Category - 2012 – Round 6
Surprise surprise, another week down, and yet another monster performance by none other than Brent Stanton. Did someone say 193? I take it I’ve made my point :) So with that said, I turn my attention to someone else.
While there were higher scores across the board, I couldn’t go past the performance of a bloke sporting the most impressive mullet in recent history. A career high 46 hit outs combined with a career high 20 disposals helped this man record a career high 116 AFL Dream Team points and 129 SuperCoach points. It has to be said, there’s not a whole lot not to like about Ivan Maric right now.
Maric is one I made mention of before the year began – though I didn’t expect such a drastic scoring increase in his game. If I saw anything like this coming he’d have been the first picked player in my team. As of round 6, Maric stands as the 4th highest AFL Dream Team scorer of all the ruckman in the league, averaging 90.8 points per game. Just shy of the 91.7 Dean Cox is averaging – who would have predicted that!
It was easy to see some improvement coming though. Maric’s arrival at Richmond meant that for the first time in his career the number one ruck mantle was his to lose. This meant more responsibility and more time on ground – both of which translate to stat increases. I wasn’t sure however, that improvement would be enough. I didn’t see Maric as a keeper, and I was unsure he’d increase enough in price to be a worthwhile cash cow.
My biggest concern was Maric’s ability to win the hit out, essentially the easiest point a ruck can get. He’s not the most athletic ruckman, which means that quite often he’s out jumped – particularly at the centre bounce. Hit out averages from previous years supported my cause for concern. What I didn’t account for though, is his ruck work at the stoppages, where jumping isn’t such an issue.
The increase in the sheer volume of stoppages means there’s more ruck contests than ever, and as a result hit out totals have increased across the board. This has particularly favoured Maric. His hit out numbers are a huge surprise, averaging 29 per game, the fifth most in the league. A remarkable 17 more than his 12 per game average in 2011. This has clearly been a driving factor behind his emergence. Another surprise is the disposal increase, jumping from up to 15 possessions per game.
All of this after one of the toughest starts to the year imaginable, facing Carlton, West Coast, Geelong and Collingwood in 4 of the 6 games.
What I like most about Maric is his consistency, showing through in both fantasy games. In Dream Team he has topped 85 points in all but one game, and in SuperCoach 94 is his lowest score.
So is he a legitimate up grade target? I don’t see why not. Right now he’s as safe as anyone. Unlike others, his role is certain. With a particularly favorable bye week in terms of ruckman, along with an easier draw ahead, Maric shapes as one of the true finds of 2012. Get on while he’s cheap!
Who were the AFL Dream Team and SuperCoach Winners and Weiners for this week?
Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood:
Brian Lake makes his way onto this list once again with another great game. It wasn’t just a great game for Dream Team and SuperCoach, but he also played a great one for the Doggies, totally nullifying Cloke in the first half. He is looking much more confident in himself, so fingers crossed you held onto him after his shaky start to the year!
Liam Jones was again pretty awful for the Dogs, highlighting their current lack of depth in the forward line. The Doggies were competitive all game against the Pies, but oddly relied on midfielders and defenders to kick most of their goals. Jones has shown some great signs throughout his short career, but then also puts in stinkers like this one.
Dayne Beams really impressed me, and as Buckley even commented himself post-game, he has taken over the midfield role vacated by Luke Ball. He won plenty of his own ball (33 disposals), used the ball very well and laid 11 tackles – all great stats. Finally his form looks to be justifying his price-tag.
Travis Cloke, despite his great second half, still makes it onto my list as Collingwood’s Weiner. His first half was absolutely abysmal, finishing with just 4 DT and 13 SC points before the main break. He was troubled by Lake, who managed to get into his head, forcing him to drop just about every ball that went near him. His second half certainly saved him (and us coaches), but that half-time score was a very long way to come back from!
Essendon vs Brisbane:
Once again, one particular man has made this decision very very easy for me by producing the highest ever score since the creation of AFL Dream Team – and that man is Brent Stanton. He played another scintillating outside game, racking up 39 touches, 17 marks and 8 tackles. I reckon we are about at the stage where even the Stanton haters need to jump on board and get him in the teams asap!
