Badger’s Rookie Review

Written by Badger on June 16 2015

Badger’s season is almost cooked! I’d need a finish reminiscent of the Tigers 2014 campaign and would probably get belted the first week of finals too. It’s a harsh and sometimes unlucky game but I love it so.

Very few options this week but I’m tipping we’ll see an influx of rookies after the byes when some teams realise their 2015 might be better spent developing for the future. Good luck navigating the next two weeks.



Round 12 Byes:



ST KILDA                  SYDNEY


Round 8 Rookie Ins (underline = first game 2015):

DEF: Sam Colquhoun PA, Jack Leslie GC, Alex Pearce FRE, Shaun Edwards ESS

MID: Alex Neal-Bullen MEL, Billy Stretch MEL

RUCK/FWD: Jack Hannath FRE


Round 8 Rookie Outs:


MID: Karl Amon PA – injured, Jackson Nelson WC – omitted

RUCK: Keegan Brooksby GC – injured

FWD: Michael Luxford GEE – omitted



**R12BYE** Shaun Edwards Essendon, $123.9K, GWS Zone Selection 2011, 21 years/190cm/83kg

Edwards had a nice debut on the weekend in another poor loss for Essendon. I suspect the Bombers will switch to playing more youth after likely recognising their season is well and truly shot. Edwards, while definitely deserving of his place in the team for next round, may be a beneficiary of plenty of games in the second half of 2015 along with others such as Fantasia and Kavanagh (I reckon other rookie-priced options such as Alex Browne and Nick O’Brien will be given a crack too).


**R12BYE** Alex Pearce Fremantle, $165.7K, 2013 Draft Pick 37, 20 years/200cm/92kg

With Michael Johnson out injured for the bulk of the remaining rounds along with Dawson and Silvani out of action for at least the next 5-7 weeks, Alex Pearce is a genuine rookie option who has shown ability to score well for a rookie key defender (74 R6 / 27 R7 / 67 R11). Pearce scored 67 from eight kicks and eight handballs at 100% disposal efficiency, nine marks, two tackles, a rebound 50 and an inside 50.


Sam Colquhoun Port Adelaide, $188.3K, Preseason Draft 2012, 20 years/180cm/75kg

An exciting young player who showed a bit in his debut year in 2013 but was cut down by a knee injury in season 2014. His junior and SANFL numbers confirm he can find a lot of the ball and uses it well. Usually a very outside player with a contested possession rate of just 20% in his 10 senior AFL games, Colquhoun scored 65 from 11 kicks and nine handballs at 65% disposal efficiency (eight contested possessions), one mark, a tackle, a free for and against, two clearances and four rebound 50’s from 76% game time. I like Colquhoun and think he may be able to hold his spot – one of the few rookies worth considering this week.


Other DEF Options:

**DNP11** Hugh Beasley BRI, $102.4K

**DNP11** Joel Hamling, WB, $123.9K

Tom Clurey PORT, $162.9K

**R12BYE** Jack Leslie GC, $171.9K

**R12BYE** Clay Cameron GCS, $192.3K



**R12BYE** Daniel Robinson SYD, $141.8K, 2013 Rookie Draft NSW (Elevated 2014), 20 years/184cm/80kg

Another week as the sub and a score of just 13 with less than 20 minutes on the ground. Can’t be selected in Supercoach based on his current place in the Swans lineup. His first game for 2015 in Round 9 was very impressive, enough to put him on the radar anyway. And his NEAFL form last year and this year is nothing short of amazing so he remains in the rookie review in case Horse starts giving him full games.


