Category - 2012 – Round 19
Tom Lynch – 92
Lewis Johnston – 86
With a split round in the SANFL there were a few less Crows in action than normal, but with Sturt playing they’ll always have solid representation. Mind you, Sturt got smashed by 20 goals, so numbers weren’t high for Kerridge, McIntyre and Jaensch.
Tom Lynch was the highest disposal winner of Crows listed players with 24 for Glenelg, along with nine marks in defence. Lewis Johnston kicked four goals from 14 touches and eight marks for North Adelaide to move to equal second in the SANFL goal kicking.
No NEAFL stats available.
It’s kind of weird to think that this was Ryan Lester’s NEAFL debut. After playing a handful of games early last year in the AFL he missed the rest of the year with a foot injury and had only missed two games so far this year (both rested). He dominated at the lower level with nearly 40 touches in the midfield.
James Hawksley was named BOG with four goals, while Aaron Cornelius booted seven goals in what was nearly a 100 point victory against Redland. Rookie listed Josh Dyson was lively and creative for his three goals and is pushing for a senior berth.
Claye Beams was prominent through the midfield, as always, but seems to be on the outer as he consistently performs well, yet doesn’t break into the seniors. Sam Docherty was solid again with 23 touches – however, at this stage of the year we want him to not debut, because he could be a good option for 2013!
David Ellard – 146
Rhys O’Keeffe – 100
Luke Mitchell – 94
Bret Thornton – 89
Matthew Watson – 89
David Ellard posted typically strong numbers to be named second best for the Northern Blues. He had 24 touches, but his real work was done with nine marks, ten tackles and three goals.
Rhys O’Keeffe continues his recent run of good form, as he hopes to stay on Carlton’s list for a fifth year. He had 18 touches and eight tackles, along with three goals to score an AFL Dream Team ton.
Luke Mitchell has finally got a bit of continuity into his game after a series of shoulder injuries. He has now played nine games in a row and this was comfortably his best effort with 11 touches, seven marks and five goals.
Bret Thornton and Matthew Watson were both good at opposite ends of the ground, with Thornton kicking a five goal bag and Watson having 23 touches and nine marks in defence.
Marty Clarke – 99
Cameron Wood – 95
Jackson Paine – 95
Alan Didak – 94
Brent Macaffer – 70
Andrew Krakouer – 52
It was a pretty experienced Collingwood lineup that took on the Bendigo Gold in the VFL on the weekend with Brent Macaffer and Andrew Krakouer both returning from their pre-season knee reconstructions. Macaffer played back and picked up 21 touches and four marks, while Krakouer was lively with 11 touches, four tackles and a goal. Both will continue in the VFL this coming weekend with Ben Johnson a chance to return from shoulder surgery!
Alan Didak, in his second game back from his groin injury was good with 30 touches and a goal, playing a predominantly outside role.
Jackson Paine provided an excellent target up forward, booting 5.1 and clunking eight marks. Jonathan Ceglar is another young Collingwood tall showing good improvement with 2.2 and seven marks.
Marty Clarke played an outside role, racking up 32 touches and a game high 20 handball receives, while Cameron Wood was a handful in the ruck against David Hille with 31 hitouts and seven marks around the ground.
Jackson Merrett – 95
Brendan Lee – 93
Hal Hunter – 89
There were only eight Essendon listed players in action for Bendigo on the weekend, with the most notable being David Hille. Unfortunately it was only his name that was notable, because his performance was none of that. He had 11 touches, three marks and only 15 hitouts, looking rather immobile.
On a positive, Jackson Merrett showed a fair bit for the second week in a row. He’s still lightly framed, but he used the ball well with his 26 touches, along with eight marks.
Brendan Lee had a typically good game, where he found a swag of ball with 26 touches and six tackles. Hal Hunter and Michael Ross were also promising, though their kicking efficiency was a bit down. Hunter had 16 touches, five marks and six tackles, while Ross had 15 touches and six marks for 63 DT points.
There was only two WAFL games on the weekend, plus Claremont played in the Foxtel Cup Grand Final on Thursday night. With only six players in senior action there’s not much to talk about with Freo listed players.
The top scorer was Nick Suban who had 15 touches, five tackles and kicked two goals in Claremont’s Foxtel Cup Grand Final win over Werribee. In a shortened game he scored 77 AFL Dream Team points.
The next best for Fremantle listed players was Lachie Neale, who picked up 17 touches and four tackles for 69 DT points for Peel Thunder in their crushing loss to Swan Districts.
Shannon Byrnes – 132
Jonathan Simpkin – 111
Jordan Schroder – 71
In his second game back from a three game calf injury Shannon Byrnes was fantastic around the contest laying 17 tackles in wet and miserable conditions up at North Ballarat. Along with his immense tackle count he had 21 touches and a goal to be named second best.
Jordan Schroder was named BOG for his match winning effort. After copping a knock just after half time he moved out of the midfield and rested forward where he kicked two final quarter goals (three for the day) to list Geelong to victory. He had 17 touches on top of that.
Having being promoted to the senior list recently Jonathan Simpkin relished the tough conditions with 28 touches, six marks and five tackles. The biggest news was the return of Nathan Vardy, who played his first game of 2012 and got through fine. He had nine touches and 18 hitouts mostly playing as back up ruck and forward in limited game time. David Wojcinski also returned from a three week hamstring injury with 16 touches and four marks.
