The Panic Room – Round 3
Welcome back to another stint in Friday’s favourite location: The Panic Room. This week, Kev is panicking massively after the Hawks dismantled his beloved Tigers, so I have taken over for him just this once.
There’s no time to waste on a Friday afternoon, especially now the pubs are open and you can enjoy a knockoff pint and parma combination at your local, so let’s jump right into the action.
Coming fresh out of a Thursday night win at the MCG are the Hawks. Chad Wingard was electric, kicking three goals much to Patch’s discomfort. Jaeger O’Meara played his first game back after the break due to a facial fracture, and you couldn’t tell. Not only did he play attractive football, he is still very handsome. James Sicily was also very impressive in a rebounding/intercepting role, but we already knew that. Jayden Short and Bachar Houli both played well at the same time, which was surprising, but the ball did spend a lot of time in Richmond’s backline…
The Bulldogs are facing the Giants in the Greene-Bontempelli Grudge Match. Unfortunately, Toby decided not to take the trip down to Marvel Stadium to gouge some eyes. Instead, Lachie Ash will be making his debut. At $193,800, he’s no cheap rookie, but from what I’ve heard he’s a real Lachie Whitfield-type of talent. Hopefully he plays well and holds his spot. Isaac Cumming has also made way for Zac Langdon to return to the Giants’ outfit, while Tom Liberatore, Toby McLean and Zaine Cordy come into the Bulldogs, while Ryan Gardner, Billy Gowers and Patrick Lipinski are out.
North Melbourne and Sydney will face off on Saturday, with Sam Naismith still out. Similarly priced ruck phenom and friend of the pod, Marc Pittonet, is giving Naismith owners an easy trade-in option as he plays his second game for Carlton. Jack Steven will debut for the Cats against Pittonet’s Blues, with Brandan Parfitt out under an injury cloud after a fantastic game last week. Tom Williamson is playing his first game for the season after chronic injury issues. Hopefully he can provide us with another rookie-priced defensive option next week. Stefan Martin is out of the Brisbane side, with Archie Smith taking his place. Everyone’s favourite Eagle Josh Rotham is in for Jackson Nelson this week as well.
Sam Flanders has been named on the extended bench against the Crows, while Shane McAdam and Will Hamill have also been listed for Adelaide in Sunday’s first game at Metricon. Orazio Fantasia and Conor McKenna have both been brought into the extended squad for Essendon, with the latter concerning Ridley owners. Kysaiah Pickett is back after his week off due to partying too hard and catching Ubers. Fremantle and Port Adelaide are facing off in the Hub, making Sunday a Metricon double header. Sean Darcy and Ryan Burton are out injured, while Connor Blakely, Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan, Caleb Serong, Sam Sturt, and Nathan Wilson have been brought into the extended squad for Fremantle. Stephen Hill, Jesse Hogan and Sam Sturt have been named on field. Ollie Wines and Mitch Georgiades have both been brought into the extended squad, along with Kane Farrell and potentail debutant Miles Bergman.
Plenty of options to keep an eye out for.
Lachie Ash ($193,800) DEF/MID – Been described as a Lachie Whitfield clone, and going by Lachie Whitfield, that’s pretty good. More expensive, and in a strong side. One to watch
Tom Williamson ($146,300) DEF – Not a rookie, but cheap due to his inability to get on the park in recent seasons. Plays a good rebounding role, and should slot straight into what Nic Newman was doing.
Stephen Hill ($190,600) DEF/FWD – Once again, not a rookie, but cheap due to not playing much footy last season. Or the season before. If he can get through a game and pull up fine for next week, he’ll be a good option.
Sam Flanders ($162,300) MID/FWD – Listed on the extended bench for the Suns and has been hotly tipped to do so, this bloke could offer us an option as a dual position player. Keep an eye as teams drop.
Shane McAdam ($123,900) FWD – Also listed on the extended bench, so wait and see on teams before doing anything. Also, you get a week to look at him anyway, why would you trade him in now?
Will Hamill ($123,900) DEF – See above
These players come with a free frogurt! (That’s good)
These players come with Potassium Benzoate! (That’s bad)
FozDaddy’s Lock of the Week
I can’t look past big Max Gawn to top score the round. Came back into form after a poor round one with a massive 184 against Carlton, and will play Patch’s Essendon. The Bombers don’t have a certified star in the ruck, or even a certified decent player in the ruck, so he should dominate at the MCG. The Dees to get up over the Bombers in an upset too.
Good luck this week, community!