Round 6 Review

Written by Dane on April 26 2021

GWS (9.11.65) defeated by Western Bulldogs (15.14.104)

1. Jack Macrae (140). The games best ball-winner did it again with a huge 40 touches that resulted in 864 metres gained, which was accompanied by 6 clearances, 6 tackles, 8 marks and 1 goal.

2. Lachlan Ash/Tom Liberatore (139). Ash was the man down back for the Giants, picking up plenty of cheap ball (35 touches, 4 contested) and marks (15) for a career best score. Libba was huge in the midfield for the Dogs, he had 27 touches (16 contested), 10 tackles, 7 clearances and 1 goal.

3. Josh Dunkley (132). Another huge game for Dunkley who had 29 touches (12 contested) with 5 clearances at a decent DE of 79%. The bad news is the dislocated shoulder injury he sustained late, which might require surgery as it popped out twice. Cross your fingers that this week provides good news.

4. Marcus Bontempelli (127). Another classy game from Bont that resulted in 26 touches (14 contested), 7 clearances, 6 tackles and 1 goal.

5. Adam Treloar (113). Rounding out the top five is the fifth Doggies midfielder, who racked up 35 touches, 5 tackles, 6 clearances and 1 goal running around all over the ground.

Other 100+ scores: Jacob Hopper (111), Toby Greene (108), Isaac Cumming (107), Tim Taranto (102).

Disappointment: If Josh Kelly was a mid-pricer coaches would’ve been more than happy with his five 90+ scores to start the year, but he wasn’t, he was an uber-premium at 615K, which makes his latest score of 69 hurt that little bit more. 

Rookies: The return of Flynn equated to 70 points, while Connor Stone’s third game only netted 3 touches, 1 goal and 34 points. Still under 200K going into round 6 were Anthony Scott and Lachie McNiel, but with their scores of 66 and 50 respectively, theyll now eclipse that price. Tanner Bruhn scored 8 after being subbed on.

Injuries: There was injury carnage on Friday night. Important Giant Haynes was subbed out very early with a hamstring injury that will seemingly keep him out for a while, the same injury that cursed Bulldog Lin Jong also sustained in the same time frame. The big frame of Tim English was collected late by a knee that I think concussed him and may well have broken his jaw, keep an eye on the injury news. 

Geelong (21.10.136) defeated West Coast (5.9.39)

1. Mitch Duncan (149). Should’ve kicked 5 goals but sprayed a late set shot, but either way his game of 26 touches, 13 marks and one massive torpedo goal produced a fantastic score.

2. Cameron Guthrie (144). The dreaded Cat ran free in the midifield for a huge 35 touches (16 contested) and 10 clearances, while his score was boosted by zero clangers and 85% DE.

3. Joel Selwood (136). The skipper had his best score of the year thanks to 29 disposals (13 contested) with 6 clearances. Might see an increase in scores with Danger out.

4. Rhys Stanley (131). Did a bit of everything against Nic Nat to finish with 15 touches, 1 goal, 3 tackles and 22 hitouts.

5. Lachie Henderson (121). His 19 disposals ran at a very impressive 94%, which coupled with 2 goals and 11 marks, helped him round out the top 5 scores.

Other 100+ scores: Gary Rohan (117), Jack Henry (111), Tom Stewart (109), Tom Hawkins (105), Tom Aitkins (103)

Disappointment: Any Eagle, pretty much the whole team disappointed.

Rookies: Rookies were minimal in this game, the most popular of anyone sub 300K would probably be Clark, who came on as the injury sub for 13 points.

Injuries: Jake Kolodjashnij was subbed off for Clark with a hamstring, the same fate that ended O’Connors day. Jeremy McGovern was also subbed off in the second with a groin injury to add to the dirty day and looks set to join several key Eagles on the sideline.

Gold Coast (15.10.100) defeated Sydney (9.6.60)

1. Touk Miller (146). Averaging  110 thus far with three scores above 130, Miller has hidden gem potential. Lead the Suns midfield with a huge 36 touches (17 contested), 9 clearances and 9 tackles.