Patty Ryder had a bit of quiet one, trying to continue the week’s tradition of ruck issues. He played second fiddle to Bellchambers in the ruck (as Bellchambers himself discussed in the press through the week) and was largely ineffective up forward, failing to worry the scorers. We’ll let him have this quiet game, considering the form he has been in up to this point.
Jack Redden played his best game of the year – a relief for all his owners who have been worrying why he has fallen away a bit in 2012. He won plenty of his own ball (30 touches) and was definitely the Lions’ best midfielder in a game which saw Rockliff and Black held to relatively low possession counts.
Simon Black is allowed the odd stinker after a career of brilliance, and this appeared to be that game. He was heavily tagged throughout and whilst he still managed to win a bit of ball in close, he struggled to get to much outside the packs. Whilst he managed 27 disposals for the night, only 9 of them were kicks – he also didn’t manage to record a tackle.
Geelong vs Melbourne:
Steve Johnson is the clear winner here with his 35 touches, 10 marks, 7 tackles and 3.2 – impressive stats in ever column. He played a lot higher up the ground and would have had countless inside-50s – I honestly couldn’t believe the amount of freedom he was given by the Dees, especially in the second half when it felt like he touched it every time Geelong went into their first half. This is his first real dominant game of the year, which is hopefully a sign of things to come.
Allan Christensen was a player traded in by many coaches this week, so it was a shame to see him only manage the 5th lowest DT score of all Cats. His first half was actually very good, playing mainly through the midfield, but he seemed to spend the whole second half stationed in the forward line. What I felt most frustrating was that he was actually positioning himself quite well up forward, but the Cats looked to be going to Johnson and Podsiadly so much (due to their dominance), Christensen was hardly getting a look in. Hopefully we see more time in the midfield from him next week.
Mitch Clark was very good for the Demons up forward – in fact, I worry to think how their year would be going without him. He either kicked or had a hand in all their first quarter goals and the theme continued on from there. He is actually very opportunistic up forward and also has proven strong on the lead and in the air – one type of forward Geelong have been proven to struggle against over the years. He kicked 4.2 from 21 touched and 8 marks and was so clearly their best player it’s ridiculous.
Colin Sylvia had another quiet game, hardly displaying much brilliance or form. It is only his second game for the year, so I’m going to give him some time, but as it is he is just another Melbourne leader struggling to impact games. Fingers crossed he can get in some form though, as games like this are going to make his price sky-rocked down!
Gold Coast vs Fremantle:
Harley Bennell was absolutely brilliant for the Suns, playing a role not too dissimilar to that of the injured Ablett. He was the Suns’ best playmaker through the middle, racking up the handball-receives, whilst delivering it into the forward line beautifully. He also kicked a couple of fantastic goals at important parts of the game. Whilst 2012 may not see him play consistently just yet, he looks like a SuperCoach jet of years to come.
Nathan Bock was another talented player we saw go down early in a game with a terrible injury – whilst the outcome of the injury is not yet known, on the night it appeared pretty clear he had broken his leg, an injury which will likely sideline him for the rest of the year.
Matthew Pavlich was one of the best Dockers from a fantasy point of view, although I didn’t think his game was amazing. He was let of the leesh a bit when Bock went down, but he still struggled a bit for impact against a side he really should have been dominating. It was at least positive to see scores like this from him after a pretty slow start to the year.
Paul Duffield clearly wins this award after his non-existent showing. Not only did he struggle to win the ball (every time he touched it he seemed to be knocking it out of bounds, or losing a one-on-one), but his direct opponent was the dangerous Harley Bennell. He had such a great game last week, so it was disappointing to see this sort of game from him just a week later.
St.Kilda vs Hawthorn:
Justin Koschitzke played his best game for a very long time, managing to beat up on the undermanned Hawks defence. He kicked five goals, including 3 in the third term to really put the Saints back in the match. He took some great contested grabs in the goalsquare and would have been the match-winner had the Saints gotten across the line.
Nick Dal Santo had an absolute mare, being tagged right out of the game by Jordan Lewis. He struggled for any effect on the game, managing just 14 disposals. Scott Watters said after the game he wanted to keep Dal in the midfield and not move him forward or back to get into the game, as he needed to learn to press through a tag. Fingers crossed he bounces back next week.
