Round 18 Review

Written by Thommo on July 24 2017

THE SUPERCOACH TALK GROUP PRIZE

I’m running a bit late this week folks so you’ll get a wrap of our group from Schwarzwalder later in the week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

SUPERTALK COACH CHAMPION

Last week, we Supercoaches voted for:

5 – Patrick Dangerfield: 5 votes again! Even a broken foot can’t stop him.

4 – Nat Fyfe: Finally winning a decent amount of contested ball as we expect.

3 – Taylor Adams: Rewarded for his return to form last week. Let’s hope it rains each week.

=2 – Gary Ablett Jnr: Now if he can play consecutive weeks!

=2 – Tom Mitchell: Come on people, he’s better than 1 vote!

Amazingly, this puts Dangerfield so far ahead he now has an unassailable lead as you can see below. Everyone is now competing for second place!

The overall leaderboard stands as follows:

Player Total Votes
1 Patrick Dangerfield 46
2 Sam Docherty 19
3 Rory Sloane 13
4 Adam Treloar 12
5 Tom Rockliff 11
6 Tom Mitchell 10
7 Joel Selwood 10
8 Gary Ablett 9
9 Marcus Bontempelli 9
10 Rory Laird 9

So who did you like in Round 18?

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HEROES AND VILLAINS FOR ROUND 18

A few weeks ago, Motts told me that he thought Academy Award winners would make a good topic for a Round Review. Sometimes people give ideas that are just too difficult to work into a review or I don’t know enough about the topic but in this case, Mottsy was right. The Academy awards work in beautifully.

Well, that’s what I reckon anyway!

And the award goes to….

 ADELAIDE 13.13 (91) def GEELONG 10.10 (70)

1934 It Happened One Night

In 1934, against all the odds, Frank Capra’s romantic comedy It Happened One Night swept all five main categories at the Academy Awards (Best Movie, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay). A story in which a pampered socialite (Claudette Colbert) tries to get out from under her father’s thumb and falls in love with a roguish reporter (Clark Gable), the movie was the first to complete the clean sweep (does anyone know which other movies completed the clean sweep – without Googling?).

This was a surprising victory given Clark Gable didn’t want to be there as he was ‘rented out’ to the poor Columbia studios by MGM as punishment for having an affair with Joan Crawford. When he met Capra, legend has it that he was drunk, rude and angry but they later became friends. Colbert hated the film script so much they had to pay her double to even do the movie and she didn’t bother attending the Oscars. When she won the Best Actress award they had to rush her to the ceremony just as she was leaving on holiday.

Likewise, Adelaide pulled off a surprising victory given their recent history with the Cats. After a week of focus on Rory Sloane’s concussion and Dangerfield’s foot, the football won back our attention with finals-like intensity and a lot of argy-bargy. For the first time since 2013, the Crows overcame Geelong’s “blueprint” to defeat them with a mixture of accurate ball use, aggression and clearance work. Finally Adelaide seem to have addressed their midfield woes, posting a +20 clearance count against the strong Cats’ midfield.

The Nominees are:

Rory Sloane (Ade) 169 – Rory certainly showed no signs of concussion, making a mockery of the attempted tags. Or maybe he was still concussed and he forgot he can’t play with a tag? 28 possessions, 15 contested, at 68% DE, 7 tackles and most importantly, 3 goals. Welcome back, Rory. His owners will hope Rory’s aggression continues for the last few weeks of the season as he was constantly on the move, fighting to get to the ball at contests and unwilling to let his taggers stop him.

Patrick Dangerfield (Gee) 142 – The Crows’ mids tried to rough him up a bit and he spent a lot of time forward early in the match but every time he won the ball he used it well with his 25 possessions at 80% DE. He did handpass more than usual (17 times) but he snagged a goal early and gave one off later in the match. Despite his good ball use, he was listed with 5 clangers.

Matt Crouch (Ade) 134 – Due to a lack of attention by opponents and Supercoaches, Crouch is one of the form players in the AFL right now. Yet another 32 possessions, 18 contested, and 8 clearances as he tries to emulate the ball magnetism of Tom Mitchell (see how I worked a Hawthorn reference in there?).

Sam Jacobs (Ade) 133 – Big sauce was on the angry pills as well and it helped. He looked more like his old SC beast self than he has in years. 17 possessions, 32 hitouts and 7 marks (3 contested).

