MARSH SERIES REPORT: Brisbane v Port Adelaide
By golly did this game excite me!
What? I’m not taking the piss… Surely a 4:10pm Sunday game between Brisbane and Port Adelaide really gets your SuperCoach juices flowing.
Anyway, there was plenty of relevancy about today’s game, so here’s a breakdown for all of you who aren’t as keen to sit down and watch the game.
Lachie Neale did exactly what you expect, and want from your M1/M2. He had 46 disposals (26 contested), 12 clearances and snagged a goal. His score of 166 from 89% TOG would deter no one from selecting him, and convince others to do the same.
Stefan Martin had a big game in the ruck, with 20 disposals and 34 hit outs. However, he was coming up against Ladhams and Westhoff, so he’s still a no from me. Could be a half decent selection in draft, maybe?
Hugh McCluggage started really well, however he died off a little in the second half. He still had 21 disposals and kicked three goals off a wing, with bursts on a high half forward. It was a good game,
however a 99 isn’t really selling himself, and was rewarded with 127 Supercoach points when FanFooty refreshed itself at full time. A decent POD option, however wait and see on the next game to see if he can back it up.
Dayne Zorko was alright, not amazing, and for $579,100 I’d want a little more than alright. He did only have 75% TOG, so I’ll let him off the hook a little. But he played plenty of midfield minutes, finishing with 21 touches, eight tackles and a goal. He also cleaned up a physio, which just means he’ll never get a decent rub down again.
Daniel Rich wouldn’t be the worst selection this season. 21 touches at 90% efficiency off a half back, at $525,800. You could do worse. He also kicked a goal. He’s not in my side, but I wouldn’t skin you alive if you had him. Did enough to pique my curiousity.
Brandon Starcevich only played 45% of the game, so it makes sense I felt like he was missing for a half. But I found him eventually, and he too did enough to keep me interested. 8 touches at 100% efficiency is nice, and a great left foot to boot. Still a decent rookie priced option, let’s hope he can get a decent crack in the second game.
Cam Ellis-Yolmen. Do not select him. The change of clubs isn’t helping his role. 38 points interests no one. Especially off 78% TOG. Hard pass. Grant Birchall shouldn’t be selected either. Nothing suggests his body is back up to playing 22 games a season, and scoring 46 means he’s not forcing his way in either.
Last year’s treasure, this year’s… treasure? I don’t know, but Travis Boak put on a show. 33 disposals playing in the guts was so tasty, and his 119 points also seriously makes me consider him. However, he is a year older, and he’s a mid only. But golly, was he good. Easily Port’s best.
Connor Rozee was having a great afternoon before he clashed heads with Alex Witherden. He had 19 disposals and two goals (two behinds) in 57% TOG, playing midfield and forward, as expected. 108 points put everyone on notice, though, and could be a great F3 option. Keep an eye on him next week.
Dan Houston had 22 disposals in 71% TOG, with nine tackles. His score of 97 fits two different narratives. Those who have him will say, “he played through the midfield, and did his job in a preseason game, he’s locked in”, while those who don’t have him will say “you’d expect more from your permanent midfield option when your team wins, it’s still a no,” and technically, you’re both right. Wait and see before confirming your selection either way.
Stevie Motlop had a great patch late when the game started slipping away from Brisbane, but three goals really boosted his score to 130. Don’t expect decent scores often, and as a result, still a pass.
Charlie Dixon was great as a deep forward threat, kicking 4.3 and providing headaches for the Brisbane defence. He could be a cheeky POD option, but don’t get too excited, for all we know he’s gonna drop a 25 on us next week.
Darcy Byrne-Jones had 21 touches, but wasn’t really a game-changer off the half back flank. He’s a much better player than today’s efforts, but his score of 56 is not attracting anyone.
Mitch Georgiades is a name I’ve heard thrown about regarding a potential round one debut, however he didn’t exactly light the world on fire. Nine touches in 49% TOG for a total score of 35 wasn’t great, however he went at 44% efficiency, and missed two shots at goal. He could’ve scored more, hopefully his second hit out gives me a bit more of an idea on how he’s tracking.
Tom Rockliff. No. Don’t do it to yourself. He’s playing as a forward, drifting through the midfield at stages. Not a viable SuperCoach option.
Tobin Cox. Don’t think you’re the only one asking, “who?” Because I am as well. Two touches in 62% TOG. Don’t worry about him. He won’t be playing.
Brad Ebert somehow managed to sneak into some people’s teams, however he had a quiet day and should sneak his way out of those teams soon. He’s old, playing a defensive forward role nowadays. I’d rather go for a Petracca, or a Gresham, or someone with a bit of upside. Justin Westhoff played as a backup ruck, but with Lycett playing in the real games I’d imagine he’d go back to playing as a backman… or a forward… or a wing… who knows. Not for me.
That’s about it from me, community! Who have you pencilled into your team after today?
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