Gold Coast reserves had a bye.
No NEAFL stats available.
The GWS reserves kept up with the much stronger Sydney for half of the game and even took a slight lead into half time, but fell away dramatically after that to go down by 62 points.
It was a relatively experienced reserves side with Rhys Palmer, Israel Folau and Dom Tyson all lining up. Tyson returned from a seven week stint on the sidelines due to a shin injury.
Andrew Phillips was named best on ground and I guess his games tally will depend on Giles and Brogan to some extent, as they’re unlikely to play all three in the same side. Jack Hombsch was reliable in defence, while Steve Clifton continues his strong reserves form.
Josh Growden returned from a full year out of footy with a badly broken leg and got through fine, however James McDonald and Tim Mohr were, once again nowhere to be seen.
Xavier Ellis – 109
Tom Murphy – 101
Mitch Hallahan – 99
Tom Schneider – 97
In his second game back from a six week knee injury (that’s 13 games through injury he’s missed this year) Xavier Ellis got through well with 21 touches, six marks and five tackles. He also kicked 2.2.
Mitch Hallahan was impressive with his contested ball. He was named third best with 27 touches, four marks and four tackles. Tom Murphy and Stephen Gilham were both good in defence, with Gilham named second best and Murphy sixth best.
Tom Schneider has bounced back well from rolling his ankle a couple of weeks ago with 21 touches, five marks, five tackles and two goals. Chance Bateman is building on return from his shoulder injury. In his third game back he was named fifth best with 24 touches at 66%.
Matthew Bate – 111
Jack Fitzpatrick – 92
There was only six Melbourne listed players in action for Casey on the weekend. Matthew Bate was the most prolific of those and was named second best with 25 touches, four marks and ten tackles.
Jack Fitzpatrick did quite well with only eight touches he kicked 2.2 and had 29 hitouts. Rookie listed Leigh Williams kicked 3.2 from nine touches and five marks to be named fifth best with 66 AFL Dream Team points. For the record, as I know many are curious, Tom Couch missed with a slight hamstring injury.
Levi Greenwood – 87
Ben Mabon – 82
Majak Daw – 79
Werribee went down to Claremont in the Foxtel Cup Grand Final on Thursday night. The stats don’t read too well, and I guess they weren’t too flash for Werribee, but also keep in mind that Foxtel Cup games are a fair bit shorter than a normal game.
Levi Greenwood was BOG for Werribee with 16 touches and eight tackles, along with a goal. Majak Daw got his hand on the ball in the ruck with eight touches, 21 hitouts and nine tackles to end with 79 DT points.
The next best for Werribee would’ve been Ben Speight with 14 touches and three tackles for 53 points, while Ben Warren chipped in with three goals from six touches.
Up at North Ballarat there wasn’t a whole heap to get excited about. Recenly re-signed ruckman Ben Mabon benefited from the huge number of stoppages in the wet, with 20 hitouts, but was probably beaten by Geelong’s duo of Banjanin and Vardy.
Nathan Blee – 99
As mentioned earlier with the Crows, there was only two SANFL games on the weekend and only five Port players in seniors action. Nathan Blee was the stand out with 26 touches and nine marks playing mostly on the wing. He’s one who could debut before the year is out, but he’s not typically a high scorer. His last fortnight has been encouraging, but at AFL level he would likely play more of a shutdown role.
David Rodan returned from a four week hamstring injury and played mostly as a small defender for ladder leading Norwood in their 20 goal win over Sturt. The ball wasn’t down that end too much, but he found a bit of the ball up the ground and ended up with 22 touches (16 by hand) for 60 DT points. Teammate Darren Pfeiffer had 18 touches for 59 DT points.
Addam Maric – 155
Brad Miller – 98
Brett O’Hanlon – 92
You’d have to think Addam Maric was a bit stiff not to be named BOG for Coburg (he was named fourth best). He had 36 touches, ten marks, six tackles and kicked a goal for a massive 155 AFL Dream Team points.
Brad Miller was his usual hard working self and kicked four goals from 16 touches and eight marks. Brett O’Hanlon could be a chance for a senior recall after collecting 21 possessions, seven marks and four tackles.
Tom Ledger – 98
Nick Winmar – 97
Raphael Clarke – 96
Jamie Cripps – 94
It was a pretty even spread from the Saints listed boys in Sandringham’s strong win against bottom of the ladder Frankston. Jamie Cripps was very impressive with 23 touches and six marks. It was a very windy day, so his goal kicking was a bit wayward (along with everyone’s!) finishing with 1.3.
Tom Ledger had a stack of the ball, as usual and was prominent around the clearances with 26 disposals and nine marks to be named amongst the best players for Sandy. Nick Winmar had 26 possessions, mostly on the outside with eight handball receives and seven marks in his best game for the year.
Jackson Ferguson was good in defence and is a long term project who is developing well. He’s more of a shutdown defender, but picked up 19 touches and six marks. Up forward Beau Wilkes kicked two goals from his 11 touches.
No NEAFL stats available.
Mitch Morton and Jed Lamb hit the scoreboard hard with five and four goals respectively. Morton was named as an emergency for the seniors that weekend, so he could be getting close for his first taste of Swans action.
