Around the Grounds – Round 2 Rookie Scout Report
Hello everyone and welcome to our Round 2 rookie review here at Jock Reynolds. It was a mixed bag for some of the rookie players in Supercoach, there’s never an exact science for choosing which players to start and which to leave on the bench and sometimes you’ll get these decisions wrong no matter what option you pick. On the whole we seem to have a fairly decent crop of rookies this year, albeit with a small sample size, but even after just two weeks there seems to be some standouts emerging from the pack. So let’s go take a look at what was offered up to us in Round 2.
Carlton hung in there for 3 quarters, but eventually lost to Port Adelaide 88-72. Sam Walsh (MID, $207,300) again found plenty of the pill and had 25 disposals, 4 marks, 3 clearances, 4 rebound 50’s, but 5 clangers for 83 SCPoints. His BE is -31 this week, so there will be some cash generation happening for him. Will Setterfield (MID/FWD, $144,900) had 12 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 50 SCPoints. Setterfield has probably been a tad disappointing with average sitting at 59.5 SCPoints, but hopefully he can push that up a bit more into that sort of 69 score he had in Round 1. His BE is still at -35 for now, so no need to panic just yet. Cameron Polson (FWD, $191,800) played his first game of 2019 and had 14 disposals, 4 inside 50’s and a goal for 55 SCPoints. Finally, Michael Gibbons (MID, $102,400) had 16 disposals, 2 marks, 6 tackles but 7 clangers for 56 SCPoints. It was raining a for a great deal of the game in Adelaide, so mistakes are probably a bit more common in a game like that. His BE is currently -32, which is the upside of buying a rock bottom basement rookie.
The Northern Blues had a 34-point win in a trial match against North Melbourne, defeating the Roos 69-35. Hugh Goddard (DEF, $159,600) was named among the best for the Blues
Collingwood were outstanding in the second half to get their first win on the board, defeating Richmond 110-66. Darcy Moore (DEF/FWD, $239,400) was again fantastic with 93 SCPoints from 15 disposals, 4 marks, 7 1%ers and maybe slightly helped by 4 frees for. Moore is definitely providing his worth for his initial cost though.
Collingwoods VFL side lost to Richmond in a trial match, 99-45 and no other details were provided outside of Lynden Dunn unfortunately suffering another ACL injury.
Essendon again had a poor match, losing to St Kilda 76-65. With Jordan Ridley dropped for this match they did not feature any rookie priced players this week.
Essendon had a trial match against Sandringham which they won 76-40. Irving Mosquito (FWD, $117,300) played his first match for the Bombers and kicked 2 goals with Brayden Ham (FWD, $117,300) also adding a goal and Sam Draper (RUC, $123,900) receiving significant praise from the VFL coach Dan Jordan.
The Cats had a great win at home, making easy work of Melbourne, winning 126-46. Charlie Constable (MID, $123,900), the Round 2 Rising Star nominee, was impressivee with 31 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 7 clearances from just 69% ToG for 84 SCPoints. His score was probably lowered by 5 clangers and a 58.1% disposal efficiency, but it’s still an awesome performance for his lowered time on the field. Jordan Clark (DEF, $144,300) had 15 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 4 rebound 50’s and a goal for 66 SCPoints. Tom Atkins (MID, $112,900) had 12 disposals, 8 tackles and 3 clangers for 55 SCPoints and Gryan Miers (FWD, $123,900) had 20 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and a goal for 83 SCPoints.
Geelongs VFL side lost to Casey in a trial match 79-58. Darcy Fort (RUC, $117,300) was named among the best for Geelong with 13 disposals, 20 hitouts and a goal.
Hawthorn were looking like they had the game in the bag, but a big final quarter from the Bulldogs saw the Hawks lost 106-87. James Cousins (MID, $219,900) had 23 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and 3 clearances for 92 SCPoints, which puts his season average at 82 SCPoints. His BE is -36, so he should start making some good money if you own him. Jack Scrimshaw (DEF, $149,800) was better this week with 17 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s for 79 SCPoints. His BE is -48, so like Cousins, he should be adding $50K or so to his price soon.
The Box Hill Hawks had a trial match against Werribee which they won 68-53. No other details were provided.
Melbourne again struggled to look fit this week, losing to Geelong 126-46. Sam Weideman (FWD, $242,900) had 12 disposals, 4 marks and a goal for 71 SCPoints, which puts his BE at 2 this week. He might want to pop out a big score soon, otherwise his average of 69.5 SCPoints isn’t going to generate him a lot of cash due to his inflated starting price. Jayden Hunt (DEF, $242,700) had just the 9 disposals with 4 marks and 3 inside 50’s for 38 SCPoints, Tom Sparrow, (MID, $117,300) had 8 disposals, 1 mark and 5 trackles for 34 SCPoints and Jay Lockhart (DEF/MID, $102,400) made his AFL debut, but finished with 6 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles, 3 clangers and 32 SCPoints.
