The first week of the byes is upon us, community. There are plenty of performances to dissect in this week’s edition of Heroes, Villains and Damned. With a third of the competition missing, we needed players to step up and perform. Unfortunately, not all of them did.
Friday night lights on the MCG brought the best out of Patrick Dangerfield (149) as he produced a fantastic VC option for those who selected him. He had 38 touches for the game, as well as a goal and nine tackles. Gary Ablett Jr (130) and Tim Kelly (121) were great sidekicks, as GAJ had 24 touches and two goals, whilst Kelly had 32 touches and one.
If you ever wanted to see a man rebound in spectacular fashion, look no further than Patrick Cripps (194) on Saturday. The Carlton skipper looked more like an Avengers superhero at Marvel Stadium, as he put the weight of the Carlton football community on his shoulders and willed his side back from 37 points down to win the Blues’ second game of the season. He had 38 touches (16 contested) despite being tagged, going at 81% efficiency, with only two clangers. He also slotted four goals, including one of the best running goals I’ve seen this season (it wasn’t spectacular, but he busted through three defenders and kicked it on the wrong side for a right-footer to seal the game). You’d hope to have him as your captain.
Sam Walsh (141) was dubbed “Robin” to Cripps’ “Batman” by commentators, and it was actually a pretty accurate description. The two linked up and looked unstoppable throughout the game. Walsh had 32 touches at 81%, as well as 12 marks and four tackles. Ed Curnow (128) collected 30 touches whilst also keeping Lachie Neale (106) very quiet in the second half. Neale had 25 touches in the first half of the game and was on track for a monster score, but Curnow really curbed his influence.
The Roos got up against the Suns in Rhyce Shaw’s second game at the helm, and Jack Ziebell’s 200th game for the club. Ziebell (133) celebrated the milestone with 28 touches, 10 tackles and two goals. His disposal efficiency let him down from a monster game, as he went at 53%. Ben Cunnington (132) is a genuine midfield option, and had yet another 30+ disposal day (31). He had 23 contested disposals, and 14 clearances. Look to get him in after his bye. Tarryn Thomas (109) had one of his better games with two goals from his 12 touches. 10 of the 12 were contested disposals, and he used it at a good clip. If you have Jarrod Harbrow (142) you’d be pretty pleased with his day, but I’m also betting you have plenty of problems throughout the rest of your SuperCoach side. He had 27 touches, but 23 were kicks, which helped.
The Crows pulled away from the Giants late in a great Saturday night game, thanks in no small part to Rory Sloane (103). The skipper’s heroics won’t show up as a massive score, but he was struggling with a tag in the first half before he was released to be a match winner in the last quarter. He kicked two goals to seal the match for his side. Matt Crouch (123) was superb all night with 34 touches for the game, while Reilly O’Brien (104) is doing a good job at keeping Jacobs out of the side. He had 17 touches and 29 hit outs, but had 9 clearances as well for the day. Tim Taranto (131) was great in the loss, with 36 touches and a goal. Josh Kelly (107) was the opposite of Rory Sloane, and was great up until 3-quarter-time. As many players’ captain, he disappointed everyone by barely getting a touch after the last break. Zac Williams (106) had a great first game back with 20 touches, and hopefully will dominate in Whitfield’s absence.
In the only Sunday game for the week (boo) Jake Lloyd (136) was up to his usual tricks, with 42 touches and 9 marks. He had a shot at goal but missed that. Dane Rampe (148) was too busy finding the ball to cause any controversy this week with 32 touches and 12 marks off halfback. Tom Papley (136) and Lance Franklin (127) kicked 10 goals between them, while Luke Parker (120) chipped in with one himself as part of his 30-disposal effort. Isaac Heeney (102) cracked the ton for the first time in what seems to be forever with 28 touches in the win, while Andrew Gaff (107) was tagged for the majority of the match but still managed 28 touches.
Max Gawn (157) had a blinder to get the better of Grundy on Monday, with 34 touches and 33 hit outs for the day. Clayton Oliver (114) and Angus Brayshaw (116) were the recipients of Gawn’s dominance, with the pair both collecting over 30 touches each. Marty Hore (94) continued his fine form despite May and Lever returning, so that’s good signs if you plan on holding the rookie. Steele Sidebottom (118) was the highest scoring Collingwood player with 27 touches and a goal. Adam Treloar (104) won the best on ground trophy for Fight MND Day, but his 34 touches came at 58% disposal efficiency.
