Melbourne VS Richmond: JLT Review

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Both sides fielded decently strong teams in this one, though Melbourne were shorter on their best 22 than the Tigers, but overall the game probably didn’t really reveal anything we didn’t already know and failed to answer the questions we did have (Gawn/Preuss ruck combo, how Lynch fits into the Tigers forward line). On the plus side we did have Dylan Grimes cosplaying as a superhero out on the field.

Dylan Grimes with hat
Dylan Grimes without hat

The Demons dominated the first quarter, booting 7 goals to 3 in the first quarter, but after that it was mostly Richmond, booting 10 goals to 4 in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, with Richmond winning 113-101.

Rule Changes

6-6-6 setup: Obviously the work of the devil, I’ve said before that Gil is a robot, now he is obviously a satanic robot. Honestly though, it can be hard to tell just how much impact this will have on the game. Yes it does occasionally lead to quicker clearances and forward 50 entries, but I also imagine that teams have plenty of defensive setups in place to stop this, setups they will not be showing during trial games.

Kickout rules: Marty Hore seemed awfully keen on exploiting these rules, Jayden Short and Houli also, but I don’t think you’re gonna see it every time like some will hope. It’ll be another option in the deck, but not the only one they use. We have seen how with modern presses, the ability to boot the ball to the centre square (or near to it) from the kick-in can lead to a very open forward line if the kick-in team can win the ball quickly and cleanly from the kick-in.

Notable absentees

Melbourne: Max Gawn, Michael Hibberd, Neville Jetta, Jack Viney, Jordan Lewis, Nathan Jones, Steven May, Jake Lever, Jake Melksham, Kade Kolodjashnij

Richmond:  Shaun Grigg, Jason Castagna, Tom Lynch, Josh Caddy, Kamdyn McIntosh

Injuries: Jeff Garlett (shoulder)


Angus Brayshaw – $526.9K – MID – Racked up the possessions in the first quarter with 12 and finished the game with a game high 37 disposals with 11 marks and 10 clearances. 13 turnovers would be a concern, but he’s in 6.6% of teams at the moment, so not super high ownership on him and is definitely worth considering.

Clayton Oliver – $622.6K – MID – Hoovered up the ball whenever he was near it and had 32 disposals (23 handballs), 6 marks, 6 tackles, 7 clearances and a goal.

Marty Hore  – $117.3K – DEF – As I said above, he was keen to exploit the kick-in rules, but we must also note that the Demons were without Lewis, Lever, Hibberd and Kolo, who could all be in the side ahead of him taking kick-in duties, so I wouldn’t get too excited about him just yet. Had 6 disposals in the first half, but 4 of them were play-ons from kick-ins. Finished with 13 disposals and 8 rebound 50’s

Brayden Preuss – $239.9K – RUC – Took the solo ruck duties in the first half and was average. We know he can be a #1 ruck though, so this doesn’t reveal a huge amount for us without Gawn in the side also. He had 9 disposals and 21 hitouts.

Declan Keilty – $123.9K – DEF – Took some of the ruck work in the 2nd half, has a great vertical leap on him, but he isn’t likely a full-time ruck in the real stuff and he also has the issue of that dude with the beard being on his team too. Finished with 9 hitouts in the ruck, along with 6 disposals.

James Jordan – $117.3K – MID – He had 10 disposals and 2 marks from 71% ToG. Likely won’t be in the side once the Dees bring back all the names listed above.

Sam Weideman – $242.9K -FWD – Kicked a goal in the first half, but I don’t think he’ll have the impact possession wise around the ground like Hogan did. 5 disposals and a goal in the first half, took some ruck work in the forward 50 as well. Finished with 2 goals, 10 dispsosals, 5 marks and 3 hitouts. If he was $80K – $100K cheaper he might be an option, but that price is very awkward.

Tom Sparrow – $117.3K – MID – Had just 4 disposals from 34% ToG. Likely faces the same fate as James Jordan.


Dustin Martin – $563.8K – MID – Just strolling around and had 15 disposals in the first half and finished with 21 disposals and 2 goals.

Jayden Short – $465.5K – DEF – Looked busy with 29 disposals, 5 marks and a goal with 5 rebound 50’s. Very interesting selection.

Bachar Houli – $399.6K – DEF – Led the Tigers with 35 disposals. Had a down year in 2018 with an average of 73.9 SCPoints but averaged 93.3 in 2016 and 90.5 in 2017. New kick-in rules could put him back into that 90’s territory.

Jack Ross – $117.3K – MID – Looked decent with 21 disposals and 5 clearances. Might get squeezed out, but looks like the Tigers could have found another good one.

Toby Nankervis – $533.0K – RUC – Sat forward for the first half, which won’t be his role in the real stuff, so don’t take anything from that. He went into the ruck in the 2nd half for a bit, but this was a pretty cruisy game for him and he finished with 3 goals, 6 disposals and 10 hitouts.

Ivan Soldo – $304.0K – RUC – Took the main ruck duties, but that spot will still likely be Nankervis’ in Round 1. Still, even if he doesn’t play, he looks like he’s genuinely improved and added some size to his body too, so the Tigers may have something there with him. Had 7 disposals and 17 hitouts with 5 tackles.

