2019 JLT Rookie Review – Week 1 (Part 2)

Written by Huttabito on March 6 2019

Butter me up, we’ve got another gem on our hands in Zak Butters ($157.8k MID). Another with the elevated price tag but he looks like he belongs in the big league. Finishing up as top SuperCoacher scorer for Port Adelaide, which was only 91 points, he had 25 disposals (12 kicks), 5 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goal assists. Playing on the outside of the contest, he only had 6 contested possessions and a 72% DE. There is reason why they say use expensive rookies in your drafts as it’s much harder to bring them in without ruining your side! Worse case, you can downgrade them if cheaper options arise and you can splash the leftover cash.

I said this last year, but Willem Drew ($123.9k MID/FWD) loves a contest and finished with the most contested possessions for Port Adelaide. What was most impressive was that despite 11 contested possessions, 94% of his 16 disposals (4 kicks) hit the target. He had a team high 7 clearances to go with a goal to finish on 77 points. With no Ollie Wines early, he could be quite useful.

Xavier Duursma ($130.8k DEF/MID) was very busy early on in the game but disappeared for majority of it before popping up at the end kicking a goal. He used the ball across half back but only finished on 9 disposals at 67% DE which is a little concerning given he only had 2 contested possessions. Put it down to first time jitters but he can play.

Connor Rozee ($189.3k DEF/FWD) played deep forward and just managed the 6 disposals (3 kicks) at 50% but he did manage 2 goals. Given the starting price, he will need to do more in JLT2 to tempt people.

We got a brief look at Chayce Jones ($171.3k MID) with him spending 35% TOG against Port in which he was the only player of the game to go at 100% DE. He did only have 7 disposals and all but 1 were uncontested, but 3 tackles and a goal got him to 36 points. So if we extrapolate, he’ll score 87 from 85% TOG. That’s how it works right?

Jacobs time as number 1 ruck is slowly coming to an end and Reilly O’Brien ($136.8k RUC) is the man they have to take over. He and Jacobs split the ruck and O’Brien had 19 hitouts, 3 disposals and 2 tackles in his 46% TOG. Had the edge over Jacobs in the hitout department, but needs to be more active around the ground.

Jackson Hately ($148.8k MID) was picked up at 14 in last years draft and put his exceptional skills on display hitting the target for all 16 (8 kicks) of his disposals. He only had 4 contested possessions, but 4 marks, 4 tackles and a goal got him to 101 points.

Jy Caldwell ($162.3k MID) just missed out on being drafted in the top 10 but played forward and helped himself to 14 disposals (10 kicks), 3 marks, 5 tackles and 2 goals. He only went at 50% DE and had 3 clangers which held him back to 78 but looks ready.

Lachlan Keeffe ($190.5k DEF) played key defender against Sam Reid but at his price, 8 disposals and 3 marks for 23 points just won’t cut it.

Matthew Flynn ($123.9k RUC) helped out Dawson in the ruck and was given 65% game time in which he ended up with 8 disposals (2 kicks), 2 marks and 7 hitouts. It’s hard to see him fitting in the team come Rd3 when Mummy returns.

Isaac Cumming ($173.7k DEF) looked much better than he did in his 2 senior games in 2018 and despite only having 39% TOG, he managed to collect 14 disposals (9 kicks) at 86% DE and 6 marks for 49 points.


Nick Blakey ($166.8k FWD) got a fair run with 68% TOG but just managed 6 disposals (4 kicks). He kicked a goal, but looks a little underdone for AFL level with on 50% DE and 3 clangers – need to see a little more for his price.

James Rowbottom ($117.3k MID) spent most of the game on the bench and made a brief cameo in the final quarter for 1 disposal, which missed its target.

Toby Pink ($123.9k FWD) spent 70% TOG but didn’t do much other than touch it 6 times.

James Rose ($165.0k FWD) hasn’t done much in terms of SuperCoach for years and many Sydney fans were surprised he was kept on the 2019 list. Pass.

Justin Mcinerney ($117.3k DEF) played all of a quarter but did manage to slot a goal from 5 disposals.

Hawthorn gave us a look at a lot of their rookies but it was a little bit of a moot point given they were missing about 15 of  best 22 which makes it all but impossible to see where the players sits.

Harrison Jones ($123.9k DEF) looked impressive across half back and through the midfield and had 21 disposals (8 kicks) at 71% DE to go with 6 marks, 5 rebound 50s and 4 tackles for 79 points.

Will Golds ($102.4k MID) spent 80% TOG for 25 disposals (12 kicks) at 68% DE to go with 2 marks and a tackle. He worked hard all day and was second in disposals behind James Cousins for the Hawks. Hopefully we can get another look with a more full strength Hawks side this weekend.

