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It was supposed to be easy. Round 12 was the “easy” bye round, at least according to what we had planned out with only 4 teams having the week off. The chaos all began on Thursday, and it went downhill from there. Words cannot describe the mess my team went through (that’s actually a lie, words CAN describe what my team went through, it’s just they’re all spelt out with 4 letters).

I’m angry and I’m about to have a superkick party across my entire team at this point, but I’m gonna give ‘em one more chance. Round 13 is the redemption round, everything is gonna get back on track for us, we’re gonna see our players who disappointed us unappoint the disappointment and we’re gonna all roll into Round 14 as happy campers. So, lets go look at what happened in Round 12 and we can give a nice pat on the head to those rookies who performed well for us, and go give a Don Pyke stare to those that didn’t.


Around the Grounds



Carlton had the bye in Round 12 as did the Northern Blues in the VFL.


A terrific win for the Pies on the Queens Birthday match at the ‘G, defeating Melbourne 133-91. Josh Daicos had 16 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 47 SCPoints while Jaidyn Stephenson had a big day with 4 goals, along with 12 disposals, 5 marks and 6 tackles for 93 SCPoints. Brody Mihocek had just the 9 disposals, 5 marks and a goal for 36 SCPoints.

In the VFL the Pies lost to the Casey Demons 76-53. Sam Murray had 23 disposals, 5 tackles and 4 rebound 50’s and Callum Brown had 22 disposals and 5 tackles.


Essendon had a solid win on Sunday, defeating Brisbane 84-62. Mason Redman played his first AFL game since 2016 and looked good with 24 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles and 4 inside 50’s for 90 SCPoints, while his score was probably slightly lowered thanks to 5 clangers. Matt Guelfi had 17 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 73 SCPoints.

Essendon’s VFL side had a big win, defeating Coburg 137-43. Dylan Clarke had 38 disposals, 11 marks and 11 tackles, Kobe Mutch had 33 disposals, 7 marks and 5 tackles and Aaron Francis had 23 disposals, 11 marks and 5 rebound 50’s.


Geelong had their 8th win of the season, defeating North Melbourne 96-59. Tim Kelly had another quality game with 19 disposals, 5 marks, 5 clearances, 4 tackles and a goal for 91 SCPoints. Lachlan Fogarty had 16 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 70 SCPoints, Jack Henry finished with 15 disposals, 8 marks and 2 tackles with 4 rebound 50’s for 70 SCPoints and Jamaine Jones had 6 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for 50 SCPoints.

Geelong had a big 100-point victory over North Melbourne in the VFL, winning 137-37. Gyran Miers had 24 disposals, 10 marks and kicked 2.1, while Corey Gregson booted 5.3 with 22 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles. Quinton Narkle had 3 goals with 19 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles.


The Hawks had the week off with the bye last week, along with the Box Hill Hawks in the VFL.


Melbourne were unable to keep their win streak going, losing to Collingwood 133-91 on Monday. Bayley Fritcsch was solid with 19 disposals, 9 marks and a goal for 85 SCPoints while Charlie Spargo had 12 disposals, 4 marks and 7 tackles for 52 SCPoints. Joel Smith made his 2018 debut and looked like he could be an OK Jake Lever replacement, finishing with 15 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles and 4 rebound 50’s for 91 SCPoints.

The Casey Scorpions had a 76-53 win over Collingwood in the VFL. Oskar Baker had 22 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and a goal and Harrison Petty had 18 disposals, 5 marks and 6 tackles.

North Melbourne

Some inaccurate kicking for goal hurt them, particularly in the first quarter and North Melbourne couldn’t keep up with Geelong in the end, losing 96.59. Paul Ahern might have had a case of the second game blues last week with 13 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 57 SCPoints while Thomas Murphy had 12 disposals, 3 marks and a tackle for 42 SCPoints and Cameron Zurhaar was quite with 10 disposals, 4 tackles and 30 SCPoints.

North Melbourne had a big loss in the VFL, losing to Geelong 137-37. Mitchell Hibberd had 29 disposals, 5 marks and 5 rebound 50’s and Nick Larkey kicked 3.3 with 14 disposals and 4 marks.



