NAB Cup Rookie Review – Defenders

Written by Big Sexy on March 11 2011

My Top Five Rookie NAB Cup Defenders (<$200k):
1) A Otten (Def 185k) If you’ve been playing SC for a couple of years, then more than likely you already have Otten in your team. For those that don’t know, he had last season off we a knee injury, and the season prior came in as rookie and racked up a very healthy average and rose significantly in price… around 450k from memory. Mr Otten has reportedly made a full recovery and played consistently in NAB Cup/Challenge matches and I for one am expecting a big price hike from Otten throughout the season. NAB Cup SC scores 143, 38.
2) D Heppell (Mid/Def 153k) Having sat through as many matches as I could, Heppell is the individual first-year player that has stuck out to me the most and showed tons of skill, poise and efficient use of the ball…. Which are not only great signs for his future, it’s a great sign for his SC scores. Efficiency is rewarded (unlike DT), and the ball seemed to find him…. Again a great sign. NAB Cup SC scores 116, 65, 48
3) P Puopolo (Def 103k) I haven’t seen as much of Puopolo, but I do know he has big wraps from a lot of people, including his coach which is also a great sign for opportunity and game time. I hear he has been touted as a starter, so barring injury or sudden drop in form at training, he should get a run. NAB Cup SC scores 72, 119
4) M Coad (Def 123k) The Suns have a host of Rookies to choose from, but in the great words of the Highlander, ‘there can be only one’. Coad ran a very close race with Josh Toy in defense, but Coad just got the chocolates ahead of Toy by a nose. Coad moves well and went high in the draft (along with most of the Suns). He will obviously get tons of opportunity, and I believe Toy missed their 3rd NAB Cup game as he pulled up sore. NAB Cup SC scores 91, 58, 72
5) S McKernan (Def/Fwd 110k) Was a high draft pick a couple of years ago, and the big man (198cm) has been waiting in the wings for a while. He just broke into the team last season and was cut down with a shoulder/arm injury. Anyway, he’s up and running and with McLeod, Edwards, Burton and Goodwin retiring there should be plenty of room in the team for new blood. NAB Cup SC scores 153, 5

Disclaimer: I found watching the new format of the first round of the NAB Cup very average, and like watching paint dry…. So in my opinion very hard to get a true scope of a Rookies ability.

Now, tell me where I went wrong…..

I plan to do Forwards, Mids and maybe Rucks next week.

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24 thoughts on “NAB Cup Rookie Review – Defenders”

  1. If you like this type of review and want to see one for Forwards, Mids and Rucks…. Click the little ‘Like’ button below…. or if you want me to save my breath ‘dislike’. Just for my own curiosity.

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  2. There is a lot to choose from, but I think you’ve missed out on a Monty, BS. NicK Duigan, Blues M.A.R, should get game time early and knows how to find the pill, moooooooo.

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  3. is it better to have a premium d/m or a rookie?
    posted less than a minute ago by MaxCurtis
    EG goddard gibbs or lids i got all three should i have 1 in the mids? I am reluctant to doing that since defenders score much less that mids which means that im wasting a midfield position with a premium who could play back. I am finding it hard to pick a mid premium besides from pendles swana and boyd and if i have gods in my mid it would free up heaps and heaps of cash.
    Cheers guys

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  4. Thanks for taking the time to post BS.
    Personally, I like the format Rustee (aka 4s, SSSS) uses in his rookie assessment of quoting factual historical information rather than a bit of that and your subjective judgement. I also think that in these early stages of team makeup, there should be an assessment of 10 players at each line (5 with rucks) to cover the main probables. Ones missed in this post that should be on everyone’s radar are:
    Buckley, Lower, Smith, Toy, Batchelor and the obvious Duigan.
    BTW coad was not taken in this season’s draft like the majority of the Suns’ potential guns (Toy etc.) but in last year’s pre season rookie draft at two after Harris and before plenty of no names.
    Keep up the good work!

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  5. Just wondering what everyones thoughts on gilbee this year I have looked past him but now that I think about it I can’t see why he shouldn’t be in my team now or upgrade to him shortly

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  6. Deano, I knew I left myself wide open for knives… And was kinda prepared. Appreciate the restraint… I would have struggled 🙂

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