With the Eagles playing on Friday night, it creates a difficult conundrum for some coaches when it comes to nailing down a viable VC option, and being able to execute the loophole. Luckily, or unluckily for him, Will Setterfield is now suspended for two weeks and can be used instead.
Without further ado, your options for Round 5.
Top VICE-CAPTAIN Options –
Thursday Night vs Collingwood – AVG vs Team: 84.4
Neale’s average against Collingwood is dragged down by an injury affected 14 which presents as is lowest score against last year’s grand finalists. Scores of 104, 106 and 140 in his last 3 games against the Pies, and looks to be in blistering form at the moment. A great VC option.
Thursday Night vs Brisbane – AVG vs Team: 103.3
Not many ruckmen go up against Stefan Martin and still have a three figure average against Brisbane on the other side. Scores of 110, 120 and 121 in his last three games against the Lions, and hasn’t had a score below 130 since his round 1 mare.
Saturday vs St Kilda – AVG vs Team: 113.0
Up against the Saints on the weekend and will face an in form Rowan Marshall. Scores of 127, 128 and 145 in his last three games against the Saints, looks a very good option for a late VC or early Captaincy option.
VICE-CAPTAINCY Smokey –
Friday Night vs Port Adelaide – AVG vs Team: 82.4
The Eagles captain will once again have his work cutout for him down back against the Power. Projected to score 111, but he just seems to be getting better with age and has the potential to easily eclipse that score.
Other options: Nat Fyfe, Lachie Whitfield, Jake Lloyd, Marcus Bontempelli
Top CAPTAIN Options –
Early Sunday vs Western Bulldogs – AVG vs Team: 88.6
Scores of 106 and 143 in his last two games against the Doggies, and should be a fairly safe captaincy option. No score below 116 for the year so far and his last two scores above 150.
Early Sunday vs Carlton – AVG vs Team: 113.0
With his lowest ever score of 95 against the Blues this also makes for a very safe captaincy option within the same game. Scores of 110, 124 and 141 in his last three games against the Blues, but with Will Setterfield out, does Ed Curnow resume tagging duties?
Easter Monday vs Hawthorn – AVG vs Team: 121.6
Good ol’ Paddy loves the big stage. Was frustrated after being tagged by the Giants and will want to bounce back in a big way. Scores of 160, 130 and 90 in his last 3 against the Hawks, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he scores a monster score again.
CAPTAIN Smokey –
Gary Ablett Jr
Easter Monday vs Hawthorn – AVG vs Team: 136.4
How can I do a Captaincy article without talking about the beloved Gary Ablett, Jr? In his first year back at the Cattery, ol’ Gary scored a 144 and a 158 against the Hawks. This guy loves the big occassions and what’s to say he doesn’t go big again. Will you take the punt for old times sake?
Other options: Matt Crouch, Rory Sloane