Rookie listed Campbell Heath and Jack Lynch were resolute in defence against the GWS reserves. Jesse White’s physicality in the ruck was impressive and he was named second best.
Simon Tunbridge – 91
Andrew Embley – 82
Andrew Embley is a big chance to return to AFL action this week after getting through his second WAFL game on his comeback from shoulder surgery. He had 20 touches, six marks and two goals for Swan Districts, as they smashed Peel Thunder.
Former GWS Giant and rookie listed Simon Tunbridge was impressive and opportunistic with four goals from his ten touches for Perth. Perth teammates Fraser McInnes and Ash Smith were handy with 17 and 19 disposals respectively.
Scott Lycett played his first game in seven weeks after a knee injury, however going the other way, Murray Newman went onto the injured list when he hurt his knee early in the game for Swan Districts.
Williamstown had a bye.
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We established last week that it’s not the year for everyone, so continuing on from where we left off last week, it’s young midfielder Oliver Wines’ turn for discussion. He’s one of my favourites from the approaching draft, and I suspect by early next year he’ll be the talking point of many AFL Dream Team & SuperCoach fantasy coaches.
In my opinion Wines sits right alongside Melbourne father/son prospect Jack Viney as arguably the most AFL ready player entering this year’s draft. But more importantly for us, as a fantasy prospect, I think his game will also translate as well as anyone’s.
Wines is a powerfully built midfielder with a physique that reminds me a lot of Patrick Dangerfield. Immediately you will notice his exceptional body size.
In terms of playing style, Wines is your blue collar, hardworking ball magnet. His attack at the contest is second to none, with his contested ball winning ability on par with anyone in this draft. But what separates Wines from other ball winners is a very mature football brain. His positioning around stoppages is outstanding. He routinely loses his opponent in congested areas, and more often than not will be the one that ends up in possession. He knows when to peel off and find space, showing a nice link up game that compliments his link up work. For a player that hits contests as hard as he does, Wines footy smarts are a stand out.
He’s particularly clever with his hands in close, and while he’s not an ‘elite’ kick, Wines is capable of hitting up targets. What I like is that he doesn’t try to do too much with his kicks, which is a common trait amongst juniors.
On the occasion he’s not the first one to win the ball, Wines is a very willing tackler, topping over 10 tackles twice in TAC Cup games this year, with a high of 13. His tackle counts showcases the kind of work rate that recruiters have come to love about Wines. He’s not explosive in the Judd/Swan/Ablett mould, but shares that endurance base that top quality midfielders are required to have.
I think Wines has the body size and fitness to get some midfield time as of next year. He’s likely to spend time on the ball whilst rotating as a forward option. He’s the type of player that will have an immediate impact, so expect his club to pump the games into him early. To cut it short, Oliver Wines is a beauty.
AFL Dream Team Averages
TAC Cup: 119.28
NAB AFL under 18 championships: 98.5
HAWTHORN V GEELONG CATS
MCG – Fri Aug 03, 7:50pm
B: Brent Guerra, Josh Gibson, Benjamin Stratton
HB: Shaun Burgoyne, Ryan Schoenmakers, Grant Birchall
C: Clinton Young, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis
HF: Brendan Whitecross, Jarryd Roughead, Isaac Smith
F: Luke Breust, David Hale, Cyril Rioli
Foll: Max Bailey, Brad Sewell, Liam Shiels
I/C: Luke Hodge, Matt Suckling, Paul Puopolo, Jack Gunston
Emg: Chance Bateman, Shane Savage, Thomas Murphy
In: David Hale
Out: Shane Savage
B: Tom Lonergan, Matthew Scarlett, Josh Hunt
HB: Harry Taylor, Taylor Hunt, Corey Enright
C: Steven Motlop, Joel Selwood, Jimmy Bartel
HF: Billie Smedts, James Podsiadly, Mitch Duncan
F: Paul Chapman, Tom Hawkins, Mathew Stokes
Foll: Orren Stephenson, James Kelly, Steve Johnson
I/C: Andrew Mackie, Jackson Sheringham, Allen Christensen, Josh Walker
Emg: Mitch Brown, Cameron Guthrie, Jordan Murdoch
In: Matthew Scarlett, James Podsiadly, Orren Stephenson
Out: Joel Corey (Hamstring), Trent West (Knee), Cameron Guthrie
WESTERN BULLDOGS V NORTH MELBOURNE
ES – Sat Aug 04, 1:45pm
B: Daniel Pearce, Brian Lake, Dylan Addison
HB: Christian Howard, Tom L. Williams, Robert Murphy
