JLT Rookie Review – Weekend 2

Written by Huttabito on March 6 2018

Jack Payne ($117,300 DEF) led the rebound duties and topped the ground with 6 overall. Loves kicking by foot, which is great news for coaches, as 9 of his 11 disposals were by foot however a DE of 46% held his score back to 60 points. Took a couple of intercept marks and laid 2 tackles to help him to a serviceable first game given Brisbane had their full backline (except Hodge) and is one keep an eye on for role this weekend.

Cameron Rayner ($202,800 FWD/MID), the number 1 draft pick last year was put on display against Sydney and much like the rest of the Lions, struggled to make an impact on the game. Spent 60% TOG however only collected the 5 disposals (3 kicks) at 40% DE and 2 clangers. Laying 2 tackles helped him to 30 points but he didn’t show enough at his premium price. Been said to be lacking a tank and will spent a lot of time up forward this season, particularly early on so may struggle to put up the scores needed for cash generation.


Paddy Dow ($193,800 MID) showed why he was a top 3 draft pick and oozed class on his way to 66 points in his first hit out at AFL level. His DE was a little shaky in the first half of the game but cleaned it up to finish up on 54% (13 disposals). Favoured the foot, releasing 10 which included a spearing ball from a centre clearance into the forward 50 for a goal assist. Wasn’t adverse to hitting the scoreboard himself, having 5 shots on goal for the night and kicking 2 goals, 1 behind and 2 out of bounds on the full (blazes from outside 50). His other stats include 3 marks, 3 clearances, 5 inside 50s and 1 missing tooth. It begs the question though about what type of scorer he is without any goals, as he is quite small in statue and relies on uncontested possessions but he also didn’t lay any tackles. I want a little more from JLT2 to lock him in at that price.

Jarrod Garlett ($117,300 FWD/MID) only got to spend 47% TOG after he hurt his shoulder in a tackle during the third quarter, however he was still able to score a respectable 41 points in this time despite having 2 clangers. He collected 6 disposals (2 kicks) and got them off at 83% DE so most of his points came from the contested nature of his game, 1 tackle and the 1 goal he kicked. After hurting his shoulder he went down to the rooms but was all smiles, so hopefully it’s not to bad as he showed some promise and attack on the ball.

Lochie O’Brien ($162,300 DEF/MID) was suppose to be the answer to O’Shae not being named however he went the game barely sighted and only registered 7 disposals (3 kicks) at 86% DE from 69% TOG to score 29 points – but it is hard to come back after a -5 first quarter. His only other positive points came from a single mark however he had 4 clangers resulting in him losing half of his score. After the game Cripps said he will be playing wing this season, so still a watch this spaces until JLT2.

Brody Mihocek ($102,400 DEF) is a mature aged recruit picked up from Port Melbourne and got right in the action early on with a contested mark, however 2 clangers in the first 5min of the game put him on the back pedal from the start. He ended up with 14 disposals (7 kicks) but a 57% DE and 3 clangers held his score to 49. With cleaner disposal he will be a decent scorer as he took 4 marks (1 contested), 3 tackles and a 1 %er. Howe and Moore are still set to return to the defence so it’s hard to see where Mihocek fits if they are 100% fit.

Jaidyn Stephenson ($180,300 FWD/MID) was Collingwoods top 10 draft pick last year and got his first run against the big boys. He collected 13 disposals (4 kicks) at 92% DE to end up on 48 points and could have been more had he not handballed a mark he took in the goal square to someone else. Took 3 marks, laid a tackle and had 3 clangers but at his high price, will need to show a little more next game before being locked in.

Flynn Appleby ($121,900 DEF) was picked up in the rookie draft and got a decent run with 87& TOG. He managed to collect 11 disposals (6 kicks) courtesy of 5 rebound 50s, however only ran at a DE of 46%. Doesn’t quite look AFL ready as looked rushed, having 10 uncontested possessions yet 5 clangers, hence only finishing up on 34 points.

Charlie Constable ($117,300 MID) was a late inclusion and made his time count, racking up the 2nd most disposals for Geelong with 22 (6 kicks) and the equal most contested possessions on the ground (11), all from 65% game time. Good pressure on the ball, he laid 4 tackles but looked a little flustered and rushed at times and had 4 clangers (equal most for Geelong) and one of the lowest DE for the Cats with 55%, holding his score down to 72 points.