Cyril Rioli is easily the winner here as the Saints’ backline found no way to be able to contain him. He booted 6.1 in a dominant display, playing predominantly as a forward. Al Clarkson was smart, seeing the Saints had no opponent for him, hence using his creativity to their advantage in the forward half.
Grant Birchall made his return after a couple of weeks on the sidelines, but was pretty uninspiring, managing 21 touches, but only 3 marks and no tackles. He looked a little rusty and the Saints did seem to put a bit of work into him. Should be better for the run by next week.
Sydney vs Adelaide:
Ryan O’Keefe, whilst not necessarily best on ground, backed up his Dream Team ton from last week with another against the Crows. After playing a mostly forward role last week, it was good to see him venture up through the midfield a bit more in this game, suggesting that that’s where he will be playing once he builds his match fitness up. Looks like he is as cheap as he will get this week, so now is the time to pounce.
Regardless of whether or not you are the sub, finishing on negative dream team points is not an option. For that, Andrejs Everitt and his -1 points are the weiners for this week.
Scott Thompson was great for the Crows, picking up 31 disposals and laying 10 tackles. He is another premium midfield option who has gone slightly unheralded (as usual), but his season so far has been mostly consistent and of a very good standard. Patrick Dangerfield also deserves a mention for backing up his great game from last week.
Kurt Tippett and Taylor Walker are going to get bundled together in this one, despite the fact Walker kicked five goals this week. What I find amazing is that neither one of these guys can perform when the other is one fire – not once this year has Tippett played well when Walker has fired and visa-versa. Once they get this sorted they will be a dominant force together.
Carlton vs GWS:
Mitch Robinson is making me a very happy man with another fantastic midfield performance, crushing the younger GWS mids with 25 touches, 7 marks and 7 tackles. Whilst there were many Blues who took this game as easily as they expected the win to come, Robbo at least took the game on and tried hard for his thousands of coaches.
Eddie Betts had a shocker and was an example of the Blues expecting to win the game without trying. He was totally blanketed by Adam Kennedy, who kept him to just two behinds. From all the post-match media though, it already sounds like the Blues have learnt from their mistakes.
Devon Smith was one of a number of young GWS players to play their best games of the year. He was great across half-forward and set up plenty of attacks with his willingness to win the hard ball and take the game on. Finished with 22 touches, 6 tackles and 5 marks.
Jonathon Giles had his quietest game of the year so far, being smashed in the hitouts by Matt Kruezer and a dominant Shaun Hampson, playing his best game for a very long time. He still competed around the ground, but only 11 touches and no score impact limited his final score. I have faith he will bounce back though.
*Final two games will be up Monday
WESTERN BULLDOGS V COLLINGWOOD
ES – Fri May 04, 7:50pm
