Who are you going to NAB? – Week 2
Round one is half over so what have we learnt? In a DT sense we got proof that the big stars have stayed big stars but there seems to be a wealth of mid-price backs to tempt us away from a pure guns and rookies approach. So now we move to week 2, what questions do we want answered this week?
Round one is half over so what have we learnt? Well the goal umpires have new goal line technology but still refuse to use it, maybe if a player thinks there has been a mistake he could call a referral? I mean why would the umpire making the mistake want to admit it?? He obviously thinks he’s made the right call every time. Also the last touched out of bounds rule is more unpopular than Ivan Milat at a backpacker’s hostel, it needs to go pronto. The release kick up the line is all we have against the full press sometimes. With all these new rules and wacky match times it’s hard to get a good gauge on DT scoring. The fresh team won 5 of 6 games… it’s a definite advantage. Reece Conca got off more lightly than the captain of the Costa Concordia but he used the exact same defence “…….but I only fell into him!” Will be interesting to see how many people pick him now that he will be unseen again. I also suspect the hairdresser down Subiaco way has been experimenting with acid; something needs to be done with a few of those shags. In a DT sense we got proof that the big stars have stayed big stars but there seems to be a wealth of mid-price backs to tempt us away from a pure guns and rookies approach.
So now we move to week 2, what questions do we want answered this week?
StKilda v Sydney v Geelong
St Kilda look to be an interesting case, a new coach with new ideals may change a few players’ fortunes. Firstly I want to see how Big Nick is looking, word has it he will have more help this year in the shape of Siposs or Stanley which will stop the triple teaming and could put those 2 youngsters in lights. Can McEvoy take the next step to premo ruck? Can Armitage or Steven establish themselves and break out? Will Cripps take a running back spot?, he has had a good pre-season.Gilbert stunk worse than a fart in the shower last year; can he get back into DT form? Will Milera or Saad be able to play alongside Milne? Big wraps on Ross already coming out of Seaford, can he play? Is joey looking good and is Lenny back in town? And lastly is Wilkes a Presti or a Goose Maguire?… Please tell us this weekend! As I said, loads to look at here.
Sydney are slowly changing into a DT friendly team. There are quite a few prospects here that need monitoring….we all know Goodes can play but how about ROK, is the extra year wearing on him? Will Armstrong take the backline slut role vacated by Kennelly? Will Mummy continue on from last year and prove to be premo? Or will he go back for the 22 sausage eating record? Can Parker or Rohan push on and break out? Rohan has been sizzling all summer. Can Walsh snag a spot after his international rules starring role and hurt the saints in the process? Mitchell will be gold, he just may be a downgrade target if he doesn’t play in the NAB.
Obviously Geelong has been DT gold for a number of years, will they be on the wane or will it continue? What questions need answering here? Firstly in the ruck… Is Big O doing it all? I suspect with the Injuries right now he may get a fair run at it. He still has to share with West i guess. I hear Scott wants to blood a lot of youngsters to try and turn over the list, will be interesting to see how Smedts, Motlop and Guthrie go if selected. Somebody needs to fill the boots of Ling… will it be Hogan? And the Varcoe fill in, will it be Byrnes or Motlop?…. or will Christiansen get more middle time and break out? Is Hawkins ready to rip it apart or will he go back to being a goof? Lastly I’m keen to see how Mackie performs; he could be value this year…. actually I suspect there will be a few bargains coming out of the cattery this season, in fact my number one smokey plays here..shhhhhh
Gold Coast v Melbourne v Brisbane
Last year’s goldmine GC back up for year 2, most of their players are now in awkward price ranges but there are still some offerings, what are we looking for? Hunt could be a sneaky back pick this year…. If he gets midfield time he should easily be able to crack a 60 average and make us enough money, he racked up 20 possies last week, big watch! Caddy looks another that could really boost his average if he is given a sustained run at it, I’ll be looking for some form from him. How’s Zac Smith looking? Is Taylor Hine ready to play? How about Horsey, does he look the goods? Will bock continue to play forward now that Warnock can fill his old boots? 4 goals on the weekend looked promising. Hope they don’t win, I hate that song.
What are we looking for at the demons? The co captains are a big start.. I’m looking for Trengove to really break out, how’s he looking? How about Grimes, do we risk him being injured this early? Is he in the middle or off half back? Are Blease, Gysberts, Mckenzie or Strauss ready to take the next step? Will Tapscotts mega boot be used as designated kicker again? Is Watts roaming up the ground at will getting stats now that Clarke is home in the square? Finally are Couch or Magner doing enough to get the upgrade? To be honest, everybody in a Melbourne jumper looks the same too me… they are like lemmings or something, I hope somebody steps out from the pack.
How about Brisbane, what’s news there? I’d like to know if Adcock is playing in the middle and how about Hanley, is he on a wing yet? Surely the back spot will be for Docherty when fit. Are Green or Harwood ready to step up? Is Polec ready to sizzle like he threatened last year? And big Billy Longer, is he ready for games? The hawks didn’t want to lose lisle, keen to see how he goes also. To be honest, I don’t see a lot happening here; I’m only trying to find a lion for bye purposes.
Port v Carlton v Adelaide
Obviously it’s a bit of a wasteland at port but there could be a bit lurking…. Big wraps on Ah chee over the pre-season, he may not be ready but will be worth a look. Wingard is a lock all year but the price is tough to muster… he’d want to play good this week to keep on the watch list. Keen to see what Blee brings, he’s on my pine as we speak. Can Moore or Jacobs stake a claim for more middle time and DT points? McCarthy should play every minute…will he score enough? Lastly will Pfieffer do enough to get an upgrade and can Redden stake a claim to challenge Renouf? Few questions to be answered after all!
The blues should fly this year but I’m struggling to fit any in my side….what questions do I want answered this weekend? Well I’m keen on Lucas, eager to see how he plays… Judd won’tbe there grimacing his mouthguard like clubber lang… should be a bit of spare ball left to go around. Kruuuz has been flying; keen to see how well he goes. How about Watson, nailed down the back spot with that super boot? Is Bower back to his rebounding best? Is Gibbs really ready to ‘explode’? Even get a hard ball? Rowe and Mitchell seem to be injured…will have to wait to see them I guess. Lastly I reckon Tuohy could be a Smokey… want see what he brings this weekend.
Lastly we have Adelaide, what do we want answered here…. Is Brown much chop? Is Dangerfield in the middle yet? And Sloane, can he shoot the lights out this year? Jacobs should fly this year…does he still have red hair? I’ve got a no ranga policy….really keen to see Grigg and Kerridge, think one or both will play games this year. Will the porpus pop a shoulder putting his boots on? Not much going on here really….. Just like the real Adelaide!
OK OK don’t knife me… I know you just had Tropfest and the fringe…. It really is a nice place.
So that’s about it, another bumper weekend of footy, another bumper weekend of scouting…. What are you looking for?
P.S this was written pre squad announcements