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Essendon vs Sydney
The first team on the winners list this week was Sydney, with a narrow 5 point win. Skipper Josh Kennedy continued his great season with 24 touches, 10 tackles and 116 points. Luke Parker had a great game as well with 33 touches for 114, while Mills and Rampe scored 96 and 91 respectively, with Sinclair next best 89. From there though not much else went well, with popular back flankers Jake Lloyd (83) and Zak Jones (76) underperforming for their owners. George Hewett (78) couldn’t back up last weeks 150, while Isaac Heeney was once again below par with 64.
Unlucky loss for the Bombers, especially since they had the better players on the ground. Merrett was on fire again with 28 touches, 9 tackles and a goal for 129, with fellow midfielder Dyson Heppell had 30 touches of the leather (16 contested) for 115. Down back Michael Hurley didn’t waste a single touch and hit 105, while youngster Andrew McGrath was everywhere in the first half but slowed down to only register an 80. Bellchambers scored in triple figures again, but recruit Dylan Shiel was well held to 17 touches and 82 points. Orazio Fantasia kicked 4 and looked dangerous as always.
Question from the game: Is Rampe climbing the post a free kick or not?
Supercoach query: Whos trading out Heeney? (Factor in the fat chance he’ll kick 5 and have 30 touches next week just like round 3)
Western Bulldogs vs Brisbane
Up at Mars Stadium it was the Doggies coming away with a courageous win. Some great scores for coaches in this game, led by the previously maligned Josh Dunkley. 35 touches, 22 contested touches, 8 tackles and a goal meant he led all scorers with 136. A solitary point behind was Jack Macrae, who had 28 touches with 19 contested while going at 71% DE. Other players in triple figures included Trengrove (124), Lloyd (122), Hunter (113) and Suckling (100). Just away from being in the hundred club were Bontempelli (99), Naughton (97) and Johannisen (93). Will Hayes played well and should hold his spot, but Lachie Young may be given a weeks rest. Caleb Daniel had his worst game of the year so far, with only 16 touches and 79 points.
Unlucky for the Lions as they were in this game for most of the day. Perma Captain option Lachie Neale (114) had 30 touches and a goal, while partner in crime Dayne Zorko played a great all round game with 28 touches, 7 marks, 7 tackles and 2 goals to equal Neale on 114. Bettering both of them was Mitch Robinson who kicked 3 goals, laid 11 tackles and had 16 touches for 119. Hugh McCluggage (94) is going to be picked in many teams next year, as will Jarrod Berry, who unfortunately may miss a week with an eye injury. Rich is looking like a must have this season with another ton, while 3rd gamer Answerth did enough to hold his spot and make some cash. Youngster Zac Bailey tweaked a hamstring so time on the sidelines looks likely.
Question from the game: Finals for the Doggies?
Supercoach query: Anyone thinking of keeping Liberatore as bench cover for late in the season? We know he can pick up 120+ quite regularly.
Collingwood vs Carlton
The league’s oldest rivals played out a classic, with Collingwood pulling away late for a 19 point win. Brodie Grundy was once again the star and repaid those who gave him the captaincy: 2 goals, 48 hitouts and 25 touches meant a huge 141. Next best was young Callum Brown (126) who has built a very good season so far, while he was joined in triple figures by fellow forward De Goey (114). Treloar and Sidebottom both had 34 touches with 16 contested, but Treloars goal meant he scored 109 compared to Sidebottom’s 100. Tom Phillips owner’s may feel a little hard done by since he scored 81 from 34 touches and 2 goals, although clangers (7) and DE (55) hurt him. Crisp once again played well, while Pendlebury was down on recent weeks with 85. Injuries to Maynard and Thomas throughout the day may cause a few selection changes on Thursday night.
Carlton and their young team just can’t seem to win these close games, but surely each experience will bring them closer to gaining those clutch wins. Cripps as usual led the scoring, with his 35 touches (19 contested), 11 clearances, 7 tackles and a goal got him to 120. Big man Kreuzer was beaten by Grundy but still played well for 107, but he was bettered by a single point by David Cunningham. Apart from those three no one else scored above 95. Setterfield was OK on return with 15 touches and 67 points, while Stocker was very good in his 2nd game with 16 touches and 57 points.
Question from the game: Was this the game of the year so far?
Supercoach query: What are Darcy Moore owners doing? Trade, hold or wait and see until after the byes?
