MARSH SERIES REPORT: Gold Coast v Geelong

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Gold Coast came out and told Geelong where the sun does shine with a dominating performance across the board. While Gold Coast looked fast, sharp and dangerous, Geelong looked to be seriously lacking some intensity and pace. Bearing in mind Geelong had no Jack Stevens, Mitch Duncan or Luke Dalhaus.

For Gold Coast, Sexton booted six goals, Macpherson had a dominating 31 disposals and he also topped the SC scoring with 13 while Rohan slotted 3 goals for Geelong, Narkle posted 26 disposals and managed 114 for the Cats.

(P.S I’ve never done a match report before, this is as exciting as it is terrifying!)

Gold Coast

A lot to look at from the suns with a lot of exciting performances.

Matt Rowell $207,300 MID – Has had so much of the ball. Looks like a key to the Gold Coast midfield as expected. Sharp movement and looks to be establishing himself and the potential beast we want from him. Getting a lot of crippa vibes from him. Walsh 2.0 anyone?

Rowell had 20 Disposals with 67% time on ground. Picking a tonne with dead on 100 SC points. Wowee

Connor Budarick $106,900 MID/FWD – Who? He’s cheap and I like him. MID/FWD option and looking good to go. If named, he should hold his position and make money. Wonderful with the ball and made the most of his time on the ground.

Budarick played a couple of different roles around the ground and showed some good versatility for the suns. Finishing the match with 14 Disposals, 1 goal and 74 SC points from 85% TOG.

Hugh Greenwood $463,100 MID/FWD – Been involved and looks to be getting the mid time that may be the key to his jump to full fledged premo. Did a lot of work and is definitely looking like the real deal.Had 25 Disposals and 108 SC points from 82% TOG. 

Noah Anderson $202,800 MID – Was missing for a lot of the first half compared to Rowell. Managed to present a couple of nice moments and opportunities. Still scored reasonably though, it’s hard not to be greedy after Rowell’s tonne.

Anderson finished with 14 Disposals, 1 goal and 59 SC points from 77% TOG.

Darcy MacPherson $443,800 MID/FWD – Macpherson was on fire through the middle for the suns and made a real case for consideration as a POD if he can continue this output.

31 Disposals, 3 behinds and a whopping 133 SC points from 79% TOG. Watch this space folks. 


Touk Miller ($460,700) MID had a lot of the ball, posting a handy 113. Alex Sexton FWD ($297,200) finished with 111 thanks to 6 goals and 13 disposals.


There were very few stand out performances from Geelong, but they’re missing some players – especially midfielders – who should make an appearance in their next game.

Patrick Dangerfield $625,500 MID – Couple of score involvements for the highlight reel. Rotating between forward and midfield for the game. Nothing to set the world on fire but did provide some reminders of what he is capable of. Finished with 16 Disposals and 66 SC points from 57 per cent TOG and did not play in the final term (Thanks Freako for your ongoing statistics).

Tom Atkins $327,200 FWD – Part of the engine room for this game. Atkins certainly was key for Geelong tonight. Atkins finished the night with 22 Disposals, a goal and 92 SC points from 85 per cent TOG.

Quinton Narkle $396,600 MID – A lot of ball during the game but struggled to use it well at times. Exciting prospect but could be a rollercoaster. There could also be some instability with his role considering the names missing from the side tonight.

Narkle posted 26 Disposals and 113 SC points from 65 per cent TOG.

Gary Ablett $519,500 FWD  – Ablett is elite as a footballer. This does not mean he is good at supercoach. If this is a preview of how ablett’s new forward role plays out, STAY AWAY. He will only hurt you. To his credit, his beard was freshly trimmed and his head appropriately shiny.

Ablett had 8 Disposals, 1 behind and 33 SC points from 68% TOG.

Who did you like from this game? Is Greenwood the lock people have been saying? Hit us up in the comments and share your thoughts. Thanks for being a great community!


Patch · 22/02/2020 at 23:37

Definitely wanted to see a bit more out of Cooper Stephens and Brad Close from a rookie perspective, especially with some mid players out. Touk Miller could be an excellent draft slider, too?

How's everyone feeling about Danger? Not much time on ground and from the very little I saw looked to be taking it as the warm-up game it was, is anyone jumping off?

    Russty_ · 22/02/2020 at 23:48

    I'm actually already off Danger Patch, going for youth and durability in the mids this year, Geelong looked like they were making about the equivalent effort during that game as running laps at training, at least the Saints V Hawks game was exciting-ish.

