Round 13 Review

Written by Thommo on June 18 2018

THE 24 HOUR NEWS CYCLE

My Supercoach team had the bye, or tanked, this week, so I’m in the mood for yet another rant!

Am I the only person sick of the media creating issues for the sake of filling their quota of news articles? With the birth of online news reporting in the last decade or so, we have seen politicians favouring short-term gratification for the voting public rather than long term policy because they fear poor publicity in the never ending daily news cycle. Once upon a time people had to read about politics in the newspaper (the paper one, not online one) or had to watch parliament on television (who the hell did that?) so most of us weren’t immediately up with the political issues. And if we were up with the issues we could never give feedback without writing a letter which would probably never see the light of day. There was no ‘comments’ button in the paper!

Politicians could just focus on screwing us in the long term rather than the short term.

The same is now happening with the AFL. If there is a quiet day for news the sports media will beat up any little issue they can get their hands on. One week they will be slapping a struggling side like the Blues, Saints or Suns but the next week they are praising those same teams for a single win. One week they are saying a defender is the greatest defender ever, the next week they are calling him a diver even though players duck, dive and act every week in every team.

One month a team is marching for a certain premiership, the next month they are struggling to make the eight and the media doesn’t show the slightest hint of shame.

And the AFL, fearing negative publicity, are creating more and more panels and forums to discuss the state of the game to tweak a few rules. They come up with genius ideas like: How about we implement zoning? Perhaps we can wear bibs? And you can bet that when zoning is trialled, the media will be the first to criticize it for failing without any responsibility for the part they played in creating change in the game.

So to wrap up my rant, here’s my prediction for today’s newspapers: The Saints are getting massive kudos for their fortunate win against a struggling side while the Gold Coast are copping a flogging for their close loss. And if Gresham missed that tough snap? The exact opposite would be reported.

Journalism at its finest!

Or maybe I’m just cranky?

PORT ADELAIDE 20.12 (132) def WESTERN BULLDOGS 11.9 (75)

SC STUD

Ollie Wines (Por) 157 – Ollie’s contract has been a hot topic in the media and suddenly he goes all quadzilla on his opponents in consecutive weeks. Is this a hot patch because Port are in a winning streak  or will he continue this form for the rest of the season? If he continues racking up over 30 possessions each week, taking contested marks, laying tackles and kicking goals on a regular basis, he’ll finally push his average over 100ppg as he has long promised but never consistently delivered.

SC DUD

Jackson Macrae AND Toby McLean (WB) 51/52 – I am not giving Macrae and McLean a whack here given they were both injured (McLean obviously played out the match), more just commiserating with those coaches who own both players. I wanted Macrae but missed the train like a rookie Supercoach so I only avoided both bullets due to sheer arse. Hopefully reports that Macrae is out for 4 weeks are incorrect.

Another example that Supercoach is 60% skill, 40% luck!

TALKING POINT

Robbie Gray (Por) 121 – After staying at home in the forward 50 for over 90% of the Hawks match (2 weeks ago), Robbie was up the ground more this week, gathering 28 possessions to go with his 3 goals. Every few weeks Gray’s role seems to change so it’s hard to know whether he will continue scoring this well.

SYDNEY 10.12 (72) def WEST COAST 7.15 (57)

SC STUD

Elliot Yeo (WC) 144 – Yeo was carrying a niggle into the bye but he looked to be moving freely on Friday night, winning contested ball, kicking 2 goals, giving another 2 away in a low scoring match and recording 8 tackles. After practically making his break-even, he is a must-have in my books on the run home.

SC DUD

Josh J Kennedy (WC) 48 – I briefly considered Kennedy as an F7 given Darling is out but he puts up too many poor scores for my liking. Given he took 3 contested marks and kicked 2 goals against the Swans and still only scored 48 points, he is going to have to kick bags of goals to score 90+. Look elsewhere, or even wait for Darling to return and drop in price!

TALKING POINT

Jake Lloyd (Syd) 122 – With McVeigh rested prior to his bye, Lloyd did his usual ‘everywhere man’ job, collecting 23 uncontested possessions at 92% DE and 8 marks. It is looking more and more likely that we need Lloyd and Yeo in our final 6 defenders.

FREMANTLE 15.13 (103) def CARLTON 6.10 (46)

SC STUD

Lachie Neale (Fre) 159 – With premium midfielders like Martin, Macrae and Dangerfield either injured or not actually producing premium numbers, unique options like Neale are worth considering. He is currently racking up huge disposal counts, this week helping himself to 33 disposals at 87% DE despite 14 of them being contested. He also kicked 3 goals but he won’t be playing Carlton every week!