Joel Selwood (Gee) 127 – After a 2 possessions first quarter with Riley Knight tagging him, Selwood finished impressively gathering 26 possessions at 80% for the match and a typical 6 frees for.

And the winner is…

Rory Sloane: Not because he scored the highest SC score, but because he finally worked through a tag despite a short break and last week’s concussion. Magnficent!

The Razzies

Riley Knight (Ade) 16 – Look, I don’t love taggers but I can live with them if they win the ball themselves. But 16 SC points from 9 possessions at 33% DE. Even Crowley did more than that!

Scott Selwood (Gee) 46 –Scooter was rushed back for this match and didn’t have a good time with Rory kicking 2 first half goals on him. He lay 10 tackles but was practically invisible for most of the night.

Eddie Betts (Ade) 60 – Eddie was surprisingly quiet in a big win, although he was involved in a few scoring chains, especially early when the game was on the line.

ESSENDON 20.12 (132) def NORTH MELBOURNE 16.9 (105)

2006 The Departed

The Departed told the story of an undercover cop (Leonardo DiCaprio) who infiltrated the Boston Irish Mob and a Mob Mole (Matt Damon) who likewise infiltrated the state police and their desperate attempts to uncover each other’s identity before their covers are blown. Based on real-life mob boss Whitey Bulger, it won Scorsese his first best picture and Director gong and it was the first remake of a foreign film (Internal Affairs – Hong Kong) to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

While The Departed was a commercial success for Scorsese (the third most profitable of his career), the Roos’ departed possibly cost them an upset victory. Already undermanned after the axeings of Petrie, Dal Santo and Harvey to start the season, they were further weakened by resting of battle-scarred captain Ziebell and ‘out-of-form’ Todd Goldstein. Given that North dominated for the error-riddled first half and pushed Essendon for 3 quarters before the superior talent of the Bombers won out, you have to wonder what could have been?

The Nominees are:

Ben Brown (NM) 134 – Big match for Big Ben Brown with 6 goals from 13 possessions and 9 marks, 5 of those also contested.

Cale Hooker (Ess) 132 – Only just outdone by Brown with 5 goals (4 in the final quarter) of his own and 3 contested marks from 18 possessions and 9 marks.

Taylor Garner (NM) 119 – Garner was absolutely everywhere and I was surprised when I read that he had only gathered 25 possessions. He also grabbed 10 marks with a massive 5 of those contested and he kicked 1 goal of his own.

Dyson Heppell (Ess) 115 – 26 possessions at 84% DE, 2 goals and 1 goal assist for Heppell in a return to his early season form.

Trent Dumont (NM) 99 – A welcome return to form for Dumont as he gathered 28 possessions and kicked 1 goal with Ziebell out. Obviously he just needed the opportunity!

And the winner is…

Taylor Garner! Call me crazy but Garner was amazing, particularly early when North were giving the Dons a run for their money.

The Razzies

 Ben Cunnington (NM) 52 – Last week I said he should be North’s captain and then he produces this tripe with Ziebell out. Way to make me look stupid C-man!

James Kelly (Ess) 54 – Back to reality after a few massive weeks for Kelly. Still he’s done enough to justify another contract.

MELBOURNE 13.10 (88) def PORT ADELAIDE 9.11 (65)

1997 Titanic

So who doesn’t know the tale of the Titanic? Not the actual historical disaster, the romantic-disaster film directed by James Cameron and telling the tale of two attractive people from different classes (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet)  defying an arranged marriage to a lunatic with a gun (Billy Zane) as the maiden voyage of the Titanic goes pear-shaped.

The voyage of the Titanic kind of reminds me of Port Adelaide’s season. They start on a high and seem to be happily sailing into finals action but deep down the Power fans know it’s all going to go wrong and they have a sinking feeling in their guts.

And as has happened so often, Port couldn’t back up their recent good form, smashed early by the Dees. Only a late flurry made the score-line more acceptable but this match never felt like it would end in anything but a Melbourne victory.

The Nominees are…

Michael Hibberd (Mel) 140 – A surprisingly down-and-dirty game by Hibberd with 12 of his 30 possessions contested.

Clayton Oliver (Mel) 116 – An amazing 20 contested possessions from 30 total for Clarrie plus 10 tackles. What this could have been if he hadn’t committed 8 clangers (6 frees against).

Travis Boak (Por) 114 – Sometimes Boak reminds us that he was once a premium midfielder and can play some seriously great footy. 24 possessions and a game high 4 goals.

