2020 Hindsight: Round 2
How bloody good was that, Community?!?!?
Footy’s return has got me tingling in all the right areas, even though the Mighty Hawks played like they were still practicing social distancing on the field.
It’s been so long since this last segment was written, I had to go back and look at it’s formatting from round one!
The first game back gave us the first draw of the season, but Taylor Adams (131) didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things, with 21 touches, 5 tackles, 6 marks and a goal. Jeremy Howe (126) was a popular choice this week and delivered with 20 touches, 7 marks and 100% time on ground! Bachar Houli (111) continued his MCG dominance despite the lack of fans with 26 disposals and eight marks off half back.
Joel Selwood (151) had his best game in over a year on Friday night, collecting 28 disposals (17 contested), eight clearances and a goal. He spent most of last season on a wing as Tim Kelly stole the spotlight, but is his midfield role back? Tom Stewart (119) was great down back for the Cats, collecting 20 disposals and 9 marks, while Gary Ablett jnr (130) kicked two goals from 21 disposals.
Lachie Neale (171) was a fantasy pig on Saturday against his old side, collecting 29 disposals (17 contested), seven marks and two goals in the win. He managed to go at 96% efficiency which was the reason his score was so high. Charlie Cameron (118) was on track for a monster score himself with four first half goals, but he couldn’t find the big sticks in the second half. No owners would be complaining though. Michael Walters (148) and Nat Fyfe (143) played games we expect them to have now, with each collecting 28 and 24 disposals respectively, and slotting 5 goals between them. Fyfe incredibly had two handballs in the first quarter, and then gave away a 50m penalty early in the second to be on 2 points, but rallied with a huge effort. Luke Ryan (123) had 21 disposals and 8 marks, after disappointing in round one.
It was the battle of the rucks in the Carlton v Melbourne game. Max Gawn (184) took the spoils in the form of SuperCoach glory and the four points, but Marc Pittonet (134) certainly made a name for himself. Pittonet had 23 hit outs and 14 disposals to Gawn’s 34 and 21, but at $236k provides everyone with a ROB 2.0 option this season. Kreuzer is still out, missing multiple weeks, but if Pitto performs at this level, does Kreuze earn his spot back?
Clayton Oliver (127) and Christian Petracca (126) dominated in the centre for the Demons, with 28 and 24 disposals each, while Tracc kicked two goals. Patrick Cripps (117) kicked a goal to go with his 21 disposals, but missed two shots on goal in the last quarter when the game was on the line.
Connor Rozee (145) was Port’s best in the smashing Showdown win, with 17 disposals (12 contested), 6 tackles and a goal. Brad Ebert (127) was back in the midfield and had 16 touches and a goal, while Todd Marshall (127) offered his teammates an option up forward, slotting two himself. Reilly O’Brien (161) had 27 hit outs and 16 touches for Adelaide’s only ton.
How bloody good was it watching Gold Coast towel up West Coast? Was it better than watching future Brownlow Medallist Matt Rowell (171) absolutely pants grown men? The number one pick had 26 disposals (14 contested), seven tackles, two goals and five clearances. A definite Rising Star nomination, and probably award, is in the mail. Sam Day (123) kicked two goals to go with his 18 touches in the win, while Andrew Gaff (137) had 29 disposals in the loss.
Stephen Coniglio (111) had 19 disposals and 10 tackles in GWS’s loss on the weekend, while Shaun Higgins (117) had 28 touches. Todd Goldstein (164) pantsed Sam Jacobs with 51 hit outs and 19 disposals, while Jared Polec (120) kicked a goal from his 23 touches.
Dane Rampe (149) and Jake Lloyd (145) were huge down back for the Swans, despite the loss, finishing with 20 and 29 disposals each, as well as 8 and four marks. Rampe went at 100% efficiency for his 20 touches, while Lloyd kicked a goal. Callum Sinclair (144) scored well in the ruck for the Swans, just to scare you Naismith owners, but he didn’t play a dominant game, I think SuperCoach is a ruck-friendly competition this year. Zach Merrett (159) had a ripper for the Bombers in the win with 29 touches, four marks, four tackles and a goal.
Jack Steele (137) at full-forward makes you think of JREL and smile, but it worked on Sunday, as he provided a good lead-up target and snagged a goal to go with his 22 touches. Jack Billings (133) was impressive with 24 touches and 3 goals, but Zak Jones (127) was the best player on the ground, with 29 touches and a goal for his new club. He brings this great energy for someone in his second game with new blokes. Josh Dunkley (131) redeemed himself despite loosing a lot of owners with 28 touches and 8 tackles.
John Noble (41) scored well in round one, which made everyone want to start him on field. He stuffed those who did, after he dribbled out 15 touches at 53% efficiency. Jordan De Goey (67) missed two shots at goal and went at 29% efficiency with his 17 disposals, while Marlion Pickett (37) could only find 7 touches and went at 42% when he did get it.
Patrick Dangerfield (101) barely flopped, but he was a popular captaincy choice, and he was looking at a total score of around 60 at half time. He turned it on once Liam Shiels moved onto Selwood, but you would’ve scored a lot better if you didn’t have the C on him. Jonathon Ceglar (71) was a popular DPP ruck option but didn’t seem to score well despite winning 30 hit outs. They did seem to be going down the throats of the Cats most of the night, which explains that? Almost every Hawk was a flop on Friday.