SC DUD

David Mundy (Fre) 79 – There weren’t any horrible failures in this match – with the exception of Carlton in the first half – but you would think in a team that was 70 points up at half-time, that Mundy would get amongst the big scores! He had a respectable 20 touches and 1 goal so it’s hard to be too annoyed with him if you’re an owner.

TALKING POINT

Kade Simpson (Car) 123 – His owners (like me) were a little concerned with his 1 possession first quarter, but Simmo went nuts after half-time with 19 third quarter possessions (care of Fantasy Freako’s stats) and 32 total @90% DE for the match. Nice recovery! Now if only his teammates could show a little more desire to compete like Simmo!

ST KILDA 11.14 (80) def GOLD COAST 11.12 (78)

SC STUD

Seb Ross (StK) 136 – Ross was so tempting in the preseason. He can find the ball and he has a high ceiling so you think he is ready to break-out but he just never quite reaches the elite level. With the Saints having a win (just) this week he had the ball on a string with 33 possessions, 10 clearances and 10 marks but you just know a poor score is just around the corner.

SC DUD

Jimmy Webster (StK) 13 – In the bye rounds, a first quarter injury and poor score like this is a killer. Webster is a great SC defender but with a groin injury forcing him off the ground, it might be time to cut your losses and offload him.

TALKING POINT

Jack Billings (StK) 99 – After this match, I think we can all agree that the problem was not Billings at all! It was Richo playing him as a stay-athome forward. Playing further up the ground on Saturday, Billings was everywhere finding the ball on 27 occasions, taking 6 marks and adding 4 tackles. If he continues to play up the ground, perhaps we should add him back to our benches? He’s so cheap we can perhaps wait a week or three!

HAWTHORN 12.16 (88) def ADELAIDE  4.8 (32)

Tom Mitchell (Haw) 136 – Just a regulation 40 possessions and 9 clearances for Mitchell who really needs to pull his finger out and try harder! Seriously though, this was a low pressure match so Mitchell only placed 3 tackles for the match and it just didn’t matter! If only he could cut out a few of these clangers (5 this week) and he’d start posting regular 150s.

Richard Douglas (Ade) 9 – No, this is not SC relevant but seriously, 9 points? In 86% TOG, that is just plain horrible. With 13 possessions at just 30% DE and 10 clangers, he should find himself playing in the SANFL next week!

James Sicily (Haw) 115 – I was going to mention Jack Gunston who scored 123 points in a return to his defenders role, but Sicily had to get some kudos for being the leading goal kicker on the ground from half back! He kicked 3 goals in the third quarter and is one of the best kicks for goal from long range in the AFL.

RICHMOND 12.11 (83) def GEELONG 9.11 (65)

SC STUD

Rhys Stanley (Gee) 149 – The two big Cats, Stanley and Smith are waging a “Who’s less of a nufty” competition to win the #1 ruck mantle at Geelong. Barring injury, Stanley is currently showing a clean pair of heals to Smith, this week winning over 10 hit-outs to advantage and gathering 16 possessions (but just 1 clanger), 6 tackles and 1 goal.

SC DUD

Gary Ablett (Gee) 80 – I’m not criticizing Gazza for his 80 point effort, but more wondering what the hell happened after half-time. He was on about 62 SC points at half-time and finished on 80 for the match! I missed the second half so can somebody tell me what happened to the little Master? It is not often he records a 18 point half!

TALKING POINT

Alex Rance (Ric) 106 – Rance is answering those critics calling him a diver (or Hernandez) by playing great footy. This week he gathered 17 possessions, 9 marks, 7 rebound 50s and 8 one percenters as he helped hold the Cats to an insipid 65 points! With Rance letting his footy do the talking, perhaps Dimma Hardwick should stop whingeing about Rance’s critics!

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37 thoughts on “Round 13 Review”

    1. The Hun is particularly guilty of short-term and short-sighted thinking. I just wish the AFL would stop listening to Robbo and his mates!

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  1. Wasn’t just Gazza for Geelong unfortunately who slowed after half time. Richmond showed why they are the benchmark and simply outworked Geelong without necessarily outclassing them.

    Its remarkable how well Richmond are able to cover the ground and get men around the ball constantly!

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    1. Thanks Zac. I thought maybe Ablett was swung forward after half-time. The Tiges are definitely the team to beat at the moment.

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  2. Great write up.

    My heroes for the week are the coaches- putting Gray back on the ball and Gunston in defence gets two thumbs up from moi

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    1. Agreed. Gray is wasted as a pure forward. Why not just rest him forward with a 60-40 midfield-forward split each week?

      Look at Dangerfield: I think he has kicked less goals with extra forward time this season than he did last season. What a waste of a gun mid!

