Round 16 Score: 2,114
Round 16 Rank: 70,634
Season Rank: 2,801
A poor week for SCPFC, affected by a plethora of underperforming premiums which saw us relinquish our position within the top 2000. This was our worst weekly ranking since round 8, and the team needs to bounce back quickly if we’re any chance of sneaking inside the top thousand by season’s end.
Last week we focused on finalising our team and decided on Patrick Cripps as he loomed as our best option to come home with a wet sail (what a disaster that turned out to be!). He resumed the place of Sam Powell-Pepper who has served us well throughout the year, but unfortunately, we had to cut ties. We also brought in a second M.Hibberd into our backline, with Mitchell replacing Scharenberg for some quick cash generation. Just our luck that Scharenberg who was originally not named in the Collingwood 22 was the late inclusion for Jeremy Howe.
Crows’ backman Rory Laird (119) got us off to a smart start on Friday night, with 28 effective disposals being his main source of points. Taylor Adams (80) is beginning to become a slight concern, with this being his fourth consecutive score under 100, however, it’s imperative we keep faith with trades becoming scarce. The return of Dane Rampe into the Swans’ defence may have slightly hindered the scoring power of Jake Lloyd (81). We were getting excited as Heath Shaw (92) got off to a flyer but couldn’t bring it home with a quiet last half in Launceston. In the Sunday game at the ‘G, Michael Hibberd (64) was a disappointment, but Sam Docherty (142) just keeps on keeping on.
The mids were our main problem this week. Once again, Marcus Bontempelli (97) couldn’t recapture his early season form as the Dogs were poor in their Friday night showing. For the Pies, Pendlebury (97) and Treloar’s (61) form were mirrored by their side’s poor performance whilst across the Bass Strait, Tom Mitchell (130) lifted himself to the 3rd highest SuperCoach scorer for the season. We were thrown off guard by a late withdrawal from Sydney maestro Josh Kennedy, but fortunately, Alex Witherden (74) ensured it wasn’t a complete catastrophe. In a similar ilk to Shaw, Lachie Neale (90) had a big first half but failed to have an impact in the latter stages in Freo’s win. As we all know Patrick Dangerfield (165) absolutely mauled the Lions and continues to stun us on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, the injury to Patrick Cripps (25) hurt us the most.
This line isn’t pretty reading, as Brodie Grundy (80) was comprehensively beaten by his Essendon opponents, and Stefan Martin (57) cannot seem to perform at a high fantasy level with Archie Smith in the same 22.
Macrae (118) was one of the few Dogs who could hold his head high but teammate Luke Dahlhaus (60) has been far from exciting recently, and his scoring seems to be tapering. In the Saturday twilight game, Tom Lynch (82) continued to show better signs but failed to capitalise, as Isaac Heeney (94) surged home late to post a decent score. In his side’s shellacking at the hands of the Saints, we should feel fairly grateful about Toby Nankervis’ (82) score which could have easily been a lot worse. A similar thing could be said about Elliot Yeo (87) after the Eagles were completely outplayed by Port at Subiaco.
With very limited trades left, we will not have the ability to perform luxury trades, but it seems as if disposing of Patrick Cripps will be a certainty after it was announced earlier in the week that he will miss the rest of 2017. With a sneaky $73,800 in our kitty, we could look at an underpriced Joel Selwood or Dayne Beams, or perhaps opt for another Lion, Dayne Zorko who has been running hot in recent times.