The ruckman had a nil-all draw this week with Patrick Ryder (Por) 111 winning more hit-outs (48-33) but Max Gawn (Mel) 108 seeming to have more hitouts-to-advantage and being a little more effective around the ground.

And the Winner is…

Michael Hibberd! You know why? 4 tackles people! Hibbo learnt how to tackle!

The Razzies

Charlie Dixon (Por) 53 – Just about everything he did was bad! Apart form 1 goal and a couple of nice marks he was just an obstacle! He dropped and fumbled all day and was recorded as having 6 clangers.

Chad Wingard (Por) 59 – Another player who I was having a love affair last week who decided to make me look like an idiot. Before an ankle injury ended his day (63% TOG) he only had the 13 touches at 38% DE and 1 goal, 3 behinds.

WESTERN BULLDOGS 16.14 (110) def GOLD COAST 8.8 (56)

1939 Gone with the Wind

Based on the book of the same name by Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War and tells the story of Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), the strong-willed daughter of a Georgia plantation owner, from her romantic pursuit of Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard), who is married to his cousin, Melanie Hamilton (Olivia de Havilland and eeeewwww!), to her marriage to Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).

In total, Gone With the Wind won 10 academy awards including most notably the Best Supporting Actress award for Hattie McDaniel, the first Academy Award for an African-American.

Unfortunately, Gold Coast season has not hit such highs. In strong winds in Cairns on Saturday, the Suns started with the wind at their backs and they couldn’t even hold the lead for one quarter. They fought it out through the middle parts of the match but they couldn’t hold the Doggies for four quarters and the last quarter turned into a procession as the Bulldogs put on 6 unanswered goals.

Like so much dust in the Cairns breeze, another match and another year is gone with the wind! Perhaps even another coach?

Frankly, my dears, I don’t give a damn.

The Nominees are:

Mitch Wallis (WB) 124 – A handpass happy performance by Wallis with 21 handpasses and 5 kicks. 16 of his possessions were contested but he still ran at 84% DE and he gave 3 goal assists and kicked 1 goal himself.

Lachie Hunter (WB) 116 – I asked what had happened to Hunter last week so he pulled his finger out this week with 31 possessions and 10 marks. It certainly helps his scoring when he isn’t asked to tag!

Luke Dahlhaus (WB) 115 – Woo hoo! 100,000 coaches are much happier now! 23 possessions, 2 goals and 1 goal assist and he looked to be playing much higher up the ground.

Liam Picken (WB) 115 – Picken was massive early when the game was up for grabs and he seemingly didn’t even notice the stiff gale when kicking for goal. 6 goals and he looks like to have rediscovered some of his 2016 form (but I’ve said that before).

Shane Biggs (WB) 109 – I can’t believe his didn’t rate higher with 27 possessions at 92% DE and 10 marks (2 contested).

And the Winner is…

Liam Picken: 6 goals in a gale! Impressive!

The Razzies

Jarrod Harbrow (GC) 52 – Trade him out now! 16 possessions at just 68% DE.

Tom Liberatore (WB) 55 – Libba’s knee ACL injury was one of the worst in recent years because it seemed to just destroy his career progress. Only 13 possessions at 53% DE and 1 goal.

SYDNEY 14.17 (101) def ST KILDA 9.5 (59)

1967 In the Heat of the Night

Another movie based on a book (by John Ball), In the Heat of the Night tells of tells the story of Virgil Tibbs, a black police detective from Philadelphia, who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a small town in Mississippi. For anyone who doesn’t know, being a black man in the US South isn’t pleasant now and was even worse in 1967!

To give some idea of how bad it was Sidney Poitier insisted that the movie be filmed in the north because an incident in which he and Harry Belafonte were almost killed by Ku Klux Klansman during a visit to Mississippi.  With 5 academy awards, it was worth the stress!

On Saturday night St Kilda didn’t enjoy their visit north any more than Sidney Poitier enjoyed a visit south. The Swans dominated the Saints from go to woe and the only talking points were Heeney’s slightly questionable tackle on Geary and Sinclair’s dominant forward performance.

If the Saints couldn’t stand the heat on Saturday night, can they stand the heat in September?

The Nominees are:

Callum Sinclair (Syd) 148 – Playing predominantly forward, Sinclair was the dominant player on-field, kicking 5 goals and marking everything that came his way.

Shane Savage (StK) 107 – While St Kilda fluctuates wildly in performance, Savage is finally showing some consistency, gathering another 27 possessions, taking 7 marks, 2 contested and kicking 1 goal.