The Casey Demons defeated Geelong 79-51 in a trial match. Declan Keilty (DEF, $123,900) booted 2 goals.
North couldn’t hold back the Lions in the 4th quarter, a 4 goal to 7 final term saw them lose to Brisbane 107-87. Luke Davies-Uniacke (MID, $197,500) was fantastic with 26 disposals, 5 marks, 5 clearances and 118 SCPoints and very well could have made North 2 for 2 in Rising Star nominations this year. Bailey Scott (MID, $117,300) fell back to earth a bit with just 9 disposals, 2 marks and 26 SCPoints. His season average is still 63.5 thanks to the big score of 103 he had in Round 1 and his BE is currently -59, but if he can score decently again, his price should shoot up a tad once the poor score is removed from his rolling average. Ben McKay (DEF, $123,900) had 7 disposals and 4 marks for 32 SCPoints, which is probably about what we expected from him and Tarryn Thomas (MID, $175,800) made his AFL debut and had 10 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 54 SCPoints.
North Melbourne were defeated by the Northern Blues 69-35 in a trial match on Sunday. Joel Crocker (DEF/FWD, $117,300) played his first match in almost a year and Tom Murphy (DEF, $195,400) was also singled out for praise by Senior Development Coach Gavin Brown.
Richmond had their first loss of 2019, going down to Collingwood 110-66. Oleg Markov (DEF, $158,000) played his first game of the year, but didn’t get massively involved with 8 disposals, 4 marks, 4 rebound 50’s and 2 behinds for 30 SCPoints. Jack Reiwoldt unfortunately injured his wrist and will be out for at least a month, so that means Markov or Balta could see some OK job security until Round 7 or so.
Richmonds VFL side defeated Collingwood 99-45. Jake Aarts (FWD, $106,400) kicked 4 goals.
St Kilda made it 2-2 so far this year, defeating Essendon 76-65. Matthew Parker (FWD, $117,300) again had a quality game with 11 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles, 2 clearances and a goal for 89 SCPoints. He is looking like a solid starting rookie up forward after the first two games. Josh Battle (FWD, $232,100) had 7 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 3 rebound 50’s for 49 SCPoints, Callum Wilkie (DEF, $124,900) was a bit quieter this week with 9 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles with 4 clangers dropping his score to 38 SCPoints.
The Sandringham Zebras had a trial match against Essendon which they won 76-40. Doulton Langlands (MID, $123,900) had 20 disposals and Robert Young (FWD, $117,300) kicked 2 goals.
The Bulldogs booted 9 of their 16 goals in the last quarter to take a 106-87 win against Hawthorn. Bailey Smith (MID, $180,300) had 13 disposals with 2 tackles and 3 clearances for 66 SCPoints.
Footscray defeated Williamstown 76-69. Will Hayes (MID, $117,300) had 22 disposals and kicked a goal and Rhylee West (MID, $117,300) had 19 disposals and a goal.
Adelaide opened their 2019 account with an 88-62 win against Sydney. Chayce Jones (MID, $171,300) had a few chances to hit the scoreboard, but had 3 behinds with 12 disposals, 2 marks and 5 inside 50’s for 44 SCPoints.
The SANFL season officially started last Friday and the Adelaide reserves started with a 93-61 win against Sturt. Tyson Stengle (FWD, $123,900) kicked an equal team high 4 goals with 18 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles while Myles Poholke (FWD, $234,600) added 3 goals of his own with 25 disposals and 7 marks. Patrick Wilson (MID, $147,700) had a team high 28 disposals with 9 marks and 4 tackles and Andrew McPherson (DEF, $123,900) played about his 4th game in 18 months and had 22 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles.
The weather wasn’t the greatest, but Port ground out a win with 4 goals in the last quarter to defeat Carlton 88-72. The Port rookies again provided the goods for us, led by Willem Drew (MID/FWD, $123,900) who had 24 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 3 clearances for 90 SCPoints. Connor Rozee (DEF/FWD, $189,300) booted 2 goals with 18 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles for 85 SCPoints, Zak Butters (MID, $157,800) finished with 22 disposals, 4 marks and a goal, but had 5 clangers to end up with 88 SCPoints and Xavier Duursma (DEF/MID, $130,800) had 23 disposals, 9 marks and 4 clearances for 78 SCPoints. Good results all around for us there.
