Rookie Review – Round 8

Written by Alza on May 7 2024

What a week, horrible carnage followed by a few great rookie scores and then the Lions globetrotting on Sunday night.

Jones is the best rookie option this week. He’s shown plenty in his 2 games and looks to have a place in the side locked in. Hardemann has a decent role for scoring but shares that with about 3 others. Clark is one to consider bringing in or back in if he stays in the side. He’s only 31k above his starting price and with Dangerfield out he avoided the sub’s vest. He’s still a chance to get it but if not could make some more cash.

Players on the bubble are marked with an asterisk*


PlayerClubPrice (Change)Score (Ave)BE
Taj WOEWODIN (FWD)MEL$177,500 (+$29.1k)48 (30)-4
Harry EDWARDSWCE$196,700DNP (83)-6
Angus HASTIESTK$112,200 (+$5.1k)45 (23)-7
Hugo RALPHSMITHRIC$242,000 (+$35.6k)68 (65)-12
Daniel TURNER*MEL$191,70020 (61)-12
Riley HARDEMAN*NTH$117,30037 (44)-20
Leek ALEER*GWS$123,900DNP (57)-44
Colby MCKERCHER (MID)NTH$309,800 (+$58.9k)135 (74)-61
Will HAMILLADE$159,500DNP (39)11
Will GRAHAM (MID)GCS$277,800 (+$30.3k)59 (73)12
Tom BROWNRIC$264,300 (+$3.4k)72 (62)23
Blake HOWESMEL$280,000 (+$23.4k)48 (62)24
Daniel CURTIN (MID)ADE$175,80043 (43)26
Jase BURGOYNEPTA$353,900 (+$32.7k)49 (66)35
Jackson ARCHERNTH$143,10012 (12)43
Jai SERONG*HAW$174,100DNP (28)44
Joshua DRAPERFRE$190,200 (+$6k)49 (41)48
Buku KHAMIS (FWD)WBD$271,100 (-$1.4k)54 (58)55
Darcy GARDINER (FWD)BRL$250,900 (+$2k)43 (50)55
Toby PINKNTH$148,000 (+$1.2k)9 (33)56
Sam CLOHESY (MID)GCS$291,400 (+$10.7k)43 (83)58
Matt ROBERTS (MID)SYD$416,000 (+$6.4k)50 (83)107
Noah ANSWERTH (FWD)BRL$337,700 (-$0.7k)0 (64)117

The Good: McKercher had a day out again playing across half back. He had 30 touches at 90%, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 8 intercepts and 579m gained. Starting to show what he can do in years to come.

The Bad: Answerth has been a pretty good rookie this year but was concussed very early on with a score of 0. Archer returned to the side with just 4 touches and 4 tackles with 5 clangers. Turner couldn’t match the heights of his 1st game as he had 5 touches and 3 marks.

Time To Trade: Answerth


PlayerClubPrice (Change)Score (Ave)BE
Jhye CLARKGEE$155,500 (+$1.6k)78 (37)-1
Jake ROGERSGCS$177,400 (+$28.6k)21 (49)-18
Lachlan SULLIVANCOL$102,40075 (75)-35
Jaxon BINNSCAR$123,900DNP (8)40
Campbell CHESSERWCE$229,000 (-$0.1k)54 (42)44
Jacob WEHRGWS$272,800 (+$4.2k)61 (57)45
Jeremy SHARPFRE$327,600 (+$2.9k)80 (72)62
Jack CARROLLCAR$209,000DNP (50)64

The Good: Sharp bounced back with a decent score to reward coaches that didn’t trade him. He had 18 touches at 83%, 10 marks and a goal. Clark had his best score returning to the side. He had 14 touches (10 contested), 3 tackles, 4 clearances and a goal. Only priced at 155k makes him a trade target again. Sullivan started as the sub but came on fairly early. Still only had 43% game time but managed 10 touches at 80%, 5 tackles, 4 clearances, 8 score involvements and a goal.

The Bad: Rogers was a popular trade target this week but didn’t match his 2nd game as he had 6 touches, 3 tackles and 4 clangers.


PlayerClubPrice (Change)Score (Ave)BE
Jordon SWEETPTA$244,800 (+$86.1k)74 (93)-71
Sam NAISMITHRIC$175,100 (+$51.2k)45 (61)11
Ethan READGCS$187,700 (+$3.9k)32 (39)48

Sweet continued as #1 ruck and played well against a tough opponent. He had 13 touches, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 29 hitouts. Naismith shared duties again mostly playing forward. He had 6 touches at 100%, 3 marks and 4 hitouts. Read had 4 touches from 34% TOG before being subbed.