George Hewett (Syd) 105 – As is common with Sydney midfielders, Hewett is loving the tough stuff, gathering 18 contested possessions and just 1 uncontested at 84% DE, 7 cleareances, grabbing 2 contested marks and kicking 1 goal. He won’t need many possessions to score well in Supercoach if he keeps up stats like this.

Luke Parker (Syd) 102 – He’s not going large very often, but Parks is certainly consistent and good for a 100-110 points most weeks. Like Hewett, he only gathered 21 possessions but they were mostly contested.

And the Winner is…

Callum Sinclair:  For some time the trade between West Coast and Sydney for Sinclair and Jetta has looked a bust, but Sinclair is finally starting to show a bit. An amazing 8 contested marks to go with his 5 goals says Tippett can stay in the reserves for another week.

The Razzies

Zak Jones (Syd) 36 – He is not listed as injured but he only played 57% of game time for 9 possessions. Methinks someone’s not telling us something?

Jake Lloyd (Syd) 72 – This score is not terrible but it’s just so surprising to see Lloyd not score between 90 and 105 SC points!

Jack Billings (StK) 75 – His run of great form is done and his new owners are disappointed (again). Still, he did ok on a tough night with 23 possessions and 1 goal.

HAWTHORN 15.10 (100) def FREMANTLE 7.6 (48)

2007 No Country For Old Men

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name, No Country for Old Men is a dark drama following a Texan Hunter (Josh Brolin) after he stumbles upon 2 million dollars at the site of a drug deal gone wrong, the sick killer (Javier Bardem) sent after him to recover the money and the laconic and philosophical sheriff overseeing the investigation (Tommy Lee jones). Bardem is just the right amount of wrong as he kills everything that moves to make the movie memorable, earning him the Best Supporting Actor award.

If you weren’t vegetarian before the movie, maybe you were afterwards?

Hawthorn is fast turning into no place for old men. With the recent retirement announcement of Luke Hodge and injuries to other key veterans, the kids are more than filling the void and withstood the Fremantle pressure admirably.

Even though they are little chance of finals action, it must really be annoying the Hawks’ haters that Hawthorn is turning things around rather quickly.

The Nominees are:

Jack Gunston (Haw) 146 – Gunston was everywhere from full-back to half-forward, gathering 35 possessions at 91% DE and he drifted forward late for 1 goal.

Tom Mitchell (Haw) 126 – He was a bit lazy this week only collecting the 37 possessions at 86 % DE and 2 goal assists.

Connor Blakely (Fre) 119 – Blakely is hard at it across half-back and knows how to accumulate with another 29 possessions this week. If he gets dual position next season (Def-Mid) you’ve got to consider him.

Ben McEvoy (Haw) 116 – Hodor contested hard but McEvoy had that bit more effectiveness from his 14 possessions and 29 hit-outs (and 1 goal).

Luke Breust (Haw) 106 – When he stops trying to pass the damn ball off, Breust is a handy forward with 22 possessions, 2 goals and 2 goal assists.

And the Winner is…

Tom Mitchell: Why? Because I love him and I write the review. Surely he is in contention for the Brownlow by now?

The Razzies

Michael Walters (Fre) 47 – Another player who was injured but in his 66% TOG he barely touched the ball (10 possessions) and committed 4 clangers.

Will Langford (Haw) 50 – Langford works hard to win the ball but he commits too many frees against and he can’t hit the broad side of a barn with his kicking.

RICHMOND 9.10 (64) def GWS 6.9 (45)

1952 The Greatest Show on Earth

Directed by Cecille B. DeMille, The Greatest Show on Earth depicts the dramatic lives of trapeze artists (Betty Hutton and Cornel Wilde), a freaky clown who never removes his make-up (James Stewart), the circus manager (Charlton Heston) and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.

In addition to the film actors, the real Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Circus’ 1951 troupe appears in the film, with its complement of 1400 people, hundreds of animals, and 60 carloads of equipment and tents.

Speaking of circuses, the Tigers circus pulled back into town this weekend and the strong man started prising the lid off. Again! In the wet, the Tigers took a while to get going but then piled on 8 of their 9 goals across the second and third quarters. The Giants were again disappointing and their amazing form of late 2016 has almost faded from our memories.

Oh, and Toby Greene hit someone (Rance). Again!

