THE SECRET TO SUPERCOACH HAPPINESS
There is a Jewish folk tale from Poland (It could always be worse) about a farmer who is unhappy with his tiny and crowded house which he shares with his children and parents so he goes to ask his Rabbi to ask for advice. The Rabbi advises him to bring his goat into the house that night. He is confused, but he obeys. Obviously the goat makes a lot of noise and mess which leads to him sleeping poorly and the house appearing even more crowded. He goes back to complain once more and the Rabbi tells him to bring his chickens to stay in the house as well as the goat, making the situation even worse. Over the space of a few days he is instructed to add more and more animals to his house until the house is so noisy and crowded that he and his family can neither move nor sleep.
At wits end, the farmer returns to speak to the Rabbi once more at which time the Rabbi tells him to remove all the animals from his house. Confused but happy to remove the animals, he complies with the Rabbi’s advice and is amazed to find his once small and crowded house now seems quiet and spacious.
He thanks the Rabbi for his advice and never complains about his house again. Genius!
So where am I going with this?
With the bye rounds over, I last night switched all of my premiums back onto the field and I was amazed. My team looks spectacular! Where, before the byes, Dustin Martin and Luke Parker were liabilities and rather potato shaped, now they look far better than rookies like Ed Phillips and Holman. Petracca and Ahern have returned to the bench where they belong and I actually have rookie coverage. My team looks good!
While the byes are a drag, more so this season than any other that I remember, they make us appreciate our sides on the run home.
That, my friends, is the secret to Supercoach happiness.
Or my Supercoach team sucks and I’m too stupid to see it!
ESSENDON 12.8 (80) def WEST COAST 6.16 (52)
Andrew Gaff (WC) 122 – It is nice when your premiums rack up good scores even when their team plays poorly. Despite Essendon’s great pressure, Gaff still knocked up 32 possessions at 84% DE with just 2 clangers. His ceiling is not super high but he’ll be a handy M7 or M8 for the remainder of 2018.
Luke Shuey (WC) 56 – I noticed a few Supercoaches discussing Luke Shuey as a cheap midfield option to finish the year but I just can’t see it! Stop getting so creative coaches! With such limited game time this season I wouldn’t touch Shuey until he pumps out a SC tonne or two. This week he managed just 18 possessions offset by a match-high 6 clangers.
Tom Bellchambers (Ess) 121 – To be honest I didn’t know the big fella was capable of the form he’s shown this season. He’s not really SC relevant but he deserves a lot of credit for his stellar match against Nic Nat and Big Bird “Air-Swing” Lycett.
PORT ADELAIDE 11.9 (75) def MELBOURNE 9.11 (65)
Max Gawn (Mel) 140 – While the Dees failed to close out this match, it was certainly not the fault of Maxy who scored over 50 SC points in the final quarter. He finished the match with 53 hit-outs versus Ryder’s 40, gathered 16 possessions and took 4 marks, 2 of them contested. A great response after the poor match against Grundy before the bye.
Tom Rockliff (Por) 61 – He didn’t have much impact in this match but he was on his way to a respectable score until he seemed to twinge a hamstring. For those coaches who chose him, you’ll just have to cop these scores because you knew what you were signing up for!
Robbie Gray (Por) 92 – Do you select Robbie or not? It is a dilemma. One week he’s playing predominantly midfield, the next forward. Make up your mind Kenny! Better yet, just play him in the midfield where he’ll win the ball and use it well rather than the forward line where he relies on the kicking skills of lesser men. It’s not brain surgery; put the best players near the ball!
That goes for you too Chris Scott!
HAWTHORN 13.18 (96) def GOLD COAST 5.13 (43)
James Sicily (HAW) 135 – Can he act like a d#ckhead? Yes, he can. But he’s our d#ckhead and we will love him as long as he scores over 100 SC points most weeks. He probably wouldn’t have scored this week from 23 possessions and 4 marks but the skill level in this match was horrible so his score was inflated.
Jarrdy Witts (GC) 51 – Big Boy McEvoy is having a great season again but he is not a particularly tall ruckman so Witts should have dominated in the ruck contested. He managed 35 hit-outs but few to advantage and he only gathered 5 possessions for the entire match. Sometimes you wonder if a card-board cut-out would affect the match more than some ruckmen?
