Here’s Ollie’s wrap up of week 1 of the nab Cup. He posted it in comments but its worth its own post. Thanks mate.
Well, well, well…
Richmond vs North vs Hawthorn:
Miller looked good leading from full forward but lets be honest no ones gunna pick him up! Dusty Martin and Newman looked as good as ever. Morris and Derickx performed the best for the Tiges as rookies, and I was a little bit dissapointed with B Ellis … Maric could be a nice mid price POD in the rucks.
Not many things to say about North other than Ziebell – could this be his year?! Gibson looked the goods as a rookie, but is he going to be elevated? Probably after the injury to Grima. Another mid price ruck contender would be Mcintosh, but I’m not too sure about 1. his job security and 2. coming back from an achilles is not an easy job.
Hawthorn’s Premiership team looked flat on the night, but Buddy definitely did not! He was up and about in the midfield which is a good sign for Supercoachers! Birch, Mitchell, Suckling, Lewis and Cyril were on fire also. Lets hope that Sizzle’s hammy doesnt go PING! Hodge was flat though.
GWS vs Bulldogs vs Collingwood:
GWS showed some signs for Supercoachers – James Mcdonald could be a handy M6. Cooyou, Bugg, Tomlinson and Coniglio all showed something for a rookie, but Jonathan Giles was the big one, giving everyone the option to go 1 gun 3 rookies in the rucks. Phil Davis was also up and about! Tim Mohr was a bit of a let down…
BOYD! BOYD! AND BOYD AGAIN! The Doggies skipper was on fire! Proven performer that should be just as good as any other year… Maybe an improvement in disposal efficiency would be good. Hargrave, Gian and Murphy, the 3 old Dogs, performed great down back and up forward – could be nice PODs. Skinner, Cordy and Talia looked alright for rookies, but Zeph was the only one that REALLY impressed.
Dale was on fire for the Pies, as was Shaw, Swanny and Ball. Sidebottom looked great, racking up the possies! Yagmoor was a surprise and a good one, but I can’t see him breaking into the team because I think Leon’s spot is going to be filled by Clarke… but with Maccaffer gone you never know!
West Coast vs Essendon vs Fremantle:
Weedon impressed – more like owned it! Ashton Hams was good as well. Shuey look sjust as good as last season, maybe even better. Priddis back to his consistent best! Coxy put more thinking into Supercoacher’s gun ruck, but he does look quite expensive for my liking. Hurn’s slimmer legs helped him rack up a few possies but I want to see him handle a tag before I consider him.
Howlett and Melksham look as if they have been working hard over the pre-season… could provide a useful POD. Monfries looked alright going through the midfield. Baguley is a mid/def that you should keep your eye on! Kavanah was alright, Zaha was alright. Not much else to say about my bombers.
Duffield and Broughton are in my team now! Both of them played very well coming out from half-back. Fyfe was good, as was Sandi. Neale and spurr look like 2 good rookies. Suban was alright.
That’s Week 1. Week 2 coming soon!
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