The Nominees are:

Dustin Martin (Ric) 150 – If Dusty ever works out his skill errors he will score 200+ points. 31 possessions, 17 contested, 11 clearances, 10 inside 50s, 2 contested marks, 2 goal assists and 1 goal. And 9 clangers!

Zach Williams (GWS) 139 – His coaches breathe a sigh of relief as Williams gathers 28 possessions at 85% DE and 7 marks. He’s been missing for a long time!

Phil Davis (GWS) 127 – If you own him in your Supercoach team, you are not doing it right!

Callan Ward (GWS) 119 – Ward is putting together a great month of footy with another 37 possessions, 9 clearances and 1 goal.

Nick Vlastuin (Ric) 112 – I believe he’s missed a lot of the year (I think, I haven’t really been paying attention to Vlastuin!) but he was great this week with 21 possessions at 90% DE and 11 marks.

And the Winner is…

Dustin Martin: It’s hard to go past Dusty when he is pumping out 150s!! Give that man another 3 Brownlow votes.

The Razzies

Toby Nankervis (Ric) 54 – If you have enough trades after getting rid of the rest of the mole people like Rockliff then maybe the Nank needs to follow!

Toby Greene (GWS) 84 – The score wasn’t bad but seriously can this guy get any more stupid? Hitting Rance directly in front of the umpire? Genius!

COLLINGWOOD 13.15 (93) def WEST COAST 13.7 (85)

1976 Taxi Diver

So who picked the error?

That’s right, Taxi Driver should have won in 1976-77 but didn’t. Instead, Rocky pulled himself off the mat to knock off Taxi Driver. Written and starring Sylvester Stallone, it won best Director and Best Movie but I am not going to talk about the movie details and storyline because who hasn’t seen it?

Like Taxi Driver, West Coast seemed to lose the unlosable match on Sunday. Seemingly coasting in for a comfortable win after Kennedy kicked 6 early goals, Yeo ran in to an open goal to ice the game with 10 minutes remaining… and missed. From then the Eagles simply stopped in their tracks and were overrun by the Pies who kicked the final 5 goals of the match. Given the Pies were down two players after losing Darcy Moore in the second and Varcoe in the third quarter, the loss was particularly unpleasant for Adam Simpson and Eagles’ fans alike.

The Nominees are:

Shannon Hurn (WC) 149 – Two massive scores in a row for his 15 or so Supercoaches. 29 possessions at 89% DE, 10 marks and just the 1 clanger. What a beautiful ball user!

Jordan DeGoey (Col) 130 – Like Hurn, DeGoey knows how to use the ball. Just 20 possessions but 11 were contested and he kicked 4 goals and gave another off.

Jack Crisp (Col) 129 – The steak knives can play when given the chance: 33 possessions this week. He’s probably hoping Pendles misses a second week.

Brodie Grundy (Col) 125 – His owners wish Bucks would just abandon the Cox experiment because Grundy is such a gun when playing as the solo ruckman. 19 possessions, 7 tackles and 42 hit-outs.

Will Hoskin-Elliott (Col) 119 – Does anyone still own WHE? With 24 possessions at 87% DE, 1 goal and 2 goal assists, most coaches would rather have WHE than many other forwards I could mention.

And the Winner is…

Jordan DeGoey: When the game was up for grabs he was in the thick of it and kicked his fourth goal to close the margin to less than 1 goal.

The Razzies

Andrew Gaff (WC) 44 – I asked weeks ago why nobody tagged Gaff because he is so important to the Eagles. Only 16 possessions with Greenwood wearing him like a cheap suit.

Adam Treloar (Col) 95 – Not many players can turn 35 possessions into 95 SC points.

CARLTON 17.10 (112) def BRISBANE 11.16 (82)

Sorry, BRISBANE 17.10 (112) def CARLTON 11.16 (82)

2016 La La Land Moonlight

It was a stuff up for the ages. Presenters of the Best Picture award, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, were given the wrong award card by the accountants who were perhaps enjoying posing with the celebrities a little too much.

Eventually, after the cast of La La Land had arrived on stage, order was restored and the first movie featuring an all-black cast had won the Oscar for Best Picture.

Moonlight, which chronicles the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man (Chiron) growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami, was amazingly shot over only 25 days in late 2015 and was a deserving winner of the Academy Award.

So too were the Lions deserving winners. They jumped the Blues early pushing the lead out to as much as 56 points early in the third quarter. Carlton valiantly lifted to surge back to as little as 11 points but Brisbane settled to run out comfortable victors.

