AROUND THE GROUNDS Round 18
Now that the Supercoach season is heading into Finals and the season is entering the last month or so we usually move on a bit to start previewing potential offers for 2019.
First up we’ll take a look at Will Setterfield, probably the forgotten man from GWS. He was the #5 pick back in the 2016 AFL draft, but due to various injuries has not managed to play much football at all in his few years at the Giants. He missed 10 weeks in 2017 with an ankle injury and managed a pair of AFL games before being dropped back down to the NEAFL for the end of the home and away season and the Giants run through the finals.
Unfortunately in pre-season training in February he ruptured his ACL in a practice match against Sydney and has missed the entire (so far) 2018 season. With the usual 12 month prognosis that would put him in line for lining up for the Giants in their pre-season games and whatever other AFLX type gimmicks we get.
For his 7 NEAFL games in 2017 he averaged 25 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles and a goal, while in his 2 AFL games he averaged 9 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 1 clearance and 44.5 SCPoints. He’s priced at $195,700 this year, so I suspect with an injury discount he may start 2019 priced around $150,000.
Champion Data ranked him as elite for disposals, contested possessions and tackles, while also ranking 1st for tackles per game in the NEAFL in 2017. He also ranked elite for tackles over his 2 AFL games that year also. It may be a bit much to expect him to line up in Round 1 in a potentially settled GWS outfit and coming off a knee reconstruction, but he looms as a definite upgrade option at worst at some point in the 2019 season.
Next up we’ll look at Charlie Constable from the Geelong Cats. Constable was the #36 pick in the 2017 AFL Draft and is the only one of their first 3 picks in the top 30 from that draft who hasn’t played an AFL game yet, with Tim Kelly and Lachlan Fogarty playing most of the year. He was getting close, with his early season form impressing Coach Scott, with him saying “We’re getting more and more confident that Charlie Constable is an AFL player,” Cats coach Chris Scott said. “He’s pressing his case pretty strongly.”. Looking at his VFL stats so far for this year, you can see why they were considering him after his first month of football.
Unfortunately, just as he was pressing his case for selection he suffered a concussion and missed a bit of time and has only just started to get back into the swing of things on the football field, being among the Cats best over the last 3 weeks. There’s still a chance he receives his AFL debut this year, with plenty of football left to go, and the Cats certainly aren’t afraid to give a young man a shot at playing, but if he does start next year as a $117,300 midfielder then he could be a very solid option.
Now, with a quick preview on some players for 2019 done, we’re still going to look at how all the rookies faired in their state league sides last week.
Around the Grounds
The Northern Blues had a 98-71 win over the Werribee Tigers last Sunday. Angus Schumacher had a career high 23 disposals, 6 marks, 4 inside 50’s, 6 rebound 50’s and a goal, Cam O’Shea had 19 disposals, 4 marks and 8 tackles while Jarrod Garlett finished with 13 disposals, 4 marks and 7 tackles. Kym Lebois had just the one touch after being injured in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Collingwood enjoyed a 98-72 win over Essendon in Round 16 of the VFL season. Callum Brown had 27 disposals, 6 tackles and 6 inside 50’s and Sam McLarty had 16 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles, 13 hitouts and a goal
Essendon lost 98-72 in their VFL encounter against Collingwood. Kobe Mutch led the Bombers with 24 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s. Dylan Clarke had 23 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles, Trent Mynott kicked a goal with 23 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles while Aaron Francis had a goal with 22 disposals, 7 marks and 5 tackles.
Reversed fortunes in the VFL, with Casey kicking a goal in the 26th minute of the last quarter to get a 57-54 win over Geelong. Charlie Constable had 28 disposals, 6 marks and 4 tackles, Gryan Miers had 13 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal while Mark O’Connor finished with 13 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles and 2 rebound 50’s.
The Box Hill Hawks had Round 16 off.
Casey had a fantastic 5 goal to 1 last quarter to get a 57-54 win over Geelong in the VFL. Tim Smith had 21 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and 6 hitouts, while Oskar Baker had 18 disposals, 3 marks and 7 tackles and Sam Weideman booted 2 goals with 12 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 7 hitouts.
The Roos had a big 113-55 win over the Frankston Dolphins, finally putting to bed the age-old question “Could a kangaroo beat a dolphin at football?”. Mitchell Hibberd had 23 disposals, 7 marks, 3 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s, Will Waker booted 1.2 with 23 disposals, 3 marks and 7 tackles for 4 inside 50’s and Ben McKay had 13 disposals and 7 marks.
