Foz, bless his cotton socks, did me a solid last week by stepping up to Panic Room duties. It’s a hard gig, but we can’t hide the fact that he went full BT on it by confusing player names and making a meal of his round 6 side. Being the supportive network we are, we roasted him for it
If I went up in rank by 1 for every time I’ve heard “this is a year like no other” my rank would look respectable like Patch’s (how is Patch good??) and not like a telephone number. Last week I struggled and scraped my way to a little over 1,900 and yet I still went UP in rankings. Although this may say less about the strangeness of the week and more about the fact I was well back in the pack at the conclusion of round 5…
But, as they say, there is no rest for the wicked. With games now coming even more thickly and fast…ly and the introduction of everybody’s favourite Monday night fixture (ew) in round 7, we’ll have even less time to rage trade during the week.
Newz you can Uze
*gestures vaguely in the direction of Thursday night footy*. Things happened. Let’s move on.
The Bombers are unveiling Ned Cahill tonight. With Essendon’s long held tactic of bombing it long to the shortest forward they have, the Cahill name is perfect for some audacious volley’s to be had tonight. I’m expecting big things. Mason Redman also makes his return. Bevo has swung the axe, dropping four for the game. First rounder Cody Weightman gets his chance.
Tim Taranto will play his first game of the year against the Lions on Saturday and Jye Caldwell has also been recalled at the expense of Tom Green and Jackson Hately. Callan Ward will miss with another knee injury. Brisbane will go in unchanged. The Swans have lost JPK and Isaac Heeney long term but will regain a ruckman in the form of Callum Sinclair. Elijah Taylor, labelled as an “excitement machine”, will make his debut. Gold Coast have made made one change, replacing Fiorini with Wil Powell. Jack Ziebell returns on Saturday night against the Tigers, and my maturity is being put to the test by the naming of Aiden Bonar and Mason Wood (hehe). The Tigers, for their part, are unchanged.
Sunday is your usual hodgepodge of extended squads and possible debuts. Carlton have named Matthew Cottrell and ex-Tiger Callum Moore. Port have named ex-Lion Sam Mayes, as well as Rocky and Xavier Duursma. Mitch Georgiades is also on the team sheet if you’ve still got him at F8. Harrison Jones could get another opportunity to impress for the Hawks after debuting in round 5. Shaun Burgoyne will make his return. Jon Patton (hamstring) is the only confirmed out so far. The Dees will miss TMac for the clash, with 5 names added none of them are particularly SuperCoach relevant. Freo have named three possible debuts for the Derby – Lloyd Meek, Michael Frederick, and Tobe Watson. In a massive loss, Nat Fyfe will miss as well as promising youngster Hayden Young. West Coast could also have a debutante in Xavier O’Neill. Their midfield will be boosted with the inclusion of Luke Shuey.
Teams for Adelaide v St.Kilda will be named Saturday afternoon.
These players come with free frogurt! (that’s good)
These players come with Potassium Benzoate! (that’s bad)
Smooth Kevy’s Lock of the Week
It’s downgrade szn! “Cash generation is important” is a close second to “this is a year like no other” in terms of overused cliches. There is a stack of options (see above) so my pick would just be what suits you the best. You missed Sam Simpson last night, but with forward line rookies doing their usual thing of being garbage you could probably cut your losses with one and jump on a guaranteed cash boost in Izak Rankine. – NOTE I will not be made accountable if he spuds it.