We’re into the home stretch of SuperCoach so rather than put up my usual Movers posts this week I thought we’d go with the 2011 Awards. Kicking off with The Backs, my 2011 Thrillers for the year are:
Heath Scotland ($466,900, 106.81) – No-one expected Scotto to have the kind of year he did. He’s one of the oldest blokes getting around at Carlton but you wouldn’t know it to watch him play the game. Played in every game and racked up 13 tons for the year, his lowest score was 61 against Freo in R21 and his highest was 143 (against WC in R14).
Brett Deledio ($469,800, 105.43) – After the last couple of years, the expectation was that Lids would come out of the blocks a little sluggishly and then build toward the end of the season. Those who didn’t have him from Day 1 were rushing to bring him in after he started averaging in triple figures by R4. Played every game and scored 14 tons. Season high: 138 against Collingwood in R4. Season low: 58 against Hawthorn in R3.
Brendon Goddard ($479,400, 108.38) – I hesitated to add BJ’s name to this list given his inconsistency in the first half of the year but since that time he’s only missed scoring centuries twice. Those who paid $633k for him at the beginning of the year were kicking themselves when he dropped to $418k in R12 but he’s since rewarded those who had the patience to keep him. He also played every game, scored 14 tons, had a season high of 161 (against North in R15) and low of 57 (against Freo in R10).
Honourable mentions: Bryce Gibbs ($501,200, 104.52) and Sam Fisher ($384,500, 101.48). Heath Shaw and Chris Newman both miss out for going AWOL at the business end of the year.
I’ll open up the Drillers section to the floor. Who do you think provided outstanding value down back in 2011.
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