The Port Adelaide Magpies blew away West Adelaide in the 4th, a 6 goal to 2 quarter saw them run away with a 85-54 win. Jack Trengove (DEF, $235,600) had a ton of the ball with 44 disposals, 7 marks, 11 tackles and a goal while Joe Atley (MID, $123,900) had 27 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles. Kai Pudney (MID, $102,400) had 24 disposals, 6 marks and 5 inside 50’s while Tobin Cox (MID/FWD, $115,900) kicked 2.1 with 13 disposals and Boyd Woodcock (MID/FWD, $117,300) kicked 1.2 with 20 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles.
The offensive juggernaut that was Fremantle only lasted one week with the Dockers losing the Gold Coast 61-58. Lachlan Schultz (FWD, $117,300) had 13 disposals, 3 tackles and 2 clearances, but 4 clangers and a disposal efficiency of 38.5% caused him to just score 34 SCPoints.
Peel Thunder won a trial game against Perth, defeating them in a close 89-88 encounter.
West Coast had a solid win at home to get their first 4 points of 2019, defeating GWS 104-52. Jack Petruccelle (FWD, $123,900), showed some real speed to kick a fantastic goal and had 13 disposals, 9 marks and 4 inside 50’s for 56 SCPoints. He only had 2 contested possessions, which is probably the reason for the lower score. Oscar Allen (DEF, $236,700) finished with 70 SCPoints from 7 disposals, 5 marks and 3 goals.
New South Wales
GWS were pretty much out of it after the first quarter, losing to the West Coast Eagles 104-52. Lachlan Keeffe (DEF, $190,500) couldn’t hit the scoreboard this week and had 10 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles for 36 SCPoints while Brent Daniels (FWD, $246,400) finished with 14 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 64 SCPoints.
The UWS Giants lost a trial match to Sydney 79-36, but did not provide any further updates.
Sydney fell to their second loss of the year, losing to Adelaide 88-62. Nick Blakey (FWD, $166,800) hit the scoreboard again with a goal, but still struggled to find a lot of the ball, finishing with 7 disposals and 2 marks with 3 clangers for 36 SCPoints.
The Swans defeated the UWS Giants in a trial match 79-36. Darcy Cameron (RUC, $135,700) rotated between ruck and forward and booted two goals.
Brisbane continued their strong start to the year with a 107-87 victory against North Melbourne. Lincoln McCarthy (FWD, $247,500) kicked 2 goals with 11 disposals and 2 tackles for 84 SCPoints.
The Suns got their first for the year, maybe quicker than some thought they’d get one, defeating Fremantle 61-58. Sam Collins (DEF, $188,900) had a good week with 18 disposals, 8 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 86 SCPoints. His BE is -3 for this week, but once the Round 1 score of 27 pops out of his rolling average he could be back on track if he can get a few more solid scores. Wil Powell (FWD, $211,500) had 21 disposals, 4 marks and 3 inside 50’s for 69 SCPoints, Charlie Ballard (DEF, $241,800) had 16 disposals and 2 rebound 50’s for 66 SCPoints, Chris Burgess (DEF/FWD, $123,900) finished with 12 disposals, 6 marks and 3 tackles for 61 SCPoints and Jack Lukosius (FWD, $202,800) had just 7 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 16 SCPoints. With an average of just 29 SCPoints his BE is already up at 60 this week, so for those 7% of teams that have him in their sides, you might want to think about downgrading him and banking the cash before you lose it.
1. Charlie Ballard – 85.5 SCPoints – $241,800
2. Darcy Moore – 85 SCPoints – $239,400
3. Oscar Allen – 76.5 SCPoints – $236,700
4. Connor Rozee – 76 SCPoints – $189,300
5. Xavier Duursma – 72.2 – $130,800
1. Luke Davies-Uniacke – 99 SCPoints – $197,500
2. Willem Drew – 96.5 SCPoints – $123,900
3. Charlie Constable – 84.5 SCPoints – $123,900
4. James Cousins – 82 SCPoints – $219,900
5. Zak Butters – 77.5 SCPoints – $157,800
1. Willem Drew – 96.5 SCPoints – $123,900
2. Matthew Parker – 88 SCPoints – $117,300
3. Lincoln McCarthy – 85 SCPoints – $247,500
4. Darcy Moore – 85 SCPoints – $239,400
5. Connor Rozee – 76 SCPoints – $189,300
And that’s it for me this week, but make sure you check back with Jock Reynolds every day for some other awesome content we have coming up. As usual, any questions or comments you can whack them in the comment section below, or hit me up on the Twitters @BarronVonCrow. Seeya next week and happy rookie hunting for Round 3!