Tom Mitchell (HAW) 106 – I said last week that Tommy needs to clean up his disposal efficiency and he decided to troll me with 7 clangers. Even with the Miller tag he gathered 31 possessions but he only managed 2 tackles and didn’t influence the match much. As the season progresses, some of these úber-premos aren’t quite meeting our expectations. With that in mind, who thinks they will start with Tom Mitchell in 2019?
GWS 16.13 (109) def BRISBANE 12.10 (82)
Luke Hodge (BRI) 164 – This is what we call ‘turning back the clock’! Often we forget how good some of these veteran players were at their best, but this was a great reminder. Hodgey gathered 30 possessions at 93% DE and didn’t record a single clanger. He grabbed 11 marks, 2 of those contested (and 1 a hanger) and he kicked a goal. Brilliant but don’t even consider trading him in to your SC team!
Harris Andrews (BRI) 22 – After weeks of great form, Supercoaches started jumping on board the Harris train only for this debacle to occur. Not only did the 22 points hurt this week after Andrews was knocked out in mid-air in the first quarter, but who knows what flow on effect the concussion will have on the poor guy. Let’s hope he keeps playing at his amazing best upon his return!
Jeremy Cameron (CWS) 69 – Some players never learn. Cameron claims to be a ball player, but ball players don’t tend to brace with their elbows in a marking contest. I don’t believe Cameron meant to knock Andrews out in such a sickening fashion but he’ll struggle to prove this wasn’t an intentional action. In case you had forgotten, Fyfe’s elbow on Greenwood was graded as intentional, so I foresee a long holiday for Cameron this winter.
NORTH MELBOURNE 12.5 (77) def WESTERN BULLDOGS 11.9 (75)
Hayden Crozier (W) 137 – At one stage of the preseason I had Crozier in my team but his form didn’t warrant selection in the JLT so I dropped him before Round 1. I no longer feel so stupid about that ‘almost’ selection! He has finally clicked in his backline role at the Dogs, this week gathering 30 possessions at 83% DE ad 5 marks, with 12 of his possessions being intercepts. A smokey selection for the run home or even for 2019.
Luke Dahlhaus (WB) 63 – If this is the best Dahlhaus can produce in game 150, then I am calling it: He is no longer Supercoach relevant and shall never be spoken of again. It was fun while it lasted buddy!
Mitch Wallis (WB) 106 – So when a player kicks the winning goal in a match, he gets double points added for the kick and goal. Does the opposite occur when the player possibly cost his team the match? Wallis might have played well for a majority of the match, but if he’d hit the target inside forward 50 with 1 minute left, the Bulldogs win. Instead he kicked the ball out of bounds on-the-full. the ball went coast-to-coast and the rest is history.
While Wallis may have scored 106 points this week, he might be playing VFL next week!
COLLINGWOOD 11.13 (79) def CARLTON 9.5 (59)
Patrick Cripps (Car) 187 – I just can’t pick these big scores this season. Cripps had not been in great form of late, mostly due to injury, so this score was a bit out of the blue. That said, with his contested ball work, Cripps can rack up huge scores better than most. This week he was unstoppable under the packs even with Pendles minding him, coming up with 20 contested possessions from 29 total and still running at 82%DE. Add to that 9 tackles, 3 contested marks and 3 goals and Paddy becomes the high scorer for the round.
Matthew Kreuzer (Car) 39 – Another week, another injury for Kreuz. I hope you didn’t take the punt on drafting him into your side on the run home! He’ll be cheap next season but I’m not sure anyone will want to risk selecting him!
Adam Treloar (Col) 95 – The debate during the week was whether to bring in Josh Kelly, Clayton Oliver or Adam Treloar. Well, after one week of data, the clear draft order is: 1. Kelly, 2. Oliver, 3. Anyone else, 4. Treloar. Not that you could have predicted his hamstring injury! In 68% TOG, Treloar scored a healthy 95 SC points and would have been a safe option if the SC Gods hadn’t bitch-slapped you across the face.
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