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West Coast vs Melbourne
Another unconvincing win by the Eagles that was helped along by some non-decisions, but 4 points is 4 points and I’ll take it! Shannon Hurn looks like a second All-Aus selection is coming his way, the West Coast skipper dominated with 33 touches (26 kicks), 13 marks and a crazy good 94% DE landing him on a game high 161 points. Next best was Elliot Yeo, who picked up 26 touches (18 contested) and 16 tackles for 136. Dom Sheed, Jeremy McGovern and Andrew Gaff all scored 110, while Luke Shuey’s 12 tackles helped him register 119. Kennedy kicked 4 and provides pretty good value for a guy at 317K, while Cripps covered plenty of ground for his 93. Other notes on the Eagles side of things were Rioli’s promising comeback game, Venables and Hickey’s respective injuries and Ryan’s MOTY contender.
Melbourne could’ve won this game by 5 goals but missed opportunities cost them dearly. I feel I’m writing the same 3 names every week for them, but once again Melbourne was led by Max Gawn, Clayton Oliver and James Harmes. The big man monstered the Eagles rucks with 56 hitouts and 15 touches for another huge score of 144, while Oliver had 29 touches and 12 tackles for his 115. Harmes continues his hot streak and looks a Supercoach player of the future with a score of 116, courtesy of 30 touches and 6 tackles. From there scores drop of so the other notable Supercoach ones are: Hunt (91), Hore (75), Salem (59), Lockhart (52) and Brayshaw (78). Injury concerns for the Dees were all from concussions to Salem, Smith and Neal-Bullen. Garlett kicked 3 goals and looked good, as did Petracca. Lastly, first-gamer Oskar Baker scored 41 from 10 touches and didn’t look out of place in the big time, especially with his willingness to try to break the lines. (Sidenote worth looking at his GOTY from the NEAFL in 2017, kids got game)
Question from the game: Once all players stop, as they did in the Smith-Jetta tackle incident, should the umpire use common sense and ball it up or follow the rules of the game? Update: a weeks suspension for Jetta.
Supercoach query: Anyone (apart from myself) willing to take the risk with Kennedy at his current price? Has the ceiling to average 90 from here on in especially if the Eagles can get on a roll.
Collingwood vs St Kilda
St Kilda were in this game up to their necks for three quarters, but ultimately got overrun. Luke Dunstan led the way Supercoach wise with 30 touches (17 contested) and 5 tackles, which meant 120 points for him, backing up his ton from the week before. Shan Savage (113) and Jack Billings (100) had plenty of uncontested ball in their games but used it extremely well for their scores. Up forward Tim Membrey kicked 4 goals and didn’t waste any of his 11 touches resulting in 109, whereas first gamer Robbie Young kicked 2 goals from his 8 touches and finished on 69 points. Other decent scores came from Steele (95), Marshall (90) and Gresham (78).
A rampant last-quarter from the Pies ensured the 4 points, which was once again led by a collective effort up forward. Brodie Grundy must be in Brownlow contention after another dominant display which yielded 24 disposals (18 contested), 6 tackles and 49 hitouts for 144 Supercoach points. Sidebottom had 29 touches and 2 goals for 120 points, closely followed by Adam Treloar with 38 touches and 113 points. The only other Pie over 100 was Ben Reid (111) who kicked 3 goals, had 7 marks and 16 touches and looks to be keeping Mason Cox out of the team for a few more weeks. Joining him in the three goal club was Stephenson (84), while Brody Mihocek kicked 4 for his 98 points. Crisp had 93, while Beams had 30 touches but 3 behinds kept his score to 90. Finishing up it’s worth mentioning that Tom Langdon looks to have a right knee injury and may miss time.
Question from the game: Who wants to see more barrels in the game, like Stephensons late game shot?
Supercoach query: Crisp’s score a little underwhelming? 5 clangers amongst 27 touches (13 contested) with 5 marks and 4 tackles on paper looks like it deserves a little more than 93.