C: Mitchell Wallis, Matthew Boyd, Justin Sherman
HF: Ryan Griffen, Jordan Roughead, Clay Smith
F: Jarrad Grant, Tory Dickson, Daniel Giansiracusa
Foll: William Minson, Thomas Liberatore, Liam Picken
I/C: Jason Tutt, Zephaniah Skinner, Jason Johannisen, Tom Campbell
Emg: Nathan Djerrkura, Michael Talia, Fletcher Roberts
In: Dylan Addison, Justin Sherman, Zephaniah Skinner, Jason Johannisen, Tom Campbell
Out: Daniel Cross (Shoulder), Lindsay Gilbee (Soreness), Liam Jones, Patrick Veszpremi, Luke Dahlhaus (Soreness)
New: Jason Johannisen (East Fremantle)
B: Scott McMahon, Scott Thompson, Michael Firrito
HB: Shaun Atley, Nathan Grima, Jamie Macmillan
C: Ryan Bastinac, Daniel Wells, Ben Cunnington
HF: Leigh Adams, Robert Tarrant, Samuel Wright
F: Kieran Harper, Drew Petrie, Lachlan Hansen
Foll: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Brent Harvey
I/C: Matt Campbell, Cruize Garlett, Liam Anthony, Sam Gibson
Emg: Aaron Black, Cameron Richardson, Aaron Mullett
In: Cruize Garlett
Out: Lindsay Thomas (Suspension)
GWS GIANTS V PORT ADELAIDE
SK – Sat Aug 04, 2:10pm
B: Adam Kennedy, Sam Frost, Curtly Hampton
HB: Tomas Bugg, Phil Davis, Matthew Buntine
C: Stephen Coniglio, Adam Treloar, WIlliam Hoskin-Elliott
HF: Chad Cornes, Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene
F: Devon Smith, Jonathon Patton, Taylor Adams
Foll: Dean Brogan, Callan Ward, Tom Scully
I/C: Jonathan Giles, Anthony Miles, Jacob Townsend, Luke Power
Emg: Israel Folau, Jack Hombsch, Rhys Palmer
In: Stephen Coniglio, Matthew Buntine, Dean Brogan, Chad Cornes, Adam Kennedy
Out: Josh Bruce, Shaun Edwards, Israel Folau, Rhys Palmer, Nick Haynes
B: Paul Stewart, Alipate Carlile, Tom Logan
HB: Thomas Jonas, Jackson Trengove, Domenic Cassisi
C: Kane Cornes, Hamish Hartlett, Bradley Ebert
HF: Andrew Moore, Justin Westhoff, Danyle Pearce
F: Brett Ebert, Jay Schulz, Daniel Stewart
Foll: Matthew Lobbe, Travis Boak, Matthew Broadbent
I/C: Matt Thomas, Aaron Young, Chad Wingard, John McCarthy
Emg: Ben Jacobs, Nathan Blee, Darren Pfeiffer
In: Hamish Hartlett, Jay Schulz
Out: Troy Chaplin (Knee), Darren Pfeiffer
Milestones: Danyle Pearce – 150 games
FREMANTLE V WEST COAST EAGLES
PS – Sat Aug 04, 2:40pm
B: Lee Spurr, Luke McPharlin, Adam McPhee
HB: Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, David Mundy
C: Paul Duffield, Ryan Crowley, Tendai Mzungu
HF: Michael Walters, Kepler Bradley, Stephen Hill
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Christopher Mayne
Foll: Jonathon Griffin, Nathan Fyfe, Matthew de Boer
I/C: Clancee Pearce, Dylan Roberton, Michael Barlow, Zac Dawson
Emg: Zachary Clarke, Josh Mellington, Cameron Sutcliffe
In: Zac Dawson
Out: Cameron Sutcliffe
West Coast Eagles
B: Beau Waters, Mitch Brown, Eric Mackenzie
HB: Shannon Hurn, Will Schofield, Adam Selwood
C: Brad Sheppard, Matthew Priddis, Andrew Gaff
HF: Josh Hill, Jack Darling, Chris Masten
F: Luke Shuey, Quinten Lynch, Dean Cox
Foll: Nic Naitanui, Scott Selwood, Daniel Kerr
I/C: Sam Butler, Thomas Swift, Patrick McGinnity, Ashton Hams
Emg: Bradd Dalziell, Andrew Strijk, Jacob Brennan
In: Mitch Brown, Thomas Swift
Out: Darren Glass (Suspension), Matthew Rosa (Jaw)
Milestones: Mitch Brown – 50 games
BRISBANE LIONS V RICHMOND
G – Sat Aug 04, 7:40pm
B: Stephen Wrigley, Matt Maguire, Josh Drummond
HB: Elliot Yeo, Joel Patfull, Pearce Hanley
C: Jed Adcock, James Polkinghorne, Jack Redden
HF: Daniel Rich, Jonathan Brown, Dayne Zorko
F: Todd Banfield, Daniel Merrett, Joshua Green
Foll: Ben Hudson, Tom Rockliff, Andrew Raines
I/C: Simon Black, Patrick Karnezis, Jordan Lisle, Jack Crisp
Emg: Aaron Cornelius, Claye Beams, Ryan Lester
In: Josh Drummond, Daniel Rich, Patrick Karnezis, Joshua Green, Jordan Lisle
Out: James Hawksley, Ryan Harwood, Niall McKeever, Ryan Lester, Rohan Bewick
New: Jordan Lisle (Oakleigh Chargers (VIC) / Hawthorn)
B: Steven Morris, Alex Rance, Jayden Post
HB: Brandon Ellis, Chris Newman, Bachar Houli
C: Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Brett Deledio
HF: Dustin Martin, Shane Edwards, Daniel Jackson
F: Luke McGuane, Jack Riewoldt, Robin Nahas
Foll: Ivan Maric, Reece Conca, Shane Tuck
I/C: Matthew White, Jake King, Ben Griffiths, Bradley Helbig
Emg: Angus Graham, Matt Dea, Brett O’Hanlon
In: Matthew White, Ben Griffiths, Bradley Helbig
Out: Kelvin Moore, Matt Dea, Addam Maric
COLLINGWOOD V ST KILDA
MCG – Sat Aug 04, 7:40pm
B: Tom Young, Heritier O’Brien, Chris Tarrant
HB: Nick Maxwell, Ben Reid, Alan Toovey
C: Sharrod Wellingham, Alex Fasolo, Jarryd Blair
HF: Scott Pendlebury, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw
