Round 1 of 2019 is over and it certainly was an emotional roller-coaster with some crazy twists and turns. Patch and I were sitting in the corner crying after watching the Crows and Bombers play, Damo was skipping around at the rare sight of Fremantle putting triple digits on the scoreboard while LekDog was in his familiar spot of watching Carlton lose a game, but telling himself it’ll get better soon. We also had the unfortunate news of Alex Rance, Tom Doedee and Ed Vickers-Willis all tearing their ACLs and being out for the remainder of the year. On the Supercoach side we had some duds, we had some winners, but what we’re here for here is rookies! We love rookies at Around the Grounds and it looks like we may have a great crop on offer here. It’s only Round 1 though, so there’s plenty of time to go on these little seedlings, but the signs sure are promising. So lets get going and review Round 1!
The Blues started their 2019 season with the usual opening game of the season, going down to Richmond 97-64. Sam Walsh was the obvious standout from a rookie POV here, nabbing 24 disposals with 6 marks, 4 clearances and 5 inside 50’s. He had just the 68 SCPoints, but a nice stat line to start his AFL career. He also led the game in KM’s run as well, which isn’t Supercoach relevant, but pretty bloody impressive for an 18 year old in his first game. Will Setterfield was also busy with 24 disposals of his own, along with 2 marks, 3 clearances and 2 goal assists for 69 SCPoints. Michael Gibbons made his AFL debut, but had just the 11 disposals with 2 marks and 3 tackles for 35 SCPoints. His role will be limited up forward, he sort of reminds me of teammate Jarrod Garlett from a Supercoach perspective who put up some frustrating scores in the 30-40 range during the year with the odd 60 score.
The VFL season doesn’t start for another few weeks for the Blues, with a Round 1 bye the Northern Blues aren’t scheduled to play until the 14th of April when they take on Geelong. In the meantime they had a trial match against Richmond last Friday which they lost 93-54. Tom De Koning booted 2 goals for the Blues before going down with a “moderate grade lateral ligament injury”. I think that’s in the knee somewhere, but I’ll have to consult with Tom Browne for a more thorough diagnosis of the injury.
Collingwood had a narrow 72-65 loss to Geelong in their opening game of 2019. Darcy Moore had a solid game with 16 disposals, 4 marks, 7 rebound 50’s, 12 1%ers and 77 SCPoints. His BE is -23 this week, so expect him to generate some decent cash for you from here, though 77 SCPoints might be on the lower end of what people hoped when they picked him. Considering he was on like 3 SCPoints at the end of the 1st quarter it’s probably a great result.
Collingwood played a trial match against Geelong losing 71-54 with Atu Bosenavulagi kicking 1 goal for the Pies. Collingwood’s VFL season starts on Saturday the 6th of April against Coburg.
A poor start for Essendon, losing to GWS 112-40. Jordan Ridley had 14 disposals, 6 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 71 SCPoints. His BE is -15 this week, but I’m sure those 12% of teams that selected him were hoping for slightly more points from him. Not the worst start to the season by any stretch of the imagination from Ridley though.
The Bombers had a HUGE win in their VFL trial match against Coburg, winning by 100 points 149-49. Trent Mynott kicked 2 goals along with Zac Clarke and Sam Draper while Jake Long added a single goal. Essendons VFL season kicks off on Sunday the 7th of April against the Frankston Dolphins.
Geelong provided the goods on Friday night, both for their fans thanks to their 72-65 win against Collingwood and for us in Supercoach thanks to the effort from a few of their rookies. Charlie Constable started his career in good fashion with 21 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 3 clearances and a goal for 85 SCPoints. Jordan Clark had 17 disposals, 4 marks, 5 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s for 69 SCPoints while Tom Atkins had 9 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles for 57 SCPoints. Gryan Miers also made his AFL debut and had 11 disposals, 1 mark and 3 tackles for 37 SCPoints.
Geelong played their latest trial match against Collingwood, winning 71-54. Darcy Fort lead the goalscorers for Geelong with 3, while Jacob Kennerley and Zach Guthrie added singles. Stefan Okunbor was also listed among the best on ground for Geelong. Their first game of the VFL season will be against Richmond on Friday the 5th of April.