B: Easton Wood, Brian Lake, Dylan Addison
HB: Ryan Hargrave, Mark Austin, Robert Murphy
C: Luke Dahlhaus, Matthew Boyd, Daniel Cross
HF: Adam Cooney, Liam Jones, Patrick Veszpremi
F: Justin Sherman, Jordan Roughead, Nathan Djerrkura
Foll: William Minson, Ryan Griffen, Liam Picken
I/C: Daniel Giansiracusa, Shaun Higgins, Mitchell Wallis, Thomas Liberatore
Emg: Clay Smith, Michael Talia, Tory Dickson
In: Daniel Giansiracusa, Ryan Hargrave
Out: Jarrad Grant (Hip), Ayce Cordy (Back)
B: Heritier O’Brien, Ben Reid, Nathan Brown
HB: Simon Buckley, Nick Maxwell, Tyson Goldsack
C: Dane Swan, Sharrod Wellingham, Ben Johnson
HF: Heath Shaw, Chris Dawes, Ben Sinclair
F: Dayne Beams, Travis Cloke, Alex Fasolo
Foll: Darren Jolly, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom
I/C: Alan Toovey, Martin Clarke, Lachlan Keeffe, Kirk Ugle
Emg: Cameron Wood, Paul Seedsman, Jackson Paine
In: Heath Shaw, Ben Reid
Out: Jarryd Blair (Leg soreness), Paul Seedsman
ESSENDON V BRISBANE LIONS
ES – Sat May 05, 1:40pm
B: Dyson Heppell, Dustin Fletcher, Cale Hooker
HB: Kyle Hardingham, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Courtenay Dempsey
C: Angus Monfries, Heath Hocking, Brent Stanton
HF: Travis Colyer, Jake Carlisle, Ricky Dyson
F: Leroy Jetta, Stewart Crameri, Alwyn Davey
Foll: Patrick Ryder, David Zaharakis, Jobe Watson
I/C: Sam Lonergan, Tom Bellchambers, Jake Melksham, Ben Howlett
Emg: Mark McVeigh, Luke Davis, Cory Dell’Olio
In: Courtenay Dempsey, Nathan Lovett-Murray, Travis Colyer
Out: Tayte Pears (Soreness), Michael Hibberd (Hamstring), Cory Dell’Olio
B: Ashley McGrath, Matt Maguire, Ryan Lester
HB: Mitchell Golby, Joel Patfull, Daniel Rich
C: Jed Adcock, Tom Rockliff, Pearce Hanley
HF: James Polkinghorne, Jonathan Brown, Todd Banfield
F: Ryan Harwood, Daniel Merrett, Aaron Cornelius
Foll: Ben Hudson, Simon Black, Jack Redden
I/C: Jared Polec, Patrick Karnezis, Billy Longer, Jack Crisp
Emg: Sam Sheldon, Niall McKeever, Joshua Green
In: James Polkinghorne, Ryan Harwood, Billy Longer
Out: Josh Drummond (Soreness), Sam Sheldon, Andrew Raines (Suspension)
GEELONG CATS V MELBOURNE
SS – Sat May 05, 1:45pm
B: Matthew Scarlett, Harry Taylor, Josh Hunt
HB: Corey Enright, Tom Lonergan, Andrew Mackie
C: James Kelly, Allen Christensen, Joel Corey
HF: Mitch Duncan, James Podsiadly, Steven Motlop
F: Steve Johnson, Tom Hawkins, Mitch Brown
Foll: Trent West, Jimmy Bartel, Paul Chapman
I/C: Joel Selwood, Jesse Stringer, Billie Smedts, Cameron Guthrie
Emg: Shannon Byrnes, Tom Gillies, George Horlin-Smith
In: James Kelly, Mitch Brown
Out: Mathew Stokes (Ankle), Taylor Hunt (Soreness)
B: James Frawley, Jared Rivers, Clint Bartram
HB: Tom McDonald, Colin Garland, Jack Grimes
C: Cale Morton, Brent Moloney, Jordie McKenzie
HF: Nathan Jones, James Sellar, Jeremy Howe
F: Colin Sylvia, Mitchell Clark, Aaron Davey
Foll: Mark Jamar, James Magner, Jack Trengove
I/C: Matthew Bate, Lynden Dunn, Rohan Bail, Luke Tapscott
Emg: Ricky Petterd, Jamie Bennell, Joel Macdonald
In: James Frawley, Mitchell Clark
Out: Jack Watts, Joel Macdonald
GOLD COAST SUNS V FREMANTLE
MS – Sat May 05, 4:40pm
Gold Coast Suns
B: Jared Brennan, Nathan Bock, Seb Tape
HB: Matt Shaw, Matthew Warnock, Joel Wilkinson