Brisbane vs Adelaide
Brisbane held on for a 1 point win despite a fast finishing opponent. Lachie Neale was once again at the centre of everything, having 39 touches (28 handballs though), 6 tackles, 22 contested touches and 12 clearances for another huge score of 148. Fellow midfielders Zorko (121) and Lyons (94) both played well and got much of their scores from great tackling pressure (12 and 11 respectively). Up forward Charlie Cameron had 8 shots on goal but only converted 3 of them for his 117 points, while Dan McStay (102) also kicked 3 goals. Back flankers Witherden and Rich continued their fine seasons with twin 92’s. First-gamer Mitch Hinge was pretty good on debut with 14 touches at 85% for his 56, while fellow rookie Answerth (26) score was not what coaches wanted.
Adelaide was always within striking distance in this game but ultimately fell short in their comeback attempt. Midfielders Rory Sloane and Brad Crouch led the way: Sloane had 28 touches (21 contested), 7 tackles and a goal for his 124, while Crouch had 32 touches (13 contested), 7 tackles and 8 clearances for his 119. Tom Lynch (100) was the only other Crow to break 3 figures, courtesy of his 21 touches and solitary goal. Other notable scores included Smith’s 96, Gibbs and Laird both with 89 and rookie sensation O’Brien with 88. Up forward Walker and Betts both kicked 3 goals, but bad news for the Crows with reliable backman Hartigan receiving a head knock and subsequently finishing the game at 3 quarter time.
Question from the game: Will we be seeing this matchup come finals time?
Supercoach query: Is Rory Laird a ‘must-have’ or simply if you have him, keep him, but don’t look to bring him in? (Hope that sentence makes sense)
Geelong vs Western Bulldogs
8-1 for the Cats who were in front for all of the game. Mitch Duncan starred for the home team with 144 points, due to his 3-goal, 25 touch (92% DE), 11 mark game, while next best was Dangerfield on 115. Backman Tom Stewart is looking like a must have and along with Hurn seems an All-Aus lock at the moment. 22 touches at 100% DE and an absolute hanger meant he picked up 114 points, 2 better than speedy recruit Gary Rohan, who kicked 3 goals amongst his 13 touches. Joining him in the three goal club was first-gamer and popular pre-season pick Darcy Fort. The big man also had 9 touches (100% DE), 17 hitouts with 2 tackles for the first 100 of his career with 105. Hawkins kicked 4 goals which largely contributed to his 86 points, while one better than him was Kelly. Other somewhat notable scores were Selwood (94), Parfitt (84), Dahlhaus (78), Constable (61) and Miers (60)
On paper it looks like the Dogs put in a valiant effort in this game but ultimately were overrun in the last quarter. Jack Macrae picked up plenty of ball as per usual and scored 124, while ruckman for the day Jackson Trengove was next best on 113. Mitch Wallis tried hard all day judging by his stats, with his 29 touches, 2 goals and 9 clearances resulting in 109. First year sensation Bailey Smith (109) continues to rise in price and rising star rankings with another impressive display against one of the better midfields in the comp. Hunter (86), Dunkley (88), Bontempelli (96) and Johannissen (84) were the other notable Supercoach scores that weren’t shocking, whereas Daniel (77) and Liberatore (76) were unwanted.
Question from the game: If Stewart is a lock in the back pocket, is Ablett a lock in the forward pocket?
Supercoach query: Will Darcy Fort hold his spot and be the next Reilly O’Brien?
Sydney vs North Melbourne
North Melbourne left too much to do in the last quarter and couldn’t end up snagging the win. Jack Ziebell played predominantly midfield and racked up monster numbers: 35 touches, 10 marks, 8 tackles and 140 Supercoach points. Fellow midfield bull Ben Cunnington continues his great season with 23 touches and a goal for 127, while youngster Jy Simpkin had 24 touches and a goal as well for his score of exactly 100. Jed Anderson had 29 touches at 79% DE for 115, while rebounding defender Jamie Macmillan (112) continues to be underrated by opposition teams. Polec and Goldstein had twin 109’s, Trent Dumont continued his rise with 96, while backman Tarrant (87) and Thompson (92) both played well. Bad news for Tarryn Thomas owners with the young gun only scoring 37, while Goldstein and Mason Wood both had injury concerns throughout the game but seem all clear for next week.
