Rookie Review – Rd1

Written by Huttabito on March 28 2017

Despite me being a bad omen or what not, we are all in this together. No point hiding the facts, lets get into it….

DEFENDERS

Name

Team Pos

Score

McGrath ($211.8k)

Ess

D/M

83

Stewart ($117.3k)

Geel

D

57

Hampton ($160k)

Adel

D

50

Otten ($123.9k)

Adel

D

45

Kelly ($197.7k)

Adel

D

42

Macreadie ($117.3k)

Carl

D

36

Hibberd ($123.9k)

NM

D/M

23

Smith ($117.3k)

Melb

D

23

Ok McGrath, now you are just trolling. After a mediocre JLT series, you come out all guns blazing to be the top scoring defender rookie (<$212k) for the round and by a decent margin at that. Anyway… He collected an impressive 22 disposals (12 kicks) with a disposal efficiency (DE) of 82%. Combined with 6 marks, 5 rebound 50s and 5 tackles, he was able to ammass 83 points. His job security is solid although will still be eased through games at time. High on my watchlist this week if no other rookies present themselves.

Stewart started well although disappeared for large chunks of the game but still managed to scrape together the second highest rookie defender score of 57 from 10 disposals (7 kicks, 3 handballs). Despite registering very little stats elsewhere, his 100% DE gave his score the healthy boost it needed. After making the travel across to Perth after his cramping and Geelong registering a win, he should be sticking around for some time.

The Adelaide boys – Kelly, and more importantly Hampton/Otten were all down on their JLT performances much to all our disappointments. Cheney had another set back with a hamstring injury last week but Lever got through the SANFL trial unscathed after coming back from injury on the weekend which will begin to put pressure on Adelaide’s backline structure if he’s good to go at AFL level. Hampton only managed 11 disposals at 64% DE but 6 tackles and 4 marks helped him get to 50 for the round.

Macreadie was a late inclusion after being bought in from the emergencies to cover for Lamb and much like his JLT games, he struggled to put up a decent score.

Hibberd has so much promise but he just lacks the heart. You would think after being a North Melbourne supporter since you were a child, when given the opportunity to debut for them, you might give a little. But, it wasn’t to be with just 10 disposals for the game and collecting 3 clangers (all free kicks against). With others lining up for his spot, it wouldn’t be surprising if he now has a stint in the reserves, especially with a coach who has Scott as a last name.

Smith started off well collecting 5 disposals and 23 points in his first 18 minutes of AFL. Unfortunately he dislocated his shoulder in the back half of the quarter which ended his day and he is expected to spend an extended period of time on the sidelines (4 months) which would have dampened his spirits of debuting. He will need to be moved on however hold a week as prices aren’t changing and you can get another look at the other rookies, but can at least be used for loopholing if there are any to loophole!

MIDFIELDERS

Name

Team

Pos

Score

Powell-Pepper ($135.5k)

Port

M

78

Petrevski-Seton ($189.3k)

Carl

M

59

Barrett ($127.9k)

Bris

M

46

Mountford ($123.9k)

NM

M

43

Foote ($182.8k)

Syd

M

37

Powell-Pepper left off where he finished his JLT campaign on his way to being the highest scoring midfielder rookie with 78 points. He had 6 clangers (the kid just loves them!) and a DE of 58% for 19 disposals (12 kicks, 7 handballs) which really hurt his scoring yet again. It was not a bad AFL debut though with him registering 3 marks, 7 clearances (3 centre), 2 tackles, 5 inside 50s and 2 goals (the first of his was from his first ever kick at AFL level from beyond the 50m arc). Must have midfield rookie who could well have cracked the tonne against the Sydney midfielders.

Petrevski-Seton was named for his AFL debut after coming back from injury which ruled him out all pre-season so the club must have him in high regards. He smashed the opening half collecting most of his 11 disposals but struggled to hit the target and his DE went off at 55%. He did however lead the pressure for Carlton and laid a team high 7 tackles for the game to go with 3 clearances, 3 rebound 50s and 2 inside 50s. Comes with a slightly higher price tag but would have pretty good JS given his introduction into the squad, he just needs to remain injury free and clean up his disposal!

