(Written & Created By Dane)
Collingwood vs Richmond
One of the biggest games of the season didn’t really live up to the hype on Friday night, with Richmond leading at every change to eventually run out 32 point winners. Tom Lynch starred up forward, kicking 5 goals amongst his 16 touches to return the best score of the night, 132 Supercoach points. Next best was another ex-Sun Dion Prestia (128), who picked up 35 touches of the ball (16 contested), as well as having 7 clearances, while across halfback Nick Vlastuin had 27 touches at 81% DE to score 119. Other players in triple figures included Dustin Martin (38 touches, 2 goals) on 104, Kane Lambert (21 touches, 2 goals) with 103, Jack Graham (13 tackles, 18 touches) also on 103 and Bachar Houli (31 touches, 10 marks) on 102. Supercoach scoring dips from there with Grimes/Stack being next best on 86, while Trent Cotchins (41) hamstrings continue to plagued him, the skipper finished his night early.
The loss takes Collingwood out of the top 4 and the injury list is starting to really add up, with fresh concerns being Roughead with concussion, Phillips with shoulder/collarbone and late withdrawal Adams (edit: add De Goey and Quaynor to that list), now making it 18 on the injury list. Adam Treloar kicked the opening goal of the match and ended up finishing with 39 touches to top score for the Pies on 123, while just below him on 118 was De Goey, who had 28 touches and 10 marks on the night. A point below him was Brodie Grundy, who didn’t dominate Richmond’s second-tier rucks as many assumed he would (only 9 touches), but still had plenty of hitouts to advantage to boost his score. Chris Mayne had 30 touches for his 103, with Jeremy Howe rounding out the hundred point club on exactly that, 100. Skipper Pendlebury kicked 2 goals and had 28 touches for his 94, while coaches would’ve been hurt by Crisp’s 67, Sidebottom’s 82 and Quaynor’s 52.
Question from the game: Are the Tigers now premiership favourites?
Supercoach query: Will Houli finish the year as a top 6 defender?
Hawthorn vs Brisbane
The Brisbane train rolls on, leaving Tasmania with a 27 point win on Saturday afternoon. Dayne Zorko (125) top scored for the Lions, courtesy of his 25 touches, 6 tackles and 2 goals, while two points behind him was the ever improving McLuggage, who had 21 touches and a goal while using the ball at 81% DE for his score. Lachie Neale was a tad handball happy (21) in his 33 touch game, but nonetheless he returned another great score of 120, while the hot form of recruit Jarryd Lyons continued with 25 touches, 6 clearances and 108 points. Other decent scores came from Daniel Rich (111), Mitch Robinson (101), Answerth (98) and Christensen (93), while the multiple goal scorers were Zorko, Cameron, Rayner and Christensen. Bad news for any owners of Alex Witherden (4), who finished his day in the first quarter due to a calf issue.
A win would’ve kept the Hawks slim finals hopes alive, especially with the Crows losing, but bad kicking for goal cost them (7.18) on the day. Ben McEvoy was fantastic for his small contingency of coaches, top scoring on the day with 148 Supercoach points, courtesy of 14 touches, 7 clearances, 6 tackles and 39 hitouts. Throughout the midfield, Worpel (106) and O’Meara (109) both found plenty of ball (34 and 26 touches respectively), while Liam Shiels (96) was just short of the 100 club for his 24 touch, 9 tackle game. Elsewhere Sicily (91) and Gunston (90), Smith (89) and Birchall (87) all scored well, in what was Birchall’s 250th game. Conor Nash and Burgoyne both kicked 2 goals, while rookie Hanrahan produced an unwanted score of 28 which will slow his cash generation at this late stage of the season.
Question from the game: Will this game be the reason the Hawks miss the finals?
Supercoach query: How many picked up Zorko at $457K? Has scored 9/12 100+ scores since then for an average of 114.
Carlton vs Adelaide
Carlton had their third win on the trot to be the second team on Saturday afternoon to win by 27 points (both games 87-60, hows that for Numerology!). After a down week, Patrick Cripps was an absolute star, finishing his day with 39 touches (24 contested), 7 tackles and a goal for 152 points, while also having a ridiculous 19 clearances, the equal second most of all-time, some sort of day for the Blues skipper. Kade Simpson was next best, with the lion-hearted veteran returning his best game of the season: 31 touches, 12 marks, 1 goal and 125 points, with ruckman Phillips (114) getting the bronze for the Blues for his 9 touch, 1 goal, 35 hitout game. Marc Murphy had 31 touches for his 106, Gibbons (101) now has 4 tons on the season and 2 on the trot, while Thomas/Silvagni (100) kept their fine campaigns going. Levi Casboult had 3 goals, 10 marks and 13 touches for his 90, while Will Setterfield scored 91 from his 24 touch, 1 goal game. Lastly, both Walsh and Curnow had 30 touches a piece, but poor disposal efficiency kept their scores in the 80’s.
