Around the Grounds – Round 1
Hello Community and welcome to another year of Around the Grounds. I’m Barron Von Crow and as usual, we’ll be going all around to see how our rookie options are performing, not just in the AFL, but the various state leagues too (when they get up and running). Round 1 was a big week for a lot of us in Supercoach, we may have been given a shallow, but talented lot of rookies this year, but with how crazy the season could get that pool might be getting very deep, very quickly.
As for the state leagues, we won’t be covering them this week, but they’ll be kicking off very soon. The combined VFL/NEAFL will be opening on March the 25th, followed by the SANFL beginning on the 1st of April, followed by the WAFL opening a fortnight later on the 15th of April.
The Pies had the lead in every quarter in their Friday nightly matchup against the Saints and ended with a 102-85 win. Nick Daicos (MID, $193,800) was everything that was advertised, finishing with 27 disposals, 5 marks and 4 tackles with 6 rebound 50’s for 98 SCPoints. He’s automatically a must start for Round 2. Jack Ginnivan (FWD, $199,900) had 10 disposals, 3 marks and kicked 2.2 for 64 SCPoints, Beau McCreery (FWD, $210,900) had 13 disposals, 5 tackles and a goal for 76 SCPoints and Oliver Henry (FWD, $219,900) finished with 19 disposals, 3 marks and 2 goals for 46 SCPoints. Collingwood youngsters getting it done at both ends of the ground for Round 1. Daicos is currently in 82% of teams, so there won’t be many suddenly working out how can they get him in their team for Round 2.
They didn’t get the traditional season opener, but the Blues opened up the season with a W for the first time since 2011 in a terrific 101-76 win over Richmond. Corey Durdin (FWD, $143,700) had 14 disposals, 3 marks and 2 goals for 71 SCPoints while Oscar McDonald (DEF, $201,900) was solid with 15 disposals and 6 marks for 70 SCPoints. Normally the game Durdin had would make us consider him an option, however we more than a few quality scores from our forward line this week, so a 71 from Durdin isn’t as impressive. Still, he looks to have skill, so keep an eye on him.
The Bombers managed to run with Geelong in the 2nd half, kicking 8 goals to match the Cats efforts, but the issue was being 9 goals behind at the start of the 3rd quarter. That resulted in a 138-72 loss to Geelong on Saturday at the MCG. A bright point at least for the Bombers was the game of Nic Martin (FWD, $102,400) who had 27 disposals, 10 marks, 5 goals, 114 SCPoints and a Rising Star nomination. You won’t find many debut games better than that! Kaine Baldwin (FWD, $123,900) was more subdued in his debut, nabbing 7 disposals with 3 marks for 29 SCPoints.
Geelong had their foot on the accelerator from the first bounce, taking a massive 38 shots on goal, kicking 20.18 to end up with a 138-72 win over Essendon. Tyson Stengle (FWD, $247,500) was the big story in this one, kicking 3.4 with 20 disposals and 4 marks for 120 SCPoints. A big game for sure, but small forwards can be mighty tricky to predict in Supercoach, so give him another week to evaluate before considering trading him in. Sam De Koning (DEF/FWD, $123,900) had 6 disposals and 2 marks for 38 SCPoints and Francis Evans (FWD, $123,900) had 8 disposals, 2 marks and a goal for 22 SCPoints.
Another game that was tight headed into the final quarter, but the Hawks ended up better on the scoreboard in the final term, kicking 4 goals to 2 to end up with a 78-58 win over North Melbourne. Connor MacDonald (MID, $117,300) had 16 disposals, 3 marks and 3 inside 50’s for 48 SCPoints. Finn Maginness (MID/FWD, $143,700) finished with 14 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for 63 SCPoints, Josh Ward (MID, $180,300) had 13 disposals and 3 marks for 36 SCPoints in 62% ToG. Denver Grainger-Barras (DEF, $206,700) had 5 disposals and 2 marks for 45 SCPoints and Max Lynch (RUC, $202,700) was subbed out early, finishing with just 2 disposals and 6 hitouts for 11 SCPoints.
Footy on a Wednesday night will never feel right no matter who is playing, but the AFL certainly did load this one up with the Grand Final replay with Melbourne taking on the Western Bulldogs. It’s probably appropriate it was a Grand Final replay because the match turned out much the same way, with the lead bouncing back and forth in the first half until the Demons put the pedal to the metal in the 2nd half to come away with a 97-71 win.
Toby Bedford (FWD, $123,900) had 9 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles to finish on 46 SCPoints, while Joel Smith (DEF, $177,200) had 11 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 48 SCPoints. Neither would be worth considering at this stage.
North Melbourne kept pace with Hawthorn for most of the game, but ran out of steam in the 4th, losing 78-58. The #1 Pick in the 2021 Draft Jason Horne-Francis (MID, $207,300) made his debut and had a solid return with 13 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 4 clearances and a goal for 75 SCPoints. That’s a solid score to take and hopefully represents his floor, rather than his potential ceiling for us. Charlie Lazzaro (MID/FWD, $201,400) had 11 disposals, 4 marks and 4 inside 50’s for 24 SCPoints, while Tristian Xerri (FWD, $208,200) had 10 disposals, 3 marks, 3 tackles and 18 hitouts for 79 SCPoints. Xerri attended 46 ruck contests to Goldstein’s 31, so if that sort of thing continues he’ll have a solid source of points available to him.
