Schwarzwalder returns for the last time this preseason with the epic finale to his Ballsy Move quadrilogy (if its not a word, I’m making it one). Fantastic work, Schwarzy. Well done!
The last instalment in the series and I am balls-out running low on new adjectives 😉 As always, don’t freak out if your favorite
players make the list. If you’re keen on them, don’t let this shambles of a write-up deter you (except for Cyril…..stay away from Cyril!). And again, please correct me if I’ve overlooked something important.
It’s no secret that the Key Position Forwards are very inconsistent in terms of SC output. Buddy breaks the mold a bit there. Most of us are aiming to get the most Dual Position Players into our forward lines as possible. More midfield rotation means they’re seeing more of the ball, simple. So I’ve concentrated on those players for the forward line and have narrowed down the
ballsy moves to three. If you have the following players, then your grenades must be ready to explode!
Brent Harvey (NTH) $578,900
2011 – Average of 101 ppg from 22 games
2012 – 96 (22)
2013 – 104 (16)
2014 – 108 (20)
Boomer is a freak!! He’ll be turning 37 in May. That’s an age where most (ex-)footballers are letting themselves go while jobbing it as a boundary rider for TV or radio. All going well, he’ll be joining the illustrious ‘400 game’ club during the year with names like Tuck, Bartlett and possibly Fletcher.
I remember floating the idea last year that Harvey was a top 6-8 forward. ‘He’s too old’ they said…..’He’s past it………..not
SC relevant…….there are better options!’ they kept telling me. And I listened to them……and picked Wingard around the byes instead of Boomer Harvey. That move cost me around 250 pts and possibly a GF berth in a few leagues.
I don’t have SC Gold (yet) but looking at the RMT thread and to a lesser extent our ‘Ideal 22’ thread, I don’t see the name Harvey mentioned too often. Why is that? ‘He’s too old…..he’s past it……not SC relevant……there are better options!’ At
36 years old, Harvey had his best ever SC season. Second best average for a forward, only a few points behind Robbie Gray (who we all want in our sides). Harvey is still one of North’s most damaging players. Most experts are tipping North
for the Finals, possibly even a top four finish. So you’ve got one of the most experienced players in the game, coming off one of his best seasons, in a team expected to finish high up the ladder. And we are still doubting his SC relevance? Who are we,
mere mortals, to question Boomer’s hardware?
As Roo Bloke pointed out in his (excellent!) detailed review of the Kangaroos, Harvey may be overpriced to start with. If he drifts down towards $500k during the year, you can be sure I won’t be making the same mistake again. Not in many
teams, no one looking at him as an upgrade target, big POD…….and therefore, a ballsy move! Even while reading this,
you’re still thinking: ‘He’s too old…..he’s past it……not SC relevant……there are better options!’ Am I right? 😉
Balls Rating: He’s the POD in plain sight…….Undercover Brothers!!
Cyril Rioli (HAW) $497,400
2011 – 100 (16)
2012 – 99 (20)
2013 – 88 (13)
2014 – 93 (11)
At the beginning of these articles, I’ve stated that I’m not trying to deter anyone from their starting choices……….I have one exception and his name is Cyril Rioli. For the sake of your precious 30 trades, I am intentionally trying to deter you from taking Cyril. Not only in your starting line-up, but altogether as an option during the season. Happy for Cyril to prove me wrong but I’ll hold my trades in the meantime, thank you!
Come Round One every year, Cyril is either recovering from a hamstring operation or preparing himself for the next one. Perhaps I’m being a little harsh on the 25 year old. After all, he has played 130+ games in his seven years of AFL. Since 2012 he hasn’t strung together more than eight consecutive games. In other words, you burn trades getting him in and again on the way out…….take at your own risk. The only reason I could think of starting him would be as a fast cash grab & upgrade before his hammies go twang! (Even in that scenario, it’d mean hoping for a 110+ average to make it worthwhile). It’s not even a case of IF anymore with his hamstrings, rather a question of WHEN. Surely someone will open a betting market on it soon enough……
Balls Rating: I don’t even have a balls rating, it’s beyond ballsy, I think it’s a bat-s**t crazy move!
Dale Thomas (CAR) $406,600
2011 – 109 (19)
2012 – 96 (17)
2013 – 79 (5)
2014 – 75 (20)
Mick Malthouse’s favorite son would be the one of the first-picked forwards if he could reproduce that 2011 form. That’d
be absolute gold in our forward line. Just look at that steady decline in SC output since 2011. I know about the ankle troubles and adjusting to a new club, but he just seems a shadow of his former self. If you’re considering starting with him, then
you must know something the rest of us don’t. That’s a spicy meatball!!
Balls Rating: Dirty Bushwhackers!!
If anyone is going into the season with all three, then like the Great Wall of China, your Maracas can probably be spotted from outer space 😉 Who are your ‘ballsy’ forwards and why?
Big thank you for reading! Hope you enjoyed ‘The Ballsy Move’. And who knows? Maybe it helped your line-up in some
way. Thanks again!!
P.S. Working on a ballsy TEAM at the moment. I’ll post it in comments when it’s finalised……….
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