Thanks to Motts for setting up the site so well in the first place and to Schwarzwalder for working so hard on the day-to-day running. I don’t know if anyone realizes how time consuming running the site must be for Schwarzy, especially with a brood of young children at home. Thanks also to my fellow writers in Huttabito, Chillo & Father Dougal for their quality articles. It amazes me how much research and stats analysis they all do to create their articles, especially Father Dougal who is working in a different time zone.
Thanks also to Adam for his regular statistical analysis and to Jack for his first ever ALFW competition, even if his fascination with salamanders is kinda weird. Also thanks to Catta, Double D and Roo Bloke for their consistent contribution to the site in new competitions, donations and general conversation.
Thanks to The Death Adder for his constant representation of the site on Twitter (and for pushing me to finally start using Twitter) and to Chaos Theory for posting teams every week, even this week when he was under the weather.
And finally thanks to the readers for their contribution to the site in general discussion and for keeping everything civil at Supercoach Talk. There are so many Keyboard Warriors in the world yet somehow we have none here!
To finish: Go the Hawks!
ESSENDON 17.9 (111) def PORT ADELAIDE 13.11 (89)
Paddy Ryder (HAW) 147 – Ryder recorded a career high 21 hit-outs to advantage from 46 hit-outs however he recorded 14 of these in the final quarter long after Essendon had lost Leunberger to injury. Still, he deserves credit for playing so well when he is clearly carrying an injury.
Now if only the rest of Port could show the same level of commitment and effort!
Robbie Gray (POR) 61 – Robbie Gray just outpointed Michael Hurley (62) for the biggest disappointment of this match, particularly frustrating for so many Supercoaches who were relying on a monster score to start their SC Grand Final. He wasn’t terrible with 19 disposals, 11 contested possessions, 5 clearances, 1 contested marks, 1 goal assist and 1 goal but he was penalized for 3 clangers and not sticking a single tackle.
GEELONG 22.10 (142) def GOLD COAST 5.10 (40)
Patrick Dangerfield (GEE) 187 – I almost labelled Dangerfield a villain for scoring like this after last week’s tripe but 187 points is 187 points! And what’s more, this was a true masterclass which included a bit of everything: 34 disposals, 20 contested possessions, 9 marks of which 3 were contested, 2 goal assists and 4 goals! What a beast!
Now, make him a forward Champion Data!
Jarryd Lyons (GC) 66 – Remember at the start of the season when we wondered if Lyons would be a true midfield premium? The answer is: No! Against the rampaging Cats he gathered 23 disposals but they were mostly uncontested and the Cats just had so many possessions that his score was devalued massively. Maybe if the Suns learn how to play consistent, good footy he’ll become a true premium!
RICHMOND 15.8 (98) def WESTERN BULLDOGS 14.11 (95)
Jack Macrae (WB) 163 – To be honest, Macrae was unlucky he didn’t score even higher from his 43 disposals. True, he only had 14 contested possessions and 4 clearances but he committed just 3 clangers and also grabbed 14 marks and placed 7 tackles . His Dreamteam total was 190 points and that was probably more true of his performance. He is going to be expensive in 2019 but I’m not sure I would dare to start without him!
Toby McLean (WB) 66 – He started with a bang but McLean’s finish to the season has been disappointing. His disposal count has been down in recent weeks and it seems like Dunkley has taken some of his midfield minutes. This is a great example of why keeping trades is so important for the final rounds. Wouldn’t it have been nice finishing the season with a switch to Dunkley or Hawkins rather than riding McLean to the bitter end?
COLLINGWOOD 11.10 (76) def FREMANTLE 9.13 (67)
Brodie Grundy (COL) 150 – What a beast Grundy has proven to be! We were all so concerned that we needed ruck cover for the season yet Grundy and Gawn have powered through all 22 Rounds. This week Grundy punched out another stellar performance with 24 disposals (15 contested), 6 marks (3 contested) and 34 hit-outs. It wasn’t the highest weekly score but Grundy has proven a safe captaincy option for the Supercoach finals.
Nat Fyfe (FRE) 66 – Some of those few coaches who had trades left decided to take a punt on Fyfe for two weeks but unfortunately this backfired. He was serviceable last week but this week he couldn’t get his hands on the footy and he committed 8 clangers, 6 of them free kicks against.
To be honest, I think I’m done with Fyfe. He can score well as a result of many contested possessions and marks but he gets injured too often and he can go missing some weeks.
HAWTHORN 12.11 (83) def SYDNEY 10.14 (74)
Jake Lloyd (SYD) 149 – He took a few weeks to find his groove in 2018, but once he did Lloyd became a must have. Since Round 8 Lloyd has posted 13 tonnes in 15 weeks with a low of 90 points and a high of 173 points. This week was just another typical Lloyd performance with 31 disposals, 9 marks and 4 tackles. He is going to be pricey in 2019!
Isaac Heeney (SYD) 93 – I know Heeney scored well enough but he was completely unsighted late in the match. He spent time up forward and through the midfield and was on fire in the first half with 2 goals and 87 SC points and then somehow only added 6 points in the second half. WTF?
No wonder the Hawks overran the Swans after half-time!
