THE BLUNDSTONE SCT GROUP PRIZE
Stephen and his Wognuts are killing it at the moment with his 2426 points placing him 98th overall for Round 9 and in 231st place overall. Never mind the group prize, he has a legitimate chance of overall success!
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
Last week, we Supercoaches voted for:
5 – Nic Newman – Despite my pain, even I voted for him! Brilliant, Newman, brilliant!
4 – Tom Rockliff – Only injury can slow him down
3 – Clayton Oliver – He’ll be a permanent fixture of our SC sides for the next 10 years!
3 – Josh P Kennedy – He’s back!
1 – Sam Docherty – After such a fantastic month, he deserved more than 1 vote.
The top 10 on the overall leaderboard stands as follows:
So who did you like in Round 9?
HEROES AND VILLAINS FOR ROUND 9
I was going for a short and sweet write-up this week due to the evils of regular work however I decided to make a small addition with the passing of Chris Cornell on Wednesday. I write most of my reviews while listening to music and my playlist has an unhealthy dose of music from the Seattle grunge movement.
The great man will be sorely missed.
So, for anyone who listens to music while they read, I’ll add the songs I am listening to as I write each review. There will be a tip of the hat to Soundgarden and Audioslave! Make sure you play them in your mind or on your phones/iPods while you read. At the least it will make my verbal diarrhoea more acceptable.
And I’ll still try and keep the review brief. I like to think of the sore arses of the readers.
I’m that kind of guy.
GEELONG 16.8 (104) def WESTERN BULLDOGS 12.9 (81)
Come on baby light my fire – The Doors.
‘You know that it would be untrue
You know that I would be a liar
If I was to say to you
Girl, we couldn’t get much higher
Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire’
Well, the media scrutiny during the week certainly lit Geelong’s fire and they duly responded and torched the Doggies!
After a ‘disgraceful’ 40 tackles last week, the Cats recorded a massive 134 tackles and looked like they were up for a fight.
The match was still ridiculously up and down with 22 goals kicked at one end of the ground and 6 goals at the other but in the end the Cats’ snapped their 3 match losing streak and continued their recent dominance over the Dogs.
It was certainly nice to see Mitch Wallis back after his horrific broken leg and Scott Selwood back from his extended hiatus with a ridiculous 17 tackles.
Patrick Dangerfield (151) was actually disappointing in only scoring 151 points given he was over 100 at half-time! Still 36 possessions, 12 tackles, 10 clearances and 4 goals will do.
Zac Smith (136) remembered he can actually play football with 25 possessions and 48 hit-outs against Tom Boyd.
Mitch Wallis (132) may be the Top 6 forward we have been searching for after recording 26 possessions at 88% DE, 12 clearances and 2 goals. He won’t change in price until after his bye! Handy, that!
Mitch Duncan (130) is shaping up as a smart POD with 31 possessions and 18 tackles. Can somebody please confirm if that is the new tackle record? I feel like it is!
Joel Selwood (126) was also back in town and would have scored even higher from his 29 possessions and 11 clearances if he hadn’t committed 6 clangers and 3 frees against.
Lachie Hunter (39) has gone from ball-magnet to deadset spud this season. Go find the ball Lachie, it’s the egg shaped thing!
Marcus Bontempelli (81) doesn’t enjoy playing the Cats and even forgot how to kick for goal with 3 behinds. No Chamption Data special for you this week, Bont!
SYDNEY 18.10 (118) def ST KILDA 10.8 (68)
I’m a believer – The Monkees
Yes, it’s a song about love (aren’t they all) but who is starting to believe that the Swans can make the finals?
Defeating Brisbane meant nothing and defeating North meant little more, but beating a hot St Kilda at Etihad is no easy task and the Swans did it comfortably. Surely they are back in town?
With the ailing Hawks at the SCG next week and regaining their injured players, the Swans should string 4 wins together and stay in the hunt for a whiff of September.
I’m not normally one to complain about players I don’t own, but Dan Hannebery (137) was robbed! 30 possessions at 76% DE, with 11 contested and only 3 clangers, 12 marks with 1 contested, 8 tackles, 2 goals and 2 goal assists.
What’s not to like, Champion Data?
I also like a defender who racks up 32 possessions and 1 goal in a losing side. Kudos, Dylan Roberton (119)!
Seb Ross (112) just racked them up as he pleased with 37 possessions and like Hannebery he was a little unlucky not to score more than 112 points considering he only committed 3 clangers.
OK I’m starting to see a trend now. With Jake Lloyd (110) also racking up 35 possessions at 88% DE and 10 marks it seems like there were simply so many possessions won in this game (855 total for the match) that the scores were devalued.
It’s the old law of supply and demand! Too much of a good thing and it’s worth diddly-squat!
And finally, Jake Billings (104): Has he finally decided to live up to his potential with 3 straight tonnes?
