Round 2 Wrap

Fantasy coaches may be without valuable trades, after player injuries and trades were the flavour of Round 2. Who to trade for Andrew Raines,  Liam Anthony and possibly Michael Hurley and Travis Tuck would have been the talk on Thursday and Friday. While on Sunday night thoughts would have shifted to who to swap for Brad Ottens and Trent Hentschel.

There were some surprising results, St Kilda getting over the top of Adelaide, Hawthorn sitting in the bottom four, as a Geelong fan, a great site and West Coast pumping Port Adelaide by 50 points.

Some more rookies made names for themselves; David Zaharakis, Dayne Beams and Michael Quinn.

Some high fantasy scores were had all round, which continued on from last week’s scores.

This week is the last week where you can make trades before the prices rise or drop. For coaches with the likes of Brent Harvey and Luke Hodge  may have to use some trades to avoid heavy price drops. Some players that will more than likely improve their price include, all rookies who will play their third game in round three, Bryce Gibbs, Shaun Higgins and Hayden Skipworth plus many more.

 

St Kilda 15.11.101 def Adelaide 10.9.69

Talk all week of St Kilda’s horrible record at Aami Stadium was laid to rest, as the Saints accounted for a youthful Adelaide outfit by 32-points. St Kilda was a lot harder at the footy for the duration of the night; the stats showed, tackles a whopping 88-56 and contested possessions 134-101. St Kilda went into the match with just one player under 22 years of age, Jarryn Geary, while the Crows had six. The older and more experienced Saints prevailed and looked more in control and switched on during the night.

The free kicks read, 30-11 in favour of the Saints but the umpires didn’t seem to have much of a bearing on the match. I’m sure if you ask any feisty Crows supporter from the outer wing, they would tend to differ.

The Saints midfield led from the front all night and were the catalyst for the victory. Nick Dal Santo (120 DT/122 SC) backed up last weeks performance with another stellar match, which included 35 touches. Farren Ray (100/94) showed the footy world he can perform, while Leigh Montagna (127/127) was brilliant. Luke Ball (95/89) was hard at it,  Jason Gram (115/93) provided great run and carry and Lenny Hayes (91/91) returned well from injury.

Down back, Sam Fisher (108/111) was superb as the loose man and up forward Justin Koschitzke (92/133) kicked four vital goals and showed he could well be over his battle with injuries.  

Fantasy coaches wouldn’t have minded Neil Craig’s youthful experiment, with those six players, Taylor Walker, Patrick Dangerfield, Andy Otten, Kurt Tippett, David Mackay and Jared Petrenko being very popular fantasy picks this season.

Dangerfield (45/50), in particular showed that his body is up to the task of AFL, shrugging tackles and breaking through packs. Tippett (64/98)  kicked three goals, to show that last week may have just been a one off. Petrenko (58/57), provided valuable points for some struggling backlines and Otten (72/74) was good, especially early.

Another blow for fantasy coaches was Trent Hentschel (27/18) injuring his knee, he could be out for two-four weeks.

Star Man: Leigh Montagna. Highest scorer in both, Dream Team and SuperCoach for the night with 127 in each. He laid a massive 12 tackles to add to 21 touches.

Shocker: Richard Douglas. Tried to run with Jason Gram, it didn’t work with Gram picking up 24 touches to Douglas’ nine. His fantasy scores weren’t great either, 40/43.

Were you happy with the way your rookies performed?

 

Geelong 15.15.105 def Richmond 13.7.85

After a thumping last week, Richmond recovered some credibility with a fighting 20-point loss to Geelong at Skilled Stadium on Saturday. Leading early in the last quarter, the Tigers couldn’t hold on as Geelong overpowered them late. Geelong didn’t look themselves through the duration of the match, but credit must be given to the way Richmond went about their game plan. 

The usual suspects were good for Geelong, on a day where no player really stood out. Gary Ablett jnr (81/139) was too good for the Jake King tag and compiled 29 disposals, including 11 in the last term. Darren Milburn (115/141) picked up his normal cheap kicks in defence, but at the same time was a valuable performer for Geelong. Jimmy Bartel (125/104) and Joel Corey (105/124) didn’t really have direct opponents, they picked up 25 touches each. Sitting at the game, Joel Selwood (85/93) didn’t seem to have a major influence, he still touched it 22 times.  Cameron Ling (93/97) followed Deledio and Foley around for most of the day, he recorded 21 touches plus 10 tackles. Poor Brad Ottens,

after missing nine games last year, he could be looking at half of that again this year, and for coaches that picked him up after last weeks performance, a kick in the gonads.

Nathan G. Brown (135/132) returned a fantastic performance, after a horrid match last week. He kicked two goals to add to 29 touches to be arguably best on ground. Despite being the games oldest player, Matthew Richardson (126/156) showed why he is envied by so many AFL coaches. He took some great marks among two goals and 28 disposals. Brett Deledio (111/113) and Joel Bowden (106/78) also bounced back well after last week.
 