The loss from the Crows means their finals spot is hanging by a thread, with difficult matches still to come. Reilly O’Brien is becoming a force for Adelaide (edit: a club report indicated a late-game concussion concern), this week hauling in 20 touches (15 contested), 7 clearances and 32 hitouts to top score for them on 110, with the only other Crow in triple figures being Sloane on 104 for his 26 touch, 8 tackle game. Brodie Smith (91) and Rory Laid (98) were next best for their games across halfback/wing, while in the midfield the Crouch brothers had enough of it (Brad 30 touches, Matt 24 touches), but didn’t use it well to finish on 89 and 77 points respectively. Daniel Talia (85) and the returning Andy Otten (74) played well across the backline, while up forward Walker (69) and second-gamer Stengle (55) were the multiple goal kickers.
Question from the game: Was leaving out such a talent in Eddie Betts the right call when the club is fighting for its finals spot?
Supercoach query: How many coaches risked putting the C on Cripps, after his bad week the week before?
West Coast vs North Melbourne
A 49 point win pushed West Coast into 2nd spot on the ladder, a spot they’ll be aiming to retain especially with Hurn and Hutchings tipped to be back next week. After a week of speculation on his output, Josh Kennedy (129) put the doubters to sleep with a 7 goal performance opposed to one of the best backman in the league, Robbie Tarrant. Elliot Yeo was a point behind Kennedy, with the onballer picking up 26 possessions (14 contested), 9 clearances, 2 goals and 7 tackles on the day. Andrew Gaff (124) racked up 31 touches playing his usual outside role, while his fellow left-footer Sheed continued his hot run of form with 31 touches himself, as well as 5 tackles to net 122 points. In between them was Jack Darling on 123, who had 21 touches, 2 goals and 5 tackles, while another onballer in Redden was just a solitary point off the 120 mark. Willie Rioli was on exactly 100 for his 2 goal, 19 touch game, with Lewis Jetta (95) and Luke Shuey (86) being the next best after the 100 point scorers. Second gamer Watson (61) once again was composed with his 13 touches, but owners of Jarrod Cameron keep an eye on selection news with the rookie having an issue that hampered him throughout the day.
North just couldn’t keep up with the Eagles after halftime, a six goal to one third term pushing the margin out too far. As he has done for the past month or so, Todd Goldstein was the leading Supercoach scorer for them on 132 points, courtesy of his 17 touches and 33 hitouts, which allowed his onballers in Polec and Dumont to also score well. Polec picked up 31 touches (22 kicks) as well as a goal to net 117 points, while Dumont had 26 touches and 12 marks for his 103. Paul Ahern (95) played a very good first half but drifted late, finishing the game with 27 touches, while premium Cunnington couldn’t get going for the day, only finding 21 touches of the ball to score 85. Cameron Zurhaar kicked 3 goals to be a threat up froward, while also laying some big tackles, with the other multiple goal scorers being Brown and Wood. Lastly, Atley’s day finished early with a knee concern.
Question from the game: Despite back to back losses, do Roo supporters want Rhyce Shaw in the lead coaching job come 2020?
Supercoach query: Who still has Sheed? Now averaging 100 and a big chance to further improve next season.
St Kilda vs Melbourne
Melbourne just can’t seem to find wins at the moment, slumping to 5-13 on the season. Max Gawn (133) led the Supercoach scoring for his team, having 18 touches, 8 marks, 5 tackles and 40 hitouts on the night. Despite attention from Jack Steele, Clayton Oliver still found plenty of the ball (26 touches) and played a very good inside game, finishing with 15 contested touches and 8 tackles to boost his score to 126, with fellow mid Harmes kicking 2 goals and having 21 touches to finish on 107 to be the only other Demon in the hundreds. No one in the 90’s for Melbourne, with Christian Petracca (88) being the next best for his 3 goal night. Plenty of disappointing performances for the Dees Supercoach wise in this game, led by Salem (72) and Brayshaw (61).
