TEAM REVEAL: BARRON
Every year I say this is probably the hardest Supercoach side I’ve had to select and the very next year I look back on that sweet, naïve, slightly less bald Barron from a year ago and think “If only he could see what we have to deal with this year!”
This year it is absolutely, 100% true though, no doubt about it and all those other Barrons had it easy, this was the hardest Supercoach side I’ve had to select. Not because I was jumping back and forth on a different premo, I wish that was the biggest issue I was facing. No, the issue this year is rookies, late team selections and job security. These things can be fixed with money, but boy does it make my team look slightly less interesting.
So here we are for 2021, presenting this years version of ¡Peligro Abejas!
We’ve gone with 4 big guns (or little guns in the case of guys of a few of these guys) across the backline with Jake Lloyd, Rory Laird, Caleb Daniel and Jayden Short. Lloyd, Laird and Daniel were locked in early without much thought, while Short won me over during the pre-season. Jordan Clark impressed in the pre-season hitout, but I think more importantly he’s just a guy the Cats have to play this year because if not he’s going to go find a team that will give him consistent gametime. He was the #15 pick back in the 2018 Draft, so the talent is obviously there, it’s just about opportunity for him now and when it comes I think he can put up an average of 80-85, which i’d be happy with as a return.
Jack Macrae could be Bontempelli, I don’t think you’d be upset with picking either, I just have Macrae as one who may spend slightly less time forward than Bont. Zac Merrett has been locked into my side since Supercoach open, which is kind of weird because he’s not one who usually catches my eye first up, but he finished 2020 in absolute red hot form and I think that will continue through 2021. Tom Mitchell is still iffy at this stage and will be confirmed soon once the Round 1 teams come out, but if he’s 100% ready to roll then he’s a no-brainer in my eyes. Sam Walsh is picked based on continual improvement, he’s gone from averages of 86.9 to 101.1 and I’ll be hoping he can add another 10 points or so onto that average this year. It will be a big year for the Blues this year and it’s important that Walsh take another step forward in his game. Tim Taranto has been in and out and done the entire hockey pockey in my side. It’s a toss up between Taranto and Matt Rowell, I like Rowell, he’s a terrific player who will absolutely be the #1 Supercoach player in the future, but I do have my worries about him starting slightly slower out of the gates this year and copping a bit of extra attention which he may struggle to adapt to early. He’s played 5 games and I’m not sure if he’ll know how to deal with that sort of thing yet, so i’ll take Taranto who still has tremendous upside and who I am confident will reach it this year. This is probably the most difficult decision for my side, i’m still not entirely convinced it’s the right move, but we will see. I currently only have $23K spare cash, so moving up to Rowell does require a bit of a further tinker to bring him back in.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Not overthinking this here.
As Mr Horse would say “No sir, I don’t like it”, but the Forward line for me this year is just so blurgh. Dangerfield is an obvious pick, but the price isn’t right and if he does keep his average up, I likely don’t have to pay any extra to get him later, so he can become an upgrade target. Josh Dunkley could be a big victim of the dreaded Bevo Salad, but at the end of the day he’s very good at football and I’m confident he’ll still find ways to score well. Jye Caldwell at F2 is usually WAY less than I’d spend there, but he has a midfield role at the Bombers, so I like his upside of turning into a guy who could end up being a perfectly fine F5/F6 by the end of the year, so for his starting price i’ll lock him in here. Jack Ziebell and Jarman Impey are both popular picks this year and with good reason. Don’t think either are keepers, but the hope is the score enough points to generate cash, but also have zero job security worries, which is why I’m paying slightly more for them instead of taking a rookie selection for one of those spots.
And that’s my team for 2021!