It was a back-and-forth game with the Tigers having a 15 point lead headed into the final break, but they couldn’t stop the rampaging Blues in the last, putting up 1 goal to 7 which lead to a 101-76 loss to Carlton. Josh Gibcus (DEF, $171,300) made his AFL debut and had 10 disposals, 5 marks and 3 rebound 50’s for 56 SCPoints. A solid debut, he’s playing with a few other talls in the side, but that may be a good thing for his job security since he won’t be pushed out for a returning Grimes or someone similar like that. Hugo Ralpsmith (MID/FWD, $206,700) started as the sub, but ended up playing 54% ToG due to Prestia being subbed out early. Ralphsmith ended up with 10 disposals and 3 clangers for 36 SCPoints.
The Saints managed to get a brief lead during the final quarter in their match against Collingwood, but were unable to stop the Pies from adding 5 goals after that, with the Saints ending up on the end of a 102-85 loss. The Saints rookie listed players were a bit of a ying and yang proposition here, Jack Hayes (RUC/FWD, $102,400) was absolutely amazing with his 18 disposals, 10 marks and 3 goals for 127 SCPoints. There was a lot of people who didn’t start him on field for Round 1 (guilty!), but picking the right rookies to start in Round 1 is always a total coin-toss prospect, so don’t worry too much if he was on the pine for you. Mitch Owens (MID, $117,300) was not as good on the other hand, he had 6 disposals and 2 tackles for 2 SCPoints. I’d suggest benching him for Round 2 (if he’s named), but wait another week before trading him.
The Western Bulldogs opened up the 2022 season with a Grand Final replay on Wednesday night. Unfortunately for the Bullies they had a similar result as their end of the 2021 season, going down to Melbourne 97-71. Ryan Gardner (DEF, $211,400) finished with 7 disposals, 3 marks and 38 SCPoints.
Adelaide managed to gain the lead in the 3rd quarter after a poor 1st half, but faded late, going down to Fremantle 83-82. Josh Rachele (MID/FWD, $184,800) was the big star for the Crows in this one, kicking 5 goals with 14 disposals, 5 marks and 3 tackles for 118 SCPoints. He obviously won’t boot 5 goals every game, but the rest of his game is entirely repeatable for him, so scores in the 70’s may be possible for him each week. Jake Soligo (MID, $117,300) also debuted, but had just 5 disposals for 29 SCPoints and Mitch Hinge (DEF, $180,900) started OK, but had just 3 disposals in the 2nd half to end with 14 disposals, 4 marks and 4 clangers for 50 SCPoints. Let’s hope for better returns from him next week.
Port had the lead heading into the final quarter, but a few injuries really took their toll on the Power, and they couldn’t keep up with Brisbane, ending up with a 80-69 loss to Brisbane. Jackson Mead (MID, $123,900) made his AFL debut and had 10 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 52 SCPoints.
Freo had the lead at half-time, then lost it and then staged a terrific comeback in the final 10 minutes of the 4th quarter to take a 83-82 win over Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. Will Brodie (MID/FWD, $224,300) had 22 disposals, 5 tackles and 7 clearances for 76 SCPoints. A solid start for him, though we can hope for a bit more. Liam Henry (FWD, $228,600) had 8 disposals and 2 marks for 38 SCPoints, Bailey Banfield (FWD, $233,500) kicked 1.2 with 10 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles for 44 SCPoints and Josh Treacy (FWD, $240,600) had 8 disposals, 3 marks and kicked 1.1 for 38 SCPoints.
The Eagles had the lead for the majority of the game, but got run over in the last, losing to the Gold Coast 107-80. Hugh Dixon (RUC/FWD, $102,400) had 7 disposals and 3 marks for 42 SCPoints, Brady Hough (MID, $117,300) had 10 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and 4 clangers for 47 SCPoints. Patrick Naish (MID/FWD, $189,600) finished with 18 disposals, 3 marks and 4 clangers for 63 SCPoints, Bailey J. Williams (RUC/FWD, $218,600) had 7 disposals, 1 mark and 10 hitouts for 41 SCPoints. Willie Rioli (FWD, $225,300) played his first AFL game since 2019 and had 56 SCPoints from 13 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and a goal. Xavier O’Neill (MID/FWD, $234,100) had 13 disposals and a goal for 53 SCPoints and Luke Foley (DEF, $244,900) had a good day out with 24 disposals, 8 marks, 6 rebound 50’s, but 7 clangers for 98 SCPoints.
Nothing immediately outstanding there based on cost for points, but backup rucks like Hugh Dixon can always be helpful (especially when they’re DPP), so we’ll have to hope for better things next week for popular selections like Brady Hough.
