.

Western Bulldogs

The Bulldogs just couldn’t get going in the wet on Friday night, losing to Adelaide 63-26. Patrick Lipinski had his goal scoring streak come to an end, but still finished with 14 disposals and 7 tackles for 60 SCPoints, while Billy Gowers had 9 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and 45 SCPoints.

The Footscray Bulldogs defeated Werribee 84-76 in the VFL with Tim English recording 26 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and 29 hitouts.


South Australia


Adelaide Oval briefly turned into WaterWorld on Friday night, but the Crows managed to still get the 4 points in the end, defeating the Western Bulldogs 63-26. Tom Doedee popped back up with a quality score, recording 90 SCPoints from 15 disposals, 2 marks, 7 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s. 0 clangers too, which is probably a good effort in the wet. His BE is 68 this week, which puts him at the bottom of the Finlayson/Murray trade out pile. Myles Poholke had 12 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for 61 SCPoints, Jordan Gallucci had 8 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles and 3 clearances for 57 SCPoints, Lachie Murphy returned to the side and had 8 disposals and 6 tackles for 51 SCPoints and Darcy Fogarty was also brought back into the side and had 7 disposals, 1 mark and1 goal for 45 SCPoints.

In the SANFL, the Adelaide Reserves side lost to Glenelg 110-77. Pat Wilson led the way as usual for Adelaide with 29 disposals (25 kicks), 2 marks, 4 tackles and 1.2. Matthew Signorello had 22 disposals, 4 marks, 12 tackles and kicked 1.2 while Harry Dear had 12 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 17 hitouts and kicked 2 goals.

Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide had their 2nd win over in China, defeating the Gold Coast Suns 82-42. Riley Bonner finished with 17 disposals and 4 marks, but was again hit with clanger issues, recording 6 which hit his score down to 48 SCPoints. He has an achievable BE of 73, but his 5 round average is currently at 57.6 SCPoints and Port Adelaide have a bye in Round 10.

The Port Adelaide Magpies lost to West Adelaide 88-56. Will Snelling had 34 disposals (25 handballs), 5 marks, 8 tackles, Jack Trengove had 33 disposals, 6 marks and 7 tackles while Joe Atley had 26 disposals (20 handballs), 3 marks and 2 tackles.


Western Australia


Fremantle’s lack of experience showed, kicking 7.10 and going down to Sydney 111-52. Adam Cerra had 15 disposals and 2 marks with 3 clearances for 49 SCPoints while Andrew Brayshaw had 13 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 49 SCPoints also.

The Peel Thunder didn’t have much in the WAFL last week, going down to Subiaco 140-48. Stefan Giro led the way for the Thunder, finishing with 27 disposals, 3 marks, 9 tackles and 1.1. Taylin Duman had 15 disposals, 5 marks and 2 rebound 50’s and Luke Strnadica had 13 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 18 hitouts and 2 goals. Bailey Banfield had 13 disposals, 2 marks and 6 tackles with 5 clangers for 56 SCPoints, Ryan Nyhuis had 11 disposals, 6 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 59 SCPoints and Mitch Crowden had just 5 disposals and 2 marks for 19 SCPoints

West Coast

A big win for West Coast in Perth, defeating Richmond 130-83. Tom Cole had 14 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles for 62 SCPoints while Willie Rioli had 12 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 64 SCPoints and Jake Waterman had 11 disposals, 5 marks and 4 goal assists for 52 SCPoints.

West Coast didn’t have much more luck than Fremantle in the WAFL, with East Perth losing to South Fremantle 121-53. Brayden Ainsworth had an equal game high tally of 27 disposals with 9 marks, 3 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and 2 goals. Luke Partington had 23 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles and 3 inside 50’s and Matthew Allen had 21 disposals, 4 rebound 50’s and a goal.


New South Wales


GWS continued their tumble out of the 8, going down to North Melbourne 112-69. Daniel Lloyd recorded 15 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 81 SCPoints, while Jeremy Finlayson had another average game with 14 disposals, 2 marks and 62 SCPoints. His BE is 79 this week, which he could easily achieve, with his 5 round average sitting on 67.8 SCPoints. Lachlan Keeffe had 8 disposals, 21 hitouts and a goal for 42 SCPoints, Tim Mohr had 10 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles for 68 SCPoints, Zac Langdon had 6 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 59 SCPoints and Isaac Cumming had a disappointing 16 SCPoints from 8 disposals.

