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Sub humans: 2011 round 1 projections (4/4)

R1 projections: ME-SY-WC-NM

2011 brings what I suspect will be the most hated rule ever by fantasy coaches: the substitute. Feel the pain of disappearing points!

A reminder on the structure of these posts: they are intended as a guide to the players who are in consideration for the first game of the season for each team. Please note that the “iffy” and “waiting” lists are always four names long – thus some players are named who you would think are locks in the 21 just to fill out the numbers – and they are not listed in order of likelihood. Also, the “injured” list sometimes includes players who are not still injured, technically, but will not be considered for selection because they have not yet recovered sufficient fitness in rehab from a previous injury.

FB: Clint Bartram, Matthew Warnock, Colin Garland
HB: Jack Grimes, Jared Rivers, Luke Tapscott
C: Aaron Davey, Brent Moloney, Tom Scully
HF: Brad Green, Jack Watts, Ricky Petterd
FF: Lynden Dunn, Liam Jurrah, Addam Maric
Fol: Mark Jamar, Jack Trengove, Colin Sylvia
Int: Stefan Martin, Nathan Jones, Matthew Bate
Sub: Jamie Bennell

Iffy: Bartram, Jones, Bate, Bennell
Waiting: Joel Macdonald, Rohan Bail, Neville Jetta, James Strauss
Injured: James Frawley, Cale Morton, Jordie McKenzie, Austin Wonaeamirri, Robert Campbell, Troy Davis, Jack Fitzpatrick, Tom McNamara, Michael Newton

The injury list looks massive, but it should clear up by round 3 or thereabouts. Bail should be in this side on exposed form alone, but it’s hard to fit him into that midfield.

Tapscott is going to be tried at halfback, apparently. The Demons didn’t seem to want to kick it to James Strauss in the NAB when he sagged off for cheap rebound link work, so we’ll have to wait and see whether Tapscott can have any more luck attracting the attention of his teammates in a backline where Grimes steals all the oxygen.

Jones and Bate to me have drifted well towards the floor of this 21, and should have their places attacked by the kids. If Melbourne is going to challenge for the eight this year, either these two are going to have to lift their game or Dean Bailey will have to find someone who does.

Bennell seems the default subs pick, though I could see Martin reverting back there when Frawley returns, swapping with Jake Spencer.

FB: Nick Smith, Ted Richards, Andrejs Everitt
HB: Martin Mattner, Heath Grundy, Rhyce Shaw
C: Daniel Hannebery, Jarrad McVeigh, Lewis Jetta
HF: Ryan O’Keefe, Adam Goodes, Ben McGlynn
FF: Trent Dennis-Lane, Jesse White, Jarred Moore
Fol: Shane Mumford, Josh P. Kennedy, Kieren Jack
Int: Mark Seaby, Gary Rohan, Jude Bolton
Sub: Byron Sumner

Iffy: Smith, Everitt, Dennis-Lane, Sumner
Waiting: Craig Bird, Brett Meredith, Paul Bevan, Mike Pyke
Injured: Craig Bolton, Daniel Bradshaw, Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Tadhg Kennelly, Nick Malceski, Campbell Heath

Most of this side is locked in, but there are a few interesting little positional battles. Smith versus Bevan, Seaby versus Pyke and White versus Lewis Johnston will result in only one spot each, but I am projecting Rohan versus Sumner for the vacant HBF will be shared from the subs bench.

TDL’s spot may be under threat from Bird or Meredith for structural reasons, if new coach Longmuir thinks the Swans don’t need another Michael O’Loughlin type against Melbourne with their strong spoiling backline.