2. Callum Mills (136). Another guy averaging 110 through six rounds is Mills, who gained 520 metres for his club from his 34 touches, while also taking 10 marks, laying 7 tackles and having 7 clearances.

3. Josh Kennedy (134). The Swans champ had his first big score of the year which came in typical fashion, gathering plenty of it (41, 22 contested), laying tackles (7) and clearances (11).

4. Noah Anderson (115). His third hundred of the season (although he has had a couple of 50’s) is ultra impressive and hopefully a sign of things to come. No clangers from 34 touches helped him claim 4th place.

5. Callum Sinclair (109). With Hickey down, Sinclair claims the number one ruck title at the Swans and dominated the Suns current duo of Burgess and Graham to the tune of 54 hitouts and 13 disposals.

Other 100+ scores: Nick Holman (108), Jake Lloyd (106), Izak Rankine (101)

Disappointment: He’s been super but the 38 point return of Errol Gulden hurt.

Rookies: Bar Gulden, this game included other Sydney youngsters by the name of Campbell (35) and Warner (73) who had 12 and 23 touches respectively. Downgrade option Farrar agained performed well with 14 touches, 7 marks and 58 points, while in his second game, 192K forward Flanders had 17 touches and 62 points. 

Injuries: Tagger George Hewett was subbed off early with concussion, which gave Campbell some game-time.

Carlton (12.13.85) defeated by Brisbane (15.13.103)

1. Ed Curnow (137). The older of the Curnow brothers was super for the Blues on Saturday, finishing with 30 disposals, 1 goal, 7 tackles, 8 clearances and over 700 metres gained.

2. Harry McKay (131). Is now on 22 goals for the season (tied with Tex before Sunday games), this week slotting 6 of them from 15 touches and 9 marks against a pretty decent defender in Harris Andrews.

3. Sam Walsh (130). Backed up his 144 with another massive game on the middle of the ground, ultimately finding 33 touches of the football.

4. Hugh McCluggage (128). Three tons on the trot after a lean start to the year has pushed his average back into triple figures. Was a star for the Lions, leading their scoring on the back of 33 disposals and nearly 600 metres gained.

5. Sam Docherty (121). Has only gone under 90 once so far in what has been a consistent campaign. 28 touches, 7 marks, 7 tackles and 624 metres gained from the co-captain.

Other 100+ scores: Oscar McInerney (112), Jacob Weitering (109), Jarryd Lyons (108), Liam Jones (104), Daniel Rich (103), Dayne Zorko (102)

Disappointment: The stats of Patrick Cripp’s don’t make for happy reading: 25 touches (21 handballs), 4 frees against, 11 clangers and 64 points, a season low.

Rookies: The third game of Jaxon Prior resulted in 12 disposals, 3 marks and 50 points, a performance that should keep him in the team for now. Another third gamer in Devon Robertson was fantastic and will see a huge price rise after his 18 touch, 2 goal, 6 tackle, 97 point game.

Injuries: The only major concern from this game seems to be Darcy Gardiner’s head knock that ruled him out in the first quarter. Late Sunday mail! Lachie Neale injured his ankle here too and will require surgery.

Melbourne (12.10.82) defeated Richmond (6.12.48)

1. Christian Salem (167). Seemingly in the best form of his career thus far, Salem’s 39 touch (no clangers, which is so much more impressive in the slippery conditions), 1 goal and 786 metres gained led him to a career best score.

2. Max Gawn (147). Returned a great captain score again on Saturday evening that came from 30 hitouts, 22 touches and 6 marks.

3.  Christian Petracca (133). Took home best on ground honours thanks to 38 touches (17 contested), 10 clearances, 7 tackles and 1 goal.

4. Toby Nankervis (129). Even with Max scoring so well, Nank played a fantastic game, having 22 touches (19 contested), 7 clearances, 4 tackles and 15 hitouts.

5. Luke Jackson (118). The third ruckman in the top 5, which is very surprisingly considering the previously mentioned conditions. The former number 3 picks career best score came courtesy of 18 touches, 2 goals, 5 tackles and 12 hitouts.

