Team Analysis – Brisbane – Midfield

Written by Motts on January 6 2013

Some of you may recall at the beginning of last season I put the call out for people to analyse the list of the team they supported and give us the lowdown on their boys. Because who’s going to know a team’s list better than someone who supports that team, right?

I’ll be doing the same again this year but before I could put the call out, Brods has jumped on his keyboard and bashed out his analysis of the Lions for the benefit of one and all. I don’t have to tell you how impressed I was!

So if you’re keen to do the same for your side, let us know in the Comments area who you’re doing (so we don’t double up on teams), write it up and email it to me via the contact page. Last year from memory we had about 6 or 7 teams analysed. I’d love to get them all. Even Port.

OK I’ll now hand it over to Brods – thanks again for your hard work on this mate….


Hello fellow SCT fans, Brods here again to assist you with any Lions related Supercoach selections you might be considering this year. 2013 presents probably the first year where multiple Lions players would be in most coaches crosshairs as the abundance of dual position players, talented rookies and underpriced experienced players could find their way into your side. On top of this I believe they’re more than an outside chance to make the top 8 and, without tipping from the heart, they could possibly make their way onto the winners list 13 times this season with a favourable draw and a dream run with injuries.

You’ll notice not all players on the playing list have found their way into the report. The likes of Polkinghorne, Banfield, Raines and Maguire are all most likely to feature in the Lion’s best 22 but aren’t likely to offer any interest in the realms of the supercoach scoring department. Other second and third year players such as Jack Crisp, Jesse O’Brien, Rohan Bewick, Niall McKeever, Ryan Lester, Steve Wrigley and Aaron Cornelius would most likely be on the fringes of selection, are unattractively priced or are role players within the best 22 that doesn’t allow high scoring so I’ve omitted them here. Of course I wouldn’t mind at all if I was wrong about any or all of the above players… but it’s fair to say that there are others in the Lion’s make up that will better help you win the 10 grand, cash leagues and bragging rights in general.

As for me, I’ve been a supporter (and new 2013 member) of the Bears/Lions for as long as I could spell Roger Merrett and get around in the SCT leagues as the Dirty Kelsos (funny story behind the name… only 3 people in the world get it and it’s not really G-rated). I’ve employed both the Guns and Rookies and Mid-Pricer strategies in recent seasons with similar results so I’m no help there but like most I will pick Ablett, Goddard, Franklin and Cox every year without fail and will never again pick Sandilands, Martin and Grimes (double burns linger longest).

While I’m no expert at supercoach in general, I do take the Lions very seriously; hence I’m very happy to provide you with the information below with perhaps a sprinkling of bias. Hope you all enjoy it and have a successful supercoach season in 2013!


Claye Beams – $355,100, 8, 66.40 – If you’re after a reasonably affordable mid-priced player in 2013 you could do a lot worse! A current pre-season standout at the Lions and if the fitness holds is set for what many believe will be a breakout season. Won a rising star nomination in a glimpse of what the future holds in towelling up new teammate Brent Moloney in round one before a back complaint kept him out of AFL action until round 15 where he donned the vest in a late call up. Dominated reserves action when fully fit and was best afield in the Lions NEAFL premiership triumph. Beams surged in price by 100K averaging a tick under 100 to round out 2012 and should definitely improve on his 66 average in 2013. Definitely has the SC scoring pedigree that’s for certain.

Tom Rockliff (FWD) – $520,500, 22, 97.27 – Once a unique POD should now find his way into most sides given that he now has ‘DPP’ stamped on his name. He finished the season as a permanent forward and SC scores suffered as a result but even still has great value as his average at the conclusion of 2012 indicates. Cracked the ton 9 times with a monster score of 167 against the Suns and tends to go very large once passing three figures. He does head forward to beat the tag as Voss likes to exploit his strength overhead against equally sized midfielders but shouldn’t disappoint too often. A lock for most in the first draft but does have Zorko for competition for the same points. Comes much cheaper than last season as well… bonus!

Dayne Zorko (FWD) – $535,000, 16, 100.00 – The breakout star of 2012 in my opinion (as biased as it might be) and there shouldn’t be a reason why his form can’t continue in 2013. Average will improve given that his vest affected 16 on debut against the Pies kept it down somewhat. Raised the bat no less than 9 times from 16 outings and with only one other score less than 80 is another most coaches should consider despite Rockliff’s presence. A tackling machine and a huge motor sees that he runs out games strong scoring 163 against Port in the wet hauling the Lions over the line in round 22. If you’ve been on the Dustin Martin Rollercoaster in the past you’ll much prefer ‘The Magician’s’ far more predictable output. If you take out the vest his average is 105 last season… chuck him in.

