MACRAE v Blues
- L3 v Blues: 106, 138, 97 (114 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 113, 154, 116 (128 av.)
A rock solid 39 touches and 133 from Macrae last week. Continues to be the most reliable VC/C going around. Another 130 coming up this week.
GRUNDY v Crows
- L3 v Crows: 100, 123, 141 (121 av.)
- L3 @ MCG: 83, 107, 110 (100 av.)
Don’t expect Grundy to feature as a captaincy candidate as much as he used to this season, but the Crows at the ‘G is an appealing match up. Pies midfield energetic for the time being and the Crows clearance work is pretty poor. Solid for a 120 if you don’t have Macrae or Neale to open.
NEALE v Dons
- L3 v Dons: 157, 157, 140 (151 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 96, 89, 79 (88 av.)
And there it was: 31 touches, 6 tackles and 140 last week against Port. Neale’s back. Only had the 76% TOG but clearly the #1 MID and tremendous impact when on the field. Loves to crush the Dons, who are looking pathetic, so pencil him in for another 140.
MILLER v Demons
- L3 v Demons: 142, 142, 65 (116 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 120, 143, 107 (123 av.)
Even with intermittent tagging from O’Neil last round, Miller beast moded his way to 137 from 29 touches, 18 contested and a goal. The Dees, despite being the best team in the comp, aren’t that restrictive with opposition MID points so we should have a real engine room v engine room battle on our hands. Suns to give it everything with Miller at the helm for 130.
SATAN v Suns
- L3 v Suns: 166, 106, 175 (149 av.)
- L3 @ MS: 177, 175, 83 (145 av.)
Ridiculously high match-up stats both against the Suns and up at Metricon but largely on the back of thrashings. Suns likely to compete but Satan still solid for 125.
STEELE v Dockers
- L3 v Dockers: 129, 87, 85 (100 av.)
- L3 @ OS: 109, 72, 71 (84 av.)
An underwhelming, but understandable, score from Steele last week. 28 touches and 7 tackles but held back by 9 clangers and 70% DE. Of concern though is the total absence of midfield support. Dunstan’s gone, Jones is away due to personal reasons and Crouch and Gresham were absolutely useless. No one there to provide defensive body or positioned well to receive left Steele under the pump – perhaps accounting for his poor use. That said, if anyone can drill down and carry their side it’s Steele. Will reprise his role as Atlas and go 125 if you really need to fall back on him.
MITCHELL v Port
- L3 v Port: 110, 132, 135 (126 av.)
- L3 @ AO: 130, 71, 120 (107 av.)
Named as the Steer Clear last week and, as expected, went well under par with 80. His role also looks to have changed: no longer a pure inside MID, instead having stints at half FWD and on a wing. Had 12 CBAs behind O’Meara (15) and Newcombe (13), with Ward (11), Worpel (10) and Nash (8) recipients of the Hawks’ expanded midfield mix. Likely condemned to low-tons and out of captaincy calculations for the timebeing.
DUNKLEY v Blues
- L3 v Blues: 173, 95, 157 (142 av.)
- L3 @ MRVL: 66, 75, 148 (96 av.)
After bungling their CBA mix last week, expect the Dogs to revert to their OG squad of Bont, Macrae, Libba and Dunks. Has had some large ones at Marvel and could flex that 140+ ceiling as the Dogs look to bounce back.
Macrae into Miller on my end, but if you’ve got Neale give him a look.
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