Other 100+ scores: Clayton Oliver (114), Tom McDonald/Shane Edwards (109), Jake Lever (106)

Disappointment: Jayden Short had 22 touches and over 600 metres gained, numbers that usually get him triple figures, but this week they only amounted to 61 on the back of poor DE (63) and clangers (5).

Rookies: James Jordon only spent 56% TOG but made the most of it with 18 touches and 82 points, while Rhyan Mansell scored 39 from his 10 touch game down back.

Injuries: Important linkman Kane Lambert was subbed out after having 15 touches, while superstar Dustin Martin (38) was also ruled out with concussion which will see him miss next week.

Fremantle (14.15.99) defeated North Melbourne (6.12.48)

1. Jack Ziebell (169). The North skipper continues to churn out huge numbers in a very Supercoach friendly role. 37 disposals (32 kicks), 14 marks, 5 tackles, 91% DE and just 2 clangers gave him a career best score! Although in the bad news, a heavy bump in the last quarter saw him finish the game on the bench. There’s going to be no premium forwards left at this rate!

2. David Mundy (145). How’s the form on this guy? Back to back 145’s and wouldn’t be shocked if he is leading the Brownlow count come round 6, he had another outstanding game of 30 disposals (15 contested), 3 goals and 8 clearances.

3. Nat Fyfe (125). Talking about Brownlow’s this guy has two and can never be counted out with his polling history. Could well be in the votes again after a 34 touch (23 contested), 7 clearance game. Kicked 4 behinds as well after kicking 6 a couple of weeks back, 1 goal 12 behinds so far in 2021.

4. Sean Darcy (120). 107 point average through 5 games in 2021 and hasn’t gone under 90 thus far. 15 touches, 8 tackles, 1 goal, 4 clearances and 27 hitouts against Goldy.

5. Caleb Serong (118). After starting the year with a ton, Serong couldn’t break back into that scoring range until this week, where he had 35 disposals, 7 tackles, 6 clearances and 677 metres gained.

Other 100+ scores: Andrew Brayshaw (112), Ethan Hughes (111), Aiden Bonar (101)

Disappointment: After a very good season in 2020, Jy Simpkin is yet to hit triple figures thus far in 2021, his 25 touch game this week only netted 83.

Rookies: Heath Chapman (36) only mustered 11 touches and 7 marks for the game but the ball wasn’t around his zone much, but the same can’t be said for Treacy, who could only get 5 touches and 22 points up forward. Many of the Roo’s bargain based players played well (Bonar 101, Powell 96, Bosenvulagi 62, Campbell 50, Young 64) but Phillips once again didn’t light it up, only getting 9 touches for 37 points. In his first game for the club, 201K defender Menadue was good for 18 touches and 92 points.

Injuries: Bar the previously mentioned Ziebell, the only other casualty was important Fremantle swingman Brennan Cox, who got an ankle knock in the 4th and was subbed out.

Hawthorn (15.12.102) defeated Adelaide (16.3.99)

1. Ben Keays (152). If the AFL had a most improved player award, Keays would be right in the conversation. This was his third ton of the year and highest score of his career on the back of 31 touches (17 contested), 10 clearances, 13 tackles, 1 goal and 8 marks.

2. Reilly O’Brien (133). Fourth ton in a row for the Crows bigman who ran hard all day to collect 20 touches and hauled down some big contested marks in the final term to boost his score.

3. Jaeger O’Meara (128). Hasn’t done much wrong so far in 2021, this week collecting 31 touches (16 contested), 1 goal and laying 5 tackles.

4. Paul Seedsman (120). His third ton in a row and second over 120. Kicked 1 goal from 25 touches and had an insane 996 metres gained, (I’m really hoping someone cracks 1km this year)

5. Rory Laird (111). Just continues to pick up plenty of the footy, this week finishing with 32 touches (18 contested) with 7 clearances and 5 tackles.

Other 100+ scores: Blake Hardwick (108), Jarman Impey (105), Jacob Koshitzke (104), Taylor Walker (103)

Disappointment: He’s had a couple of good scores but this 27 was the second below 30 for James Rowe, which may see him out of many Supercoach teams very soon in a straight swap for…

Rookies: Riley Thilthorpe! What a debut for the number 2 pick, kicking 5 goals straight from 16 touches and 5 marks for a great first up score of 91 points, will be a very popular trade target over the coming weeks. Other than him it was another young forward in Koshitzke who kicked 5 goals himself from 14 touches and 9 marks for his career best score of 104, a couple of big price rises coming for him. The final one was Maginess (19), who had 3 handballs.

