Wowee…….what seemed fairly straight-forward coming into Rd4, proved to be extremely tricky. Well done if you selected Nat Fyfe as Captain last week despite the promise of a heavy tag from Ben Jacobs. His 141 would’ve given you a 20pts advantage over opponents with Captain Goldstein, 32pts over Capt. Ablett & 42pts over Capt. Dangerfield.
But enough about last week, I’m sure we all want to put it behind us. We have a piece of good news regarding Captains for Rd5! If you have Sam Grimley (ESS) or one of the M.Kings from Melbourne as your loophole options, then you can use the Captains Loophole on anyone this weekend (apart from Pendles, but he’s not exactly lighting up the track). Melbourne play on Sunday night & the Bombers play on Anzac Day Monday. No warnings in the write-up this time round, you could literally pick any of the Super Elite! Now……who to choose? As always, we have many familiar faces at the Captains Table this weekend. Again, they’re listed in order of appearance, official times are in AEST:
Sam Mitchell (HAW), Friday Night 7.50pm – Sammy has been my smokey tip twice already this season. His form is so impressive at the moment that he is getting his own personalized chair at the Captains Table. The Extractor was at his extracting best against the Saints in Tassie, amassing 44 touches for his score of 141. He is currently the 3rd highest scoring player in Supercoach……..and everyone still tells me he’s too old and too slow. 130, 144, 97 & 141 in the opening four Rounds of 2016. Back against him if you dare………
Dan Hannebery (SYD), Saturday Afternoon 1.45pm – Just keeps producing tons. Four games, four tons and the first against Collingwood was from just 50% Time On Ground. Whether it’s in&under or on the fast break, Hanners was everywhere against the Crows last week. He picked up a lazy 38 touches for his 129 SC pts. Last three against the Eagles: 60, 145 & 119.
Gary Ablett (GCS), Saturday Twilight 4.35pm – Yep, I’m going with Ablett ahead of Goldstein in this game. (Although Goldy does get an honorable mention below!) But when you see Ablett’s recent record against the Roos, you’ll understand why. Cast an eye over Ablett’s last five encounters with North: 118, 141, 153, 188 & 139, it makes for good reading! Arguably not as dominant this season, but still more than capable with his average of 125.8.
Patrick Dangerfield (GEE), Saturday Night 7.15pm – Don’t know why I’m looking forward to this game. Is Danger going to get booed? Do the Power fans even have reason to boo him? He didn’t even play for them……surely not. Anyway, Danger has already pumped out some monster scores this year with 162 & 154. His last three Showdowns resulted in 121, 119 & 119. Anything could happen………
Nat Fyfe (FREO), Sunday Afternoon 2.15pm – 27 touches and four goals made a mockery of my ‘Ben Jacobs tag’ prediction from last week. Despite being shut down by White in his last game against the Blues (92 pts), his previous two encounters with Carlton produced 171 & 138. Well done to the 4000 Coaches that traded Fyfe out after Rd1. After 157, 115 & 141 from the next three games, I’m sure they’re all trying to find ways of getting him back in a.s.a.p.
Todd Goldstein (NTH), Saturday Twilight 4.35pm – Has raised the bat in all four of North’s games against the Suns with the most recent being a 148 last year. 172 & 121 over the last two weeks has Goldy primed for another big tilt this week.
Max Gawn (MELB), Sunday Night 7.10pm – There’s just a certain X-Factor about Big Maxy. 172 (63 hitouts!) while rucking against Goldy two weeks ago followed by a 105 in the Dees win over the Pies. He’s in good form and coming up against an underdone Maric and an underperforming Richmond. I’m expecting big numbers from Big Maxy!
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