MARSH COMMUNITY SERIES | North Melbourne vs Sydney
North Melbourne! Sydney! A matchup so important I completely forgot I was supposed to do a write-up on it!
I think I can be forgiven though, this pre-season series of matches feel like they’ve dragged on longer than ever before, we’ve also been thrown into what will potentially become one of the more difficult Supercoach seasons ever as the pool of rookies are still massively questionable and we may walk into Round 1 with a limited amount of cheap rookies playing round one. To paraphrase Ash Williams in Army of Darkness, we may have two choices in rookies this year “Jack and s**t and Jack left town.”
Anyway, to the match, which saw North Melbourne take a 90-79 win over Sydney who disappointed everyone and their mothers by dropping Will Gould for this game. The Swans nabbed the lead over the 2nd and 3rd quarters, but the momentum swung to the Roos just after the half-time break and they ran away with the 11 point win.
Shaun Higgins – Terrific with 2 goals, 31 disposals, 7 tackles and 119 SCPoints. Always an interesting POD option.
Jed Anderson – Big score of 119 SCPoints from 24 disposals, 8 tackles and a goal. Scored 76 SCPoints in week 1, so has a PS average of 97.5 SCPoints, but a MID option makes us less inclined to be interesting in the risk at his price.
Todd Goldstein – Always a solid option behind the uber-premo Grundy/Gawn combos. Had 21 disposals, 27 hitouts and a goal for 100 SCPoints.
Nick Larkey – Booted 3 goals with 17 disposals and 4 marks for 108 SCPoints. Will have more goal scoring opportunities while Ben Brown is out, but that won’t last all year.
Jack Mohony – Had 8 disposals and a goal from 73% ToG for 53 SCPoints. We’d like higher scores than that if we selected him, but would take it if it’s the only option.
Aiden Bonar – Only managed 23% ToG as he had some niggles leading into the game and had 6 disposals and 2 clearances but also 6 clangers, 4 of which were frees against. That cut his score down to 14 SCPoints. A more expensive $200K “rookie”, but having been in the system a few years we’d be hoping he’d have some more physical development which may help him compared to what a real first year player would have.
Josh P. Kennedy – Always expect this is the year he starts his slide, but he still manages to hold on. 37 disposals, 10 tackles and 8 clearances here shows he may still have some petrol in the tank left. That was worth 156 SCPoints.
Jake Lloyd – 23 disposals, 18 by foot, 9 rebound 50’s, 98 SCPoints. Displayed everything you’d want to see if he’s in your side.
Sam Naismith – Going against a top notch ruck in Goldstein and had 9 disposals, 27 hitouts and 4 clearances for 69 SCPoints. Still potentially sharing his ruck time with Sinclair, but he’s only $251,500, so if you’re picking him as R2 the risk is part of the excitement.
Dylan Stephens – Had 64% ToG for 12 disposals, 4 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 49 SCPoints. Hopefully he can provide slightly better if he gets a gig to start the year, but he’ll be a viable option to pick if he does.
Isaac Heeney – Kicked 1.1 with 11 disposals and 4 clangers for 44 SCPoints from 74% ToG. He’s good, but if he can’t get midfield minutes consistently I’m not sure if he’s worth it in Supercoach.
And that’ll be it for me tonight, did any of you have someone catch your eye in this one?