TAC Cup statistics for 2008 AFL draftees

Now we’ve gone through the WAFL and SANFL draftee statistics in the previous two posts, time for the main course: the Victorian kids. They’ve mostly been running around playing each other in the TAC Cup this year, and there is plenty of fantasy value to be mined out of this table!

Take these numbers with a big grain of salt. Remember that whereas the Perth and Adelaide kids have been playing against men in a half-serious competition where some teams actually play to win, the TAC Cup is an open free for all that is more of a series of glorified scouting sessions than a cut-throat league. You’ll see scores that most players will never replicate in the real AFL. With those caveats in mind, you can still get an idea of the pecking order in terms of who is a better fantasy player from this draft class. Let’s rip into it, draft order as usual!

Player Year TAC Cup club Gm K H M Gl B HO T FF FA DT
Jack Watts 2008 Sandringham Dragons 6 80 31 31 8 3 4 12 3 10 75.5
Michael Hurley 2008 Northern Knights 11 186 34 63 15 6 5 13 11 13 81.5
Tyrone Vickery 2008 Sandringham Dragons 8 50 86 41 10 3 107 14 6 6 76.4
Jack Ziebell 2008 Murray Bushrangers 9 131 35 61 20 15 7 27 14 13 85.9
Steele Sidebottom 2008 Murray Bushrangers 14 227 100 77 21 10 4 42 11 14 90.1
Tom Lynch 2008 Sandringham Dragons 4 55 33 32 5 4 9 10 7 8 89.8
Mitch Brown 2008 Sandringham Dragons 7 68 29 42 7 10 9 6 9 5 61.1
Sam Blease 2008 Eastern Ranges 7 72 48 12 4 5 1 28 15 11 51.6
Luke Shuey 2008 Oakleigh Chargers 10 141 108 35 12 10 1 41 16 18 82.0
James Strauss 2008 Oakleigh Chargers 10 137 96 31 5 6 2 43 7 15 75.6
Jackson Trengove 2008 Calder Cannons 1 11 3 6 2 1 9 4 2 3 77.0
David Zaharakis 2008 Northern Knights 10 166 55 43 16 16 2 35 21 8 82.3
Nick Suban 2008 North Ballarat Rebels 13 158 87 36 4 3 5 53 9 16 62.6
Jaydyn Post 2008 Western Jets 20 237 144 161 10 6 82 28 15 22 80.7
Sam Wright 2008 Murray Bushrangers 21 279 103 102 32 32 0 45 18 22 74.5
Shaun McKernan 2008 Calder Cannons 10 101 40 41 4 5 121 19 8 31 65.1
Dan Hannebery 2008 Oakleigh Chargers 8 115 79 40 0 4 0 21 14 4 75.8
Jordan Roughead 2008 North Ballarat Rebels 15 110 106 76 11 5 275 38 19 21 73.1
Tom Gillies 2008 Dandenong Stingrays 22 175 115 79 1 1 1 42 24 30 44.1
Liam Shiels 2008 Eastern Ranges 14 181 82 43 15 10 2 81 21 18 68.3
Ash Smith 2008 Dandenong Stingrays 12 163 73 50 6 10 6 25 7 6 70.1
Zachary Clarke 2008 Oakleigh Chargers 18 84 118 48 12 4 270 56 23 23 53.6
Mitch Banner 2008 Western Jets 12 264 82 59 20 9 2 42 16 5 104.8
Rory Sloane 2008 Eastern Ranges 12 151 106 51 12 7 7 58 20 13 75.2
Luke Rounds 2008 Geelong Falcons 16 185 84 50 6 5 0 50 12 16 58.0
Nick Heyne 2008 Gippsland Power 14 192 66 90 37 14 5 35 15 23 86.4
Taylor Hunt 2008 Sandringham Dragons 14 128 110 52 7 5 0 36 12 17 57.6
Jordan Lisle 2008 Oakleigh Chargers 10 104 59 53 10 8 12 24 17 9 64.2
Jordan Jones 2008 Geelong Falcons 14 121 70 53 8 9 16 26 3 19 53.7
Michael Still 2008 Northern Knights 18 127 63 83 41 25 0 33 16 12 56.2
Ben Bucovaz 2008 Geelong Falcons 12 99 70 45 20 7 4 46 10 18 59.9
Nathan O’Keefe 2008 Eastern Ranges 7 66 24 48 21 14 2 14 4 0 76.3
Luke Stanton 2008 Northern Knights 10 127 83 46 5 7 5 21 11 15 71.5
Tom Hill 2008 Northern Knights 9 70 20 37 3 5 89 14 10 6 50.8
Campbell Heath 2008 Gippsland Power 19 179 47 54 4 2 4 43 6 19 44.6
Luke Lowden 2008 Sandringham Dragons 3 8 13 6 0 1 26 5 1 4 32.3
Tim Ruffles 2008 North Ballarat Rebels 15 126 22 41 32 15 0 17 5 12 50.3
Will Young 2008 North Ballarat Rebels 15 145 82 76 23 17 23 28 15 17 65.9
Shane Savage 2008 Dandenong Stingrays 20 227 135 60 13 20 1 63 12 9 62.9
Caleb Tiller 2008 Murray Bushrangers 17 162 76 76 21 13 3 31 18 7 57.9
Patrick Dangerfield 2008 Geelong Falcons 13 193 117 73 32 18 8 32 25 16 92.8

Note: I’ve added in Dangerfield to the bottom there for all you fantasy coaches who were wondering about how he fared playing for the Falcons this year.

Wow, that’s a beautiful set of numbers. Try not to get too excited! The only 100+ scorer, Banner, is yet another Port midfielder… it seems like they have loaded up on kids with outstanding junior stat lines. Can Hamish Hartlett, Banner and Matthew Broadbent all get their turn this year? It’s hard to see that happening barring major injury woes at Port. The numbers do tend to gather up the top, not only because the quality of player goes up in the top rungs of that draft ladder, but also because in TAC Cup games those top-10 players were also the leaders on their teams and demanded the ball more, something which for the most part will not be the case in the AFL this year, particularly for key forwards.

Tom Lynch’s numbers look very high to me, albeit from only four games. This tantalises me that given the Saint’s historically shocking run with injuries to tall backs, Max Hudghton aging and Matt Maguire no guarantee to return to full fitness, the 191cm lad could get his chance sooner rather than later. From the looks of the raw numbers he doesn’t mind playing kick to kick in the backline… should fit right in with Brendon Goddard then!

Sidebottom’s numbers don’t include the finals – none of these tables do – so it doesn’t take into account his 10-goal performance in the TAC Cup grand final. Averaging 90.1 is still enough to put him second behind Lynch (and Dangerfield, but he shouldn’t count). The key question with him is how outside he plays once he wears the black and white in anger. Collingwood probably need him to play more inside to cover for the loss of Scott Burns and to cover for the mediocrity of Shane O’Bree, but he may be given more of an outside role in his first year, as happens to many draftees whom coaches tend to feel are not big enough in the body to handle pack work at their tender ages.

Looking further down the list, it’s easy to see why many fantasy coaches were keeping a beady eye on where Heyne was drafted to, because his numbers stick out at that part of the draft. Could we see Lynch running the ball out of the St Kilda defence and bombing it long to Heyne this year? Stranger things have happened.

Enough of me rambling on, time for you to pick the eyes out of this one. Tell me in the comments which numbers you like the look of, and which discourage you.

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