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Trent Cotchin – Deck of Dream Team 2013

Cotchin arrived in 2012 and finished the year averaging 130 in his last 4 games and didn’t score under 100 in his last 10. At the age of 22, he’s a gun in the making. But can Cotch handle the attention he will recieve (tags) and is he good value in 2013? Check out Calvin’s view on the Tiger star!

jan_19cotchinName: Trent Cotchin
Club: Richmond Tigers
Position: Midfielder
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $570,200
Bye Round: 11 (shared with Brisbane,  Freo, Hawthorn, Bulldogs and Port Adelaide)
2012 Average: 110
2012 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 119

Why should I pick him?

Cotchin is an outright gun and has evolved into a DT jet. Cotch had a huge 2012 season,  improving his DT average 16pts from 2011. He hasn’t missed a game in the last 2 years and is in a team who is certainly on the up. He started the year averaging 99 in his first 6 games but it was his second half of the year which got many DT coaches excited and convinced that Cotch was a DT gun here to stay. Man ‘o’ man did he come home like a freight train. He scored more than 100 points in his last 10 games and averaged a massive 120 during this time. Then, when you look at his last 4 games of the year and see 152, 101, 145 and 121 (avg. 130) you certainly get my drift with his two best DT scores in his career occurring during this time. Trent Cotchin has arrived.

But can Cotchin handle a tag? Ok, in 2012, Cotchin was tagged a lot. Nearly in every game by some of the best taggers in the league. Check out the result of these tags and you be the judge how he went.

Mc Kenzie = 110 & 106
Hunt = 105
Bird = 96
Hocking = 143 & 145
Greene = 87
Van Berlo = 111
Raines = 103
Cassisi = 121
Carrazzo = 118
Picken = 152

Averaging = 116

All taggers create great concern for DT coaches, but as you can see from above, Cotch is certainly finding then no issue at all. Not bad for a kid who turns 23 this year who will only get better!

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Maybe because you can find better value in cheaper players like Pendlebury or Stanton? Or go a little further and pay nearly $50k less for the likes of Marc Murphy? Dangerfield? or even Sam Mitchell? All these guys are proven DT guns, who are cheaper than Cotch who certainly have the ability to match his numbers.

Deck of DT Rating.

KING –  Cotch doesn’t tick the ACE box for me just yet. He did only averaged 110 last year and although he came home like a freight train, he still needs to prove to us he can match that in 2013. I think he can! I think Cotch can push an average of 120 this year. During the year, Cotch will receive some mega tough tags and will occasionally have scores that will not please his coaches. But at the end of the day, he’s a must have by the end of the year. Will I start with him? owww very tough call, but at this stage I probably wont. Guys like Dangerfield who averaged 123 in his last 5 or Pendlebury of equal value seem ‘better’ options for me. Tough call at this early stage, but he’s certainly a gun who will feature in Team Calvinator at some point in 2013.

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  1. Shorty

    January 19, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Great article Calvin! i’m sure the reason that no one is commenting is because he is one of he bigger locks heading into the 2013 DT season. I’m personally unsure if i should pick Cotch or Boyd as a POD. So pumped for the 1st!

    • Lukey85

      January 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

      Totally agree, it’s between Cotch and Boyd for me, at least you know you won’t be disappointed with either.

      Top article and stats Calvin – 118 against Carrots is a fair effort!

  2. Big Feller

    January 19, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Lockedy lock.
    Not even thinking about it, he’s in!
    Great write up Calv.

  3. Noodles71

    January 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Watched him last night in the Richmond v Carlton 2012 match. Could have got a couple of free kicks late in the game to save the match for them. He was definitely the main man in that game. A gun player but Richmond need a good year for him to figure as a DT player at that price.

  4. wish2dream

    January 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hi All. I have a cash league (based on national ranking) im running $50 entry, prizes 1st – $450 2nd – $270 3rd – $180. Asking early to ensure league filled well in advance. Email me Damien for detailed info at with heading Cash league Dream Team 2013

    Ran it last year and it went well :)

    Already have a number of DTTALK readers on board!!


    • Warnie


      January 19, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Hey mate. I think it’s best that you don’t keep posting this from here on. People are getting annoyed.

      • Brett

        January 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

        Warnie, why don’t you delete his posts. I’ve never seen damien post anything other than this crap.

      • Gozzie

        January 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm

        Thanks, Warnie. At worst it’s a scam, at best it is extremely annoying when people turn a blog into a classifieds site. This is not Gumtree, and he has pasted this into every DoDT so far.

        Makes me wonder if he’ll stop even with your gentle ‘pull-your-head-in’ warning.

        PS – Great article Calvin. Grateful for the taggers summary, as I have had him in to this point, but have been wondering how ‘tag-proof’ he will be this year as the Tiger’s main man.

    • london eagles

      January 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      hey man this sounds really good do i just need to transfer the money through western union then im in?

  5. BigVic2006

    January 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Great article Vin and will be picking him in my squad this year

  6. Pettiger

    January 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Nice one Calvin. Can’t believe you didn’t make him an ace. He was my second player locked in after Boyd.

    • Big Feller

      January 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      +1 – I’m a believer in the Cotchinator!!!

  7. Brett

    January 19, 2013 at 11:23 am


    From a fellow port supporter, please stop posting this bullshit. Gullible or naive readers don’t need to risk losing 50 bucks never to be seen again. Scams don’t belong on a DT Talk forum.



  8. MW

    January 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Nice write up.

    Cotch is one I’d like to have but just don’t think I will fit in at this point. Of course that’ll no doubt change umpteen times before Rd 1.

    Those last handful of games make you think long and hard about it though…

  9. Adamant

    January 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Great write up Calvin!

    I’m not sure about Cotch… he’s a gun for sure, but after paying full price for Rocky at the start of last year, I think I’ll stick to starting the proven guns in the midfield.

    • POK


      January 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm


  10. Fyfe4Lyfe

    January 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Call me paranoid, but after this article I’m actually wondering whether Cotchin is still an uber-lock in my team. A great player who will only get better, but the value you could get from other players and his not-so-great Round 11 bye (for me anyway) casts slight doubt. Still in my team though and likely to be all through the preseason.

  11. GrandOldFlag

    January 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    99% sure he will be in my side come round 1

  12. DoubleA

    January 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    At least put some effort in. Start with something like…

    “Great post. Ya Cotch is a gun.”

    Or maybe “he’s a total cotch-rocket” – although that does come off a little weird.

    Then you can be all like …

    “Anyways, since I’m here, I have this cash league which is totally legit and not at all a scam. People say its a scam but it’s totally not….”

    • DoubleA

      January 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Don’t you hate when you forget to click the reply button before you type up your whitty comment that then gets posted with no context and makes you look stupid? Never happens to me, but I bet it must suck….sigh.

  13. Pousie

    January 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Great write up. Cotchin’s stats sound tempting.

    Other thing Damien “dare to dream” you are a penis

  14. Mylesurule

    January 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Funny how you called heath hocking one of the best taggers in the league

    • AFFEL

      January 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Hocking is a shocking tagger .. he’s a waste of space

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