Marsh Series Report | Richmond v Collingwood
A perfect day for football on the first day of Autumn. Last year’s Premiers and Preliminary finalist squared off in their first hit out of the pre-season. Collingwood got out to a 4 goal lead in the first quarter, but Richmond pegged them back 10 points at 3/4 time. Collingwood then kicked the next 5 goals of the game to seal it easily. It’s very hard to judge the form of these 2 teams with players like Cotchin, Martin, Lynch, Riewoldt, Edwards, and Houli missing for Richmond, while Collingwood was without Pendles, Grundy, Sidebottom, Moore, Howe, Stephenson, Quaynor, and Greenwood
I don’t think anything came out of this game that was truely Supercoach worthy, no unexpected rookies stood out, and with premo players missing, it’s very hard to judge the likely output of those sub-premo mid pricers who you want to step up.
Dion Prestia – $550,200 MID – Impressed with 84pts from 68% game time today. 6 tackles, 8 CPs, 5 clearances and 1 goal for a good spread of points. Only downside was 62% disposal efficiency. Otherwise, a solid midfield premo for the start of the season.
Nick Vlastuin – $495,500 DEF – 106pts from 76% TOG today for Vlastuin. Looked pretty solid through the backlines. Vlastin’s SC average has been increasing year on year, 78, 81, 91. 25 years old, 141 games. Is 2020 the year he steps into the top 6 Defenders? 98pts (Tom Stewart) did it last year.
Sydney Stack – $435,100 DEF – Stack didn’t have the best end to 2019 missing the GF through an ankle injury, but he was a must have player last year’s supercoach. But is he just one of a large number of Supercoach irrelevant players this year (mid price risk), or will his meteoric rise continue? 79pts accumulated today, from 72 % TOG and I’m just not sure.
Ivan Soldo – $404,300 RUC – Looks like Soldo has taken over the #1 ruck role for Richmond. But only 46pts from 68% game time. If you aren’t going for a Grundy Gawn combination, you probably still would consider Soldo.
Dylan Grimes – $399,500 DEF – Solid 75 points from Grimes today, but he’s probably not Supercoach relevant. 28 years old, 150 games. His highest season average came in 2012 with 78 points. I don’t see that changing dramatically.
Marlion Pickett – $123,900 MID – He looked evasive but his disposal not always as silky as you’d hope. 4 Free kicks against definitely didn’t help him. Although I think we all judge Picket a little harshly, as if he’s played a full season or two. Hard to remember he’s only played 1 game. 61pts from 79% game time. 12 CPs, 7 clearances, 4 tackles. At $123k he’s probably in everyone’s team already as he should be.
Liam Baker – $403,900 DEF/FWD – Baker was in EVERYTHING today. 120pts from 87% TOG is a fair indicator of what we could expect this season, but I’m not sure he’ll rack up those sort of numbers in a full Richmond team, come round 1. His DEF/FWD position does make him an interesting choice as he could provide cover across 2 lines.
Jayden Short – $349,300 DEF – Very good game from Short today. 113pts from 84% TOG. 8 marks, 4 CPs, took a few of Richmond’s kick ins. But is he a trap? last year we all expected Short to be the beneficiary of the new kick in rule, but Houli took that role more than expected. Is Short’s score today and abberation due to Richmond’s absences?
Jack Higgins – $358,800 FWD – Nothing special from Higgins today, but just wanted to acknowledge how good it is to see players come back from pretty horrific trauma.
Chris Mayne – $406,700 MID – Mayne stepped up today in the absence of some key Collingwood mids. 119pts, 85% TOG, 10 marks. But in reality, he’s a 31 year old who hasn’t averaged more than 80 in the last 4 seasons. You wouldn’t think this year would be any different.
Josh Daicos – $259,000 MID – Daicos’s skills were on display as he slotted a couple of goals with ease and precision. Along with 84 points from 71% TOG, and an excellent 88% disposal efficiency. Daicos only played 5 games last year, so I’m not sure if he’s locked down a role in the best 22. At $259k, there are cheaper cash cows to milk (and then slaughter).
Jordan DeGoey – $473,800 FWD – DeGoey was competing with Mabior Chol for the blondest hair today, and won that competition in a split decision. There have been reports of DeGoey returning to training a little unprepared, but his 3 goals, 4 marks, 6 CPs wiped those thoughts from our minds. But he only accumulated 71pts from 72% TOG. I know forwards can be a bit up and down, but he’s never averaged over 90 for the season, and never played a full season. Not sold on him this season.
Adam Treloar – $615,800 MID – I was looking forward to saying 112pts from 71% game time… “Lock him in, Eddie”. Until a mid last quarter hammy undid Treloar. Highly likely he will miss Round 1 so it’s time to trade him out of you’ve got him.
Darcy Cameron – $123,900 RUC/FWD – Cameron has been my go to guy for R3 for many years, and his DPP makes him attractive for that role still. But despite having a game high 127pts, 20 hit outs, 7 marks 2 goals … he’s not getting past Grundy, and Cox will be second ruck while playing forward. Playing in the same team as my likely VC loophole means I can’t use him for a floating donut, so unless Grundy missed a chunk of the season, I don’t think Cameron will get much SC love this year.
Taylor Adams -$525,100 MID – Looked pretty comfortable inside and out today. 12 CPs 18 handballs, 112pts from 75% TOG. There’s always questions around Taylor’s durability, and I definitely think those questions are warranted. Is Adams just a High Priced Risk?
Jack Crisp – $482,800 DEF – I love and hate Crisp at the same time. I kept him all season last year, thinking he was a lock for top 6, but he just couldn’t get there. A string of 80s and then a 120 would keep me happy. But he never averaged more than high 80’s. Today he racked up 118pts in 63% TOG. He’s such a tease, and I’ll still probably pick him, but if you’re a more strong willed person than I … don’t be fooled. Premo price, and just under premo output.
Brayden Maynard – $433,900 DEF – 105pts from 85% game time for Maynard, despite 3 free kicks against him. Collingwood has a few good defenders, Crisp, Howe, Moore … and Maynard will be competing with them for points. 2 of those guys didn’t play today. Who will he be taking points from?
Mark Keane – $123,900 DEF – The young Irishman looked very good in his first run for the Pies. 85 points from 85% game time, means he could be a starter depending on their team make-up and other availabilites.