No shortage of good choices last week with Dangerfield (162), Priddis (159), Ablett (139) and Goldstein (126) all providing a respectable Captains score. If you went with Fyfe (61) or Pendlebury (89), I’m sure you’d be more than a little annoyed. But these two elite midfielders are sure to bounce back quickly. A quick glance at this weeks fixture sees some familiar faces sitting at the Captains Table for Rd2 (in order of appearance! Times are in AEST. Don’t forget to wind back your clock on Saturday night/Sunday morning in the Eastern States!):
Scott Pendlebury (COLL) Friday night 7.50pm – If you have him then he looks to be the best VC loophole option for the Friday night game against the Tigers (if that’s how you like to roll). For those who have doubts after ONE sub-par game from Pendles……..if I may remind you of his last five years of Supercoach……..116, 124, 127, 125 & 129. 2nd only to Ablett in that time frame for SC averages, Pendles also showed his durability by missing just the five games in the last five years. Pendles has only scored under 100 pts in 10 of his last 105 games. The guy is a gun and he will hit back sooner rather than later. Having said all that, Richmond hasn’t exactly been his favorite opponent over the last few years (twice under 100 in last four encounters). But with Dane Swan now ruled out for the majority of the season, surely Bucks stops experimenting and just leaves Pendles at each centre bounce? Surely!?!
Todd Goldstein (NTH) Saturday twilight 4.30pm – Started the season with a 126 against Sam Jacobs, an opponent he’d averaged 100 against over five previous encounters. In his last three games against Brisbane, Goldy has managed 154, 127 & 122. It’s not too much of a stretch to hope for a 130 from Goldy this week, which would make for a decent Captains effort.
Gary Ablett (GCS) Saturday night 7.40pm – The ‘ol Perma-Captain had a day out against the Bombers last week, collecting 34 touches and a goal for his 139 SC pts. His last three games against Freo (twice tagged by Crowley) have produced a 121, 137 & 185. Looks the reliable option again for C.
Nat Fyfe (FRE) Saturday night 7.40pm – Surely he’ll be out to make amends for his below-par performance against the Bulldogs last week (as will the entire team). Has only gone under 100 SC pts in four games over the last two H&A seasons and two of those were injury-affected. Gets his chance to hit back against the Suns this week. Last two against the Gold Coast produced scores of 118 & 151.
Patrick Dangerfield (GEE) Sunday early afternoon 1.10pm – What an impact he had on debut against the Hawks on Easter Monday! He was diagnosed after the game with leather poisoning after his 43 touches and 162 SC pts 😉 This week he faces the Giants……..a team he’s gone large against in three of their last four encounters (130, 72, 192 & 147). With Danger and the Cats chock full of confidence, who knows what damage they’ll do to GWS?
Robbie Gray (PTA) Saturday early afternoon 1.45pm – Lifted a notch for last years Showdowns with 122 & 134 respectively. Started the season beautifully with a 126 against the Saints.
Tom Rockliff (BRL) Saturday twilight 4.30pm – Before his dismal 50 against North late last year, his previous encounters with the Kangas produced a 147 & 126.
Matt Priddis (WCE) Sunday afternoon 3.20pm – Gathering disposals like a man possessed against Brisbane last week. 43 touches for his 159 SC pts, just massive! Keeps on keeping on!
Dan Hannebery (SYD) Sunday twilight 4.40pm – If he’s recovered from his concussion then he has to come into calculations. Scored 100 pts against Collingwood from just 50% Time On Ground……’nuff said………
In all likelihood, the Captains Table will have invitations for many of these big guns each week so I’ll try and find a smokey or two to mix things up a bit.
Sam Mitchell (HAW) Sunday afternoon 3.20pm – Fresh from 36 touches and 130 SC pts on Easter Monday against Geelong, Mitchell squares off with the Eagles on Sunday. In six of his last seven encounters with the Eagles, Mitchell has gathered more than 28+ possessions at an average of 115 SC pts. Primed for another big one!
Nic Naitanui (WCE) Sunday afternoon 3.20pm – Dominated against Stefan Martin last week and scored 153 pts from just 67% Time On Ground. What will he do to Ben McEvoy? Big POD Captain option!
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