C: Maverick Weller, Karmichael Hunt, Trent McKenzie
HF: Harley Bennell, Tom Lynch, Josh Toy
F: Campbell Brown, Sam Day, Luke Russell
Foll: Zac Smith, Josh Caddy, Dion Prestia
I/C: Charlie Dixon, Sam Iles, David Swallow, Kyal Horsley
Emg: Alik Magin, Jacob Gillbee, Jackson Allen
In: Josh Toy
Out: Brandon Matera (Foot)
B: Garrick Ibbotson, Zac Dawson, Adam McPhee
HB: Michael Johnson, Luke McPharlin, Tendai Mzungu
C: Paul Duffield, Ryan Crowley, Stephen Hill
HF: Matthew de Boer, Christopher Mayne, Clancee Pearce
F: Hayden Ballantyne, Matthew Pavlich, Zachary Clarke
Foll: Jonathon Griffin, David Mundy, Greg Broughton
I/C: Dylan Roberton, Michael Barlow, Lachie Neale, Lee Spurr
Emg: Jay van Berlo, Alex Silvagni, Thomas Sheridan
In: Dylan Roberton, Lee Spurr
Out: Nathan Fyfe (Shoulder), Jack Anthony
New: Lee Spurr (Central Districts)
Milestones: Jonathon Griffin – 50 games
SYDNEY SWANS V ADELAIDE
SCG – Sat May 05, 7:40pm
B: Martin Mattner, Ted Richards, Alex Johnson
HB: Nick Malceski, Heath Grundy, Rhyce Shaw
C: Kieren Jack, Adam Goodes, Lewis Jetta
HF: Ryan O’Keefe, Sam Reid, Jude Bolton
F: Jarrad McVeigh, Andrejs Everitt, Ben McGlynn
Foll: Mark Seaby, Josh P. Kennedy, Luke Parker
I/C: Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Nicholas Smith, Craig Bird, Daniel Hannebery
Emg: Jesse White, Trent Dennis-Lane, Tony Armstrong
B: Michael Doughty, Ben Rutten, Graham Johncock
HB: Matthew Jaensch, Daniel Talia, Brent Reilly
C: Rory Sloane, Patrick Dangerfield, David Mackay
HF: Jared Petrenko, Kurt Tippett, Ricky Henderson
F: Jason Porplyzia, Taylor Walker, Matthew Wright
Foll: Sam Jacobs, Scott Thompson, Nathan van Berlo
I/C: Shaun McKernan, Brodie Smith, Jarryd Lyons, Ian Callinan
Emg: Brad Symes, Brodie Martin, Josh Jenkins
In: Jason Porplyzia
Out: Andy Otten
ST KILDA V HAWTHORN
MCG – Sat May 05, 7:40pm
B: Jason Gram, Sam Gilbert, Jason Blake
HB: Tom Simpkin, Sam Fisher, Sean Dempster
C: Nick Dal Santo, Lenny Hayes, Brendon Goddard
HF: Jack Steven, Nick Riewoldt, Leigh Montagna
F: Stephen Milne, Rhys Stanley, Arryn Siposs
Foll: Ben McEvoy, David Armitage, Clinton Jones
I/C: Jarryn Geary, Jamie Cripps, Terry Milera, Beau Wilkes
Emg: Justin Koschitzke, Dean Polo, Ahmed Saad
In: Arryn Siposs
Out: Dean Polo
B: Benjamin Stratton, Jarrad Boumann, Brent Guerra
HB: Grant Birchall, Ryan Schoenmakers, Luke Hodge
C: Liam Shiels, Sam Mitchell, Jordan Lewis
HF: Michael Osborne, Lance Franklin, Shane Savage
F: Cyril Rioli, Jarryd Roughead, Luke Breust
Foll: David Hale, Shaun Burgoyne, Brad Sewell
I/C: Brendan Whitecross, Matt Suckling, Isaac Smith, Paul Puopolo
Emg: Kyle Cheney, Jack Gunston, Broc McCauley
In: Grant Birchall, Isaac Smith, Jarrad Boumann
Out: Josh Gibson (Ankle), Kyle Cheney, Broc McCauley
CARLTON V GWS GIANTS
ES – Sun May 06, 1:10pm
B: Michael Jamison, Lachlan Henderson, Aaron Joseph
HB: Zach Tuohy, Bryce Gibbs, Nick Duigan
C: Kade Simpson, Mitch Robinson, Dennis Armfield
HF: Andrew Walker, Bret Thornton, Kane Lucas
F: Jeffrey Garlett, Shaun Hampson, Eddie Betts
Foll: Robert Warnock, Marc Murphy, Heath Scotland
I/C: Paul Bower, Jordan Russell, David Ellard, Brock McLean, Andrew Collins, Edward Curnow, Joshua Bootsma