In the NEAFL, the UWS Giants lost to the Canberra Demons 125-74. Zach Sproule had a team high 29 disposals with 11 marks, 2 tackles and a goal. Nick Shipley had 27 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles and Brett Daniels had 25 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 1.1


Despite from inaccurate kicking for goal by Fremantle, the Swans were never really troubled and won the game 111-52. Ben Ronke hit the scoreboard again, although he only managed it once this time, but still had 14 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles for 71 SCPoints. A nice score from him and hopefully he can maintain that sort of average going forward. Oliver Florent had 22 disposals and 6 marks for 76 SCPoints, Will Hayward had 16 disposals, 9 marks and a goal, but had 8 clangers which dragged his score down to 51 SCPoints and Tom McCartin had 9 disposals, 2 marks and 2 goals for 45 SCPoints.

The Sydney Reserves had a quality win against Southport, defeating them 131-43. Daniel Robinson had 38 disposals, 9 marks, 4 tackles and 7 inside 50’s, Colin O’Riordan had 29 disposals, 10 marks and 6 rebound 50’s and Darcy Cameron had 19 disposals, 11 marks, 5 tackles, 5 inside 50’s, 35 hitouts and 2 goals.




Brisbane got their first win on the year with a quality 129-73 win over Hawthorn. Cam Rayner had 11 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 55 SCPoints, Oscar McInerney had 9 disposals, 2 marks, 1 goal and 11 hitouts for 65 SCPoints, Zac Bailey had 11 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 47 SCPoints and Matt Eagles had 8 disposals, 1 mark and 1 goal for 46 SCPoints.

Brisbane’s NEAFL side had a big win against Redland, defeating them 147-81. Corey Lyons had 22 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles and a goal.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast were in China on Saturday, though they again lost to Port Adelaide over there, going down 82-42. Brad Scheer had 13 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 39 SCPoints, Jacob Heron made his debut and had 10 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 54 SCPoints, Brayden Crossley was a bit quitter with 7 disposals, 2 tackles and 30 SCPoints and Charlie Ballard had just 6 disposals and 1 tackle for 12 SCPoints. The big player was Nic Holman who had 25 disposals, 3 marks and 8 tackles for 122 SCPoints. This has pushed his BE down to 13, but Gold Coast have the bye this week.

In Round 7 of the NEAFL season the Gold Coast Suns lost to the NT Thunder 115-78. Jacob Dawson had 31 disposals, 7 marks, 7 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s, Jack Scrimshaw had 20 disposals, 5 marks and 3 inside 50’s and Will Powell had 16 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles, 3 inside 50’s and kicked 3 goals


Top 5 under 200K


  1. Jordan Ridley – $123,900 – 76 SCPoints
  2. Tim Mohr – $192,400 – 68 SCPoints
  3. Lachlan Murphy – $198,800 – 56.5 SCPoints
  4. Flynn Appleby – $197,100
  5. Bailey Rice – $123,900 – 55 SCPoints


  1. Ed Phillips – $123,900 – 68 SCPoints
  2. Lochie O’Brien – $198,300 – 43 SCPoints
  3. James Worpel – $143,300 – 43 SCPoints
  4. Myles Poholke – $152,300 – 42 SCPoints
  5. Dylan Clarke – $123,900 – 34 SCPoints


  1. Brayden Crossley – $151,700 – 49.3 SCPoints


  1. Tim Smith – $123,900 – 91 SCPoints
  2. Brad Scheer – $191,900 – 56.3 SCPoints
  3. Lachlan Keefee – $157,400 – 50 SCPoints
  4. Myles Poholke – $152,300 – 42 SCPoints
  5. Mitch Lewis – $123,900 – 39 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!

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Ahmad rubas

laird hurley sicily hibberd doedee murray (cole cumming)
danger fyfe titch kelly cripps coniglio kelly spargo (dow crowden coffield)
gawn goldstein (olango)
heeney smith petracca billings lobb fritsch (higgins langdon)
21 trades left 120k
what would you do with this side?


So many options here.

