2020 Hindsight: Round 6
We’ve hopefully left the worst the season has to offer behind us, community. The last two weeks have been rough. Premium injuries and suspensions are coming thick and fast now, whilst rookies are getting dropped like hot scones. With the competition starting feature teams on four and five day breaks more regularly, get ready for more carnage ahead!
Lachie Neale (134) was a popular VC choice, and he didn’t disappoint with 26 touches and a goal, despite scoring 20 points below his ridiculous average. Dayne Zorko (119) had his first really good game of the year, but even then he was quiet after half time. Sam Menegola (152) was superb for the Cats, with 26 touches at 92% efficiency, as well as 2 goals. Pat Dangerfield (146) had 24 touches himself, while Joel Selwood (143) completed the Geelong’s engine room with 20 touches and eight tackles. Tom Hawkins (120) kicked three goals from his 15 touches.
Adam Treloar (122) played his second game for the season and had 35 disposals at 65% efficiency. Despite his injury concerns, Treloar is a great selection. With shorter quarters and a shorter season, it may be a good year to look at him. Brody Mihocek (110) kicked four goals against the Hawks, while Taylor Adams (104) continued his strong start to the year with 22 touches. James Sicily (132) bounced back with 28 touches and 14 marks, while Tom Mitchell (122) had 33 touches and seven marks in the loss.
#BrayshawBreakout ??? Andrew Brayshaw (122) managed 89% TOG, and with Fyfe resting forward the entire second half, Andy put the team on his back with 20 disposals. Rory Lobb (117) had 16 hit outs and a goal as the number one ruck, while Michael Walters (107) had 26 disposals as a midfielder. Callum Wilkie (119) had a good game with 18 touches in the back half, while Zak Jones (104) had 15 touches and two goals.
Tim Kelly (140) finally turned up in Eagles colours, collecting 24 touches for his new side. Jeremy McGovern (122) was intercepting every awful Adelaide entry, finishing with 17 touches and 12 marks. Brodie Smith (124) finished with 31 touches and a goal from half back, while Matt Crouch (123) had 29 disposals himself.
Max Gawn (153) had 15 disposals, eight marks and 30 hit outs in the matchup against Witts. Jack Viney (123) had 21 disposals and eight tackles in a bounce back game for him, while Touk Miller (142) was Gold Coast’s best with 23 touches. Hugh Greenwood (126) had 18 touches and 12 tackles himself.
Andrew McGrath (120) had 25 touches in the middle for the Bombers, going at 84%. Jordan Ridley (111) has continued his great start to the year with 18 touches at 83%, while Todd Goldstein (129) took advantage of Andrew Phillips and finished with 19 touches and 30 hit outs. Jy Simpkin (127) is dominating when Cunnington is out, finishing with 23 touches and six tackles.
Nick Haynes (113) was his usual self down back for the Giants, collecting 23 disposals and eight marks. Lachie Whitfield (111) was on 31 at half time but came home like a house on fire, finishing with 25 touches and a goal. Dan Houston (109) has come good the last two weeks, right after everyone traded him. He had 22 touches and played on half back and in the guts. Scott Lycett (108) had 21 hit outs and 11 touches against Shane Mumford.
Jack Martin (116) kicked two goals from his 13 touches in Carlton’s big win over the Bulldogs. Ed Curnow (115) did a good job tagging Marcus Bontempelli (116) in the first half, then Bailey Smith (119) in the second half. Bailey had 87 at half time, but couldn’t replicate that with Curnow following him around. He finished with 26 disposals and a goal, while Bont had 22 touches and a goal. Jack Macrae (138) had his first big game of the year, with 26 disposals, and received no attention from taggers, which allowed him to collect plenty of late game pill.
Callum Mills (173) had 29 disposals in a huge game off the half back flank, whilst Jake Lloyd (102) had a good, but not Mills-level game with 24 touches. Jayden Short (118) had 26 touches as the primary rebounder with Houli out of the side. Kamdyn McIntosh (121) had 24 disposals on the wing for the Tigers.
Mitch Duncan (13) was a popular selection after 5 scores between 114 and 123 to start the year. Unfortunately, he only managed three touches in 6% game time before straining his hamstring. There’s rumours that he is pushing to play this week, but I’d imagine he’ll miss. Quinton Narkle (5) went off the ground at the same time as Duncan, and will miss with a more significant injury. Brandon Starcevich (31) has hit the rookie wall it seems, just managing 8 touches from 67% TOG, while Hugh McCluggage (74) copped a stinger on the shoulder and spent some time on the bench. He eventually returned to the field but only had 10 disposals.
Chad Wingard (34) had 10 touches at 40% efficiency, which is not the sort of output we expect from him after such a strong start to the year. Jon Ceglar (43) wasn’t much better with 9 touches and 9 hit outs as the number one ruck, while Brayden Maynard (89) was lucky to finish on his score after a first half of zero influence.
As expected, Nat Fyfe (84) played out of the goalsquare in the second half, and whilst he had 18 touches and two goals, 15 and one of those were in the first half as a midfielder. Brad Hill (31) is struggling to find enough of the ball, managing just 11 touches at 63%, while Ben Long (70) will miss 3-4 weeks for his hit on Darcy.
Rory Sloane (76) and Rory Laird (76) have been underwhelming to start the season, and that trend continued with 18 and 17 disposals respectively. Shannon Hurn (39) has looked out of place for the Eagles, and I feel like he’s now past it. Andrew Gaff (67) is starting to concern owners with how easy it is to tag him out of the game. He had just 12 touches and minimal influence.
