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.
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.
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.
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!