There were a number of encouraging performances in the lower leagues around the country last weekend. I’ve tried to include players who may have Draft relevance as well, for those who indulge in that particular flavour of the game. If there’s anyone I’ve missed that you’d like to hear about, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best!
Not a lot of Supercoach-relevant goss from the West this week. East Perth (Eagles host club) had the bye, and no AFL-listed players of note impressing for Peel in their narrow loss to Perth. The main item of interest (if you can call it that) is Harley Bennell ($255K fwd) is set to make yet another comeback for Peel, after returning to training with the main group at the Dockers. I’d wish you all the best Harley, but I’m starting to risk sounding disingenuous.
Riley Knight ($321K fwd) put his name up for the spot vacated by the hamstrung Eddie Betts, compiling 25 possessions for the Crows reserves side against South Adelaide. The consistent Patrick Wilson ($106K mid/fwd) had 20 touches in the same game, but is relying on injuries to get a look-in to the Crows midfield.
The Power twos got stuck in a slugfest with the Eagles in the other SANFL game of interest, finishing with a 28-all draw. Jasper Pittard ($434K def) continued his comeback from a hamstring strain with 28 possessions, and will be due to return to Port’s ‘A’ side very soon. Rockliff’s calf injury may open the door for Joe Atley ($181K mid), who managed another 22 touches, or former number 4 draft pick Jimmy Toumpas ($235K mid), with 29 possessions. Unfortunately Dom Barry ($151K mid) didn’t do any favours to those who may have held onto him, with only 7 kicks among his 19 disposals.
The Michael Barlow ($463K mid/fwd) Show continued against the Giants reserves side, this time to the tune of a ridiculous 46 possessions. Surely, surely he gets a run in the senior side this week, especially after they had a tough road trip over the past fortnight. Will Brodie ($188K mid) continued his strong form with 26 touches and 2 goals, while Harrison Wigg ($124K mid) put his name forward with 25 disposals.
Young rebounding defender Isaac Cumming ($124K def) continues to impress off the Giants halfback flank, picking up 30 possessions this week, while Matthew Flynn ($124K ruc/fwd) had 51 hitouts and 2 goals, and presents an alternative to Dawson Simpson while Lobb continues to struggle with a knee injury.
Tom Bell ($287K fwd) also had 30 possessions in the Lions resounding win over the Swans, well supported by Ryan Bastinac ($434K mid) with 3 goals and youngster Corey Lyons ($124K mid) with 28 disposals. Darcy Cameron ($124K ruc) kicked 2 goals and will surely get a game in the seniors at some stage, while Robbie Fox ($232K mid) and highly-regarded Irish import Colin O’Riordan ($124K def) also impressed.
The leading item from the VFL was the performance of everyone’s pre-season pick Paul Ahern ($124K mid/fwd), who recorded 29 possessions and a goal for North in a narrow win against the Blues. VFL specialist Mitch Hibberd ($169K def) racked up another 25 touches, while Braydon Preuss ($347K ruc) continued to put pressure on a struggling Goldstein, recording 55 hitouts. Jed Lamb ($315K fwd) reacted well to his dumping from the Carlton senior side, gathering 18 disposals and 3 goals.
Veteran David Armitage ($318K mid) went back to Sandringham and amassed 34 disposals; not sure that makes him any more attractive to Supercoaches though. Geelong rookies Timm House ($124K fwd) and Charlie Constable ($117K mid) saw plenty of the pill in that game, while Mark O’Connor ($124K mid/def) had 17 disposals and will be in the twos for a while yet it seems.
This kid is made for Supercoach, and I’m going to keep banging the drum until he gets selected: Dylan Clarke ($124K mid/fwd) recorded 35 disposals and 15 tackles for the Bombers. Kobe Mutch ($124K mid) continued to impress with 22 disposals and 14 hugs of his own.
A couple of significant injuries at the Hawks has opened the door at Box Hill. Ryan Burton ($394K def) bounced back from his senior demotion with 24 possessions and two goals, drafted tall forward Mitchell Lewis ($124K fwd) kicked three goals and noted ball magnet James Cousins ($209K mid) kept on finding it with 27 touches.
The much-maligned Chris Mayne ($255K fwd) had an encouraging hitout with 23 possessions for the Pies.
Finally, I’m not sure what the hell happened at Whitten Oval last weekend, but I’m guessing there were a lot of stoppages! Tom Campbell ($344K ruc) with 47 hitouts, Jordan Roughead ($393K ruc) 38 hitouts, and the six million dollar man Tom Boyd ($339K ruc) with five goals all made their mark.
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