Heroes, Villains and The Damned: Round 17
SuperCoach teams are starting to peak, with plenty of sides pumping out huge 2500+ scores consistently. Every good side has a passenger, however, and this article is going to highlight those who did a good job for us this weekend, and call out those who did us a disservice.
Brodie Grundy (137) didn’t let those down who had him as their Friday night vice captain. The Collingwood big man had 22 disposals and 31 hit outs. He also laid eight tackles, but his disposal was poor, at 50% efficiency. Adam Treloar (125) had plenty of it again on Friday, accumulating 39 disposals at 69% efficiency. 16 of his 39 touches were contested, and he had seven clearances as well. Scott Pendlebury (119) was talked about on the podcast and he delivered, with 32 disposals at 78%. He also managed to get four free kicks, which helped his output. The only concern is he looks like he may have surgery on his finger, so wait to see if he misses games. Elliot Yeo (116) was the only Eagle to crack the ton, and did it with 26 disposals, eight tackles and two goals.
Nic Newman (147) turned it on against his old side in Carlton’s fourth win of the season. The former Swan collected 32 disposals and 13 tackles off half back, as well as going at 87% efficiency. Matthew Kreuzer (119) had his way in the ruck, with 45 hit outs to go with 19 disposals, while Marc Murphy (117), Ed Curnow (117) and Patrick Cripps (115) fed nicely off the big man’s dominance, with each of them accumulating at least 28 disposals. Jake Lloyd (115) had 34 disposals and a goal, but no one else really stood up in the contest. Josh P. Kennedy (108) led the way in the middle but even then, 23 disposals isn’t much to write home about.
Ben McEvoy (102) had 38 hit outs to go with his 13 disposals against the Dockers, while Mitch Lewis (100) snagged three goals in a good patch of footy for the youngster. Nat Fyfe (154) was left to do everything for Fremantle, as the skipper had 24 disposals, six marks, eight tackles, three goals and five clearances. He didn’t have too much help, with Bradley Hill (105) the only other Docker to crack the ton in the loss. He had 37 touches against his old side, but poor efficiency hurt him a bit.
Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (135) playing footy! Tippa snagged four goals in the last gasp win, including a superb effort with 30 seconds left to win the game. Zach Merrett (109) had 34 touches (17 contested) in the win as well, while Robbie Tarrant (160) was huge as an intercept defender, gathering 22 disposals and 11 marks. He also went at 95% efficiency, which really contributed to his score. Ben Brown (143) kicked six goals while Cameron Zurhaar (103) had three, and Todd Goldstein (132) had his way in the ruck with 32 hit outs and 19 disposals.
Plenty of players pitched in for Adelaide’s thumping win over the Suns, with Rory Atkins (126), Wayne Milera (114), Rory Sloane (113), Jake Kelly (107), Brad Crouch (103), Hugh Greenwood (102), and Eddie Betts (100) all cracking the ton. Six other players had scores between 91 and 98, meaning 13/22 players had over 91 points in the win. For the Suns, only Jarrod Witts (106) cracked triple figures, as he had 30 hit outs and 17 disposals.
Pat Dangerfield (163) had a field day against the Saints, with the star collecting 32 disposals, seven tackles and a goal. Mitch Duncan (116) also had a great game, with 33 disposals and a goal. Luke Dunstan (132) had 30 for the saints, while Hunter Clark (120) had 25 and Rowan Marshall (116) had 21 and 31 hit outs. The big Saint also slotted a goal in the loss.
Toby Greene (138) had 32 disposals and kicked two goals in the Giants’ loss to the Tigers. Tim Taranto (111) was one of the top ball earners for GWS, with the young midfielder collected 36 disposals. Lachie Whitfield (101) finally came back and played well, with the former number one pick accumulating 33 touches. He did cop a knock to his shoulder that was injured, but after some time off he played out the game.
Josh Dunkley (202) has continued his amazing run of form, with 39 disposals, 15 tackles, two goals and nine clearances. He was easily best on ground in the win over the Demons.
Lachie Hunter (156) was similarly fantastic with 37 disposals and a goal, although two chances went begging. Jack Macrae (120) had 29 disposals himself, while Taylor Duryea (143) had 28. Max Gawn (117) was the best Demon at Marvel Stadium, with the big man collecting 18 disposals to go with 34 hit outs.
Jarryd Lyons (139) was the best Lion in the win against Port Adelaide, with the journeyman collecting 36 disposals, 9 tackles and a goal. Mitch Robinson (129) threw his body around like he usually does, and gathered 21 touches and a goal. Lachie Neale (118) had a good game, with 24 disposals (17 contested) and 10 clearances. Darcy Byrne-Jones (129) was the top player for Port, as he collected 28 touches in the loss, while Travis Boak (119) had a great first half but slowed down after the main break. He finished with 32 disposals and 7 clearances.
Josh J. Kennedy (7) played a full game of football for his seven points, with the full forward accumulating five touches, five clangers, and three free kicks against. Shannon Hurn (82) was tagged by Chris Mayne for the night and wasn’t able to release the shackles. He had 17 touches (10 contested), three marks and four tackles. Andrew Gaff (82) had 32 disposals, but five clangers hurt his score.