Murray to Lloyd
J Kelly to Dusty/Oliver

That gives you two more s oring premos this week. If you wanted it. Otherwise hold J Kelly and offload any of your rookies for Phillips on the bubble.

Would be targeting making Goldstein to Nic Nat after WC bye a priority. Also upgrading remaining cashed out rookies.

Ahmad rubas

No point in getting rid of j Kelly now if you have held this long I also held this long I guess the only small positive is he is now a pod plus he should be back this week if he gets through a training session tomorrow Goldstein to Nic Nat is a good move especially if your struggling with the round 13 bye


I think he is referring to your team haha

Ahmad rubas

oh lol i didnt realise thanks for the heads up haha. want to hold kelly so one rookie down to phillips and another rookie up to dusty also i like the goldstein to nic nat move as i currently have 9 premos out that week


Need Murphy to hold his spot this week if Yeo misses.

Kelly is out of my team. Welcome Dusty. Thanks Kelly for the scores and the cash. You won't be a keeper and Dusty won't be under $500k for long.

Also hopefully English is back soon, and for good. Be a great f7 r3 swing. And handy during the byes.


English is out for at least a month mate. Injured


Yep. Those of us with Gawn, Nank and English thought we had planned the byes pretty well.
All we need now is for Nank to finally get rested and its a perfect storm.


It will be the discussion all week again. I’m thinking this time the Nank might miss. It is only Saints. They have the round 14 bye, so not close enough.


Bugger thanks. Put up good numbers considering.


Dusty still has a b.e of 131. I'd rather wait for him to show some signs of life and upgrade elsewhere

The Ranger

You think so Kev?
I know the Tiges lost but he looked to be moving better at the weekend and they have St.Kilda this week, he could easily pass 131.
I've been tossing this one up all week…


Saw dusty line up in the mids a lot more
Unfortunately tigers got rolled, could be a wake up call for them I reckon and I agree with ranger fwd or mid dusty will rampage this week against the saints


Yeah I really want him for the saints clash. Waiting and hoping he keeps going under 100 has worked out well so far but he is overdue for a big game

Darcy Franks

Laird ,Simpson, Ryan, Seedsman, Hibberd, Cole Mirra, Murphy
Macrae, Fyfe, Dangerfield, Cripps, T.Mitchell, Zorko, Coniglio, Merrett Holman, Coffield, E.Phillips
Gawn, Nic Nat Crossley
Mclean, Heeney, Smith, Fritsch , Billings, J.Higgins, Spargo, Garlett

Let me know what you would do next


I'd be looking to get rid of Hibberd and Billings asap. If Ridley has a half decent game this week he'd be better than Hibberd in there.
Then you could go Billings to someone who doesn't suck.

Darcy Franks

Do you reckon reverse my trades this week it was Finlayson and Henry out for Phillips and Ryan


Agree with Russty, Hibbo and Billings need to go, so Hibbo to Ridley and Billings to Buddy.


Getrid of billings


Agree mate, I'm gonna hold off on bringing him in for now.


I'd wait a week or two on Hurley, he's going down in price when he comes back.


Reckon I might do what I was gonna do last week before something else cropped up..Finlayson to an upgrade and Nank to Grundy.
Nank faded in the second half of last season, ended up averaging 88.8, only scoring 2 tons in his last 10 games.


Hey rust.
That puts the two big men on the pine rd 13.
How are u placed for other outs rd 13?
Just a thought.


Pretty good for 13 mate, just 14 is still an issue though.


MIDFIELD could be completed this week.

Option 1 p.cripps 590k (t.kelly) only 1 trade needed.
Option 2 j.macrae 727k (t.kelly 429k) and ridley 123k (murray 334k)
Option 3 s.murray to premo DEF 4




Have got Sam Jacobs but he just has to go. Thought he'd be able to do something this year but is literally the worst ruckman that is consistently getting a game.

1. Jacobs -> Nic Nat (470k, BE 73)
2. Jacobs -> Grundy (604k, BE 119)
3. other?


Assuming you already have Gawn? Then Grundy is the better pick for R2.