F: Dale Thomas, Travis Cloke, Tyson Goldsack
Foll: Darren Jolly, Dane Swan, Dayne Beams
I/C: Steele Sidebottom, Ben Sinclair, Paul Seedsman, Jamie Elliott
Emg: Nathan Brown, Martin Clarke, Luke Rounds
In: Heritier O’Brien, Dale Thomas, Sharrod Wellingham, Steele Sidebottom, Darren Jolly
Out: Nathan Brown, Martin Clarke, Cameron Wood, Simon Buckley (Hamstring), Caolan Mooney (Hamstring)
B: Jarryn Geary, James Gwilt, Tom Simpkin
HB: Sean Dempster, Sam Fisher, Sam Gilbert
C: Jason Gram, Lenny Hayes, Brendon Goddard
HF: Ahmed Saad, Nick Riewoldt, David Armitage
F: Stephen Milne, Justin Koschitzke, Beau Wilkes
Foll: Ben McEvoy, Nick Dal Santo, Leigh Montagna
I/C: Clinton Jones, Jack Steven, Farren Ray, Sam Dunell
Emg: Jamie Cripps, Arryn Siposs, Dean Polo
In: Farren Ray
Out: Adam Schneider (Leg)
MELBOURNE V GOLD COAST SUNS
MCG – Sun Aug 05, 1:10pm
B: Joel Macdonald, James Sellar, Tom McDonald
HB: Jack Grimes, James Frawley, Colin Garland
C: Jordie McKenzie, Jack Trengove, Rohan Bail
HF: Sam Blease, Jared Rivers, Lynden Dunn
F: Jeremy Howe, Colin Sylvia, Brad Green
Foll: Jake Spencer, Brent Moloney, Nathan Jones
Emg: Jack Fitzpatrick, Josh Tynan, James Magner
In: Cale Morton, Jordan Gysberts, Luke Tapscott
Out: Stefan Martin (Foot), Neville Jetta (Suspension), Daniel Nicholson (Jaw)
Gold Coast Suns
B: Taylor Hine, Charlie Dixon, Trent McKenzie
HB: Daniel Stanley, Matthew Warnock, Jarrod Harbrow
C: David Swallow, Gary Ablett, Michael Rischitelli
HF: Jared Brennan, Tom Lynch, Brandon Matera
F: Luke Russell, Sam Day, Campbell Brown
Foll: Zac Smith, Karmichael Hunt, Harley Bennell
I/C: Matt Shaw, Dion Prestia, Josh Caddy, Liam Patrick
Emg: Maverick Weller, Steven May, Aaron Hall
In: Michael Rischitelli, Sam Day
Out: Maverick Weller, Steven May
CARLTON V SYDNEY SWANS
ES – Sun Aug 05, 3:15pm
B: Aaron Joseph, Michael Jamison, Simon White
HB: Zach Tuohy, Andrew McInnes, Christopher Yarran
C: Kade Simpson, Andrew Carrazzo, Heath Scotland
HF: Edward Curnow, Jarrad Waite, Dennis Armfield
F: Eddie Betts, Levi Casboult, Jeffrey Garlett
Foll: Matthew Kreuzer, Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs
I/C: Brock McLean, Marcus Davies, Andrew Collins, Tom Bell
Emg: Bret Thornton, David Ellard, Kane Lucas
In: Kade Simpson, Jarrad Waite, Simon White
Out: Bret Thornton, Nick Duigan, Frazer Dale
B: Rhyce Shaw, Heath Grundy, Alex Johnson
HB: Nicholas Smith, Ted Richards, Martin Mattner
C: Jarrad McVeigh, Ryan O’Keefe, Lewis Jetta
HF: Daniel Hannebery, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Jude Bolton
F: Ben McGlynn, Adam Goodes, Shane Mumford
Foll: Mike Pyke, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
I/C: Nick Malceski, Craig Bird, Trent Dennis-Lane, Luke Parker
Emg: Nathan Gordon, Mitch Morton, Tony Armstrong
In: Shane Mumford
Out: Sam Reid (Knee)
Milestones: Ryan O’Keefe – 250 games
ADELAIDE V ESSENDON
AS – Sun Aug 05, 4:10pm
B: Sam Shaw, Ben Rutten, Michael Doughty
HB: Nathan van Berlo, Daniel Talia, Brent Reilly
C: Bernie Vince, Scott Thompson, Brodie Smith
HF: Jared Petrenko, Taylor Walker, Matthew Wright
F: Richard Douglas, Jason Porplyzia, Ian Callinan
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Patrick Dangerfield, Rory Sloane
I/C: Graham Johncock, Aidan Riley, Richard Tambling, Josh Jenkins
Emg: Brad Symes, Shaun McKernan, Luke Thompson
In: Aidan Riley, Sam Shaw, Richard Tambling, Sam Jacobs
Out: David Mackay (Toe), Brad Symes, Shaun McKernan, Luke Thompson
B: Mark Baguley, Dustin Fletcher, Cale Hooker
HB: Kyle Hardingham, Jake Carlisle, Courtenay Dempsey
C: Dyson Heppell, Jason Winderlich, Ben Howlett
HF: Sam Lonergan, Michael Hurley, Alex Browne
F: Leroy Jetta, Scott Gumbleton, Jake Melksham
Foll: Tom Bellchambers, Jobe Watson, Heath Hocking
I/C: Ricky Dyson, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Alwyn Davey, Travis Colyer
Emg: David Hille, Tayte Pears, Elliott Kavanagh
In: Ricky Dyson, Sam Lonergan, Cale Hooker, Michael Hurley, Travis Colyer
Out: David Hille, Angus Monfries (Ankle), Brent Stanton (Soreness), Elliott Kavanagh, Cory Dell’Olio
Milestones: Jobe Watson – 150 games, Jason Winderlich – 100 games
Sam Kerridge – 86
Matthew Jaensch – 80
It was a pretty quiet weekend for the Crows in the SANFL with Sam Kerridge accumulating the most AFL Dream Team points. He had 17 touches, seven tackles and a goal for Sturt. Fellow Double Blues Matthew Jaensch, Richard Tambling and Tim McIntyre all fared alright scoring 80, 75 and 72 respectively, with McIntyre kicking three goals to hold equal second spot on the league goal kicking ladder.