Timothy Kelly ($117,300 MID) is every SuperCoachers dream – a mature aged recruit. Got into the thick of it early, he collected 13 disposals (8 kicks) at 69% DE and laid 3 tackles in 60% game time before sitting out the last quarter with an iced thigh strain. He was rotating throughout the midfield which allowed him to post 71 points but his true test will be JLT2 when the big mids come to play.

Lachlan Fogarty ($117,300 MID) is a small pacey midfielder who loves to tackle and has the ability to move forward and hit the scoreboard. He spent 68% of the game playing forward with stints through the midfield and collected 16 disposals (4 kicks) at 81% DE for 67 points. He took 3 marks and laid 4 tackles for the game giving his handball happy score a little boost.

Kelly and Fogarty have been spoken up by the club recently and appear to be the front runner rookies to get early games, with Constable putting in a solid case for himself, however that didn’t stop the Cats bringing a whole suite of the juniors to get some experience. With that, it is very hard to read where the rookies sit compared to the ideal 22.

Zach Guthrie ($194,400 DEF) – 12 disposals (2 kicks) at 83% DE, 2 clangers, 3 marks (1 contested), 4 tackles and a 1%er for 55 points from 68% TOG.

Jordan Cunico ($188,600 MID) – 16 disposals (10 kicks) at 69% DE, 2 clangers, 2 marks and a goal assist for 53 points from 60% TOG.

Jamaine Jones ($123,900 FWD) – 10 disposals (3 kicks) at 50% DE, 1 mark, 2 tackles, 1 1%er and a behind for 53 points from 85% TOG.

Gyran Miers  ($117,300 FWD) –  12 disposals (6 kicks) at 67% DE, 3 clangers, 3 marks and a goal for 53 points from 82% TOG.

Esava Ratugolea ($123,900 FWD) – 6 disposals (3 kicks) at 50% DE, 4 clangers, 2 marks and a goal for 23 points from 42% TOG.

Nick Holman ($102,400 MID) was delisted by Carlton after 9 games at the end of 2015. The Suns picked him up in the rookie draft last year giving him a second shot at the big league after being named Central Districts B&F. He is known for his pressure on the ball and that’s exactly what he bought to JLT1 registering the most tackles for the game with 8 helping him to 83 points. Holman also lead the contested possessions for the Sun with 9, however needs to compose himself a bit more with only 47% of his 15 disposals (9 kicks) hitting the target combing with 4 clangers. Busy around the ground in general he had 1 mark, 2 rebound 50s, 3 inside 50s, 1 goal and a goal assist in 73% TOG. He has impressed the club this pre-season and has just about done enough to get a Rd1 berth.

Will Brodie ($187,700 MID) is one of the premium rookie selections after playing 3 games for an average of 43 last year has inflated his price. He got around the ground collecting 14 disposals (7 kicks, 50% contested) for 70 points after a DE of 57% pulled it down but he did manage 4 marks, 4 tackles and a behind. His 23 disposals game for 64 points in the final round of 2017 would be the bare minimum you would hope for at his starting price and if he can average mid 70s, he’ll make his $150k by their Rd10 bye. His DE does look the worry though after going between 56-66% in his 3 games last year, which is not ideal for SuperCoach.

Jeremy Finlayson (S123,900 DEF/MID) made his AFL debut in Rd15 last season before suffering a season ending knee injury early on in the game.  The question has been asked about who will be the rebound defender for GWS now that Wilson has gone and Williams in injured. If the JLT game is anything to go by, Finlayson could be one as him and Shaw were the top rebounders for GWS each with 4. More importantly, Finlasyson was taking kick-ins, although someone needs to tell him to kick to himself first if he wants a bonus stat. He finished up with 14 disposals (10 kicks) with complete composure, hitting the target on every single occasion to help him to 86 points. With 4 marks, 2 tackles, 2 1%ers and a goal assist in his 82% TOG, he has firmly put himself in the spotlight.

Lachlan Tiziani ($123,900 FWD), otherwise known as Tzatziki Dip since March 2018, walked away with 69 points from only 59% DE courtesy of 7 disposals (2 kicks) at 100% DE. 2 goals, 3 marks and 4 tackles gave his score a healthy boost despite the limited disposals/kicks and hard to see where he fits when the real thing starts but given GWS and their run at injuries, it could be anytime.