For Sydney they kept their slim hopes of 2019 alive, and it came with some monster scores from very popular Supercoach players. Firstly Jake Lloyd hardly wasted any of his 28 touches, while also kicking a goal for a huge 141, but he was bettered by Parker, who’s 28 touch, 9 tackle game resulted in 145. George Hewett is looking like a tempting player of the future, especially once you factor in his contested style game. 29 touches (20 contested), 5 tackles and 9 clearances meant 127 points went into his very few owners pockets. Jordan Dawson joins Hewett in players of the future, with another impressive display resulting in 117. A solitary point behind him was Isaac Heeney, who had 19 touches and a goal for a (stats wise) seemingly inflated 116. From there the Swans scores drop off, with only Florent (87), Papley (85) and Rampe (81) going over 80. Bad news for any owners of Zak Jones who looks to have sustained a hamstring strain.
Question from the game: Are finals out of the question for both of these teams?
Supercoach query: Any takers for George Hewett?
Essendon vs Fremantle
Essendon kept their resurgent season going with a slim win on Saturday night. Dylan Shiel played a starring role, kicking 2 crucial goals amongst his 25 touch game to finish on 130. Joining him in the 100-club were fellow middle-men Zach Merrett and David Zaharakis, who are both building impressive campaigns. While Zaharakis isn’t really fantasy relevant, his 32 touch, 5 tackle, 1 goal game yielded 114 Supercoach points which is worth a mention. On the other side, Merrett’s credentials continue to rise after another 30+ possession game resulting in 121 points. Adam Saad (112) was at his rebounding best with his 23 touches going at 95%, while Jake Stringer (98) is also compiling a very good 2019, he had 17 touches and a goal. The only other Bomber in triple figures was Hurley on exactly 100, while Kyle Langford wasn’t far off on 91. Not much else to mention but a congrats to Josh Begley who returned to seniors action for the first time since rupturing his ACL in the ANZAC Day clash last year.
Fremantle were ever so close in a tight scoring contest, but couldn’t steal a win. No guesses as to who their two leading scorers were, with Mundy and Fyfe once again dominating the Supercoach points. Mundy is back in the ‘must-have’ conversation after another stellar performance of 34 touches (17 contested), 6 tackles and 9 clearances (while going at 88% DE) meaning he churned out a big 141. Fyfe was next best on 101, and while he wasn’t at his game changing best, he was at his contested ball winning best, with 22 of his 24 touches being contested, a large reason he cracked the ton. Other favourable scores went to Duman (99), Walters (86), Blakely on return with 88, Wilson (87) and Ryan (80)
Question from the game: With both teams now at 4-5, whos the better chance of being finals bound?
Supercoach query: Is Merrett going to be a top 10 mid or will he fall just outside?
Port Adelaide vs Gold Coast
The Suns were very good for 2 and half quarters in this game but ultimately were overrun when it mattered. Starring for them again was my personal favourite Brayden Fiorini, who had 38 touches (29 kicks), 5 tackles, 13 contested touches and a goal to finish with 129. From then on, hardly anything worth noting for the Suns, apart from Bowes (95) and Weller (90) returning decent enough scores for their owners. A number of players were in the 80’s, including ruckman Jarrod Witts (86), early season selection Charlie Ballard (86) and Darcy MacPherson (87). First-gamer Ben King will be better for the experience and undoubtedly has huge potential, but his debut wasn’t one to remember stats wise, only having the 5 touches for the day. Sidenote, his brother had a very good day in the VFL.
