The Jock Reynolds team is gearing up for the off-season.
But, as a wise man (Lek) once told me, to look forward, first, you must look back. So, I assembled the crew to look back on our seasons for 2018 and go back through it, to learn from the mistakes, to once again place our minds in the throbbing, pulsating mass that is Supercoach season, and remember the year that was.
Also I wanted to do it because Damo and I had a good season and everyone else was garbage, so it was also part of me putting them in their places. Barron unfortunately couldn’t deal with it and ran off into the hills of Adelaide, but I mean two outta three ain’t bad.
So, without further ado, here is the look back at season 2018. Jump into the comments below and reflect on your season, and start talking shop for 2019.
THE GARY ABLETT JNR MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR THE BEST SELECTION:
This award recognises the long service Gary Ablett Junior has provided for Supercoaches over the past 10 seasons, by recognising the best performance on the Supercoach field for 2019.
Patch: Jackson Macrae a million times over. It was on his back I hit rank 35 during the season. Also a shout-out to the community’s champion Toby McLean for being a dead-set gun.
Lekdog: Clayton Oliver and Patrick Cripps. Both are young, both are contested bulls and both are men I’d like to cuddle. Cripps was in everyone’s side but Oliver was a bit of a P.O.D heading into the season, paid off in spades. Both in line for a 2019 selection too!
Kev: Uhh…. Of the on field 22 that started round 1, only 3 made it to round 23 – Titch, Gawn, Dev Smith. Sicily was super handy before injury though.
Damo: Devon Smith and James Sicily.
THE GREG BROUGHTON/ZAC DAWSON AWARD FOR THE WORST SELECTION:
Patch: Look, maybe not starting with Cripps was an error. Maybe. Possibly. If I had my time over, hypothetically I would consider starting him. Maybe. Michael Walters was also a slightly less intelligent trade-in option.
Lekdog: Matthew Kreuzer, I should’ve listened to Patch. The Cox Curse lives on, no number one ruckman will ever back it up two years in a row again! Flicked him as soon as he got injured but boy did it start my year off on the wrong trajectory. What’s his price going to be in 2019? Asking for a friend.
Kev: Jack Billings, Michael Walters, Shane Savage.
Damo: Tom Liberatore
HE DANIEL RICH SCORING A TON AWARD FOR MOST UNEXPECTED THING TO HAPPEN:
Patch: Having a good Supercoach side? How did that happen? It seems 2018 truly was the darkest timeline. Also – that gosh heckin darn Cox Curse coming back. Just as well jump on board it, it will break. Will 2019 be the year? (No. No it will not).
Lekdog: That my call on Menegola was right! He averaged over 100 for the year despite a stacked team around him. Too bad a traded him after Round 2 like an idiot.
Kev: Tim Kelly being an absolute jet.
Damo: We saw a lot kids become men in the wake of some wonderful opportunities and also some unfortunate injuries, and yet people were still weary to pick them, even in the eleventh hour of the season.
THAT THING THAT YOU DID THAT YOU LEARNT THAT LESSON FROM:
Patch: It doesn’t matter how good your early squad is, all it takes is one dodgy trade or a sore hamstring to drop off the face of the earth. Pick durable players.
Lekdog: Don’t trade out premos too early, unless they play in defence, looking at you Hibberd and Hurley.
Kev: Actually bye planning is really helpful. Moved from 14k to 4k over the three weeks.
Damo: Picking someone on form can be the biggest trap, but so can reputation if the form was never there to begin with.
THE SHAUN ATLEY AWARD FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BREAK OUT NEXT YEAR:
Patch: Jack Billings. Come at me.
Lekdog: Trent Dumont, was bloody good towards the end of 2018. Interested to see how he goes with all these new faces at North.
Kev: Hugh McCluggage and James Harmes.
Damo: Jacob Hopper.
How do you rate your 2018 season, community? What do you want to see from us next season? What off-season content do you want?