Headed on down the highway to GMHBA-E-I-E-I-OH Stadium tonight as Geelong hosted Essendon for the beginning of JLT round 2. If you haven’t already, you can get your eyes in, on, and all around their JLT game 1 efforts here and here.
Geelong 15.11.101 def Essendon 11.7.73
Yes, yes, I know. It’s “only” JLT, but Essendon were no match for Geelong on their home deck tonight. Their forward movement, particularly in the first half, was woeful. The Geelong back 6 had a field day taking easy intercept marks.
Rule change impacts
6-6-6: Looked pretty open to me. Both sides have some quick guys running through the middle. The day Walla develops a tank will a good day. Might not ever happen, but when he does appear in the centre square it’s a good sight. Bellyache took home the choccies in the hit outs 33-27
Kick ins: Both teams looked to play on quickly from behinds, but mostly going short and not playing on. It’s a good rule I reckon, but the massive bumps in averages we’d heard earlier in the preseason won’t happen imo
Geelong: Tuohy, Cockatoo, JKolo, Zac Smith, Joel’s brother Scott, Bews
Essendon: Gleeson, Cale Hooker, Hartley, a second ruck option (do not @ me about Draper)
Charlie Constable – MID – $123.9k
Was in the coalface with Danger and company. 99% sure he plays round 1 and you just have to take him. Price – tick. Opportunity – tick. Should be one of our fattest cows for the year. 17 touches from 50% game time
Jordan Clark – DEF – $144.3k
Wasn’t huge on the stat sheet but he’s a damn impressive footballer this kid, even though his sense of direction was somewhat lacking tonight.
Not too fussed about his elevated price. Find that extra 20k and put him on field. 6 marks, 5 R50’s. 75%TOG
Darcy Fort – RUC – $117.3k
Go get a pen, folks. I’ll wait.
Alright? Good. Now put a big fat line through him. The Cats rucked with Stanley tonight with Sav and even Hawkins providing chop-out when needed. Can’t see a place for Fort unless there’s injury.
Gryan Miers – FWD – $123.9k
Didn’t get a real good look at Miers tonight, disappointing because I like the kid. Played a tick under half the game. Had 11 touches and 5 marks. If you go with him round 1 stick him on your bench rather than on field.
Tom Atkins – MID – $112.9k
See ball. Get ball. He plays a no-fuss game Tom. Mostly importantly, has the physique to barge his way through packs. 12 of his 17 possessions were contested. Gave away a few free kicks though which will bring his SC score down. Option.
Essendon weren’t doing a great deal on the rookie front tonight. Nonetheless, I’ll cover ‘em anyway.
Brayden Ham $117.3k FWD
Came on late in the 4th. Didn’t over exert himself too much as he probably has school tomorrow. No thanks.
Sam Draper $123.9k RUC
Played a 10 minute cameo late. Had 5 touches (3 contested) and a few clearances. Hard pass though.
Dylan Clarke $147.7k MID
Another one to come on late and didn’t do much with his limited opportunity. 2 touches.
Tom Stewart – DEF – $463,300
Had 10 touches and 8 marks in under half of footy. I like him but there’s a logjam of similarly priced defenders on offer. Had a massive 18SC increase last year. Break out candidate?
Patrick Dangerfield – MID/FWD – $660,500
There’s still 33% of teams without this man. Those stints playing deep in the forward line look a distant memory. 30 touches and a goal. Lock, lock, LOCK!!
Mitch Duncan – MID – $576,500
Was a bit quieter this week compared to last. Time on ground was still decent at 86%. That said, 24 disposals and 6 marks is nothing to sneeze at. Three frees against among 6 clangers is gonna hurt though.
Brendan Parfitt – FWD – $434,300
Wasn’t too bad tonight. 10 of his 15 were contested and had 5 clearances. Mentioned last week on Twitter he’s just 50k overpriced and I still reckon so. Keep an eye on him throughout the year.
Son of God – MID – Priceless (but also $580,600)
As much as it pains me to say this, from a fantasy standpoint it’s time for Gaz to go the same way as Old Yeller. Will have his days where he kicks 5 and dominates, but won’t be getting enough of the pill in the weeks that he doesn’t. Pass
Jelwood – MID – $570,500
Cops a bit of flack from the SuperCoach community but this man is pretty good at football. Was in everything tonight and had a bunch of impressive stats to go with it. You know Joel will give you 110% every week, but can you fit him in?
Tim Kelly – MID/FWD – $505,800
Interesting game from TK tonight. I’ll look like a right knob when Champion Data give him a three figure SuperCoach score but I have my concerns. Played mostly in the middle and was damn brilliant on the stats sheet but good lord he had the cleavers working overtime. Butchered the ball constantly. Cats had no problem feeding it to him but he’d flub his kick or run himself into trouble.
The centre breakaway’s with speed were reminiscent of his 2018 season. In draft, take him, in long form think long and hard about this one. It will be a rollercoaster.
Sam Menegola – MID/FWD – $543,100
Didn’t look to be going too hard tonight. 17 disposals, 7 marks, and a goal. Looked to be playing more forward of centre
Dollhouse – MID/FWD – $418,300
Is he back? In Pog form? The Dollhouse of 2015/16 was on display tonight and looked mighty impressive. Had 25 touches and 8 tackles. Can he do it week in-week out for 22 weeks? Probably not.
Ooo-ah Andy McGrath – DEF/MID – $384,300
Was talked up last week after 25 disposals and 2 goals but didn’t back it up this week. With Heppell, Shiel, and Zerrett doing most of the heavy lifting in the middle there was a lack of midfield time available for him this week.
Jordan “The Riddler” Ridley – DEF – $233,100
Q: Forward I am heavy, but backwards I am not. What am I?
Geddit? It’s a riddle! A word pun. Thank you, thank you! My comedy festival show will be later in the year. Please buy tickets.
The point of my non-sensical ramblings? We’ll wait for official SuperCoach scores but Ridley was impressive tonight and deserves that ton if he gets it. 18 possessions at 83%, 5 R50’s and slotted a goal.
Adam Saad – DEF – $407,600
Saad would be happy (sorry) with his game tonight. He’s a tease, Saad. He’s got the tricks. He’s quick. He tackles (had 7 tonight). But that bog average price will tell you he doesn’t bring it all together on a consistent basis. Had a good game tonight but you shouldn’t consider him in long form SuperCoach.
Michael Hurley – DEF – $491,800
Had mostly Hawkins for company. Neither here nor there as a SuperCoach option for me. Reckon there are some far better options in this price range and cheaper.
Dyson Heppell – MID – $551,500
Did his job in the middle and did it well. Had 21 disposals and a goal from just 65% TOG. Just… you can do better, you know?
Devon Smith – MID/FWD – $531,300
Was poo. Either he left his famed tackling game in the changing rooms or wasn’t all that interested tonight. Just 3 contested possessions and 4 tackles tonight.
Joe’s moustache – FWD – $277,800
Didn’t see a lot of it. If you were considering him as a mid price forward move him on. As I said in the intro, the service wasn’t great for him but he’ll struggle to push 400k
Dylan Shiel – MID – $487,000
Led the Bombers with 25 touches but had 7 clangers tonight. Another Bomber premium that’s below the standard of those precious premium midfield spots. Pass
Zach Merrett – MID – $544,800
Sat the first quarter out. The second? Just a lazy 14 touches. The one Bomber premium I’m flirting with. The question of who gets the tag; Shiel or Merrett, hasn’t been answered for me in the JLT. Finished with 24 touches in 59%TOG but he’s gonna be an upgrade target for me this year.
Round 1 is inching closer, community! What did you take away from tonight?