PlayerClubPrice (Change)Score (Ave)BE
Tyler SONSIERIC$193,800 (+$30.9k)81 (48)-6
Cooper SIMPSON* (MID)FRE$117,30017 (37)-7
Calsher DEARHAW$117,30056 (56)-10
Sam DAYGCS$153,500DNP (71)-11
Patrick VOSSFRE$123,900DNP (59)-11
Caleb WINDSOR (MID)MEL$297,200 (+$34.6k)118 (64)-18
Bruce REVILLE (MID)BRL$102,40059 (59)-19
Riley GARCIAWBD$189,800 (+$64.6k)66 (71)-22
Darcy WILSON (MID)STK$332,900 (+$58.1k)126 (69)-25
Harvey HARRISON*COL$180,00083 (66)-29
Darcy JONES*GWS$123,90070 (73)-75
James TUNSTILLBRL$135,000DNP (32)3
Bigoa NYUONNTH$174,300DNP (60)7
Logan MORRISBRL$117,30037 (37)9
Hugo GARCIA (MID)STK$191,100 (+$34.9k)56 (52)13
Zane DUURSMA (MID)NTH$218,000 (+$7.4k)29 (46)15
Blake DRURYNTH$180,500 (+$12.6k)34 (50)19
Kai LOHMANNBRL$298,800 (+$22.3k)98 (55)26
Nick WATSON (MID)HAW$226,000 (+$15.8k)26 (45)31
Harvey THOMAS (MID)GWS$266,500 (-$22k)43 (56)33
Orazio FANTASIACAR$173,800 (-$1.2k)28 (33)34
Harvey JOHNSTON (MID)WCE$117,30011 (11)35
Mykelti LEFAURIC$280,600 (+$43.7k)59 (57)38
Harley REID (MID)WCE$435,200 (+$41.3k)59 (86)42
Sam DARCYWBD$314,900 (+$4.3k)49 (74)42
Maurice RIOLIRIC$280,600 (-$1.7k)25 (58)42
Bailey LAURIEMEL$111,800 (-$13.4k)3 (14)42
Harvey GALLAGHER (MID)WBD$206,400 (+$2.2k)45 (45)46
Max RAMSDENHAW$138,100DNP (34)48
Charlie CLARKEWBD$123,9000 (0)48
Aaron CADMANGWS$294,300 (+$6.6k)65 (64)49
Jed WALTERGCS$216,700 (+$1.7k)31 (41)50
Oliver DEMPSEY (MID)GEE$297,700 (-$0.9k)66 (68)54
Tom EMMETTFRE$230,100 (+$7.6k)43 (42)54
Charlie LAZZARO (MID)NTH$238,500DNP (50)61
Seth CAMPBELLRIC$224,600 (-$12.4k)27 (49)63
Jackson MEAD (MID)PTA$221,400 (-$11.1k)10 (46)68
Thomas BERRYGCS$289,500 (-$6.3k)35 (59)84

The Good: Wilson played his best game to make it 2 good ones in a row. He had 21 touches (11 contested), 8 marks and 3.2. A great score to be unfortunately stuck on a lot of coaches benches. Windsor had a great game with 18 touches at 83%, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 8 intercepts, 9 score involvements and 1.2. Lohmann played well with 13 touches, 6 marks, 6 tackles and 1.2.

The Bad: Simpson had just 5 touches and 2 marks in his 2nd game. Clarke made his debut but was subbed out after 46% TOG. He had 6 touches and 2 marks but 5 clangers kept him scoreless.

Time To Trade: Berry, Emmett

Trade Targets
Players you should be looking to bring in this week:
Hardemann – role, job security
Clark – scoring potential, role, job security (short term)
Jones – scoring, job security

Who gets your vote as the Rookie Of The Week for Round 8?

  • Darcy Wilson (STK) - 126 (65%, 169 Votes)
  • Colby McKercher (NTH) - 135 (29%, 75 Votes)
  • Caleb Windsor (MEL) - 118 (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Kai Lohmann (BRL) - 98 (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Harvey Harrison (COL) - 83 (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (In Comments) (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 260

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Nick Daicos Rookie of the Year Award:

Leaderboard After Round 7
H. Reid – 6
O. Dempsey – 5
S. Clohesy – 5
M. Roberts – 5


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12 thoughts on “Rookie Review – Round 8”

  1. Is there any chance a rookie defender with job security is going to emerge so I can get either Hore or Reid off my bench?


    1. Hopefully that rookie defender turns out to be Reid. He seems to be 2 weeks away for an eternity.


    2. Hardeman should be decent but he was subbed out on the weekend and hasn’t set the world on fire. Hastie may be an option but I think he was injured on the weekend and job security is shaky. Curtin made his debut but isn’t a certain to stay in the team although he probably should.

      Reid could be back in 2 weeks but surely after his injury history they don’t rush him back even if he is highly rated. I wouldn’t be trading him now if you still have him though


    3. Greg

      Maybe Phillips or Schoenmaker??
      I’m waiting for the latter as he can score!!!
      Good luck


    1. Hayes looks like the ruck forward role is his for the taking. Big bodied mature age players are thin on the ground for the mighty saints. He takes the heat off both King and Marshall.


    2. Feel like I am getting a slightly more mature version of Darcy with a slightly better role (no Bevo, no Lobb, less tall forward line) and putting 90k in the bank. Unless he throws a shocker this week, I think I will be buying!


        1. It’s just initial thoughts. Haven’t really looked into it, but for all I know he may be irrelevant next week anyway



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