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Hinkley under pressure in 2019?
Coming up to the halfway mark of the #AskTheCoach series and this video was an annoying one to find after the AFL twitter page forgot the hashtag on it. So, we have Ken Hinkley and his Port Power and hopefully he can give some good answers in his short 2 minute video.
“How do you plan to inject more pace into our game structure after trading out some of our fastest players?”
This is not the most relevant question, but it is the players that he names which helps give some information to us coaches. Hinkley named Burton, Duursma, Butters and Rozee. Three of these players are rookies and he then says that “you will be excited to see them play and you won’t think we have lost any speed when you see those players on the park.” It is the last part of the answer which shows promise, as how he answers the question, seems to show that these rookies will get a chance to play this season.
Even though Burton is not a rookie he is priced at 357k, which is a good mid-price value and for Burton to use his speed, wouldn’t he have to be playing as a half-back role? Therefore, taking out the idea of him playing as more of a lockdown defender. In the first few rounds last year Burton was playing at CHB, playing on Menzel and Townsend scoring 58 and 41.
That takes him out of the SuperCoach frame if he is played there again and shows he doesn’t belong there. In 2017 however, Burton was the runner-up to the Rising Star finishing with an average of 83.7 from 20 games. Last year, he averaged 65.7 from 21 games, why did this happen? Sure, he was played at CHB for a few games, but I believe it was Sicily that made the difference. In 2017 Sicily was switching between forward and back, until towards the end of the season Sicily began scoring well, playing more in the backline. So, for 2018, Sicily was played as more of a 7th defender taking more marks and being used more as an outlet.
I believe, this took the scoring away from Burton and gave his score a negative impact. Now he has moved to the Power, will Burton become more relevant producing premium scores with the fire in his belly from being traded? Or will Burton stay at that awkward mid-price mark as it is a season too early, as he tries to fit into a new club environment?
For the rookies, surely one of them has to make it into the starting team, as Port need the pace on the field. Duursma is probably the player we are wanting more just because of his price tag. The 131k MID/DEF averaged 22.8 disposals and 5.2 tackles during the TAC Cup and has been showing some real good signs of a Rd 1 debut during the preseason. In the club’s intra club match just a week ago, reports were saying his pace and ball use could give him a spot on the wing, as Jared Polec’s departure to North Melbourne. This is good news for us Coaches, so hopefully he can keep this form up during the JLT.
For Butters, he is a 158k midfielder that was selected at #12 at last year’s Draft. Butters hasn’t had the talk up like the other rookies at Port and has come off a shoulder surgery last year. It shouldn’t affect him in any way, but be weary as this could make him slightly underdone. I would put him at the back of the list for these 3 rookie choices.
The final rookie is Rozee, who is priced at 189k and has a DPP status of DEF/FWD, starred in Port’s intra-club match. This has strengthened his chances for a Rd1 debut with how well he has adapted to AFL level. He’s been training in a more half-forward role with the club and played there in the simulation match, but is definitely capable to take a position on the wing. Rozee is looking almost set to make a debut in Rd1, however that price tag can be quite a turn off. Will Rozee be able to score enough every week to make us good cash or will he be a slow burner and disappoint many coaches?
Sorry……wrong Hoff 😉
“Will Westhoff be spending more time up forward?”
Finally, onto the next question! Westhoff has been playing in almost every position under the sun for Port last year. Surely, he will be given a set role/position this year. Hinkley says that they “can settle Hoff down a little bit.” This would be done by removing him from the ruck, due to Lycett coming into the team, while still having Ryder play more as a forward. Hinkley finishes off the question by giving a guess on his time allocation in certain roles, by saying “probably 50/50 between midfield and forward.”
By taking Westhoff out of the ruck, how much will this be an effect to his scoring? Surely, this means less time around the ball and when he plays in the midfield, does he end up playing on the wing? Also, looking at his price tag for this year at 549k, Westhoff is over-priced as he never reached that price last year, only getting to 540k and that had a score of 147 in it.
The way he scored for the year however, was interesting too, by scoring 10 tonnes for the year, but then scoring 10 scores under 90 with only 2 in between. Of those tonnes 8 were 110+ with a 140 and 147 and his lowest score being a 73. It shows Westhoff was quite consistent with his scoring, but he is also quite consistent in matches played. He has not missed a game since 2013 and it was due to suspension, so the last time he missed a game was the 2011 season.
So, what do you guys think of Westhoff? Is he worth a start, due to his reliability and the fact he should play every game and have you not waste a trade? Or should you set him as a wait and see upgrade target, to see how his role plays out this year?
The one and only Hoff 😉
“What are your plans for Joel Garner this year? Do you see him making an AFL debut?”
“Garner has had a really strong preseason.” This was the first thing said out of Hinkley’s mouth, which shows good signs. The club also got his shoulder fixed last year, so he would be right for pre-season and not have to worry about a modified program. This gives signs they really like him as they were thinking for his future with the club.
Hinkley mentions some of his attributes and then finishes it off with, “hopefully he gets some opportunities this year.” He is priced at 124k as a defender and it is his 2nd season at the club, so he got to play some games in the SANFL last year before his shoulder injury. I feel he won’t get a chance at a Rd1 debut, with all those other rookies impressing, but hopefully he will make a good downgrade mid-season.
“Is Robbie Gray going back to the midfield role he had at the start of last year with Wingard moving on?”
With no time to waste, Hinkley is straight into saying “Robbie will spend time in the midfield.” Great exactly what we want to hear, but of course he didn’t finish and follows up with “and he will certainly spend time in the forward line.” This is because he is “too dangerous in both spots.”
The aim of Hinkley and the club, is to try and get the most penetration out of Gray and that gives indication, that he will be played where he is needed the most. So, if the forward line is lacking, he will probably be first there to support it and same goes for the midfield. Also, be aware of knee soreness with Gray, as he may be touch-and-go for a Rd1 start, so it may be best to treat him as an upgrade target.
“How’s Rocky tracking this summer?”
What would the interview be without a question on our favourite burn man Rockliff! At 406k how could you leave a talent like Rocky out of your team? Hinkley says he has had a really great summer and is looking good for this season. Ah the positives, what more do you need? Join the other 4% of coaches that own him. You know what he can produce so what is holding you back? The year is 2014 for Rocky and he is expecting just another lazy 132 average, just you watch! 😉
Will he ever be SC-relevant again?
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