PANIC ROOM | Round 18
Well hello SuperCoaches.
Before we embark on this evening of exuberant and rumbustious panicking, let’s first re-visit the awe-inspiring content that is available for your ocular and aural pleasure.
- PODCAST – Moore Midfield for Dylan?
- MAILBAG – Always Planning
- Around the Grounds – Round 17
- Cheat Sheet – Round 18
Western Bulldogs vs St. Kilda
INS: Bailey Smith is the most noteworthy inclusion for this match and SuperCoaches will be keen to see how he bounces back from a few weeks off. It could be a nervous night ahead for Tim English owners as ruckman Jordan Sweet was added after Aaron Naughton was ruled out to due COVID protocols.
OUTS: COVID is rearing its ugly head again, with Naughton, Schache, Hunter, Windhager and Ross all out.
Adelaide vs Collingwood
INS: Ash Johnson (FWD $123,900) has been handed a well-deserved debut for Collingwood after kicking 2.1 from 16 touches in the VFL last week. The 12,173 Mitchell Hinge owners will also be delighted to see he’s been recalled to the side.
OUTS: Topsy turvy old season for Matt Crouch who has been omitted yet again.
Carlton vs Geelong
Nothing really of SuperCoach relevance here in the team annoucements, let’s move on shall we.
Fremantle vs Sydney
INS: Heath Chapman is back. A welcome return to Fremantle’s defence, and to the 4,070 SuperCoach owners.
OUTS: Another ruckman bites the dust with Peter Ladhams out after injuring his thumb against Western Bulldogs, but in his place is the journeyman ruckman, Tom Hickey.
GWS vs Brisbane Lions
INS: As a COVID outbreak sweeps the Lions camp, they’ve regained 6 players, including breakout defender Keidean Coleman who is averaging 101.3 in his past 3 rounds, and could be a nice POD if you’re looking to finish off your side.
OUTS: Lachie Whitfield is breaking hearts yet again, this time out with a hip flexor injury. Over at the Lions, the big out is of course ruckman Oscar McInerney who tested positive to COVID on Monday. In other frustrating news, Dayne Zorko and Daniel Rich have been given another week on the sidelines as Fagain opts to ease them back in.
North Melbourne v Richmond
INS: Huge ins at Richmond with Gibcus, Vlastuin and Cotchin all returning, and Tyler Sonie is debuting!
OUTS: Will he or wont he? After suffering a low grade medial ligament injury last round, Toby Nankervis is somehow been named but SuperCoaches will be eargly awaiting the final teamsheets. With Ivan Soldo also ruled out, Richmond might be required to call upon Samson Ryan, who had a memorable debut in 2021, scoring -1 SC points. Todd Goldstein VC/C anyone?
Hawthorn vs West Coast
INS: Alex Witherden get another chance in a reprive for West Coast, but the big news out of the Eagles camp is mid-season draftee Jai Culley scoring a debut.
OUTS: Nic Naitanui is the biggest casualty from this match who has suffered yet another knee injury.
Melbourne vs Port Adelaide
INS: Riley Bonner is a welcome return for the Power who before getting injured scored 111 and 118 against Gold Coast and Sydney respectively.
OUTS: There’s no bigger out this week than Clayton Oliver. The highest averaging SuperCoach player this year injured his thumb last week and even after successful surgery was ruled out. A lot of coaches are looking at jumping off to save their ranking with Callum Mills the popular replacement. Will you be trading or holding?
Essendon vs Gold Coast
INS: Breakout forward Izak Rankine is back for the Suns in a boost to their forward line. Mason Redman also returns for the Dons who is enjoying a purple patch with recent scores of 102, 107, 144, 99 and 113.
OUTS: No….not Massimo! Sadly fan favourite and cult star Massimo D’Ambrosio didn’t pass the fitness tests and won’t be playing against Gold Coast.
Is it time to panic now?
Captain / Vice-Captain Choices
Jack Macrae and Jack Steele both look set to be a popular VC pick tonight, might I entice you with Josh Dunkley who in his previous 3 matches against St. Kilda has scored 131, 127 and 132…
Rory Laird is firmly on my radar as a VC option, having scored 185 against Collingwood in Round 11, 2020 with a dominant performance of 37 touches, 5 marks and 9 tackles.
With no Matt de Boer, Lachie Neale looks to be a safe captain option in the absense of Clayton Oliver, who scored 164 SC points just 7 rounds ago against GWS.
And yeah, if you’re feeling lucky and Toby Nankervis is a late out, Todd Goldstein could be a juicy YOLO captain choice. Has scored as high as 142 this season, and has a good record against the Tigers with a high score of 166 back in 2014.
Alright, I think now is the time to panic, yes?
Happy SuperCoaching all.