Noah Balta (29) crashed back to earth with a shocker of a score. Only seven touches for the night, including three clangers. Liam Baker (50) was relied heavily on to score well due to the byes, but he let us down in the big loss with only 13 touches and a missed set shot.
Harris Andrews (82) had a quiet day out with only 9 touches. He had 5 intercept marks that helped his score, but his score was actually higher than I would have expected for what his influence on the game actually was. A sleeveless Kade Simpson (49) gave us all a fantastic highlight of putting Rhys Mathieson off by mocking his shotgun celebration whilst standing on the mark, but apart from that he was pretty quiet.
Stephen Coniglio (64) was back down to human level with 27 touches at 66%. People who traded him in after last week’s 207 score would’ve been disappointed he couldn’t back it up with another great score. Jeremy Cameron (70) was a bit of a let down as well, but a late goal saved his score from being putrid. Brodie Smith (48) copped a fair bit of attention from Isaac Cumming and his scoring suffered as a result. Rory Laird (81) had 28 touches at 82%, but didn’t score that well, I’m still trying to figure out why. 20 kicks, two free kicks for, and used it well. The only issue I can see was that he didn’t lay a tackle.
Josh Rotham (40) had his first game in an eternity, and it may be his last for a while yet. He only had 10 touches for the day, and wasn’t influential at all. Jack Petruccelle (36) was another Eagle youngster who did stuff all with 6 touches, while Jack Darling (61) only managed one goal in the loss. Callum Sinclair (69) was quiet against Vardy and Hickey, with only 12 touches with 28 hit outs.
Brodie Grundy (84) came off second best against Gawn, with only 14 touches. He did manage 30 hit outs, but was kept quieter than usual. Scott Pendlebury (67) was inefficient with his 24 touches, and had a shot at goal but missed.
If you weren’t planning on trading out Jordan Clark (24) despite him having the bye next week, you certainly want to now. He had 12 touches, but he went at a putrid 41% disposal efficiency. Tom Atkins (70) is also due for an upgrade despite decent scores in recent weeks. He had 16 touches for the day, whilst Gryan Miers (85) is the only Cat rookie you could argue you want to hold onto. He’s been scoring well this season, apart from his last two games. Still, he isn’t going to be a top-8 forward come September.
If you had any of Jarrad McVeigh (68), Jackson Thurlow (48), or Colin O’Riordan (30), pull the trigger now. All were injured in the win, and despite none of them seeming like massive injuries, they might be rested as the bye is round 14 for them.
First gamer Patrick Naish (78) was arguably one of the better Tigers on the park, with 20 touches and a goal on debut. Sydney Stack (70) wasn’t great, with only 12 touches, but eight of them were contested, and he used it pretty well.
If you still have Michael Gibbons (109) you would’ve been happy with his game on the weekend. He had 23 touches and two goals in one of his best games of football. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Noah Answerth (33), as he only managed 12 touches for the day. He’s yo-yoed the entire season so far, but hopefully he can string some good games together soon. Archie Smith (44) played a ruck/forward role and didn’t really impress. He had 8 touches and 14 hit outs, but gave away two free kicks and didn’t influence the scoreboard. If Will Setterfield (67) used the ball at a better rate would’ve cracked the ton. 18 touches and eight marks, but went at 44%.
Nick Larkey (54) is having the sort of yo-yoing start to a career that you’d expect from a young key forward. Only 6 touches and one goal for him. Luke Davies-Uniacke (54) wasn’t much better, with only 14 touches for the day. Gold Coast’s trio of key forwards once again didn’t really impress, with Josh Corbett (10), Ben King (43) and Jack Lukosius (59) not doing too much between them. Chris Burgess (72) only had 8 touches but went at 100% which helped his score look better than it should.
Isaac Cumming (36) played a defensive role on Brodie Smith and was pretty good doing that. Unfortunately, it limits certain aspects of his game and as a result, only had 9 touches. He also copped a head knock late in the game, so watch to see how that transpires.
Nick Blakey (40) had another quiet game despite the good win. He only had nine touches and no goals. James Rose (47) didn’t do too much either in a rare AFL appearance, while Josh Smith (49) played his second game for the year and had little impact with just ten touches.
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