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The Numbers – Round 19

That’s it – no more Head 2 Head matches. With plenty of big numbers this year, R19 did not let us down as we say goodbye to the home & away season; and hello to knock out action. Have a look at my numbers for the week as we wind down and into the finals.

That’s it – no more Head 2 Head matches. With plenty of big numbers this year, R19 did not let us down as we say goodbye to the home & away season; and hello to knock out action.
Now, so as to not hang around too long at the risk of boring you good DT faithful, I give you The Numbers for R19…
1 – kicks that could’ve decided the Crows v Bombers game on Sunday. In a scintillating and tense 2nd half – both teams put on a great show for their fans with Adelaode walking away the victor against a disappointed Essendon.
2 – teams who dropped dangerously close to being out of the race for finals this year with St Kilda and Carlton now both 8 points behind 8th/9th spot. Perhaps it’s the optimist in me but with Essendon fling its not impossible for the Saints or Blues to make a mathematically outstanding charge at the 8. At least Brett Ratten agrees.
4 – days left until finals footy. DT finals that is. Did you make the 8? Or crash put to be placed in the ‘complimentary cup’?
5.8 – Average marks taken by Melbourne high flyer Jeremy Howe. Besides Nic Nat, is there a better player at taking a screamer on the field? 2012 has seen Howe emerge as one of the most prolific jumpers in the AFL with multiple mark of the year nominations – including week 4 where he had two.
6 – upon revisiting the NAB Rising star list for 2012, my predictions are well on track as the GWS Giants have now had 6 kids put forward this year – easily surpassing Gold Coast’s 2011 record of 4. With pocket dynamo Devon Smith a chance to also get a nod this week, he could join Cameron, Bugg, Coniglio, Shiel, Greene and Treloar in the books as no. 7. My pick for the year? Has to be Toby Greene.
7 – Speaking of the Greeneman, he’s now totaled 7 x 30+ disposal games now in 2012. What started as pure accumulation has turned into impact as he’s become an important cog in the young giants midfield. With an avg of 26.8 touches for the year and 91.25 DT points, he is a star of the future. Anyone pick him in their starting side?
8 – I gave this bloke a wrap last week but couldnt help but mention him again. Matty Pavlich is in thunderous form with another 8 goals on the weekend leading his team to victory in the Western Derby. Now leading the race for the Coleman Medal on 55 goals, he’s in the box seat to take out the prestigious gong after a slow start to the year.
47 – Games now ex-Port mentor Matthew Primus had as head coach before his axing on Monday morning.  After a positive start to his AFL coaching career where he won 5 from his first 7 games, he evokes another coach to have failed to see a vision of success come to fruition. After being with the club since 2005 as assistant coach – time will tell whether we’ll see an exodus in the passing months of his departure.
130 – we’ve been waiting all year and it’s finally happened (albeit way too late). Bryce Gibbs has played a decent game in the MIDFIELD. With 29 touches, 7 marks, 6 tackles and a sausage roll – Gibbsy fired in the middle. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get the Blues over the line against the minor premiership favorites.
573 – highest total disposals to date in season 2012. Guess who this belongs to? That’s right, Dane Swan. Despite playing two less games than the likes of Boyd and Thompson, the reigning brownlow medallist is once again putting his name forward after some huge individual performances.
Whore of the Week
This week, Suns youngster Harley Bennell becomes the youngest nominee of 2012. His 38 touches, 7 marks, 4 tackles and 4 straight goals gave him a massive 156 points for the round as he dominated his opponent Jack Trengove in their 42 point loss to Melbourne at the weekend. A near certainty for 3 Brownlow votes, he now has a DT average of 87.6 and has played every game this year. Who’d have expected such a breakout?
Highlights – Gibbs, Sidey, Deledio and Dangerfield were my highlights as would Jolly, Bennell, Pavkich and the ever present Ablett.
Lowlights – Birchall’s continued run of poor form (68) was bettered by Cox’s even poorer 66. Oh yeah, also Cloke failed yet again for 49.
Team McRath – only made the 8 in 3/5 leagues which dictates my poor year. A score of 2233 was a lot better than last week but still under par. Shall I say planning for 2013 is in full swing.
#TheNumbers are a bit light this week as we wind down to the end of the year. Keep up the feedback (I love a bit of positive reflection) and feel free to offer up suggestions and I look to play around with the article to improve it for 2012, when it’ll be back bigger and better. Until next week, follow me on the Tweetvine @McRathDT and keep a look out for those numbers.
Sidenote: At the time of writing this Devon Smith had not yet won the nomination for R19 NAB Rising Star – Congrats Champ!



  1. Buzzy Bee

    August 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Phantom article?

