Collingwood (11.6.72) defeated by Brisbane (11.7.73)
1. Brodie Grundy (162). Coming up against 8 games of experience, Grundy gave a terrific VC score on the back of his huge game that included 28 disposals (18 contested), 6 tackles, 5 clearances and 54 hitouts, many of which went to Collingwoods advantage. Honestly surprised he didn’t score closer to 200 here.
2. Jarryd Lyons (139). Just quietly ticking along with 114 point average over the first three weeks, having not yet dropped below triple figures. Played a starring role on the midfield with 29 disposals, 8 marks, 10 tackles and just the one clanger which helped his score.
3. Daniel Rich/Jeremy Howe (122). Brisbane looked for Rich (as they have done for the past decade) to distribute the ball from the backline with his elite disposal once again on Thursday, resulting in a 28 touch, 1 goal, 600+ metres gained performance. Howe played more of an intercept game which included 1 goal from 22 touches, but also did the little things (spoils, smothers) consistently well to repel Brisbane’s attacks.
4. Dayne Zorko (115). Had some huge plays late to help his sides comeback win. 8 tackles coupled with 24 touches (21 kicks) and 11 marks gave him his second ton of the year.
5.Jordan Roughead (114). Had a great night down back, running at 100% DE from his 20 touches (17 kicks), while also taking 17 marks.
Other 100+ scores: Scott Pendlebury (105), Isaac Qauynor (103)
Disappointment: The promise of more midfield time enticed plenty of coaches to pick De Goey this year but thus far it hasn’t worked. His 18 disposal effort his week only mustered 51 points and he looks set to lose some of his 435K price tag. Sidebottom (51) and Adams (66) are a couple of premiums who will come very cheap soon.
Rookies: Second gamer Devon Robertson was fantastic playing a rotating midfield role, finishing his night with 83 points from 17 disposals, 7 marks and 7 tackles. Connor Ballenden (16) came in to help Tom Fullarton (48) try to stop Grundy but neither of them had much luck.
Injuries: No injuries from the game but Chris Mayne was looking very groggy at one point after a collision.
North Melbourne (5.9.39) defeated Western Bulldogs (25.17.167)
1. Josh Bruce (172). You kick 10 goals and you’re more likely than not going to be the top scorer of the game. Bruce’s career night also included 21 disposals and 11 marks in a dominate display.
2. Jack Ziebell (154). With the ball down the Dogs forward end pretty much all game, Ziebell had plenty of chances to score.. Even though he had plenty of kick outs for essentially free points, he still has to use the ball well and he did, running at 93% DE from his 33 disposals (27 kicks), while also grabbing 11 marks.
3. Josh Dunkley (132). Played the majority of the game in the midfield, ending up with 33 touches (14 contested) and 1 goal.
4. Adam Treloar/Jack Macrae (108). Another couple of Doggies midfielders toned up here. Treloar had by far his best game for the Dogs with 3 goals and 27 touches, while Macrae did Macrae things with 33 touches.
5. Todd Goldstein (101). Two tons in the first three games gives Goldy an average of 95 thus far. Had 15 touches and 23 hitouts against the tough duo of Martin and English.
Other 100+ scores: Zilch (Just throwing in that Cunnington scored 92 in his first game of the year, priced at 439K).
Disappointment: Not that his ownership was overly high but the price tag of over 600K for Hunter hasn’t been backed up with scores of 100, 70 and the most recent 52 meaning he is now averaging only 74 in a stacked midfield.
Rookies: Scott and McNeil once again played their roles to score 65 and 54, with neither looking in any danger of copping an axing. Powell (49) and Young (63) look set for a price rise, as does Lazzaro (33). First-gamer and pick three in last years draft Will Phillip’s had 9 touches in the midfield for 39 points.
Injuries: Ryan Gardner barely lasted 15 seconds with a popped shoulder, while for North it was midfielders Polec (hamstring) and Anderson (ankle) that soured the loss even further.
Adelaide (14.11.95) defeated Gold Coast (12.13.85)
1. Rory Sloane (141). 471K for a guy with a three round average of 119 isn’t the worst return Ive ever seen! The Crows skipper was at the coalface all night to gather 34 touches (19 contested) to go with 11 clearances.
2. Hugh Greenwood (135). One of the league’s best tacklers, Greenwood layed 14 of them to complement his 23 touches (18 contested) and 10 clearances.
3. Taylor Walker (130). Another 6 goals, taking his season total to 15, the same number he won the Crows goal kicking with last season. Throw in 23 touches with 9 marks, its been an outstanding start to 2021 for Tex.
4. Ben Keays (118). If my memory serves me correctly, Keays had the talk of a future Supercoach star when he came into the league in 2016. While not everything falls into line, he’s been a solid midfield cog for Adelaide recently, with this game of 26 touches and 1 goal netting a career best score.
