2020 Hindsight: Round 8
The fixture is soon to be condensed, which will cause havoc on content being pumped out of the Jock Reynolds Cave. I am unsure on how we’ll structure up, but let’s just wait until the footy gods and their prophets speak to us, shall we?
Touk Miller (140) was Gold Coast’s best, with 26 touches (16 contested), seven clearances and seven tackles. Jack Macrae (169) has truly found his form and will collect three votes for his 29 touches, seven clearances and six tackles. In true JREL style, he also managed two hit outs as English’s backup. Caleb Daniel (128) had 25 touches at 84% efficiency in defence. Bailey Smith (104) had 22 touches and a goal, but missed two shots at the big sticks.
Josh Kelly (195) fell short of the second double ton on Friday, but was super impressive with 26 touches at 69%, four marks, eight tackles and a stunning goal from the pocket. Toby Greene (166) kicked five goals from his 18 touches, and also laid eight tackles. Nick Haynes (129) had 15 touches but also took 10 marks and provided the Giants a rebounding option. Jayden Short (110) hit another ton with Houli out, collecting 18 touches and seven marks. Dustin Martin (108) had 23 touches and two gaols, but went at 56% and had eight clangers, which hurt his scoring.
Sam Walsh (140) had 21 disposals and a goal for the Blues in their win over the Roos. Ed Curnow (123) had the job on Jy Simpkin and did well, finishing with 19 touches and ten tackles, whilst also keeping Simpkin to 11 disposals. Jared Polec (136) had 25 touches, six tackles and a goal, while Trent Dumont (122) continued his good form in the wet, with 22 touches, four marks and four tackles.
Jake Lloyd (157) and James Sicily (164) battled it out as the top defender in this game. Sicily won the battle, but Sydney won the war. Lloyd had 34 touches and seven marks, while Sicily had 23 touches, seven marks and a goal. Lloyd had 83 points in the third quarter to help set up Sydney’s comeback and win.
Rowan Marshall (160) and Paddy Ryder (142) shared the ruck duties very well. Rowan had 15 touches, 11 hit outs and two goals, while Paddy had 10 touches, 29 hit outs and two goals. Jack Steele (114) had 21 touches and six tackles, while Ollie Wines (100) had 17 touches, but at 47% efficiency.
Zach Merrett (135) played 74% of the game, but that didn’t stop him from collecting 33 touches, nine marks and six tackles. He had six clearances, which was only beaten by Andrew McGrath (124), who had 25 touches and ten tackles. Jordan Ridley (114) had 18 touches and went at 94% efficiency. Brodie Smith (129) had 24 touches and a goal in the loss.
Tim Kelly (150) is hitting his straps back in Perth, collecting 30 touches and a goal, whilst also going at 90% efficiency. Andrew Gaff (130) and Luke Shuey (130) assisted Kelly, collecting 26 and 19 touches respectively, while Gaff also took 11 marks and kicked a goal.
Clayton Oliver (177) was huge for the Demons with 28 disposals, ten tackles and five marks. He also had five clearances and went at 75% efficiency. He battled Lachie Neale (152), who had 33 disposals, six marks and seven clearances. Hugh McCluggage (131) had 22 touches himself, ten of those contested. Max Gawn (157) was a popular captaincy option and didn’t disappoint, finishing with 13 disposals and 41 hit outs. Christian Petracca (141) wouldn’t be a bad left-field VC option either, finishing with 24 disposals (14 contested), eight tackles and four clearances, all while going at 83%. Jack Viney (118) also got in on the action with 24 touches, three tackles and a goal… *finally takes a breath*
Izak Rankine (56) missed four shots in the last quarter, including one to tie the game. He finished with 11 touches at 1.4, and went at 54%. Hopefully he can clean up his goal kicking and efficiency next week. Marcus Bontempelli (87) had 20 touches but went at 35% efficiency. He also had four clangers, but took a potentially game saving mark on the half back flank which was worth plenty of points.
Jeremy Cameron (48) had just 12 touches and no goals, going at 58%, in a poor performance. Tom Lynch (35) was also poor in a game that wasn’t dominated by key forwards. He had 6 touches and two behinds.