Star Man: Steve Johnson. Best on ground in my books, because he stood up when the game was on the line. He kicked 4.2 and it could’ve been more, with also 24 touches.

Shocker: Cameron Mooney. Played more up the ground, and couldn’t find a lot of the footy. Kicked 1.2, with his kicking still troubling him.

How much will Brad Ottens’ injury cost you and will Ablett’s price rise?

 

Collingwood 17.15.117 def Melbourne 10.4.64

Melbourne were able to stick with Collingwood up until half-time, but the Pies pulled away in the third, kicking six goals to two. Collingwood were to experienced for the very young Demons side and that showed in the 53-point victory. The free kick count was again not in favour of the Pies, but no one seemed to care because they got the win.

Josh Fraser (128/150) went alone in the ruck and it worked wonders for the Pies, winning the clearances 34-21. Fraser was too good for the inexperienced pair of Paul Johnson and Jake Spencer who only have 45 games experience compared with Fraser’s 176. Fraser kicked one goal plus 25 touches and 26 hit outs. 

 Dane Swan (130/121) continued his fantastic start to the year, instrumental in the win, he collected 33 possessions plus 10 marks and a goal. Alan Didak (131/124) was awesome, kicking three goals to add to 29 touches. Leon Davis (99/146) had 23 touches, one goal and set up four others. Dayne Beams (94/82) was good on debut, after being the late inclusion for an ill Dale Thomas.

Not much went right for the Demons, but one that did was the performance of Aaron Davey (113/158). He showed glimpses that he may be well on his way back to his speedy best. Cameron Bruce (117/120) and Brad Green (113/84) were again among the Demons best combining for 53 touches and three goals. Ricky Petterd (28/49) and Kyle Cheney (53/50) were talked about heavily this week, especially on this site as the players to step into fantasy sides in place of the injured Raines. Their fantasy owners wouldn’t have liked what they saw, well done on last week’s match.

Star Man: Josh Fraser. Read above.

Shocker: Leigh Brown (21/16). His first appearance for his new club showed why North Melbourne wanted to get rid of him and as many Fantasy coaches would say, a pure spud.

Will Melbourne venture off the bottom this season?

 

Carlton 18.11.119 def Brisbane 15.10.100

Carlton held off a fast finishing Brisbane Lions outfit, with a 19 point win Saturday night. The Blues midfield were again brilliant, as the Blues continued their near perfect start to the season. The Blues were up by as much as 41-points early in the third, before the Lions tamed the margin later that quarter.

Chris Judd (114/130) and Brendan Fevola (91/132) led the show for the dominant Blues, Fevola kicking his first of hopefully many bags for the season, with five goals. Despite just 11 touches, the goals and three contested marks boosted his fantasy scores. Judd was awesome, 10 tackles and 11 contested possessions among 25 touches plus a goal.

Richard Hadley (121/127) also continued on with his good hit out from last week getting 27 disposals at an efficiency of 85%. Jarrad Waite (114/119) again ran off the half back line with ease, until he was called onto the dangerous Bradshaw late. Marc Murphy (110/104) also continued his fantastic form for the season with a career high three goals.

Daniel Bradshaw (104/104) led the revival for the Lions, booting six goals. Daniel Rich (91/111) impressed with another good game, this weeks performance better than last week’s, when he questionably won the Rising Star Nomination. The young gun had 19 disposals and eight tackles. Jonathan Brown (88/114) gave his all, but may come under scrutiny, after kicking Marc Murphy, Setanta O’hAilpin style. Josh Drummond (100/106) was again loose in defence, picking up 30 t0uches. Luke Power (95/97) went head to head with Judd and got 33 disposals himself. Joel Patfull (48/101) was a surprise in SuperCoach, with his 15 touches all being effective.

Star Man: Bryce Gibbs (152/129). 34 touches at 91% efficiency and one goal, YES his ‘Bryce is right’.

Shocker: Brisbane’s ruckmen. Despite beating the Blues in hit outs, the Lions pair of Matthew Leuenberger (34/29) and Jamie Charman (30/27) did nothing else. Together they combined for a grand total of 11 disposals.

Can Carlton continue their great start to the season?

 
Sydney 22.11.143 def Hawthorn 15.15.105

Sydney brought up it’s first victory of the year, and kept Hawthorn’s winless streak running. The Swans again proved their critics wrong in the high scoring match bringing up the 38-point win relatively easily in the end.

Darren Jolly (144/190) continued the great form of ruckmen, with a best on ground performance. Three contested marks, three goals and a whopping 42 hit outs underlined his importance for the Swans. Jarrad McVeigh (127/162) again slipped under the radar of his opposition, running riot all night. Brett Kirk (80/91) was terrific as always shutting down Sam Mitchell (41/36). Adam Goodes (117/183) showed flashes of why he has two Brownlow’s at home. He kicked four goals and picked up 24 touches in a dominant display. Craig Bolton (104/118) would have been best on in Paul Roos’ eyes, he shut down Lance Franklin allowing  him to kick just two goals. 25 touches and 12 marks, helped his fantasy scores. Jesse White (77/103) was a decent understudy for Jolly, 28 hit outs plus 12 touches and one goal.

