Chillo’s Match Report: GWS vs Adelaide

Written by Schwarzwalder on March 8 2019

Great night of footy! Smallish crowd, but maybe they’re just waiting for the real stuff to begin (like the rest of us). A few assorted thoughts from my scribbles taken during the game. Please note the usual disclaimer that this is JLT, and a few levels down on regular season intensity.
The short version for the time poor is that GWS probably won’t be as good as they were last year, and Adelaide will be better. A LOT better. The players I paid particular attention to:


CONIGLIO – Really fought a lone hand in the midfield without Kelly to help him out. Tried very hard, but was outnumbered in the clinches a lot of the time and couldn’t clear it effectively. He is going to have a huge season if he stays healthy though, has ticked all boxes in these two games and is still a great POD at 11% ownership.

GREENE – Very lively early on but understandably had his game time well managed. The Giants definitely looked a better team when he was on the field. I’m not really saying anything new here, the problem with Toby has never been his talent. Interesting solution to the F3 problem if you’re brave enough!

WHITFIELD – Runs and runs and runs and runs. I had gone cold on him, but he’s done nothing wrong this pre-season. Role may change with Zac Williams playing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be any less effective on the wing.

TARANTO – He’s already an absolute bull of a player, but lacks polish at times with his disposal. I was very keen on him before this game, but it might still be one year too early to start him in your midfield. Future gun.

SHAW – Expected him to dominate with Williams absent, but Heater only put in a fair performance. Pass.

ROOKIES and OTHERS – Didn’t see much of Hately or Caldwell unfortunately, and I have doubts they’ll play round 1. Isaac Cumming did some nice things playing off the halfback flank, although he didn’t post big numbers.



CROUCH x2 – I imagine commentating this game was pretty easy, just say “Crouch” a lot and you won’t be far wrong. Stating the obvious to say that these two blokes were everywhere, and with their price tags you pretty much have to pick at least one of them.

SLOANE – Yes, he’ll get tagged this season. Or maybe he won’t. Either way, his record speaks for itself and he looked very fit tonight. Like most, I’ve had a love-hate Supercoach relationship with Rory over the years, so there’s some thinking to do here!

SMITH – Mostly started on the back of the centre square at bounces, and got plenty of it running forward from there. Still makes some questionable decisions with disposal, but he’s a terrific long kick and he’ll clearly get a lion’s share of the kick-ins for the Crows. He’s burnt me too many times, but he’ll be popular I’m sure.

LAIRD – Quiet by his standards, but still more than good enough. Never a bad pick.

MILERA – The biggest surprise for me. I thought he was very close to BOG, and if he plays like that all year he’d make a excellent D5 or 6. Attended a few centre bounces too I think?

ROOKIES AND OTHERS – Sauce was terrific, but he wasn’t up against much. Chayce Jones has that semi-hunched running style that a lot of good midfielders seem to have, he’s going to be a great player but is probably a bit too expensive this year.

Overall, I’ll be mildly surprised if Adelaide aren’t a top 4 team this year, very impressive. GWS will do it a bit tougher, especially if Kelly is not 100%. He really is that important to this team.



123 – Stephen Coniglio
96 – Tim Taranto
90 – Phil Davis
89 – Jeremy Cameron
86 – Lachie Whitfield
82 – Heath Shaw
76 – Harry Perryman
71 – Daniel Lloyd
69 – Brett Deledio
63 – Isaac Cumming
54 – Adam Kennedy
53 – Aiden Bonar
52 – Brent Daniels
51 – Matt de Boer
50 – Sam Taylor
45 – Matt Buntine
43 – Harry Himmelberg
42 – Jackson Hately
39 – Matthew Flynn
39 – Toby Greene
37 – Lachlan Keeffe
36 – Dawson Simpson
33 – Adam Tomlinson
29 – Jeremy Finlayson
24 – Jye Caldwell
9 – Sam J. Reid



155 – Matt Crouch
124 – Brad Crouch
123 – Wayne Milera
115 – Rory Sloane
106 – Sam Jacobs
106 – Paul Seedsman
97 – Brodie Smith
89 – Tom Lynch
88 – Bryce Gibbs
82 – Rory Laird
78 – Chayce Jones
77 – Taylor Walker
76 – Tom Doedee
67 – Josh Jenkins
56 – Kyle Hartigan
50 – Jake Kelly
50 – Rory Atkins
50 – Daniel Talia
48 – Riley Knight
46 – Eddie Betts
41 – Alex Keath
37 – Lachlan Murphy
36 – Richard Douglas
12 – Cameron Ellis-Yolmen
10 – Darcy Fogarty


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13 thoughts on “Chillo’s Match Report: GWS vs Adelaide”

    1. Relax mate. I wouldnt worry too much. Hately played against a very good Crows midfield that had Sloane, Gibbs and the Crouch brothers. For a rookie mid he tried his best. I thought he played well, got bumped: reality check. The Giants really miss Kelly in the middle or maybe it is just going to be the Adelaide year. Then it is only JLT.


  1. TOG %

    Stephen Coniglio: 76
    Lachie Whitfield: 83
    Tim Taranto: 83
    Harry Perryman: 81
    Jeremy Cameron: 83
    Phil Davis: 84
    Heath Shaw: 88
    Brett Deledio: 63
    Daniel Lloyd: 66
    Brent Daniels: 77
    Adam Tomlinson: 56
    Isaac Cumming: 65
    Adam Kennedy: 80
    Sam Taylor: 80
    Matt de Boer: 75
    Jackson Hately: 66
    Harry Himmelberg: 80
    Toby Greene: 32
    Aiden Bonar: 67
    Lachlan Keeffe: 87
    Dawson Simpson: 67
    Matt Buntine: 52
    Jye Caldwell: 42
    Matthew Flynn: 53
    Jeremy Finlayson: 72
    Sam J. Reid: 19

    Matt Crouch: 73
    Brad Crouch: 79
    Rory Sloane: 69
    Paul Seedsman: 82
    Wayne Milera: 79
    Sam Jacobs: 77
    Bryce Gibbs: 74
    Brodie Smith: 73
    Tom Lynch: 81
    Riley Knight: 79
    Taylor Walker: 77
    Rory Laird: 84
    Rory Atkins: 76
    Kyle Hartigan: 71
    Josh Jenkins: 75
    Tom Doedee: 76
    Chayce Jones: 70
    Jake Kelly: 76
    Eddie Betts: 81
    Daniel Talia: 77
    Richard Douglas: 82
    Lachlan Murphy: 78
    Alex Keath: 76
    Darcy Fogarty: 17
    Cameron Ellis-Yolmen: 16
    Reilly O’Brien: 0


  2. Just on Milera, he did average 92 post-bye last year. I already have enough mid-priced defenders on my radar without him, but he’s certainly worth a look.


    1. Yeah was definitely was on the potential breakout list, I love watching him when he has the ball can go periods unsighted probably lacks a bit of intensity. I like him more than Witherden personally, though have neither in my team


    1. You mean Geelong/Essendon? Unfortunately no one has put a match report in the Forum. If any of our Coaches go to the trouble of writing a match report then they’ll always get their own thread…….


  3. Sounds like Kelly coming back only helps Coniglio. Coniglio is an absolute jet and has huge potential to average 110-115 this season – gets a lot of the pill and kicks goals.

    Him and MCrouch are seriously good picks.



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