I don’t really like including Nick Riewoldt (77) on this list as he appears to be hampered by injury.
Many coaches brought Zak Jones (49), Isaac Heeney (69) and Lance Franklin (76) in to their sides in recent weeks and will have expected more in a big win. Buddy still kicked 4 goals but they were otherwise all rarely sighted.
Luke Parker (74) is cheap but appears to be a shadow of his 2016 self. Will he regain his form this season or should we avoid him?
GWS 11.12 (78) def RICHMOND 10.15 (75)
HURT – Johnny Cash
‘I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything
What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt’
Is there any other song that so perfectly encapsulates Richmond? After fighting back last week to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Fremantle, they promptly handed back that victory.
“Who needs 4 points,” they said?
Then because their supporters weren’t quite suicidal yet, the Tigers throw away a 30+ point lead against the Giants. And not early in the match. Not the Tiges.
No, they take a 30 point lead into the final quarter and get overrun with 1 minute left on the clock.
I feel a bit odd discussing another man’s groin, but Dustin Martin (144) appears to have his sorted. 35 possessions, 20 contested, 10 inside 50s and 3 goal assists
Shane Mumford (135) gave us another “Mummy special” where he does nothing but tackle (6) and hit-out (40). Perhaps he was rewarded for being involved in the winning goal?
Nathan Wilson (127) may have been the Giants’ defender we wanted? He didn’t have heaps of the ball but his 20 possessions were all effective bar 1!
This is another scoring anomaly: Tom Scully (111) had 24 possessions, 14 contested, and 4 clangers yet somehow pulled out 111 points. Go figure!
Alex Rance (105) and Jeremy Cameron (105) both snuck in for a mention with Rance playing a great match of 19 possessions and 16 one percenters compared to Cameron who kicked 3 goals and received a scoring boost for kicking the winner.
Heath Shaw (73) looks like he may never return to his super-premium form while Zach Williams (72) seemed to spend a fair bit of time forward this week, not great for a running defender!
Toby Greene (70) returned to his bad habits: No not belting people, I mean poor disposal efficiency, with his 17 possessions running at 47% DE. Only 3 goal assists boosted his score.
ADELAIDE 21.14 (140) def BRISBANE 7.18 (60)
Everybody hurts – REM
‘When your day is long
And the night
The night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life
Well hang on
Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes..’
Spare a thought for the poor old Lions who continue to struggle, especially with Tom Rockliff out. They tried hard and held the Crows’ scoring machine at bay for 1 quarter but then the floodgates opened.
Lions’ supporters: As REM said, Hang on!
Dayne Beams (132) rewarded the coaches that held him with his biggest score of the year after racking up 40 possessions and 11 clearances.
Dayne Zorko (123) kicked 2 fantastic early goals and won plenty of the ball and he remains a handy POD.
Rory Sloane (119) enjoyed a week off from a tight tagger thanks to Mitch Robinson’s injury with 31 possessions although this was perhaps not the captain score his owners wished for.
I’ve said it before: Meh! Daniel Rich (118) will never grace any side other than Draft leagues, so meh!
Rory Laird (110) just racked up another 37 possessions and matched scores with Taylor Adams. Could these two be any further ahead of the rest of the Premium Defenders? (with the exception of Doc, of course)
This was such a special effort, I thought I would give him the entire Villains segment all to himself.
Take a bow Brodie Smith (35).
13 possessions at 53% DE.
Never again, Brodie!
COLLINGWOOD 13.12 (90) def HAWTHORN 11.6 (72)
You can’t always get what you want – The Rolling Stones.
‘You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need…’
After the Hawks smashed the Pies early, our Collingwood Supercoach players were struggling but I was happy.
Who doesn’t love hammering the Pies, especially with the Box Hill Hawks playing?
And then Collingwood realised they were actually a far better side and ran rings around Box Hill.
A shame, but at least our Supercoach stars fired!
Tom Mitchell (158) take a bow! 50 possessions!! Even Sammy couldn’t do that!
Scott Pendlebury (142) returned to form with a bang, recording 36 possessions, 1 goal and 3 goal assists. Some nights Bucks must thank his lucky stars for adopting Pendlebury when he took over the coaching role.
Adam Treloar (125) started slowly after the week off but maybe, just maybe, he’s returning to form with a decent score from his 34 possessions. But let’s not speak too soon!
Taylor Adams (110) was everywhere and probably looked better than his score indicated but his Supercoaches won’t complain too much. Gun! Snuck a double-fisted jumper-punch on Hodge at the end there too but shouldn’t receive any tribunal attention.
Jeremy Howe (105) was one of the Pies’ best early in the match, marking everything that came his way, but he let himself down a little with his kicking at times.
Tyrone Vickery (28) looked great for a short while with his new hair-do, taking a strong mark and kicking a goal early. And then he was done. New look but same old Ty!