Richmond suffered their second defeat at Adelaide Oval this season on Friday night, going down to Port Adelaide 72-58. Jack Higgins had 16 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles for 64 SCPoints while Callum Moore had just 8 disposals, 2 tackles and 3 hitouts for 34 SCPoints.

Richmond lost to Williamstown in the VFL, going down 83-71. Callum Coleman-Jones had 15 disposals, 3 marks and 35 hitouts and Shai Bolton kicked 2.2 with 14 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles.

St Kilda

Not a great night for St Kilda, going down to Sydney 126-55. Logan Austin again found plenty of the ball with 21 disposals, 9 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 73 SCPoints while Bailey Rice had 20 disposals, 9 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 66 SCPoints. Ed Phillips had 20 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles for 61 SCPoints and Josh Battle made his 2018 AFL debut with 14 disposals, 4 marks and 2 goals for 77 SCPoints. Hunter Clark also played and had 13 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles for 47 SCPoints.

Sandringham had a big 150-28 win over Frankston in the VFL. Official stats for this game were not recorded.

Western Bulldogs

No game for either Bulldogs side who had the bye last week.

South Australia


Adelaide had their chances, especially in the last quarter, but couldn’t pull off the win, losing their 3rd in a row and going down to Fremantle 71-68. Myles Poholke had his best game of his short career with 18 disposals, 7 marks, 6 inside 50’s and a goal for 83 SCPoints while Tom Doedee had 17 disposals, 6 marks and 5 tackles for 82 SCPoints. Lachie Murphy had 12 disposals, 3 marks, but 5 clangers for 42 SCPoints and Darcy Fogarty had 9 disposals and 2 tackles for 34 SCPoints.

In the SANFL the Adelaide reserves team lost to Woodsville West-Torrens 114-60. Patrick Wilson had 33 disposals, 10 marks, 8 clearances, 5 tackles and a goal, Matthew Signorello had 24 disposals, 6 marks and 9 tackles and Ben Davis kicked 2.1 with 10 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles.


Port Adelaide

A quality win at home for Port Adelaide, defeating the reigning premiers in Richmond 72-58. Riley Boner had 15 disposals and 4 marks for 56 SCPoints.

The Port Adelaide Magpies had a 3 goal win against the Central Districts, winning 77-59. Dom Barry lead the charge for the Magpies with 24 disposals, 8 marks and 2 goals, while Jack Trengove had 20 disposals, 6 marks and 2 tackles and Joe Atley had 16 disposals, 3 marks and 8 tackles.


Western Australia


Fremantle held on for a close win at home, defeating Adelaide 71-68. Adam Cerra had a great performance with 30 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 8 inside 50’s for 114 SCPoints while Ryan Nhyius had 21 disposals and 9 marks for 88 SCPoints. Brennan Cox was also fantastic, booting 4 goals with 19 disposals, 7 marks and 5 tackles for 119 SCPoints while Andrew Brayshaw had 20 disposals and 2 tackles for 56 SCPoints. Stefan Giro had 18 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 63 SCPoints, Bailey Banfield had 16 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 66 SCPoints, Michael Apeness had 10 disposals, 5 marks and 18 hitouts for 64 SCPoints and Scott Jones had 5 disposals and 13 hitouts for 38 SCPoints.

The Peel Thunder also had a 3 point win in the WAFL, defeating West Perth 77-74. Mitch Crowden had 27 disposals, 5 marks and 11 tackles and Luke Strnadica had 15 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 34 hitouts.

West Coast

West Coast had a bye for Round 12. East Perth also had a bye in the WAFL. However (Patch’s note) Liam Ryan may be back this week!


New South Wales


GWS gave the Suns an absolute belting on Saturday afternoon, winning 134-26. Sam Taylor had 11 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 59 SCPoints, Zac Langdon had 9 disposals, 1 goal and 7 tackles for 60 SCPoints and Daniel Lloyd had 7 disposals, 4 tackles and a goal for 50 SCPoints.

