Panic Room | Round 1
Round 1 of the AFL Men’s season is here and gee wizz there is CARNAGE on the selection front!! We’ll dissect all the lineups in this article, got any questions? Add them in the comments below!
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The Saints have announced two debutants for Friday’s clash against the Pies, with former Sandringham Dragon Mitch Owens in alongside SANFL star Jack Hayes. Both looked promising in their AAMI Series match against the Bombers.
The Pies will unveil father-son selection Nick Daicos for the first time (he should be in EVERY SuperCoach side) whilst Patrick Lipinski will also make his club debut after crossing over from the Western Bulldogs.
Tyson Stengle is set to try to reignite his career down in Geelong, whilst Sam de Koning is also set to feature in the best 22 for just the second time in his career.
Injury-plagued youngster Kaine Baldwin will debut for the Bombers, as will SSP selection Nic Martin. Jake Kelly is also in and is likely to free up Jordan Ridley for a more SuperCoach friendly role.
Jarrod Brander is the only new face for the Giants for the Battle of the Bridge.
Paddy McCartin is a hot selection in SuperCoach this season due to his friendly intercepting role whilst Angus Sheldrick has come from nowhere for a debut.
Darcy Fort is in for Brisbane, but Darcy Wilmot is not after he received a suspension during the preseason. Look for him in next weeks side.
The Power have caused a little bit of rookie carnage, with no Josh Sinn or Jed McEntee in their line-up. Jackson Mead is in but didn’t set the world on fire in the practice matches whilst Jeremy Finlayson will also play his first match for the Power.
The Hawks are set to unveil prized draftees Josh Ward and Connor MacDonald on Sunday and both are decent SuperCoach selections. Don’t get sucked in to Max Lynch however, as he’s likely just filling in for captain Ben McEvoy who has been placed in the AFL’s Health and Safety Protocols.
Number 1 draft pick Jason Horne-Francis will make his much anticipated debut and will feature in a lot of SuperCoach sides, while Hugh Greenwood and Callum Coleman-Jones will pull on the Blue and White for the first time as well.
Adelaide have been kind to us on the SuperCoach front, with Joshua Rachele and Jake Soligo set to make their AFL debuts, Mitch Hinge is also cheap at just 180k and is a decent defence option. Jordan Dawson became a star last year at the Swans, does this translate straight away into his career at Adelaide?
Jordan Clark and Will Brodie will make their club debuts for the Dockers, whilst Neil Erasmus is also in the frame but has been named on the extended bench.
West Coast has named a weaker line-up after COVID-19 swept through the club but that provides us with plenty of cheap options. Hugh Dixon is at a bargain basement price and has very handy dual-position status. Brady Hough, Jack Williams, Patrick Naish, Callum Jamieson and Isiah Winder could be beneficiaries of the Eagles COVID crisis. Former Blue Sam Petrevski-Seton has been named on a back flank.
The Suns have granted an AFL lifeline to Levi Casboult and Mabior Chol has made the trip to the Sunny Coast with the lure of greater senior opportunities. Ruckman Ned Moyle is on the extended bench and could make his debut after being picked up in the mid-season draft last year.
Time to Panic
Perhaps the biggest out is Jake Lloyd who is set to miss for the Swans after the club was hit with a COVID outbreak. Lloyd is in approximately a third of SuperCoach teams already… PANIC!
Chad Warner is also out, but isn’t really SuperCoach relevant.
The Dockers have also been dealt a large blow and will be without Nat Fyfe and Sean Darcy against the Crows.
Essendon will start their clash with Geelong without four of the club’s top five leading goal scorers from 2021. The recent issues are with Jake Stringer and also Will Snelling.
Jesse Hogan will not suit up for the Giants. Luke Shuey did not recover from injury in time to take his place in the Eagles side for their match against the Gold Coast.
Charlie Dixon is out with an ankle injury for the Power and Hawthorn was dealt a huge blow with captain Ben McEvoy and Luke Breust ruled out through COVID protocols.