HEROES, VILLAINS AND THE DAMNED Round 11
A bloody train wreck.
That’s how many coaches would describe Round 11 from a SuperCoach point of view.
Under performing premos and hit-and-miss rookies were common place, with only ruck juggernauts Gawn, Grundy and Naitanui standing tall when we needed them.
Anywhere around 2200 was an excellent score, with some coaches failing to pierce the 2000 barrier.
And now for the fun part – navigating our way through the dreaded bye period.
Versatile Melbourne DEF/FWD Tom McDonald (164 SC) was the shining light in a dark with a massive outing which included four goals, 24 disposals and 11 marks. His season average is now up to 110 and he looks a must-have player. Teammates Max Gawn (139 SC), Jesse Hogan (127 SC), Clayton Oliver (125 SC) and Neville Jetta (120 SC) also got in on the party.
Brodie Grundy (134 SC) was enormous for Collingwood in the ruck again, smashing 48 hit outs and laying eight tackles. Teammate Tom Phillips (131 SC) was taken his game to new levels with 36 possessions, 10 marks and three goals on Sunday. Phillips is now one of the best runners in the AFL.
Tom Mitchell (135 SC) had another solid game with 28 disposals, eight marks and eight tackles while Geelong pair Mitch Duncan (136 SC) and Joel Selwood (133 SC) also were significant.
West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui (129 SC) continues to have an impact on matches with 14 of 17 possessions being contested. He also chimed in with two goals.
Other significant scores: Tom Bellchambers (150 SC), Shane Edwards (142 SC), Sam Kerridge (134 SC), Josh J Kennedy (132 SC), Luke McDonald (131 SC), Shaun Higgins (127 SC), Liam Shiels (129 SC), Jack Sinclair (126 SC), Brayden Maynard (121 SC).
Plenty of popular premos in this section this week.
Patrick Cripps (54 SC) was tagged by George Hewett and kept to just 17 disposals on Friday night, while Nat Fyfe (78 SC) had a match he would rather forget and could present his coaches with a big headache if gets suspended for high contact made to a Collingwood player.
Bulldog Toby McLean (63 SC) still racked up 24 possessions but went at only 54% disposal efficiency while Eagles defender Elliot Yeo (70 SC) was quiet on Saturday night.
Those who traded in Tom Rockliff (41 SC) for Tim Kelly would have been kicking themselves. He was used in a tagging role and conceded four free kicks.
Michael Hurley (76 SC) might be a little underdone in his return from a hamstring niggle and was actually played as a forward in the final term, while teammate Devon Smith (77 SC) had 25 disposals and nine marks but only went at 53% disposal efficiency.
Kane Lambert (46 SC) had a stinker for the Tigers while the usually consistent Jimmy Webster (62 SC) found the going tough against the Eagles.
Coming off scores of 71 and 45 in his past two matches, Callum Sinclair (132 SC) was back to his best on Friday night with 22 possessions and two goals. Teammate Luke Parker (125 SC) has had an indifferent 2018 so far but enjoyed a good night out against the Blues.
Bulldog midfielder Marcus Bontempelli (128 SC) has also been a little scratchy of late but bounced back nicely. Todd Goldstein (123 SC) is showing glimpse of his glory days, while Docker Lachie Neale (103 SC) hit three figures after a 71 the previous week.
Tim Kelly (130 SC) responded in emphatic fashion to those who made the call the trade him out by producing one of his best games of the season. Demons forward Bayley Fritsch (111 SC) has been brilliant since returning to the Melbourne side.
Defensive options Brodie Mihocek (97 SC) and Logan Austin (92 SC) look to be the best downgrade choices coming into the first week of the byes, along with FWD/MID Paul Ahern (84 SC).
Bubble boys: Logan Austin (92 SC), Jamaine Jones (66 SC), Jacob Heron (34 SC)
First-gamers: Brodie Mihocek (97 SC), Paul Ahern (84 SC), Sam Taylor (57 SC) Scott James (39 SC), Stefan Giro (29 SC), Ryley Stoddart (21 SC)
Other rookie scores: Zac Giles-Langdon (88 SC), Nick Holman (88 SC), Bailey Banfield (80 SC),Tom Doedee (78 SC), Patrick Kerr (77 SC), Matt Guilfi (76 SC), Zac Bailey (73 SC), Lachlan Fogarty (73 SC), Tom Cole (71 SC), Billy Gowers (71 SC), Jack Higgins (67 SC), Paddy Dow (65 SC), Andrew Brayshaw (65 SC), Ed Richards (63 SC), Ben Ronke (63 SC), Bailey Rice (62 SC), Ed Phillips (62 SC), Taylin Duman (54 SC), Hunter Clark (51 SC), Jack Henry (50 SC), Jake Waterman (47 SC), Willie Rioli (46 SC), Cam O’Shea (46 SC), Charlie Ballard (41 SC), Lochie O’Brien (39 SC), Flynn Appleby (36 SC), Jordan Ridley (36 SC), Jaidyn Stephenson (34 SC), Charlie Spargo (31 SC), Adam Cerra (31 SC), Tim Smith (26 SC), Lachlan Murphy (26 SC).
What has happened to Dan Hannebery (46 SC)? Once one of the best scorers in the competition, form and fitness have seen his stock crash significantly. The same can be said for Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus (61 SC) who looks disinterested and seems to be on his way out of the kennel.
Jack Billings (58 SC) and Michael Hibberd (63 SC) have continued their dual to see who can be the worst premium selection this season, with Billings just having his nose in front at this point.
Those carrying Jake Lever (15 SC) or Allen Christiansen (-3) will need to offload as both are set for stints on the sidelines. Lever has done his ACL and faces 12 months out of action.