5. Brandon Ellis (112). Had 25 touches, over 500 metres gained, 1 goal and 4 tackles playing an outside game to round out the top 5 scores.
Other 100+ scores: Brodie Smith (105), Reilly O’Brien (101)
Disappointment: Jack Lukosius had a hot start to the season with a couple of 100+ scores, but this week’s effort of 19 touches at 36% DE only netted 59.
Rookies: Young Sam Berry and James Rowe continue to contribute well to the Crows team and will both make some decent cash thanks to their 58 and 40 point returns. Another standout Crow was Jordan Butts (who I’ve missed over the first couple of weeks, apologies), who is priced at 176K and had the best score of his career with 95 on Friday.
Injuries: Horrid news for Jarrod Witts, with the co-captain going down with a painful looking knee injury that seemingly will keep him out for several weeks.
Richmond (10.12.72) defeated by Sydney (17.15.117)
1. Luke Parker (120). Quietly ticking along with a 102 point average over the first three rounds. Topped this games scoring with 29 disposals (15 contested), 5 clearances and 1 goal.
2. Jake Lloyd (116). Picked up 29 disposals (23 kicks) floating across the back half, while also hauling in 11 marks. His score was boosted by a great DE of 93% and minimal clangers.
3. Tom Papley/Jordan Dawson (115). The Swans energizer was at his goalkicking best on Saturday afternoon, slotting 4 of them from 17 touches, while Dawson played similar to Lloyd, floating across half-back to finish with 27 disposals and 9 marks.
4. Sam Wicks (114). A career best score for Wicks here, as he played across half-forward to nab 13 marks, 21 disposals and slotted 3 goals.
5. Chad Warner/Tom Hickey (112). Warner was lively all day with 20 touches, 2 goals and 5 tackles, which will surely grab a rising star nomination. Hickey (261K) will make a bucket load of cash after his 15 touch, 15 hitout, 2 goal game gave him a three round average of 105.
Other 100+ scores: Callum Mills (109), Liam Baker/Toby Nankervis (103)
Disappointment: Shai Bolton has been on the verge of a good Supercoach year with a couple of scores in the 80’s thus far, but this 29 point effort sets back any cash generation for a few weeks.
Rookies: Gulden didn’t reach the previous weeks highs but a 18 disposal, 9 mark, 74 point game is still fantastic, as was Logan McDonald’s 2 goal, 8 disposal game for the same score. What wasn’t great was Campbell’s (29) 12 touch game that ran at 50% DE.
Injuries: Horrid news for the Tigers here, with Dion Prestia aggravating a hamstring early in the game that gave Daniel Rioli some game time. Furthermore, important midfielder McIntosh suffered a nasty concussion and will miss next weekend.
Essendon (22.11.143) defeated St Kilda (9.14.68)
1. Jordan Ridley (147). Ridley’s huge start to the year continued with another ridiculous game of 35 disposals (10 marks) while running at a solid DE of 82%. Hasn’t even played 30 games yet.
2. Jack Steele (132). Played a lone hand for the Saints in the middle of the ground, picking up 35 touches (next best was 18), including 14 contested possessions, 6 clearances and 1 goal.
3. Will Snelling/Jake Stringer (124). For a guy who went pick 7 in the mid-season rookie draft, Snelling has really been fantastic for the Bombers, this week posting a career high score from 23 touches, 2 goals and 6 tackles, while up forward Stringer did his damage early in the contest, kicking 4 goals from 12 touches in his first game of the year.
4. Aaron Francis (118). Another career best score here, with the Dons backman not wasting a single of his 20 disposals, while also taking 10 marks.
5. Zach Merrett (115). Had a lot of his 34 disposals in the defensive half (82%) and had minimal contested ball (only 5) but used the ball well and also laid a couple of tackles for the game.
Other 100+ scores: Darcy Parish/Cale Hooker (112), Jack Higgins (101)
Disappointment: No overly relevant Supercoach players really spudded it up here. Breakout contenders McGrath (79) and Hunter Clark (61) have both failed to break 80 since round 1, thats as bad as it got.
Rookies: Plenty to go with here for the Bombers. Harrison Jones (63) kicked 2 goals from 9 touches, while pre-season recruit Waterman (81) will see a huge ownership increase if he can provide games of 12 touches and 2 goals consistently. Cox (93) had his best game thus far with 17 touches and 1 goal, with fellow top ten pick Archie Perkins having 14 touches for 36 points in his debut.
Injuries: The loss for the Saints also came with a ruptured achilles for Jade Gresham who will now miss the rest of the season. Mason Redman was iced up at half-time with a hamstring issue, while Saint Zac Jones also had an ankle knock late in the game.
West Coast (16.12.108) defeated Port Adelaide (11.5.71)
1. Andrew Gaff (128). Double his total score and doubled his disposal count from the opening two rounds in the one game here. Used his hard running to pick up 36 disposals and grab 11 marks, ultimately running at 88% DE as well.
