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.

Notable absentees

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. 


43 Comments

TRIGGA_HAPPY · 02/03/2019 at 22:47

Kev key missing piece of the puzzle is Kelly.

Need to see how timmy time and cogs score with Kelly in the side. Hopefully JLT2.

Swannies nothing changed – lloyd and heeney locked.

Wonder more arent talking about Sinclair. Tonned up in at least half his games last year

Shaw is the king of play on from a kick in. Is he suddenly relevant again?

    Patch · 02/03/2019 at 22:59

    Heath Shaw… there's a burn man I haven't thought about this pre-season. Can you imagine his 39-kick, 200-point game if it included kick-ins? The backline has too many options this year and I don't know who to pick.

    Not sure about Sinclair and how he stacks up with the G-Force of Gawn, Goldy and Grundy – although he's never been the #1 ruck so WE'RE A CHANCE

      magic mullet · 02/03/2019 at 23:07

      yeah I'm interested in Sinclair because he should play lone ruck and has and easy-ish midfield to tap it down to and can go forward an be a lead-up forward while resting so he might be a good ruck POD or at least player to score well before upgrading to grundy or gawn

        Bells · 03/03/2019 at 08:40

        Naismith due back round 6. We need someone to give us first use. Sinclair will go fwd.
        No.

    Hawk131415 · 02/03/2019 at 23:00

    Watch jlt 2 mate for Shaw, took a lot of kick ins, does that in jlt2 and very interesting, back to what he and we like

    Russty_ · 02/03/2019 at 23:13

    You could start with Sinclair Trig, but you'd have to bring in the big Gee's eventually.

magic mullet · 02/03/2019 at 22:48

Scores

GWS
Stephen Coniglio 140
Heath Shaw 128
Tim Taranto 120
Jackson Hately 101
Daniel Lloyd 94
Jeremy Cameron 94
Lachie Whitfield 93
Zac Williams 82
Jye Caldwell 78
Adam Kennedy 76
Harry Perryman 74
Callan Ward 67
Brent Daniels 65
Phil Davis 61
Sam J. Reid 57
Sam Taylor 55
Dawson Simpson 53
Brett Deledio 49
Isaac Cumming 49
Matt Buntine 48
Matthew Flynn 44
Matt de Boer 43
Jeremy Finlayson 34
Harry Himmelberg 31
Aiden Bonar 24
Lachlan Keeffe 23

SYDNEY
Callum Mills 106
Isaac Heeney 104
Callum Sinclair 99
Harry Cunningham 86
Luke Parker 84
Colin O’Riordan 80
Jake Lloyd 75
Jackson Thurlow 73
Lewis Melican 70
Ryan Clarke 69
Robbie Fox 67
Josh P. Kennedy 65
Aliir Aliir 60
Jordan Dawson 60
Oliver Florent 57
George Hewett 56
Tom Papley 50
Dane Rampe 50
Ben Ronke 43
Justin McInerney 35
Sam Reid 34
Nick Blakey 31
Will Hayward 29
Toby Pink 20
James Rose 12
James Rowbottom 3

    SC_Kev7 · 02/03/2019 at 22:51

    Good lord didn’t think Hately would ton up!

      magic mullet · 02/03/2019 at 23:04

      he had 16 touches, a goal, 4 marks and 4 tackles and his DE was 100%
      so he did nothing to take away from his score and was incredibly efficient

        Russty_ · 02/03/2019 at 23:09

        I don't hately Hately at the moment….hope I don't hately picking him.

          JohnDJ59 · 02/03/2019 at 23:29

          M7 as of now. He was down as one to look at by the phantom.

    Patch · 02/03/2019 at 22:59

    Doing god's work there mullet

Hawk131415 · 02/03/2019 at 22:58

HATLEY didnt have much of it?? 101 says he did!!

    SC_Kev7 · 02/03/2019 at 23:02

    16 touches and a goal, Hawk. 8 in each half. Reckon that's not having much of it.

      Hawk131415 · 02/03/2019 at 23:03

      How many tackles Kev?

        Hawk131415 · 02/03/2019 at 23:03

        id take the 101

    KeenButClueless · 03/03/2019 at 00:09

    Interesting that on the AFL website the Giants are talking up Caldwell more than Hately. If Caldwell is ahead of Hately and Kelly & Hopper to come back, we might be looking at a mid season downgrade instead of a Round 1 starter. Seems bizarre to be saying that about someone who tonned up in his first game, even if it is JLT

Derek · 02/03/2019 at 23:20

Williams 82 from 55% TOG has really stretched the trousers

    Sharkmove_King · 02/03/2019 at 23:22

    Hot dang!

    Bells.com · 03/03/2019 at 08:58

    While impressive he'll never face a team that insipid going forward EVER again. Swannies constantly just banged it weak and long to an often outnumbered contest. Coaching cleanout needed badly.