West Coast
FB: Beau Waters, Darren Glass, Patrick McGinnity
HB: Brad Sheppard, Eric MacKenzie, Shannon Hurn
C: Andrew Embley, Matt Priddis, Matt Rosa
HF: Mark Nicoski, Josh J. Kennedy, Andrew Strijk
FF: Jack Darling, Callum Wilson, Mark LeCras
Fol: Dean Cox, Brad Ebert, Chris Masten
Int: Quinten Lynch, Scott Selwood, Will Schofield
Sub: Andrew Gaff

Iffy: Schofield, Lynch, Nicoski, Gaff
Waiting: Ashley Smith, Bradd Dalziell, Luke Shuey, Tom Swift
Injured: Mitchell Brown, Sam Butler, Nic Naitanui, Adam Selwood, Daniel Kerr

I’m cheating a little bit here by assuming that all of the players struggling to get fit for R1 stay out. However, with North’s selection woes being even more pronounced, the opening game is looking like a bit of a bye for the Eagles, so they might be able to afford to give their senior players an extra week to prepare.

What West Coast will need to do is stop the Roos’ pocket dynamoes, which is why McGinnity and Scott Selwood play together to combat Thomas and Harvey. The Eagles backline is a little short, but then again so is North’s forward line.

Gaff was used off the subs bench multiple times in preseason and that’s where I think he’s suited to start with. Especially for Subiaco games, West Coast is likely to try to use the position to inject pace in the second half.

North Melbourne
FB: Daniel Pratt, Scott D. Thompson, Brady Rawlings
HB: Michael Firrito, Robbie Tarrant, Cameron Richardson
C: Liam Anthony, Daniel Wells, Leigh Adams
HF: Sam Wright, Lachlan Hansen, Brent Harvey
FF: Lindsay Thomas, Aaron Edwards, Ben Warren
Fol: Todd Goldstein, Jack Ziebell, Andrew Swallow
Int: Cruize Garlett, Gavin Urquhart, Ben McKinley
Sub: Shaun Atley

Iffy: Pratt, McKinley, Urquhart, Warren
Waiting: no one worth mentioning
Injured: Ryan Bastinac, Nathan Grima, Hamish McIntosh, Levi Greenwood, Matt Campbell],, Ed Lower, Marcus White, Ben Mabon, Ben Ross
Suspended: Drew Petrie
LTI: Ayden Kennedy

Cox could set a record for hit outs, as Goldstein will have little to no help at all. North have already hinted they are not going to promote Majak Daw off the rookie list and have made no mention of doing the same for Cameron Pederson, so for the round or two that Petrie and McIntosh are absent, it will be Hansen et al to pinch hit in ruck support.

I am concerned about the lack of run on that bench, but North is not a quick side at the best of times. Atley wouldn’t last a full game on the WACA, which is why he starts in the green bib. There is precious little behind him in the battle for round 1 selection, though.

Let me know in the comments what you disagree with in these projections. Who do you turf out to give Bail a much-deserved guernsey for round 1? Do Rohan and Sumner both play full games, or are they subs fodder at best? How about Gaff and Atley, can they escape the green or red bib?



  1. Johnny Bee

    March 14, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Monty, L Shuey is a certain starter for the Eagles. At the very least should be in the waiting section

  2. uggugg

    March 14, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Nick Smith is a lock for Sydney’s best 22, but also with so many defenders out I think Bevan will also make the side.

    Sumner is a good chance with his pace very handy against Melbourne’s speedsters. He had another solid hitout against St Kilda, but reportedly only came on as a sub.

    Pyke was omitted from the squad on Saturday, so you would think that Seaby has won the battle. However, it was interesting to see that Jesse White took a few ruck contests so I’m beginning to wonder if they are looking at him as a second ruck option as well.

    Dennis-Lane was surprisingly left out of the squad as well, after 2 poor performances in the NAB Cup. I’m quite shocked at this as I think he is the best Swan forward at chasing and tackling. Meredith also omitted after a underwhelming few games despite glowing reports from pre-season training.

    Don’t rule out Sam Reid challenging for a spot as a tall forward either, especially if Bradshaw misses.

  3. m0nty

    March 14, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Oops, technical hitch there, you’re quite right Johnny.