Hawthorn were inaccurate in front of goal, but it didn’t matter in the end as the clipped the Crows wings to take a 87-55 win. James Cousins had 18 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles and 2 goals for 72 SCPoints. 4 clangers and just 3 contested possessions with a DE of 50% probably hurt his potential Supercoach score there. Jack Scrimshaw made his Hawks debut with 11 disposals, 2 marks, 5 tackles and 56 SCPoints. A bit disappointing, but early days yet for him.
In the VFL the Box Hill Hawks lost to the Casey Demons by 11 points. No real details from this game were provided other than Tim Mohr unfortunately being taken off with a dislocated knee. Box Hill start the VFL season on Sunday the 7th of April with another game against the Casey Demons.
Melbourne would not have been pleased with their game on the weekend, a sloppy affair that led to a 87-61 loss to Port Adelaide. Sam Weideman kicked a goal with 13 disposals, 4 marks and 5 hitouts for 68 SCPoints. He was a slightly more expensive rookie option @ $242,900but his BE still sits at -3 this week. Jayden Hunt had 14 disposals and 4 tackles for his 62 SCPoints while Tom Sparrow was a late replacement for Jordan Lewis and had 14 disposals, 4 tackles, 3 clearances and a goal for his 62 SCPoints. It’s debatable if he’ll keep his spot in the side one Lewis returns. Corey Wagner played his first game for the Demons after coming over from North Melbourne and had 14 disposals and 4 tackles for 61 SCPoints and Marty Hore played his first AFL game for 14 disposals, 2 marks and 2 rebound 50’s for 58 SCPoints. Not the greatest score in the world, but the sort of average that will see him make near $200K if he can keep it up.
The Casey Demons defeated the Box Hill Hawks by 11 points. No details of this game were provided. Casey will play the Box Hill Hawks again on Sunday the 7th of April in the opening round of the VFL season.
Not the start North would have wanted, going down to the Dockers 141-59. On the plus, Bailey Scott won the Round 1 Raising Star nomination with a great performance with 21 disposals, 8 marks, 2 tackles and 2 goals for 103 SCPoints. Luke Davis-Uniacke had 15 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 80 SCPoints and Ben McKay had 9 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 49 SCPoints.
North played a trial match on the weekend against Port Melbourne in which they lost by 20 points. No other details of this match were provided. North will be taking on the Werribee Tigers on Saturday the 6th of April in Round 1 of the VFL season.
Richmond opened their 2019 season with a win against Carlton, defeating the Blues 97-64. Noah Balta made his AFL debut, but was less than stellar with just 5 disposals, 2 marks, 6 hitouts and 5 clangers for just 18 SCPoints. He had just the 52% ToG though, which is unusually low for a player, so his ability to score may be limited to just a reserve ruck/forward role when Nankervis or Lynch go off the field. The instinct for many will be to trade him out now, I’d recommend waiting another week to see how the rookie field looks prior to Round 3 and the first price raises of the year.
Richmond had a VFL trial match against the Northern Blues which they won 93-54. Richmonds VFL season starts on Friday the 5th of April against Geelong.
It was a close one for the Saints to start the season, but a win is a win and the Saints will take any they can get, defeating the Gold Coast Suns 85-84. Matthew Parker had a good start to his AFL career with 17 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles, 7 inside 50’s and 2 goals for 87 SCPoints. He won’t score 2 goals every week, but a quality start for him and 17-20 disposals a week from him is still a good effort if he can manage it every week. Josh Battle had 18 disposals and 6 marks for 84 SCPoints, Callum Wilkie had just 11 disposals, but 4 marks, 2 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s and netted himself 70 SCPoints, which is a good result for him. Darragh Joyce had 18 disposals and 3 marks, but 9 clangers including 6 frees against would have killed his score and resulted in just 67 SCPoints. Finally, Lewis Pierce had 6 disposals, 2 tackles and 27 hitouts for 55 SCPoints.
Sandringham had a trial match against Williamstown on Monday which they won 79-57 with their VFL Round 1 matchup occurring on Friday the 5th of April against Footscray.