      Tophawk · 23/02/2020 at 13:52

      Could not agree more Russty! My big 5 mid beasts are Macrae, Neale, Cripps, Bontempelli, and Oliver. Average age across these 5:

        Tophawk · 23/02/2020 at 13:56

        24.5 years.

        Russty_ · 23/02/2020 at 16:00

        Same mate but I'm going Titch over Neale, bigger ceiling but risky if he's not quite right yet.

          TOPHAWK1 · 23/02/2020 at 16:47

          Titch is as good a selection as Neale. I am starting Neale purely because of his durability and just want to watch Titch going into the first few rounds to see if his leg will hold up. Can grab him a bit later if he is 100%.

    COREYSC · 22/02/2020 at 23:58

    I’m worried about Danger now, more-so seeing him resting forward at times is concerning. Wait and see how next round goes against Essendon.

    SC_Kev7 · 23/02/2020 at 00:32

    The SC Lords froth a Danger last quarter. Let’s see how he goes Marsh 2. 66SC from 57% TOG in a side that got flogged is not panic stations for mine. Greenwood though 👀

    Clarky_SC · 23/02/2020 at 01:11

    Probably would be more worried if this was happening with a full side. Danger is Danger, I feel like GC got a handle on them and the cats just eased off the pedal.

    Tophawk · 23/02/2020 at 13:49

    Hi Patch. I have jumped off Dangerfield. I think his best is behind him. Danger will produce great footy this year but it will be in flashy bursts. I fear that he may go missing for longer periods during matches in 2020. Bontempelli has replaced him. The Bont at 24 and captain is ready to set the place on fire this year. Cheers

      Tony · 23/02/2020 at 19:32

      Bit hard for Bont to replace him when they play in different teams. Pretty obvious to anyone who watched that danger was just going through the motions ( wasn’t the only cat). Bont is a great pick, no doubt, but anyone jumping off Dangerfield based off last nights performance has rocks in their head.

      Patch · 23/02/2020 at 20:09

      Bont is a hell of a player, but then again so is Danger. This is their last chance at a flag, I can't see them sitting him up forward alongside Jenkins and Gaz. Maybe? I dunno, I'm still onboard for now.

Russty_ · 22/02/2020 at 23:40

Nice work for your first effort mate, much appreciated by most I'm sure apart from the odd overly critical Tool Bags out there, my interest was sparked by the exploits of Rowell, Greenwood and Budarick, in my side Greenwood would have to replace Dawson though, Rowell is already locked in and hopefully Budarick has a place in the team round 1, with his dpp bonus.
Keep up the good work!

Captain_Risky · 23/02/2020 at 06:23

Thanks for the write up, good stuff! Going to have to find some extra coin now for Rowell, I think he will be worth it. Budarick looked good, at that price I hope he gets a game as rookies are looking a little thin thus far. Greenwood on the watch list.

TRIGGA_HAPPY · 23/02/2020 at 09:51

Yeah come on patch seymour butts get out of the SC zone and into the simpsons! 😁

If Greenwood has another good game might have to do a rejig and find some room for him in the fwd line.

Rowell and buda already ensconced in team.

Wanted to see a bit more out of cats rooks and sharp. Only 1 game I guess.

Looking fwd to seeing how serong goes for Freo from all reports slotted in beautifully and firming each day for rd 1 berth.

Multiple rookie/cash cows teams at the moment seem to be suns, swans, ockers and port.

Therealsharkmove · 23/02/2020 at 09:58

Budaricks a lock for me regardless if named or not. If not named he is a cheap DPP loophole who I'm confident will play at some stage.
Rowell lock.
Greenwood: I'm not getting to excited as I don't expect Gold Coast to win by 10 goals that often and Swallow & Miller's cba to be so low once the real stuff starts

Ja191 · 23/02/2020 at 11:26

Re: any Gold Coast player – although someone like a Greenwood could come off just remember they are not going to win by 70 points every game. While his/their scores were good they’re inflated and its much harder to score when you’re getting flogged which is very likely come real season

    EndoftheWorld · 24/02/2020 at 12:55

    GC aren't getting flogged by (m)any this year. They hardly got flogged last year and have improved players at 6 onfield positions.
    Will push for the 8.

DEE · 23/02/2020 at 12:36

Where was Flanders and Rankine last night?