  2. OXnFOX

    August 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    0 – The amount of letters and numbers in this article ;)

    Bit short this week McRath :P

    • Cluesy

      August 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm


  3. dockerone

    August 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    As always McRath, a great read!

    Toby Greene can’t win the rising star though, due to his suspension for elbowing Adcock.

    I agree that he would have been a certainty if he was eligible, but now the race is wide open…

    I’m thinking Mitch Wallis might win it, but am not saying that with a whole lot of confidence!

    • Buzzy Bee

      August 7, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      I know it would be optimistic to think a key defender could win it, but I reckon Daniel Talia would be a deserving winner. Just read that he is ranked 3rd in the AFL for spoils, and 6th for one-percenters. He plays on the opposition’s best forward most weeks (even ahead of Rutten) and has conceded an average of only one goal a week for the season. Dominated Hurley on the weekend.

      • Genghis Khan

        August 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm


      • 7ator

        August 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm


      • OXnFOX

        August 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

        The three people above me HAVE got to be Crows supporters…cause no one else would even notice :P

  4. Slappers


    August 7, 2012 at 10:52 am

    0 – number of trades i have

    2 – number of donuts i got last week

    230 – number of what my average has gone down, due to premos not scoring well.

    3 – my placement in the important league

    1000000000000 – payers i have done to win my league on pure luck.

  5. Slappers


    August 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

    3 – number of times cloke has played decent this year.

  6. Slappers


    August 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

    70 – the percentage buddy is likely to play…

    any news on buddy or robbo?

  7. Shags

    August 7, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Pulling my hair out at trade choices this week. But it all comes down to buddy an
    d robbo playing … grrr

    Number of team resets this week to total … 29

  8. Rob

    August 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I need a forward and I have only one trade left.
    I can afford anyone except Beams or Buddy. Who do I choose? My thoughts are Pavelich but considering Dangerfield, Fyfe, O’Keefe.

    Any advice?

    • Waffles

      August 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

      I would lean towards rok can pav keep it up yes he got 144 but that’s because he kicked 8 goals.
      If you’re looking for the spare $$ then fyfe

      • Adam

        August 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

        0 – Amount of cash he needs to save as he has 1 trade left… :P

    • Slappers


      August 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      i would go ROK… or fyfe

      danger might be a risk due to crows resting players… he would be up there for a rest i think…

  9. Frog A Doodle FFW

    August 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    16 – The number of teams left in the eliminator – of which I am one !!!

    • Slappers


      August 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      nice work… whats your overall ranking?

      • Frog A Doodle FFW

        August 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

        Currently ranked 127 – hopefully crack the top 100 by years end..
        Solid back up from last year where I was ranked world No. 1 for 4 or 5 weeks…

        • Big Feller

          August 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

          We miss you Frog Dick

      • Frog A Doodle FFW

        August 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        Currently ranked 127 – hopefully crack the top 100 by years end..
        Solid back up from last year when I was No. 1 in the world for 4 or 5 weeks…

        No one hit wonder here unlike TKOL and BennyDT..

        Is TKOL still alive, I am waitng to see him as a missing perosn on the back of my milk carton ?

        • Genghis Khan

          August 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm

          Ah the arrogant Muppet himself.
          team name?

          • Ridley U

            August 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm

            the Team name is FlynnLilaLottie if I am not mistaken

        • Slappers


          August 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm

          so you can help me next year with my team… :)

          • Ridley U

            August 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

            What is wrong with you? Get some dignity will ya…

  10. Frog A Doodle FFW

    August 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    16 – The number of teams left in the Eliminator of which I am one…… Bring on Wednesady so I can size up my oppostion for a spot in the top 8 !!!

    • Ridley U

      August 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      Frog Dick Lives !!!

      • Frog A Doodle FFW

        August 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

        Hey there Ridley..

        The great Frog A Doodle is always present… Unlike outspoken pretenders like TKOL and BennyDT who have gone to ground following insipid seasons and being exposed as DT Duds…..
        The Frog backs it up year after year and it is only a matter of time before I go from my current elite DT status and reach legend status and take down a title.. Who knows maybe a victory in the 2012 eliminator could be a sign of things to come for season 2013 and my quest for the holy grail !!!

        How are you tracking know Ridley- I know you were flying earlier in the year overall ranking wise ??

        • Ridley U

          August 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm

          Season ended in round 11, due to some bad luck and bad choices by myself, so have done other things to spice things up with crazy captain choices and new strategies for 2013. You should know how it is Catherine, finishing 100th is the same as finishing 10,000 in my books. It is the number 1 spot that only interests me.

