2013 Byes



2014 AFL Fixture

by MJ on October 31, 2013

The fixtures have been released today and what will be of most importance to SuperCoaches will be the BYES listed below:

R8 – Adelaide, Collingwood, Geelong, Gold Coast, North Melbourne, Richmond

R9 – Carlton, GWS, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, West Coast, Western Bulldogs

R10 – Brisbane, Essendon, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney

What are your immediate thoughts on them from either a club or SC perspective? Does this alter your best laid plans?

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MJ October 31, 2013 at 11:57 am

What is of immediate alarm is the number of midfield stars out R8 (GAJ, Pendles, Swan, Beams, Cotchin, Deledio, Selwood, Dangerfield).

However, due to the fact that what looks to be the trickiest round is first up (rather than R13 which was the last of the 2013 byes), we can target a few of these guys as some of our upgrade targets and bring them into our sides R9 bye-free. There’s always a silver lining.

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Jester October 31, 2013 at 7:04 pm

If my count is correct the Hawks only have four interstate away trips. Surprising since Roos and Tigers have 6 each.

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Don Cottagers November 1, 2013 at 9:40 am

From a club point of view, I had expected Essendon to have an easier draw than what they have received.

Having effectively been moved down a ‘bracket’, I thought that this may be basically the only plus from season 2013, but alas, the fourth hardest draw is ours (source: http://www.afl.com.au/news/2013-11-01/the-inquirer-the-2014-fixture).

I really can’t complain on two fronts though.

Firstly, I think that it can actually be beneficial to have more tough opponents in the H&A schedule. If you want to be the best, then you have to beat the best and the more ‘finals like intensity’ games that you play throughout the course of the season, the better.

Secondly, we travel an equal low five times next year including winnable games against GWS, Brisbane and Port.

From a SC point of view, my back, forward and ruck plans look fine, my midfield… Not so much.

If Beams gets any sort of discount then I think that he will be a must have and, along with Ablett and Pendlebury as premiums and Jack Martin as a rookie, I’ll probably be full of R8 bye players meaning that Selwood and Cotchin will have to be upgrades.

I’d mentioned earlier that I was considering planning for a 4-6 premium-rookie structure in the guts and this may push me further this way.

Complete my starting premiums (Ablett, Pendles, Beams) with one of Watson, Jack, JPK, or possibly M Murphy, and beef up around the field a bit.

It could potentially be a bit of a points hit up until the byes, but if the cash cows are picked correctly, then I could look at bringing in Selwood and Cotchin in round 9 and then two of the aforementioned quartet after their byes.

Can’t wait to see the prices/positional changes!

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Deano November 2, 2013 at 2:11 am

With respect to your first sentence DC, I think you should be happy that your team is actually in the draw and able to earn premiership points after being found guilty of actively delivering performance enhancing drugs to your players.

From a SC perspective though, your insight is as usual very impressive!

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Schwarzwalder November 2, 2013 at 2:31 am

Don’t forget Deano, a recent independant report states that up to 12 clubs have / had a supplement program similar to Essendon’s. Yet the AFL have refused to investigate further. While not a fan of Essendon or their supplement program, you have to agree they’ve been singled out here like ‘the black sheep’.

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Don Cottagers November 2, 2013 at 7:39 am

It was a very sad season for the club indeed, Deano.

Unfortunately, I still believe that, despite what the commentary may be saying, at least some chunk of 2014 for the Essendon Football Club will be taken up with preoccupation as to whether our full squad will still be able to play at the end of the year. Regardless of the outcome, I think that shadow is still squarely hanging over the players, the club and therefore supporters like myself.

It will soon be an interesting time when I decide whether I will renew my membership for next year.

It is not that I’ve lost faith in the club, because I think do believe that a few elements were able to allow the club to conduct unsavoury (at best) activities, but I do still believe in the club as a whole.

For me, it’s simply an issue of, if a substantial number of infraction notices are served, I’m not sure I could be bothered watching what was left with effectively nothing on the line.

I wish I felt like we were at the end, but still dark days ahead, I fear.

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Deano November 2, 2013 at 2:19 am

Great decision by the Saints. Long considered an excessive egotist with limited justification over here and not surprising that the senior players called time on him.

About time the Saints took advantage of the Tasmanian window of opportunity and the associated concessions before they are forced into extinction.

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