The season is finally here, and it’s great to not be talking about NAB Cup form and it’s amazing how fast we forget about the NAB Cup when the real-deal starts. Anyway, here is the BS’s first crack at a Rookie Review for 2012.
My Top Five Rookie’s (<$200k) of the week:
1) A Kennedy (Mid/Fwd 113k) Kennedy was one of the stand-out rookies for GWS on debut picking up 28 disposals and cracked a ton scoring 104 in his first hit out. He turns 20 this year so slightly mature age, and was recruited from the Western Jets. He has the added bonus of being a DPP which is the only reason he edged out Smith and Magner for top billing.
2) C Smith (Mid 116k) Everything that is said about Smith references how hard he is at the ball and what an ‘inside’ player he is, and all I would add is, ‘they are right’. Smith was taken at Pick 17 in the draft and picked up 13 disposals layed 3 tackles and kicked a lazy 4 goals if you don’t mind umpire. He’s still young at 18 (until May) and it is rare to see someone that young come into the AFL and be at the bottom of the packs, so I think Smith has something special. That said, I hope his game style doesn’t work against him when he attacks the ball against a bigger body and comes of second best, so hopefully his body holds up. Worth noting Clay’s high score was achieved despite being subbed off.
3) J Magner (Mid 94k) The bargain basement price tag should not put you off, Magner is an antagoniser who doesn’t mind getting in the face of his opponents, but I guess that also comes with being a mature age recuit at 23 years old. Mager picked up 23 disposals and kicked a couple of goals. His score of 102 is slightly inflated (by 10-15pts) as he got a few cheap free’s and one that resulted in a goal. Actually, his first two kicks were goals, with the ball not even making it back to the centre bounce. That said, don’t let it put you off, the boy can play and go at it as hard as anyone. Also worth noting that the Dee’s elevated him off the rookie list at the end of the pre-season..
4) T Mohr (Def 124k) The Bear is a big unit at 195cm and 98kg’s, I can’t see him smashing out a 150 any time soon, but because of his bigger body I feel he will handle the rigors of AFL a little better and be able to go body on body with his opponent. I also thought he showed pretty good poise for a big man. He picked up 16 disposals and layed 3 tackles and I’d suggest can play either full-back or centre half back. The Bear scored 86 in his first hit-out and suggest he has pretty good job security compared to some of his team mates and will probably deliver 60-90 most weeks.
5) J Giles (Def 126k) A big 199cm 101kg ruckman, I thought Giles held his own against Mumford particularly in the hit-out department. Mummy certainly had him covered around the ground but Giles was very solid in the ruck contests and finished with 12 disposals and a goal to his name. He’s not quite a Zac Smith style ruck but I’d suggest he’ll knock out the occasional hunge. That said, probably every SC team already has Giles, so will not go-on.
Here is the rookie data for you to analyse in your spare time:
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