Barrett was picked for his defensive pressure which he provided although he didn’t accumulate a lot of clean ball with 55% of his 11 disposals (7 kicks, 4 handballs) hitting the target. He had 3 marks, 5 tackles and a goal assist for the game for his 46 points. It was his second AFL game ever and I would hope for greater composure as he gains more experience but his presence freed up the likes of Beams to get possession at times so should hold his spot in the side… for now!

Mountford should have done enough to see him get another run next week. That or he just didn’t perform as bad as the likes of Hibberd. His 43 points came from 11 disposals (10 handballs 😕 ) although he did manage to hit the target with all of them, which is a good sign. He had 3 marks, 3 tackles, 2 inside 50s and 2 goal assists, which should be enough for him to stick around. Still waiting for that massive tackle per minute ratio he had in JLT1..

Foote collected 12 disposals (8 kicks, 4 handballs), 4 marks, 5 tackles, 2 behinds and 1 goal assist however only ended up with 37 points. How you ask? His 50% DE and 5 clangers heavily hindered his score.

RUCKS

Name

Team Pos

Score

Preuss ($123.9k)

NM

R

44

Preuss got 19 hitouts for the game although you need to take that with a grain of salt as he was rucking against Darling for a while with Eagles having more ruck woes than Powell-Pepper has clangers. He and Goldstein worked well in tandem and were both dominant in the ruck and each impacted when resting forward. With Waite set to will miss 6 weeks due to shoulder surgery, Goldy/Preuss combo might be sticking around a little longer than first imagined. I’m still convinced he’ll be spending time on the sidelines this season courtesy of the MRP. There was a few times he lined an Eagles player up and just about cleaned them up…

FORWARDS

Name

Team Pos

Score

Butler (123.9$k)

Rich

F

96

Hannan ($117.3k)

Melb

F

96

Menzel ($183.9k)

Adel

F

81

Ainsworth ($198.3k)

GC

M/F

79

Houston ($117.3k)

Port

F

72

Bowes ($171.3k)

GC

M/F

64

Schoenmakers ($155.1k)

Haw

F

60

Turner ($171.4k)

NM

F

56

Florent ($166.8k)

Syd

M/F

44

Parfitt ($117.3k)

Geel

M/F

44

Taranto ($207.3k)

GWS

M/F

44

McCarthy ($203.6k)

Frem

F

36

Simpkin ($162.3k)

NM

F

35

Eddy ($102.4k)

Port

F

30

Pickett ($123.9k)

Carl

M/F

28

Butler and Hannan win the “Rd1 Best Rookie Award” after collecting 96 points each. If you don’t have them, wait one more week and get them on the bubble. The 96 points will only be in their price cycle for 1 round and they could very well post poor scores this week, rookies are widely regarded for their score fluctuations. Many who bought in Menadue after his Rd1 performance last year would have been kicking themselves for the next 8 weeks before he was dropped. Neither looked out of place at AFL level though and collected 19 and 16 disposals respectively to go with 2 goals each. Hannan was the surprise packet of the round and was bought in after not playing any pre-season games. He is a mature aged recruit and Huttabito loves himself a mature aged recruit and has popped him down on his watchlist for Rd3 correction trades.

Menzel looked good posting 81, which is what you would be wanting for his price tag (take note others). His score composed of 11 kicks and 3 handballs (79% DE), 3 marks, 3 tackles and a goal. His points are certainly inflated due to Adelaide’s win (slightly less impressive stats than Cameron but scored 3 more points) but sometimes you have to take what you can get. Tex Walker would be expected to return this week and pressure could be on Menzels spot, even if slightly different sizes/game style.

Ainsworth and Bowes are two other rookies that have gone from mediocre in the JLT series to looking like some of the better rookies options. Seems like the top end draft picks have reversed their JLT performances.. campaigners! Ainsworth was the more impressive though with 14 disposals (64% DE), 4 marks, 6 tackles, 2 inside 50s and 2 goals. Both are versatile and should continue to get a decent run and are on the watchlist to see if they can put up another performance like the weekend although playing against GWS will be the true test for them.

Houston bought back the kicking skills from the first 2 JLT games with 83% of his 10 kicks and 2 handballs hitting the target. He also had 6 marks, 3 rebound 50s, 2 tackles and 2 inside 50s for his 72 points. On the watchlist to see if he can retain his spot in the next two weeks with Pittards return and hope he presents himself as a genuine option before he pops his bubble.