In the NEAFL the UWS Giants defeated the Gold Coast 95-43. Jeremy Finlayson had 31 disposals, 7 marks and 7 rebound 50’s, Nic Shipley had 24 disposals and 15 tackles and Brent Daniels kicked 3 goals with 18 disposals, 4 marks and 7 tackles.


Sydney had a pretty easy win in Melbourne, defeating St Kilda 126-55. Ben Ronke had 13 disposals, 2 marks and 6 tackles for 52 SCPoints, Daniel Robinson had 10 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles with 4 clangers for 34 SCPoints and Tom McCartin had 9 disposals, 4 marks and 1 goal for 60 SCPoints.

Sydney defeated Redland 67-45 in Round 10 of the NEAFL season. Colin O’Riordan had 31 disposals, 11 marks and 5 rebound 50’s and Darcy Cameron had 18 disposals, 8 marks, 32 hitouts and 2 goals




Brisbane suffered their 3rd loss in a row on Sunday afternoon, losing to Essendon 84-62. Cameron Rayner had 18 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 62 SCPoints while Zac Bailey had 16 disposals, 3 marks and 4 clearances for 51 SCPoints and Oscar McInerney had 7 disposals, 3 marks and 18 hitouts for 59 SCPoints.

In Round 10 of the NEAFL season Brisbane lost 66-44 to the Canberra Demons. Corey Lyons had 22 disposals and 2 marks and Jacob Allison had 29 disposals, 10 marks and 8 rebound 50’s.

Gold Coast

A day the Suns would probably rather forget, getting smashed by GWS 134-26. Will Brodie had 14 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles and a goal for 63 SCPoints, Charlie Ballard had 12 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles for 62 SCPoints. Brad Scheer finished with 8 disposals, 2 marks and 12 hitouts for 46 SCPoints while Nic Holman had just 7 disposals, 2 marks and 9 tackles for 57 SCPoints. Finally, Jacob Heron had 7 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles for 40 SCPoints.

The Suns lost to the UWS Giants 95-43 in the NEAFL.  Jacob Dawson had 28 disposals, 3 marks and 12 tackles, Wil Powell kicked a goal with 14 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles and Josh Schoenfeld had 30 disposals, 8 marks and 9 tackles.


Top 5 under 200K




  • Mason Redman – $113,200 – 90 SCPoints


  • Joel Smith – $152,500 – 91 SCPoints
  • Brody Mihocek – $102,400 – 66.5 SCpoints
  • Sam Taylor – $117,300 – 58 SCPoints






  • Paul Ahern – $123,900 – 70.5 SCPoints


  • Joel Smith – $152,500 – 91 SCPoints
  • Will Brodie – $187,700 – 60 SCPoints
  • Stefan Giro – $102,400 – 51 SCPoints
  • Myles Poholke – $198,800 – 46.5 SCPoints






  • Scott Jones – $117,300 – 43.5 SCPoints





  • Josh Battle – $123,900 – 77 SCPoints


  • Paul Ahern – $123,900 – 70.5 SCPoints
  • Michael Apeness – $153,700 – 67 SCPoints
  • Callum Moore – $169,700 – 54 SCPoints
  • Jamaine Jones – $160,000 – 52 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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Whos a good forward or midfield POD that will average well for rest of season?

Any advice appreciated.




Kennedy, Gunston, De Goey
Curnow, Kelly, Oliver


I like de goey post bye & j.kelly post bye when fit he will come home strong.


For mids:

Gaff, Wines (watch him the next fortnight, but definitely capable of being a SC bull), Neale, E.Curnow, Ablett (3%!!), Sidebum, Zorko, Beams

de. goey, m.robinson, j. cameron or my favourite 2nd-half-of-season pick : wingard. (bias cause wingard and port fan, but he always guns it in the second half of the season)


Which ruckman from here till season's end will finish 1 and 2 based on scores from this round onwards….

Will it still be Gawn and grundy? Or will kreuzer, Stef Martin come into the mix


What was the point of Adelaide drafting Patrick Wilson? Surely with the amount of injuries they've had he seems a logical replacement…..


