We’re going to approach things a bit differently this year with Captaincy Candidates. Rather then role out the usual suspects each week, we’ll be giving a option or two based on different strategies, and let the polls determine who the most popular options are. Candidates will be separated into:
Loophole – Someone playing Thursday/Friday night, or an early Saturday game, that gives you a chance to bank the points, and enjoy a stress free weekend. The general consensus for a cut-off score is 130.
Lock – The premium with the greatest chance of success based on form, history and opponent. If your Loophole option drops a dismal 129, the Lock will be your safest bet to right that wrong.
Inform – A premium who isn’t one of the usual candidates, but has hit a purple-patch, and could be worth a second look.
Smokey – A left-field choice, who for some reason, could be worth rolling the dice on. Maybe they had a terrible game, and we’re expecting them to bounce back. They could be playing their former side for the first time, and have something to prove. Or recent history suggests they particularly like playing their upcoming opponent. Whatever the reason, they might be a sneaky chance to make you look like a genius.
Trap – Someone who is generally a solid option, but may have picked up a niggle, has a poor record against their upcoming opponent or has other factors contributing to them being off their game.
Loophole – Let’s skip the Thursday night hors d’oeuvre and move straight to the Friday night main course; Collingwood v. Western Bulldogs. A few popular premiums will be blowing out the cobwebs, but we niggles to both Pendlebury and Bontempelli, Treloar is emerging as the pick of the bunch.
It’ll be the first time he has appeared in a lot of people’s teams, which also makes him an exciting first up option. Let’s hope its points galore for BBQs! (FYI – Motts had to explain this nickname to me)
Recent record against the Bulldogs: 148, 103, 96
Lock – Flip a coin here, but the homeground advantage gets Fyfe over the line. Always great to see champions back out on the field, and with Sandilands along side (and above) him, expect Fyfe to celebrate his return in style.
Recent record against Geelong: 162, 118, 104
Inform – Nick Riewoldt has been doing shuttle runs up and down the wing throughout JLT. I’m not sure age could catch up with him even if it wanted to. At home against a team they haven’t lost to since 2006 (2006!), expect the former captain to relish his new found freedom with a dominate performance.
Recent record against Melbourne: 79, 137, 135, 133, 133
Smokey – Gee, St Kilda have some impressive young talent on their list. The only thing scarier, is the rate with which GWS are happily shipping off young talent for better alternatives. But its one thing to want more opportunity, and another to take it, which is exactly what young Jack Steele has done over JLT. The ball-magnet tore the pre-season comp apart and
sucked many coaches in won a spot in many forwards lines. Playing in the third game of the weekend, you could easily loophole Steele and see if he can carry that form into the season proper.
For those nostalgic types, if you started the season with the Little Master, it’d be hard to go past him in the Q-Clash. It would come as no surprise if the SC GOAT made fools of all those that doubted him (ie: pretty much all of us).
Trap – Until we know what impact Spencer is going to have, Gawn is a massive risk as Captain. Melbourne have a terrible record at Etihad, and with the Saints expected to hit the ground running, Gawn has a tough first up game despite the humble St Kilda ruck division.
Let us know your thoughts below!
Captaincy Candidates R1 (your top three choices)
- Patrick Dangerfield (31%, 118 Votes)
- Nathan Fyfe (19%, 71 Votes)
- Adam Treloar (16%, 60 Votes)
- Scott Pendlebury (6%, 21 Votes)
- Nick Riewoldt (5%, 18 Votes)
- Josh P Kennedy (5%, 18 Votes)
- Tom Rockliff (3%, 11 Votes)
- Dan Hannebery (2%, 9 Votes)
- Sam Docherty (2%, 7 Votes)
- Max Gawn (2%, 7 Votes)
- Gary Ablett (2%, 6 Votes)
- Dayne Beams (1%, 5 Votes)
- Todd Goldstein (1%, 4 Votes)
- Dustin Martin (1%, 4 Votes)
- Joel Selwood (1%, 3 Votes)
- Someone I've mentioned in the comments (1%, 3 Votes)
- Marcus Bontempelli (1%, 3 Votes)
- Luke Dahlhaus (1%, 3 Votes)
- Josh J Kennedy (1%, 2 Votes)
- Heath Shaw (1%, 2 Votes)
- Jack Steele (1%, 2 Votes)
- Taylor Adams (0%, 0 Votes)
- Dyson Heppell (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 156
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