Around the Grounds – Round 6 Rookie Scout Report

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Hello Community and welcome to our Round 6 rookie scout report. Last week looked pretty hectic for some, we’ve got some real up, up, down, down performances from our rookies this year, which is making things a bit more difficult than normal when you throw in a host of under-performing premo selections as well. I guess the good news is that some of these rookies are heading to the time where they’re getting ready to pick off the tree and cash them in so we can fix other areas of our side. So lets go look at what Round 6 provided for us and what is in store for our rookies in Round 7.



It was not without its umpiring controversies, but Collingwood managed to pull out a 4 point win over Essendon in the Anzac Day clash, winning 73-69. Darcy Moore finished with 17 disposals, 6 marks and 8 rebound 50’s for 77 SCPoints. That puts his season average at 78.3 SCPoints and with a BE of 46 this week he’s looking like someone you’ll be able to keep in your side until the Pies have their bye in Round 13. He may lose a bit of cash one or two weeks, but his price should hover around that $350-$400K mark since he has been a very consistent scorer so far this year.

Collingwood lost 102-65 in their VFL match against Essendon. Rupert Wills had 28 disposals, 8 tackles and 6 inside 50’s and Isaac Quaynor had 21 disposals, 2 marks, 2 tackles and 10 rebound 50’s.


Another close lose for the Blues this week, again going down in the final seconds, this time to Hawthorn, who won 93-88. Sam Walsh had 27 disposals, 2 marks and 5 clearances, but 20 uncontested possessions put his score down to 79 SCPoints. His BE is 67 this week, which is definitely achievable for him and he’s added $236.3k to his starting price, so even if we sell him in the next few weeks he’s definitely achieved everything you’d want from a rookie pick. At the very least i’d say he still has 2-3 weeks left in him.

Michael Gibbons had just 13 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles for 51 SCPoints. His BE is still -19 this week thanks to that huge Round 5 score, but that’ll roll out his average by Round 8, so he’ll go back to that 40-50 BE range unless he belts out another big score. At least he had the one big score to generate a bit more cash, so he’s in a better spot than he was a fortnight ago.

The Northern Blues lost 109-51 against Werribee in the VFL. Liam Stocker had 17 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s while Hugh Goddard had 14 disposals, 6 marks and 4 tackles.


A close loss for the Bombers, losing 73-69 against Collingwood in the Anzac Day clash. Jordan Ridley had 18 disposals and 8 marks for 74 SCPoints. His BE is 46 this week with a 5 round average of 67.6 SCPoints, he’s probably been disappointing for his starting price, but should be able to make $100K profit for you once you sell him off in a few weeks time.

Essendon defeated Collingwood 102-65 in the VFL with Dylan Clarke finishing with 24 disposals, 3 marks and a goal and Sam Draper recording 18 disposals, 5 marks, 6 inside 50’s and 47 hitouts.


Geelong did a number on the reigning premiers, defeating West Coast 104-46. Mark O’Connor has probably flown under the radar a bit, he was just under my set rookie price of $250K, but has produced a 3 round average of 78 SCPoints. He had 21 disposals and 9 marks against the Eagles for 93 SCPoints and how has a BE of just -3. Charlie Constable returned to the side and had 21 disposals and 6 marks for 79 SCPoints. His BE is 37 this week and he’s yet to score below 60, so he should have another 4+ weeks left in him at this rate. Gryan Miers had 20 disposals, 6 marks and 2 goals for his 90 SCPoints with a BE of 6 set for this week. Tom Atkins was probably a bit disappointing, he had just 11 disposals and 5 tackles for 47 SCPoints, but still only has a BE of 25 this week.

Geelongs VFL side had a bye this week.


A very close win in the end, with the Hawks defeating Carlton 93-88. Jack Scrimshaw finished with 16 disposals, 7 marks and 3 tackles for 62 SCPoints, with a BE of 58 this week. James Cousins had 15 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 59 SCPoints. His BE is 72 this week and was also reported for a hit on Sam Pretrevski-Seton, so it might be time to jump off if you still own him. Finally,Mitchell Lewis finished with 6 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 49 SCPoints.

The Box Hill Hawks defeated Coburg 108-57 in Round 4 of the VFL season. Marc Pittonet had 29 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles, 42 hitouts and a goal while Conor Glass had 26 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and 6 inside 50’s.


