The 2018 Musical Chairs
In a season that resembles musical chairs more and more every week, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the 2018 Premier will be the team that get’s it’s sh#t together for finals. At the moment teams are up for a week or two before dropping back off their perch again.
After stinking up the grounds last week, St Kilda (almost) and Adelaide surprised their highly fancied opponents, while North Melbourne, West Coast and Gold Coast again proved their preseason detractors wrong.
Put your hands up if you had West Coast and North Melbourne in the top 4 after 5 rounds.
So who will be on top next week?
Your guess is as good as mine.
Round 5 Highlights
The round is obviously not over but I needed something to do on a Sunday night!
Here are the highlights and lowlights for the first 7 matches of Round 5.
Adelaide 12.13 (85) def Sydney 10.15 (75)
Isaac Heeney (Syd) 123 – How consistent has Heeney been this year? Five straight tonnes on the trot and he has barely turned up in the first quarter of any match this season. He only gathered 19 possessions on Friday night but 4 contested marks and 8 tackles boosted his score nicely.
Lance Franklin (Syd) 48 – Buddy is not a normal tall forward but when his kicking radar is off and he’s being double teamed, he can still register the odd stinker, this week being stinkier than most.
Paul Seedsman (Ade) 115 – The Seed has promised much but delivered little until Brodie Smith’s injury gave him an opening. This season he was initially priced at $300k but is currently averaging 94 SC points after delivering a close to BOG performance on Friday night. The man likes ANZAC Day! Kudos if you started with him.
St Kilda 10.13 (73) drew GWS 9.19 (73)
Sebastian Ross (StK) 160 – He gathers so much of the ball but often he racks up too many uncontested possessions and clangers to score well in Supercoach. When he gets it right though… 31 possessions at 80% DE and 3 goal assists this week but just 1 clanger.
Toby Greene (GWS) 55 – If you held Toby this would have pissed you off. Against the struggling Saints he managed just 15 possessions and 1 goal and it looks like he’ll need time to get up to speed.
Stephen Coniglio (GWS) 115 – I know, I know, Brett Deledio’s 153 deserved praise, but Cogs has just done it every week with amazingly little standard deviation. Barring injury he’s a guaranteed top 8 midfielder. Congrats on a draw for game 100, Cogs! You won’t forget that match!
West Coast 10.19 (79) def Carlton 10.9 (69)
Paddy Cripps (Car) 151 – After a few tough weeks, Cripps returned to his beast-like form winning 19 contested possessions from 34 total, laid 11 tackles and racked up 8 clearances. If he manages to clean up his disposal he’ll push 200 SC points in a match this season.
Josh Kennedy (WC) 29 – After a strong score last week, Kennedy was expected to make a mess of the Blues but, like Greene, Kennedy needs to find full fitness. Just 5 possessions and 1 goal in Round 5.
Ed Curnow (Car) 126 – Nobody cares but Ed is quietly getting the job done. Another 25 possessions, 12 tackles and 1 goal yet he continually cops flack from footy fans who don’t rate him. Why the hell not? I would love him at Hawthorn!
Geelong 12.12 (84) def Port Adelaide 7.8 (50)
Robbie Gray (Por) 137 – Don’t you just hate it when a player you want to drop in price goes nuts? Every time I checked on this match bloody Robbie Gray had the ball in his hand. If there was any question whether he’s a midfielder or forward, another 32 possessions, 10 clearances and 7 tackles should put the debate to rest.
Zach Tuohy (Gee) 51 – Judging by the old eyeball test, 2E wasn’t that bad but he only gathered 16 possessions at 43% DE so he was never going to score well in Supercoach.
Paddy Dangerfield (Gee) 135 – When I saw he was playing deep forward to replace Hawkins I thought he was in for a poor score but he’s just too damned good for that. He scored well early in the match as a forward and then scored equally well when he pushed into the midfield with 28 possessions (15 contested) at 82% DE, 1 goal and 2 goal assists. So what was all that talk about a corked calf?
Fremantle 16.12 (108) def Western Bulldogs 8.6 (54)
Nat Fyfe (Fre) 151 – #Fyfeislife.
That is all!
Marcus Bontempelli (WB) 79 – The Bont is just not making his owners happy this season. Spending more time forward in a intermittently struggling side would make scoring difficult for anyone (except Danger). Bontempelli still gathered 22 possessions but at a low disposal efficiency for him and he recorded 4 clangers.
Jack Macrae (WB) 98 – If you own him, you won’t like any premium scoring 98 points in the midfield, but given he copped the Banfield tag this week, 26 possessions and a score of 98 is pretty handy. He’ll surely be a top 8 midfielder.
North Melbourne 14.14 (98) def Hawthorn 11.4 (70)
Ben Cunnington (Nor) 135 – Another typical blue collar effort from Cunnington with 30 disposals, 18 of them contested, 6 clearances and 6 tackles. He’ll rarely get a second look in Supercoach unless you are playing in a Draft League, but he certainly outclassed the Hawks on Sunday.
Tom Mitchell (Haw) 75 – Another victim of the Jacobs tag, Mitchell is mostly in this list for his stupid hit on Goldstein. His owners can live with a 19 possession match, but they can’t live with him missing 1 week through suspension. Don’t be a peanut Tommy!
Robbie Tarrant (Nor) 112 – Another player who gets little recognition, Tarrant is one of the best defenders in the AFL and gave the Hawks’ forwards a bath on Sunday with 16 marks and 20 possessions.
Gold Coast 11.10 (76) def Brisbane 10.11 (71)
Harris Andrews (Bri) 130 – This is a Supercoach Special, where clean ball use, intercept marks and 1%ers boost a score massively. 19 possessions at 89% DE, 7 marks and 14 one percenters = 130 SC points. Amazingly he even had 3 clangers!
Dayne Zorko (Bri) 37 – Ouch! What more can I say? Only 10 possessions, 8 tackles and 1 goal to offset 11 clangers including 6 free kicks against. I just hope you traded him out before this week! Surely nobody believes in magic any more?
Alex Witherden (Bri) 125 – He was the hot topic in the preseason and after a slow start he is building into some premium form with scores of 91 and 103 prior to this week. His 125 points in Round 5 came from 27 possessions and 14 marks at an elite 85% DE. A future SC gun, perhaps even a SC premium this season.
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