And then there were 3!
While the Doggies have suffered their first loss (just), Sydney look unbeatable, the Roos continue best start in years and Gold Coast are a new team completely in 2016. Who can keep their run going the longest?
At the other end of the ladder, the Saints jump ship leaving Carlton, Brisbane and unbelievably, Fremantle as the sides without a win. It’s a long way back from there!
On a sad note, Robert Murphy looks to have done his ACL. The man’s a legend so let’s collectively cross our fingers and hope that he recovers and makes it back onto the park.
SUPERCOACH HEROES AND VILLAINS
Port Adelaide 17.10 (112) def Essendon 7.9 (51)
I’m sorry to say that rumours of the resurrection of Friday Night Football were greatly exaggerated. My TV remote received as great a hiding as the Bombers did as I channel surfed my way through this game.
The Bombers tried hard yet they lacked class (and 12 players… moving on) and Port brought greater intensity this week than last, meaning the Power surged ahead early. The second half was again played predominantly in Port’s forward half but Essendon managed to kick 3 final quarter goals to make the score a little more respectable.
Despite the win, Port still look a bit scratchy so they’d better improve if they are to stand a chance against GWS in Sydney next week.
- Brendon Goddard (125) – Only the 22 possessions but went at 81% DE, had 8 tackles and a hanger. That was good BJ – he doesn’t always turn up!
- Robbie Gray (123) – Robbie was a class above the rest and deserved better than to be scaled down from 126 post-game!! 22 contested from 30 total possessions along with 12 clearances and 2 goals = gun!
- Jared Polec (123) – His few owners will be happy but this score seems inflated off of 23 possessions (8 contested) at 69% DE although he did lay 6 tackles.
- James Kelly (121) – Why the hell did we not consider him for our backlines? Just a lazy 29 possessions!
- Matthew Broadbent (111) – Had plenty of uncontested touches playing the half-back sweeper role.
- Sam Gray (78) – Could this guy hit a target (50% DE)? To make matters worse he clashed heads with a team mate and barely touched the ball after. Be more like Robbie, mate!
- Lobbe (60) and Leuenberger (59) – You were only playing Leuenberger and Lobbe and that’s what you dish up? You both disgust me! Hang your heads in shame.
St Kilda 18.11 (119) def Collingwood 14.6 (90)
The Saints celebrated the 50th anniversary of their one and only flag (1966) in style. And to be honest, the final margin flattered the Pies as they were soundly beaten by the Saints in all facets of the game. The most obvious difference was the intensity and hard work of St Kilda, who won the tackle count despite dominating possession. Amazingly the Saints lost both Reiwoldt and McCartin for most of the second half (concussion) and then also lost Roberton with a knee problem late in the third quarter, yet the Pies never got close and only outscored the under-manned Saints by 2 points in the fourth quarter.
The Saints move off the bottom of the ladder and for the Pies, the clash with the Dees becomes a must-win match.
- Leigh Montagna (150) – Welcome back Joey! He was everywhere with 40 possessions and 14 marks.
- Tom Langdon (124) – The Pies best player with 27 possessions (12 contested) at 93% DE and 1 goal. Would have been a handy addition to the backline of most SC teams!
- Jack Steven (120) – Another lazy 30 touches and 3 goals for Jack.
- Adam Oxley (118) – The human yo-yo had an up week and shouldn’t be dropped to the VFL for a while.
- Jack Newnes (111) – Remember when we all owned this guy? If he keeps racking up 34 possessions like this we might again!
- Scott Pendlebury (102) – Harsh, I know, but that makes 3 scores under his average in a row. Surely something (ribs?) is not right with Pendles or Buckley wouldn’t leave him in the back-line for so long?
- Tom Hickey (74) – That 150+ score in round 1 seems so long ago!
Adelaide 19.14 (128) def Richmond 13.14 (92)
Dangerfield who? Sometimes champion players carry teams, sometimes they just hold them back. Like Buddy leaving Hawthorn, Dangerfield leaving Adelaide has only made them stronger. As a team, the Crows harassed and tackled the Tigers into error after error and scored ruthlessly from the turnovers. Those half-backs in Seedsman, Smith and Laird can seriously cut teams up!
Sadly for the Tigers, few players put their hand up to support the embattled Trent Cotchin and the coach seemed at a loss as to why his players were so poor. Hardwick blamed skill errors for the loss, not the Crows’ frantic pressure, and said his team travelled well so they were looking forward to next week. Hmm… West Coast at Domain Stadium? Yes, that will be good for Richmond…
- Bachar Houli (144) – Bachar seems to have his own Sherrin. 36 possessions at 88% DE.
- Trent Cotchin (129) – Say what you want, he did everything he could to drag his team over the line with 23 possessions (14 contested), 6 clearances, 6 tackles and 1 goal.
- Brandon Ellis (119) – Another Tiger to have plenty of the ball (39 possessions) without really effecting the game.
