Rookie Review Update

Written by Badger on March 23 2015

NAB3 games added for St Kilda, Hawthorn, Melbourne and Essendon.

The Masterlist, Badger’s EPIC Rookie Review has been updated with these changes.

More NAB3 updates over the coming days.


  • Jack Lonie FWD, $117.3K – NAB1 SC Score 54. Lonie started as sub against the Lions and came on late in the second quarter. An impressive SC score from just 59% game time and a tidy 71% disposal efficiency. I remain slightly concerned with putting 18 year olds that weigh less than 70kg into my SC side – generally, they don’t get a lot of game time nor win their own ball. However, based on Lonie’s junior career he could prove the exception to the rule and the Saints will give him plenty of games (with nice green and red vests thrown in). NAB2 SC Score 105 from 17 disposals at 82% efficiency, three marks, two tackles, a free for and a goal. Another excellent game from Lonie. Has to be a strong consideration for one of your forward bench spots. NAB3 SC Score with eight disposals at 50% efficiency, three tackles and a hitout from 76% game time. I wouldn’t call it crashing back down to Earth when you’re playing against the reigning premier but it was a quieter game for Lonie.
  • Ahmed Saad FWD, $151.1K – NAB1 SC Score 41. Saad is a decent small forward and at a touch over $150K is worthy of Supercoach selection if promoted off the rookie list. Saad can regularly score 80-90 SC points when on song but he needs to find a bit more ball to lock in a best 22 spot – the Saints are rebuilding and Alan Richardson will continue to pump games into the kids. Saad could be competing for a small forward role against the likes of Templeton, Minchington and Lonie. NAB2 SC Score 72 with 10 disposals, two marks, four tackles and a goal. NAB3 SC Score 48 with eight kicks, three handballs (82% disposal efficiency), a clearance, five marks, three tackles and two frees against in 75% game time.
  • Tim Membrey FWD, $172K – NAB1 SC Score 28. Kicked the first goal but only managed six possies across 83% game time. Not a great sign but Membrey remains firmly in my sites. He’s come from a good system up north (Swans) and posted some exceptional and consistent scoring in the NEAFL. I reckon there’s room for TM to lock in a spot in the Saints forward-line and at 188cm, 89kg and onto his third preseason he’s ready-made. NAB2 SC Score 72 with 10 disposals (five contested) at 71% efficiency, four marks, a tackle and a goal. I’ll be waiting to see his NAB3 performance and Round 1 teams before seriously considering. NAB3 SC Score 40 with seven disposals, a mark, three tackles, two hitouts and a free for in 86% game time. Tough opposition but with just one good game in the preseason I’m not yet convinced.
  • Paddy McCartin FWD, $222.3K – NAB1 SC Score 62. It was a good hit out for McCartin in his first competitive outing for the Saints. A future gun for sure, and could potentially make an impact against the lower sides this year. But at north of $220K, as a young key position player (admittedly he’s a monster for an 18 year old at 194cm and an impressive 96kg) and with the Saints young midfield unlikely to provide silver service with potential low forward entry numbers, I can’t see Paddy making my team. NAB2 SC Score 25 in a quiet game with just four kicks, two marks and a goal. NAB3 SC Score 40 with 8 disposals (four contested) at 87% efficiency, a mark, two tackles, two frees for and a goal in 87% game time. Just too expensive to take the risk for a young key position player.
  • Hugh Goddard DEF/FWD $122.3K – did not play NAB1NAB2 SC Score 56 with nine disposals at 100% efficiency, five marks, a hitout and a number of effective spoils in 86% game time. At 196cm and 94kg Goddard is a ready-made Defender (let’s face it, the Saints won’t play him forward much) who we can also select as a Forward. NAB3 did not play.
  • Blake Acres MID, $220.7K – NAB1 SC Score 46 with nine disposals at 77% efficiency, a tackle and a clearance in 68% game time. I generally like a second year former top 20 draft pick that’s still rookie-priced but I’m not convinced Acres will see game time without risk of the vest and hopefully without reoccurrence of injury. Worth consideration. NAB2 SC Score 46 (again) with 15 disposals at 67% efficiency, four marks, a goal and unfortunately three frees against/one for. I think there’s better midfield value in Supercoach. NAB3 SC Score 37 with 11 kicks, four handballs (73% disposal efficiency), two clearances, six marks and a tackle in 77% game time. Admittedly I’m surprised at the very low SC score with those stats (he scored 63 in DT) but another whose price is too high to consider with so many other MID options available.
  • Eli Templeton FWD $221.3K – did not play NAB1NAB2 SC Score 46 with 11 disposals at 82% efficiency, three marks, three tackles and a free for. He played the first six games of last season before breaking his arm in Q1 of Round 6. Richardson will look to give him plenty of games and a 20+ SC point rise in average won’t surprise me at all. NAB3 SC Score 23 with 11 disposals at just 45% efficiency, two clearances, a mark and two tackles in 79% game time. Too expensive I think.