Yeah it's a bit mind boggling how he hasn't gotten a run yet, especially with the carnage at the Crows this season.


Was going to write the same thing. Been highly consistent and probably the best most penetrating kick in the league. My brother wishes he was still back at Sturt. Great write up Barron. Good to see Liam Ryan is on his way back.


Okay so I am thinking 1 trade this week:

Guelfi to Kennedy

If anyone can suggest another that would help a lot, cant seem to figure out what else to do:

Laird, Simpson, Yeo, Crisp, McGovern, Sicily (Duman, Heron)

Dangerfield, MaCrae, Mitchell, Fyfe, Merrett, Crouch, Holman (Barry, Phillips, Ahern)

Gawn, Nank

Heeney, McLean, Westhoff, Boak, Fritsch, Kennedy (Keefe, Smith)

10 trades, 137k


Sounds good Crow..Team's looking alright, Nank to Kreuzer or Grundy maybe next week if you're so inclined?


Yeah thinking Nank may be my last upgrade. Still a bit iffy on Fritsch, not sure he will keep the scoring up


I would upgrade him to Gaff if you can afford it. If not pick whichever forward premo you desire


Nothing against DM at all mate cause I value his opinion but Fritsch isn't a bad option to keep for awhile if you can cover him this week, he's in breakout year form, and an 85 in the fwd line is never a bad thing in the end.


Your Crisp pick up weeks back has been the best mate


Yeah i can cover him. Ive got 21 on field this week. Ill hold Fritsch until he shows he needs to be traded. Next upgardes will be Nank and Holman


Love your work Barron, thanks very much. 👍


How the hell do they not record stats at VFL level?


For all the people out there that would love a 102k player but don't wanna compromise next week bye (looking at you Giro) I've just done a rain dance for Gold Coast to include Jacob Dawson: 28 possessions & 12 tackles fair effort


Mihocek is playing on the bubble in round 14. Score of 36? not ideal and may be dropped if Reid comes back. Looked okay but couldn't get into it much. Sam Taylor GWS same but $117.3.


Did Tim Smith not play for the VFL?


Afl website has him injured and a test.


I thought he was dropped, I guess if he was injured there is a chance he plays after the bye


I think he got a bit beat up the last match so was rested.


Was named in the VFL, but sounds like he didn't play. I don't think he is likely to get picked at AFL any time soon. He isn't favoured by the selection committee at Melbourne, never gets much of an opportunity.

neil demons delight

Sorry Dry quite the opposite He was injured and WILL get back into the seniors soon He is liked by the coaches because of his versatility NDD


Should I go Holman Fritsch Spargo to Bont JJK Giro?

Leaves me with 11 trades and 1 away from full premo.


If you want JJK and The Bont in your team go for it.

The Ranger

Consistently excellent article Barron, thanks mate.

The Ranger

I need to take a sub 400K player for now with a view to possibly luxury trading them later.
The Chad or JJK? Who's gonna average more on the run home?


R Gray or Westoff…thoughts community?


Not sure, will be choosing one of them or maybe Gunston he has a fairly easy fixture and is 40-50k cheaper and could avg around the same.


Thanks again Barron for all the work here….. there's always a post or two that quickly follow this one so it doesn't end up with as many comments, but can assure you it's absolutely valued by the community!


Yeah I know its early, but if people are looking for a Sicily/Macdonald rookie swing downgrade this may assist.

“Jarrod Brander will play his first game for us which is really exciting. He’s our eighth debutant this year.”

Adam Simpson

Def/For $148,800


Hi community. Anyone else having problems with Supercoach site. Loads up Ok but won't open any of the dropdown menus. Only happened since Bye rds started. Any possible solutions much appreciated.. thanks


Barron really not sure why your column doesn't attract so many posts. I find it invaluable as let's be honest, rookies can make or break your season. Not sure where you get all your intel but it's gold. For mine, hard to go past J Smith. He was in my starting team last year until he bunged his shoulder and with Lever out I see him as a perma D7


Any Side swap suggestions for Michael Hibberd?