Aiden Riley was also impressive with 24 touches and 13 clearances and was named second best for Sturt, but six frees against brought his score down to 59.
No NEAFL stats available.
Jordan Lisle’s recent form would see him likely to break into the senior side soon. His five goals on the weekend against Mt.Gravatt means he’s kicked 36 in the last nine weeks after a slow start to the season.
Running machine Richard Newell has been doing a lot of good tagging jobs in the NEAFL this year and spent the first half giving close attention the Mt.Gravatt’s dominant on baller, before being released and finding a bit of his own ball.
Claye Beams, Patrick Karnezis and Josh Green were also good, with the latter two kicking four and three goals respectively. Jared Polec was going well until he got injured and his day ended early. Sam Docherty did not play – not 100% sure why, but possibly as emergency coverage for the seniors.
David Ellard – 116
Jordan Russell – 104
Rhys O’Keeffe – 95
Jarrad Waite – 75
The big news from the Northern Blues game on the weekend is the return of Jarrad Waite. He will be considered for AFL selection this weekend after kicking 2.2 from 15 touches and six marks.
David Ellard had 19 touches and a game high 11 tackles, while Jordan Russell collected 23 possessions, six marks and eight tackles.
Rookie listed and perennially injured, Rhys O’Keeffe was good with 16 touches, five marks and eight tackles. Matthew Watson was up around half forward a bit and was often the one kicking the Blues into 50 and he ended the day named in the best players with 21 touches and seven marks.
Collingwood had a bye in the VFL, however Andrew Krakouer and Brent Macaffer are a chance to return this weekend only half a year after having a traditional ACL surgery.
Brendan Lee – 112
Brent Prismall – 93
Michael Ross – 74
Mature aged rookie Brendan Lee continues his good run of form with 23 touches, five marks and a huge 11 tackles in another BOG performance.
Brent Prismall in his second game back from a knee injury stepped it up, playing all four quarters and ending with 24 touches and seven marks in a pretty decent game.
Young Michael Ross impressed with his pace and agility, mostly playing off half back and the wing. He ended with 18 disposals and five tackles. Sam Lonergan and Tayte Pears were reasonable enough to stay in the mix for senior selection. Longergan was named third best with 21 touches. Pears spent about half of the game on Podsiadly and was named fifth best with 18 touches.
Zac Clarke – 129
Peter Faulks – 124
Sam Menegola – 105
John Anthony – 99
Zac Clarke put in a much better performance for East Perth, with 24 touches, 11 marks and 17 hitouts. I almost had to do a double take when I saw Peter Faulks’ numbers. He’s had a couple of decent numbers this year, but this is a game right out of the box for him with 30 possessions and ten marks in defence for a career high 124 AFL Dream Team points.
Rookie listed former Hawk Sam Menegola was good across half forward for an East Fremantle side that got smashed with 24 touches, six marks and five tackles.
John Anthony found his goal kicking range, with 5.0 for Subiaco, while Josh Mellington had 15 touches and kicked 4.1 for West Perth. Zac Dawson returned from his knee injury with seven touches.
Orren Stephenson – 133
Jonathan Simpkin – 100
Shannon Byrnes – 97
Mitch Brown – 93
It was another week where Orren Stephenson just did whatever he wanted to the opposition ruck, knocking down 60 hitouts rucking solo with Dawson Simpson being a late out. He also picked up 16 touches around the ground and kicked a goal. He’s averaging 144.3 in his past three VFL games. Nathan Vardy is expected to make a return to the VFL this weekend though.
This week Jonathan Simpkin was promoted to the senior list after Josh Cowan was placed on the long term injury list. Simpkin picked up his eighth ton in his last nine VFL games with 26 touches, six marks and a goal.
Shannon Byrnes was creative kicking two goals and picking up 20 possessions, while Mitch Brown continues to develop in defence after starting his career as a forward. He was named second best in a good showing, collecting 23 touches and eight marks (including three contested).