Melbourne vs Gold Coast
A great game up on the Gold Coast but unfortunately for Suns fans they didn’t leave with a win. Some good scores from players who I’m tipping not many Supercoahes have, led by Nick Holman. The former Blue had 19 touches, 12 tackles and 2 goals for 128 and was joined in the hundred club by skipper David Swallow, who had 35 touches (22 contested) for 116. Don’t know who Darcy Macpherson is but he pulled out a very good all round game for 109, while Pearce Hanley and Lachie Weller both had 106. No other scores worth mentioning but Ben Ainsworth was good again and is building a solid season, while Corbett will make cash for a few weeks to come. Sean Lemmens looks likely to miss time after an ankle injury.
The Demons got the win from last minute heroics from usual defenders Tom McDonald and Marty Hore, who coincidentally both finished on 89. But the real star of the day was Clayton Oliver who was bound to come good soon after some good-but-not-great games. 38 touches, 15 tackles, 22 contested ball gets and all at 71% meant a league and season high 175 (apologies if I’m wrong in saying that). Other players with scores that would have pleased their owners were Gawn on 109, Harmes with 119, Jones on 111 and finishing with Salem’s 122. Petracca and Frost both finished on 92, while rookie Lockhart had another decent score of 74. Kielty’s second game didn’t show us much and IMO he’s not worth bringing in. Hibberd, Melksham and Lewis all had niggles throughout the game so keep an eye on the news.
Question from the game: Was THIS the game of the year?
Supercoach query: Anyone being tempted by James Harmes, not so much this year but next?
Adelaide vs Port Adelaide
Adelaide picked up a showdown win but it came at a coast with star mid and Supercoach gem Matt Crouch sitting the second half after succumbing to hip soreness. Apart from that, no other injuries for Adelaide and some great Supercoach games for them all around the ground. First and foremost Alex Keath (108) won the BOG medal and has been terrific in tandem with Daniel Talia (91) so far this season. Rory Sloane led all scorers with 138 coming from 28 touches and 13 tackles. Lynch (111), Laird (100) and Ellis Yolmen (107) were the others in three figures. With one Crouch brother down it meant the other half in Brad Crouch had 30 touches and 99 Supercoach points. Hugh Greenwood had a season high 96 and has been very good since coming back into the team, especially with his contested ball work.
For Port they’re now 4-4 and difficult to read and have tough games coming up against Gold Coast and Hawthorn. Tom Rockliff returned to from with a massive 43 touches including 23 contested for 122, but he was bettered by backmen Lienert and Houston. I mentioned Lienert last week for his decent game and he backed it up with 26 touches and 10 marks at 80% DE for 123 Supercoach points, while Houston was similar with 25 touches and 7 marks at 84% and 125. Sam Powell-Pepper is a bull inside and scored 98 which included 10 tackles, while Lycett (104) and Howard (103) are worth mentioning. Duursma (61) probably deserved more for 22 touches and a goal, but bad news for anyone with Ryan Burton who has a hamstring issue. Lastly, after a few very good weeks, Justin Westhoff had a very bad week with only 12 touches and 41 points.
Question from the game: More of congratulations than question, but well done to Matthew Broadbent for a solid comeback game with 22 touches.
Supercoach query: And following on from that, is anyone considering him as a downgrade target?
West Coast vs St Kilda
Another win for West Coast but once again a scrappy one. Elliot Yeo (115) led the scoring for the Eagles for the second week running, due to 23 touches, a goal and 6 tackles. A single point behind him was Jamie Cripps and a single point behind him was Luke Shuey, who are both compiling good seasons. Premium players in Andrew Gaff (109) and Shannon Hurn (107) both provided good scores for their owners, and those who held Dom Sheed (98) should be encouraged that his scores are on the up again. 2 goals and 28 touches on paper looks like it should’ve been a higher, whereas if Liam Ryan (104) had kicked straight (1.4), he would’ve been in the 140’s. Ryan, McGovern and Schofield all spent time on the bench throughout the game but should be all good to go in round 9.
On the Saints side of things, the promising start to season looks in real jeopardy, especially with Collingwood next week. Running machine Jack Sinclair led the scoring with 115 from 17 touches and goal, while Josh Battle continued his great season with another standout performance. 21 touches, 9 marks and 95% DE meant 114 points for him. Luke Dunstan (105) made an impact with 26 touches, the same can be said for Seb Ross (106, 31 touches) as well as Shane Savage (106) who kicked a contender for Goal of the Year amongst his 25 touches. Billings had a return to form with 2 goals and 25 disposals, whereas Parker was shocking after a few good weeks, only 25 for him.