Still surprising many by being at the bottom of the ladder, Melbourne lost to Richmond 85-42 in the early Wednesday night game. At the very least for us in Supercoach Marty Hore continued his solid form with 19 disposals, 3 marks and 86 SCPoints. His BE is just -28 thanks to having only played 4 games so far this year. Jay Lockheart had 8 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 39 SCPoints, Jayden Hunt finished with 7 disposals and a goal for 32 SCPoints and Sam Weideman had just 6 disposals and 3 marks for 28 SCPoints. He has a massive BE of 97 this week, so time to abandon ship if you’re one of the few 2% of people who own him.

Casey suffered a close 1 point loss to Richmond in the VFL, going down 52-51. Oscar McDonald had 22 disposals, 2 marks and 12 rebound 50’s and Tom Sparrow had 18 disposals, 2 marks and 12 tackles.

North Melbourne

The Roos made a mini-surge at the end of the game, but it was too little, too late, losing 88-72 to Port Adelaide. Tarryn Thomas had the best game of his short AFL career with 19 disposals, 3 marks and 2 goal assists for 75 SCPoints. Nick Larkey played his first AFL game since 2017 and had 10 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 3 goals for 75 SCPoints. Great start, but i’d be weary of him at this stage since I wouldn’t expect him to kick 3 goals every game.

North Melbourne suffered a 124-69 loss to Port Melbourne in their VFL matchup. Tristian Xerri kicked 2.1 with 11 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 11 hitouts.


Richmond notched up their 4th win of the year, defeating Melbourne 85-42. Jack Ross had 28 disposals, 4 marks and 7 inside 50’s for his 89 SCPoints. He’s still only $191,500, but with a BE of -35 this is probably your last chance to bring him in. Liam Baker had 19 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 2 goals for 84 SCPoints, his BE is -33, so if he keeps up this scoring rate he’ll cruise along fine until the Tigers bye in Round 14. Sydney Stack had 12 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 72 SCPoints, with an upcoming BE of -25. Finally, Noah Bolta had 6 disposals, 1 mark and 7 hitouts for 31 SCPoints. His BE is 1 this week, which even he should be capable of breaking.

Richmond had a narrow 52-51 win over the Casey Demons in the VFL. Shai Bolton had 25 disposals, 11 tackles, 8 inside 50’s and a goal, Patrick Naish finished with 15 disposals, 2 marks and 7 inside 50’s and Mabior Chol booted 2 goals with 9 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 2 hitouts.

St Kilda

Some innacurate kicking for goal in the first hurt them a bit, with the Saints losing to Adelaide 97-68. Matthew Parker took a few speccies on his way to a 63 SCPoints game on the back of 10 disposals, 5 marks and 3 goals. His BE is 17 this week, so should be OK for awhiles yet. Josh Battle was fantastic with 21 disposals, 9 marks and 110 SCPoints. Callum Wilkie had 14 disposals, 2 marks and 73 SCPoints. His BE is 40 this week, but is currently running on a 3 round average of 83.7 SCPoints. Ben Paton had 18 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for his 88 SCPoints with a BE of -20, though he is currently priced at $281,000 thanks to his first price rise, so I doubt he’ll be of much use to many at this point.

Sandingham had a bye in the VFL.

Western Bulldogs

The game was neck and neck until the last quarter, where the Dockers ran away with a 88-69 win over in Perth. Bailey Smith had 23 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 91 SCPoints. His BE is 29 with a 5 round average of 77.8 SCPoints, after a quiet start he’s become on of the most consistent rookie options over the last month or so. Will Hayes is on the bubble this week and he had 15 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 55 SCPoints. He’s averaging 62.5 SCPoints over his two games, with a BE of -57 this week. Lachlan Young is also on the bubble, he had 12 disposals, 7 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 52 SCPoints. He’s probably slightly less appealing with a 2 game average of 47 SCPoints and a BE of -24.

Footscray had a 64-48 loss to Williamstown in the VFL. Fletcher Roberts had 18 disosals, 5 marks and 1 tackle and Lewis Young finished with 9 disposals, 4 marks and 22 hitouts.