Hawthorn’s fantasy scores reflected their performance. Their highest DT score was a paltry 82 and Cyril Rioli was the only player to bring up the century in SC. Xavier Ellis (82/93) was decent on return and Luke Hodge (80/83) played better than last week. The twin towers toiled hard and combined for 5 goals but were nullified by a determined Sydney defence.

Star Man: Darren Jolly. Unstoppable, due to the lack of quality Hawthorn ruckmen.

Shocker: Thomas Murphy (1/-1). Whenever you get a minus, you deserve the shocker.

Have clubs become aware of how to shut down the Hawks this year?

 
Essendon 16.13.109 def Fremantle 10.11.71

A young Essendon side were too quick and classy for an average Fremantle side, winning by 38-points. Matthew Knights’ attacking game plan delivered the Dons their first win for the year.

Essendon’s young defence looked vulnerable, with the likes of Tayte Pears (73/39) and Darcy Daniher (90/74) matching up on the experienced pair of Matthew Pavlich and Luke McPharlin, but proved otherwise.  Zaharakis made an impressive debut, and looking at the young players from this round looks certain to pick up a Rising Star nomination. Dustin Fletcher (119/154) again loped around the backline, picking up disposal after disposal. Alwyn Davey (84/106) looked good and showed speed, while Adam McPhee (88/97) looked dangerous up forward, booting three.

As was the case for Hawthorn, Fremantle had no great Fantasy performers. Rhys Palmer (100/107) gave his usual best and Pavlich (81/103) was good at times, kicking 2.2. Paul Hasleby (75/73) will be better after just his second game back. Aaron Sandilands (90/94) was dominant in the ruck with 36 hit outs, while David Mundy (98/109) was solid.

Star Man: Jason Winderlich (116/151). Ran hard all day, got 27 disposals and kicked two fantastic goals.

Shocker: Stephen Hill (17/20). May be a little harsh for just his second game, but he did nothing. Many backline’s were counting on him to perform and he didn’t.

Will it be a long and dark year for Fremantle? 

 

Western Bulldogs 11.14.80 def North Melbourne 9.11.65

The Western Bulldogs were too strong and too smart for North Melbourne, accounting for them by 15-points. It was a physical encounter, played mostly in rainy conditions.

The Bulldogs usual quick midfield was slowed down a tad by the rain, but that didn’t stop their fantasy scores. Matthew Boyd (108/116) followed on from last week with 28 possessions and seven marks. Daniel Cross (103/122) showed why many are calling him the new Scott West, with 17 handballs and 11 kicks. Ryan Griffen (96/98) was energetic, collecting 28 disposals and kicking one major. As is a growing trend in the AFL, the half-backs are targeted more and tagged, which occurred to Lindsay Gilbee (78/101). He was still able to be damaging picking up 22 touches and drifting forward for a goal.

Leigh Harding (108/102) again played in the middle, and is calling out for fantasy selection. Scott McMahon (106/116) and Daniel Pratt (92/102) played well across half-back. Adam Simpson (104/94) again proved he can be deadly when given the chance, and has lost nothing in the past few years. Jack Ziebell‘s (70/65) star continued to rise with another solid match. Brent Harvey‘s (59/59) name will be thrown around by fantasy coaches after another weak performance.

Star Man: Brad Johnson (118/95). Kicked 3.2 to add to 22 possessions, should pick up three Brownlow votes in this match.

Shocker: Adam Cooney (51/58). Definitely not 100%. Started up forward and didn’t do a whole lot, just 15 disposals.

Are the Bulldogs serious contender’s for the flag this season?

 

West Coast 19.11.125 def Port Adelaide 10.15.75

West Coast stalled talk of Port Adelaide’s promising season, with a 50-point drubbing at Subiaco.

The lack of a second ruckman for Port was a major factor, as Dean Cox (100/116) was again at his best. Daniel Kerr (95/133) had a dynamic third quarter which included 16 disposals to sink the Power, he also kicked four straight. John Worsfold’s youth brigade looked good Matt Priddis (97/108), Matt Rosa (86/101) and Chris Masten (94/80) all played well.

Looking at fantasy scores you would have thought, at first glimpse the Power would’ve won, it wasn’t the case. The Cornes and Burgoyne brothers again stood up for the Power. Chad (100/94), Kane (113/118), Shaun (113/83) and Peter (93/91) combined for 171 of Port’s 370 disposals.  Daniel Motlop (66/76) kicked 4.2 among some freakish moments, where he even surprised himself at times. Steven Salopek (102/111) and Travis Boak (93/94) were also good.

Star Man: Adam Selwood (136/156). Highest fantasy scorer on the ground by a long way, also 33 touches.

Shocker: Michael Pettigrew (18/23). Didn’t do anything. Six disposals, three of which were clangers.

Can the Eagles make the top eight this year? I would love to hear your thoughts on this question, plus all of the others posed in the post and any other thoughts you may have on Round two.

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