The second week of the Byes is over, and some teams are feeling the pinch. Big name players missed the round, and plenty of scores suffered for it. We needed some heroes this week more than ever. Who were they?
The Crows had a great win to start the round, beating the Tigers by 33 points. Reilly O’Brien (181) had one of the best games from a ruckman this season, with 19 touches, five marks, seven tackles, and 54 hit outs. He also went at 89% efficiency with his disposals, and would’ve rewarded those who dared to VC him. Brad Crouch (129) collected the ball at will, and finished with 43 touches for the day. His disposal efficiency was at 60%, which hurt his output, while Rory Sloane (125) continued to impress this year with 28 touches and two goals. Sloane will be a top-8 midfielder if he keeps his form up. Rory Laird (121) had 32 touches, but uncharacteristically 20 were handballs. He still used it exceptionally well, going at 93% efficiency.
Dustin Martin (108) was good in the loss, with 32 touches and two goals. He had five clangers that hurt, but he needed more help from his teammates. Sydney Stack (103) has been great since his introduction into the senior side, and he continued that form with 22 touches. He also missed two shots at goal, which would’ve boosted his score.
Zach Merrett (138) has been superb this season, and continued on in that way with 28 touches and a goal against the Hawks. He’s looking good for a top-10 spot in the midfield, so look to get him in. Darcy Parish (110) is relishing in that new midfield role he’s playing, and managed 21 disposals and a goal. People questioned whether he’d get the same minutes with Shiel back in, but he seems to have taken Smith’s and some of Stringer’s as well, especially after the latter went down with injury.
Ricky Henderson (121) has been superb this season so far, playing as a link up between Hawthorn’s defence and forward line. He had 31 touches and 11 marks, but he also went at 87%, which is very promising. He’s a serious POD, and you’d have to have massive gonads to select him.
The Suns and the Saints played another classic, with the Saints prevailing by four points. Jack Billings (169) was huge in the win, with 33 touches and two goals. He also laid 11 tackles and took eight marks. Rowan Marshall (122) was dominant as well, with 18 touches and 40 hit outs. He’s been superb this season so far, and is making a case for a top six spot in your forward line. Seb Ross (111) has been quiet this year, but had 31 touches in the win. Anthony Miles (118) stepped up for the Suns, with 27 touches, seven marks, six tackles and a goal, but unfortunately didn’t have much help elsewhere.
Michael Walters (158) was the match-winner for the Dockers, with 6 goals to go with his 25 touches in a great game. He stood up in the last quarter and spurred Freo over the line. Nat Fyfe (129) was just as influential with 37 touches and 10 clearances, and would’ve been a great Vice Captaincy option. Travis Boak (121) went toe-to-toe with Fyfe, and put on a great display. He had 36 touches and a goal, with eight clearances as well. Scott Lycett (111) had a good game as well, with 17 touches, 21 hit outs and five clearances, but he had seven clangers which really hurt him.
Saturday night provided us with an absolute classic, with huge performances everywhere. Charlie Curnow (154) almost dragged Carlton home with 7 goals from 17 touches. Matthew Kreuzer (119) dominated the ruck with 46 hit outs as well as a goal, while Sam Petrevski-Seton (111) was good in the middle with an efficient 18 touches. Despite his score, Kade Simpson (79) deserves to be in here, purely because he donned the sleeves for the first time this season.
Josh Dunkley (173) dominated in the midfield, and collected 41 touches and a goal to prove his tank is big enough. He also laid ten tackle which really helped out his score. Jack Macrae (150) also went huge with 37 disposals himself. He used it a bit better than Dunkley, and also laid eight tackles. Caleb Daniel (114) continued his great start to the year with 32 touches off the half back flank, while Marcus Bontempelli (112) was tagged but still managed 27 touches and seven clearances.
Zac Williams (143) has been red hot in games where Whitfield has missed. He had 28 touches off the half back flank, as well as kicking a goal. He used the ball really well and had a great game. Stephen Coniglio (130) dominated through the midfield, collecting 27 touches and kicking two goals. He linked up really nicely with Josh Kelly (128), who also had a great game with 35 touches and one goal. Shane Mumford (117) was evenly matched with Todd Goldstein (97), who was the Kangaroos’ highest scorer despite not cracking the ton. Mumford had 52 hit outs to Goldstein’s 41. Tim Taranto (105) cracked the ton as well and is becoming a consistent performer for us. I don’t think he’s in the top 10 midfielders for the rest of the year, but look to him for 2020.
Marvel Security Guards (absolutely 0) were kicking blokes out left, right and centre for having a bit of banter. Blowtorch on you, Gil, for allowing these flogs ruin our fun.
