Panic Room | Round 4
Not much new news is up just yet on the round, but with such a short turnaround from last week, have we had a chance to take a breath, relax and chill out?
NO WE HAVEN’T!!! IT’S TIME TO PANICCCCCCCCC!!!!!!!!!!
Newz You Can Uze
The Swans will host the Bombers on Thursday night, with both sides impressing last weekend. Buddy Franklin will return for Sydney, replacing Hayden McLean. Dyson Heppell will also be back from his back spasms, whilst Mason Redman has been ruled out with injury.
Richmond have already announced two debutants for Friday night against Port Adelaide, with Will Martyn ($123,900 MID) and Rhyan Mansell ($102,400 DEF) both to be named today when teams drop. Lachie Jones ($139,800) will debut for Port Adelaide. I’d heavily recommend waiting until they are named to play their third games before bringing them in, however I’m not your mum, do what you want.
Jarrod Berry, Oscar McInerney and Darcy Gardiner return for the Lions, replacing Ah Chee, Ballenden and Payne. The Bulldogs go into the game with just Ryan Gardner coming out due to injury.
Tom Highmore hasn’t returned for the Saints, but Rowan Marshall will play his first game of the season. Jimmy Webster will also return. Jake Waterman will come in for Luke Shuey.
Caleb Graham will come in to the Suns lineup, with Jarrod Witts out for the year. Will Brodie has been dropped. Will Setterfield will return for the Blues, but Zac Williams has been left out with injury.
Conor Stone will debut for the Giants, but Matt Flynn has been rested. Jake Riccardi, Shane Mumford and Jeremy Finlayson will return.
Find out more about all of the rookie options in this week’s Around The Grounds by Barron Von Crow.
- 212 – Lachie Neale
- 207 – Steele Sidebottom
- 204 – Lachie Hunter
- 204 – Tom Rockliff
- 173 – Brayden Maynard
- -72 – Chad Warner
- -69 – Errol Gulden
- -68 – Tom Highmore
- -62 – Jarman Impey
- -50 – Stefan Giro
Oh Captain my Captain
Jake Lloyd is averaging 112.7 this season so far, with his last three scores against Essendon being 145, 83 and 122. Zach Merrett is finding plenty of the ball in a now-depleted Bombers midfield, and scored 159 and 129 in his last two outings against the Swans.
Taylor Walker is playing North Melbourne, and is a genuine chance to kick 15 goals. If Josh Bruce can kick 10, the sky’s the limit for the most in-form player in the competition.
Travis Boak averages 131.5 across the last two seasons against the Tigers, but Dustin Martin hasn’t eclipsed 110 in that time. Lachie Neale has been poor to start the year, but scored 167 against the Dogs last season. Jack Macrae has previous scores of 183, 135 and 155 against the Lions and must be a VC favourite.
Brodie Grundy is coming up against Matt Flynn, who just conceded 163 to Max Gawn. Speaking of Gawny, he averages 132 over his last three against Geelong.