A Change of Scenery

Written by MJ on February 23 2016

There’s been a bit of talk around the traps recently that a few of SuperCoach’s big names may be trialed in slightly different roles in 2016.

Josh Kennedy made a few interesting comments on Sunday: “Playing a bit more forward I might try this year, especially with the smaller minimised rotations and not having a sub rule which will be interesting.” We all know JPK as one of the best contested ball winners of the modern era, collecting the most contested possessions, clearances and stoppages in 2015. Not immune to kicking a goal, Kennedy kicked two goals on five separate occasions last year.

We also caught a glimpse of Lance Franklin playing more midfield minutes in the pre-season scrap against the Power, pushing higher up the ground that usual. Kennedy commented that “He’s certainly fit and healthy and raring to go, hence the reason he’s playing a lot of minutes up in the midfield”. With such a big frame, Buddy has the potential to replicate Jarryd Roughead’s athleticism in the middle of the ground and, dare I say it, Matthew Richardson in the twilight stages of his career.

Over in the West we’ve heard musings that Nat Fyfe is set for more time in the forward 50, with Ross Lyon giving hints that the 2016 Brownlow Medalist could play up to 50% forward this year to utilise his strength and contested marking ability. Like Kennedy, Fyfe has proven his prominence in front of goal, bagging two or three goals four times in 2015.

I’m going to put it to the people with a couple of good ol’ fashioned polls.

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6 thoughts on “A Change of Scenery”

  1. It’s a question about resting time up forward rather than on a bench then it’s a positive. Bench time earns zero so any time on field is a win.

    But when you start talking 50/50 splits you are taking about big drops in outpur.

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  2. Very valid point by HH. It could be a big plus if FURL plays him forward in a similar fashion to Martin of Richmond. Possessions ain’t everything but rather contested possessions and beating your man one on one rack up the points as well. If Fyfe has learnt how to kick straight would be an added bonus.

    Good luck to your golfing MJ

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  3. Hi all,

    As an old campaigner I’ve started by preseason late this year but it’s good to be back and soaking up all of the SCT community knowledge.

    My question isn’t so much about a mid/forward scene changer, but a perpetual back/mid changer – Brodie Smith. Riccuito (who is usually pretty close to the mark when commenting on Crows players) was talking on the weekend about how valuable Smith is to the Crows playing out of the backline.

    Can anyone tell me does he generally score well playing down back or do his big scores depend on a run through the midfield?

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  4. Last year Barlow played more time up forward with Freo and saw a corresponding drop in his supercoach scoring. I believe that the same thing could happen to Fyfe. Many of us are locking in Barlow as he is reportedly going to spend more time in midfield,.

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  5. Kennedy out of my team for Parker, Parker will play in his role, Kennedy will probably average 10 less if eh plays forward. Buddy was in at 470k he should be a bargain but flogged it in the Nab game so still watching him atm, Fyfe will probably kick a bag some games average should be near the same but not starting with him.

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