Darcy MacPherson (34) is a player we got wrong in the preseason. He had 4 touches, at 50% efficiency, and is not playing in the guts. Hopefully you dished him already. Brayden Fiorini (40) came in for his third game of the year for Rowell, but he didn’t do anything that would ensure him of a spot next week. Angus Brayshaw (44) isn’t as good as his brother, finishing with 12 touches at 41%.
Zach Merrett (68) was quiet in his first game back, finishing with 18 touches. Devon Smith (68) had more of it, with 23 disposals, but went at 52%, while Dylan Shiel (74) has been suspended two weeks for his hit on Curtis Taylor.
Travis Boak (70) was tagged pretty effectively, finishing with just 16 disposals, while Connor Rozee (54) has done nothing to suggest he’s the best player from the 2018 draft class (hint, it’s Rankine!!!) Josh Kelly (92) was sitting pretty on 60 at half time and was looking good at a big score, but a very quiet second half saw him fall short of the ton, while Tom Green (42) disappointed owners with just 8 touches.
Sam Docherty (47) was very quiet in the win, with just 13 touches at 53%. I’m not sure if he was being tagged, but it just wasn’t his night. Pat Cripps (56) hurt his shoulder early but played out the game, finishing with 13 disposals as well.
Dustin Martin (66) has been a disappointment this year so far, and Sunday he collected just 15 disposals and one goal. Josh Kennedy (18) looks like he’s done his MCL, fingers cross it’s nothing worse than that, whilst Isaac Heeney (86) copped a head knock from Pickett. He had 16 disposals as the key forward for the Swans.
Brandan Parfitt (79) has been a much discussed POD in the forward line but he didn’t get on the ground enough to have a massive impact, with just 62% TOG despite two early injuries. He had 19 disposals and a goal, which was promising. Tom Berry (23) only had seven touches at 42% efficiency, which really hindered his scoring.
Rupert Wills (108) had 19 touches and five marks for Collingwood, while Jack Crisp (91) went at an efficienct 93% from his 15 disposals.
Hunter Clark (61) managed 18 touches but didn’t have much influence on the game, while Max King (61) could’ve had a huge score if he kicked straight; 1.3 for the young forward. Luke Ryan (105) had 14 touches off half back, but went at 92% efficiency, which is why his score is over the 100.
Elliot Yeo (105) cracked the ton, and for someone priced under $500k, he’s a bloody good option. He had 21 touches and 5 tackles, but look to see that number increase as they return back to Perth. Tom Doedee (105) had 20 touches and 11 marks in the back half for the Crows. With plenty of opposition forward 50 entries, he’s got his hands full trying to intercept everything. Ned McHenry (64) is starting to get used to the pace of the AFL now, collecting just 10 touches but going at 80% efficiency.
Harley Bennell (54) started well, but didn’t score much between half time and the last 10 seconds, where he kicked his first goal for Melbourne. He had 13 touches, but played 78% TOG, which is very promising. Jack Lukosius (106) is playing some good footy down back for the Suns. He had 18 touches at 88% efficiency off the back line.
David Zaharakis (126) turned back the clock with 20 touches and 3 goals. For someone who has almost been dropped the last few weeks, he’s earned himself a reprieve. Darcy Parish (88) started very well, on 63 at half time, but his flame burned out after that. Jack Mahony (45) had just 10 touches and three tackles, while Kyron Hayden (46) had just 6.
Jeremy Cameron (119) hasn’t done much yet this year, but 2 goals from 15 touches is a good start. Jacob Hopper (103) played well in the midfield, collecting 22 touches with 16 contested. Kane Farrell (112) had one goal from his 19 touches, but missed two shots at goal as well.
Tom Liberatore (120) had 22 touches in the midfield for the Dogs, and helped out Macrae, Smith and Bont well. Lachie Hunter (108) played his first game since his bumper car experiment, while Marc Pittonet (75) fell short of his breakeven by 1 point. He had 33 hit outs against English, but he’ll start to leak cash soon, unless he eclipses his new breakeven of 96.
Robbie Fox (107) was a late in for Aliir Aliir, and had 13 disposals at 92%, while Ivan Soldo (117) had 21 hit outs against Hayden McLean. Jake Aarts (28) was a popular selection after his score last week, but he would’ve disappointed plenty with just 6 touches.
Sam Simpson (112) played his first game since the back half of 2018, and took advantage of Geelong’s injury woes. Despite only attending one centre bounce, he still managed 27 touches and five tackles. I doubt he plays like this every week, but he should feature heavily for Geelong now they’ve potentially lost two midfielders.
Both the Magpies and Hawks blooded two debutants each, and whilst Josh Morris (26) had next to no influence on the result, the same can’t be said about Will Day (92). He was one of Hawthorn’s better players, finishing with 16 disposals at 81%. Atu Bosenvulagi (55) had 16 touches in his first game, but Will Kelly (36) is done for the season after dislocating his elbow.
Andrew McPherson (76) was good in his first game despite just having 9 disposals. He took 5 marks as well, and looked relatively capable down back. Nicks has already said he likes him in the best 22, so hopefully he can feature a few more times.
Izak Rankine (111) had a debut to remember. He had just 12 touches, but kicked 3.3 and seemed like he was going to create something every time he was near it. He probably had two Goal of the Week nominations, and his second goal could be a goal of the year option too.
Not a first game, but Louis Butler (53) had 16 disposals in his second game, and looked pretty good. I don’t know if he holds his spot, but was nice to see him doing well out there.
Chad Warner (38) and Dylan Stephens (52) both debuted for the Swans, with 8 and 11 disposals respectively for the two recruits. Stephens may hold his spot, Warner less likely, but there are better options on the bubble this week.
How’d we all go this week, Community? Who are you thinking of getting rid of?