THE BLUNNY AWARD
It just shows how close the rankings are this season that JimmyDee who was leading the group last week has dropped to fifth overall and Dilan has jumped in to the lead. It’s wide open!!
Please note that I am only listing the teams from the group with @SCT because only they are eligible for the overall prize!
SUPERTALK COACH CHAMPION
In week 2, Danger received his first 5 votes for the season, followed by Robbie Gray (4), Rory Sloane (3), Marcus Bontempelli (2) and finally Toby Nankervis (1).
Danger hasn’t gone massive yet but we all appreciate a reliable captain option! Almost as much as we appreciate a high-scoring mid-pricer like Toby the Nank-Tank!
Supercoach talk standings after Round 2:
|Josh Kennedy (WC)||3|
So who did you like in Round 3?
HEROES AND VILLAINS FOR ROUND 3
COLLINGWOOD 11.14 (80) DEF SYDNEY 11.13 (79)
Everybody laughed when Champion Data claimed the Pies have the best midfield during the 2017 preseason. Who’s laughing now with Scott Pendlebury (125), Taylor Adams (122), Steele Sidebottom (112) and Adam Treloar (108) all featuring in the top 5 players on ground against Sydney?
For those who kept Dan Hannebery (112) he repaid the faith with 31 possessions (14 contested), 9 tackles and 1 goal and then sprayed the media for telling him to get on the Terps!
In game 250, you’ve got to mention Buddy (74)! Many teams made him Vice Captain expecting a monster score, and while he looked good at times, he didn’t kick a goal. Not what we were expecting!
Callum Mills (83) hasn’t exploded early in 2017 as many coaches hoped but that is more due to his role than his form. He just isn’t in the midfield enough yet.
GWS 15.19 (109) DEF NORTH MELBOURNE 10.7 (67)
Shane Mumford (137) wound back the clock with a vintage Mummy display of 33 hitouts, 19 possessions at 100% DE (despite having 16 contested possessions), 11 clearances and of course 5 frees against!
For North, Jack Ziebell (124) led from the front with 28 possessions, 9 clearances and 1 goal in game 150 and Aaron Mullett (118) stunned everyone with 28 possessions at 85% DE.
Once again Jeremy Cameron (112) showed how key position forwards are great selections in winning teams as he kicked 3 goals and gave 2 away and finally Tom Scully (111) rounded out the best with 25 possessions at 85% DE.
While heroes were a little hard to find, the villains were rife. Todd Goldstein (52) could get dropped after Preuss (87) showed him up (joking). Maybe Brad Scott should be listed for pushing Goldy into the forward line! Andrew Swallow (52) reminded us all that he is not actually a real premium and Shaun Higgins (58) only managed the 18 possessions at 55% DE.
I won’t even pretend to be unhappy about the Higgins result!
For GWS, Dylan Shiel (86) and Heath Shaw (89) weren’t terrible but didn’t post scores that will make their owners happy.
RICHMOND 11.10 (76) DEF WEST COAST 8.17 (65)
If anyone thought Dustin Martin’s (155) Round 1 form was a fluke, he repeated the dose in the wet on Saturday afternoon with 40 possessions and 2 goals. He only ran at 42% DE but scored well due to 15 clearances and 21 contested possessions. Trent Cotchin (120) continued his form revival while Alex Rance (121) won his battle with Josh Kennedy (see below).
For West Coast, Andrew Gaff (123) played surprisingly well in the wet with 17 of his 33 possessions contested and Luke Shuey (109) played well away from home with 30 possessions and 10 clearances.
An encouraging sign for Richmond was their ability to win with Josh Caddy (35) and Dion Prestia (52) having little or no impact. I doubt that will make their Supercoaches any happier!
For West Coast, Sam Mitchell (65) copped his first tag for the year after quarter time and struggled to have his usual impact while Josh Kennedy (66) burned anyone who brought him after his huge Round 1 performance. To be fair, the weather did not suit tall forwards!
GEELONG 20.6 (126) DEF MELBOURNE 13.19 (97)
Commiserations to anyone who tipped Melbourne in this match and then had to watch them butcher every shot on goal for the afternoon!
Perma-captain Patrick Dangerfield (138) did it again with 30 possessions and 3 goals with usual suspects Joel Selwood (121) and Mitch Duncan (120) again carrying the load.
Zach Smith (127) enjoyed a strong finish to the match with Max Gawn on the pine with a hamstring injury.
For the Dees, surprise packet Alex Neal-Bullen (127) kicked and tackled (25 kicks, 10 tackles) his way to a huge score and Nathan Jones (123) racked up a lazy 36 possessions.
Zach Tuohy (66) scored surprisingly poorly from 21 possessions at 76% DE and only 1 clanger but not as badly as Harry Taylor (24) who might as well not play in his current role.
Bernie Vince (53) couldn’t back up his round 1 performance and Dom Tyson (43) also put in a poor match with just the 15 possessions. Finally, Tom McDonald (73) is only averaging 80 points per match and hasn’t quite achieved the scores his Supercoaches wanted.
ADELAIDE 15.10 (100) DEF PORT ADELAIDE 12.11 (83)
Rory Sloane (168) if you don’t mind! 31 possessions (24 contested), 8 clearances, 9 tackles and 1 goal.
It was no 168 points, but Ollie Wines (122) continues to have the season we all expected last year with 30 possessions and only 3 clangers. Brett Ebert (107) also continued a great start to the season and is averaging 118 points per match to start the season.
Taylor Walker (111) had a captain’s match with 4 goals and 2 goal assists with late goals when it really counted. Tom Lynch (110) was also fantastic late in the match, finishing with 22 possessions, 2 goals and 2 goal assists.