Noah Balta – $123.9K – FWD – Took some good marks at half forward in the 2nd quarter once the Tigers got it locked inside their 50. I think at one point he took 3 marks in a row from Melbourne attempting to boot the ball out of their defensive 50. Took a bit of ruck work too, which I think is a much more realistic option as a backup ruck at 194cm, especially with the new rule about the rucks being able to take possession of the ball. Absolutely on fire in the 2nd quarter with his contested marks and booted 2 goals. The issue there will be once Lynch in the side and finding a spot for Balta as well. Moves onto the watchlist for now though.

Riley Collier-Dawkins – $121.8K – MID – Not super involved, but barely played a third of the game. Richmond are a deep team, so it may be tough for him to break through into the 22 for Round 1, but I’m sure Richmond will give him a bit of a run at some point in the year. Played just 40% ToG for 6 disposals and 2 tackles.

Community, anyone or anything stand out to you during this game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Houli or short worth seriously considering? Currently my defence is Lloyd-Williams-Newman-Smith-Roberton-Quaynor/Collins, but would it be worthwhile squeezing one of those two in there either upgrading a rookie or downgrading lloyd?


Missed the whole match (living in the bushfire area )so thanks for the write up always a great read keep up the hard work


Stay safe Simon.


With Trig, stay safe man, youre massively appreciated mate


Thanks mate very dicey yesterday but looking good today


I'd be perfectly happy with a 10-man backline this year G. Houli a real option this year based on what little I saw of this game and the subsequent stats. Short may be as well, but I don't think I'll start them… at this stage.


Bachar Houli 112
Alex Rance 110
Noah Balta 104
Jayden Short 100
Nathan Broad 91
Dylan Grimes 83
Brandon Ellis 82
Jack Higgins 79
Dustin Martin 78
Dion Prestia 78
Nick Vlastuin 75
Maverick Weller 75
Jack Ross 67
Daniel Rioli 66
Kane Lambert 65
Jack Riewoldt 64
Toby Nankervis 58
Liam Baker 55
Oleg Markov 55
David Astbury 49
Ivan Soldo 48
Shane Edwards 44
Trent Cotchin 41
Jack Graham 36
Riley Collier-Dawkins 22
Dan Butler 16


Clayton Oliver 127
Angus Brayshaw 111
Christian Salem 103
James Harmes 101
Bayley Fritsch 94
Christian Petracca 92
Sam Weideman 77
Braydon Preuss 69
Tom McDonald 61
Alex Neal-Bullen 58
Marty Hore 57
Sam Frost 57
Harrison Petty 56
Joel Smith 53
Jayden Hunt 48
Oscar McDonald 47
Jay Kennedy Harris 45
James Jordon 45
Josh Wagner 42
Corey Wagner 38
Charlie Spargo 37
Corey Maynard 31
Jeff Garlett 30
Billy Stretch 29
Declan Keilty 29
Tom Sparrow 10


TOG %:

Bachar Houli 82
Noah Balta 77
Nathan Broad 72
Jayden Short 69
Maverick Weller 76
Jack Higgins 80
Dustin Martin 64
Kane Lambert 55
Alex Rance 81
Nick Vlastuin 79
Jack Riewoldt 79
Brandon Ellis 83
Jack Ross 59
Toby Nankervis 69
Dylan Grimes 75
Dion Prestia 72
Oleg Markov 79
Ivan Soldo 62
Daniel Rioli 76
Trent Cotchin 49
Jack Graham 69
Liam Baker 36
David Astbury 63
Dan Butler 80
Shane Edwards 75
Riley Collier-Dawkins 40

Angus Brayshaw 69
Clayton Oliver 68
Christian Salem 72
Bayley Fritsch 70
James Harmes 66
Christian Petracca 82
Braydon Preuss 63
Sam Weideman 85
Alex Neal-Bullen 80
Tom McDonald 83
Marty Hore 81
Jay Kennedy Harris 66
Jayden Hunt 80
Joel Smith 72
Josh Wagner 65
Corey Wagner 80
Oscar McDonald 89
Charlie Spargo 72
Billy Stretch 69
Harrison Petty 75
Sam Frost 84
Declan Keilty 28
James Jordon 71
Corey Maynard 31
Jeff Garlett 53
Tom Sparrow 34




Harmes Breakout season!!


Showed signs at the back of last year, he could a looker


Interesting How this year a lot of the top 30 -40 picks of this years draft are either immediately good or look like they'll be great in 3-4 years


Agreed, so many of the players from the 2018 draft have shown really strong signs they'll be excellent/ star long term players


Thats every year


Bugger you Clarrey.

I thought you were meant to have an interupted preseason and a bit off.

Just watched you own your own footy. No chance of being under done.

How am I gonna squeeze you in my team now?

Rick Grimes

Just go Brayshaw instead.


got him already rick

1 of the 7.


7 premos in your mid Trigga?


Just get him in Trig, get rid of that bludger Martin if you have him.


I was at the game today and as a Tigers supporter the only player I have in my team from Richmond is Dusty, I could consider Short, D.Rioli could have a break out year, but unfortunately we share our points from game to game , like OK it's your turn this week

As for the Demons I would get Oliver in your team if you don't already , his kick per handball is today was approx 1 -3 as usual, but he had 17 contested possessions with 68% game time, and as a POD in the Mid is A.Brayshaw @ 527k who was also very good today


Similar views Blush, but not the Tiger mentions, dusty looked rusty and Rioli is nowhere near it!!


Dusty was just taking it easy, he doesn't feel like he needs to go 100%…100% of the time.
I'd rather a player who always goes 100%


Petracca hasn’t really been mentioned, is he a potential break out?


Thoughts on Salem's game?