ADELAIDE 26.9 (165) def CARLTON 8.13 (61)
Rory Laird (ADE) 138 – After he was barely sighted in the first quarter, Laird got back to his sluttish ways with another 34 possessions, 10 marks, 2 goal assists and 1 goal. To be honest, there’s nothing exciting about Rory Laird, you just need to own him like everyone else does. Barring injury, he will always be a top 6 defender for total points and average points.
Sometimes it is best not to overthink these things!
Kade Simpson (CAR) 72 – Come on Simmo! After giving him a big wrap last week for his 144 points, Simmo let the team down with just 18 possessions and 6 marks in the ‘dead-rubber’ against the Tigers. He kicked another nice goal and gave a goal assist to give his score some semi-decency but in a topsy-turve season for Kade, this was a bit of a downer when we wanted a monster.
Thanks for your years of service, Simmo, but I think this will be your last game for Thommo’s Tribe!
WEST COAST 14.14 (98) def BRISBANE 11.6 (72)
Dayne Beams (BRI) 125 – Beamer has turned out to be an inspired pick for those brave coaches who picked him up late. This week he racked up another 32 disposals, 5 free kicks for and 2 goals in a relatively bruise free game of footy. With Zorko copping the tag and the Lions improving, Beams should go off in 2019!
Dayne Zorko (BRI) 69 – As mentioned above, Zorko is the main target of taggers at the moment. He is working harder than at the start of the season with another 9 tackles this week but Hutchings still held him to 16 disposals and 4 clangers and yet another poor Supercoach score. The Magician can pump out massive Supercoach scores but there are too many of these shockers to select him in your starting squad.
MELBOURNE 15.12 (102) def GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
Max Gawn (MEL) 156 – Can anyone tell me the last time two ruckmen dominated a season in this way? Like Grundy, Maxy pumped out yet another captain-worthy score as he dominated the Giants all day, assisted slightly when Lobb went down with injury late in the match. He gathered 18 disposals, grabbed 6 marks (3 contested), 37 hit-outs and 1 goal.
So the question is: Can Max Gawn or Brodie Grundy back it up and break the ruckmen’s curse next season?
Michael Hibberd (MEL) 71 – I had to include Hibbo just one last time so we can all sit back and appreciate what a disappointment he has been in 2018. He had another 22 disposals but he didn’t lay a single tackle and only won 3 contested possessions so, despite not recording a single clanger, he scored poorly. Do we place him on the Higgins list or not?
NORTH MELBOURNE 17.15 (117) def ST KILDA 14.10 (94)
Trent Dumont (NOR) 162 – Does anyone even care? Nobody owns him and nobody will own him anytime soon given this was just Dumont’s second tonne for the season. Will he rack up another 38 disposals and 1 goal anytime soon? I wouldn’t count on it.
This really screwed those Perfect 9 attempts though!
Jimmy Webster (StK) 64 – Here is yet another player who has proven a massive disappointment. Between injuries and poor form, Webster hasn’t recorded a tonne since Round 12 and he’s missed 5 matches for the season. I think it is time for us to put the Saints’ players on the never again list until they find form. Or a new coach!
And in case you wonder what we Supercoach Talk writers are doing in the off-season…
Jack flopped onto his sofa, rested the tub of ice cream in his lap and cracked open the lid. Ah, cookies and cream! He downed his first spoonful and sighed. Geez he loved the off-season! No training for a few weeks, no team meetings, no losses!
He finished half the tub before the guilt kicked in and he returned the remaining ice cream to the freezer. Every tub of ice cream added to those preseason skin-folds! He was returning to the sofa when he heard a car door slam outside, followed soon after by a solid knock at the door. He looked at the sofa and then back at the front door, wondering if he could be bothered answering the door. After a pause, another knock sounded, louder and more insistent this time.
He swore and stomped to the front door. He yanked it open to find a tall, skinny guy with a wild look in his eyes and a clipboard in his hands.
“Yeah, what do you want?” he snapped.
The man glanced down at the clipboard in his hands and then looked back at Jack.
“Are you Jack Billings?” he asked.
“Yes. Who wants to know?” Jack asked, a bit disconcerted by the expression on the guy’s face: Like he was examining a bug he had scraped from the sole of his shoe.
“You’re a jerk, Billings,” the man said simply.
Billings boggled at him. “Who? Wh-What…?”he stuttered.
The man frowned briefly and consulted the clipboard he held in a slightly shaky hand.
“Jack Billings?” Jack nodded uncertainly.
“Number 15 for St Kilda?” the man added in a snippy tone.
“Er… yes?” confirmed Jack.
“You’re a jerk,” repeated the man, “a complete asshole.”
Jack just stared at the man, uncertain that this was really happening.
The man nodded to himself, pulled a pen from his pocked and made a note on his clipboard, and wandered back to his Mazda 3 parked in the driveway.
Jack scratched his head, and shut the door slowly. That was odd! He retrieved his ice cream, deciding he would finish the tub after all!
* * *
Out in the car, Thommo started the engine and consulted his list to discover who was next. He smiled in satisfaction: There was just one name left to visit and he was done. Since the season finished, he had insulted every Supercoach dud for 2018 except one. He had left the worst for last!
Thommo programmed the Sat-Nav for Michael Hibberd’s address and tore off down the street, musing over what he would say.
Perhaps he would call him a talentless hack…?
Please note, no AFL players were hurt in the making of this story. Well, not physically anyway. And yes, this is a massive rip-off of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!
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