South Australia


The Crows drew themselves back to .500 with a 97-68 win over St Kilda. Reilly O’Brien had 11 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles, 3 clearances and 36 hitouts for 88 SCPoints. He’s been ultra consistent with his standard deviation now sitting at 2.75 (that’s some of that maths stuff Higgo loves), his BE is -16 this week, with Sam Jacobs still projected to be at least a month away from returning, plus perhaps a game in the SANFL to get back up to speed. Myles Poholke also played and had 10 disposals and 3 tackles for 40 SCPoints.

Adelaide had a 90-55 win over Central Districts in the SANFL. Patrick Wilson had 30 disposals, 6 marks, 9 tackles and 7 inside 50’s, Ned McHenry had 28 disposals, 7 marks, 11 tackles and a goal and Jordan Butts finished with 24 disposals and 9 marks.

Port Adelaide

Port solidified their position in the top 8 thanks to a 88-72 win over North Melbourne. Xavier Duursma had 24 disposals, 8 marks and a goal for 84 SCPoints. His price is almost at $300K this week and has a BE of 25, so it’s possible he still adds another $50K to his price over the next 2-3 weeks. Conor Rozee was great with his 22 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and goal for 102 SCPoints. He’d had a lean fortnight, so this score pushes his BE down to 33 and will make sure he makes a bit of cash over the next fortnight. Willem Drew had 14 disposals, 2 marks and 6 tackles for 62 SCPoints. His BE is just 4 this week thanks to his Round 5 score still sitting in his rolling average, but that’ll likely jack up to the mid 50 range for Round 8. Zak Butters had 13 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 46 SCPoints, his BE is 27 this week, so he should hit that, but he’s in a tricky position right now thanks to his 3 round average of 47.7 SCPoints. At the least he’ll keep for this week, but another poor score in the 40’s might force our hand with him.

Port Adelaide finished with a 102-65 win over Woodsville West-Torrens, with the usual suspect in Jack Trengove leading them with 31 disposals, 8 marks, 8 tackles and 2 goals, while Joe Atley had 30 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles and Billy Frampton booted 5 goals iwth 15 disposals, 8 marks and 10 hitouts.

Western Australia


The Dockers are now second on the ladder thanks to a 88-69 win over the Western Bulldogs. Again the did not feature any rookie priced players last week.

The Peel Thunder had a 121-59 loss to Subiaco in their WAFL matchup. Jason Carter had 23 disposals, 6 marks and 4 tackles and Tom North had 21 disposals and 3 marks.

West Coast

The Eagles are out of the 8 on percentage this week thanks to a 104-46 loss to Geelong. Oscar Allen had just 5 disposals, 4 tackles, 5 hitouts and a goal for 49 SCPoints while Jack Petruccelle had 6 disposals, 3 tackles and a goal for 48 SCPoints. His BE is -3 this week, but much like Willem Drew, once that big score from Round 5 rolls out of his average that will jump up into the 50’s range, provided he doesn’t score another ton this week. So for our sakes lets hope he does!

West Coast had a 77-75 win over Claremont in the WAFL match. Hamish Brayshaw finished with 28 disposals, 4 marks, 9 tackles and a goal while Matthew Allen had 24 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles, 7 inside 50’s and a goal and Keegan Brooksby had 15 disposals, 5 marks, 27 hitouts and a goal.

New South Wales


The Sydney Derby was on last week and GWS took it without much trouble in the last quarter, defeating the Swans 120-79. Brent Daniels had just 12 disposals and 2 marks for 34 SCPoints.

The result was the opposite in the NEAFL with the UWS Giants losing 97-2 against Sydney. Isaac Cumming had 28 disposals, 8 marks and 4 tackles while Nick Shipley had 25 disposals, 4 marks and 8 tackles and Kieran Briggs booted 2 goals with 10 disposals and 2 marks.


The Swans suffered a 120-79 loss to the Giants in the Sydney derby on Saturday night. Nick Blakey returned to the main side and had 6 disposals while kicking 1.2 for 29 SCPoints.

The NEAFL Swans got the win over the Giants, with a 97-52 victory. Colin O’Riordan had 40 disposals, 12 marks, 4 tackles and 8 inside 50’s, Darcy Cameron had 24 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles, 27 hitouts and a goal and Justin McInerney had 23 disposals, 8 marks and 6 inside 50’s.



