An abbreviated version of the Recap this week, with activity only in the Eastern states. There were definitely a couple of very relevant performances in the VFL, which all savvy coaches should be noting for future reference.
There was no play in the WAFL last weekend.
There was no play in the SANFL either!
SYDNEY: Nic Newman (455K mid) lost his spot in the senior side, but definitely hasn’t lost his touch with 40 possessions against the Giants. Darcy Cameron (124K ruc) continued to impress with 14 touches, a couple of goals and 20 hitouts, and Irish import Colin O’Riordan (124K def) showed more promise with 33 possessions and a goal.
GWS: The bright spot in the Giants’ loss was the return of Matt Buntine (222K def) from a bizarre knee injury, racking up an impressive 39 touches. The dropped Jonathon Patton (377K fwd) struggled to make an impact with 11 touches and no goals, while Tim Mohr (192K def) showed good form with 31 disposals, and will take the place of concussed captain Phil Davis in the senior squad this weekend.
BRISBANE: The dominant Lion cubs held their opponents from Gold Coast goalless, recording a 92 point victory. Lots of crazy stat lines as you expect, but I’m not sure any were too relevant to Supercoach. The closest is probably Tom Bell (287K fwd), who had 24 disposals and a goal.
GOLD COAST: Unfortunately for the Suns, the less said about this game, the better for them. Youngsters Josh Schoenfeld (212K mid) and Jacob Dawson (102K mid) tried hard, but it was a weekend to forget for the Coast.
CARLTON: Jacob Weitering (285K def) will surely return to the Blues senior squad this week after 22 disposals against Williamstown. Jack Silvagni (235K fwd) reacted to his demotion by compiling 20 touches and three goals, and off-season recruit Matthew Kennedy (324K mid) topped the possession count for the Blues with 31.
FOOTSCRAY: Tim English (287K ruc/fwd) went back to the VFL and had 30 hitouts and a goal as a part of Footscray’s triple ruck setup. Jackson Trengove (345K fwd) with 18 touches, and Jordan Roughead (393K ruc) with 17 and 22 hitouts, both continue to press for recalls to the Dogs side.
RICHMOND: At a lesser club he would be permanent 22, but Anthony Miles (311K mid) has to be satisfied with dominating the VFL, recording 36 disposals and 2 goals last weekend. Brandon Ellis (384K def) bides his time, managing 20 possessions this time.
NORTH MELBOURNE: The Roos were well beaten by the Tigers on the day, but Paul Ahern (124K mid/fwd) must be getting close to getting the big call now. 22 possessions for the ex-Giant this week.
COLLINGWOOD: Alex Fasolo (362K fwd) was outstanding with 25 possessions and 2 goals, and only extra caution with his fitness is keeping him in the VFL. Big-bodied inside midfielder Brayden Sier (124K mid) has caught the attention of the powers that be, and another 24 touches against the Cats will have done his cause no harm.
GEELONG: Charlie Constable (117K mid) suffered a head knock but still recorded 15 disposals, while the 5% of coaches who still have Mark O’Connor (124K mid/def) riding the pine in their teams won’t be overly encouraged by his 17 possession effort.
CASEY (Melbourne): The mature-aged Tim Smith (124K fwd) has been outstanding so far and recorded 20 disposals and 3 goals against Box Hill. Harley Balic (253K mid/fwd) returned from injury with 17 touches and a goal, and for the draft leagues, Jack Viney (497K mid) also came back with 21 disposals.
BOX HILL HAWKS: Jon Ceglar (267K ruc) gave Big Boy a heads-up with 15 touches and 33 hitouts. Draftee tall forward Mitchell Lewis (124K fwd) bagged four goals and David Mirra (166K def) again marshalled his troops with 22 disposals.
SANDRINGHAM (St Kilda): Bailey Rice (124K def) has been inconsistent but was at his best last week against the Bomber, recording 30 disposals. Comeback kid Nathan Freeman (124K mid) tallied 28 possessions (and zero hamstring complaints) in another encouraging performance.
ESSENDON: I saved the best for last! Dylan Clarke (124K mid/fwd) and Jordan Ridley (124K def) will both make their AFL debuts this weekend, after impressing for many weeks in the minor league. They are averaging 33 and 19 disposals per game this year, respectively. Also of interest from the Bombers was ‘rested’ forward Matt Guelfi (178K fwd), who is still in 19% of teams. The Guelf recorded 23 disposals and featured at either end of the ground.
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