Hugh McCluggage (66) has disappointed so far this season, with his effort of 15 disposals at 53% enough to cause players to trade him out. Hopefully he can turn it around.
Jack Martin (71) could’ve scored a lot better if he had kicked straight, missing two shots from his 11 touches. Jack Viney (86) scored well, but after his round one efforts he was tagged for a bit of the game, resulting in just 18 touches.
Dan Houston (60), we have a problem. He’s playing midfield but he’s not finding enough of the pill. He’ll be a popular out this week. Also a flop: all of Adelaide. Sorry, Statty and Barron.
After the domination we’ve seen from almost all the ruckmen this week, Nic Naitinui (85) was a little disappointing. Especially if you made him captain over Gawn. He had 36 hit outs, which is more than Gawn, but they must’ve been ineffective. I don’t know, I was too mesmerised by Rowell’s shoulders.
Ben Cunnington (72) had 21 touches, but 16 handballs, which let down his scoring. He also went at 61% efficiency. Most GWS players weren’t up to their standards, but most notably for SuperCoach reasons were: Josh Kelly (89), Sam Jacobs (56), Toby Greene (47), Zac Williams (82), Lachie Whitfield (97) and Jeremy Cameron (53). For purely JREL throwbacks, Heath Shaw (47) didn’t get one hit out!!!
After some brought him in, Jacob Townsend (41) disappointed, with just 5 touches. Jordan Dawson (45) had 16 touches but 5 clangers, while Isaac Heeney (60) kicked a goal from his 10 touches but did little else.
Ben Long (41) was a popular selection but didn’t deliver, with just 9 touches. Rowan Marshall (70) also didn’t do much to satisfy owners, with 11 touches and 21 hit outs.
Josh Daicos (126) went huge with 24 touches (11 contested) and 5 marks, all at 87% efficiency. He is now worth $299k after jumping 40 grand. Tom J Lynch (113) was good for the Tigers, which was needed after such a disappointing round one last week… last round. He kicked three goals from his 12 disposals.
Chad Wingard (60) disappointed after scoring 131 in round one, failing to hit the scoreboard. He had 17 disposals, but he couldn’t hit the side of a barn, going at 35%.
Brandon Starcevich (99) had a ripsnorter of a game off half back after having a relatively quiet round one. He had 18 disposals and eight marks in his second game of football, and is firming in the best 22. Brett Bewley (52) was disappointing after all the hype following round one, only managing to touch it 16 times. Hopefully his scoring improves, but at 275k he’s not a massive investment.
Nathan Jones (31) was floated as a potential defender/mid option, but he only had 11 touches and looked off the pace a bit, so I wouldn’t bother with him. Michael Gibbons (90) is a second year player, but he’s still mature-aged and played like it, with 15 disposals, 5 tackles and a goal.
Charlie Dixon (62) had three goals but only 8 touches, so didn’t score as well as you would’ve hoped. Tom Doedee (39) had his first game back from an ACL injury and only had 9 touches. He’ll warm back into it over the next few games.
Josh Kennedy (56) was a bit of a non-factor up forward, with just five disposals leading to one goal. Darcy MacPherson (65) was a popular pick before the season started, but he’ll be lucky to have any owners after his 12 disposal effort.
Jy Simpkin (104) had a huge last quarter to crack the ton, but finished with 25 touches and 7 clearances. He’s a popular breakout option, and this year looks to be his. Isaac Cumming (47) was disappointing with just 11 touches to his name.
James Rowbottom (34) was someone I personally looked at as a mid-pricer, but I’m glad I didn’t select him. He hasn’t done well to start the season. Jordan Ridley (94) is someone I also looked at, but I’m upset I didn’t start him. I had him last year and he did stuff all, but I went a year early on his breakout it seems. Andrew McGrath (98) had 23 touches and a good game in the midfield, while Kyle Langford (104) is continuing to play impressive football without much attention.
Hunter Clark (105) was impressive for the Saints, finishing with 19 touches and seven marks off the half back flank. Bailey Smith (126) was also very good, but for the Dogs instead, with 29 touches and five marks in the midfield.
Darcy Cameron (73) played his first game for the Magpies after coming in for Mason Cox, and had 13 touches, 8 marks, four hit outs and seven contested possessions. He did everything you’d ask from a bloke who’s spent more time in the medical tent than on the football field, but will he keep big Coxzilla out?
Tom Berry (58), brother of Jarrod, made his debut for Brisbane. He only had 9 touches, but he spent a third of the game on the pine. If he plays he could be another bubble boy this week.
Trent Rivers (62) played his first game alongside Luke Jackson (30), and played a bit better than his rucking best mate, with 12 disposals to Luke’s 7. All eyes were on Harley Bennell’s (59) return to footy. He only played 50% game time, due to strict management, but he had 14 disposals playing through the midfield. If they can keep him on the park he’ll be a fantastic pickup.
Ned McHenry (34) made his debut with 12 disposals and two missed shots at goal. If he slots those he scores much better. Ben Crocker (34) kicked a goal, which boosted his previously horrendous score, but he only had 5 disposals.
Not his first game, but Kyron Hayden (26) had his first hit out of the year, but only managed 8 touches. Not one to look at, I’d say.
Lathiam Vandermeer (42) looked good when he had it, but will need to work on getting it a bit more. He had a goal with his 10 touches.
That’s it from me tonight, Community! What stood out for you on our first weekend back?