- Alex Rance (116) – 21 touches at 95% DE!
- Brodie Smith (107) – This guy can kick the ball with 2 beautiful goals to go with his 26 classy possessions.
- Dustin Martin (81) – Some days, Dusty just can’t kick with 5 clangers killing a decent score.
- The Supercoach scoring system – Anyone who watched this game will know that Adelaide dominated this game, so what the hell happened to their SC scores?
Sydney 14.9 (93) def GWS 10.8 (68)
The score doesn’t do justice to this game which was a tight, tough tussle for 3 quarters. The Giants even had their chances to get back in the game mid-way through the fourth quarter when they closed to within 12 points but Sydney just had too much class. Still despite a 1 win, 2 loss start to the year, the Giants are on the right track to play finals this year.
- Luke Parker (129) – Another 30 possessions (16 contested) for Parker who looks ready to join the elite midfielders. And how was that grab? Heeney didn’t seem impressed!
- Heath Shaw (129) – Heater is back with 22 kicks, 5 handpasses. Now if he can have a chat to Ollie Wines about kicking the damn ball!
- Dan Hannebery (125) – Hannes was prolific with 31 possessions and 2 goals but 5 clangers hurt his score.
- Josh Kennedy (124) – 13 tackles and oodles of contested ball. Josh Kennedy is back!
- Shane Mumford (117) – 3 games and big Mummy is still fit! It’s a miracle! Now if he can just get the imprint of Duncan’s face out of his chest. 10 tackles, 11 possessions and 30 hit-outs – just a regular day at the office for Mummy.
- Toby Greene (52) – I’m so glad I’m not a Toby owner! Doing his best Elliott Yeo impersonation.
- Callum Sinclair (52) – He’s not the ruck-forward we were looking forward.
Gold Coast 14.9 (93) def Carlton 5.11 (41)
In steamy conditions at Metricon Stadium, the Blues held Gold Coast for a half in what was shaping up to be another honourable loss. However, the Suns broke free in the second half and piled on the last 6 goals of the game to make the score a little more one-sided for the home side.
Aaron Hall and Gary Ablett Jnr were again left free to do their thing, Lynch added 4 more goals while Weitering played his best game to date.
- Gary Ablett (135) – No tag and lots of possessions makes Gary a happy boy. A game high 9 clearances with his 35 possessions.
- Aaron Hall (134) – Does anyone not have him yet? A career high 40 touches.
- Jacob Weitering (129) – A star in the making; 26 possessions at 80% DE and 3 contested marks. Who said selecting backline rookies was difficult?
- Sam Docherty (116) – Fighting with Zorko for Mottsy’s affections. 22 silken possessions this week.
- Kade Kolodjashnij (113) – Cancelled out Docherty with his 26 silken possessions off of half back. KK has struggled with fitness but looks to be back in form now.
- Dale Thomas (57) – If he wants to prove the doubters wrong, he needs to perform consistently. Only 17 possessions and many of them duffed or misdirected kicks.
- Matt Rosa (74) – 24 possessions but little impact on the game.
West Coast 12.20 (92) def Fremantle 8.11 (59)
This was the derby we wanted to see. Tough and contested, blood everywhere, and a close finish with Fremantle only 6 points down half-way through the final quarter. West Coast dominated the play for most of the game after Natanui put his knee through big Sandi’s ribs but poor goal kicking kept Fremantle close.
Still, kudos to the Dockers who, despite missing captain Mundy, were much improved on the first two weeks and won their fair share of contested ball. Top of the agenda is surely another key forward and to get a stronger defender to help out the struggling Dawson.
For any coaches holding Mundy, Ross Lyon indicated that he would be out for a few weeks with the calf strain.
- Luke Shuey (119) – 31 possessions for Shuey but a few skill errors and clangers in the wet limited his score.
- Matt Priddis (117) – Priddis did what he always does in his 200th. A star!
- Nat Fyfe (115) – Tried hard all day with 14 contested possessions from his 26 disposals but also struggled to make an impact in the wet.
- Nic Natanui (114) – Wasn’t as dominant as he could have been after Sandilands went to hospital due to the rain. Rucked against Barlow, Johnson, Pearce and De Boer!
- Garrick Ibbotson (112) – He seemed to make a lot of errors but was credited with 25 possessions at 84% DE.
- Jack Redden (36) – I know he’s not in many Supercoach sides, but 10 possessions in a contested match like a derby was just poor!
- Michael Barlow (99) – Sorry, habit! Nice come back by Barlow as the new Fremantle ruckman.
North Melbourne 21.10 (136) def Melbourne 20.11 (131)
After the Kangaroos kicked the first 7 goals of the game with the assistance of a strong wind, it looked like it could get ugly for the Dees but to their credit they came back hard in the second quarter. By half-time the Dees had the lead, 11 goals to 10, in what was fast turning into a shoot-out in Tassie.