With Laird and Smith playing off halfback, Wayne Milera (52) has found himself in the forward line. If he doesn’t kick a bag, he finds it hard to score SuperCoach points, which is what happened on Thursday night. Bachar Houli (68) has been heavily targeted recently as a trade in option, and was quiet with 23 touches for the night. He didn’t use the ball overly well either, which hurt his scoring.
Jaeger O’Meara (43) got plenty of the ball with 24 touches, but he was closely followed around the ground by Dylan Clarke, so a lot of his touches were ineffective. Jack Gunston (58) is turning into a downhill skier, and barely gets involved unless the Hawks are on a roll. He only had 13 touches and a goal. Dylan Shiel (61) only had the 20 touches for the day, and wasn’t that influential. He copped a knock as well, but he played out the game.
Brayden Fiorini (77) was quieter with only 22 touches and a missed shot on goal, but he went at 72%, which isn’t terrible. He just needs to bridge the gap between his best and worst.
Luke Ryan (88) probably doesn’t deserve to be here for his score alone, but he’s in here for the fact he had 47 points at quarter time, and couldn’t manage to double his effort in the remaining three quarters. 10 first quarter touches finished as 16 for the game, but he used it really well. Connor Blakely (79) is in here for the same reasons, after having 43 at quarter time. He finished with only 21 touches, and had three clangers. Connor Rozee (44) wasn’t a match-winner today, sorry Kane. He only had 13 touches for the day, and his efficiency was horrendous, at 38%. David Mundy (76) was quiet as well, with 21 touches at 57%. He also missed two shots at goal.
After last week’s heroics, Patrick Cripps (78) hurt a lot of people who trusted him with their captaincy. He had 22 touches, but 16 were handballs, and he could barely find it early as the Dogs’ midfield dominated. Sam Walsh (50) was just as quiet with 22 touches himself, while Nic Newman (64) only managed 16 touches in the loss. Mitch McGovern (30) has been significantly underwhelming this season, and this performance proved that. He had 6 touches, and was saved by a goal, but still only went at 50% for his limited disposals.
Jeremy Cameron (54) had very little impact against Robbie Tarrant. He had 9 touches and a goal, but used it pretty well when he got it. Hopefully this is one of his quietest weeks. He’s the sort of player who goes huge or stays quiet. Ben Cunnington (59) was tagged by de Boer all day and his scoring suffered. He only had 16 touches and might come under scrutiny for his tackle on de Boer which left him unable to play out the last quarter. Ben Brown (61) was inaccurate in front of goal, kicking two and missing three. He did take six marks to go with his ten touches though.
Noah Balta (51) didn’t manage a kick, but he had seven handballs and nine hit outs for the day. With the bye coming up, it seems like a good time to cash in on Balta. Liam Baker (66) seems to also be running out of legs and the bye should do him some good, but he’s cash generation has all but dried up, so look to flick him this week.
Tom Liberatore (30) went off early with a knee injury and didn’t return. The Doggies confirmed he’ll have minor surgery to repair damaged cartilage, so he’ll miss around six weeks.
Patrick Naish (67) was good again in his second game, with 19 touches. He’s on the bubble now, but has the bye, so look to prioritise others this week before bringing him in next week. Dylan Clarke (76) shut down Cripps last week, and did a great job on O’Meara this week whilst also scoring well himself. He should hold his spot and start making cash for your teams.
Nick Hind (43) played his first game for the year, and had 7 disposals and a goal. He went at 100% efficiency, but with only seven touches, he may struggle to hold his spot. Wait until he’s on the bubble before you decide if you’ll bring him in. Ben King (39) kicked two goals but still is yet to have a good SuperCoach game. Jack Lukosius (56) didn’t kick a goal, and only managed 10 touches for the day.
Xavier Duursma (64) was okay with 21 touches at 10 marks, but he didn’t use the ball that well. Zak Butters (65) had less touches (14) but kicked a goal and used it a bit better, while Brett Bewley (57) played his third game and had 13 touches and a goal. He only went at 53% efficiency as well, so that hurt his output.
Ryan Gardner (22) was traded in early by many, and didn’t give many people happy Saturday nights with only 3 touches for his subpar score. He kicked a goal, which really helped him. Bailey Smith (76) had a good game, with 13 touches and a goal. He went at 100% efficiency, which is impressive, but he only had three kicks, which hurt a little. Michael Gibbons (34) was very quiet after last week with 11 touches for the day. He also missed a shot at goal and didn’t lay a tackle, so his score suffered for it.
Nick Larkey (40) was quiet all day with only nine touches, but a goal helped. The conditions didn’t really suit key forwards and that didn’t go in his favour at all. Luke Davies-Uniacke (60) was quiet with 13 touches, but nine were contested and he managed seven clearances as well, while Jake Stein (74) played well in his first game. He managed nine touches, but had eight tackles and went at a pretty good efficiency as well.
How did you go, community? Who were your heroes and villains?