Sam Docherty (66) was followed around by Pittard all day, and he is yet to break a tag this year. He had 13 touches, five tackles and six clangers, as well as three free kicks against. Jy Simpkin (35) had 11 touches, four free kicks against and six clangers, whilst going at 54% efficiency. It wasn’t a pretty day for him, after being tagged by Curnow and not looking 100%.
Dylan Stephens (46) only had 9 touches for the Swans. Despite being rated so highly preseason, he’s yet to fire a shot. Ben Stratton (22) went backwards after half time, much to Lek’s dismay. Chad Wingard (87) scored pretty well, but he had three missed shots at goal and his 17 touches were at 41% efficiency.
Travis Boak (54) only managed 15 touches at 60% in the loss, which really hurts owners. Dan Houston (67) had 18 touches at 55% and also dropped back to what he was scoring at the start of the season.
Tom Doedee (31) had seven touches before he hurt his hamstring and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines. Brad Crouch (15) also was injured and spent over three quarters on the bench. Conor McKenna (38) had 14 touches at 42% efficiency. He also overran the ball late and almost cost the Bombers a win.
Collingwood were poor across the board, but Brodie Grundy (61) was particularly disappointing. Buckley put the star at Full Forward for much of the game, and he only managed 10 touches and 24 hit outs.
Harley Bennell (42) is playing, which is good, but he’s not scoring fantastically well. He had 11 touches at 63%, and he had a shot on goal from 10 metres out which he botched. Daniel Rich (22) only had 5 touches before his day ended. It looks like he’ll miss some games. Sorry Lek.
Sam Collins (117) had 17 touches (12 contested) and four marks as a key defender. He has been a good player for the Suns, but is not really SuperCoach relevant. Hayden Crozier (108) had 19 touches and nine marks at 84% efficiency in the back half with Daniel, and looked really good.
Lachie Whitfield (116) is still somehow sub-500k, but is a proven premium and played like it, collecting 26 touches, nine marks and two clearances. He did have six clangers, which really hurt his score, but you’ll take 116 any day. Jake Aarts (46) kicked a goal, but didn’t do much else, finishing with 5 touches and three tackles.
Tom Williamson (28) is due to go now, with just 10 touches against North. Curtis Taylor (37) is also probably due to be flicked, with just 6 touches in the wet.
Liam Shiels (110) had 24 touches and a goal for the Hawks, as well as laying nine tackles. Despite going at 41%, he scored well. Dane Rampe (139) had 25 touches and five marks, and played very well despite suffering a suspected broken hand. James Rowbottom (76) played plenty of the game in the midfield but the seven clangers hurt his output.
Connor Rozee (39) has a bad habit of going backwards after halftime. He was sitting on 49 at the main break, but had a poor second half. Hunter Clark (103) had 24 touches and played well, but had 5 clangers, which didn’t help his scoring.
Mitch Hibberd (84) had 15 touches and nine tackles, and has pretty much taken over Devon Smith (49) on the pecking order. He had 13 touches at 53%, and laid 3 tackles. Owners are getting very sick of his inability to post a score. Will Hamill (96) had a great game in the back half, collecting 17 touches and laying six tackles.
Shannon Hurn (114) has turned it around now he’s back in WA, collecting 15 touches at 100%. He’s now at a very affordable price. Isaac Quaynor (79) had 18 touches in the back half himself, and is looking like a future star.
Jarryd Lyons (147) has pieced together a nice patch of form, and is performing very well as Neale’s Robin. 22 disposals helped pave the way for plenty of clearances. Dayne Zorko (106) was looking ugly in the early part of the season, but he seems to have shaken that off and is back at his best. 17 disposals and a goal against the Dees.
Matthew Ling (47) played his first game for the Swans and had 10 touches. He played primarily in defence and looked solid, not spectacular. Elijah Taylor (60) played his second game and had a goal from his eight touches.
Sam Mayes (39) had his second game for the Power, and only had 12 touches. His first game was a great one out of the block, but hopefully he averages a score in between his first two.
Ned Cahill (44) had seven touches and two goals in the win for the Bombers.
Atu Bosenvulagi (12) was a late in for Scott Pendlebury, and boy did he deliver… 2 touches, neither effective, one mark, one tackle and two free kicks against. A total of four clangers.