The Kangaroos struggled to break free in the third quarter, eventually heading into the third quarter break with an 18 point lead. With the breeze again assisting, the Dees hit back in the last quarter, drawing level briefly but they couldn’t hold the Roos, eventually falling short by 5 points.
Amazingly, Melbourne won the contested possession count and clearances, a vast improvement on last week.
The ruckmen were the stars with Goldy kicking 5 goals and Gawn kicking 2 goals and collecting 63 hit-outs. Harvey also kicked a career best 6 goals and Ziebell tied the all-time tackle count record with 19.
- Todd Goldstein (172) – 31 hit-outs, 5 goals and 19 possessions. What a monster – Goldenstein! It is going to kill the non-Goldstein owners every time he pumps out one of these huge games.
- Max Gawn (172) – 63 hit-outs and 17 contested possessions from 18 disposals. These two cost me MANY league clashes!!
- Brent Harvey (131) – 6 goals to go with his 22 possessions. There’s no sign of retirement while he’s going this well.
- Jack Ziebell (124) – As many possessions as tackles! And he only played 69% of game time!
- Jarrad Waite (123) – We all know he’s going to have a bad game but it hasn’t happened yet. Another 4 goals in his stellar start to the year.
- Jamie Macmillan (60) – For those who took a risk on him, this score will be disappointing against Melbourne. Only 14 possessions and 1 goal.
- Ben Cunnington (66) and Andrew Swallow (67) both tried hard but they struggle to score consistently enough to ever be considered true guns.
Hawthorn 14.9 (93) def 13.12 (90)
What a game! The Hawks dominated the first quarter and a bit to lead by over 5 goals on the back of great pressure that completely shut down the run of the Doggies.
Showing a maturity beyond their years, the Dogs worked their way back into the game and then ran riot through the third quarter, leading by 19 points at three quarter time. The Hawks were smashed in the contest and looked old and slow.
The fourth quarter was a different game again with the Hawks hitting back early to draw level and then take the lead. The lead changed five times through the quarter with the game sealed for the Hawks by a goal from a James Sicily set shot with less than a minute to play.
For most football fans, a likely ACL injury to Bob Murphy with 90 seconds to play ruined the game.
- Luke Dahlhaus (154) – Dahlhaus was everywhere through the third quarter and was one of the main reasons the Doggies dominated. 33 possessions (21 contested) and 2 goals.
- Shaun Burgoyne (121) – Only had 18 possessions but he was clean when it mattered late. Also laid 10 tackles.
- Caleb Daniel (107) – This guy is going to be a star! He was everywhere, shutting down Sam Mitchell after quarter time while winning 29 possessions, laying 6 tackles and kicking 1 goal.
- Jordan Roughead (98) – Only had 14 possessions and 22 hit-outs but scored well due to 2 contested marks, 1 goal and 1 goal assist.
- Marcus Adams (97) – An amazing debut. This game was hot and he didn’t look out of place.
- Jordan Lewis (43) – Eww yuck! 19 possessions but 8 clangers and 4 frees against. God I hope they don’t make him captain after Hodge retires!
- Jason Johannisen (70) – He wasn’t that bad but a lot of coaches picked him up this week and will be disappointed.
Geelong 18.17 (125) def Brisbane 7.14 (56)
This match went pretty much as expected with Geelong dominating possession, contested possessions and the clearances. Geelong kicked away early with 6 goals to 1 in the first quarter and was never headed after that.
Also as expected, everyone was talking about Dangerfield who dominated the first half before playing forward for a majority of the second half. Selwood was also good with a team high 13 clearances.
- Patrick Dangerfield (166) – Imagine what he would have scored if he’d played the entire game in the midfield? 26 possessions, 17 contested, and 3 goals.
- Joel Selwood (142) – Joel loves playing in Geelong!
- Mitch Duncan (126) – He’s not dead! 29 possessions and 1 goal.
- Mitch Robinson (120) – The usual from Robbo, 31 possessions, 17 contested but 6 frees against and a report! At least he’s exciting.
- Pearce Hanley (120) – Getting back some of that pace and lethal kicking again, running at 81% disposal efficiency.
- Rhys Stanley (26) – I didn’t see much of this game so I’m not sure what happened to Stanley?
- Allen Christensen (29) – 8 possessions in 72% game time. Allen really doesn’t like Geelong!
SUPERCOACH TALK CHAMPION
Every week you can vote for the players you thought were the best Supercoach scorers. Last week we were all so impressed with the backline rookie beast, Marcus Adams (3 votes), that he won the most votes from the community, ahead of Nat Fyfe (2 votes) and Josh Gibson (1 vote).
So far the Ladder stands as:
3 – Patrick Dangerfield
3 – Marcus Adams
2 – Luke Parker
2 – Nat Fyfe
1 – Matthew Priddis
1 – Josh Gibson
Who were your SC heroes this week?(select 3)
Leave a comment / Scroll to bottom