Schoenmakers did exactly what you would have been expecting from him – Made that sweet, sweet 60.

Turner was the most impressive of the North Melbourne rookies yet only put up a score of 56, which pretty much sums up the rookie situation for the round. He had 9 disposals (3 kicks, 6 handballs) at 100% DE coupled with 2 goals to push him over 50 points for the round. His JS is pretty set in stone and the price tag may be worth the JS and for the games he puts up bigger scores.

Florent struggled to find his feet in Sydney’s loss and only collected 8 disposals (5 kicks, 3 handballs) at 63% DE for the game to end up on 44 points. He struggled to impact around the ground and only laid 3 tackles to go with 2 inside 50s. Robinson breaking his collarbone bodes well for Florent though and Horse should stick with him another week at least to get one final look before making a decision. I was very keen on him but locked up Butler instead to save some cash Rd1…

Parfitt was a little shaky in his AFL debut and his 9 disposals (2 kicks, 7 handballs) went off at 56% DE. He looked a little rushed at times and struggled with the step up in pace and intensity but certainly showed good signs. He should hold his spot in the team as Scott would be cautious of making too many changes to a winning team but Cockatoo will be out for 4 weeks with a thumb injury now which would just about sew up his spot for time being one would think (hooray!)

Taranto scored 44 which is far from ideal given his starting price. Hold for now, it will only stay in his rolling average for 1 price change so assess next week when it really matters. He showed what he can do across the JLT series when give the chance so stick fat, it was his AFL debut and his father flew out to watch, I’m sure he had jitters. He played in a losing GWS side which won’t happen often so look for a bounce back this week against Gold Coast at home.

McCarthy needs 2 things to score well – Marks and Goals. Unfortunately for the 20.7% of coaches who rolled the dice with him, he got 3 marks and 1 goal in the opening round. He did have 6 shots on goal though but the 1 to 5, goal/behind ratio was never going to go down well for his scoring. He had 12 disposals and only managed a DE of 42% so has room for improvement. Remember he was started for his JS and ceiling – 5 goals would have resulted in a very different score for him.

Simpkin joins pretty much every other North Melbourne rookie and produced an unwelcomed 35, not what you want for 162k. North are in their rebuilding phase and they should really be throwing as much game time into the kids as possible. Whether they score well or not is a different story.

Eddy put up one of those scores we all knew he would be capable of though we just didn’t want to believe it, especially in a winning Port Adelaide team. Anyone would think he was auditing for his old SANFL role with 2 kicks, 1 handball, 1 mark, 2 goal assists and 2 clangers. Good news is he scored only 8 points less than R.Gray for almost 1/6th of the price. Otherwise… not much to rave about. Something about that 102k price tag that grabs everyone’s attention!

Pickett was another who stunk it up all round with his 28 points coming from 5 disposals at 60% DE. Carlton play Melbourne, Essendon, Gold Coast and Port Adelaide over the next few weeks so hopefully he can pop up once or twice. He showed how potent he could be in JLT3 against Fremantle and it would only take 1 good performance to get some cash going. His JS is rather sturdy as coaches don’t base their team of SuperCoach scores… although maybe they should, it would help us out a lot!

What do you mean “Where’s the rest of the good ones at?” I hate being the bearer of bad news but… there aint that many!

Golden Rule #1: Do not trade in and do not trade out rookies after one performance. Wait until Rd2 when you have twice as much information so you can make twice the better decision.

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26 thoughts on “Rookie Review – Rd1”

  1. Great write up mate. Good advice. Hannan about the only one i’ve missed not putting in my team, so i’ll look at him for Rnd 3 (prior to price increases). Will Hoskin Elliot (WHE) & Marchbank are correctly not in the list above due to their price, but both will be of interest to me for their JS and scoring potential.

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    1. Marchbank looks like a good pick given the lack of rookie defenders. WHE may be able to be passed on pending how the other FWD rookies go this week. Both solid JS and scoring potential that’s for sure. Mentioned before that these ex-GWS kids will be worth the extra cash.

