2020 Hindsight: Round 3
Hello Community. How is everyone? A bit of a roller-coaster of emotions going on right about now, hey? When news broke of McKenna testing positive for COVID-19, my first thought was, “football will be suspended for two more weeks… :(”
But with the postponement of the Essendon-Melbourne game, everything SuperCoach-related has been thrown up against a wall, seeing what will stick. Believe me, there are no perfect answers in such an imperfect world. Whilst many of you wanted averages, or projected scores to apply (believe me, so did I), there were too many issues with this. Such as:
1. You could trade in players like Viney, Petracca, Gawn, McGrath and Smith. These players are performing above their price, and you would get them for their confirmed scores. Unfair.
2. What happens when the replay game gets played? Do those scores just not count?
3. Price changes would occur based on averages? Or they wouldn’t, because they haven’t played?
At the end of the day, it’s a bizarre season in a bizarre year, but you have to give credit to the boys who are sifting through all the bullcrap to try to find a situation that works. Whilst I don’t love the best-18 myself, especially because I own 4 premiums and two on-field rookies who should’ve played, it was the only situation that made sense based on precedent and repercussions.
Now, after that rant, let’s get to some hindsight viewing.
Jaeger O’Meara (142) top scored for the Hawks on Thursday night, finishing with 23 disposals, 5 marks and a goal. James Sicily (128) had 23 touches (19 kicks) playing off half back in an intercept/rebound role we all love, while Chad Wingard (122) bounced back with three goals from his 15 touches, much to Patch’s she-grin. Jayden Short (126) had 18 disposals and seven marks in the back half, along with Bachar Houli (110), who continued his run at the MCG with 25 touches and six marks. Dylan Grimes (109) and Nick Vlastuin (105) rounding out Richmond centuries highlights the Tigers poor game, as their only decent scorers were backs.
Caleb Daniel (134) reminded everyone why he was so highly selected last year, finishing with 23 touches and six marks for the Bulldogs. Jack Macrae (133) was finally put back into the centre square by Bevo and finished with 25 touches (11 contested), seven tackles, five marks and five clearances. Keep him there, Bevo. Please. Josh Dunkley (128) had just 16 touches, but 12 were contested, and he also managed six tackles and two hit outs. Oh, and he kicked a goal. Tim English (120) finally played some decent football once I put him on my draft bench, while Nick Haynes (110) is playing some good football this season so far. He had 17 touches and 11 marks off the half back flank.
Todd Goldstein (151) has had a ripper start to the season, finishing the day with 35 hit outs and 18 touches. He also had 4 free kicks for. He’s tracking towards being a better ruck option than Gawn and Grundy, let’s see if he can keep it up. Jy Simpkin (140) is a current star, and a future superstar. He had 26 touches and a goal, but his composure was incredible when under pressure. He’s one to have this season. Isaac Heeney (123) had 18 touches and a goal, as well as taking 8 marks. He was due to play deep forward, but Hayden McLean came in late to push him further up the ground. Josh Kennedy (126) had 22 touches and six tackles, and was instrumental in the win.
Steele Sidebottom (150) has never been a must-have in SuperCoach, but if you have the POD you would’ve been pleased with his 31 touches, 6 tackle and one goal effort. Brayden Maynard (125) also had a really good game as a POD with 23 touches and six tackles, while Jack Crisp (114) had 24 touches.
Mitch Duncan (123) was Geelong’s best player with 24 touches, but he did miss two shots on goal. Pat Cripps (123) had 24 touches and kicked two goals, while Sam Docherty (122) had 23 touches and 9 marks. The two skippers led from the front in the gritty win. Jack Martin (127) didn’t kick a goal, but he did have 18 touches and five tackles.
Lachie Neale (166) has continued his incredible start to the season with another magnificent display. He had 32 touches, two goals and seven tackles, as well as 7 clearances. Hugh McCluggage (155) finally put together a good performance after disappointing over the first two weeks, with 26 touches and five tackles. He also missed two shots at goal and went at 53% despite scoring so well. Nic Naitanui (137) was a popular trade out option this week, but he was back to his best with 12 touches, 34 hit outs and a goal. Andrew Gaff (117) has been hot to start the year and that didn’t stop, collecting 30 touches and taking 7 marks. He alsom missed two shots at goal, which could’ve resulted in an even bigger score.
Matt Rowell (141) is on his way to a Brownlow. In 2020? Perhaps. He had a triple double, with 10 kicks, 10 handballs and 10 tackles. He also kicked two goals in the massive Gold Coast win.
Jarrod Witts (147) gave massive AFL Live 2004 vibes by consistently grabbing the ball out of the ruck and pumping it into the forward line. He had 17 touches and 22 hit outs, as well as 8 clearances. Ben King (130) kicked three goals from his 13 touches, while his leaping ability was on display with 6 marks. Touk Miller (126) was also very strong with 26 touches and a goal, while Brandon Ellis (111) seems to be the secret sauce to premierships. He had 20 touches and five tackles. Rory Laird (108) had 25 touches off the half back flank for the Crows.
Nat Fyfe (166) is a superstar. Despite the loss, he had 23 touches, four tackles and a goal. He took a ripper pack mark late in the last quarter but failed to convert. Michael Walters (109) was the only other Docker to reach triple figures, with 23 touches and a goal being how he got there. Travis Boak (159) had 26 touches and a goal, as well as 7 tackles. Scott Lycett (156) had 37 hit outs to go with 12 touches for the Sunday night game against Fremantle on the Gold Coast.