Richmond defeated Sandringham 133-67 in their Round 16 VFL clash. Liam Baker had 3 goals with 19 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles, Tyson Stengle had 1 goal with 16 disposals and 5 tackles while Patrick Naish finished with 32 disposals and 10 marks and 2 tackles according to the Richmond website, or 27 disposals and 9 marks if you add up the stats from the crappy VFL website.
Sandringham went down to Richmond 133-67 in the VFL. Nicholas Coffield had 30 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles and Nathan Freeman had 29 disposals, 7 marks, 5 tackles and a goal.
Footscray lost to Williamstown 81-71. Tim English had 20 disposals, 4 marks, 51 hitouts and 4 behinds while Fergus Greene had 11 disposals, 5 marks and 3 goals.
A low scoring affair that will surely cause the SANFL to launch a full investigation into the state of the game, Central Districts defeated Adelaide 55-39 in Round 15 of the SANFL season. Myles Poholke had 23 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles, Paul Hunter returned from his ankle injury and had 16 disposals, 4 marks, 2 tackles and 36 hitouts and Elliot Himmelberg kicked 2 goals with 13 disposals, 6 marks and 7 hitouts.
Port Adelaide lost to Glenelg 103-68 last Saturday. Kane Farrell booted 3.1 with 12 disposals and 9 marks, Billy Frampton who may be in line for an AFL debut this week had 19 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles, 19 hitouts and kicked 2.2 and William Snelling finished with 29 disposals, 2 marks and 5 tackles.
The Peel Thunder defeated South Fremantle 90-66 in Round 16 of the WAFL season. Mitch Crowden led the Thunder with 27 disposals, 2 marks and 9 tackles, Sam Switkowski had 12 disposals, 5 marks and 7 tackles and my favourite Docker Luke Strnadica had 11 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles and 46 hitouts.
East Perth couldn’t muster much in their WAFL game, losing to Claremont 49-25. Luke Partington had 26 disposals, 2 marks and 8 tackles, Ben Ainsworth finished with 25 disposals and 6 tackles while Matthew Allen kicked a goal with 18 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles.
New South Wales
The UWS Giants had a 99-99 draw with Brisbane in Round 16 of the NEAFL season. My recommendation they decide a winner via a Thunderdome Cage Match was ignored, so we’ll just have to live with a draw on this one I’m afraid. Aiden Bonar kicked 2 goals and also had an equal team high 22 disposals with 6 tackles and 6 inside 50’s. Isaac Cumming had 18 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles while Zachary Sproule booted 4 goals with 18 disposals, 9 marks, 3 tackles and 2 hitouts.
In a double defeat, Sydney lost to the Gold Coast reserves 76-53. Jordan Dawson had 29 disposals, 9 marks, 3 goals and 23 tackles (that’s not the usual BVC typo there, folks. 23!). The other Jordan, Jordan Foote had 26 disposals, 2 marks and 11 tackles and Alex Johnson finished with 22 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s.
Brisbane had a 99-99 draw with the UWS Giants in the NEAFL. Corey Lyons had 22 disposals, 7 marks and 3 tackles.
The Suns had a rare double win on the weekend, defeating Sydney in the NEAFL 76-53. I think it was mostly due to Michael Barlow, Jacob Dawson and Brayden Fiorini having 134 disposals between the 3 of them. Anyway, Jack Scrimshaw also lent a hand with 28 disposals, 5 marks and 4 rebound 50’ while Jack Scheer had 23 disposals, 4 marks and 5 tackles.
Top 5 under 200K
- Colin O’Riordan – $123,900 – 82.5 SCPoints
- Jarrod Lienert – $123,900 – 92 SCPoints
- Jacob Heron – $155,000 – 46.5 SCPoints
- Alex Morgan – $123,900 – 46.5 SCPoints
- Lachlan Keefe – $169,200 – 43.5 SCPoints
- James Worpel – $182,100 – 59.7 SCPoints
- Brent Daniels – $151,500 – 49.6 SCPoints
- Will Powell – $168,500 – 44 SCPoints
- Matt Shaw – $180,300 – 47 SCPoints
- Quinton Narkle – $178,400 – 50 SCPoints
- Darcy Cameron – $123,900 – 25 SCPoints
- Brent Daniels – $151,500 – 49.6 SCPoints
- Will Powell – $168,500 – 44 SCPoints
- Daniel Venables – $182,000 – 42.2 SCPoints
- Kayne Turner – $197,500 – 46.5 SCPoints
- Cameron Polson – $138,200 – 32 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!