Injuries: The classy Burgoyne suffered an ankle knock that ruled him out in the 2nd quarter, the same injury that took down Will Hamill except his came in the 3rd.

Collingwood (13.7.85) defeated by Essendon (16.13.109)

1. Darcy Parish (162). Parish had a career game on one of the biggest stages possible. Set benchmarks with 42 disposals, 7 inside 50’s and of course Supercoach score. 2 goals and a BOG medal just rounded out his outstanding day.

2. Brodie Grundy (153). Many were expecting him to go big and he certainly did, collecting 19 touches (17 contested) to pair with 7 tackles, 1 goal and 40 hitouts.

3. Peter Wright (147). Another player with a career best was the former Gold Coast first round pick. Kicked 2 goals from 16 touches, while also taking 10 marks, 6 tackles and 11 hitouts playing a backup ruck role.

4. Darcy Cameron (127). The other backup ruckman in this game also had a huge game, collecting 22 touches, kicking  3 goals, taking 10 marks and having 9 hitouts. Career best as well.

5. Steele Sidebottom/Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (119) Sidebottom returned his best score thus far thanks to 30 disposals (17 contested), 9 clearances and 12 tackles, while the Bombers goalsneak had 5 goals from 10 touches and 6 tackles.

Other 100+ scores: Jack Crisp (117), Zach Merrett (116), Dyson Heppell (112), Scott Pendlebury (108), Jayden Laverde (107), Isaac Qauynor (104)

Disappointment: Darcy Moore and Brayden Maynard once again feature here for their twin 59’s. Bar a couple of games they just haven’t got going this year in terms of Supercoach scoring.

Rookies: Alright there was heaps of rookies in this game so I’ll rattle them off very quickly. For Collingwood it was the first game for Rantall (25), the second game for Macrae (37) as well as Kelly (26) and Nathan Murphy (47), although there first games came in previous seasons. It was also the third game for Ruscoe (22) and McCreary (47). For Essendon, it was the draft picks of Jones (34), Perkins (50) and Cox (60).

Injuries: The bad luck for Essendon backman Aaron Francis continues, this week suffering an ankle issue in the 2nd quarter. 

Port Adelaide (14.9.93) defeated St Kilda (5.9.39)

1. Ollie Wines (143). A season best score by some margin for the Port Adelaide midfielder. He played a typical in and under role to finish with 36 disposals (13 contested) with 8 clearances and 5 tackles.

2. Seb Ross (137). Ross played close to a lone hand in the Saints midfield, gaining 511 metres for his club from 31 touches, while also taking 10 marks and laying 8 tackles.

3. Rowan Marshall (132). Returning from a one week layoff, Marshall showed his potential as Dunkley’s replacement (pending what happens with Dunkley of course) with a stellar performance that included 16 touches, 1 goal, 23 hitouts and 7 tackles.

4. Tom Jonas (131). Picked up plenty of marks in the backline (15) and disposals (26) while running at a very impressive 80% DE.

5. Ryan Burton (127). Another Port backman who racked up plenty of marks (11) and disposals (28) while running at an even better 82% DE rounds out the top 5.

Other 100+ scores: Aliir Aliir/Karl Amon (123), Travis Boak (121), Darcy Byrne-Jones (111), Dan Houston (107), Jack Steele (105), Scott Lycett (100)

Disappointment: Considering three Saints got triple figures and no one else broke 80, feel free to insert anyone you want here.

Rookies: 177K defender Darragh Joyce made his season debut here and finished with 9 touches for 35 points, while forward Bergman scored 51 from his 16 disposals. The best news of the rookies though was the debut of Martin Frederick (88), who had 23 touches at 95% in the backline, let’s hope he can hold his spot for a couple of weeks.

Injuries: Another ankle injury finished up the round, this one going to hard-runner Bradley Hill.


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