Jack Redden – $550,100, 22, 102.80 – The Lion’s most prolific scorer of 2012 but could only find his way into 1.4% of all teams and that trend looks to continue with the spread of value in the Lion’s midfield this season. While much of the attention will be on Rockliff and Zorko, Redden provides a true POD for any supercoach side looking for a dependable high score befitting of his price tag. He scores well when the Lions are down also but when they’re flying, as they were at the close of 2012, Jack raises his output in turn (124 point average in the last three). 12 tons in 2012 with a low of 54 coming against the Swans in round 15 but the good far outweighs the bad with his tackling also a strong suit of his.

Brent Moloney – $362,400, 15, 67.70 – Can a change of scenery help the former Demon’s B & F back to his high scoring ways of 2011? Copping the tag every week shouldn’t happen at Brisbane so you can look forward to an improved output for sure. Averaged just under 100 in 2011 and when let off the leash was allowed to score freely in 2012 (2 tons with no tag). He wanted out of Melbourne so bad that he cut his US holiday short to sign with the Lions so motivation won’t be a problem you feel. Comes much cheaper this year due to a poor average and those that had him in their side in 2011 know what he’s capable of. On the bright side he won’t have to contend with the tag of Raines and Beams again this season. Bargain of the year? Throw him on the watch list and decide after round 2.

Daniel Rich –  $485,800, 20, 90.80 – The boy wonder turned the dial to ‘elite’ in patches last season but consistency and the ability to shake the tag has been his Achilles heel in most coaches’ eyes. Although he did crack the 90 mark for his season average which was a career high and scored above that average no less than 12 times in 2013 that stigma appears to be wearing off. Opposition coaches still rate him as the Lions best midfielder and doesn’t struggle for triple figures when due defensive attention isn’t afforded. Raking left foot usually hits the target which is a bonus. Brent Moloney’s arrival and his ability to attract the taggers could see that average tip over into the elite range by the end of 2014. Had a 2 week holiday for misconduct (putting Clint Jones through a fence should be a reprimand at best IMO) so has those loading points over his head. He’s another one for the watch list.

Keep an Eye On:

Jared Polec – $287,600, 12, 53.8 – The Lions would like to have Polec get through an entire season as injury has plagued his short career thus far. He was used as a substitute for a patch in 2012 due in part to a minor foot injury until an adductor strain saw a premature end to his AFL season after round 17. An average just over 50 since debut would improve if he could avoid the vest but faces improved competition to get on the field with the likes of Moloney arriving and Mayes, Docherty and Paparone could possibly emerge as similarly skilled players. A former top 5 draft pick and a proven goal scorer when forward he’s bound to hit his straps soon… it’s just a matter of when.

Simon Black – $497,300, 18, 92.9 – You just can’t write him off as the Demons learned in round one being the victim of a master class from Blacky in racking up a big 150. The former Brownlow and Norm Smith medallist has been a model of consistency in recent years returning an average of 93 in the past three seasons. Hit the ton 8 times which included a purple patch of 4 straight 100’s after his return from a hand injury. He did cop the vest in an ill-fated experiment against the Tigers that surely won’t be repeated and scores well despite close checking from those taggers not minding Daniel Rich. At least you’ll know what you’ll be getting when picking up Black for a an M4 or M5 but there is the distinct possibility of him playing even less than the 18 games of 2012 with Vossy no doubt looking to manage his veteran champion’s workload more intently.

…..Next up tomorrow, the Defenders.


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6 thoughts on “Team Analysis – Brisbane – Midfield”

  1. Nice reading, Brods.

    There are four Lions that I think are tempting this season and three of them don’t feature in this part of the read up (looking forward to your thoughts on Leuey, Docherty and Staker).

    From this, I’m interested in your further opinions on Rockliff’s role next season. I think it is generally accepted that he is a gun in the midfield, but poor (scoring wise) when up forward. With a better looking forward line up in 2013, my gut tells me that he will spend significantly more time in the middle, but interested in the thoughts of a Lions fan. Here’s hoping Vossy sees SuperCoach sense!


  2. Thanks Don!

    I think with the advent of Zorko’s inclusion it took a lot of the workload from Rocky in the midfield and as mentioned is excellent in a one on one situation up forward.

    I watched his efforts in round one against Melbourne again over the weekend when the Lions were without Brown, Clark and Power from the previous year and Vossy looked for another permanent forward option with Merrett and later Rockliff in that game.

    Rocky kicked 3.5 that day and won most of his ball in one on one contests 20 metres out from goal. Frawley and MacDonald were two that I remember that he beat in contests so he didn’t pick on kids or anything… was impressive and was surprised that I forgot about that game.

    If he’s improved on that skill area of his game and has put on extra kilos over summer then that’s when the alarm bells will start ringing but it also could mean that he’ll be rested forward in a midfield rotation which isn’t at all bad.

    Hope this helps!


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