Who’s Your Captain – Round 8
SuperCoach is about to become a different, but still very lovable, beast. These captain’s article may have to double up and do 2 rounds at once, or become a podcast segment, or something! We’ll work it out.
For now though, you have this in it’s original and less complicated form.
This week does however pose the issue that Brodie Grundy, Max Gawn and Lachie Neale all play on the same day, with the latter two playing against each other.
TOP Vice-Captaincy Options:
I flagged Greenwood as an outside the box option last week and you would’ve been pleased with a 144 if you took the plunge. The Suns play their first Thursday night game ever, and it will be good to see if Greenwood can back that score up as your VC.
The Suns are a different team this year, but Bontempelli loves playing the young Suns, scoring 124 last time they met. No Hunter means Macrae will likely move to the outside a bit more leaving the Bulldogs skipper to lead the midfield brigade, making Bontempelli a good option.
Has Luke McDonald to worry about, but North are playing their B-side with an injury list that looks like a phone book. Hasn’t been his usual self with Carlton relying less on him to have big games, for them to have good games, but I can see a vintage Cripps performance this week. He scored 123 last time he came up against the Roos
He’s a different type of tagger, his aim isn’t to stop his opponent getting the ball, it’s to get the ball before his opponent does. This has resulted in some massive scores, like the 162 he scored against Adelaide last round. An option.
TOP Captaincy Options:
Has scored 132 and 137 the last two times he’s played West Coast. Add to that that he’s not had a score under 100 this year and he poses as a very good Captaincy option (maybe even VC if you’re quick enough)
Hasn’t had a score under 140 since the restart and has scored 150+ in the last 3 weeks. TOUGH CHOICE with the man below also playing the same game, worth noting as has been pointed out to me Stefan Martin has nullified big Maxy before.
EDIT: Big Stef has been ruled out with a back injury.
Was well held by former teammate Matt de Boer last week, but will be looking to bounce back strongly and assert his dominance again. Scored 137 last time he played Melbourne. Once again though, Tough choice with Max Gawn playing in the same game.
FWIW: I think I’d go with Gawn.
RD 8 Rundown
Suns and Bulldogs play on Thursday night in the Suns first ever prime time slot, and Hugh Greenwood is a tackling machine and could score very well, while Marcus Bontempelli will be leading that Bulldogs midfield from the front with Lachie Hunter missing likely moving Macrae back to the outside.
Giants and Tigers play in a Grand Final rematch on Friday night and I can’t pin any hopes to any player in this game with any great confidence. Intercepting backs always score well against the Tigers though, so Nick Haynes could be in for a massive score, Stephen Coniglio IF he plays midfield again could be a good option. Which version of Dustin Martin turns up?
North Melbourne play Carlton in the early Saturday game and the only player from this game I’d consider is Patrick Cripps. Sydney play Hawthorn in a game of who wants to score less, and Jake Lloyd should be intercepting left, right and centre. Swans with only Luke Parker midfield could also see Tom Mitchell score massively.
Port Adelaide go up against the Saints at the Adelaide Oval and Jack Steele, I think, Is the best option here as he’ll likely tag Travis Boak. Wouldn’t put it past the former POWER captain to put up a good score anyway though.
Adelaide and Essendon face off and people are hoping Zach Merrett can return to his usual high scoring ways, or does Jordan Ridley read the play like a picture book and outscore him? Matt Crouch continues to rack them up but hasn’t really gone massive at all this season.
West Coast and Collingwood play at a Crowd-filled Optus Stadium. Brodie Grundy is always a good option, but Adam Treloar continues to rack them up despite the shortened games and Taylor Adams is yet to go under 100. West Coast players seem to be settling in at home so that makes all the Eagles players options, specifically Tim Kelly and Andrew Gaff.
Melbourne play Brisbane on the Gold Coast and I only need to mention Max Gawn and Lachie Neale here. Like I said earlier, I think Gawn might have the edge.
Fremantle will be searching for their first win at home against the Cats who they usually play pretty well against no matter how well either team is going. I will always mention Andrew Brayshaw, while Michael Walters is a sneaky option. Patrick Dangerfield was well held last time by the Dockers and with him by himself this week could that let Mitch Duncan, who’s due to return, go off the chain?
Who’s your captain, community?