Yeah already have Gawn. If i go Nic Nat i will be able to upgrade murray/t.kelly to a premo Def though… does that change anything? Or is Grundy a must have if im trading ruckmen? I guess next week ill be able to go murray -> ridley and then Coffield -> premo Def


Depends a lot on your team set up Dave. I like both R2 options, though you should have 20+ trades to do a sideways move like this…

Without seeing your full team, and if it helps…

How many more premos do you need across each line? Mids are the priority though Grundy is scoring like a mid at this point.

If you have bye cover for having Gawn and Grundy missing the same round, Grundy works. Nic Nat is going well but that knee is a concern as the season rolls on. He may be due for a rest before Grundy.


Ryder next week after his bye. Big POD


Sam does have Gawn this week…. might get ugly.


Traded in Yeo last week and now he’s likely to miss. With Naughton & Duman on the pine, a donut is likely. Been playing around with these and liking option 1, although it puts Ridley on field if Yeo misses.

Which one is best??

Option 1 – Naughton & Murray to Lloyd & Ridley
Option 2 – Naughton & Henry to Ryan & T.Smith
Option 3 – Naughton & Henry to T-Mac & Smith




1 100%


Pod – 3
Lloyd has rd 14 bye so of like most of us would be another out.


Hi Trigg. I will have 17 onfield for both Round 13 and 14 if I take option 1. I’m planning to trade in up to 2 Port players to help out prior to Round 13.


Is jimmy Webster a good trade in option for Murrary?

Already got Hurley, Laird, simpson, sicily


Webster, Lloyd or Howe it seems are all flip of the coin for D6 by end of the year. Yeo is the only other must have for you in defence


Are These good Trades
Murray- Phillips
Coniglio- Macrae

I couldn't afford to go Kelly To Macrae but i feel that Kelly and Coniglio are actually pretty equal in scoring ability so to bring in the Best Player in the game i think i should go for it! Any thoughts community? I JUST NEED MACRAE.


That’s still a sideways trade. Surely you have more pressing areas to upgrade than Cogs. How are you going to be when he comes out and scores 120 again.


You are losing out with this trade!
Points he has scored are not yours
Price will 100% screw you for the next 2 weeks and leading into byes that's dangerous!
All the while you made no inroads to getting full prem.
If Cogs stays at 104-105 avg as M8 when full prem it's not a lose and can fix him then if you have no other matters to address


Not the worst move, CC. Cogs been frustrating lately after his hot start. Made almost 100k in a month and has lost most of that now.


Keep plugging away cameron a gig must be just aroound the corner.

Ahern must also be inching closer though LDU probably ahead of him in the magoos.

If powell or trengrove could get a gig next couple of weeks be the perfect bye downgrade player


Pat Wilson must be close

neil demons delight

That's Gaff


Hogan is from the west isnt he? 😏

Ahmad rubas

Is anyone not bringing in port or Gold Coast players in rounds 11 or 12 and if so why?


They have lots of home games after plus cover for the 3 byes. Would be crazy not to have at least 1 of them

Ahmad rubas

ok so if i want to jump on dusty i should do it this week because next 2 weeks should be dedicated to bringing in at least one port or gold coast player?


Ryder will be my R2.

Robbie was on my list, but not 100%

Barlow was a thought, but not sure what has happened to him.

Ahmad rubas

yeah barlow is confusing played well and just got dropped. i wouldnt go to gray too much forward time with rocky back and lycett to ryder is an amazing move


Can't chase. Too slow for the AFL. Can still rack up 30 any day. But his opponent will have 30 and carry the ball a lot further

Ahmad rubas

didnt watch the game but 23 touches and a goal should put him in the best 22 considering gold coast list

Ahmad rubas

yeah looks a great option averaging 97 under 500k and a pod. any specific reason your bringing him in round 12 instead of 11?


Only player from Port or the GC i would be interested bringing in might be Westoff. Already have Gray.


Should I bring Hurley, Simpson, Howe or Lloyd in as my next defensive premium?


I like Lloyd at $515K and has a BE of just 6. Scoring really well and gonna make some handy cash for you too. Cheers


you wouldn't be getting him in to make cash. they come in as keepers.

Swans have a few in defense who have their 'turn' as the loose man in defense. McVeigh, Mills, Rampe, LLoyd all play that role. Lloyd has the Round 14 bye as well.

I'd prefer Simpson, you just know his role in the team and he will be scoring well. Will be cheaper in a couple of weeks.