Captaincy Candidates – Round 13

Written by Gunboat Diplomacy on June 8 2023

Vice-Captaincy Candidates


  • L3 v Swans: 64, 156, 123 (114 av.)
  • L3 @ SCG: 156, 160, 94 (137 av.)

Hickey is a fair bit off full flight and RoMo has a tremendous record both against the Swans and at the SCG. Kicks this off with a 125.


  • L3 v Port: 139, 49, 93 (94 av.)
  • L3 @ MRVL: 156, 88, 90 (111 av.)

Back to his best last week with 27 touches, 30 HOs, 8 tackles and 12 marks. Whether it’s Lycett or Finlayson, Tingles will work them silly across the ground and at HO contests. Expect him to do some damage drifting forward as well given Port’s undersized defence. A lock for 130.

Preempting the inevitable questions about Bont: he’s always a VC/C candidate as the current #1 SC player averaging 126.4 but didn’t warrant his own write up given a fortnight of niggles and the density of Port’s midfield.


  • L3 v Hawks: 127, 110, 61 (99 av.)
  • L3 @ MCG: 103, 117, 113 (111 av.)

Fresh off the bye, the Hawks clearance strength and form has faltered and the Lions will really be looking to build some form at the G. Solid for 120, more if it’s a complete wash. Same goes for Neale.

Captaincy Candidates

DAWSON v Eagles

  • L3 v Eagles: 108, 106, 105 (106 av.)
  • L3 @ AO: 120, 89, 150 (120 av.)

The two key ingredients for Dawson going large are a soft opponent and playing at home. While the Eagles midfield was actually decent last week, they won’t stand up to the Crows at home who really need a win to steady their finals charge. 140 shouldn’t be too steep and ask. Baird right alongside him and equally viable with a L3 against of Eagles of 145, 136 and 120.


  • L3 v Blues: 90, 107, 78 (92 av.)
  • L3 @ MCG: 162, 91, 88 (114 av.)

Was on track for 312 until Shiels ruined the fun but his form, on field leadership and work rate having him storming home as a Top 8 midfielder rather comfortably. The Dees #1 MID in Petracca went 150+ last week, can see Zerrett doing the same.


  • L3 v Dees: 129, 112 (121 av.)
  • L3 @ MCG: 100, 125, 81 (102 av.)

The Dees always open the game up and free flowing SC scores follow. Daicos lock for his average of 120 quite simply. Petracca nice here as well as a late fall back.

Steer Clear

TARANTO v Dockers

  • L3 v Dockers: 71, 121, 67 (86 av.)
  • L3 @ OS: 121, 67, 107 (98 av.)

Been a popular VC/C choice lately, and rightfully so, but candidates with far better match ups this week. So give him a pass and enjoy a ton.

Smoky Pick

LLOYD v Saints

  • L3 v Saints: 90, 148, 108 (115 av.)
  • L3 @ SCG: 139, 90, 106 (112 av.)

It’s really intercept defenders that have benefited from the Saints poor but bulk I50 entries. Even then it’ll still be enough ball for Lloyd to go 120.

GREEN v Roos

  • L3 v Roos: 117, 60 (89 av.)
  • L3 @ BA: 60 (60 av.)

35 and 15 contested last week but incredibly poor DE, MG and score involvement work. Should be a lower octane affair against the Roos and one in which he can go 120+.


  • Round 1: Green 132
  • Round 2: Baird 147
  • Round 3: Satan 156
  • Round 4: Tingles 145
  • Round 5: Tingles 137
  • Round 6: Miller 40
  • Round 7: Satan 134
  • Round 8: Satan 136
  • Round 9: Tingles 88
  • Round 10: RoMo 126
  • Round 11: Baird 115
  • Round 12: Daicos 123


It’ll be a maiden VC for Dawson, with the C firmly on Zerrett. Incredibly strong combination – great ceilings and match ups.


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28 thoughts on “Captaincy Candidates – Round 13”

  1. Outstanding post as usual GD.

    We all appreciate the massive effort you do to inform and help everyone make better decisions on SCT.



  2. Dawson/Laird into Naicos

    As an Essendon fan, Merrett never scores well against Carlton… maybe it’ll be different this year but still unlikely to captain him.


    1. I’m still tossing up between him and Serong but whoever comes in will get the C unless I take RoMo’s 119.


    1. I reckon Port might do a number on English like they do with Gawn, get stuck into him


  3. I like Dawson into Merrett but can anyone give the stats on Sicily Vs Brisbane @ the G? Well rested, on fire R11 and Frost out – not sure if the last helps, hurts or just is?



    1. He’s just having such a good run that I’m not sure I’d even read into his past form against them but his last 3 against the lions have been 122, 70 and 108 (103 avg) with the lowest coming at the G. Last 3 at the G were 134, 76 and 111 (107 avg).


  4. Laird into Merrett for me too but strongly strongly considered VC on RoMo with his record against Swans.

    Also an observation on Bont – I reckon he is carrying the knee that he hurt against the Crows quite a bit (think it may have been reported as an ankle at the time).
    Footage of the dogs walking off the ground last weekend showed Bont with the strapping on his knee and if you compare both his knees there is a lot of swelling in the one he has strapped.

    Still a gun though.


  5. I’m sure it’s been explained before but GD why “Baird”? Unless you’re paying tribute to the pride of Donald, former Lion and Bulldog Travis Baird…

    And I don’t quite get “Satan” either. Perhaps I’m dumb. Actually, not perhaps.


    1. I didn’t get Satan for a while either, until it came to me out of the blue the other day. Rhymes with Clayton… and Satan is the leader of the Demons. I think that’s it? haha


    2. “Baird” = Bruce Laird, nuggety opening batsman for Australian Test Cricket team in the ’70’s and early ’80’s


  6. I feel like Ed curnow will tag Merrett so relying on a Captain option sounds too risky, thoughts?


  7. It’ll be Dunks into Dawson for me this weekend. Don’t think I’m confident enough to whack the C outright on brayshaw but he’s a chance to go large



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