Nicholas Shipley ($117,300 MID) has transitioned from the GWS academy to the seniors and played as a contested midfielder in junior levels. The Giants do not lack this position though so Shipley spent most his 61% TOG running off half back. Collecting 13 disposals (7 kicks) at 77% DE, he had 3 marks and 2 tackles for 60 points. He worked hard, showed some aggressive kicking skills and has a bright future.

Zac Giles-Langdon ($117,300k FWD) is a mature aged recruit from the WAFL who worked hard playing a small half forward role but just couldn’t make the most of his opportunities with only 4 of his 10 disposals (4 kicks) hitting the target and ended up with the lowest DE on the ground. However, 8 of his 10 touches were contested boosting him to 45 points after taking 1 contested mark, laying 2 tackles and kicking 2 behinds in 65% TOG. Daniel Lloyd ($214,200 FWD) ended up with 88 points from 3 goals and is more likely to get the role over Giles-Langdon, especially with Greene to come back into the Rd1 team.

Lachlan Keeffe ($123,900 DEF/FWD) played 39 games for Collingwood before being delisted after his drug ban and now finds himself playing for a team in premiership contention so I don’t think he’s complaining to much right now. Playing solely in defence in the hitout against his former club, he played 61% of the game for 8 disposals (5 kicks) at 88% DE, 4 marks, 1 tackle and a 1%er for 44 points. Has very handy DPP, especially for those who are starting with Sicily so if he gets up for Rd1, could provide some vital position swings. Versatile, he has the ability to play back, forward and pinch hit in the ruck so could be a Otten of 2018 – as long has he gets into a scoring role.

Matthew Flynn ($123,900 RUC/FWD) played back-up ruck supporting Simpson for 38% of the game but just registered 19 points from 4 disposals (3 kicks) at 100% DE, 1 mark and 7 hitouts and is unlikely to feature early in 2018.

Oliver Hanrahan ($123,900 FWD) spent 73% TOG however if it wasn’t for his performance in the 2nd quarter, you wouldn’t have thought he was playing. Played a small forward role, he had 8 disposals (4 kicks), 1 mark, 2 clangers and a goal for 43 points. Didn’t do enough to get a spot in Rd1 with Cyril to return.

Marc Pittonet ($129,700 RUC) got 3 games back in 2016 and was given a small run against Bulldogs so 39 points from 32% TOG is a great result. Only had 4 disposals (3 kicks) at 75% DE but had 13 hitouts, 3 tackles and a goal but sits behind McEvoy and Ceglar for the ruck duties.

David Mirra ($102,400 DEF) did a solid job warming the bench for 3 quarters before getting a run in the final term. He had 3 disposals at 100% DE and a mark for 14 points, so I guess he has decent points per minute? Popular defence rookie who’s ownership has already dropped significantly since his outing on the weekend.

Hunter Clark ($175,800 MID) was one of two St Kilda top 10 draft picks in 2017. He played a forward role kicking 2 goals, 1 behind with stints through the middle hence he was able to also collect 12 disposals (8 kicks) at 92% DE all from 61% DE for an impressive score of 83 points. The role almost emulated that of Billings last year, and with him to come back into the line-up for 1, Clark’s role is a little unknown but it should become clear this coming weekend.

Nicholas Coffield ($171,300 DEF/MID) went immediately after Clark in the draft and was a shoe-in for the top 10 after being named half-back in the All Australian junior team from the national carnival. He slotted straight into that role in his first game in red, black and white beautifully as he went on to the most kicks on the ground and the most rebound 50s for St Kilda with 5. All up, he had 5 marks and 20 disposals (15 kicks) but a DE of 65% and 4 clangers reduced to 63, especially given only 3 of his possessions were contested. Regardless, it’s a good sign they already are looking for him on the switch of play.

Ben Long ($168,200 FWD) averaged 38 points from his 4 games in 2017 and with a 36 point game against the Blues last Wednesday from 74% TOG, he looks like a no-goer again in 2018.


James Rose ($127,500 FWD) has been in the Swans system for the last 3 years but has only managed to get 6 games in. Given the Swans were missing a lot of gun midfielders, it opened up some of the small forwards to mid time allowing Rose to shine, kicking 3 goals from 11 disposals (10 kicks) at 73% DE for 61 points. 3 clangers hurt his score however he managed 6 marks and 2 1%ers, one to watch in JLT2 to see if he can finally cement a spot in the senior team.

