Rookie Review – Round 13

Written by Huttabito on June 20 2017

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PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd13AvgBE
NewmanSyd$428.6k (+$8.1k)10491.859
StewartGeel$326.3k (+$28.0k)7460.545
Berry (MID)Bris$293.5k (+$2.1k)4451.944
Cox (FWD)Frem$117.3kBye30-

Newman has done it. After 9 AFL matches he is the first pupil of Huttabitos School of Rookies to graduate with flying colours. After jokingly awarding him Super-Premium Elite status after his efforts in Rd8, he took it as a personal challenge to rise to the occasion. Notching up his third triple figure score for the season against the Tigers (104) was enough to see him inducted for real. Collecting 26 disposals (19 kicks), he took 4 marks, 7 tackles, 3 rebound 50s, 7 inside 50s and a goal assist to put the cherry on top. He was let down by his DE only going at 58% for the day, which is very un-Newman like so to think of the score that could have been. It is with honour that I award him with premium status in 2017. Go you good thing, spread your wings and do me proud.

Newman at his Rookie Graduation Ceremony

Stewart has begun to earn the trust of his team mates which has seen second wind to he scoring and cash earning as they include him more in general play. Funnily enough he and Tuohy seem to be getting the same amount of opportunity as a result with Stewarts last 3 scores being 91, 73 and 74 compared to Tuohy’s 90, 76 and 78. Has Stewart’s rise began to impact Tuohys presence in the back line? I think so… Anyway, Stewart’s 74 came from 17 disposals (9 kicks) at 65% to go with 6 marks, 4 rebound 50s, 4 tackles, 6 1%ers (second team high), 2 inside 50s and 2 goal assists. Let down by 6 clangers, he would have been knocking on the door of a triple figure score without them. With a BE of 45, he still has one decent cash rise left before it starts to dry up.

Berry  was rather disappointing on the weekend only managing to get to 44 points which was his lowest since Rd5. His BE was 39 courtesy of a 48 still in the cycle from a fortnight ago but once that dropped out, it would have significantly dropped it to provide another cash boost. Not to be, as the 48 is replaced by a 44 resulting in his BE coming up to 44. He had 16 disposals for the game but running at 63%DE to go with 4 clangers and only 6 of the disposals being kicks, he was doomed from the get go. He also took 2 marks, 5 clearances (second team high behind Beams and equal with Zork0) but it was the lack of tackles (0) which really hindered his score. Two more weeks for Berry to put up a decent score otherwise his time will have come to an end.

Goodbye for now: Newman


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd13AvgBE
Powell-PepperPort$348.1k (+$17.4k)8569.259
BarrettBris$350.0k (+$13.6k)5467.155

Powell-Pepper picked up where he left off from his last game against the Lions to cruise his way to 85 points for the afternoon clearly showing he loves to bully them running an average of 91 from 2 games against them. He had 16 disposals (7 kicks) at 56% DE to go with 4 clangers (standard day out for Pepper-Pig), 1 mark, 2 clearances, 5 tackles, 2 1%ers, 3 inside 50s and 2 goals, including a monster kick from the centre square (not his first for the season either mind you). Providing solid cover over the byes with an average of 78, you would be rather happy with his output if you held onto him, especially with the ~$50k increase he has also provided in the same time. Fun fact, SPP is the only rookie to play 12 games and beat his BE every single week, so his 59 BE this round should be no dramas.

Barrett followed his best mate Berry in the beat up of the Dockers in Rd12 but failed to impact the next week against the Power only getting to 54 from 17 disposals (9 kicks). He was supposedly sick (with Beams and Rockliff) so he has some benefit of the doubt for the round. Let down by his 47%DE, he had 1 mark, 6 tackles, 1 goal/1 behind and one complete miss! His BE is still at an achievable 55 but he is up against GWS this weekend and will need to have a decent game as once the 97 rolls out of his cycle, his days could well be done.

Mountford played his second game after his Rd1 debut and was sent straight to Jack Steven to try and cull his influence on the game. Finishing up on 59 points, he had 15 disposals (5 kicks) at 73% DE to go with 3 marks, 5 tackles and 3 inside 50s. The beauty of being a tagger sometimes is that you are drawn to the ball, so he has plenty of opportunity to get his hands dirty especially with his tackling ability (remember the 7 tackles in 33% TOG in JLT1?). One thing we know though is that Brad Scott though is a very unforgiving coach – both Mountford/Hibberd debuted in Rd1 and it took 12 rounds before one to be recalled. He did mention Mountford in the after game press conference and said “We’ll see a fair bit more of him I’m sure” – so hopefully he means this year! On the bubble, he is one worth looking at if named.


