Most of Round 2 has been run and won – or lost in the case of 8 teams – with the exception of the Geelong versus Hawthorn match this afternoon. And the big story so far is how the Saints appear to have really lost their way. New season, same old St Kilda!
And same old Collingwood?
And same old Carlton?
The Dogs were also terrible but we’ll give them a pass considering they have won a premiership this millennium.
Still it’s only Round 2 so plenty of time remains for any team to turn it around.
So what does Round 2 mean for we Supercoaches? Yep, it’s trading season!
If you missed a rookie, a fallen premium or you simply selected a team of potatoes, it is time to use a trade or two to sort out your most glaring problems. And if you don’t need to make any trades, then pat yourself on the back: You have nailed your team!
For Thommo’s Tribe it is time to part ways with Michael Hibberd. It appears that his role has changed such that he is no longer taking the kick-ins and racking up loose ball in the backline so he makes way for Heath Shaw, Kade Simpson or Stephen Coniglio via dpp. At least they will be worth spending $400k on!
We had fun in 2017 Hibbo but our relationship is over. Don’t let the door hit you on your lazy, non-tackling arse as you depart.
Last week I gave recognition to the surprise high scorers but I have decided I was being too harsh on the gun players. Just because a premium is a premium, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a pat on the back for premium scores.
So our top 10 scorers for Round 10 were:
- Tom Lynch (GC) 189 – If Lynch continues with this form he will be able to add another zero to his 2019 contract (to the end not the start). 8 goals from 21 possessions but amazingly only 5 marks, showing he is not a one trick pony as many thought he was.
- Dustin Martin (Ric) 160 – Martin doesn’t play well against Adelaide at Adelaide Oval! Yeah, right! 25 possessions and 5 goals straight and he didn’t really look to even be playing that well. I’m not sad I downgraded Dangerfield to him… yet.
- Jarryd Garlett (Mel) 152 – Small forwards will do this now and then! 4 goals, 2 goals assists including kicking goals when the Dees needed them the most. Still, this feels like meh!
- Jarrod Lyons (GC) 152 – When the Roos tagged him last week I raised an eyebrow but maybe they were on to something. On Saturday 26 of his 36 possessions were contested, he managed a crazy 14 clearances, 6 tackles, 1 goal and 3 goal assists. Massive!
- Ed Curnow (Car) 148 – This got many Supercoaches excited, until they realized it was Ed and not Charlie Curnow! It was also very disrespectful how the commentators kept saying that Carlton didn’t want the ball in his hands when he racked up 38 possessions at 76% DE and laid 10 tackles. An underrated player so back off!
- Ollie Wines (Por) 148 – Has Ollie finally worked out how to push that average over 100ppg? 35 possessions, 19 contested, but only 3 clangers in a hot second half at the SCG.
- Clayton Oliver (Mel) 146 – After a limited preseason, Oliver looked a risky option but we needed have worried as he lead his match for disposals, contested possessions, clearances and inside 50s. Gun!
- Jesse Hogan (Mel) 145 – Yet another key forward killing it this week with 22 disposals, 9 marks and 5 goals. He and Garlett dragged the Dees across the line this week.
- Jack Macrae (WB) 142 – A few Supercoaches discussed Macrae as a left field option but most chickened out. That was unfortunate as Macrae is a ball magnet and, for mine, the Dogs’ best player. Get this: 31 possessions at 90% DE and 3 goals in a poor side. He had better win the Dogs’ B&F this year!
- Rory Sloane (Ade) 141 – No tagger for Rory makes him a happy boy! Few players rack up the Supercoach points like he does with 15 contested possessions and 2 goals this week.
THE OTHER GUYS
While the top 10 uber-studs from Round 2 were listed and their egos stroked, we should still pay homage to a few unexpected performances.
Josh Jenkins (Ade) 115 – He may not be Supercoach relevant but he made Alex Rance look like a well-groomed spud on Thursday night. 5 goals in a week dedicated to tall forwards.