In: Paul Bower, David Ellard, Robert Warnock, Brock McLean, Andrew Collins, Joshua Bootsma
Out: Jarrad Waite (Hip), Chris Judd (Soreness), Matthew Kreuzer (Knee)
New: Joshua Bootsma (South Fremantle)
Milestones: Eddie Betts – 150 games, Shaun Hampson – 50 games
B: Luke Power, Phil Davis, Adam Kennedy
HB: Jack Hombsch, Tim Mohr, James McDonald
C: Tomas Bugg, Tom Scully, Stephen Coniglio
HF: Rhys Palmer, Setanta Ó hAilpín, Taylor Adams
F: Liam Sumner, Jonathan Giles, Curtly Hampton
Foll: Dean Brogan, Callan Ward, Dylan Shiel
I/C: Jeremy Cameron, Israel Folau, Nathan Wilson, Toby Greene, Devon Smith, Sam Reid, Dom Tyson
In: Nathan Wilson, Rhys Palmer, Liam Sumner, Dean Brogan, Tim Mohr, Setanta Ó hAilpín, Adam Kennedy, Dom Tyson
Out: Josh Bruce (Injured), Shaun Edwards, Jacob Townsend (Injured), Adam Treloar (Injured), Adam Tomlinson
New: Liam Sumner (), Setanta Ó hAilpín ()
PORT ADELAIDE V RICHMOND
AS – Sun May 06, 2:45pm
B: Jackson Trengove, Alipate Carlile, Jacob Surjan
HB: Hamish Hartlett, Troy Chaplin, Ben Jacobs
C: Paul Stewart, Domenic Cassisi, Kane Cornes
HF: Travis Boak, Justin Westhoff, Matthew Broadbent
F: Daniel Stewart, John Butcher, John McCarthy
Foll: Brent Renouf, Bradley Ebert, David Rodan
I/C: Brett Ebert, Danyle Pearce, Tom Logan, Cameron Hitchcock, Simon Phillips, Aaron Young, Darren Pfeiffer
In: Brett Ebert, Daniel Stewart, Tom Logan, Cameron Hitchcock, Simon Phillips
Out: Jay Schulz (Eye), Chad Wingard (Shoulder)
Milestones: Paul Stewart – 50 games
B: Steven Morris, Alex Rance, Chris Newman
HB: Bachar Houli, Dylan Grimes, Jake Batchelor
C: Shaun Grigg, Dustin Martin, Brandon Ellis
HF: Brett Deledio, Brad Miller, Nathan Foley
F: Reece Conca, Jack Riewoldt, Tyrone Vickery
Foll: Ivan Maric, Trent Cotchin, Shane Tuck
I/C: Luke McGuane, Matthew White, Shane Edwards, Jake King, Robin Nahas, Matt Dea, Matthew Arnot
In: Luke McGuane, Shane Edwards, Jake King, Matthew Arnot
Out: Daniel Jackson (Suspension)
New: Matthew Arnot (Oakleigh Chargers)
Milestones: Alex Rance – 50 games
WEST COAST EAGLES V NORTH MELBOURNE
PS – Sun May 06, 2:40pm
West Coast Eagles
B: Ashley Smith, Darren Glass, Sam Butler
HB: Beau Waters, Eric Mackenzie, Shannon Hurn
C: Andrew Gaff, Matthew Priddis, Matthew Rosa
HF: Chris Masten, Jack Darling, Josh Hill
F: Nic Naitanui, Quinten Lynch, Ashton Hams
Foll: Dean Cox, Scott Selwood, Daniel Kerr
I/C: Adam Selwood, Luke Shuey, Patrick McGinnity, Brad Sheppard, Scott Lycett, Jacob Brennan, Murray Newman
In: Eric Mackenzie, Patrick McGinnity, Brad Sheppard, Scott Lycett, Jacob Brennan, Murray Newman
Out: Mitch Brown (eye), Will Schofield (Suspension), Josh Kennedy (Ankle)
New: Jacob Brennan (East Fremantle), Murray Newman (Swan Districts)
B: Jamie Macmillan, Scott Thompson, Shaun Atley
HB: Daniel Wells, Michael Firrito, Luke Delaney
C: Leigh Adams, Andrew Swallow, Samuel Wright
HF: Ben Cunnington, Robert Tarrant, Brent Harvey
F: Kieran Harper, Drew Petrie, Lindsay Thomas
Foll: Hamish McIntosh, Jack Ziebell, Ryan Bastinac
I/C: Aaron Edwards, Todd Goldstein, Cruize Garlett, Liam Anthony, Cameron Pedersen, Aaron Mullett, Brad McKenzie
In: Todd Goldstein, Cruize Garlett, Cameron Pedersen, Brad McKenzie
Out: Levi Greenwood
New: Brad McKenzie (Sturt)
Milestones: Leigh Adams – 50 games