MARSH SERIES REPORT: Hawthorn vs St Kilda
Men’s footy is back! And Supercoach footy is back! Me making an absolute fool of myself is back! Although that truly never left. Anywho we had some football played tonight which I watched and wrote some words about some of the age old questions of our time. Who is a Supercoach? What is a Marsh? How do I words? Spoiler alert – I answer none of those and instead talk about playing options.
Apparently St Kilda won, Tim Membrey scored 638 Supercoach points and people got excited about Chadley Wingard before being made to look like muppets with egg on their faces when he spudded it up by *checks notes* being managed throughout the rest of the game? That’s not the meme, who the hell wrote these notes? Oh wait, I did. Damnit. Well, let’s get stuck into the rest of these illegible scribbles.
Tom Mitchell $630,900 MID – Doesn’t look like he’s missed too much of a beat. I was expecting him to have a leisurely run around, before sitting out the second half, but he was in for the long-ish haul of three quarters and 88 Supercoach points. I’m not rushing to throw him into the side but if you’re set on him, he ticked every single box you’d want him to in the first half. Tackles, hard ball gets, centre bounce attendences, cobwebs flushed out. It was promising for football.
If you didn’t have him in your side and don’t want a bar of him, you could find reason to justify that stance from this game. He was managed. He slowed down after firing early. He didn’t set the world on fire from a Supercoach scoring perspective, but we never really expected him to on his first game back from a broken leg. Reckon he’s a bye upgrade target, as Damo suggested to me.
James Worpel $527,300 MID – really, really good. In everything, picking up contested possessions, tackles. But. BUT. I reckon he won’t be in their ideal centre bounce, instead deferring to Mitchell, O’Meara and That Other Player.
The Worpedo finished with 21 touches, 70 Supercoach points and was absolutely not what the Beast Calculator promised. But it was a preseason game. It’s fine, right? It doesn’t mean anything? I don’t have to deal with the very real possibility he might not be the lock I thought he was, yeah? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Keep him locked at M5 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHELP ME.
Chad Wingard $412,300 MID/FWD – Chad Wingard is a football player who played a game of footbal this evening. Anyone reading this should know I can’t stand him as a Supercoach option so take it with a grain of salt, but Wingard did so little with the footy to make him look viable.
He had 45 Supercoach points from 12 touches at half time but only two were contested, only two thirds of them were effective and it felt kind of wishy-washy. Had very little time on ground, especially in the second half. Finished on 53 points from 15 touches. Get him out of my sight.
Jaeger O’Meara $491,100 MID – Gun. Jet. Supremely attractive, both in terms of his looks and style of play. I want someone to pick him in Supercoach. I want him to do well. Looked absolutely sublime as he was released from switching between inside and outside and playing purely outside. Six tackles to half time was what me excited, but was only handed 39 Supercoach points and sat out the second half. I won’t be picking him.
Jono Patton $337,000 FWD/RUC – He’s a number one draft pick for a reason. Excellent key forward, and will have games like this where he blows it out of the water. Is extremely good at bringing the ball to ground, had 53 points at half time and I’m still filthy Hawthorn paid a packet of chips for him. Finished at 71 which is what I think he’ll average. Hard pass.
Damon Greaves $123,700 DEF – If you’ve never heard of him, you wouldn’t be alone. The rookie defender could be another option down back? Maybe? I’m not sure where he fits into the best 22. He’s a medium sized defender, so maybe Sicily pushes him out? Someone who knows things about stuff tell me if he’ll play. One to watch.
The others: Ricky Henderson ($514,900 MID) is an excellent footballer, will be pushed out of the Hawks’ midfield this year. Don’t select him. He sits in the same category as perennial pre-season breakout Isaac Smith (MID, $450,700), who was eveywhere in the first half. Steer clear. Jon Ceglar ($417,000 RUC/FWD) scored 81 but is not a Supercoach option even with Big Boy doing a hammy do not @ me.
Brad Hill $457,400 MID – Hill was in everything early and has slotted into the crucial link man for the Saints. You can see why Freo wanted the Saints to sell the farm to get Hill to the club. Is in what you’d expect to be a lucrative Supercoach scoring role, but finished with 60-odd tonight and simply won’t get the points required. Pass.
Jade Gresham $456,400 MID/FWD – Could this be the year he breaks out? Maybe. Had a lot of centre bounce attendances early, had 10 touches by the early stages of the second quarter, was kicking far more than he handballed and showed basically everything you’d want to see if you had him slated for a breakout year, right up until the second half where he could well have gone home and sat on the couch with a tub of ice cream for all I could have told you. Only had 52 per cent time on ground.
Do we pick him? Slot him right into your side? Scored 57 points from half a game on the field… I won’t be, but in an otherwise trash forward line this year I reckon you could do worse. I’ll be watching him like a hawk in the second Marsh game when Hannebery and Zak Jones play to see if he’s still a chance at mid minutes.
Max King 123,900 FWD – He looks like he’ll be used up the field more than out of the square which is good for his scoring potential, but more importantly he’ll be playing each week. Will he score? Based on tonight, no. No he will not. Looked really, really good from a football perspective, he does not look good from a Supercoach perspective, as pointed out by The Entire Internet when I tweeted something alluding to him being a lock without checking if the stats matched up with how often he was onscreen. *Narrator voice* They did not.
Rowan Marshall $598,700 RUC – Started the second quarter in the goalsquare and I’m not about selecting rucks who aren’t locked into taking nearly every centre bounce attendance. That said, he still scored 117 and had 24 hitouts alongside his two goals. A good draft option? Absolutely. I’m not sold on him for the real deal though. Happy to be proven wrong if he scores 110+ next week.
Hunter Clark $402,200 DEF – After quarter time I wrote Clark up as such – “Nah, I’m not seeing it”. Then the next three quarters happened. He looked good at times, but I’m not loving it as an option at this stage, especially with Robertson missing but he worked his way into the game very, very nicely including a nice goal halfway through the third.
Had 82 Supercoach points at three quarter time and finished with 16 kicks from 22 touches and 98 points at the close and showed every sign you want to see from a half-back flanker, but my gut screams a certain four-letter word. One starting with T. Watchlist.
Ben Long $283,100 FWD – Touted for a half-back role and has slotted in there. Wasn’t incredibly prolific in picking the ball up and won’t justify the near $300,000 price tag based off tonight’s performance. Finished with 63 points. Plenty of other options around that price or cheaper I’d be much happier picking up.
Dougal Howard $376,500 DEF/FWD – Will play full back. I’m not touching him, even with the forward swing and the cheaper price. Was eaten by Patton early and scored next to nothing.
Luke Dunstan $505,300 MID – Was playing for his spot in the midfield and didn’t disappoint. Looked good from a football perspective, don’t touch him in Supercoach.
The others: Tim Membery ($436,400 FWD) was absolutely dominant up forward for the Saints and tonned up only a few minutes after half time, but if you’re thinking of picking him in Supercoach you need someone to throw a bucket of water at you. Similarly, Dan Butler ($234,600 FWD) and Jack Lonie ($354,200 FWD) were really, really good for the Saints but will play deep forward and aren’t Spercoach relevant. Anyone looking at Josh Battle should look elsewhere.
What did you think of the game, community? Who caught your eye, and who are you wanting to have another look at?