Panic Room | Round 3
G’day all, Fozdaddy (@mattforrest29) is here and back to help caress your beautiful soul (Jesse McCartney) into the biggest round of the SuperCoach season.
Thursday night football is enough to make anyone panic, but especially when it’s before round three. It is the major early-season juncture that can completely change your season.
How you handle round three trades can set up your year, just like handling the byes can also change the trajectory of the SuperCoach season.
Newz you can Uze
Bailey Smith will return for the Bulldogs after missing their round two clash with the Swans. While he was out, Tom Liberatore had a more prominent role, so watch to see if his role is affected. Hayden Crozier is out with his health concerns, after fainting at half time and having his heart monitored in the changerooms. Stefan Martin was set to return to the Bulldogs lineup, but tested positive to Covid, so expect to see a two-ruck team for Bevo’s salad.
Logan McDonald has been omitted, with Joel Amartey set to replace the key forward. Angus Sheldrick was the sub last week, but will not be an emergency on Thursday, with Peter Ladhams, James Bell, Ben Ronke and Sam Reid brought to Melbourne.
On Friday night, Melbourne were hoping to go in unchanged against Essendon but have had to make a late change with Ben Brown now in the league’s Health and Safety protocols. Sam Weideman has replaced Brown in the line-up, but still no Jake Lever or Michael Hibberd which bodes well for those who jumped on Jake Bowey. The Bombers have recalled stud rookie pick Nic Martin, and much needed midfield reinforcement Dylan Shiel with Zach Merrett out of the team through injury.
Adelaide have named defender-turned-midfielder Rory Laird, while the other Rory of the Sloane variety is out injured. The Power have handed a game to potential forward rookie option Jed McEntee, and have omitted Josh Sinn after a less than ideal game last weekend.
The Giants have finally handed a game to Braydon Preuss after his eye catching effort in the VFL last weekend, which is the most SuperCoach relevant of the Giants five changes. While the Lachie Weller has returned for the Suns at the expense of Sam Flanders and Darcy Macpherson.
Brayden Maynard returns to the Collingwood line-up after serving his suspension, and Reef McInnes comes in for his first game at AFL level. Geelong have brought back in Sam De Koning after his concussion break.
Tarryn Thomas and Luke Davies-Uniacke are out of the North Melbourne side after their respective injuries last week, with Jaidyn Stephenson and Eddie Ford coming in to replace them. Ben McKay returns after having to sit out under the AFL’s concussion protocols.
On Sunday, Adam Cerra and Michael Voss will return after their COVID Holiday, and Lewis Young will come in for his first game in Carlton colours….oh, and Mitch McGovern is out injured. For Hawthorn, Will Day has made his return to the Hawks line-up, with skipper Ben McEvoy out with a neck injury.
St Kilda have named Paddy Ryder alongside Jack Hayes so we have at least one week of cash generation from the SANFL recruit. Cooper Sharman, Ryan Byrnes and Darragh Joyce have been omitted. Richmond is regaining Dylan Grimes but no Jack Riewoldt with his thumb issue still causing concern.
Fremantle only have one confirmed out so far with Justin Longmuir in HS protocols. Jaymie Graham has taken his spot in the line-up. As for the actual teams, West Coast have again been granted extra time after more Covid mayhem.
When a heart break, it don’t Breakeven
What am I s’posed to do, when the best part of me is owning you?
-135 – Jack Hayes
-77 – Tristan Xerri
-68 – Josh Rachele
-66 – Jack Ginnivan
-58 – Patrick McCartin
-56 – Dylan Stephens
-54 – Jake Bowey
-52 – Jason Horne-Francis
-46 – Will Brodie
What am I s’posed to say, when you’re losing cash when I have you stay?
211- Tom Mitchell
206 – Dayne Zorko
204 – Max Gawn
203 – Jack Steele
202 – Dyson Heppell
195 – Chad Wingard
188 – Jarryd Lyons
171 – Marcus Bontempelli
Oh Captain my Captain
Jack Macrae is the obvious vice-captaincy choice for Thursday night’s game. Averaging 137.5 in the opening two rounds, Macrae has scored two great loopholing options and will look to continue his strong, but now standard, run of form. He has a three-game average of 113.3 against Sydney, with scores of 116, 92 and 132.
Marcus Bontempelli hasn’t started the year in his usual vein of form, but his history against Sydney is fantastic. His past three scores have been 114, 166 and 158 for an average of 146. Just the one game on Thursday night, giving coaches plenty of time to make a captaincy call if he doesn’t come through with the goods.
Lachie Neale has started the season like a man possessed, averaging 169 points. He has good form against North Melbourne, scoring 157 and 134 in his past two. His teammate, Jarryd Lyons, hasn’t been in great touch so far in 2022 but has scored 141, 126 and 165 in his past three against the Kangaroos.
Tom Mitchell isn’t his usual self as Hawthorn start the season 2-0. But his history against Carlton is nothing to sneeze at. His past three games against the Blues have been 142, 164 and 192, for a three-round average of 166. Against a stronger midfield than usual, he will have his work cut out for him.