HEROES, VILLAINS AND THE DAMNED Round 13
The dreaded bye rounds are over.
We can now slot our complete or near-complete sides back on the field and operate at full capacity.
There were some stunning performances on the weekend, headlined by contested machine Patrick Cripps and the majestic Josh Kelly.
Scores fluctuated somewhat from team to team with some scoring south of 1800 and others breaking the magical 2000 mark.
Carlton midfield general Patrick Cripps (187 SC) produced arguably the most complete performance of his career to date on Sunday. He finished with 29 possessions, nine tackles, seven marks, 20 contested disposals and three goals in a brilliant outing for his side.
Brisbane recruit Luke Hodge (164 SC) wound back the clock for the Lions on Saturday in his best outing for his new club. Hodge had 30 possessions, 11 marks and one goal at 93 per cent disposal efficiency playing off half back.
Josh Kelly (149 SC) glided around the Gabba like a Rolls Royce and he looked a class above most other players on the field. He finished with 30 disposals, eight marks, five tackles and two goals for the Giants. If you don’t already have him, get this man in your side ASAP. He’s an absolute jet.
Coaches who were lucky enough to put the VC on Demon ruckman Max Gawn (140 SC) were richly rewarded. The big man finished with 53 hit outs to monster Power opponent Patrick Ryder.
Hawthorn firebrand James Sicily (135 SC) is starting to make a valid claim as SuperCoach’s leading defender with another exceptional outing, while Collingwood midfielder Steele Sidebottom (125 SC) has been one of the most consistent players in the AFL this season.
Other significant scores: Hayden Crozier (137 SC), Luke Bruest (131 SC), Billy Gowers (126 SC), Shaun Higgins (123 SC), Tom Bellchambers (121 SC), Jarman Impey (121 SC), Ben Brown (120 SC).
A week after returning a stunning 127 SC for the Power two weeks ago, the roller-coaster that is Tom Rockliff (61 SC) continued on Friday night. Rocky was sitting on 50-odd at half time but dropped off severely in the second half. He went at a disposal efficiency rate of only 60% and had four clangers from his 20 possessions.
Christian Petracca (63 SC) is still building up the tank to play the midfield minutes required for consistant scoring, while Lions ruckman Stefan Martin (68 SC) had down match against the Giants.
Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury (136 SC) has been solid without being spectacular so far this season. But he had 29 disposals at 86% DE on Sunday in a sign his best is not past him yet.
Andrew Gaff (122 SC) has been very consistent in 2018, however his previously two matches returned scores in the 80s. But he made an impressive return to form on Thursday night with 42 possessions at 84 DE.
After belting out a 149 SC three weeks ago, Heath Shaw (113 SC) had returned scores of 86, 80 in the past fortnight. But he was back to his best on Saturday, finding plenty of the ball off half back.
Todd Goldstein (132 SC) has had an inconsistent season by his lofty standard but the Roos ruckman returned to form on Saturday. He finished with 42 hit outs and 20 possessions at 85% DE.
Not much to write home about on the rookie front on the weekend, with no player able to hit three figures.
Bubble boys: Joel Smith (34 SC)
First game: Jacob Dawson (51 SC)
There are reports Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar (95SC) has torn his hamstring off the bone and his season could be over. That’s bad news for the coaches who traded him into their sides at the expense of Jackson McRae recently.
Brisbane defender Harris Andrews (22 SC) has been hospitalised following a crude elbow from Giants forward Jeremy Cameron. Andrews has reportedly suffered bleeding to the brain and looks set for an extended stint on the sidelines.