A nearly full strength Brisbane side up against a very young Hawthorn side that provided us some rookies to think about.
The weather was doing all sorts of things, the heat policy was enacted and then it started pouring with rain, and then it was fine when the broadcast commenced and the heat policy still stood … *shrugs* … Aaaannyway.
Not here to talk about the weather, so join me as I take you through all the noteworthy SuperCoach performances.
It was difficult to determine how good a player was considering who wasn’t playing for the Hawks, and as a result it also meant Brisbane may have appeared stronger.
BEST – Brisbane: Lachie Neale, Alex Witherden, Rhys Mathieson, Cam Rayner, Lincoln McCarthy
Hawthorn: James Cousins, Harry Jones, Jon Ceglar, James Sicily
Notable absentees – Brisbane: Allen Christensen, Stefan Martin, Marcus Adams
Hawthorn: Literally everyone; Grant Birchall, Tom Scully, Tom Mitchell, Chad Wingard, Jack Gunston, Isaac Smith, Ben Stratton, Ben McEvoy, Luke Breust, Jaeger O’Meara, Shaun Burgoyne, Liam Shiels, Daniel Howe, Ricky Henderson
Rule change impacts
6-6-6: I honestly don’t think it changed much in this game. I saw a couple of secondary stoppages and players still found a way to encroach up into the centre pretty quickly after the centre bounce. Probably the first time I’ve seen this sort of flooding in a live game so far.
Kick-ins: It was about a half-half split for both sides between playing on and not.
Harris Andrews – DEF – $480,100
Manned up on Mitch Lewis playing a key defensive role. Intercepting everything that came his way though, no sign of the forward experiment in the first half. Moved up the ground a little bit. Appeared to be swinging forward and back once Ballenden came on in the final quarter.
Alex Witherden – DEF – $455,000
Played on from his only kick in in the first half, and provided lots of rebound out of defence. Looked really good doing it too. He’s in my side. Benched for most of the second half.
Dayne Zorko – MID – $520,200
Playing pure midfield, just doing what he does best. View my write up on him here.
Lachie Neale – MID – $607,300
Had the ball on a string, doing as usual. He’s locked into my side, and you should seriously consider him if he’s not in yours if you’re still looking to lock someone into a midfield spot. Never seemed to get out of second gear, but was everywhere the ball was. Ball magnet. A massive 94% disposal efficiency.
Jarrod Berry – MID – $434,300
Awkward price, you’d have to be pretty confident he’s going to take the next step if you were to take a punt on him. Looked okay in stages and then had some nothing disposals as well, probably needs to prove himself in JLT2 to be considered for mine.
Jarryd Lyons – MID – $502,000
He’s did alright, didn’t he? Probably a bit too expensive, but still a solid pick in the Draft format.
Mitch Robinson – FWD/MID – $496,600
Didn’t play a tagging role, probably because there was nobody to really tag…and it’s JLT. Played really well though rotating through the midfield and forward line as usual. Much of the same for Robbo. A good POD but you’d have bigger plums than me starting him.
Daniel Rich – DEF – $428,200
He actually played okay. Wouldn’t be the worst option but I think there are better options, both within the Brisbane team and otherwise. Probably better suited to the Draft format.
Hugh McCluggage – MID – $416,800
A lot of people were really interested in him hoping he could take the next step. He looked silky smooth and was eye catching when he had it. Whether he took the next step though? I’m not quite sure.
Archie Smith – RUC – $172,300
Tried hard in the ruck. Would be giving both Big Stef and Big O a run for their money. Would be in the mix to play alongside one of them.
*starts crying* I HATE THIS NEW RUCK RULE.
Ely Smith – MID – $117,300
Didn’t play in the first three quarters. Came on for the last quarter and had a goal assist inside the first 60 seconds.
Connor Ballenden – FWD – $123,900
Didn’t play in the first three quarters. Came on for the last quarter, appeared to be swinging forward and back swapping with Andrews.
Jon Ceglar – RUC/FWD – $396,800
Was used mostly in the ruck and rested deep forward when he wasn’t. That’s one thing that probably won’t change very much once Hawks get their missing players back. Moved up and down the ground while in the centre and disposed of the ball decently.
James Sicily – DEF – $570,400
Started forward and opened the scoring. Given the players missing who knows if he’s there for the team structure in this game, or there for the season proper. He provided a key target up there though, and played quite well.
James Worpel – FWD/MID – $395,700
A solid showing from the Worpedo. The people are keen on him would’ve liked this performance, I was hoping for a bit more impact myself. Worryingly, he led the game for clangers but the windy conditions wouldn’t have helped his cause.
Conor Glass – DEF – $210,100
Started really strongly, and then tapered off. If he could play a full game like he played Q1 then he may be worth the high rookie price, but he didn’t keep the same intensity for this game so it’s a NO from me for now.
James Cousins – MID – $219,900
Looks like the man who the Hawks want playing the Tom Mitchell role. Flashed in and out of play…
*looks at stats*
…okay apparently he had quite a lot of the ball. What I SAW him do looked impressive.
Oliver Hanrahan – FWD – $123,900
Had no issue getting his fair share of the ball in the first half, not much impact in the second half. Still one for the rookie watchlist.
Jack Scrimshaw – DEF – $149,800
Not enough impact with the disposals he had, probably too expensive even if you think the job security is there.
Dylan Moore – FWD – $123,900
Lively up forward and on the wing but didn’t get a lot of the ball. Might not be the man who steps in early for Chad Wingard like was originally muted, didn’t have a lot of impact. Kicked a nice goal on half time from a set shot.
Mitch Lewis – FWD – $149,000
Key forward and still finding his feet at the level. The wind ruined both his set shots. Was good in the patches, but still pass.
Harry Jones – DEF – $123,900
Getting a lot of the ball. Sometimes his disposal was rushed with brought down his disposal efficiency, but due to weight of numbers still would’ve racked up the points. I think we have a live one.
Damon Greaves – MID/DEF – $109,900
Which one was he? Pass.
Will Golds – MID – $102,400
Slight of frame, but was in amongst it all throughout and almost kicked a goal in Q2 if it wasn’t for Sicily helping it through with his hands. The word is he’s impressed the Hawks coaching staff this pre-season, and was the second in the disposal tally for the Hawks. Bargain basement price, on the watchlist.
Mathew Walker – FWD/MID – $117,300
Didn’t play the first half. Came on after half time and was quite lively in the forward half, kicked a goal after a nice mark. Worth watching for in JLT2 if he gets a second chance.
Jackson Ross – FWD – $123,900
Little to no impact. Pass. Kicked a nice goal in the final quarter to remind us he was still playing.
Changkuoth Jiath – DEF – $123,900
Didn’t play the first half. Came on after half time for David Mirra, and immediately showcased his athletic ability. Probably a mid-season downgrade if he plays at all, but he was impressive.
Don’t have the final SuperCoach scores as yet. I’ll post them in the comments as soon as I have them. Who caught your eye, community?