The Saints broke away late in this game, kicking 3 goals in the last 7 minutes to take away back-to-back wins. Seb Ross (159) starred in the win, kicking 2 very good goals amongst his 31 touch game, while also pulling in 7 marks, laying 9 tackles and having 6 clearances. Rowan Marshall (125) didn’t outscore his All-Australian opponent in Gawn but still played very well with 16 touches (11 contested), 22 hitouts and 8 clearances, while running at 87% DE. Onballers in Steele (22 touches, 12 tackles) and Gresham (31 touches) both played well to finish on scores of 121 and 105, while up forward Josh Bruce (91) continued his strong marking and goal kicking form, finishing the night with 4 goals. Jack Sinclair had 26 touches (10 contested) at 80% DE to finish his night on 93 points, with other notable scores going to the underwhelming Billings (65), the ever-improving Clark (23 touches and 81 points) and the second gamer Langlands (78). Multiple goal scorers included the before mentioned Ross and Bruce, as well as Long and Membrey. Anyone with Black Acres keep an ear open, with the young onballer coming off early in the 4th with a shoulder concern.
Question from the game: How much of a loss was Jesse Hogan from this Melbourne side and would their season look different if he was still there? Un-injured of course!
Supercoach query: Seb Ross clearly has talent, but can he push his average to 110+ next season with an improved Saints outfit?
GWS vs Port Adelaide
GWS escaped Saturday night with an important 1 point win to move them into 5th spot on the AFL ladder, in what was Heath Shaw’s 300th game. The milestone man played his part, finishing the night with 19 touches at 84% DE to score 94 points. Tim Taranto was the leading scorer for the Giants on the night with 112 points, courtesy of his 31 touches (15 contested) and 5 tackles, while the only other over 100 was Toby Greene (107), who was the star of the night with 30 touches, 8 marks and 6 tackles. Jacob Hopper (91) played a strong inside game to finish with 31 touches and 7 tackles, while Lachie Whitfield was a point behind Hopper despite copping a tag throughout the night. Jeremy Finlayson (91) and Jeremy Cameron (68) both kicked 3 goals on the night, while at the other end of the ground, backline trio Reid (87), Davis (86) and Haynes (85) all played well. Zac Williams (70) disappointed his owners for the first time in a long time, with his poor disposal resulting in his bad score, while young backman Sam Taylor finished his night early with a leg injury.
A bitter loss for Port in their quest for 8th position on the ladder. Travis Boak had a stellar night to continue his stellar season, finishing the night with 40 touches and 7 clearances to top score for the Power on 114. A single point behind him was Riley Bonner, who picked up 28 touches (19 kicks) and 8 marks for the game, with popular picks Rockliff and Lycett both finishing on 111 for the game. Hamish Hartlett (107) used his 22 touches at 86% which increased his score, but after that numerous players scored in the 80’s. Within that group were popular picks in Westhoff (89) and Robbie Gray (87), while future popular picks in Amon (87) and Houston (85) kept up their good seasons. Multiple goal kickers were the above-mentioned Gray with 3, and the young key tall Howard with 2.
Question from the game: Will the thrilling 1 point win spark the Giants even without key personnel?
Supercoach query: Anyone considering Houston for 2020, who seems to now have a full time midfield role with the Power?
Western Bulldogs vs Fremantle
The Bulldogs kept their finals aspirations alive with a thumping 47 point win to kick off the Sunday games. Jack Macrae (153) was the star of the day, pulling in 38 touches (18 contested), 7 marks and 5 tackles while going at a ridiculous 92% DE, while fellow mid and premium Bontempelli (132) was equally impressive with 28 touches (21 kicks) and 2 goals. Bailey Dale (121) kicked 4 goals to make it 9 in the past two games with fellow forward Naughton hauling in 10 marks and racking up 20 touches on the day for his 116. Backline pair Daniel (107) and Johanissen (103) had plenty of the ball with 29 and 24 touches respectively, with the latter also kicking a goal on the day. Other good scores went to Hunter (93), Bailey Smith (98) and Crozier (95), while Sam Lloyd (87), Patrick Lipinski (85) and unfortunately for coaches, Josh Dunkley (88) played well to be in the 80’s. First-gamer Rhylee West (69) played very well and kicked a ripping goal in his 14 touches but unfortunately for football fans in general, Dale Morris suffered another suspected ACL finishing his return game early.