Other Rookie-Priced Players: Rookie Jack Sinclair played NAB2 and NAB3. Jason Holmes played NAB1 and NAB2. Lewis Pierce played NAB3.


  • Jed Anderson MID, $141.4K – NAB1 SC Score 110. Wow! What an impressive performance against the Pies; 26 disposals, four marks, two tackles, a free for, a goal and a hitout…he can do it all. Strong suggestions out of Hawthorn that he is easily a best 22 player and has had a super preseason. Jed was a NT zoned player that GWS recruited for their TAC Cup team where he won All-Australian selection in 2011 and he was traded to Hawthorn in exchange for Stephen Gilham in 2013. Anderson was good enough in his debut year to be selected for Hawthorn’s first final, and his non-sub-affected scores for the year were 46 (first full game), 92 and 78. I’m tipping this guy will be in 95% of teams come round 1, and a season average of 75+ won’t surprise me at all. NAB2 SC Score 69 with 17 disposals (seven contested), two marks and a tackle. Not quite as spectacular as his game against the Pies but still solid. NAB3 SC Score 65 with 15 disposals (seven contested) at 60% efficiency, a clearance, three marks and three tackles in 80% game time. A solid conclusion to a fantastic preseason for Anderson. Here’s hoping he’s selected in Round 1 without the green attire.
  • Alex Woodward MID, $197.8K – NAB1 SC Score 73. Another impressive performance from one of Hawthorn’s younger players. Woodward had 12 disposals (8 contested) and a game high six tackles along with two frees for. He loves to fight for the ball and having Sam Mitchell as a mentor won’t hurt his chances of becoming an excellent player. After two knee reco’s Woodward managed to play 16 VFL games in 2014 and was rewarded the VFL’s best and fairest. If he’s named round one I’d be happy to pay nearly $200K for him. NAB2 SC Score 45 with nine disposals (five contested), two marks, a tackle and two frees for in just 19% game time. He’s a good egg. NAB3 did not play.
  • Johnathon O’Rourke MID, $206.3K – NAB3 SC Score 56 with 11 disposals at 81% efficiency, four marks, a tackle and two goals in 70% game time. NAB3 SC Score 79 with 19 disposals at 63% efficiency, a clearance, four marks, two tackles and a goal in 78% game time. Initially, not someone I’d considered as likely to get games at Hawthorn but he’s been solid in their final two NAB hitouts. Game 3 was against a very inexperienced side in St Kilda but O’Rourke has done his chances of selection no harm. Still a bit pricey for a player that may be in and out or at risk of the green and orange vests.
  • Billy Hartung MID, $195.8K – NAB1 SC Score 55. At just 68 kilos and winning most of his ball on the outside, Hartung is just the sort of player I typically cross off my team list. If he was closer to $100K and could avoid the vest I’d consider. That said though, I think he’ll be a jet in a few years’ time. NAB2 SC Score 64 with 13 disposals (five contested) at 77% efficiency, two marks, a tackle and two clearances in just 42% game time. NAB3 did not play.
  • James Sicily FWD, $123.9K – NAB1 SC Score 52. If anger and intensity scored SC points then Sicily would be a top 5 player for sure. Unfortunately, when you have Breust and Gunston in the team only injury or rest will likely result in games for Sicily. According to Hawks supporters he’s had a great preseason but I think there are better forward rookies available. NAB2 did not play. NAB3 SC Score 29 after being subbed into game in the third. He had eight disposals at 87% efficiency, two marks, a free for and a goal in 42% game time.

Other Rookie-Priced Players: Jared Hardisty played NAB1. A ball magnet as a junior with high disposal efficiency and a body ready for AFL (179cm/88kgs. Teia Miles played well in his only preseason game NAB1. Mark Pittonet has played both games so far. Almost no chance of games this year being a first year ruck with more mature options in front of him. Dallas Willsmore just the one game NAB1. Sam Grimley just the one game NAB1. Daniel Howe has played both games. Jermain Miller-Lewis played NAB1. Kaiden Brand played NAB1 before a serious shoulder injury.