Question from the game: Where does West Coast sit on their premiership defence after a very mediocre month of football?
Supercoach query: Anyone considering Elliot Yeo after his return to form?
North Melbourne vs Geelong
Geelong moved to 7-1 after a game of serious momentum swings. Tim Kelly was the complete player on the day: 36 touches, 7 tackles, 21 contested ball wins, 11 clearances and 2 goals equalled 162 points. Not too far behind him was Mitch Duncan, who had 29 touches and 12 marks to finish on 124, while 4 goals helped Hawkins reach exactly 100. Apart from that scores dipped below three figures but in no way at all was that a bad thing, with notable ones going to Dangerfield (99), Constable (92), Stewart (94), Parfitt (93) and rookies Clark (81) and Miers (80). Bad news from the win were a head clash to Gary Rohan and a hamstring tweak to Tom Atkins.
North Melbourne were led by a guy who should’ve had a hundred last week in Shaun Higgins. 31 touches, 17 contested and a goal meant 114 for him, with the next best being Ben Brown’s 106 largely due to his 5 goal haul. No one else got over 100 but some other decent scores went to Cunnington (92), Dumont (89), Tarrant (93) and Macmillan (90). Not much else to mention for the Roos apart from first gamer Curtis Taylor having a modest debut with 8 touches.
Question from the game: Will Gary Ablett be suspended this week after an almost identical incident?
Supercoach query: Are Goldstein owners looking to offload?
Hawthorn vs GWS
The Giants continued struggle with the MCG held true on Sunday afternoon, going down by 33 points. Not too much to talk about Supercoach wise apart from Josh Kelly’s massive game and old-timer Heath Shaw playing a blinder. Starting with Kelly, he had 25 touches and 9 tackles to get him to 154 (which does seems a tad inflated considering he used the ball at 64%), while Heater had 30 touches and 11 marks at 76% for 144. The only other Giant in triple figures was the ever improving Tim Taranto (104), but from there it drops off. Williams and Hopper were good for 82, while Jeremy Finlayson had 3 goals and looked the best forward on the ground for his 92 points. His namesake in Jeremy Cameron came crashing back down to earth, no goals and 11 touches restricted him to 29.
A great win for Hawthorn and it was led by a guy I’d written off in previous weeks by the name of Henderson. 36 touches and 10 marks meant he led the Hawks scorers with 120, while across the backline James Sicily (105) was as prominent as ever with 27 touches and a goal. McEvoy ran his opposing bigman into the ground to find 15 touches for his 102, while Liam Shiels has made a great return from injury, exactly 100 for him on the day. O’Meara and Gunston had twin 93’s, while bettering them by a point was young inside midfielder Cousins. Bad news for anyone who kept Jack Scrimshaw, who may miss a week with an expected concussion.
Question from the game: If Cameron doesn’t fire does that mean GWS doesn’t either?
Supercoach query: Surely Josh Kelly’s score is a tad inflated for only 25 touches?
Fremantle vs Richmond
Richmond just keep finding ways to win and this week it was led by the small forward brigade. Shai Bolton and Jason Castagna kicked 6 between them, while the former was the leading scorer for the Tigers with 124. Across the middle Kane Lambert was excellent with 26 touches at 96% landing him 115 points, as was Brandon Ellis (111) who continued his good season with 25 touches. Many other Tigers hit the ton, including Houli (106), Grimes (104), Astbury (104), Menadue (100) and Caddy (100), while other noteworthy scores belonged to Martin (98), Edwards (93), Stack (70) and Balta (82). I’ll repeat that, Balta (82), it’s not a typo. The man in his first season had 13 touches (10 contested), 12 hitouts and a goal for his best score to date. More injury news for Richmond, with Jack Ross and Toby Nankervis who both look like they’ll miss some time, keep your eye out for any updates.
Fremantle weren’t terrible in this game, but seemed to rely on too few to do too much. Recruit Rory Lobb had his best game to date for the club, his 127 points coming from 18 touches, 6 marks and 45 hitouts. Mundy is on a hot streak and that continued with 110 points, while Michael Walters worked hard all day for his 94. A great game for skipper Nat Fyfe, who bagged 3 goals and had 33 touches (21 contested) for his 132, but a late elbow to Tom Lynch may cost him a game and a Brownlow.
Question from the game: How can Richmond keep finding wins with all these injuries? IMO, they’re a good chance of a deep finals run if they can keep this up until some of their stars are back.
Supercoach query: Are people about to jump back on the Mundy bandwagon?
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