  4. m0nty

    March 14, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Just a reminder: your job is not only to snipe at me for not including someone, you have to nominate who you’d chuck out to fit him in.

  5. uggugg

    March 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Fair enough, at this stage I would say if Bradshaw plays White is out. Bevan and Bird in for Dennis-Lane and Sumner. That wouldn’t be my personal choice but I think that’s what the club is leaning to at the moment.

  6. valkorum

    March 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I think Shuey IN, Nicoski OUT

    The other one I think is Dalziell and Sheppard are fighting for that one spot. I would be putting Razzle Dazzle in ahead at this stage

  7. Wiggan

    March 14, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Monty Shuey is a certain starter.

    Move Lynch to the Sub position, he is a very versatile player who can pinch hit in the ruck, play forward and back. Gaff wont start round one so drop him to the waiting and move Shuey to the bench.

  8. Johnny Bee

    March 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    You’re quite right Monty. In that case i’m pretty sure if Worsfold had to make the choice between Gaff, Strijk and Shuey, then Shuey would play everytime

  9. bhoung

    March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I thought Ashton Hams mights be in the team?

  10. camboss

    March 15, 2011 at 12:53 am

    The guys are right, Shuey is a definite for Round 1, will be one of the first picked from now on. I would happily have Nicoski make way for him but it seems Woosha has man-wood for Nicoski… The other doubtful for Round 1 will be Schofield, as it doesn’t look like the Eagles will need 3 talls in defence. Ashton Hams would definitely be in the team if he wasn’t on the rookie list. Hopefully he’ll be upgraded this week!

  11. m0nty

    March 15, 2011 at 4:33 am

    I put Schofield in last because I just didn’t like the look of a team with only two tall defenders. Hansen, McKinley and Edwards all need to be marked with talls, and when Goldstein rests forward he’d really stretch them.

    The more I look at it, the more I want to drop Rosa to the subs position, drop Gaff entirely and put Shuey on the wing.

  12. juddthejet

    March 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    McGinnity out because he is a woeful footballer full stop!!!! Schofield to the backline….. Ebert Out because he can’t dispose of the football at all!!! Shuey will definitely be in the team and I think Dalziell will also….. the iffy players for the eagles are ebert and masten(both are eagle members most hated players) nicoski and embley(wouldn’t know how to get a hard ball get these 2) wilson(has the agility and turning circle of a blue whale) lynch(he always tries his best) scott selwood(i hate him as i think he makes poor decision but bloody worsfold loves him for god knows what reason)….. very passionate eagles man and it sucks we are so bad!!!!

  13. KKing18

    March 17, 2011 at 8:37 am

    North’s team is spot on, good work! Although, Cunnington should be “worth mentioning” in the waiting section.

  14. LeFtBehinD

    March 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    West Coast looking at a bye round 1? Get real Monty. We all know you hate North because you barrack for Hawthorn, but get real. North will smash them.

    That said, KKing18 is right. Or Cunnington may even play the first round.

  15. HomersHero

    March 19, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Isn’t Gary Rohan (achilles) – test a worry so early in the season??

  16. jimmy5

    March 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Monty last time North played at the WACA they had Carey in the side, Its Subiaco mate or whatever commercial brand name they have whored it out for this year.

  17. Hank2011

    March 21, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Tarrant has appeared quite good in NAB, but played on nobody. Is it merely a case of him warming a seat until Grima gets in, and then soon as Grima is back, he’s gone?

  18. Arky

    March 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Tarrant is definitely warming a seat for Grima. He’s the designated replacement if any of Grima, Thompson, Firrito get injured, and may also be used up forward if both Hansen and Petrie were to be missing at the same time, but unless he really rips it up in the VFL I don’t think he’s best 22.

    Scully’s injury gives better job security at the bottom end of Melbourne’s 22 for the first month… but not enough to make me comfortable that Tapscott will avoid being either the sub or the guy subbed off on a regular basis.

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