Shaun Higgins (Nor) 120 – Imagine you have a tiny angel on one shoulder and a tiny devil on the other. Right now the devil is twirling his moustache and whispering in your ear: “Tempted? Higgins is cheap…” 25 possessions, 2 marks, 5 tackles and 2 behinds. Imagine if he’d kicked straight! Imagine if anyone had kicked straight on Good Friday. Sheesh, what a debacle that first half of footy was!
Kade Simpson (Car) 115 – Few coaches wanted to select Simpson in the preseason but this was a case of overthinking things. He’s durable, consistent and taking the kick-outs. Good ole’ 20-20 hindsight!
Dayne Zorko (Bri) 105 – Coaches, I know this is not quite what you are paying for but he was tagged by Vince and tackled his way to a tonne (11 tackles). If he can continue to work his way into matches when tagged he could be worth holding.
Travis Boak (Por) 111 – He stepped it up in the third quarter with 2 goals and helped his boys defeat the Swans at the SCG. A smart forward option after his bye perhaps?
Toby McLean (WB) 125 – 31 possessions, 12 contested at 74% DE and 5 tackles in a losing side is a fair effort. I didn’t select McLean as there were too many midfielders stealing time at the Kennel but with Libba going down McLean looks a steal at his price.
AND THE WORST…
Enough of the pleasantries, the players who really screwed the pooch this week were:
- Kane Lambert (Ric) 49 – About as impressive as Christopher Lambert’s acting. After a fast start, Lambert fell in to a parallel dimension reserved for preseason teasers. On a side note, they are discussing a Highlander re-boot.
- Brandon Ellis (Ric) 52 – Sometimes we need to ignore the preseason but sometimes we need to bloody well pay heed. Brandon Ellis is the latter. He hasn’t looked vaguely decent even once in 2018.
- Jack Billings (StK) 79 – I’m not sure if we should be annoyed with the score or happy with the 40 point final quarter that salvaged a 79!
- Marc Murphy (Car) 73 – This was a Treloar style of match where 30 possessions was worth nothing due to a 56% disposal efficiency and 8 clangers.
- Rory Lobb (GWS) 58 – A down match was probably on the cards after a limited preseason with his 15 possessions and 20 hit-outs cut down by an impressive 11 clangers this week. Signs indicate that he will probably be a good selection in the long term.
- Taylor Adams (Col) 77 – Going by the stats, Adams looked like he could be a good POD after losing defensive eligibility but he appears to be playing all around the ground this season. Just leave him in the guts, Bucks!
- Michael Hibberd (Mel) 72 – Only 20 possessions, 7 contested, at 65% disposal efficiency means Hibbo just isn’t doing enough. I’m sad to say Hibbo is on his way out of many teams this week. Who’s holding?
- Dane Beams (Bri) 59 – Just the 16 possessions at 50% DE and only 3 contested possessions. We all know Beamer will be back at some stage, let’s just hope he fires up soon.
- Luke Dahlhaus (WB) 51 – All I can say is, I hope you didn’t start with him.
- Luke Shuey (WB) 63 – It’s great the Eagles won without him dominating… unless he’s in your SC team.
- Tom Rockliff (Por) 17 – Just wow! This is not the Rocky we know! 9 possessions and 2 tackles would have to be the poorest return he has ever had barring injury. Until he returns to a midfield role move him as far away from your team as you can physically manage.
THE NOTEWORTHY UNFORTUNATES
Another Supercoach favourite went down on Friday night with Crouch pulling a hamstring. Otherwise there was no further Supercoach carnage, only general carnage at the Collingwood versus Giants match. Please note that the replay of that match is now R rated!
- Matt Crouch (Ade) 51 – I feel for the coaches who selected Crouch and Merrett as they are generally durable and reliable. Sometimes Supercoach just slaps you right in the face for no reason.
- Tim Broomhead (Col) – I didn’t even bother including a SC score as his injury was just plain ugly. It was so bad the radio commentators informed us that they sent the paramedics on field. Poor bastard! Let’s hope he gets back to footy after breaking both lower leg bones.
- Tom Scully (GWS) – What a way to return from injury, going down a again early in the match with a broken ankle!
- Darcy Moore (Col) – Moore’s injury was nothing compared to Broomhead and Scully but losing him will really stretch the Pies with so many players missing already.
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