Jordan Schroder was named best on ground for his great work around the clearances. The strong bodied midfielder had 26 touches, but no marks and one tackle only saw him score 74 in AFL Dream Team. James Podsiadly played three quarters on return from his ankle injury and took eight grabs and ended the day with one goal. Jesse Stringer won’t be available for AFL selection for the rest of the year after his club suspension, but he returned to the VFL this week with 13 touches and seven tackles.
No NEAFL stats available.
Gold Coast went down by five goals at home to Sydney reserves, but in great news for those long frustrated Aaron Hall owners, he was named BOG for the. C’mon mate, do the right thing. He had over 30 touches and was tackling like a mad man, so his DT score would’ve been right up there.
Mature agers Sam Iles, Kyal Horsley and Andrew McQualter all featured in the best players for their tough work around the clearances. Michael Coad got through his second game on return from a thumb injury that had kept him out for a couple of months. Josh Fraser and Jeremy Taylor kicked three goals each.
No NEAFL stats available.
The Giants went down heavily to reigning NEAFL premiers the NT Thunder. Adam Kennedy was named best on ground and is a chance to return to the seniors this week. Jack Hombsch is another who has been out of the seniors for a few weeks now, but he had a solid game in defence to push his name up.
Steve Clifton returned to the NEAFL after playing his first two AFL games and was named in their best players, as were Andrew Phillips, Tim Golds and Mark Whiley.
Luke Lowden – 94
Xavier Ellis – 85
It was a pretty ordinary day for Hawthorn’s affiliate Box Hill, who lost to Werribee by three goals, despite having seven more scoring shots.
Developing ruckman Luke Lowden has been in really good form lately and if it wasn’t for Max Bailey having recently returned he’d be really pushing for a debut. This all holds him in good stead for next year though. On the weekend he had 15 touches and 29 hitouts against good opposition in Hamish McIntosh, Majak Daw and Cam Pedersen.
Xavier Ellis, on return from his knee injury had 23 touches and was very good around the stoppages, while Chance Bateman played his second game after his shoulder injury with 14 touches and five marks.
Tom Couch – 128
Jordan Gysberts – 122
Cale Morton – 118
Jack Fitzpatrick – 105
Vintage Couchy! With a taste of AFL under his belt Tom Couch went back to the VFL and found the ball 31 times with six marks and six tackles. He also kicked two goals and had a much better kicking efficiency of 70% to be named fifth best.
He had a few mates who put up strong numbers too, with Jordan Gysberts named second best, kicking two goals from his 26 touches. He’s had a shocking run with injuries this year, but he’s played seven games in a row now and it set for a senior recall.
Cale Morton created plenty of outside run and was also named in the best players, collecting 29 touches, two goals and a match high 19 handball receives. Jack Fitzpatrick was dominant in the ruck with 44 hitouts and 15 possessions. For curious James Magner owners, he didn’t play for Casey.
Levi Greenwood – 117
Majak Daw – 82
It was only half a contingent from the North Melbourne boys, with North Ballarat having a bye on the weekend. Of the Werribee boys, Levi Greenwood was the top numbers man with 27 touches and ten tackles.
Hamish McIntosh made his return to the VFL and got through unscathed in a bit less than three quarters with 12 touches and 23 hitouts, working in tandem with Majak Daw, who had 13 touches, 20 hitouts and a goal.
Ayden Kennedy impressed in defence and has had a consistent year. While he’s not one to typically put up high numbers on the weekend he had 11 touches, five marks, six tackles and snuck forward to kick 1.1 – ending with 77 DT points and was named second best.
Nathan Blee – 75
Nathan Blee was the only performer of real note on the weekend. He was named second best for North Adelaide with 24 touches and four marks and a season high AFL Dream Team score of 75.
Ben Jacobs was the next highest ball winner with 17 possessions for Port Magpies. Mitch Banner dominated at reserves level for Port Magpies again – surely not too far away from at least cracking the SANFL Seniors.
Jeromey Webberley – 100
Angus Graham – 98
Brad Helbig – 84
It was an awful day for Coburg, who went down to the Northern Blues by 99 points. Jeromey Webberley was the top ball winner with 24 touches and five marks.
Brad Helbig returned from a foot injury that had kept him out since Round 2 and was a bit wasteful with his kicking, but ended up with 17 touches and six tackles. Big Angus Graham was dominant in the ruck with 15 possessions and 48 hitouts.
Rookie listed Steven Verrier was named BOG with 21 touches, but unfortunately David Astbury was rushed to hospital after a heavy head knock, which might delay his comeback.
Sandringham had a bye in the VFL.
No NEAFL stats available.
Mitch Morton was dominant up forward in Sydney’s win against Gold Coast reserves. He booted nine goals for the day. Matt Spangher was also good up forward to be named second best and kicked three goals with some good contested marks too. With Sam Reid out for a few weeks there’s an opening in the forward line for a tall at Sydney.
Nathan Gordon was very good through the midfield, though he did waste a few opportunities in front of goal, however he was named BOG. Dylan McNeil was also a key contributor in the middle. Brett Meredith is adjusting well to his move to half back and was named amongst the best players.
Tom Mitchell and Tommy Walsh both missed with injury.