  • Ben Newton  MID $215K – NAB1 SC Score 55 (in a half of footy) – Another Melbourne rookie-priced player that is front of mind for a lot of us, Newton had eight disposals and a goal in the first quarter. He was subbed off at half time after receiving a cut to his head and finished with 13 possessions (86% disposal efficiency and six contested), two clearances, a mark, two tackles, a free for and a goal. Newton showed why Port Adelaide were hesitant to trade him in the first place and looks to be worth the premium rookie price. NAB2 SC Score 84 from seven kicks, 12 handballs at 79% disposal efficiency, two clearances, three marks, a tackle and a free for from 70% game time. At 22 years of age with a mature body and completing his fifth preseason, Newton is ready to have an immediate impact and will be in a lot of Supercoach teams. NAB3 SC Score 65 with 17 disposals at 76% efficiency, two clearances, five marks and four tackles in 68% game time. If you compare his SC scores to his game time then he’s on track to rise significantly in value. Well worth the $215K price tag with three good performances with high disposal efficiency. Easily best 22.
  • Chistian Salem FWD $185K – NAB1 SC Score 40 with nine disposals, a mark, two tackles and three clearances in 92% game time. A slightly disappointing game for Salem who has apparently had a fantastic preseason and was impressive in intraclub games. He’s just the sort of young player I usually avoid in Supercoach being light of frame with a bias towards uncontested possessions. He’s obviously highly skilled though and could end up an absolute jet in a few years. NAB2 SC Score 132 with 18 kicks, six handballs (16 uncontested possessions) at 79% disposal efficiency, nine marks, six tackles and one free for. A brilliant game rebounding from defence and a reminder why Melbourne took him at #9 in the 2013 draft. Nice to see his ceiling is high but I’d like a repeat performance against Essendon before committing. NAB3 SC Score 84 from 14 kicks, six handballs (70% disposal efficiency), a clearance, five marks, five tackles and two frees for in 79% game time. Two very nice performances leading into Round 1 and enjoying the switch into the Dees backline. Roosy’s new Malceski maybe?
  • Aaron Vandenberg MID $127.9K – NAB1 SC Score 62 (in just 48% game time) – Vandenberg came on in the second half and had a big impact with seven kicks, two handballs (88% disposal efficiency), four marks, three tackles and a goal. He’s 23 and stands 189cm/87kgs meaning he’s ready to mix it with the big boys. Vandenberg’s NEAFL numbers are simply extraordinary having averaged 32 disposals in 2014 with just over half of those contested. He also kicks goals as shown in his half of footy against the Dockers. If he gets promoted and named then it becomes a no-brainer. Hopefully he gets a full game against the Doggies. Played NAB2 but was on the ground just 6% of game time after copping a hit to the head. NAB3 SC Score 91 with 14 disposals (10 contested) at 71% efficiency, six tackles, two frees for (one against) and two goals in 73% game time. His running goal was magnificent and showed off his pace. Vandenberg seems to have it all; size, speed, loves the contest, kicks goals, can find a lot of the footy playing MID and is versatile enough to play forward. Lock him in Roosy.
  • Jesse Hogan FWD, $130.4K – NAB1 SC Score 65. Hogan showed some good signs against Freo with 11 possessions, six marks, a tackle and a goal. He’ll obviously play a lot this year and at his price will be a popular choice. There was some concerns around a foot injury this week but he has been named in the squad to play Western Bulldogs on Saturday. NAB2 SC Score 42 in three quarters of footy (62% game time) with seven disposals at 86% efficiency, three marks, one free for and a goal. NAB3 SC Score 52 with 11 disposals (5 contested) at 72% efficiency, a clearance, six marks and a free for in 87% game time. He’s the right price Jesse and will be selected as a rookie-priced player in a lot of teams…but there’s plenty of keepers on offer in the forward line and MID rookies who offer more value. Depends on your team structure but I’m not sure there’s room for Hogan in Badger’s 30.

Notes: Jeff Garlett –at just under $260K Garlett could be worth a spot in you forward line. He’s shown in the past he’s capable of big scores and from 2010 > 2013 averaged between 72 and 78 which would have him priced north of $380K and up to around $415K. *Great recent performance in NAB2 with 118 SC points. **Another good performance in NAB3.


