The perils of the Captaincy Loophole were exposed last week, when more than a few coaches placed the ‘C’ on Eddy, only for him to be a late, late inclusion. A 76 from the mature age recruit was actually not a complete disaster, but it certainly stings when Danger knocks out a lazy 140. Still, it could’ve been worse; you could’ve picked Hanners (somebody get that man a mai tai!).
We’re spoiled for choice again this Friday night, with an underwhelming Collingwood taking on an even more disappointing Sydney. Despite staying with the Doggies for most on the game, a 0-2 start is not what Horse would’ve had in mind. Hard to single anyone out, so let’s look at some of the popular options (FYI – recent records date back three seasons, starting with the most recent first):
Recent record against Collingwood –
Josh P Kennedy – 75, 136, 109
Lance Franklin – 91, 79
Dan Hannebery – 100, 100, 107
Luke Parker – 161, 49, 87
Recent record against Sydney –
Scott Pendlebury – 89, 118, 182
Adam Treloar – 125, 114, 86, 100, 154
Geelong went with the slightly unusual tactic of not using a ruckman at all for stoppages during the last quarter against North, allowing second gamer Pruess to score a very handy 111. If Geelong decide to try the same against Melbourne, Max Gawn could be in for a monster score. Gawn established himself against Geelong back in 2015, having a breakout game in Round 12 with a huge 146, after numerous injury setbacks threatened to derail his career. The Cats belted Melbourne in Round 23 last year, but Etihad was a happy hunting ground in Round 1 for the Dees and they’ll be looking to continue their early season form.
Max Gawn’s recent record against the Cats – 63, 154
Apparently the Bulldogs are everyone’s second favourite side, and Marcus Bontempelli must be close to everyone’s favourite player (who doesn’t play for their own side). The young Bulldog’s star has started the season in great form, and doesn’t need many possessions to rack up a Captaincy-worthy score. Will be one of the first players picked next season, but if you were lucky enough to grab him this year, you could happily throw the C on him against a hapless Freo.
Bontempelli’s recent record against Freo – 95, 110, 83, 63
…and we’ll praise the day, somebody gave us, somebody brought us O-li-ver!
Clayton Oliver’s recent record against Geeling – N/A
Trap Be wary
Remember two years ago when former team mate Bernie Vince annoyed the bejesus out of Dangerfield and kept him to 16 possessions? Vince is back for the Dees this week.
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