**R12BYE** Andrew Boston GC, $191.3K, 2013 Rookie Draft QLD Zone (Elevated 2014), 21 years/180cm/80kg

Boston played very well against the benchmark team of the comp where GC came close to upsetting Freo. He scored 91 from 17 kicks and five handballs at 64% disposal efficiency (nine contested possessions), six marks (one contested), six tackles, two frees for and one against, five clearances, a rebound 50, two inside 50’s and a goal assist. This follows on from another two decent games with scores of 63 (R10) and 71 (R9). Massive jump in ownership from 3% to 18%


**R12BYE** Elliot Kavanagh Essendon, $145.1K, 2011 Draft Pick 19, 22 years/187cm/81kg

Had a promising preseason and then trailed off a little in the NAB Challenge games. Good VFL form saw Kavanagh finally get a crack at it in the 2015 seniors and he played pretty well in a disappointing Essendon side. Kavanagh scored 77 from ten kicks and 15 handballs at 72% disposal efficiency (just seven contested possessions), four marks, two tackles, two frees for, four clearances, two rebound 50’s and three inside 50’s. Has to hold his spot given some poorer performances from others in the team. Rated very highly as a junior before ongoing hamstring issues in his final year of TAC Cup meant Kavanagh was taken as a speculative pick in the Top 20. Good luck to him over the next few weeks with what could be his final chance at proving he’s AFL class. Owned by 2%


Other MID Options:

**DNP11** Liam Dawson BRI, $116.3K

Alex Neal-Bullen MEL, $117.3K

Billy Stretch MEL, $135.6K

**DNP11** Connor Menadue RICH, $139.4K

**DNP11** Corey Ellis RICH, $167.5K

Aiden Riley MEL, $212.6K



No rookie-priced rucks performing well enough to select yet.


Other RUCK Options:

**R12BYE** Peter Wright GC, $187.3K

**R12BYE** Jack Hannath FRE, $191.7K



**R12BYE** Orazio Fantasia Ess, $168.4K, 2013 Draft Pick 55, 19 years/178cm/66kg

Another young Essendon player who was more impressive than some of his senior counterparts and showed some run with four bounces and an ability to find space. Fantasia scored 64 from seven kicks and seven handballs at 71% disposal efficiency, three marks, six tackles, a free for and one against, a hitout, a rebound 50, five inside 50’s and a goal from 89% game time. Should hold his spot for the moment. Owned by 3%


Other FWD Options:

**DNP11** Toby McLean WB, $117.3K

**DNP11** Bailey Dale WB, $154.6K

**R12BYE** Peter Wright GC, $187.3K

**R12BYE** Jack Hannath FRE, $191.7K

**DNP11** Lukas Webb WB, $198.8K


FAREWELL Former Rookie:

Henry Schade GC

Trent Dumont NM


Author: Badger


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23 thoughts on “Badger’s Rookie Review”

  1. Boston in Rnd 13, Shaun Edwards in Rnd 14 for me. Will also keep an eye on Hugh Beasley if / when on the bubble next week.


  2. With Mumford out for the season, what does this mean for ruck rookie prospects at GWS? Is this Tom Downie’s time to shine?


  3. Look for Kommer (rookie priced) in coming weeks for Essendon. Missed a ton due to injury but looked great out there a couple years ago when he did play and got his first game back at VFL on the weekend. Him and Likka back up forward could be a nice little spark


  4. I’m in the worst position I have ever been in… WHAT TO DO????

    Mcdonald Shaw Ibbotson Hibberd Saad Brown Mckenzie Lever(Isheback?)

    Fyfe Pendlebury Ward Heppel Kennedy Selwood Beams Yolmen(Isheback?) Boston Menadue(Isheplaying?) Krakouer

    Goldstein Mumford(Outforseason)

    Gray Kennedy Roughead Martin Bont(Isheback?) Clark(Isheback?) Lonie Dale(Isheplaying?)

    I have 220k in the bank & 16 trades left… It’s a must win week for me to keep my self in the 8. [money league]

    Any tips, ideas on who to get or what to do…. He has a strong 18 playing…

    Thumbs up trade & try win… Thumbs down take the loss 🙁


  5. I reckon everyone might just be dissaponited when teams are announced to see Joel Hamling as an omission. Dale Morris is set to return to the team and if he doesnt Michael Talia is waiting close in the wings as well.



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