Before I begin, big shout out to the Kayo sports app for streaming the game on a full sized screen. Unlike the bloody AFL app which refuses to enlarge beyond postage stamp size. I fear I have irreversible eye damage from squinting at that thing. But I digress, onwards we go!
Game two of the JLT Series heads out west to na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Leeder(ville) Oval that played host to a more or less full-strength West Coast outfit against a Geelong side chock full of fantasy relevance. Let’s dive in.
…Batman! I mean, Leader
West Coast 15.9.99 def Geelong 8.17.65
West Coast: Josh Kennedy, Nic Nat (LTI), Jamie Cripps
Geelong: Zach Tuohy, Nakia Cockatoo, Zach Smith, Scooter Selwood, Jed Bews, Tom Hawkins (late out)
Rule change impacts
Maybe I’m looking for it but this 6-6-6 stuff is definitely making more space at centre bounces. Teams that can shift gears quickly and build momentum will do quite a lot of damage. Neither team had great ruck divisions tonight, so I’m looking forward to seeing the premier ruckman of our comp really take the space afforded to them head on.
As for kick outs, are West Coast just playing with us? Baz seems to think so
But still, the pacy Jetta was preferred to Hurn. Something to watch.
The rookies – West Coast
Jack Petruccelle – FWD – $123,9k
Would love to tell you more about Jack but I hardly saw the kid. Picked it up after half time but ‘fast running’ is not a measurable SuperCoach stat (at least not yet, anyway…)
Francis Watson – DEF – $123.9k
He’s got some serious hustle does young Francis, but it’s a hard backline to break into. Few injuries fall his way and I’d be happy to have him as a defensive rookie option later in the year.
Jarrod Brander – FWD – $135.7k
Don’t think he gets a permanent gig with a fit JK, Darling, and Vardy on the field. Only pulled down two marks. If the Eagles want another tall forward Oscar Allen looked much more threatening, but you don’t want a 236k defender in your side. Do you?
Jarrod Cameron – MID/FWD – $117.3k
Wisp of a lad. While the Eagles have Ryan and Rioli doing their thing Cameron won’t get much of a look in.
The rest – West Coast
Shannon Hurn – DEF – $523,400
The hairline has receded another centimetre or two but he’s still sharp as ever. Entering his 14th season he did what he needed to do. Keep him in your thoughts.
Jeremy “Mitch” McGovern – DEF – $483,100
A look at the stat sheet would have you concerned but he’s in same boat as Hurn, just going through the motions and will save himself for season proper. Won’t get a lot of love this year I reckon, so if you really want a backline POD have a look at JGov.
Jack Darling – FWD – $471,700
Kicked 5 (3 in the last term when Eagles pulled away). Classic huge ceiling player, An option at F7 when loopholing comes into play but for the love of God don’t start the guy.
Jack Redden – MID – $517,400
21 possies and 8 cuddles for Jack. Bit too hot and cold for me as a SuperCoach option but I wouldn’t be disappointed if you landed on him in the draft comp.
Dom Sheed – MID – $394,100
Is this finally Dom Sheed’s year? Has teased us the past two without quite breaking out. Was dominant with 39 touches and a goal. I’m a little shy on him, consistency has always been an issue for Dom. If you’re running a Libba/Miles type this year and they don’t deliver over these next few weeks, consider this guy.
Luke Shuey – MID – $492,700
Pranced around Leederville Oval and did whatever the hell he wanted to. Had 17 touches to half time before putting the tracksuit on.
Elliot Yeo – MID – $585,500
Didn’t look at all troubled by his toe complaint earlier in the preseason. Played mostly through the middle and you should have him high on your midfield watch list.
Andrew Gaff – MID – $587,400
If there’s an uncontested footy you can count on Gaff not being far away from it. This isn’t a knock, just his game isn’t suited to SuperCoach. He is still serving his suspension for a dog and won’t be seen until round 3.
Nathan Vardy – RUC/FWD – $306,400 and Tom Hickey – RUC – $485,600
Different colours, same useless Tom Hickey. Vardy looked threatening at times up forward and provided a tall target. I’d avoid the West Coast ruck division this year, not SuperCoach gold as we had hoped.
The rookies – Geelong
Gryan Miers – FWD – $123.9k
Put him on your watch list for JLT2. Forward only but floated into the midfield where his closing speed and pressure really stood out. Won’t get a stack of it every week but one high score is enough to see the cash roll in for a few weeks.
Tom Atkins – MID – $112.9k
Played the forward pressure role with Miers. If there was only room for one I’d take Miers. Had 7 tackles though to Miers’ 1. Also has a fantastic moustache, but sadly that type of thing doesn’t get you SuperCoach points.
Darcy Fort – RUC – $117.3k
I’m close to putting a line through him folks. Didn’t do much for me tonight and with the news dropping today that Stanley is the preferred number 1 I don’t see where Fort fits into this team. Esava will be the second tall target behind Tomahawk.
Charlie Constable – MID – $123.9k
Bench lock. If he’s there round 1 (and he should be) he’ll be in my team. Had it 26 times in a solid 4 quarter effort.
Jordan Clark – DEF – $144.3k
We’ve got a goer here, community. Perhaps got a bit more opportunity after Vardy’s fat knee smacked into the back of Harry Taylor’s head, but had the confidence to take the game on in a backline that was pretty under siege. 5 intercept marks and 572 metres gained is absolutely elite
The rest – Geelong
Mitch Duncan – MID – $576,500
For mine, was far and away Geelong’s best mid. Had 29 touches and 10 marks. A real chance to break through the 110+ average barrier this year.
Tom Stewart – DEF – $463,000
Wouldn’t mind seeing him with Tuohy back in the side. Was very good but I seem to recall him doing this last JLT series. Not a terrible option at $460k
Brendan Parfitt – FWD – $434,300
Would take a hefty amount of stones to pick him but if Parfitt breaks out this year I won’t be shocked. Was a constant threat when he drifted forward. Kicked 3 goals and had 21 touches
Patrick Dangerfield – MID/FWD – $660,500
Did Dangerfield things. Like many of the senior guys out there didn’t go out of his way to hit that next gear. You can keep him at F1
Sam Menegola – MID/FWD – $543,100
Came on during second quarter and had overtaken Kelly, possession wise, shortly after. Had 18 touches in a half of footy. Showed no sign of his injury problems. Wouldn’t talk you out of him.
Luke Dahlhaus – MID/FWD – $418,300
Picked it up a bit after half time but as we know from his time at the Dogs, his best position is in the guts. Played more high half forward tonight. If you had him on your list, first of all, why? And second of all, cross him off it.
Jelwood – MID – $570,500
Another to add to the ‘it’s only preseason, why go at 100%’ list. Played just over half the game and had 15 touches and a goal. Being overlooked at the moment and he’s consistent as they come. Consider.
Tim Kelly – MID/FWD – $505,800
I know I’ve been banging on about senior guys taking it easy but 13 touches from 83% game time has me slightly concerned. Is his head in it? Don’t go ripping up your team after one JLT game but watch him again next week.
Gary Rohan – FWD – $261,600
Still very red and Nearly took Dahlhaus’ head off in the third. Will probably miss the next few weeks with some serious sunburn. Avoid.
What you think, community? Did you watch the game? What did you takeaway from it?