Panic Room | Round 6
Can you believe it’s Round 6 already? It’s amazing how quickly time goes when you’re having fun. Mostly having fun. Sort of having fun? OK fine, people are panicking because the rucks aren’t doing the thing they usually do, the midfield is still an enigma and rookies aren’t fattening fast enough.
Moving on… no Thursday night game this week so you’re getting this Panic Room a day later, but don’t fret, we have all your SuperCoach relevant selection news down below.
NEWZ YOU CAN UZE
The ruck rookie lovechild Brayden Preuss has returned to the Giants line-up alongside Isaac Cumming and Toby Greene. Not sure the media could’ve made it a better week for Toby to return with all the talk around umpire respect and dissent, as I run up the field thanks to the 50m I just got I’ll just let you know that Jimmy Webster has returned for the Saints.
Big Tim English has suffered some sort of hamstring injury and will be missing from the Dogs line-up for 2-3 weeks at this stage. Stefan Martin has returned to the line-up to take his place, alongside Josh Schache, while mature age recruit Robbie McComb has come in for his first AFL game. Jackson Hately comes into the Adelaide side for the injured Rory Sloane.
The player who won Gerard Healy’s Best Kick in Football award several years ago, Kane Farrell, has returned to the Power team alongside Brownlow Medallist Ollie Wines. Jackson Mead and Jed McEntee have both been omitted, as well as future Saint Karl Amon. The Eagles have made 3 changes, with the most relevant being Hugh Dixon going out with some sort of calf injury, Luke Strnadica will debut in his place.
A few of the Dockers have been hit with the spicy flu, so Heath Chapman and Hayden Young have been replaced by Griffin Logue and Darcy Tucker for this week, Lachie Schultz also returns after having his turn last week. For the Blues, Patrick Cripps returns after some hamstring awareness, he comes in for Matthew Kennedy who is now having his turn to be injured.
For Sundays games, North Melbourne have named Paul Curtis to debut, while Cam Zurhaar and Tarryn Thomas return, and Aaron Hall is out as expected after that nasty looking hamstring strain. Patrick Dangerfield is missing through injury for Geelong, and Oliver Dempsey has been named to debut in place of Luke Dahlhaus.
Connor Budarick returns for the Suns after recovering from his ACL injury, Alex Davies and Rory Atkins miss out. The Lions get Keidean Coleman back for this game, while Mitch Robinson will be missing through injury.
Josh Gibcus comes back into the Tigers side after being managed last week, he joins Kamdyn McIntosh, Riley Collier-Dawkins and Rhyan Mansell. Hugo Ralphsmith will be missing through injury, Ben Miller, Jake Aarts and Matthew Parker have all been omitted. Jack Viney and Jake Lever will be missing for this game as they are in HS protocols, Luke Dunstan will pull on his new colours for the first time, Ben Brown has returned at the expense of Tom McDonald.
Only Mitch Lewis and Ned Reeves have come out of the Hawks side so far for their ANZAC Day clash against Sydney. Ned Long and Jackson Callow are both chances to debut, while Chad Wingard, Max Lynch and Will Day have been named on the extended bench. For the Swans Dylan Stephens, Lance Franklin and Sam Wicks are a chance to return, no confirmed outs yet so far though.
Essendon could have a huge boost with Zach Merrett and Jake Stringer both been named to potentially take on the Pies, while Beau McCreery, Brody Mihocek, Jack Ginnivan are among the five possible ins for Collingwood. Jordan Roughead and Mason Cox are the only confirmed outs.
WHEN A HEART BREAKS, IT DON’T BREAKEVEN
What am I s’posed to do, when the best part of me is owning you?
-93 – Brayden Preuss
-71 – Malcolm Rosas
-69 – Nathan O’Driscoll
-51 – Beau McCreery
-26 – Sam Hayes
-22 – Jack Hayes
-18 – Brandon Zerk-Thatcher
-11 – Nathan Kreuger
-8 – Marcus Windhager
-4 – Corey Durdin
What am I s’posed to say, when you’re losing cash when I have you stay?
200 – Aliir Aliir
174 – Clayton Oliver
173 – Shannon Hurn
168 – Tarryn Thomas
165 – Jarryd Lyons
157 – Travis Boak
157 – Chad Wingard
152 – Sean Darcy
150 – Ollie Wines
150 – Brodie Grundy
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Jack Steele will be a tempting VC option on Friday night, but up against the Giants he could have attention from Lachie Ash or Matt de Boer. Tom Green is a smokey pick.
Jack Macrae, Josh Dunkley, Marcus Bontempelli, the usual Dogs suspects are the best options against Adelaide in Ballarat. Macrae standing out with an average of 135 at Mars Stadium across his career. Rory Laird is a potential option with the added responsibility now Sloane will be missing for the season.
Andrew Brayshaw and Sam Walsh are probably the most relevant other VC options.
Lachie Neale is primed for a big game in the QClash and should be a fairly safe captaincy candidate, he averages 123 at Metricon Stadium. Touk Miller is another option, he scored 115 last time he played the Lions.
If you get to the last game of the round and still haven’t locked in a captain, then you will be hoping Brodie Grundy returns to his usual hulking best. He has scored 150+ in the last two ANZAC Day games against the Bombers.