Tom Papley was the surprise packet of Rd1 last season with his 104 pts on debut against Collingwood. Our very own Motts capitalised on Papley’s score by using him as an emergency loophole. His non-player on the field was Dayne Zorko who was suspended until Rd2. So not only did Motts use Papley’s score, he was able to pick up a POD for the remainder of the season (one that worked very well). Hence…….the Motts Manoeuvre………From memory, Motts was in the Top100 for a time last season before finishing just outside the Top1000. I’m sure he’ll inform us immediately 😉
This years Motts Manoeuvre involves Luke Hodge………..
The 33 year old former Captain of the Hawks has been a SC Warrior for many years but should we discard him so quickly? In the first year of Supercoach (2005), Hodgey was THE player to have, notching up a massive 135 avg from 21 games played. That is some rare air that he reached right there……reserved for the likes of only Ablett, Rockliff & Judd (132avg). He’s produced a 100+ avg over seven seasons and with those credentials comes in at a starting price of $481 300 in 2017.
I still remember many SCT Coaches stating Hodge was ‘too old’ back in 2015 but ended up being one of the most sought-after DEFs. Not too many backmen can produce the SC numbers that Hodge is capable of. Hodgey still knocked up ten tons from seventeen games in 2015 (six were 115+) with a further five games over 80+ pts.
Having played in 13 & 17 games over the last two seasons, many will say that Hodge might need a rest from time-to-time. While it’s not out of the question, Hodge is someone that commands a lot of respect on the football field. He simply finds plenty of the ball, whether sweeping across half-back or drifting through the midfield. Before you dismiss Hodge for being ‘too old’, remember that Kade Simpson & Corey Enright produced their career-best figures just last season in defence. You’d be a brave man to dismiss Hodge altogether.
Caleb Marchbank looks to be the right option for the Motts Manoeuvre this season. If you had the E on him last night, you can still bring in Hodge as your non-player on the field (during the course of the weekend). If you’re confident on Hodge, you then have a massive POD for the next few weeks. Is Hodge part of your plans? Can he produce another 100+ season?
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