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd13AvgBE
PreussNM$262.7k -75.57

Goodbye for now: The lot of ’em!


PlayerTeamPrice (Weekly change)Rd13AvgBE
Greenwood (MID)Adel$240.0kBye791
J.StewartEss$244.2k Bye66.43
Ainsworth (MID)GC$257.8k (+$14.9k)3963.839
ButlerRich$247.7k (-$22.6k)1458.773
HannanMelb$311.2k (+$28.0k)9058.542
Gallucci (MID)Adel$148.8kBye57-
Bolton (MID)Rich$181.4k (+$26.4k)6354.30
Brown (MID)Coll$117.3kBye52-

Ainsworth went into the round with an ownership of 19,000 and with very few downgrade options, another 6,000 decided to jump on. Unfortunately was not able to replicate any sort of form which has given him an average of 72 in the first 3 games to drop his lowest score of the season, 39 points. Just getting the 9 disposals (5 kicks) at 67% DE, he took 5 marks, laid 2 tackles and had 3 inside 50s with 1 clanger being his only other stat. Cash growth will be stunted for the next few weeks as the 39 rolls through the cycle.

Butler is dead. 64 BE + 14 points = $22.6k lost. New BE = 73. Show him the door.

Hannan deserves a special mention. Popular trade in after his Rd1 score of 96, 21,000 coaches jumped on for a mere average of 39 points from his next 6 games (over 7 weeks as he was dropped Rd5). Rising to $199k before losing money, he looked to be somewhat non-relevant anymore. Well, with rookies, persistence is key and has since gone 85, 88, 51 and 90 over his last 4 games to send his price skyrocketing to $311.2k with an average of 16 disposals (9 kicks), 3 marks, 2 tackles and 2 goals per game over the last month. With a BE of 42, he is set to send his total cash gains north of $200k. Doing the solid thing of making sure all the rookies don’t fully mature at the same time. Well done Mitch.

Bolton was everywhere in the first half and found himself sitting on 80 points at the major break. However… the game was won in the second half and with Bolton going MIA, points were deducted due to scaling to end up on 63. Finishing up with 14 disposals (7 kicks) at 71% DE he had 3 marks, 1 tackle and 2 goals. Loves the contested possession, he was running at 100% contested possession rate for the first half of his possession to finish up on 10/15 being contested (2nd team high being Dustin Martin and equal to Cotchin). Bolton is ranked in the top few for forward pressure in the competition over the last month which should see him hang around for quite some time.

Goodbye for now: Butler

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19 thoughts on “Rookie Review – Round 13”

    1. Fisher, Curnow, McKay and Williamson… can you tie GWS’s record with 8 nominations to win the rising star in a year?


  1. Great write up Hutta, just a quick question, would Boltons score been the same if he had’ve been injured in the second half or did his invisible act (+clangers) contribute to his scaling down?


    1. He had 3 clangers for the game and 1 definitely came in the first half courtesy of a free-kick against. I only watched until half time but he had 2 disposals in the final quarter, maybe they were both clangers? Not sure.

      That said, he still would have been scaled back (a little at least). 80 points in the first half is massive but then played no part in the turnaround (JPK) or resistance (Rance) in the deciding parts of the game. The entire pie would have been taken up at this stage and they need to start taking some of others plates.


  2. Great stuff again Huttabito. I reckon we only need one or two more downgrades and most of us are set for the season!


    1. Updated TDA but gee, you’re all over me this week aren’t you! Must have slipped through the cracks just like my team 🙁


  3. I think we should take a quick moment to wish a former RotY all the best as he recovers from another terrible injury. Hope to see you again soon, Michael Barlow.


    1. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Glad he was given a second shot after we didn’t offer him a contract extension.


  4. I think I’m the only one happy to see Newman banished from the Rookie Review. Seeing his name at the top of the article every week is like being stabbed in the eye with a burnt stick.
    Hopefully Brown and/or Mountford can get a few more games. Great write-up as always, Hutta.


    1. Cheers Chillo. He’s only in 28.5% of teams so it could be worse.

      I still don’t fully trust him (or Horse) and any negative signs and I’m taking the cash and running.


    1. I’ve heard through the grape vine that someone “will make their long awaited return to AFL”. PA also posted an article saying “Who’s in the mix – Eddy and Pittard strong in the SANFL” today.

      Eddy also put up a snapchat today saying “Melbourne Bound” – they do have a bye so I wouldn’t be surprised if all 3 emergencies travel. Who knows? If it rains (as predicted), hard to see he will be selected.



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