It was a tight first half, but the Lions eventually ran away from the Suns, taking a 111-62 victory in the Queensland derby. Noah Answeth made his AFL debut and had 12 disposals, 7 marks and 5 tackles for 69 SCPoints. A fine debut and hopefully he can keep his spot in the side for awhile yet. Lincoln McCarthy had 9 disposals, 2 tackles and 2 goals for his 66 SCPoints. His BE is 67 this week with a 3 round average of 65.7 SCPoints, so he might break even at best on his current form.

The Lions had an easier time in the NEAFL with a 159-62 win over the Gold Coast. Corey Lyons had 38 disposals, 7 marks and a goal, Toby Wooler had 21 disposals, 9 marks, 3 tackles and a goal, Ely Smith booted 3 goals with 15 disposals and 5 marks and Sam Skinner kicked 4 goals with 17 disposals, 6 marks and 6 hitouts.

Gold Coast

The Suns put up a good fight in the first half, but ran out of steam in the 2nd to lose to the Lions 111-62. Sam Collins had 13 disposals, 4 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 66 SCPoints. His BE is 70 this week with a 3 round average of 66 SCPoints and a 5 round average of 72.6 SCPoints. So he might make a little bit of money, he might lose a bit, or he’ll hit even, but not a giant swing either way is likely. Joshua Corbett debuted with 6 disposals, 3 marks and 2 goals for 55 SCPoints. That’s OK, but like Burgess, doesn’t fill me with a huge amount of confidence based on the low disposal tally. Jack Lukosius had 6 disposals, 4 tackles and a goal for 50 SCPoints. Finally, Charlie Ballard had 9 disposals and 3 marks for 50 SCPoints.

Not a great day for the Suns in the NEAFL though, losing 159-52 against Brisbane. Ben King booted 3.3 with 15 disposals and 8 marks and Jacob Dawson had 30 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles.



  1. Lachlan Young – 47.0 SCPoints – $120,400
  2. Noah Answerth – 69 SCPoints – $117,300
  3. Jay Lockheart – 42.7 SCPoints – $133,200
  4. Kyle Hartigan – 35.8 SCPoints – $195,500


  1. Jack Ross – 77.7 SCPoints – $191,500
  2. Sydney Stack – 64.0 SCPoints – $218,200
  3. Will Hayes – 62.5 SCPoints – $117,300
  4. Noah Answerth – 69 SCPoints – $117,300
  5. Tarryn Thomas – 49.8 SCPoints – $205,700




  1. Liam Baker – 87.3 SCPoints – $237,700
  2. Nick Larkey – 75.0 SCPoints – $123,900
  3. Mitch Lewis – 59.0 SCPoints – $149,000
  4. Matthew Parker – 61.5 SCPoints – $225,100
  5. Josh Corbett – 55 SCPoints – $123,900

And that’s it for me this week, as usual whack your comments in the selection below or hit me up on the Twitters @BarronVonCrow. Seeya next week!

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Nice write up BVC appreciate it. Considering holding this week as the rookies on the bubble don't fill me with confidence

Rick Grimes

Yep, looking like a hold week. My highest BE is Scimshaw but not seeing much to move him to.


Thanks again BVC. Just a small edit – Scrimshaw's avg is actually 70.33

Agree with Yeahnah, not much to work with on the bubble…


What about Rotham? Reckon if he’s in, I’ll take him.


Just looked at his game on the weekend in the WAFL. 10 disposals unfortunately doesn’t shout pick me.


But still named in there best, Not a huge possession winner


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Don't think he's in favour at the Weagles, Schofield, Brander and Venables all came in before him.


He is tall enough but doesn’t have the build yet to play key position. Eagles don’t tend to need a third tall because of the way Sheppard and Hurn play but he looked really polished in his two games and I was surprised when Brander came in (maybe needed Schofield/Brander for Hawkins). Cole, Schofield and some others were down on the wknd so maybe now or never.


Thoughts do I get Hurn in this week for Clarke or Neale in for Atkins ? Got the money in bank for an upgrade l. Leaning towards Neale!?

Also question for a few people. With the lack of decent forward rookies is anyone looking at Baker? Scoring well and even if we can ride him for another 100k and a solid f6? I’m a tigers fan so could be biased and a little crazy??


Neale has a be of 160, wait at least 1 week maybe 2.


…so he'll probably only increase by 20k or so!