Ryley Stoddart ($123,900 DEF) got given a decent run and was able to collect 12 disposals (8 kicks) across the half back in 65% TOG. Managed to drift forward on a few occasions, he had 6 marks, 4 inside 50s and a behind for 59 points. With Jones and McVeigh to return, he’d be at short odds to debut in Rd1.

Darcy Cameron ($123,900 RUC) was teased at the beginning of last year but never got a game before getting injured. With Tippett retiring, 2018 was suppose to be his year but only got a game in JLT1 after a late call up. Played solely up front until Sinclair rolled his ankle forcing him into the ruck, he put on a rather woeful display, having 7 disposals (4 kicks) at 14% DE, 3 clangers, 4 hitouts, 1 tackle and 2 behinds for 25 points. It wasn’t good signs that Cameron only got a game with Naismiths late out and Towers was being used at the backup ruck until Sinclairs injury.

Aaron Naughton ($166,800 DEF) was about as cool and as calm as you can be in your first ever hitout at AFL level. He is a tall yet mobile key defender and was rated as the best intercept marker in last years draft in which Bulldogs snapped up at pick 9. He collected 13 disposals (8 kicks) and got the off at 92% DE after taking 5 marks (2 contested) and putting in 2 1%ers for 62 points. He will rely on intercept and contested marks for points and may struggle to score in whitewashes the Bulldogs way as he put in minimal other stats for the game.


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20 thoughts on “JLT Rookie Review – Weekend 2”

  1. It looks like the bulk of the good rookies – at least those who are likely to play – are largely concentrated in the midfield. It may prove to be the case, then, that the currently popular strategy of stacking the midfield with 6 to 8 premiums may not be the best idea.


      1. After our first dose of JLT I dropped 2 mids for rookies and beefed up front and back. Not much for rookies except in the middle.


    1. I’ve had rookies from M6 down for the last couple of weeks now. Midfield looks incredibly weak compared to others but I feel much more confident along the other lines.


      1. Right now I’ve stacked the forward and back lines, and gone with set-and-forget rucks, and have rookies (currently ‘premium rookies’, but I will be happy to replace them with cheaper ones should they emerge) from M5 onwards.

        It might start a little slower than a team with a stacked midfield (although I have run the numbers, and it shouldn’t actually start *that* much slower), but it means I have far better cash cows, and am also able to start more keepers (because good forwards/defenders are cheaper than premium midfielders), thus allowing me to get a complete team sooner, and with fewer trades.

        There are a few risks involved – I have Curnow and Lobb in the forward line, for example, plus Sicily and Marchbank in defence – but most of these sorts of picks don’t actually feel that risky, and in any case I have a lot of money left over, so I can easily swap one ore more of them for established premiums. At this point, however, I don’t think that is necessary.


    2. I wouldn’t be so sure just yet, Doedee, Finlayson, Cole, Payne, Naughton, Coffield and possibly Byrne/Ellis all looked promising in defence. They may not have scored quite as well as the mid rookies and a few of them are a little on the expensive side, but at least we know what we’re getting with them. There’s big question marks on a lot of the mid rookies as far as whether they play forward or mid in the regular season. I agree the forward rookies are rubbish.


      1. Seen teams run 5 forward premiums/breakouts and I can’t blame them. The only few FWD rookies we have at the moment seem to be the forward small forward pocket types who have historically been poor for SC.


      2. Doedee and Finlayson for sure. Naughton and Coffield have a high breakeven so need a higher return.

        Forward rooks are thin even at premium prices. I can see more mid rookies might be required if the forwards continue to be dodgy, and I have already temporarily shifted Sicily to Fwd for depth reasons.


    1. An interesting point with Pittonet is that in the Hawks intraclub, he beat McEvoy in the hit outs 24-12, whilst McEvoy had slightly more disposals (13-8). All stats were otherwise quite similar, so watching Hawthorns selection, will be… rather interesting


  2. Nice write up Hutts. Prefer the defender rookies over the forward rookies this year. Might run one or 2 of the premium rookies as a last resort.

    Everyone loves a stacked midfield but the team structure revolves around the best rookie options. Stacked forward line for me this year.



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