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    1. That’s gotta hurt. If it makes you feel any better, other than Butler, my next is Parfitt at #10 then the two potatoes down the bottom :/

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  2. Pretty much all my forward rookies are the ones at the bottom of the scale….
    started without McGrath due to his jlt series & price & bit me on the backside so far have a feeling I might miss on some of these rookies
    As a cats supporter I liked the look of parfitt give him a few games and I think he’ll be good

    Great write up mate

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    1. Cheers Twitch, I’m hoping McGrath can be passed on with my structure. I’m not going to be able to squeeze him in my team but I’ll have Hampton at D6 this week so fingers crossed that should be enough and I can forget the defender rookies all together.

      Agree with Parfitt.

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  3. Actually looking at those tables, I can see now the problem is not a rookie shortage, it’s just that I managed to pick all the wrong ones! McGrath played great and Bowes, Ainsworth, Menzel (if he stays fit), Hannan and SPS would have been very handy.
    Hopefully Darcy Cameron gets a run soon.

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    1. Cameron sounds promising. Was locked in to play this week so shouldn’t be to far away. He’s to good to be thrown into the NEAFL.

      If I had remembered to put the E on Butler in game 1, I would have bought him in at Eddys expense to get his score. Lessons to be learnt.

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  4. Good write up Hutta!

    If Hibberd not named as we expect will loophole Otten if named , and if he spuds it up again i think will gamble on bringing in McGrath early for Hibberd.

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    1. Sounds like a solid plan if you have the cash. I’m moving Hibberd to the mid bench expecting him not to get a run, would have been nice to loophole SPS/SPP but all play Sunday but North are up first.

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  5. Nice write-up Hutta.

    Crazy year for rooks with JLT of no benefit picking which rookies to start.

    Rookies like Hannan are just annoying. They barely touch the pill in the reserves but then inexplicably go nuts in the AFL. How can you predict that performance?

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    1. You don’t have a crystal ball? I thought we all had them…

      Hannan could be out as quick as he came in. He impressed the selectors from the VFL practice match before R1 and was given the nod. Lots of other who can play the same role and Kent will need to come back in a week or two.

      Hopefully being mature aged he knows what needs to be done of himself to stick around.

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    1. Would be surprised if Eddy loses his place too soon. Hinkley is clearly fine playing him alongside the other talls in the Port forward line which bodes well for his JS. Hinkley will likely ask for a lift from him, but a nervous first game in a winning team is hardly reason to get dropped with no obvious replacement.

      I wouldn’t say this score is necessarily out of the ordinary though, he’s not going to score well all that often playing a tall forward role but his big scores should make up for it and make plenty of cash in the long run.

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  6. Unfortunately I had J.Smith who is a confirmed out for the next 2 months. I know everybody is saying stick fat until after round 2 for corrective trades but the lack of rookie option is a real concern. You only get the 2 trades each week and another rookie injury coupled with a few more bad performances from the remaining ones can leave you in dire straits. I’m rolling the dice on Hannan which gives me two fresh looks at other rookies after next week. I remember a couple of years ago Cripps was a late out first round and completely stunk it up in the second. If I hadn’t had so many poor options ahead of him he was done and dusted. Didn’t get the chance to trade him out and he went BANG the following week with 172!

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    1. Sometimes you just have to pull the pin.

      I’m holding back for Hannan one more week as Melbourne are blessed with many players who can play the same role. Dean Kent is highly regarded at Melbourne and he had a solid game in the VFL practice match coming back from injury and will need to slot in somewhere.

      Follow your gut though.

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    1. Only 9 above 60 points. Last year there were 22 in the opening round, although some were a tad more expensive which opened up the next bracket of players.

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  7. Got the rookies all wrong and things are not looking promising. Had none of Hannan, Marchbank, Mcgrath, the gold coast boys and had butler on the bench! Had florent, Hampton, Otten and stewart all on the field as well.

    At this rate i might have to sacrafice roughead to hannan (if he performs this week) or WHE to get marchbank into defence (for J smith who i also have :/)

    But this is the game of supercoach i guess! Great write up Hutta

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  8. Excellent write-up, but I still maintain that Marchbank and Hoskin-Elliott should be classified as rookies this year, given the lack of other options. At $213,300, WHE is only $1500 more than McGrath.

    I know it feels weird calling a $236,100 player like Marchbank a ‘rookie’, but I don’t think he can be classified as a mid-pricer, either. Perhaps we need to coin a new term, like ‘premium rookie’.

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