Andrew Strijk – 123
Bradd Dalziell – 111
Tom Swift – 92
Lewis Stevenson – 90
Andrew Embley returned from his shoulder injury and played just over a half a game for Swan Districts. He played on the wing and had 16 touches in his limited time on ground.
Andrew Strijk had a good game for West Perth with 27 touches, eight marks and 3.2 to be named in the best players. Bradd Dalziell had no dramas finding the ball, as usual, with 27 touches, six marks and seven touches in an East Freo side that got crushed by Claremont. Tom Swift was the top ball winner of the Eagles listed
Fraser McInnes created plenty of chances for Perth and unfortunately missed them all, kicking 0.5 from 16 touches and eight marks.
Justin Sherman – 172
Tom Campbell – 150
Andrew Hooper – 91
Ryan Hargrave – 80
In very boggy conditions and a game that might not be one for the archives with only seven goal kickers between the two teams, Williamstown got over arch rivals Port Melbourne by nine points.
Justin Sherman picked up 29 touches (28 of them kicks) and racked up 13 tackles, as well as kicked 3.2 to be named BOG.
Tom Campbell pushed his case for a recall with a massive 58 hitouts, 19 touches, seven marks and seven tackles to be named fourth best. Andrew Hooper created a few opportunities in front of goal and ended up with 1.3, along with 19 touches and seven tackles. Dylan Addison returned from his jaw injury with two goals in a defensive forward role.
Ryan Hargrave put up a score you’d definitely take from your seventh defender, but unfortunately those valuable 80 points don’t count in the VFL. He was solid though, with 23 touches and four marks. Michael Talia was impressive in defence to be named sixth best with 17 touches and six marks for 71 AFL Dream Team points. Recently upgraded rookie Jason Johannisen was kept out as emergency cover for the AFL.
Well there we were, thinking all the season’s issues were coming from our backline, but in recent weeks it has been our forwards who have let us down. A few weeks ago, we were told Buddy would be out for three weeks, but now three weeks later, it’s looking likely that he will miss another two. And all of Adam Goodes, Steve Johnson and Mitch Robinson are only 50/50 chances of playing this week too.
So, many of us have weathered the Buddy storm to date, but with another fortnight on the sidelines and finals around the corner, is it too late to jump ship? I wrote an article about Buddy at the time of injury and looked at his opponents on the run home. If he misses the next two, it means he misses out on playing Geelong and Port Adelaide (our first week of finals). So the other three games he will be playing are:
Round 21: Gold Coast – 108 DT, 89 SC (only one game)
Round 22: Sydney – 104 DT, 99 SC
Round 23: West Coast – 84 DT, 94 SC
So there is one nice looking game against Gold Coast, but then his final two rounds against Sydney and West Coast look pretty daunting. His history isn’t great against either of these teams either, especially West Coast, who he will be facing in the DT/SC Grand Final.
So the question now is whether or not you can afford to keep him. Personally, I’m beginning to lean towards getting rid of him. Whilst yes, he is a top-3 forward when fit, I am sitting precariously on the edge of missing finals in my main league and desperate to make up some ground on my opponents. And I don’t have Dayne Beams. For those in a similar situation, and with a few trades in the kitty, trading should be very carefully considered.
If Buddy does return in round 21 against Gold Coast, will he even play a full game? Surely Hawthorn would have put Gold Coast away by half time and have the luxury of being able to sub Buddy off? They have proven over the past few weeks that they can play without him, so resting him for an extra week so they are sure he won’t re-injure himself would be the clever move.
Some teams may not need to make the trade though. I would be looking very carefully at the options to trade in before deciding to pull the trigger – Dayne Beams is the clear standout, whilst Steele Sidebottom (who should be back this week) is also a great candidate. Mitch Robinson and Steve Johnson have their own injury clouds, so it would be a bit risk to bring either in.
With Dayne Beams my number one option (and there should be little wonder why considering his massive averages this year), Patrick Dangerfield is my standout candidate for number two. The Crows are pushing very hard for a top-four spot this year, but there is still no guarantee they will get there unless their big guns can continue to fire. Patty is in some good recent form, averaging 101.7 DT and 127 SC over his past three weeks – but it’s his amazing run home that gets me most excited!
Check this out for a run home:
Round 19: Essendon @ AAMI
Round 20: Fremantle @ AAMI
Round 21: Brisbane @ Gabba
Round 22: Melbourne @ MCG
Round 23: Gold Coast @ AAMI
This means that he will not play a single top-8 side in his DT/SC finals campaign, which should be fantastic for a guy capable of beating up on those teams and players less experienced than himself. He is also much cheaper than Buddy in both Dream Team and SuperCoach, making him affordable to all – he’ll even make you a bit of cash to spend elsewhere!
At the end of the day, if you have the trades to do this move, then I think it’s worthwhile. Trading in Beams or Dangerfield, you are almost guaranteed some decent scores throughout the remaining rounds, whereas there is still plenty of doubt surrounding Buddy; when he will be back, and how fit he will be on return. That said, even if he does return in good form, you haven’t totally lost out from the trade, or even at all!
If you are a coach who has traded heavily and with only a couple remaining, or if you haven’t finished other lines of your team, then there may be some more pressing uses for those valuable trades than getting rid of Buddy. And as noted above, it’s certainly not the end of the world if you keep him, but I do feel that those who trade could come out better in the wash.