2018 Rookie Review – Round 17

Written by Huttabito on July 17 2018

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PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd17AvgBE
DoedeeAdel$436.9k (+$19.1k)6985.178
AustinStK$292.1k DNP82.238
LynchWB$181.4k (+$57.5k)5868.3-31
MihocekColl$251.0k (+$28.5k)816626
RiceStK$247.3k (+$9.3k)8059.631
J.Smith (MID)Melb$201.0kDNP5816
TaylorGWS$202.5k (+$16.8k)7052.29
R.SmithWB$210.6k (+$8.7k)4247.638
T.Murphy (MID)NM$165.2k DNP4023


Mihocek could have easily had one of the largest rookie scores we have seen in a while but finished on 81 points. What’s impressive, is this score came from 15 disposals (13 kicks) despite going at 47% DE and having 4 clangers. He took 8 marks (3 contested), laid 2 tackles and had 2 1%ers and had he not only kicked 2 goals from his 7 shots, we would have been looking at a much bigger score.

Rice was back from being dropped to put his highest score for the season up thanks to 18 disposals (9 kicks), 2 marks, 4 tackles (4 free kicks for), 3 1%ers and a behind for 80 points.


O’Riordan has been carving it across half back in the NEAFL for weeks now and with McVeighs injury, was given a debut. He looked right at home with 19 disposals (9 kicks) at 79% DE, 8 marks, 5 rebound 50s, 5 tackles and 4 1%ers for 85 points. Would have been a great starting pick for 2019 with the aging McVeigh but thats gone and been ruined now.

Morgan did the exact same as his fellow opposition debutante in O’Riordan and played across half back collecting 18 disposals (8 kicks) at 94% DE while taking 9 marks, laying 2 tackles and putting in 5 1%ers for 73 points. If someone could tell these coaches to hold off on the kids until next year, that would be great.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd17AvgBE
SierColl$186.4k (+$62.5k)7672-19
PhillipsStK$246.3k (+$19.9k)6462.725
GiroFrem$245.0k (+$26.5k)8660.220
NarkleGeel$167.6k (+$43.7k)64581
AinsworthWCE$157.4k (+$40.1k)DNP540


Sier only played 44% game time before succumbing to a corked quad which ruled him out for the rest of the game. That said, he was everywhere in the first half collecting 13 disposals (5 kicks), 2 marks and 4 tackles for 76 points. What could have been if he played a full game!

Giro made up for his shocker of a weekend last week and applied great pressure on the ball with 6 tackles to go with 19 disposals (8 kicks) and 2 marks to finish on 86 points.


Long had a rather quite night with just the 10 disposals (7 kicks) at 60% DE but 5 tackles, 3 1%ers, 2 marks and a goal pushed him to 61 points.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd17AvgBE
McInerneyBris$264.0k (+$3.6k)5757.556
CrossleyGC$202.4k (+$21.1k)645125


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd17AvgBE
RonkeSyd$327.4k (+$2.6k)9475.167
Ahern (MID)NM$288.4k (+$42.1k)8472.511
Higgins (MID)Rich$351.7 (+$10.6k)3668.792
Spargo (MID)Melb$242.8k (+$17.6k)9159.723
Daicos (MID)Coll$254.0k (+$11k)4653.942
Daniels (FWD)GWS$117.3k4848-
PowellGC$147.9k (+$26.1k)2844.3-4


Ronke is your typical big game, match winning, x-factor of a player and I’m surprised he only scored 94 points after a couple of clutch goals in the see-sawing final quarter. He finished with 16 disposals (13 kicks) and his second 5 goal haul in his short career.

Ahern hasn’t looked back from him late inclusion from being dropped a few weeks ago and continues to find the ball with 21 disposals (9 kicks) at 71% DE against Sydney. Laying 6 tackles helped boost his score to 84 points and will be popular cover for Gray owners this weekend.

Spargo bounced back from being call a dud last week to finish with a team second high 7 tackles to go with 14 disposals (7 kicks). He also took 2 marks and kicked 2 goals helping him to his highest score of 91 points which will see his price tick along nicely once (if) he replaces his 34 from last weekend with something decent.


Higgins scored 8 goals in his first 4 AFL games but hasn’t managed to kick on in his last 8 due to his increased time on ball. Outbodied by the big GWS mids, he had 14 disposals (8 kicks) at 50%  and 3 tackles for only 36 points. Been a very successful rookie but it’s time to move him on.


Daniels is a small forward who loves the contested ball and finished his debut game with 8 contested possessions from 9 disposals (7 kicks) at 78% DE. He was relatively quiet otherwise just registering a mark and 2 tackles but the contested nature of his game got him to 48 points.

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5 thoughts on “2018 Rookie Review – Round 17”

  1. Thanks Hutta. Still managing to hold on to my last two trades and with bench rookies scoring well, am feeling contented each week to just watch and enjoy.
    Gray down will mean loopholing Callum Moore and Guelfi this week, but a 60 from one of them will do.
    Ahern on the MID bench (tick) and Doedee and Mihocek (tick) down back, what’s not to like. Fund management is ticking along nicely so when inevitable carnage does hit, I should be right to pick up who I please.
    Would love to get Danger/Macrae and O’Riordan next week, but don’t want to tempt fate. Ah well, them’s your punishments for using all those unnecessary trades earlier in the piece.


    1. Two trades is cutting it fine! I have 7 and I am worried – already we have Gray this week and Sicily gone for 5. Regretting going Ridley over Rice/Mihocek!


  2. Similar chillo , rice and ahern are now keepers for me. Jpk, gray and sicily for me this week .still have 5 trades and don’t laugh but i thought hibberd was finally going this week,still he hangs on!


  3. What might be interesting is a poll on which rookies were kept at the end of the regular season before finals. ie how many Rd 1 rookies were kept for the full season and/or how many playing rookies (no 0) players still on the bench at the end.
    Just an idea.



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