Panic Room | Round 3
I should start by apologising. The Panic Room is being opened later than usual, we forgot to staff it on public holidays. This is not good for the SuperCoach community, as it instills more panic than usual.
Let’s not waste any time, shall we?
Newz you can Uze
Collingwood and Brisbane played Thursday night footy in Melbourne, after Queensland had a snap lockdown. One side was majorly disadvantaged, having to play away from their home at a ground they never really visit. However, the other side had their own issues, such as being locked interstate, away from family, friends, training facilities and the rest of the squad. The Pies couldn’t overcome the massive hurdle of a trip to Marvel Stadium, losing on the siren to a Zac Bailey bomb. Justice is so sweet.
Brodie Grundy (162) dominated the Lions in the ruck, having a second game of 50+ hit outs in a row, as well as collecting 28 touches. Jeremy Howe (122) was very strong down back, showing glimpses of last season’s form before his injury, while Jarryd Lyons (139) and Daniel Rich (122) were instrumental for the Lions. Lachie Neale (89) is still battling away, those who held him would’ve been rapt with his first half of 74 points, but he’s clearly carrying an issue.
North Melbourne were embarrassed by a Bulldogs outfit on Good Friday. Josh Bruce (172) kicked ten goals for the Dogs, which means he’s either good at footy (finally), or Norf sucks worse than we initially thought. Jack Ziebell (155) was red hot, while Josh Dunkley (132) was also very good.
Tex Walker (130) is having the most remarkable season I’ve seen in my lifetime. He kicked another six goals, bringing his tally this season to 17; already two more than all of last season! The fast ball movement from the energetic Adelaide side, paired with the new rules, seems to have brought about this new-look Tex, whilst a full preseason certainly helped.
The Tigers face the Swans today at the MCG, with both sides (currently) in the top four. The Egg, Derek Eggmolesse-Smith has come into the Tigers side for Daniel Rioli, whilst Hayden McLean has replaced Buddy Franklin.
Richmond have an interesting trend of allowing rebounding half backs to score well, with Jiath (119) and Hardwick (103) scoring well last week, as well as Adam Saad (114) and Sam Docherty (94) in the opening round. Could we see a big score from Jake Lloyd?
The Battle of the Rucks will rear its ugly head today, with Essendon and St Kilda missing their best seven rucks each. Matt Guelfi, Jake Stringer and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher will return for the Bombers, while Archie Perkins and Alec Waterman will make their debuts. Ned Cahill, Jye Caldwell, Tom Cutler, Sam Draper, Martin Gleeson, and Dylan Shiel will miss for the Bombers.
Jake Carlisle, Brad Crouch, Daniel McKenzie and Mason Wood will come into the St Kilda lineup, with Jack Bytel, Paul Hunter, Ben Long, Jimmy Webster and (most importantly) Tom Highmore coming out. Highmore’s omission is surprising and concerning, meaning for a lot of coaches they may see a doughnut in their backline if the rumours of Jordan Clark or Jacob Koschitzke being dropped are true.
Luke Shuey and Jack Petruccelle are returning for the Eagles on Saturday night, with Zac Langdon, Nathan Vardy and Xavier O’Neill making way. Todd Marshall and Connor Rozee will return for Port, with Miles Bergman, Kane Farrell and Tom Rockliff all omitted. Rockliff will likely be the sub, in his new-found role for the side.
- 210 – Max Gawn
- 208 – Andrew Gaff
- 204 – Tom Rockliff
- 180 – Christian Petracca
- 179 – James Worpel
- -206 – Errol Gulden
- -145 – Matt Flynn
- -87 – James Jordan
- -80 – Chad Warner
- -63 – Braeden Campbell