Port bounced back from their Showdown loss and now sit 5-4 with some big matches to come. Rozee (116) led the scoring for his team, due to 18 touches (12 contested), 8 tackles and 2 goals, with the next best being Travis Boak on 106. Sam Gray (101) continued his good season with an all around game that included 23 touches, 8 marks and 7 tackles, which probably deserved a little bit more than 101. Other players with notable scores were Rockliff (103), Byrne-Jones (101), Amon (98) and Ryder (92). Matthew Broadbent (80) had a good second game back with 22 touches (18 kicks), and could be an option for the risk-taker coach. Kane Farrell kicked 3 goals to finish on 86, as did Billy Frampton (62) who weirdly had 24 points less for extremely similar game numbers. Steven Motlop had a left knee issue in the 3rd, so any owners of him keep an eye on the news this week. Finally, first-gamer Joel Garner, former captain of Vic Metro, had a great debut with 13 touches and 65 points, keep an eye on him as a downgrade target.
Question from the game: Can the Power forward line continue to kick winning scores without a real focal point?
Supercoach query: Any takers on Broadbent? Will make cash and will play, but could be rested regularly after such a long time off.
Richmond vs Hawthorn
Once again Hawthorn back up an impressive win with a bad loss. Only two players cracked the ton and they were the regulars in O’Meara (103) and the rejuvenated Henderson (101). Apart from those, no Hawk really jumps off the page. The evergreen Shaun Burgoyne had 18 touches and used them well for 99, while up forward Luke Breust kicked 3 for his score of 90. James Worpel (98) found plenty of it and tackled well, while Ceglar (91) picked up possessions (26!) as if he was roving his own taps. Bad news injury wise for the Hawks with Lewis succumbing to concussion, while McEvoy looks to have an ankle injury.
Richmond just keep on winning despite adversity on their injury list, but I guess when a guy called Martin has a game like he did on Sunday, no injury toll really matters. 37 touches, 2 goals and 10 clearances for Dusty meant 128, and he is currently severely underpriced for his potential output. Next best for the Tigers was Shane Edwards who had 26 touches at 92%, to finish on 108, a single point more than Brandon Ellis. Vlastuin (103) and Houli (102) both cracked 100, as did Noah Balta (101). Ivan Soldo (98) held his own in the ruck and if you’re looking for quick cash he could be a viable option especially with Nankervis out for another 2 months, while Prestia is also worth noting for his 93. Underwhelming scores came from rookies Stack (63) and Baker (54), but we can’t be too mad after the great scores they’ve produced for us over the previous month.
Question from the game: Is THIS the game that kicks of Dusty in 2019?
Supercoach query: Could use either Houli or Ellis here but I’ll go with Ellis. 35 touches, 10 contested, 13 marks, 1 clanger and 85% DE surely merits 120+, even with no tackles?
GWS vs Carlton
I guess the only positive to take out of this game for Carlton was that they kept it under 100 points, because for a while it seemed a 130+ point deficit was on the cards. Newman tried his best with 29 touches (26 kicks) and 118 points, as McKay (101, 3 goals). Walsh scored 80, Cripps 66 while popular rookies Setterfield (29), Gibbons (28) and Stocker (45) disappointed. Marc Murphy went to hospital with a rib concern so best wishes to him. Nothing else, a bad day for the Blues.
GWS probably would’ve beaten most teams to the tune of 60+ points this week, it seemed they really wanted to show the competition that last week’s showing was a one off. Whitfield was ridiculous with 40 touches, 18 marks and 3 goals for 170, while equally impressive was Taranto who had 38 touches himself, along with a goal and 12 marks for 144 Supercoach points. Jeremy Finlayson kicked 5 goals amongst his 12 touches to net 135 and he is making himself a seriously deadly weapon in that forward line. Too many good scores to talk about here so I’ll run through them quickly. Kelly had 131, Cameron 108, Greene 106, Shaw 103, Perryman 101, Mumford 108 and Deledio 108. Even after all those there were four more Giants in the nineties and all but Taylor scored 60+ (In comparison Carlton had 15 under 60 points). Very bad news for supercoach with mid-pricer come potential season-keeper Zac Williams looking like he’ll miss some time with a hamstring injury. He finished in 75 from 37% game time, oh what could have been.
Question from the game: How many changes will Carlton make at the selection table this week? My early call is 6.
Supercoach query: If any Giant was robbed of a higher score, who was it? Personally, I’d say Phil Davis but hey, someone’s gotta miss out.
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