NAB Cup Rookie Review – Forwards

Written by Big Sexy on March 15 2011

My Top Five Rookie NAB Cup Forward (<$200k):
1) C Richardson (Fwd 110k) The Kanga’s don’t have much to look forward to this season, but the arrival of Richardson may be one of their few highlights this season. All reports have Richardson well placed with the Kangaroos come the start of the season and scores are not be sneezed at. Watch the round one teams, and assuming there are no surprises, be sure to get on Richo. NAB Cup SC scores 112, 72
2) D Prestia (Mid/Fwd 148k) Another DPP who will add flexibility to your team and has been ‘steady’ in his games so far without being a standout. Prestia was taken pick 9 in the National Draft from the Calder Cannons.  He costs a bit more that a few other Rookies floating around and it depends on yours team particular balance, but Prestia is well worth a second look and assured opportunity. NAB Cup SC scores 65, 77, 65
3) I Smith (Mid/Fwd 103k) Smith is a late inclusion for Mzungu who has done a medial ligament. Smith was pick 19 in the national draft and Hawthorns first pick and came from VFL team North Ballarat. He is another mature are recruit at age 22, and has plenty of pace and the Hawks believe he is in their best 22.. NAB Cup SC scores 67, 19
4) B Matera (Fwd 110k) I believe nephew (?) of the great Matera who played in the West and is also highly rated and expected to get plenty of game time this season with the new franchise.  NAB Cup SC scores 71, 47, 71
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

By the way: Krakouer missed out on Rookie status by $600!

Bloody Mzungu did his medial ligament on the weekend and I haven’t seen how long he will be out for…. Though a medial is usually 5-8 weeks, and then he needs to prove himself worthy of a spot (again). In either case, I’d written this pre-injury and thought I’d leave it in for reference.
T Mzungu (Mid/Fwd 110k) Mzungu doesn’t just have a tricky name, he can run through the midfield and collect possessions, he can go forward and kick a goal and unfortunately he can do a tagging role. It’s too early to see how Harvey wants to use him but for a DPP that’s $110k…. he’s worth a punt, and will give you flexibility with your forward line. NAB Cup SC scores 151, 44

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32 thoughts on “NAB Cup Rookie Review – Forwards”

  1. Darling almost got in there…. Unfortunately when I watched WC, I thought small fwd Wedden stuck out more.

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  2. Darling will most likely be in the Eagles team come round 1, whereas I am not so sure about Prestia. He seems to be on the wrong side of the Gold Coast fringes.

    Not a Kangas fan, but also disagree with the ‘not much to look forward to’ line. Think they will be a first round finals loser this year.

    Also, re: Brandon, son of Wally and nephew of Peter and Phil

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  3. Be careful of Prestia. Was picked in the “Possibles” vs “Probables” in the intraclub match a few weeks ago and couldn’t make the team for last week’s probable Rd2 (without the guns) lineup.
    Bluey has made the comment that he expects his 18yo rookies to rotate with the aim of getting about 12 games into them during the season.

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  4. Hey BS, What’s you’re thoughts on Luke Tapscott?, I remember last year alot of people where high on him but not so much this year.

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  5. Thanks for you’re honestly BS, I thought you might have something on him, oh well. In last week’s FantasyFreako said Luke Tapscott One player to keep your eye on is Tapscott. As a high draft pick, we didn’t see him last year because of injury, but in 2011 he should get plenty of games. He has the body to play AFL and last week was handy with 50 points in the NAB Challenge against Brisbane. Pretty much what you just summed up.

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  6. This came from the Round 3 Fantasy Freako newsletter after they played Brisbane:
    “One player to keep your eye on is Tapscott. As a high draft pick, we didn’t
    see him last year because of injury, but in 2011 he should get plenty of
    games. He has the body to play AFL and last week was handy with 50 points
    in the NAB Challenge against Brisbane.”

    Sounds like he could a handy bench player if he gets a game, not sure if or how played against the Hawks on the weekend.

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  7. I know you haven’t done the rookie midfielders yet but I was just wondering why the hype has died down around Mitch Wallis?

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  8. guys does anyone know where the supercoach scores from the preseason comp including all nab challenge matches can be accessed. i remember last year there was a massive spead sheet, is there one this year. please reply if you know

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