Chad Wingard (73) is another of those PODs that is just not quite scoring enough to be worth selecting with 9 possessions and 2 goals this week. He’s averaging 87 points per week which places him squarely in no-man’s land.
Sharing that annoying mid-price territory with Wingard are Travis Boak (82), Patrick Ryder (87), Matthew Crouch (88) and finally Rory Laird (86) although Rory is still averaging a premium 103 points per week. The concern with Rory is that his contested ball numbers have dropped, really affecting his SC output despite gathering so much of the ball.
FREMANTLE 13.11 (89) DEF WESTERN BULLDOGS 10.13 (73)
We Supercoaches complain about the players that Champion Data hate, the Treloars of the world that tend to miss their target too often to score well.
Marcus Bontempelli (133) is the opposite, a player that is seemingly awarded points for sneezing (2 points), spitting (5 points) or scratching his balls (10 points).
Do yourself a favour and jump on Champion Data’s darling as soon as you can!
For the surprise victors, Fremantle, who have inflicted the Dogs’ last 2 losses, David Mundy (143) was best with 30 possessions and 2 goals and Nat Fyfe (113) wasn’t far behind with 33 possessions and 7 clearances.
Tom Liberatore (131) and Luke Dahlhaus (124) were also good, even if they were both a little handpass happy.
Cam McCarthy (53) kicked 2 goals and gave another away and yet couldn’t score enough to be worth having. I imagine his ownership numbers are plummeting as I type.
Speaking of plummeting ownership, I can’t see many coaches holding Lachie Neale (84) for much longer with his 30 possessions hurt by 4 clangers, only 1 tackle and too many handpasses (22). Not to mention being pushed out of the centre-bounces by FURL!
For the Dogs, Robert Murphy (71) and Matthew Boyd (86) are certainly not scoring at the same rate as 2016.
ST KILDA 14.23 (107) DEF BRISBANE 11.10 (76)
After injury woes to Leigh Montagna (164) in the preseason he was avoided by most coaches but on Sunday he reminded us why he was so popular pre-calf injury. Likewise Nick Reiwoldt (161) was traded out by silly coaches who listened too closely to the media last week (me!) and punished us with 28 possessions, 12 marks (3 contested) and 3 goals.
Don’t write off ageing champions!
Stefan Martin (125) defeated Tom Hickey (112) in the ruck and has returned to his 2015 form but solo ruckman seem to score well whether they win the ruck battle or not!
And finally, Daniel Rich (118) put on an irrelevant clinic at Etihad with 32 possessions and 1 goal but who really cares except Draft League coaches.
For a welcome change, most premiums performed in this match with only Jack Billings (53) and Jack Newnes (71) failing to score well. Billings in particular has been disappointing with a 3 match average of 65 points in what was expected to be his break-out season.
CARLTON 7.15 (57) DEF ESSENDON 6.6 (42)
In the preseason I was all over Marc Murphy (158) but when Motts gave me that earnest look with his big brown eyes and said “don’t do it”, I changed my plans and dumped his crappy arse. With a 3 match average of 142 points, I am regretting swapping him out for O’meara.
His arse is certainly not crappy!
To be fair to Motts and myself and everybody else who decided against selecting Murphy, who the hell saw this form coming? Another 32 possessions, 10 tackles and 2 goals means Murphy really is feeling like a 22 year old again.
Brendan Goddard (133) was the only Bomber to clear the tonne compared to half the Blues, with Bryce Gibbs (119), Ed Curnow (117) and Matthew Kreuzer (117) rounding out the top 5.
Kudos to Sam Petrevski-Seton (116) who finally put together a full, four quarter match and scored remarkably well from 17 possessions (12 contested), 8 tackles and 1 goal. He’s going to be a star!
Daisy Thomas (47) obviously doesn’t like getting wet with just the 16 possessions at 53% DE while Kade Simpson (73) also stank it up with only 11 of his 21 possessions hitting a target.
Although the Bombers mostly failed to tonne-up, only Brent Stanton (82) and David Zaharakis (43) really stank it up, with Zaha playing game 150. Probably Orazia Fantasia (30) deserves a special mention for 3 effective possessions despite him not really being a premium forward.
GOLD COAST 21.13 (159) DEF HAWTHORN 7.11 (53)
Jack Martin (133) showed another glimpse of his talent with 23 possessions at 83% DE, 3 goals and 3 goal assists. David Swallow (117) is also rewarding the coaches who kept him after he missed round 1 with 34 possessions and 9 clearances while Jarrod Witts (114) is proving a smarter option than many of us thought, dominating McEvoy in the ruck with 40 hit-outs.
Due to Rodney Eade’s erratic coaching, Touk Miller (114) wasn’t widely selected but he is definitely receiving plenty of midfield time and was a smart selection. Gary Ablett Jnr (114) wasn’t such a smart selection but he put in a vintage Gazza performance against the Hawks (again) with 36 possessions, 10 clearances and 2 goals.
So I’m guessing someone at the AFL has made an error and posted the ladder upside down. Right?
That’s ok, at least we’ll get a high draft pick!
What? We traded that away? Well, surely we must have gotten someone good for that draft pick?
Jaegar O’meara? The guy who just scored 44 SC points?
At least O’meara wasn’t alone. Jack Gunston (60), Cyril Rioli (65), Isaac Smith (62), Liam Shiels (68), Ben McEvoy (68), hell why not list the whole side.
The Hawks were bad!
Rightly or wrongly, the week following Round 2 is seen as “Correction Week” when you switch out failed rookies or premiums. For the first time in years I decided to just let it roll without a correction trade.
Sure, it was tempting to trade out Taranto or any number of premiums who just weren’t quite performing but I stayed strong.
How about you? Who did you trade in this week and did they perform as you hoped?
More importantly, who did you trade out and did they perform?
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