Missed the boat on Baker. Bolton went back to the twos and dominated. Should come back in for Riewoldt this week. On the bubble


I've missed out on Liam Baker and Gryan Miers so my forward line is looking pretty sad. Current rookies are Drew, Setterfield, Parker, Petrucelle and Schultz. Fingers crossed for Larkey. 20 years old, big boy, made the Roos' best players so surely he can't be dropped after that. Need one more good game from him to cement his spot for a while. How do you rate his JS?


I'd say good..Not that their at the club but Lingy mentioned to Carey after game that since North's year is shot, should you play Larkey each week regardless of form… Duck said yes


Good to know thanks hadn't heard that


Been likened to Drew Petrie. Make of that what you will haha


Do we think it is worth trading in Shai Bolton now that Riewoldt is out for at least 2 months? Especially considering Bolton was BOG in the VFL on the weekend. Looking at trading Clarke out for Bolton through swinging Burgess into the backline. Thoughts??


Hrmmm swinging my thought to Bolton? Was looking at riding baker for a bit even after his first jump as he’s scoring well and looks stable in choices.


He's a chance but I question his js


He will probably get a game this week but Cotchin comes back soon.


My forwards are dreadful and I desperately need a forward or defender rookie this week.

What are people’s thoughts on Larkey (1 game 75 pts), Answerth (1 game and 69 points) and Lewis (on bubble, av of 59)? Rotham is also a possibility if named.

I’m thinking Answerth might be the go, as he has dpp and I’m guessing he will get a few games, even if they aren’t consecutive. But I really have no idea.


Lions have been pretty settled at the selection table, but would only take a punt on him if there’s no other options


Thoughts on these trades pls guys; Libba and Collins out for Boak and Hayes in!!


Surely hold on libba!


what has happened to westhoff and what's causing his poor run of scores.. what role is he playing this season?
does he come into calculation at some point soon if he can string together a couple of decent games, his only $383k
that is absolutely craazy for a player of his quality


Hey Mav, scored a 92 this week so this would be a sharkmove to bring him in, with Gray going down too.
It's a gamble but could pay off.
Could just be a bit out of form, can see him turning it around soon, maybe it was last week.


yeah I have no intention of bringing him in anytime soon russty but if he can string a few games together down the track he'd come into consideration going off last year but his job role may have changed. i don't follow port much


If Ryder or Lycett go down, I'm on!


Lads can I please get some wisdom from all the usual suspects and anyone who else wants to spend 10 seconds replying to me lol.

Got a warchest. Was tossing up a few options.

Do I bring Neale in for Atkins and enjoy the M8 of Constable/Ross with all guns inside locked in.

Do I use the warchest on a double upgrade instead. I can get Daniel & Heeney locked into my forward line (with Danger, Boak, Kelly already here). WHICH would also allow me to push Moore up to slot in at D4 with Hore & Duurma as my D5,D6.

Do I get Daniel and then upgrade a defender to say Lloyd, Sicily, Hurn? Meaning Moore would stay down as F5 and still leave Hore & Duurmsa as my only defender upgrades?


I was going Neale because with the bank there it's easy to get him now rather then chase him. Though with 160 breakeven I could probz afford 2 weeks and a double downgrade to go for him with double upgrade this week locking away 2 forwards or 1 defender, 1 forward gun which makes me squad arguable deeper/stronger.



Sounds like you have a well equipped side!

Who are your first 3 defenders if not Lloyd, Sicily, Hurn? (Hoping Whitfield, Laird?)

If you can get Daniel and Lloyd thats handy, or if Heeney and Hurn works, itd be a toss up, but feel Daniel and Lloyd might be more consistent? Either way, all those names are near locks for top 6 at their position, so long term you probs can't go wrong.


Laird, Williams and Smith (he will go at very end but way he's playing I'm happy to hold for it with Mil out.

Got Grundy & Gawn locked and all the big mids bar Neale.

I am leaning towards Daniel & either Lloyd or Hurn. Heeney going forward again with Buddy out could bite his price down?


I need your help community on any potential trades on my team:





$260,000 IN THE KITTY




Please don't trade in westhoff.

Looks like you have traded heavily already, and you need your rookies to fatten/for new rookies to come.

Probs just wait


Is it worth downgrading Burgess and Scott because it feels like bugger all cash for the cost of two trades?


I'd say not worth. Want to make at least 150k ish from a trade.
I'm keeping them on the bench until I need to make room for a must have rookie (none this week but maybe Larkey next week)