THE PERFECT SUPERCOACH STORM
I have read a few boasts by Supercoach coaches stating how they are fielding full squads this week because they have prepared so well for the byes, as though anyone could have planned for the Round 12 carnage. Folks, this game involves planning, footy knowledge and a bucket-load of luck. Seriously, how can you plan for the loss of so many players in one fell swoop?
Fyfe gets suspended like a twit with his usual clumsy attack on a player, Martin injures a calf that looked suspiciously like an overseas junket, Laird breaks his hand yet can still give us all the bird with that broken hand, Coniglio just happens to cop a concussion in the first bye week when his team beats up on the poor Gold Coast Suns and then a random assortment of rookies get dropped.
Should we bow before those few lucky coaches and marvel at their marvelous powers of precognition. Their ability to read the tea leaves, tarot cards and crystal ball correctly?
NO! We say to you few lucky coaches to shut up and thank the SC Gods for allowing you a free hit this round!
PORT ADELAIDE 10.12 (72) def RICHMOND 8.10 (58)
Ollie Wines (Por) 142 – With his square jaw, head and body, Ollie may look like a Minecraft character, but he has the size, strength and experience to be an elite mid if only he can hone those disposal skills. He showed what he could be this week with a dominant 29 disposals, 7 clearances, 12 tackles, 3 contested marks and 10 inside 50s. He had a un-Wines like 2 clangers which really boosted his score to these sobering heights.
Josh Caddy (Ric) 47 – A few coaches jumped on Caddy this week thinking he would dominate with Dusty out but he was barely sighted, gathering just 11 possessions and kicking 2 behinds. He’ll perform well in wins but with limited midfield time, expect the odd dodgy score when Richmond struggle.
Chad Wingard (Por) 116 – We all know the Chad can score when he plays in the midfield but Kenny has preferred him to spend plenty of time in the forward line. That changed this week with Wingard starting in the guts from the first bounce, racking up a team high 31 possessions along with 8 tackles.
So my question is: Do we consider the Chad for our forward lines for the run home or was this a flash in the pan?
GEELONG 14.12 (96) def NORTH MELBOURNE 8.11 (59)
Gary Ablett (Gee) 151 – I told anyone that would listen that North should tag Ablett as he is damaging if allowed to run free. Obviously Brad Scott thinks he knows better, sending Jacobs to Selwood and letting Gazza gather 37 possessions and kick a goal. If he had his time again, I’m not sure Scott would leave Ablett unattended to roam the ground like a truffle-hunting pig!
Sam Menegola (Gee) 65 – He gives you all or nothing, does Gola, and you can never predict when he will fire. This week he had plenty of the ball (24 possessions) but he committed 6 clangers and ran at just 66% DE. I was considering bringing him in post-bye, but surely there are more consistent options available?
Shaun Higgins (Nor) 123 – As he can do when fit and firing, Higgins was fantastic on Saturday with 30 possessions, 8 clearances, 6 marks, 10 inside 50s and 2 goals. Given his polish, recording just 1 clanger this week, he could well be a top 8 midfielder for the finals few weeks of the season.
But who can trust his body, weighed down as it is by a massive head?
Our resident lunatic, Roo Bloke is spruiking his value so my question is: Do we ban Roo Bloke from the website until 2019?
GWS 20.14 (134) def GOLD COAST 4.2 (26)
Jeremy Cameron (GWS) 168 – Compare the pair: One key forward plays for the side who kicks 20 goals and finds himself on the end of 6 goals himself despite not taking a single contested mark. A performance that resembles shooting fish in a barrel!
Tom Lynch (GC) 35 – The other key forward plays for a side that kicked just 4 goals and lost by 108 points. His team did not take a single mark inside the forward 50 from 40 entries and he himself didn’t kick a single goal.
Who would you rather be?
I wonder why one of the pair wants to leave the Gold Coast?
Josh Kelly (GWS) 146 – Kelly must be close to returning to full fitness, playing 84% time on ground on Saturday, and racking up 40 possessions and kicking 2 goals. That score is probably elevated by how poor his opponents were and by the loss of Conglio this week, but Kelly needs to enter our calculations for the second half of the 2018 season.
Should be consider trading Kelly in or is he likely to be a liability in our complete midfields?
SYDNEY 19.12 (126) def ST KILDA 7.13 (55)
Isaac Heeney (Syd) 134 – Even though Heeney has scored consistently week to week, he has scored very inconsistently within matches. Some weeks he has barely scored over 10 points at quarter time. That changed this week with Heeney going large early, sitting on over 80 points at half-time. Unfortunately for his coaches, Heeney slowed after half-time as the Saints evened the contest, but he still managed a respectable 27 possessions, 8 marks and 1 goal for the match.
Jack Steven (StK) 46 – At his discounted price, Steven was tempting in the preseason but anyone who took the punt on him will be disappointed. Severely disappointed! Whether a player is tagged or not, 13 possessions and 4 tackles just doesn’t cut it!
Jarryd McVeigh (Syd) 106 – No one is talking about Jarryd McVeigh and perhaps we should be. He started the season slowly but he has scored 3 tonnes in the last 4 weeks with a low of 89 points and 4 week average of 106.5. At a touch below $500k, he may be a handy top-up option for the run home.
Is McVeigh worth a shot or are there too many better options?
ESSENDON 12.12 (84) def BRISBANE 8.12 (62)
Harris Andrews (Bri) 152 – This is one of the few players I have highlighted as a POD and has actually performed consistently. After a slow first 3 weeks he has averaged 106.7 over the last nine weeks with 6 tonnes and a low score of 80 points. This week he grabbed 12 marks with a huge 6 contested marks and he gathered 24 possessions at 83% DE.
Dayne Beams (Bri) 37 – I hope nobody chose Beamer as their captain this week! He has been up for a few weeks and seemed a bit disinterested this week, but with the amount he has on his mind, we’ll take it easy on him. Just the 14 possessions this week but I’m sure he’ll be back next week.
Dayne Zorko (Bri) 110 – The Zorko train is gathering momentum for the brave coaches who jumped on after his horrid start. The magician now has 6 tonnes on the trot (I’m including the 99 in Round 10) and he seems a safe bet for the run home although he’s not the bargain he was. He showed this week he can score well even with a low possession count, gathering just 20 possessions but kicking 2 goals.
Are you considering Zorko for the final few rounds?
FREMANTLE 10.11 (71) def ADELAIDE 9.14 (68)
Joel Hamling (Fre) 123 – Hamling racked up the intercept marks late in the match when Adelaide was pushing for the win. At times it appeared like the Crows were kicking to him. In total he took 11 marks, 2 contested, and gathered 20 possessions.
Michael Walters (Fre) 64 – With Fyfe out, I expected Walters to score well, but he disappointed throughout the match and then got himself reported right at the end of the match. What an idiot! He gathered 17 possessions and gave an impressive 5 goal assists but 4 clangers and a 65% DE hurt his score.
Brennan Cox (Fre) 119 – I have written a lot of reviews over the past few years and I know most players in the AFL whether they have debuted or not, but I have to admit that I haven’t the foggiest idea who the hell Brennan Cox is! Possibly this is due to him recording a career high for possessions (17), contested possessions (9), tackles (5), marks inside 50 (4) and goals (4) this week. Well done, whoever you are!
Has anyone else heard of Cox?
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