Let’s not muck around this week. Coming into a Supercoach Grand Final, you can lose your head and do something stupid but it rarely works out. Unless you are hundreds of points behind you should keep your VC and C selections simple. Believe me, I know what I’m talking about: I have spent much of this season trying to be different with Vice Captain and Captain selections and it has often failed.
So meet the players who have earned a seat at the Captain’s Table for the Supercoach Grand Finale (all times in AEST):
1.Brodie Grundy (COL) Saturday twilight 4:35pm (vs Fre) – Brodie is the second highest scorer in Supercoach this season and he hasn’t let his coaches down for 21 matches so don’t expect him to start now. Grundy has elevated his game to amazing heights in recent weeks with a 5 week average of 144 SC points and a 3 week average of 150 SC points. We know he’s good, he knows he’s good and Sean Darcy knows he’s good. Why the hell wouldn’t you VC or C him?
2.Max Gawn (MEL) Sunday afternoon 3:20pm (vs GWS) – Maxy’s form line is not as consistent as Brodie’s but that was mostly due to his poor week against Sydney when he clearly impaired by injury. However he seemed his old self against West Coast last week when he tore Lycett and Vardy a new one on his way to 156 SC points. Considering he only faces Rory Lobb and he is averaging 119ppg at the MCG in 2018, Gawn should provide a healthy Captain score should Brodie fail as your VC.
3.Jack Macrae (RIC) Saturday afternoon 2:10pm (vc Ric) – You know a player is a beast when his Supercoaches are unhappy with a score of 110 points! He was even called lazy by some for his 33 possessions, 8 marks and 5 tackles against the Blues last week! True, he scored a lot of points late in the match but that is what I call high expectations!
Obviously the Tigers are a tougher opponent than Carlton, but Richmond have wrapped up top spot and could be forgiven for playing some bruise free football. The Doggies may threaten the Tigers early in the match and Macrae will win plenty of the footy, having scored 117 and 126 points in his last two matches against Richmond. So far this season he has only played one match at the MCG for 131 points (against the Dees) but given he has a 3 game average of 128 ppg he’s a safe option. In addition, he plays early enough in the day that you should be able to VC him before Grundy plays at 4:35pm.
4.Patrick Cripps (CAR) Saturday night 7:25pm (vs Ade) – Cripps was a little down on his expected output last week against the Dogs although he did cop a low blow midway through the final quarter that slowed his scoring. Even so, Cripps has a 5 round average of 127 ppg and he is facing a Crows line-up at Etihad Stadium that has little to play for. The only question is whether Cripps has much juice left in the tank. He has carried a heavy load this season and nobody would criticize him for slowing down in Round 23.
5.Patrick Dangerfield (GEE) Saturday afternoon 1:45pm (vc GC) – Until last week, Danger appeared to be back to his old tricks with a 5 round average of 138.6ppg, but just when we thought it was safe to captain him he rewarded us with 94 points. In a 100 point win! What’s with that?
Unfortunately, despite Danger being in good form while spending more time in the midfield, Chris Scott decided to push him back into the forward line against Freo. And when the ball was in the forward line, Danger just couldn’t get among the goals.
So the question is: Where will Dangerfield play this week? Even though he only averages 111ppg against the Suns in their last 5 meetings, you would think he will rack up the points against the Suns in Geelong if he spends enough time in the midfield.
That’s a big if and seems a bit risky for me!
Matthew Crouch (ADE) Saturday evening 7:25pm (vs Car) – The Blues have been haemorrhaging points to opponents of late and Matthew Crouch knows how to rack up the possessions. Unfortunately he is a little handpass happy and doesn’t have the best disposal efficiency so he hasn’t scored a monster yet this season but he did just manage his best score of the season with 131 points against the Roos last week. If you own him, consider him!
Luke Parker (SYD) Saturday evening 7:25pm (vs Haw) – This is a risky selection! Parker has been inconsistent all year, never scoring more than 3 tonnes in a row in 2018, but he was on fire last week and seemed to be spending plenty of time in the middle. The Swans will be desperate for the win this week so expect Parker to play through the midfield. Who has the guts to try this one?
Tom Mitchell (HAW) Saturday evening 7:25pm (vs Syd) – Everyone keeps telling Longmire that Sydney should have tried harder to keep Mitchell. Not wanting to look silly, Longmire seems to have made it his life’s goal to shut down Tommy in all Sydney matches. In Mitchell’s 3 matches against Sydney he has scored 72, 98 and 105 points. The 72 points came when Hewitt tagged him but even when he wasn’t tagged in the other two matches, he was knocked and bumped in the packs a lot and he struggled to have an impact. I will be avoiding him this week!
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