Maverick_ · 02/03/2019 at 23:37

TOG % for players:

GWS
Stephen Coniglio 82
Tim Taranto 82
Heath Shaw 78
Jeremy Cameron 73
Lachie Whitfield 86
Jye Caldwell 62
Zac Williams 53
Harry Perryman 84
Daniel Lloyd 71
Jackson Hately 66
Brett Deledio 41
Adam Kennedy 67
Sam J. Reid 77
Callan Ward 47
Brent Daniels 75
Sam Taylor 72
Isaac Cumming 39
Dawson Simpson 71
Jeremy Finlayson 72
Matt Buntine 59
Phil Davis 73
Matt de Boer 82
Matthew Flynn 65
Aiden Bonar 65
Lachlan Keeffe 75
Harry Himmelberg 83

SYDNEY
Isaac Heeney 72
Jake Lloyd 65
Callum Sinclair 80
Harry Cunningham 85
Callum Mills 73
Luke Parker 73
Josh P. Kennedy 79
Jordan Dawson 82
Jackson Thurlow 82
George Hewett 76
Oliver Florent 83
Ryan Clarke 69
Lewis Melican 76
Dane Rampe 78
Colin O’Riordan 88
Will Hayward 83
Robbie Fox 65
Tom Papley 80
Ben Ronke 84
Aliir Aliir 76
Sam Reid 59
Nick Blakey 68
Justin McInerney 25
Toby Pink 70
James Rose 12
James Rowbottom 13

Lekdog · 02/03/2019 at 23:54

Cogs hasn’t left my side this preseason and from the sounds of it, he won’t.

    SC_Kev7 · 03/03/2019 at 09:03

    Didn’t leave my dreams last night either, Lek 😍

Derek · 03/03/2019 at 00:09

My biggest question is how will Lloyd go when McVeigh plays

    Maverick_ · 03/03/2019 at 00:21

    Unsure Derek but Not a chance I’m paying $608k for a defender no matter how good his JLT 1&2 is… too expensive

      Derek · 03/03/2019 at 11:29

      94SC from 65% TOG at half rat power with promise of points from kick ins. He is still in my team

        Nice_Person · 03/03/2019 at 11:58

        He only scored 75 in SC Derek

          Maverick_ · 03/03/2019 at 12:30

          yeah only scored 75 in SC . add another 20% TOG he may break the ton just..
          bettery value out there for similar outputs. I'll grab lloyd when he drops to 500-550k

            Derek · 03/03/2019 at 17:28

            My mistake.

            Will see what effect McVeigh has on him

AuroraBorealis?! · 03/03/2019 at 00:31

Jeez this rd 14 bye is gonna kill me, i've already got Dusty, Cripps, and M.Crouch in the mids and i want Coniglio as well

    Nice_Person · 03/03/2019 at 12:03

    Do it

Rick Grimes · 03/03/2019 at 08:42

Derek, thoughts on Mills? Didn't seem to be having his best game but still tonned up. Does that mid time continue?

    SC_Kev7 · 03/03/2019 at 09:06

    Hate taking Horse’s word on anything, but I reckon it might Rick. He has flagged Mills for extra midfield time. McVeigh and Grundy will come back into that back 6. Watch for his role in JLT2

    Derek · 03/03/2019 at 17:21

    As I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, Mills will be rotating between midfield and forward. Heeny will be 100% midfield.

    Mills looked a bit rusty and not up with the pace of the game, he missed a lot of 2018 so that will come back to him the more he plays.

    His roll is to add some defensive pressure in the guts, let JPK get his hands in ball and feed it off to Heeney. Mills should also get plenty of the footy as well.

    The signs are good that he will play a lot in the midfield, that is usually good for SC points.

    He’s not in my team yet

Seeker · 03/03/2019 at 09:15

Lloyd has been in my team for so long but there’s just so much value in showing up in defence…what to do, what to do

    Derek · 03/03/2019 at 11:23

    Have a look at him in next game with McVeigh in team.

    Maverick_ · 03/03/2019 at 12:35

    strong pass for me seeker. 608k is to expensive.
    Sicily, Laird, Simpson, Whitfield, Hurn will all be solid options as D1&2s.
    Then you have witherden, salem, mills, newman, roberton and Smith all watches through JLT 1&2.

      Hawk131415 · 03/03/2019 at 12:52

      Wanting Smith in my side but having trouble with coin, and worried he'll go down again,

        JEL · 03/03/2019 at 13:17

        History has him as pretty durable, he missed 11 games in 6 seasons before the injury.

      Gen · 04/03/2019 at 03:06

      He averaged 112 last season and is extremely consistent. Not a bad buy really mate.

KevWho · 03/03/2019 at 14:51

Does anybody else know who all of the 123k mid rookies capable of scoring a SC Ton from 66% game time are? Kev says we shouldn't have any problem finding them but I'm struggling to find a single one.

    SC_Kev7 · 03/03/2019 at 15:53

    Honestly didn’t think he did enough to ton up mate, reckon his Fantasy score (76) was a fairer reflection on the influence he had on the game. The beauty of SuperCoach, ey

      Derek · 03/03/2019 at 17:24

      The SC scores still need to total 3200. In a shorter game they are stretched a fair bit

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