Jack Scrimshaw ($149.8k DEF) played across half back and was the Hawks equal second rebounder with 5 rebound 50s from 18 disposals (9 kicks). He ran at 78% DE and had 4 marks (1 contested), 1 tackle and 4 1%ers for 68 points. He has lots of potential, but a very lazy player.

Oliver Hanrahan ($123.9k FWD) was much busier in the first half but finished with 19 disposals (10 kicks) at 79% DE to go with 2 marks and 2 tackles for  67 points.

Mitch Lewis ($149k FWD) saw plenty of the ball given he played key forward but ran up the ground the collect 12 disposals (10 kicks) and 7 marks. He didn’t register a single contested possession though and 58% DE and 2 clangers held his score back. Had two shots on goal but missed both.

Dylan Moore ($123.9k FWD) spent 83% TOG for 9 disposals (7 kicks) at 78% DE to go with 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal.

Changkuoth Jiath ($123.9k DEF) spent the last half of the game on the pitch to help himself to 9 disposals (6 kicks) at 67% DE to go with 4 marks, 2 tackles and 4 1%ers.

Mathew Walker ($117.3k MID/FWD) came on after the main break and got 7 disposals (5 kicks) but ran at only 57% DE. He did manage a goal and 4 marks (2 contested).

Jackson Ross ($123.9k FWD) spent 71% TOG for 8 disposals (4 kicks) at 75% DE to go with 2 marks, 2 tackles and a goal.

Daemon Greaves ($109.9k DEF/MID) spent 73% TOG for 12 disposals (6 kicks) at 83% DE to go with 2 marks.

Fagan has come out this season that the number 1 ruck role at Brisbane is up in air this season and with Martin struggling with a back at the moment, Archie Smith ($172.3k RUC) is putting his hand up. Took the game on (against an arguably undermanned rucked stocked Hawthorn) and had 25 hitouts, 11 disposals (5 kicks) with 9 of his possessions being contested. Combined with a couple of marks, 1%ers and 4 tackles, he managed his way to 83 points.

Ely Smith ($117.3k MID) and Connor Ballenden ($123.9k FWD) both warmed the bench the first 3 quarters before making a final quarter cameo. Together, they combined for 7 disposals 3 marks, 3 tackles, a goal and 22 SuperCoach points but with a near full strength team, it’s hard to see them slotting in come Rd1.


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15 thoughts on “2019 JLT Rookie Review – Week 1 (Part 2)”

  1. Good summary. Just on Hatley as someone who watched all his games as a junior, he doesn’t have exceptional skills.

    He’s a dedicated hard worker, and if his role is to just take the safe or long option then he’ll be able to do that, but I wouldn’t be comfortable betting anything that he’d hit a tough target under pressure. Given that long kicks to a contest count as effective, then he may be a more effective SC player than he is a player.


    1. Arzi

      I presume you are talking about Hatley?

      As Hutta stated he had 16 possies half kicks at 100% DE.

      I would also presume a couple of his marks were contested.
      If he also kicked that goal to put them in front, it would of been upscaled.

      I know 101 seems excessive but it is there.


  2. I know it’s only the JLT and most don’t care, and I guess I only care for SC reasons, but if the AFL want teams to actually play their best players could they make the fixture a little more accommodating?

    Hawthorn having to play 2 games, both interstate 6 days apart? Or Geelong coming back from WA with a 5 day rest?

    I’m sure there’s others too. Couldn’t they have started the competition a few days earlier to avoid this?


    1. Phil, this is the AFL administration we’re talking about here. Of course they’re not going to do what you suggested… because that would be LOGICAL 😉


        1. Polo, eh? That’s just given me the coolest idea: if the AFL is insistent upon having some stupid novelty competition (AFLX), why don’t they make it a version of AFL played on horseback? Now *that* would be exciting to watch!

          Plus, the X could then stand for ‘eXtreme’, so the name would finally make sense.


  3. Thanks Hutta.

    Great info as always.

    Hopefully more coaches will play teams closer to their best 22 next week. Its so difficult to assess rookies JS when they make up half the fricken side. 😉


  4. I think I’m very confused with Archie Smith… I had a feeling that he went gangbusters 1 year when Martin was injured, but then I’ve checked the state and found:
    2016 3 games, 2 in the 90s and a 54.
    2017 6 games average 43.

    So am I thinking it was in preseason that he got some big scores or am I confusing him with another player??


  5. Worth looking at Colin O’Riordan yet again. I can see him jumping over established Sydney defenders this year.


  6. Hrm, i’d hoped Rozee and Duursma would be a bit more solid. Will see what JLT2 brings, i guess.

    Thanks for the writeup!



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