    Therealsharkmove · 23/02/2020 at 14:05

    Rankin copped a slight knock last week praccy match, Flanders overlooked I believe. Rankin best 22 easy, Flanders not

      Russty_ · 23/02/2020 at 15:51

      Hey shark, any idea why Flanders is priced so high..has he played before?

        Therealsharkmove · 23/02/2020 at 17:28

        Nah, he was about pick 10 I believe and all the first rounders get a premium placed on them

          DEE · 23/02/2020 at 17:40

          Thanks Shark… cheers!

      choppers · 23/02/2020 at 18:16

      Yep Rankine a slight knock to the shoulder and Flanders a tight hammy….both precautionary…

HarryH76 · 23/02/2020 at 13:18

Never heard of Budarick but think we'd all love a DPP rookie for 106k. Let's hope he keeps it up and plays round 1

Mid price forwards look like being a break point this year. At the moment I'm running with Parish (yes I believe), Smith (lock), C Jones (unconvinced, may change as have cash to upgrade), Bonar. Others to consider are Petracca, Greenwood, J Steven, Acres, TMac, T Lynch, Ebert. Patton an option? Can Butler avg 85 and/or make 200k? Discounted J Martin for now. But so many options, plenty will likely end up SC spuds but appears likely to make or break a season

    DEE · 23/02/2020 at 17:38

    Harry…. Do you mean Devon Smith?

      HarryH76 · 24/02/2020 at 09:48


    Patch · 23/02/2020 at 20:11

    Would have gone in the 20s or 30s in the national draft, but Gold Coast were able to nab him as a concession player. Had incredible numbers last year for a junior – fingers crossed he's in

    Russty_ · 24/02/2020 at 03:19

    What do you mean a 'break point' Harry?…If you're starting with Parish, Smith, Jones and Bonar in your fwd line, that is uber risky bud.
    I think you need at least 2 or 3 solid options in there, as you do on every line, of the ones you mentioned, I have Smith and Steven..and I feel like my fwd line is made of balsa wood.
    The whole 6 is Whitfield, Dawson, Smith, Steven, Georgiades, Rankine — King, someone
    I'm counting Smith, Steven and or Dawson as solid cause I think they can all 3 average over 85 or so.

      HarryH76 · 24/02/2020 at 09:53

      Hey Russty!

      I should have clarified- D Martin is my F1. I was only referring to the riskier picks. I love Whitfield but he did my head in last year so won't start with him. I've actually taken Jones out now so my starting 6 is: Martin, Parish, D Smith, Bonar, S Hill, Cockatoo.

      I don't see that as different risk to your. Dawson and Parish are like for like; we both have Smith; Steven is a wait and see and may upgrade Bonar; and the rest is the rest.

      I mean break point as there's a lot of risky picks in the fwd line this year. Could destroy a season if we get it wrong. Whitfield and Martin look long term locks, maybe Walters too. The rest more of a lottery

        Russty_ · 24/02/2020 at 12:15

        Yes mate, I think most of our forward lines will have some risky speculative picks, I guess with Parish if he continues his scoring trend of the last 3 or 4 years, he could average 90 ish this year, I'm hoping Dawson can go beyond that but it's still a risk picking him.
        Also Cockatoo is still recovering from re-occurring hamstring issues and Steven some Calf thing, Cockatoo won't be there for round 1 though I've read.
        It's gonna be a crapshoot with the forwards this year for sure and you're right it will make or break our seasons because starting well is everything, start badly like I did last year and you're playing catch-up for several weeks after.

Therealsharkmove · 23/02/2020 at 14:03

Spot on Harry. It will be fascinating to see how coaches handle the forward line this year.
At first glance there doesn't seem to be many options than can average 100, but make no mistake, they will appear…
We were saying the same thing last year until Boak turned back the clock (Jack Steven anyone?) Kelly brokeout in the middle (Petracca perhaps) and Marshall became number one ruck (Ceglar?) Ok, so maybe Ceglar at 29 becoming the next Marshall is a stretch, but he doesn't need to be to average 100

Mighty Chungus · 23/02/2020 at 23:41

The sc locks have no doubt clicked into place across the land on Rowell and Budarick.
Atkins has a beautiful set of sideburns that need further admiration.
Cooper Stephens… What the deuce?? Looked good when he got near it but… geez. First game for a long time though, so, hopefully he remembers how to find the ball at some stage.
Greenwood – holding interest but needs to have a good game against a team that's attempting to win before making the shortlist.
Mr. Anderson – no for now.
Narkle – Sparkles.

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