Fremantle continued their fall and surely pressure is mounting on Ross Lyons job despite his resilience. Walters now has back to back tons after a frustrating month, finishing his day with 21 touches (85% DE), 8 tackles and a goal for 113 points. The only other Docker in the triple figure club was skipper Fyfe (104) who had 33 touches, playing his typical inside game with 15 contested touches and 7 clearances. The only other notable scores were Brayshaw (95), Mundy (94) and Sandilands (87), with a plethora of players scoring between 50-80. Bad scores came from Logue (42) and Ryan (48), although the latter did have a 3rd quarter hamstring injury ending his day.
Question from the game: Is Dale Morris the unluckiest current AFL player in terms of injuries?
Supercoach query: Did Macrae deserve more?
Geelong vs Sydney
Geelong ran out with this game after halftime to keep their buffer at the top of the ladder. Tom Hawkins was the star on the day, kicking 5 goals, hauling in 7 marks and having 17 touches (15 contested) to provide himself and his owners a season high score of 152 points, in what was also his 250th game. Joel Selwood was next best on 145 for his 24 touch, 5 tackle, 1 goal game, with Mitch Duncan rounding out the top three with a 110 point game. Tim Kelly returned to the 100 point club for the first time since round 15, finishing his day with 31 touches and 108 points, while Mark Blicavs had an all around game and used his touches at 92% for his 104. Patrick Dangerfield was a point off 100 for his 25 touch, 2 goal game, with youngster Jordan Clark (87) continuing his strong debut season with 14 touches, 5 tackles and 2 goals. Nothing much else to mention for the Cats Supercoach wise with many other players being between 60-80, although popular backline pick Stewart (74) wasn’t fantastic.
The Swans took it up to the ladder leaders in this game, but in the end, couldn’t cause an upset at home. Josh Kennedy is averaging 106 on the season with 10/15 games above 110, so kudos to anyone who has him in their team, a solid selection. The Swans skipper had a splendid day with 28 touches and 7 tackles resulting in 110 points to lead his teams scoring. Both Isaac Heeney and Jordan Dawson finished on 105, with both young stars booting 3 goals on the day. George Hewett (94) continued his strong season and could push his average to 100+ in 2020, as could Zak Jones (89). Dane Rampe (93) used his 25 touches at 92% DE, while late in Ben Ronke kicked 2 goals 4 behinds on the day to be the Swans other multiple goal kicker. Underwhelming scores came from Lloyd (88) and Parker (77), with second-gamer McLean (65) once again holding his own, although Sam Naismith’s return in the state league may mean his spot is in jeopardy.
Question from the game: Was this tough away win a sign that Geelong are back to their best form?
Supercoach query: Did Selwood really deserve his 145? On pure stats it looks more like a 110
Essendon vs Gold Coast
A thriller to end the round with Essendon kicking 2 goals within the last minute to finish 10 point winners. Dylan Shiel kicked one of the more freakish goals you’ll ever see during his 28 touch, 7 tackle game, finishing the day as the Dons top scorer with 128 Supercoach points. Both Jake Stringer and Shaun McKernan kicked 4 goals on the day to score 113 and 101 respectively, while a little down the board Mitch Brown (61) kicked 3. Both Saad and Hooker scored 90 points, with Hooker once again kicking a late go ahead goal, while just below them was Zach Merrett on 88 points after his 27 touch game. Kyle Langford somehow scored 87 from a very mediocre statistical game, although I didn’t watch the game so he may have had important touches late. Will Sneeling had a fantastic second game, picking up 18 touches for 83 points, while both the Clarke’s (Dylan and Zac) scored well enough to keep their cash generation going.
The Suns couldn’t get over the line to snap their 13 game losing streak, but there were some positive signs on the day. One of their co-skippers in Jarrod Witts is forming into a very good leader and is only 26 (Am I the only one who feels like he’s been in the league since 2005?), so theres plenty more games and big scores to come from him as he moves into his prime. On the day he had 19 touches and 60 hitouts to top score on the day with 148 Supercoach points. Their other co-captain David Swallow (93) is also only 26 and had a solid day himself with 18 touches and 5 tackles. Touk Miller (134) is also within their leadership group and had himself a day out with 32 touches (22 contested) and a goal, and he himself is only 23. Their future is bright IMO. Up forward Ben King (97) gave us our first glimpse of how good he is, finishing his day with 4 goals, while Sam Day kicked 3 and has turned his career around in the past 6 weeks. Recruit Anthony Miles scored 102 from his 20 touch game, while anyone who still has Chris Burgess will be pleased, he pulled out his best score of the season with 88 points.
Question from the game: How would have Connor McKenna been feeling with a minute left in this game?
Supercoach query: Is Snelling this week’s best bubble option?
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