Patch has flicked me the keys to the company chopper and I’ve made the 4,000km journey from Leederville Oval over to Blacktown to have a gander at GWS v Sydney this evening. Few big names out for both sides means we probably shouldn’t get too excited over this game, nonetheless, Patch pays my wages in gummy bears and I want to eat tonight.
GWS 12.9.81 def Sydney 8.11.59
If you throw enough ideas out there, eventually one will stick. The 6-6-6 rule is working wonders and I guess we’ll just wait for a team to find a way to exploit it. Cal Sinclair is a decent tap ruckman and gave good service to his midfielders tonight.
Kick ins were a different story to what we’ve seen already. Neither team looked to play on. Zac Williams launched a few in the first but there wasn’t a noticeable plan for either team.
GWS – Josh Kelly, Jacob Hopper, Toby Greene, Jonathon Patton, Adam Tomlinson, Nick Haynes
Sydney – Nick Smith, Lance Franklin, Jarrad McVeigh, Kieren Jack, Zak Jones, Tom McCartin, Heath Grundy (late out)
The rookies – GWS
Jackson Hately – MID – $148,800
Didn’t get a stack of it but has a bit of spark about him does Jackson. Wasn’t awful but you will have no problems finding a 123k mid that can match his output. That said, see how he goes JLT2
EDIT: Cracked three figures… somehow. Perfect D.E% does wonders apparently. Definite JLT2 watch
Jye Caldwell – MID – $162,300
Read the above but change “Jackson” to “Jye”. Kicked 2 goals and had 5 tackles which will boost his SuperCoach numbers a bit.
Matthew Flynn – RUC – $123,900
There was a moment in the third where he got outmarked by Luke Parker, which just about sums up his effectiveness as a footballer. Played mostly forward while Dawson Simpson took a majority of the time in the ruck. Might get a gig early but will go straight back to the NEAFL once Mumford returns.
Isaac Cumming – DEF – $173,700
Had 14 touches and 6 marks after coming on at half time. Elevated price sucks, but wouldn’t mind another look if he gets a shot in JLT2.
The rest – GWS
Heath Shaw – DEF – $492,400
28 possessions (23 kicks) at 100% to go along 12 marks. Seven of which were intercepts. Put his hand up as an option I reckon, but many have been burnt by Heath before. Wait another week to see how the Giants line up with Haynes back in the team.
Callan Ward – MID – $568,000
I’ll be having a strict ‘no headband’ policy this year. Sorry Cal. You can blame Darcy Moore. Hatred of questionable headgear aside, he was the usual Mr. Dependable tonight. Had 18 touches to half time and then sat out of most of the second half. I like Cal as a footballer, bu he rarely hurts you in SuperCoach.
Stephen Coniglio – MID – $588,600
Gun. Beats Taranto by a nose for BOG honours. Had 21 touches to half time and finished with 34, 16 of which were contested, 7 clearances and 9 tackles. There was no Kelly tonight but I reckon you need to strongly consider this guy for your starting team.
Lachie Whitfield – DEF – $542,100
Was very clean by foot tonight. His 23 touches came at 83%. Started well but shifted down a few years after half time. Nothing to worry about if you have him.
Zac Williams – DEF – $407,800
Majestic. Utterly majestic. In a different era and I could see him seriously challenging a certain Jock Reynolds in his prime. Took a bit of knock to his ankle towards the end of the second which saw him managed (or maybe it was already the plan)
Tim Taranto – MID – $481,600
Intra club: Tick. JLT1: Tick. It’s getting hard to ignore Taranto as he’s about to bash down the door of my team. Backed up his 33 possessions with 10 marks and 7 tackles. Put him at the pointy end of your watch list. If he does this JLT2 I’m all in.
Jeremy Cameron – FWD – $441,100
For whatever reason the Swans sent Dane Rampe to him, and, predictably, Jezza fair towelled him. Pushed up the ground a bit for his 23 possessions and 10 marks. Alas, key forwards. Ugh.
The rookies – Sydney
James Rowbottom – MID – $117,300
Came on late in the 4th quarter…. that’s about it.
Nick Blakey – FWD – $166,800
Bit conflicted here, folks. Big wraps on Nick and those footy smarts we’ve heard about were on display, but physically, he doesn’t look ready for the big time. If he’s there round 1 I don’t reckon I’ll pick him, mid season downgrade however I’d consider.
Toby Pink – FWD – $123,900
Only here because he’s a rookie. That’s about all he has going for him. Played a decent chunk of the game and had 6 possessions to show for it.
Justin McInerney – DEF – $117,300
Came on towards the end of the second a hit the scoreboard not long after. Looks to be player but wasn’t given much of a run tonight which may be an indication he’s not in Horse’s round 1 plans.
James Rose – FWD – $165,000
Was a late in for Heath Grundy (back) and had to wait until late in 4th quarter to get an opportunity.
The rest – Sydney
Jake Lloyd – DEF – $608,200
Reckon if I threw a chippie at Jake Lloyd tonight he’d be all over it. Played mostly half back and I spied him at a few centre bounces. The addition of Thurlow hasn’t changed much for him, Swans still look to feed him at every opportunity. Real question now is with the overwhelming backline value on offer, do you want to pay 608k for him?
Colin O’Riordan – DEF – $250,800
Had a superb first half but faded after that. Reeled in 7 intercept marks and 9 of his 17 disposals were contested. Would’ve talked him up if he continued his aerial dominance but don’t go getting excited at his stats.
Cal Sinclair – RUC – $528,000
Liked his game tonight. Becoming a real solid tap ruckman and can go forward and be a threat. Not the worst option but he’s only 20k shy of Goldy.
Luke Parker – MID – $561,700
Is Parker really an options these days? Was okay in parts but his disposal let him down. There’s a good dozen or so ahead of him I reckon. You don’t need to go there.
Isaac Heeney – FWD/MID – $529,200
Spent a lot of his time in the guts which is what we want. Is a popular F2 behind Dangerfield and there was nothing tonight that showed me that you should be looking elsewhere.
Callum Mills – DEF – $428,900
Didn’t have a huge game possession wise but he was part of midfield rotations. To my eye he played more half back in the first half before switching into the guts. Would’ve liked a bit more midfield time personally, watch him again JLT2. Nailing the backline value picks is shaping up to be very important this year
Ryan Clarke – DEF – $355,400
Can find the footy but it’s the whole kicking thing that Ryan struggles with. Don’t do it.
Ollie Florent – MID – $359,300
Petition to make Ollie a forward please? God I love him but that price is a disaster and I don’t see him being a 500k midfielder. If you play Fantasy or DFS, absolutely get some shares in him.