New South Wales
The Giants had the lead position after half-time, but only managed to kick 3 goals for the rest of the game to Sydney’s 8 to end up with a 112-92 loss in the NSW derby. Not much on offer by the Giants in this one, Jake Riccardi (MID/FWD, $230,200) had 10 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 55 SCPoints.
The Swans hung with the Giants in the 1st half and then took over in the 2nd, ending up with a 112-92 win over GWS. The Swans were good to us rookie wise last year, but it may be slim pickings from them in 2022, though we do look to have one good one in Patrick McCartin (DEF/FWD, $157,800). He had 70 SCPoints from 14 disposals and 6 marks with 6 rebound 50’s. Angus Sheldrick (MID, $130,800) had 8 disposals for 43 SCPoints and Dylan Stephens (MID, $167,800) had 16 disposals, 5 marks and 5 clangers (3 frees against) for 59 SCPoints.
It was a slippery night and the skills weren’t the highest, but the Lions still put on a terrific 4th quarter comeback to take a 80-69 win over Port Adelaide in Brisbane on Saturday night. Harry Sharp ($193,200) had 4 disposals and 1 mark with 3 tackles for 23 SCPoints and Noah Answerth (DEF, $246,800) had 16 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles for 69 SCPoints.
The Suns had 8 goals to ¾ time and then pumped out another 8 goals in the final term to defeat the West Coast Eagles 107-80. Alex Davies (MID, $202,500) had 12 disposals, 5 tackles and a goal for 90 SCPoints while Caleb Graham (DEF/RUC, $238,600) had 7 disposals and 2 marks for 42 SCPoints.
- Patrick McCartin – $157,800 – AVG 70 SCPoints
- Luke Foley – $244,900 – AVG 98 SCPoints
- Joshua Gibcus – $171,300 – AVG 56 SCPoints
- Mitchell Hinge – $180,900 – AVG 50 SCPoints
- Noah Answerth – $246,800 – AVG 69 SCPoints
- Josh Rachele – $184,800 – AVG 118 SCPoints
- Nick Daicos – $193,800 – AVG 98 SCPoints
- Alex Davies – $202,500 – AVG 90 SCPoints
- Jason Horne-Francis – $207,300 – AVG 75 SCPoints
- Finn Maginness – $143,700 – AVG 63 SCPoints
- Jack Hayes – $102,400 – AVG 127 SCPoints
- Hugh Dixon – $102,400 – AVG 42 SCPoints
- Bailey Williams – $218,600 – AVG 41 SCPoints
- Caleb Graham – $238,600 – AVG 42 SCPoints
- Jack Hayes – $102,400 – AVG 127 SCPoints
- Nic Martin – $102,400 – AVG 114 SCPoints
- Josh Rachele – $184,800 – AVG 118 SCPoints
- Corey Durin – $143,700 – AVG 71 SCPoints
- Tyson Stengle – $247,500 – AVG 120 SCPoints
- Jack Hayes – RUC/FWD – $102,400 – $806.3 per Point
- Nic Martin – FWD – $102,400 – $898.2 per Point
- Josh Rachele – MID/FWD – $184,800 – $1566.1 per Point
- Nick Daicos – MID – $193,800 – $1977.6 per Point
- Corey Durdin – FWD – $143,700 – $2023,9 per Point
- Nic Martin – 17.3%
- Jack Hayes – 9.7%
- Matt Rowell – 7.6%
- George Hewett – 6.4%
- Dan Houston – 4.8%
- Christian Petracca – 3.1%
- Josh Rachele – 3.0%
- Patrick Lipinksi – 2.7%
- Sam Docherty – 2.3%
- Tom Green – 2.1%
- Kaine Baldwin – 4.7%
- Josh Ward – 4.4%
- Jack Crisp – 3.9%
- Jarrod Berry – 3.3%
- Cam Rayner – 2.3%
- Charie Curnow – 2.2%
- Jack Steele – 2.2%
- Mitch Owens – 2.2%
- Aliir Aliir – 2.0%
- Sam De Koning – 1.9%
- Nic Martin IN – Kaine Baldwin OUT – 3.5%
- Nic Martin IN – Cam Rayner OUT – 1.0%
- Nic Martin IN – Charlie Curnow OUT – 1.0%
- Matt Rowell IN – Jarrod Berry OUT – 1.0%
- Matt Rowell IN – Josh Ward OUT – 0.9%
- Nic Martin IN – Elijah Hollands OUT – 0.9%
- Dan Houston IN – Jack Crisp OUT – 0.7%
- George Hewett IN – Jack Crisp OUT – 0.7%
- Nic Martin IN – Sam De Koning OUT – 0.6%
- Nic Martin IN – Will Kelly OUT – 0.6%
Not huge surprises with who is being traded in, though there are a few people jumping off early premo selections like Crisp and Steele which would be questionable after 1 round.
And that’s it for me this week, as usual you can whack and comments or questions in the comment section below or hit me up on the Twitter @BarronVonCrow.
Seeya all next week!