We all thought Isaac Heeney (73) had turned a corner, but a 20-disposal game at 50% efficiency gave him a poor score. He was only able to convert one of three shots at goal, as well. Luke Parker (83) was a passenger in the loss with 23 touches, which is well short of the performances he’s dished up week in, week out.
David Mundy (83) had 22 disposals but wasn’t too influential in the loss, while Michael Wlaters (83) had 25 disposals but gave away three free kicks to hurt his score. James Sicily (60) gave away four free kicks and didn’t accumulate the ball enough to be effective down in Tasmania, with the Hawk only getting 16 touches.
Ben Cunnington (54) was the latest star to get “Zac Clarke’d”, as the youngster tagged the Kangaroo/Bull out of the game. He only managed 15 disposals for the day, and gave away two free kicks out of frustration. Dylan Shiel (62) had 22 touches but used it poorly, whilst also copping four clangers.
Reilly O’Brien (73) was kept to a low score by his standards, as he came up against Witts. His disposal efficiency wasn’t great, with only 10 of his 19 disposals effective.
Tom Stewart (90) was tagged by Daniel McKenzie and wasn’t as influential as usual. His owners were lucky he used it well.
Heath Shaw (20) surprisingly played the entire game, but his 15 disposals were very ineffective, meaning he was unable to score well. Seven clangers didn’t help his output. Dustin Martin (62) was tagged throughout the game, but still managed 25 disposals in the win.
Clayton Oliver (75) only managed 17 disposals for the day, and went at 52% efficiency, which definitely hindered his scoring potential. Marcus Bontempelli (93) had 21 disposals, but didn’t use the ball well either. He also missed two shots at goal, and gave away two free kicks.
Justin Westhoff (71) was back to his “Justin Westhoff-y” style of play: sub-par and trap-like. He only had 15 touches in the loss, while Tom Rockliff (70) had 29 disposals but butchered it, going at 37% efficiency. Harris Andrews (64) was quiet again for Brisbane, with only 9 touches for the day.
Darcy Moore (13) went down early in the first and looks like he’s pinged that hamstring of his. If you have him, look to move him on now. Jamie Cripps (9) was also injured in the contest and may miss a few with an injured adductor.
Michael Hurley (32) was hurt and couldn’t finish the game shortly after half time, and watch for Cale Hooker (76) as well. He played out the game, but he hurt his shoulder in the contest.
Tom Hawkins (53) was touted as a potential POD option a few weeks ago, and since then he’s stunk it up. He’s not a good option, with him unable to score well even in wins.
Stephen Coniglio (0) played despite the sore knee he sustained last week. He lasted all of five minutes, before reinjuring the same knee. He was on crutches on the bench, so wait to see what happens during the week, but I imagine the prognosis isn’t good.
If you have Toby McLean (16) for some reason, give him the boot. He’s had a shocker of a year (minus last week) and was injured in the win for the Doggies.
Jack Crisp (122) is in a great patch of form. He had 30 disposals (80% efficiency) and nine tackles in a rebounding half back role. He’s averaging a touch over 106 over his last four games and is still cheap enough to be a good D6 option.
Ricky Henderson (126) has the ability to drop a huge score like he did on Saturday, but like last week, he can also drop a stinker. It was good to see him back at his best in the win, with 25 disposals, 11 marks and a few goal assists to help the Hawks over the line. James Worpel (109) found some form in the win as well, after a pretty lean month. He had 33 disposals (15 contested) and nine clearances.
Jarrod Cameron (87) had four goals from his first four kicks, and ended with 13 touches, seven tackles, five marks and a best on ground performance for his side.
Hugh Goddard (19) featured for Carlton for the first time, but his Navy Blue debut was cut short in the second quarter when he went off hurt and didn’t return. Will Setterfield (70) was lively with 13 touches and 9 tackles, while Sam Walsh (103) had a great 28-disposal game with a goal to boot.
Curtis Taylor (9) played his second game; although there’s a good chance you wouldn’t have noticed. He only had 4 disposals and gave away three free kicks, all in 70% game time. Steer clear, even if he plays next week.
Nick Hind (36) had 10 disposals in a quiet game, whilst also using it poorly. You’d be disappointed if you had him on field over Dylan Clarke (78), who successfully tagged Cunnington out of the game.
Ian Hill (60) kicked three goals from his 15 disposals on debut, which was a great return for the youngster. He would’ve scored more if he didn’t have four clangers. Mabior Chol (45) kicked a goal from his 10 disposals, but didn’t do too much else, while Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (47) had 16 touches in his second game and will be a popular trade in target if he holds his spot.
Kyle Dunkley (41) only managed five touches for the Demons, but he pulled out the double cobra after kicking a goal over his brother, Josh.
Noah Answerth (48) was quiet with 6 disposals, but laid 5 tackles in the Lions’ win, while Cameron Sutcliffe (31) had 10 touches in a tagging role for his new club.
Did I miss anyone, community? Who were your heroes and villains?