MARSH SERIES REPORT: Melbourne v Adelaide
Strap yourselves in, boys and girls and get your tickets at the ready because the Christian Petracca pre-season HYPE train is going around for another spin. He was absolutely dominant today against the Crows playing pure midfield. He had it 38 times (27 contested), kicked three goals and ended up with 187 Supercoach points.
We also had a gander at the new-look Crows side, and despite some yips with ball in hand early turning the ball over in the back half, they look reasonably decent? I guess? Plenty of rookie players to have a look at, but I’m no closer to telling you which ones will play and which ones won’t. Anyway, let’s crack into it.
Christian Petracca $441,300 FWD – Oh boy, here we go again. He was phenomenal. Nine contested possessions in the first quarter and playing as a pure midfielder. Looked big, looked strong, looked hungry. And, for the 17th year in a row, we’ll need to argue about if it’s a preseason honey trap or if he’s finally evolving into the Supercoach beast he was always touted as.
I can’t overstate how impressive he looked for the Dees in the middle. He looked as good as I’ve ever seen him.
Clayton Oliver $593,900 MID – Plenty of mid minutes, was just ticking the legs over. Started slow but by the end of the first quarter was back to his bullocking best. Exactly what I wanted to see from him, finishing with 31 touches, 11 tackles and 135 Supercoach points.
Luke Jackson $198,300 RUC – Hard to ask a lot of a key position player in his first hit-out. Got plenty of kilometres in the legs and had a run in the ruck without Max Gawn or Brayden Pruess but didn’t do much from a Supercoach perspective. Did get more involved as the game went along, but at this stage I wouldn’t be looking to spend $200,000 on him. Only 22 points. Pass.
Kysaiah Pickett $157,800 FWD – Gosh it didn’t take long for Melbourne’s newest excitment machine to make waves on the AFL stage. He’ll be an absolute gun and as Nick Dal Santa said on the boundary, he’ll win both mark of the year and goal of the year at some stage. However, as a small forward with an elevated price he simply won’t score consistently enough to make cash for us. Finished with 43 points.
Tom Sparrow $182,500 FWD – “Tom who?” I hear you ask? Tom Sparrow, that’s who. While Pickett will be exciting on the highlights reel, Sparrow might be exciting in our Supercoach sides. Was in plenty and plenty of centre bounces (10 in the first half) and while I didn’t realise notice him, it was because he was at the bottom of packs with eight contested possessions, 17 overall, seven tackles and a goal to see him finish with 77 Supercoach points. Only 60 per cent game time, too. We need to see him again – especially with Brayshaw in the side – but he could be one we rely on in the forward line.
Jack Viney $439,300 MID – Was very, very good and at a hell of a lot of centre bounces for the Dees. Had 119 Supercoach points and a whack of contested possessions and tackles but he’s not in my calculations. Mind you, he is absolutely value, would be an excellent draft selection and will improve on last year.
Tom McDonald $387,000 FWD – Hooly dooly. Did absolutely nothing in the first half and then exploded in the second as he became the key man for the Dees in the front end of the ground. Had 17 touches, seven marks, three goals and six tackles for for a whopping 138 Supercoach points. He’ll have weeks where he’ll score 60s and 70s but weeks where he does this. Enter that rollercoaster at your own peril – I’ll be down the bottom taking photos just as you come over the crest.
Aaron vandenBerg $248,000 FWD/MID – vandenBerg was a pre-season prospect last year and he’s back, shinier and newer than before after 12 months out injured. He looked fit, he looked hungry and scored 100 Supercoach points from 19 touches floating between the forward 50 and the midfield. Have another look before picking him.
Christian Salem – $491,200 DEF – Finished with 87 Supercoach points, took a bunch of kickouts, had 20 kicks as part of his 23 touches and kind of slid into the role he had last year. Anyone with stocks in him would have been happy with that, but he’s not one I’m racing to select just yet.
The others: Why did Essendon de-list Mitch Brown??? Why? Played the exact game the Bombers need someone to play that role, but you don’t need someone to play that role in Supercoach. Nathan Jones was scintillating but not someone I’d be look at to select despite 96 points from 46 per cent game time. Ed Langdon and Adam Tomlinson will both do good things for the Dees on the wings, but I’m not sold on them as Supercoach options.
Chayse Jones $271,500 FWD – I first saw him up forward but he quickly made himself visible streaming out of the centre bounce spearing it into the attacking 50. Was coming off the back off the square at times and despite starting slowly eventually worked into his role. You’d lock him in if he was rookie priced but at $270k I’ll need another watch. He finished with 74 points and 16 touches, with only 50 per cent of them effective.
Wayne Milera $402,500 DEF/MID – Looked like he was playing off half-back in a sweeping role early before heading up onto a wing/half forward-ish role, but honestly he was kind of everywhere. Had 29 touches and was playing an outside game, but with Rory Laird off the ground for the second half and no Brodie Smith today you’d need to see him repeat it before thinking about him too much. Did score 103 though.
Rory Sloane $559,300 MID – Did Rory Sloane things. Was put on ice at half time on 49 Supercoach points off 35 per cent game time with a corkie to his hip ending his afternoon early. Rate him as a selection, saw nothing to suggest he won’t be a premium pick again this year.
MattandBrad Crouch – Someone keeps trying to pretend there are two Crouch bothers, but I’m not buying it. That said, there are two stat lines and neither of them were incredibly impressive from a Supercoach perspective, especially with Matt looking at a week or two on the sidelines. Brad finished on 99 from 30 touches and Matt 85 from 27.
Ben Davis $123,700 FWD – Hello there Ben Davis. A lot of forward players missing for the Crows but it felt like Davis and McAdam were auditioning for one of the spots. McAdam did a bit more work up the ground though – I’m not sure. A lot of spots up for grabs and Davis put an excellent foot forward.
Rory Laird $525,800 DEF – You know who Rory Laird is you know what he does, and he did that for a half before putting his feet up in the second Scored 49 points from 13 touches. Is on track for more of the same as the past few seasons in 2020.
Shane McAdam $123,900 FWD – Had a brilliant sprint through the middle where he hit Ben Davis right on the tit at full pelt. Did some nice things but had four touches and didn’t look up to it from a Supercoach perspective.
Ned McHenry $123,900 MID – Only came on for the second half, which isn’t a great sign, but when he was on he was doing some really nice things. Six touches but five tackles were the major things boosting his score to 37. If he gets a game he’s worth having on the bench.
Reilly O’Brien $517,400 RUC – Was absolutely dominant and looked like a beast, although he was up against Sam Weideman and a raw Luke Jackson. He’ll take the role as ruck top dog like a bull by the horns and no-one’s taking it off him. Had 95 points.
Jordan Butts $123,900 DEF – Never heard of him before today, but what’s this I hear? Another defensive rookie? He was busy early following Mitch Brown up the ground but was very quiet after that. Only had 55 points.
The others: Tyson Stengle will play, but he’s $200,00 and as a small forward I’m not about that. Will excite everyone except Supercoachers. Ben Keays is at an awful price. Billy Frampton looked alright for $165,000 but with Fogarty, Tex and more to come back I’m not convinced he gets a game? Maybe he’ll be the backup ruck? It’s hard to say.
Plenty to unpack here community – let me know your thoughts on The Truck – is it on? Are you picking him? Hooly dooly we’ve got some things to chat about from this game.