Sadly for all SC fans out there, the great SC Warrior Rocky turned tagger and life will never be the same again!

The Nominees are:

Dayne Zorko (Bri) 142 – When you own Treloar, Rockliff and Fyfe, it hurts watching Zorko going all SC beast mode every blood week. Only 26 possessions after a corked calf slowed him down but 3 goals and 2 goal assists helped make this a healthy score.

Ryan Lester (Bri) 134 – I don’t want to be rude but I just don’t care if you score well Lester. Change your name to something that sounds less like you sell insurance and maybe we’ll talk.

Dayne Beams (Bri) 131 – Beams timed this performance beautifully for all of those coaches who recently off-loaded him. The coaches who brought him in for their benches must be happy though. 30 possessions, 10 marks and 3 goals.

Matthew Kreuzer (Car) 128 – An impressive performance in a hiding. 17 possessions and 22 hit-outs

Charlie Curnow (Car) 112 – Ole’ bucket-hands was one of the few Blues to show something with 15 possessions, 7 marks (2 contested), 2 goals and 1 goal assist.

And the Winner is…

The Magician: 3 first-half goals when the game was alive and before he got nasty after half time!

The Razzies

There can be only two!

Tom Rockliff (Bri) 57 – Maybe Chris Fagan should be here after he asked Rocky to tag. Tag! 10 possessions for Rockliff and Fagan (and his dodgy shoulder) has completely ruined his season.

Bryce Gibbs (Car) 45 – Too easy Gibbs! A gun like Gibbs should not allow anyone to hold them to 8 possessions.

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20 thoughts on “Round 18 Review”

  1. I’m a movie nerd, so this is my favourite review of the year. Well done Thommo! I haven’t googled anything, but I’m pretty sure Silence of the Lambs also swept the main five categories at the Oscars?

    I remember including Rockliff in my ‘burn-men’ article at the start of the year, even though I didn’t really mean it, but just to stir the pot. Hasn’t karma come back to bite me in the behind? Well played Supercoach, well played.

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    1. Great call Chillo, the Silence of the Lambs is the third. Any idea on the second to sweep the major categories?

      I feel a bit sorry for Rockliff as Fagan has stuffed around with his role since his injury. I wonder if he’s going to need surgery post-season.

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  2. Ryan Lester: “Change your name to something that sounds less like you sell insurance”.

    Loved that you took me up on my suggestion, Thommo, but that line was the highlight of this week’s review.

    Encore!

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    1. It was a great suggestion Mottsy and it’s interesting reading about the behind-the-scenes dramas of some iconic movies. I only wish I had more time to do the topic justice.

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    1. Spot of Bruce. That was the second of the three movies to sweep the five main categories at the awards. 1975.

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  3. Great write up Thommo.

    As a Ward owner from the byes onwards in 2015 and 2016, where the hell was this form back then!

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  4. Outstanding write up Thommo!

    Interestingly Andrew Hamilton from the Herald Sun really rated Rockliff’s 10 possie tagging game awarding him 2 votes for the Herald Sun player of the year. I don’t think the Umpires will see it that way Brownlow night.

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    1. Thanks TDA. That’s why the Herald Sun writers are poor Supercoach players: They have their priorities all wrong!

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  5. Everyone is a Hawthorne hater! But if beating Freo is turning things around, then the tigers just won the premiership! 😀

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    1. I know you’re just taking the piss (and I respect that) but for the record we beat Sydney in Sydney in the last few weeks and Adelaide in Adelaide. How did the Cats go in Adelaide, Brad?

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  6. Hey Thommo, I had an average round (hint – Jones, Rocky, Montagna) so didn’t jump on the site yesterday.

    Was pleasantly surprised to see this piece from you. Bet you couldn’t wait for an opportunity to jump at Clark Gable’s now immortal one-liner in Gone with the Wind!

    I wasn’t following the game closely but I didn’t feel the Cats put a hard enough tag on Sloane and they were almost experimenting at times.

    Also apparently it was some dude called Danny’s left-field idea to use Rocky to tag Gibbs which Fagan decided to trial out. Bet he doesn’t have Rocky in his Super Coach team.

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    1. Hey Weendog, you are correct about Selwood, he wasn’t playing tight on Sloane: I’m not really sure why they played him.

      Yeah, the use of the Clark Gable line was a bit on the nose!

      With Zorko out I hope Rocky plays a true in and under mid role.

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