      Not sure about Gunston. He’ll score well as a defender but when will Clarko change his mind again?

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  3. Just love the feeling when you hold a certain player in a form slump because you know the potential scores and then they finally come good. The whole reason why i held Billings but of course I traded him out last week because he was dropped 🙁
    I was waiting for a score like that for 10 weeks! If only Richardson decided to use some common sense many weeks ago, Saints might actually have a few more wins

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      1. Don’t think i have the trades to do that and i just don’t have anywhere near the confidence in him anymore

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    1. Please don’t even mention the B word… did exactly the same thing (although atleast was able to hold him in RDT 🙂

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  4. Great write up, Thommo

    Wingard is looking like a very cheap M9/F7, now that he & Gray look like their waxing between Mid/Fwd over the last few weeks!

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  5. It was once said, “Smart lawyers don’t have the courage to be politicians. Gutsy politicians don’t often have the knowledge to be smart lawyers and “news” reporters often think they have both, when they really have neither”.

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    1. Great premiership quarter by the boys, BB

      Sicily looks very content sneaking forward to bomb crucial goals from outside 50, becoming a serious weapon for the Hawks!

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      1. Yeah spot on Catta, It was looking like “one of those games” until he busted it open in the 3rd!

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  6. looked to me like Richardson only moved Billings into the middle to cover Webster’s injury ,
    Now that Richardson has perhaps , fluked the win , through a forced positional change , Richo may well bring someone in to cover Webster role & move Billings back into the FWD line in the hope Billings started kicking goals now , it could validate Richardson’s decision to play the kid FWD to this point , but would also confirm that it was Billings , not Richardson , that was the contributing factor regarding St Kilda’s FWD line issues ..
    the Q is , will Richo continue to play Billings in the mids & admit he was playing him in the wrong position or play him FWD & hope for validation ..

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  7. Great write up Thommo!

    “It is looking more and more likely that we need Lloyd and Yeo in our final 6 defenders.”

    This statement interested me. I am getting Yeo this week and tossing up between Lloyd and McDonald for the final spot in defence. Thoughts?

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    1. I’m the wrong person to ask as I’m aiming for Lloyd, Yeo and McDonald, with McDonald in my forward line.

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      1. Think we had this conversation a few weeks ago, but the currently ranked 7/8 Defs by are averaging 97, where as the 7/8 forwards are over 100, which means both Sicily and McDonald belong in the backline.

        People may want DPP, but would personally prefer to take the extra points and worry about it if/when McDonald/Sicily miss a match.

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        1. Totally agree Matt. I have them both back for the same reason. The FWD options are more widespread and offer better value too ($/pt).

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        2. Good point Matt. Unfortunately Sicily is in my fwd line and I only have one premo spot to fill in my backline. I can get McDonald or Lloyd to fill the backline hole. Thoughts?

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          1. So maybe you can swing Sicily back into that hole, then what are your options up forward?
            If you’d rather leave him there, then maybe get TMac in (Lloyd’s bye this week) and you can use the double dpp if and when required.

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            1. My forwards are almost set too with McLean, Heeney, Meneloga, Devon Smith and Fritch at F6. Plus Sicily of course.

              I am thinking McDonald into defence at this stage allsaints. Competes my backline and forwards with Fritch as an optional upgrade later.

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              1. That’s a really interesting one. Both priced the same and in great form. I have TMac but Lloyd is right in that 100-game breakout zone, his last six games have been very good. I don’t believe in the whole ‘if he didn’t score 170’ argument. Goodwin said a few weeks ago that they were managing TMacs foot injury, which will be an ongoing concern. Dees also have a tough SC finals run against Swans, Eagles and Giants. Feel like TMac also more likely to drop a sub-50 game.

                Think you’d want both, but maybe just leaning towards Lloyd. Both great picks though.

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  8. Love a good rant. Onya Thommo!

    P.S – could it just be that you are getting “wiser” and cranky? Personally I feel that my tolerance levels are not what they once were. Or perhaps our expectations are higher than they have ever been in this day and age. Do we expect too much from the AFL hierarchy, the Media and the umpiring fraternity? Or maybe we just love a good rant.

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    1. My tolerance levels have never been high, Weendog. I am happy to admit that I am a born arsehole.

      That said, I do believe things have gotten worse in the last few seasons with the AFL seemingly listening to public and media opinion too much and responding without logic. We can all agree the match review panel needed tweaking but to appoint a single person: Who’s idea was that?

      It’s time for some responsibility from the AFL with more modelling and trialing of rule changes before implementation and then allowing time for the changes to take effect. I think we would all be happy if the rules committee only met every 4 years!

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