James Worpel (70) was inefficient in the win, with 10 clangers to go with his 17 touches. He laid seven tackles, which was good, but five free kicks against is not so nice. Jack Reiwold (14) was on -13 at half-time, which was a bit of a laugh.
Lachie Whitfield (8) was collected by Aaron Naughton and was ruled out at quarter time. Owners have been saved by the best 18 rule that has come into place this round, but he’ll be a popular in once he drops to approximately $430k.
Dane Rampe (32) had just the 8 touches and two free kicks against for a pretty poor score. Owners would be upset with that output. Shaun Higgins (61) was subjected to an effective tag and finished with 11 touches, however did go at 100%.
Rowan Marshall (81) was quiet with just 11 hit outs and 14 disposals. He kicked a goal but is suffering from having Ryder in the team. Jack Steele (73) had 13 touches and six tackles, but was a massive drop off from last week’s performance, as was Jack Billings (70), who had 16 touches.
Sam Petrevski-Seton (45) only had 9 touches in the win, while Sam Walsh (75) had 12 disposals and three tackles. Patrick Dangerfield (75) had 21 touches, but went at 47% efficiency, while Tom Stewart (84) had 16 touches and seven marks.
Tim Kelly (61) has been underwhelming so far, only managing 17 touches and four tackles. He also went at 29% efficiency. Elliot Yeo (71) was also disappointing. Charlie Cameron (46) cooled down after a great start to the year, only managing 5 touches and a goal.
Pretty much all of Adelaide flopped on Sunday, whilst none of Gold Coast did.
Dan Houston (73) is surely on the chopping block now. He had just 12 touches, and I reckon about 4 of them were kicking out from full back. He’s not getting the ball around the contest. Connor Rozee (30) was very quiet, with only 8 touches, while Luke Ryan (67) disappointed with just 12 disposals himself.
Marlion Pickett (50) disappointed owners, who may now look to move him to the bench after a relatively poor start to 2020. He only had 10 touches and four clangers. Jonathon Ceglar (120) had a good game against Soldo and… *checks notes*… Nathan Broad, in the ruck. 15 touches, 20 hit outs and a goal to go with seven clearances is super tasty.
Bailey Smith (101) is looking like a must have forward option this year. Only 17 touches through the midfield, but he’s an energiser bunny and continues to go 100% into every contest. Kicked a goal and went at 94% efficiency too.
Aiden Bonar (45) played his first game for North after being a late in for Cunnington, and didn’t do anything to force selectors to pick him again, with just 8 touches and four tackles. Jordan Dawson (113) was a popular pick in preseason but the love dropped off after a poor effort in the last preseason game. He had 16 touches and a goal, but also had 459m gained.
Hunter Clark (70) disappointed after having a great game last week, with just 16 touches. Daniel Butler (124) continued his great start to the season with two goals from 16 touches, while Ben Paton (100) also cracked the ton with 18 touches and seven marks.
Jack Steven (20) played his first game for the Cats, but you wouldn’t know about it. He was barely sighted, finishing with 6 disposals. Quinton Narkle (111) had 18 touches and four tackles in a great game. Marc Pittonet (137) backed up his excellent game last week with an even better effort against the Cats. He had just 9 disposals, but he took 3 marks, laid three tackles, and had 36 hit outs. Hopefully he can continue this mammoth effort.
Oscar McInerney (132) had 11 touches, 16 hit outs and a goal in a big game for him, while Jarrod Berry (127) snagged three goals to go with his 13 touches.
Tom Doedee (113) had 20 touches and 8 marks for his second game back from injury. Hugh Greenwood (116) had ten touches and 13 tackles, as well as 8 clearances, to have a ripper game after Mark Ricciuto talked smack and called him old and slow.
Brett Bewley (93) had 17 disposals, with 11 contested, in a good game. Hamish Hartlett (126) and Brad Ebert (116) combined for some vintage Port performances, collecting 14 and 16 touches respectively, while Ebert also kicked a goal. Ollie Wines (107) also played his first game of the season and had 25 touches and a goal.
Lachie Ash (39) wasn’t that impressive with just 7 touches, but he looked quick and used it pretty well. If Whitfield misses a game, I imagine he’ll hold his spot and play Whitfield’s role. Laitham Vandermeer (53) played his second game, and had 10 touches. He looks quite impressive for a second gamer, and I imagine he’ll hold his spot.
Curtis Taylor (44) had ten touches and two marks, with most of his points and disposals coming in the second half. Kyron Hayden (34) had just six touches and four tackles.
John Noble (64) had 14 touches for the Pies, while Tyler Brown (80) had his best game so far, with 15 touches, three tackles and a goal.
Tom Williamson (53) played his first game for the season and had 8 touches. He went at 50% efficiency, but I imagine he’ll hold that spot, as Newman obviously isn’t coming back soon.
Jarrod Brander (75) had 14 touches and eight marks in a good game for him. Tom Berry (21) had just four touches in his second game, while Brandon Starcevich (89) had 12 touches and a goal.
Noah Anderson (51) had just 9 touches, but Connor Budarick (80) had 16 and his first goal. Ned McHenry (17) was barely sighted with two touches, while Will Hamill (40) was a little better on debut with 9. Fischer McAsey (53) had 7 disposals and three marks, while Ben Crocker (54) had 9 touches and a goal.
Sam Sturt (11) was doing nothing for the majority of three quarters, and then he broke his ankle… or at least looked like it. He came back on, laid a tackle, had a shot for goal, and then finished his night. Look to see if he gets up for next week. Hayden Young (41) did not much either; finishing with 8 touches.
I hope your weekend was still enjoyable, despite only watching 8 games of footy. Love you all xoxo