          If you are missing Benny and TKOL just jump on the facebook group. You can tell them how shit they are there ;-)

          • Frog A Doodle FFW

            August 7, 2012 at 4:55 pm

            Sorry can’t agree with you Ridley – those are the words of someone with a shit ranking, trying to make a lame excuse for their incompetence – surely you are better man that – just admit you short comings and learn from one of the greats – The Frog A Doodle FFW empire is strong and my methods are sound.
            I personally think there is a lot of pride and honour in attempting to rank as high as possible come seasons end, would much rather rank top 100 than top 10,000 !!!

          • 7ator

            August 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

            Nice work Rids.

            You cant really call yourself ‘one of the greats’ if you arent even in top 100 can you frog dick?

          • Ridley U

            August 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

            Sorry I forgot. The amazing frog dick was number one last year then choked. Typical…

            You still keen to put your money on how good you are? I will organise the cash league and we can cut out the middle man.

          • Frog A Doodle FFW

            August 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

            0 – The number of weeks that Ridley has been ranked No. 1 in the world in Dream Team…
            I hardly choked…….

            Yeh your right Rids I am no good at this game No. 1 rank last year for four or five weeks and a top 100 finish.. This year last 16 of eliminator and well on the way to a top 100 ranking again…

            Clearly I have no idea what I am doing…….

          • Ridley U

            August 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

            Sorry. All I read was blah blah blah deflection blah blah blah.

            Time to man up Froggie !!! You in or not?

          • Frog A Doodle FFW

            August 7, 2012 at 7:53 pm

            Ridley I am not sure you are in the same class.. Are you worthy of sharing a league with DT royalty such as myself…?..?

            I may give you the honour of competing in a cash league with me next season…??..??

            $100 a head winner takes all… Best overall ranking is the winner !!!

          • Ridley U

            August 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm

            Done Froggie ! I will be in touch.

          • mal32

            August 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm

            Ahhhh Toad dick a lot of hot air coming out of that amphibian body….at least a lot of popular dream teamers such as rids, tkol, benny etc have revealed themselves on the FB site and not hiding behind there alias….surely ur protruding eyes and webbed fingers and toes is nothing to be ashamed of so why not put a face to the name and join up….a lot of good fun along with chest thumping and bragging happening which by the sounds of it u will have no problem doing…. so stop being a keyboard warrior and hop into the group, i have no doubt ur arrogance will be bought back to earth pretty quickly…

          • Frog A Doodle FFW

            August 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm

            Big Mal you need to learn to relax mate…..
            All in good fun.. What is wrong with a little friendly banter……

            All will be revealed in good time and I will get around to joining this facebook page – what is it ??

            Busy trying to win the eliminator and lock away consecutive top 100 finishes… I know your season has already gone up in smoke, but stick at it the penny might drop one year !?!?!

  11. Havacrack

    August 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    334 – Total number of kicks Dane Swan has had for the season.
    0 – Total number of drop punts Dane Swan has kicked for the season.

    • coxtapstoswallow

      August 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Shutup you moron. Nobody wants to listen to your crap idiot

      • Frog A Doodle FFW

        August 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Given there is no audio – nobody has to listen to anything…
        Run along now little child, gran youralf a Freddo Frog and watch the Wiggles !

    • coxtapstoswallow

      August 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      You make me sick.

      • Frog A Doodle FFW

        August 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm

        Chicken pox maybe ?? Common in little kids !!

    • coxtapstoswallow

      August 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Go and tounge it you sniffer.

      • Havacrack

        August 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        Haha, suck on that!

  12. Genghis Khan

    August 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Great Stuff McRath!
    34 – Amount of points that GWS rolled Poooort by on the weekend!

    • Slappers


      August 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      wish i had money on it…

      anyone know what they were paying for the win?

      • RLGriffin

        August 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

        Only $8.50 odd at the start of the week, and dropped closer to $7 by game time. I only won $85… :-(

  13. Antipasto

    August 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    6 – Number of teams with a legitimate chance to take the flag. By far the most at this time of the year in recent memory

  14. Damo


    August 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    2 – weeks Swan will warm the pine for me. Just end this bloody year already!

  15. OXnFOX

    August 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    @ FLOG DICK…

    Catherine is it?

    Never heard of a woman talking with such arrogance and no humility, are you really who you say you are or do you have multiple teams?

    I have been playing fantasy footy games for over a decade and i always rank pretty high – always top 0% to 1%, and in my experience i’ve found that a lot of the time there were multiple teams being played by the same person, increasing their overall chances.

    I have no problem with increasing your chances, as long as its within the rules, but how many cheaters do you think are also braggers??? Think about it.
    I’m not saying you’re a cheat…but reading your posts and gauging your ‘tone’…i’m saying that you are NOT a Catherine.

    I’d be pleased to be proven wrong.

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