The Bulldogs opened Marvel Stadium in a Thor-iffic fashion, pleasing their Marvel overlords and defeating the Sydney Swans 82-65. Bailey Smith made his AFL debut with 8 disposals, 1 mark and 4 tackles for 33 SCPoints. His BE is already 32 and is in 10% of teams, which is not a good start for those owners at all.
Footscray Bulldogs had a trial match against Werribee which they won 114-60. Will Hayes had 28 disposals with a goal, Callum Porter had 22 disposals and a goal and Rhylee West had 20 disposals. Footscray will be facing Sandringham on Friday the 5th of April for Round 1 of the VFL season.
Adelaide had a shaky start to 2019, unable to handle the high pressure Hawks and losing the game 87-55. Chayce Jones made his AFL debut with 9 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 53 SCPoints. You’d probably want 10-15 more points at a minimum for his starting price of $171,300, but he’s only in 5.8% of teams, so most won’t be worried by his scores.
The SANFL season officially starts this week with the Crows taking on Sturt at Unley Oval on Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, the Crows have played a few trial matches, most recently having taken on Port Adelaide which they lost 80-65. No official stats were kept for the game, outside goal scorers, in which Ben Davis kicked 3 and Tyson Stengle, Paul Hunter, Elliot Himmelberg and Kieran Strachan all added singles. Shane McAdam also suffered a calf injury, the extent of which is currently unknown at this stage.
Port Adelaide would be happy with how they started 2019, getting a terrific win at the MCG with a 87-61 win against premiership fancies Melbourne. Port look to have brought in some Supercoach gold for us this year, Willem Drew was fantastic with 21 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 4 clearances and 103 SCPoints. I’d expect that to go down a tad when Wines returns, but still a great start for him and has pushed his BE alllll the way down to -138. Connor Rozee had 18 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and 3 inside 50’s for 67 SCPoints, Xavier Duursma had 16 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and a goal for 67 SCPoints and Zak Butters finished with 13 disposals, 3 tackles and 2 goals for his 67 SCPoints. I think they all copied each other’s homework there.
Port Adelaide will open up their SANFL season this Friday when they take on West Adelaide. Their most recent trial match was against the Crows, defeating them 80-65. They were led by Aidyn Johnson who kicked 3 goals, along with Billy Frampton and Boyd Woodcock booting 2 goals apiece with Kai Pudney, Kane Farrell, Peter Ladhams and Cameron Hewett adding singles.
Fremantle the offensive juggernaut! Not often you’d expect to hear that from a Ross Lyons side, but they set the standard on the scoreboard in Round 1 with a 141-59 demolition job on North Melbourne. Lachlan Schultz was a bit of a surprise Round 1 starter, and he looked OK with 17 disposals, 6 marks, 2 goals, but just had 54 SCPoints. A bit disappointing given the stat line, but a DE of 58.8% and 4 contested possessions hits there in Supercoach, compared to the 83 he scored in AFL Fantasy.
Like the VFL, the WAFL season doesn’t start until the first week of April where the Peel Thunder will be taking on West Perth on Saturday the 6th.
West Coast had a bit of a shock up in Queensland, they had a hot start, but were blown away by Brisbane in the 2nd half, going down 102-58. Jack Petruccelle had 10 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 44 SCPoints, Oscar Allen had 8 disposals, 2 marks and 2 goals for 83 SCPoints and Jarrod Brander finished with 8 disposals, 7 marks and 2 behinds for 36 SCPoints.
West Coast will be fielding a standalone side in the WAFL this year after previously being aligned to East Perth, bringing the WAFL to an even 10 team league. The Eagles will start their inaugural WAFL season with a match against Perth on Saturday the 6th of April.
New South Wales
GWS started the year in spectacular fashion, taking care of Essendon with an easy 112-40 win. Brent Daniels had a good game with 17 disposals, 3 marks and 7 tackles for 87 SCPoints. Daniels has a BE of -40, but is only in 382 teams thanks to his starting price of $246,400. He’s only played 8 career games, so this is a good week for him, but wouldn’t expect it to be the norm going forwards. Lachlan Keeffe had 9 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 3 goals for 84 SCPoints, he’s not usually a forward with only 5 career goals in 48 games prior to this, so it’ll be interesting if that’s a role change for him going forward.
