As most of us begin to finish jamming our sides full of premiums, the importance of the SuperCoach captaincy should never be forgotten.
JOSH P KENNEDY
Despite a relatively slow start to the season, skipper Josh Kennedy has been vital in the Swans’ surge towards yet another finals campaign. Historically, the big-bodied midfielder does his best work in the back half of the season, and he looks set to continue this trend in 2017 with tons in each of his last six outings. In particular, last week’s 36 disposal effort hinted that the former Hawk may be entering a rare vein of form. Another Friday night encounter awaits against the Demons – against whom he scored 135 in their last clash at the ‘G.
For the first time in a while, Bontempelli owners had a reason to cheer as he put an end to his sub-100 streak with a far more encouraging display against the Kangaroos, resulting in 139 SuperCoach points. And if there’s one thing we know about the Bont, it’s that when he hits a purple patch, he’s virtually unstoppable. As the season goes on and there is a heightened sense of importance placed on each game, we should expect the left-footer to elevate himself to a level which will channel that of his own 2016 finals campaign. A date against the Eagles at Etihad looks appealing and if he can get in the vicinity of last year’s 147 point effort against Adam Simpson’s mob it will certainly please his owners.
There has been plenty of media speculation as to whether Ablett will actually make it out onto the park this Saturday, but he has been named and looks set to notch up game 300 – yet another remarkable achievement for one of the game’s greats. In comparison to previous years, ‘consistency’ probably isn’t the word one would use to summarise the little master’s year, however, his highs have still been as good as ever. Scores of 139, 146 and the amazing 210 have allayed any fears that the former Suns’ skipper’s best has diminished. And who was that 210 against? And who does he play this week? Yep, you guessed it, North Melbourne. When they clashed earlier in the year, the Roos had no answer to the champ’s masterpiece, and you’d be a brave man to bet against GAJ repeating the dosage.
It wouldn’t be this segment without him. Especially when you consider his form. A five-round average of 149.8 is a blitzkrieg of epic proportions and the Giants will be quivering in their boots once Saturday night comes around. When he hasn’t been kicking goals, he’s been getting a mountain of the footy, and when he hasn’t been getting a mountain of the footy, he’s been kicking goals, but usually, it’s just the two things at once! It must be noted that his wife, Mardi, is expecting to give birth soon, so have a backup plan just in case Danger misses!
The prospect of a star player missing a game due to the birth of his child is the perfect Segway into this bloke who nearly missed a game earlier this year. The Collingwood captain plays his 250th game this Sunday against the Hawks in what will be a celebration of a career laden with consistency and durability. Just six weeks ago, the left-footer posted 142 SuperCoach points against Hawthorn and he always seems to rise in crunch games. If you’re stuck for captaincy options, this bloke is one of the most dependable in the business.
That very same game was famous for reasons apart from Pendlebury’s masterclass. It was Tom Mitchell’s amazing feat of 50 disposals which made him the talking point post-match – with the coaches divided on the midfielder’s influence. Buckley’s opinion that the ball magnet’s game “didn’t really hurt” suggests that the Pies will once again let Mitchell roam free and gather the ball at will which would be a delight for all of his owners.
LEFT OF CENTRE
It’s a huge Friday night game for Max Gawn who returned well against the Eagles last week and looks to have re-adjusted well following his hamstring injury. We know he is capable of going big and only has Sam Naismith as his main opponent. If you’ve gone early on bringing him in, definitely consider as a VC loophole option.
Rory Sloane has had his influence quelled by taggers over recent weeks and there is no doubt he will be on the receiving end of more attention against the Blues. However, the blond bombshell has a massive ceiling and you can never ignore his warrior-like spirit.
Another risk (maybe crazy) would be to chuck the C on Nat Fyfe on return from his sternum problem. Who knows? Maybe the week off will do him wonders.