  • Lauchlan Dalgleish DEF $145.1K – NAB1 SC Score 52. Dalgleish had 11 disposals at 81% efficiency, four marks and two tackles in an okay game against the Saints. His strength has always been his use of the ball and blistering pace, and his preseason has been very impressive as well as injury free. Interesting to note that it was under James Hird that Dalgleish got promoted from the rookie to senior list late in 2013. NAB2 SC Score 106 with 13 kicks, nine handballs (95% disposal efficiency), a clearance and seven marks. A fantastic game and one of Essendon’s best on ground, Dalgleish did his chances of senior action no harm at all. May be first point of call if any of the running backs need a rest or lose form. NAB3 SC Score 62 with seven kicks, two handballs, (55% disposal efficiency), three marks, a tackle and two goals in 75% game time. If opposition supporters didn’t know who Dalgleish was or what he offered then they do now if they saw the game – what an amazing goal. And he capped it off with the winner after a Viney error. Still a risky pick with so many running defenders to choose from at Essendon but he’ll definitely get games at some stage.
  • Kyle Langford FWD $142.3K – NAB1 SC Score 37. A very exciting player and has impressed Essendon in his first preseason. A quiet first game against St Kilda but applied good pressure in the forward line with five tackles. Should get some games throughout the season. NAB2 SC Score 78 with 12 disposals at 83% efficiency, a clearance, four marks, three frees for (one against), a tackle and two goals. A great game from Langford who will likely have stints in Essendon’s forward line playing a similar role to Hawthorn’s Jack Gunston. Could be competing with Paddy Ambrose for a regular spot in 2015, but at just 76kg on a 190cm frame he’ll be rested even if considered best 22. NAB3 SC Score 29 in a much quieter game than NAB2. Six disposals, three marks, a tackle and a goal in 83% game time.
  • Jason Ashby DEF $220.4K – NAB1 SC Score 72. Ashby had 16 disposals (75% efficiency), five marks, two tackles, a free for and a goal. He’s developing nicely and has had some impressive performances in Essendon’s VFL team in 2014. He may share opportunities in and out of the team with Marty Gleeson and Dalgleish if injury or poor form affects the likes of Baguley, Hibberd or Dempsey. NAB2 SC Score 70 with 16 possessions (11 uncontested), a clearance, a mark, four tackles and a goal. A solid game but with a choice of Baguley, Hibberd, Dempsey, Gleeson, Dalgleish and occasionally Winderlich down back, unless Hird does some serious maneuvering (Baguley has trained a lot in the forward line and can apparently kick goals from anywhere and his tackling pressure would be welcome / there’s talk of Hibberd playing further up the ground / Winderlich will be used sparingly), then Ashby may be in and out of the team and is too risky in Supercoach at over $220K. NAB3 SC Score 54 with 15 disposals at 66% efficiency, five marks, three tackles and two frees against (one for) in 91% game time. Similar job security to Dalgleish.
  • Nick O’Brien MID, $123.9K – NAB1 SC Score 83. Against the Saints, O’Brien had 22 disposals at 72% efficiency (eight contested), four marks, three tackles and three clearances. He is a very well-liked player at the Bombers whose work ethic is applauded. He’s coming into his fourth season at 21 and is a big body (188cm/92kg) who can run all day. With Heath Hocking injured and unable to complete a solid preseason, O’Brien may be given the opportunity as a run-with player depending on Hird’s plans for Melksham. O’Brien has definitely shown he can find the ball in the VFL. NAB2 SC Score 62 with 14 disposals (seven contested), a clearance, four marks, three tackles along with three frees for and three against. Made a few errors but it was a tough day at the office for most Essendon players. Apart from Hocking, I can only see Melksham or O’Brien likely in that order playing a similar role (Aylett would have been a chance but has injured his hamstring). NAB3 did not play.
  • Shaun Edwards DEF $123.9K – NAB1 SC Score 79. The athletically gifted Edwards found the ball 15 times at 73% efficiency with five marks, a tackle, three goals and a clearance. Edwards will get games this year as his best is eye-catching but the scores will yo-yo and he may be in and out of the team. NAB2 SC Score 34. Yep, the score yo-yo’d. Just five touches, a mark, two tackles and two frees against. NAB3 SC Score 63 with 11 disposals at 63% efficiency, two tackles, two frees for and a goal in 83% game time. X factor. Still not sure of his place in the team.

Other Rookie-Priced Players: Elliot Kavanagh – has improved his endurance but both NAB performances have been underwhelming with low disposal efficiency. I haven’t given up on him turning things around eventually. *Had a good performance against the Dees with 99 SC points from 16 kicks, five handballs (52% disposal efficiency), three clearances, three marks, four tackles, a hitout and two frees for in 79% game time. Will need to do this consistently before being considered. Orasio Fantasia played NAB2. *NAB3 was a very good game with 79 SC Points from 17 disposals and two goals in 69% game time. Will Hams played NAB3. Jayden Laverde played NAB3.


Author: Badger


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  1. Is 185K to much for a rookie, im contemplating whether to go Salem so I can free up some money and upgrade my rucks



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