The UWS Giants had a recent trial match against Sydney Uni which they won 76-66. Matthew Flynn played, but spent most of his time in attack rather than in the ruck due to Shane Mumford having a run while Jackson Hately was noted as being unlucky to play Round 1 thanks to his previous senior SANFL experience. The Giants will play a final trial match against Sydney on Saturday morning prior to the NEAFL season starting, with the Giants slatted to face the Swans again on Saturday the 6th of April.
Sydney really struggled in the first half of their game against the Bulldogs and just didn’t give themselves enough time to make up the 5 goal difference at half time, going down 82-65. Nick Blakey had 10 disposals, 1 mark and a goal for 46 SCPoints. His BE is just -1, which isn’t a great position at this time of year, he’s currently owned by 13% of teams, so they’d be hoping he’ll improve a bit in Round 2.
Sydney had a practice match against Canberra Demons on the weekend which they won 111-59. James Bell kicked 2 goals, along with James Rose and James Rowbottom to form a trio of goal scoring James’s. Sydney will play a final trial match against the UWS Giants before their Round 1 NEAFL game against them on the 6th of April.
Brisbane shocked many probably including the 2018 Premiers in West Coast, producing a fantastic performance that nabbed them a 102-58 win at the Gabba. New Lion Lincoln McCarthy did a lot of the damage on the scoreboard for the Lions, kicking a career high 4 goals with 11 disposals and 4 tackles for 86 SCPoints. He won’t kick 4 goals every week and at his price of $247,500he’s every chance to stagnate at around that $350K mark.
Brisbane will start their NEAFL season on the 7th of April against the NT Thunder, while they had a trial match against Redland on Saturday which they won 137-24. No other details of the match were provided.
The Suns made a run in the last quarter but they fell just short against the Saints, going down 85-84. Charlie Ballard had a good start to 2019 with 24 disposals, 4 tackles and 6 rebound 50’s for 105 SCPoints. I wouldn’t expect that every week from him, he’s just 19 years old after all, but you’d certainly expect him to be better than the 44.5 SCPoints he averaged over his 11 games last year. Wil Powell was busy with his 23 disposals, 7 marks, 4 inside 50’s and a goal for 82 SCPoints. Jack Lukosious had 11 disposals, 4 marks and 5 inside 50’s for 42 SCPoints, which is probably expected from him, the talls always take a bit longer than most to get going in AFL football. The two bigger disappointments for Supercoachers were Christopher Burgess and Sam Collins. Burgess had 4 disposals, 1 mark and a goal for 28 SCPoints and Collins had 5 disposals and 3 marks for 27 SCPoints. Burgess now has a BE of 12, while Collins already has a BE of 49. Price raises don’t come into effect until Round 3, so it’s not an immediate need to trade them out this week, but I’d certainly bench them for Round 2 if you have the option.
The Suns cheated in their trial match, taking on Palm-Beach Currumbin from the Queensland Australian Football League in which no other details were provided. This poses the age-old question though, if a football match happens and no one knows the scores, did anyone actually win? One would hope the Suns could beat an amateurs side at the very least though! Anyway, the Suns will be taking on the Canberra Demons on the 6th of April in Round 1 of the NEAFL season.
Supercoach Top 5
Charlie Ballard – 105 SCPoints – $241,800
Lachlan Keeffe – 84 SCPoints – $190,500
Oscar Allen – 83 SCPoints – $236,700
Dacry Moore – 77 SCPoints – $239,400
Jordan Ridley – 71 SCPoints – $233,100
Willem Drew – 103 SCPoints – $123,900
Bailey Scott – 103 SCPoints – $117,300
Charlie Constable – 85 SCPoints – $123,900
Luke Davis-Uniacke – 80 SCPoints – $197,500
James Cousins – 72 SCPoints – $219,900
Lewis Pierce – 55 SCPoints – $235,600
Willem Drew – 103 SCPoints – $123,900
Brent Daniels – 87 SCPoints – $246,400
Matthew Parker – 87 SCPoints – $117,300
Lincoln McCarthy – 86 SCPoints – $247,500
Josh Battle – 84 SCPoints – $232,100
And now that I’ve wasted 3200 odd words of the Internets space, that’s it from me this week! We’ll be back next week though with all your rookie news and stats.