2. Luke Shuey (122). The Eagles skipper returned in very fine form, filling the stat sheet with 28 touches, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 8 clearances, although he injured his hamstring again in the final 10 minutes, and hence, looks set for some more time on the sidelines.
3. Shannon Hurn (108). When you use the ball at 92% DE (and 95% on the season so far), it goes a long way to a good score. Hurn took his three round average to 114 with this 26 disposal, 6 mark game.
4. Dom Sheed (107). 24 touches (11 contested), 7 clearances and 1 goal for the classy left footer, his first ton of 2021.
5. Jack Redden (105). Played a great game in the middle of the ground to finish up with 31 disposals (13 contested), 8 clearances and a couple of tackles, which was also his first ton of 2021.
Other 100+ scores: Travis Boak (104).
Disappointment: Young gun Zak Butters couldn’t get into the game with just 16 touches and 55 points, but based on last week, has what it takes to be a top 8 forward.
Rookies: With Bergman being the medical sub, no rookies took the field in this game.
Injuries: The previously mentioned Shuey was the only casualty of the night.
Carlton (16.13.109) defeated Fremantle (9.10.64)
1. Lachie Fogarty (163). Easily the best score of his career. Hit 100 before half-time, ultimately finishing with 25 touches, 7 marks, 7 tackles and 1 goal. A great game playing a high half-forward role.
2. Liam Jones (147). 16 intercept possessions within his 20 touches boosted his score to a career best, also hauled in 10 marks and ran at 85% DE. Dominated.
3. Harry McKay (145). Speaking of dominating, McKay was the focal point up forward, taking 12 shots on goal for 7.5 from 17 touches. The big key forward is back in 2021.
4. Sam Walsh (124). A career best disposal tally here from the young midfielder. His three round average now rounds out at 117 thanks to his 37 touches (13 contested) and 5 clearances.
5. Sam Docherty/Patrick Cripps (109). The co-captains tied up to finish off this game. Docherty played his usual role across half-back picking up 28 disposals and 12 marks, while Cripps was probably a bit stiff to not score more from his 34 touches (18 contested), 11 clearance, 2 goal game.
Other 100+ scores: Jack Newnes (101), Marc Pittonet (100)
Disappointment: No Fremantle player hit the ton, the most disappointing being probably the young duo of Brayshaw (66) and Cerra (56).
Rookies: First-gamer Luke Parks gained 382 metres for his team off half-back from his 13 disposals and looks a good bargain-based option if he can string some games together. 175K forward Frederick could’ve scored a lot more than 67 if he didnt kick 1.4, while fellow small forward Henry came on as the medical sub and scored 21. The biggest positive for Supercoaches was the game of Heath Chapman, who had 18 touches at 88% DE off half-back for 86 points.
Injuries: Mid-priced option Hayden Young might be a forced trade for many coaches this week after he was subbed off with a leg issue, while small forward Schultz was the second casualty with a concussion.
GWS (11.2.68) defeated by Melbourne (15.12.102)
1. Max Gawn (163). A huge effort from the Melbourne captain provided a great captain score to round off the weekend games. Kicked 2 goals from 24 touches (13 contested) with 7 clearances and 9 marks.
2. Kysaiah Pickett (121). Is very quickly becoming a must-watch player, with this latest performance of 4 goals and 13 touches netting him a career best score. Not Supercoach relevant but his highlights are worth watching over and over again.
3. Toby Greene (117). Played a bit of a lone hand up forward kicking 5 goals from 17 touches. Has the potential to be a top forward, especially if he gets more midifield time. Three round average of 98.
4. Tim Taranto (114). Found plenty of the ball in the midfield to grab 32 disposals, gain over 600 metres for his club and laid 6 tackles for his second ton of the year.
5. Jake Lever/Ed Langdon (111). A tie up to finish between a couple of recent Demon recruits. Lever had his second ton of the year from 22 touches and 8 marks, as did Langdon who had 27 touches, 9 marks and over 900 metres gained.
Other 100+ scores: Jack Viney/Sam Taylor (104), Josh Kelly (100)
Disappointment: After he was completely blanketed for just 9 points in the first half, Clayton Oliver recovered well enough for 67. Not the worst from where it was, but the damage was already too severe.
Rookies: James Jordon kicked 1 goal from 16 touches to score 49 points, enough for him to make some decent cash. That score of 49 is the exact average that 186K defender Neville Jetta finishes with after 3 rounds, while Shipley came on as the injury sub for 12 touches and 34 points, he’s priced at 123K. Oh and of course there’s Matt Flynn, who scored 89 in a solid performance against one of the best ruckman in the AFL.
Injuries: Multiple injuries made the loss even worse for the Giants, with captain Coniglio (ankle), former captain Davis (ankle) and tagger De Boer (hamstring) all finishing on the bench. Other issues were an ankle to Brett Daniels and a rib concern for Lachlan Keefe, although both finished the game
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