Josh Gibson (31) was going to be left out of the Villains list for a while but he is looking terrible at the moment. Just play the kids, Clarko!
ESSENDON 19.11 (125) def WEST COAST 8.16 (64)
On the road again – Willie Nelson
‘And I can’t wait to get on the road again…’
Do you think West Coast plays a bit of Willie Nelson as they board the plane?
The Eagles never looked likely to win this match from start to finish and we all need to start taking the Bombers more seriously as a finals contender.
And the Eagles…? Have a look at the Villains section.
Joe Daniher (124) seems to have sorted out that kicking problem, registering 5 goals straight on Sunday. He’s good now but I reckon he’ll be almost unplayable in a few years.
David Zaharakis (111) is just trolling now. Just go away, Zaha, nobody wants you.
Jobe Watson (110) wound back the clock to 2012, the good part of 2012, with 30 possessions and 6 clearances.
I brought Michael Hurley (108) in to my SC side thinking he would make a decent D6 then chickened out with a reverse trade. Good idea or not? This is his 5th straight tonne (I think) with another 26 possessions, 9 marks and 6 rebound 50s.
I think Zach Merrett (107) is my favourite player who is NOT in my SC team. What a gun, racking up another lazy 37 possessions.
West Coast! Let’s not beat around the bush naming individual players. West Coast might as well go on their end of year trip now if they can’t play in Melbourne.
Although they had better road trip it as planes obviously scare them!
Road trippin – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
NORTH MELBOURNE 15.14 (104) def MELBOURNE 13.12 (90)
Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
I hear you ask what the relevance of this song is to this match or to footy in general.
Well there is none. It’s just a brilliant song from a great band and we all need to play a little Chris Cornell this week.
Oh, and Melbourne lost another match they should have won: Richmond and Melbourne just love screwing with the minds of their supporters!
Great job Roos! Way to show your supporters what the future holds!
Todd Goldstein (135) was the latest ruckman to dominate the ruckless Dees, collecting 61 hit-outs and 17 possessions. Hot Toddy may be a top 2 ruckman after all?
Cam Pedersen (113) can’t ruck very well but he’s collecting a lot of the ball and kicking goals (2 this week). Likewise Michael Hibberd (110) had the ball on a string with 33 possessions at 87% DE. He’s turning out a great selection for those who jumped on board a few weeks ago.
Tom McDonald (109) is not quite good enough to be a top 6 defender but he’s posting enough decent scores like this to keep his coaches interested. Similarly Robbie Tarrant (102) is definitely not a top 6 defender either and I’m not sure how he pumped out such a big score from 15 possessions, even if 12 of them were contested.
Jarrod Waite (31) returned to reality this week and we all remembered that he is not Wayne Carey.
Andrew Swallow (67) remains a shadow of his former self: What the hell happened to him? At least he’s still tackling with 9 for the match.
FREMANTLE 13.8 (86) def CARLTON 7.9 (51)
Like a stone – Audioslave
Don’t ask, just look it up and listen to it.
I just wish all the great artists would look after themselves as we are seriously losing too much genius from the world!
Speaking of genius, maybe Ross can rebuild a side after all!
I was shocked to hear that Fremantle are bloody fifth on the ladder having won 6 from 7 matches and nobody is even talking about them. I don’t really rate their squad in the same fashion as the Giants and Bulldogs but maybe I’m wrong!
Stairway to heaven – Jimmy Page/Robert Plant.
FURL is certainly buying a stairway to heaven…
At the other end of the ladder, the Blues are making a habit of honest losses this season, jumping out to another lead before being reeled in again. Losing two players hurt before half-time but at least they too are showing improvement.
Michael Walters (135) is another player who just sh*ts me. One week 27 possessions and 3 goals, the next he scores sub-50. Maybe he and Zaharakis are conspiring to troll Supercoaches?
Lachie Neale (134) is probably the form midfielder at the moment and he’s upsetting the Fyfe owners a great deal. Another 37 possessions and 8 clearances and he scored 134 points without even bothering to tackle this week.
Connor Blakely (130) did bother to tackle with 9 to go with his 30+ possessions. Ross appears to love this kid and he’s about to become super-Supercoach relevant, especially if Fyfe goes AWOL in 2018.
David Mundy (128) is another player who reminds us of his past glory every few weeks. We know you can play Mundy, now kindly return to the backline and return your points to Fyfe.
Marc Murphy (123) in his 22 year old body was at it again, collecting 32 possessions and kicking a goal. Next time he tells us he’s feeling good in the preseason we should listen!
Kade Simpson (77) is just not racking up the big numbers as he used to and is annoying his owners as much as Heater is. He just has less owners so there’s less complaining!
The Hills (115) know how to stink it up when conditions don’t suit them. As a Hawks’ man, I don’t miss those Brad Hill matches where he can’t find a target.
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