Round 19 Score: 2,177
Round 19 Rank: 24,177
Season Rank: 2,690
Another rough week for the team at #SCPFC, many sub-par scores has given us a few headaches heading into SuperCoach finals. With no trades left, a reported Dangerfield and many injury clouds over premium players, the team is looking to pull something out of the hat and knock off some challenging teams. If this side can string together a miraculous score, we may see ourselves shoot back into the top 2,000 ranking – only time will tell.
A huge game from Taylor Adams (144) boosted our total down back. We only had two more tons from the battling Sam Docherty (102) and the rookie Alex Witherden (103) – who came as an emergency to replace the injured Jake Lloyd. The Sydney defender is again in doubt this week, however, with both Witherden and Luke Ryan (136) putting up big scores, this is the least worrying part of the side. Both Rory Laird (85) and Michael Hibberd (81) were good without being excellent, whilst veteran Heath Shaw (55) had another disappointing game.
We had big scores from Brownlow favourite Dustin Martin (142) and Bulldog’s prodigy Marcus Bontempelli (123), overall our midfield was extremely disappointing during Round 19. Tom Mitchell (98) fell short of 100 for just the second time this season, whilst Adam Treloar (86) was sub-par. Joel Selwood (65) couldn’t get going against the Blues, clangers and frees against severely hindered him from scoring big. The most worrying sign was Josh P. Kennedy (50), who suffered hamstring tightness in his 200th game and is now in real doubt for the must-win game against the Cats. Another man who won’t be taking the pitch for that game will be Patrick Dangerfield (108), it’s likely that Hugh Greenwood (51) will have to produce his best efforts as Dangerfield’s replacement heading into Round 20. It wasn’t all bad news though, with Lachie Neale (117) producing another memorable game, his scoring is now starting to go noticed with other teams.
The tall timber did what they were asked, Brodie Grundy (103) again showed his worth as a work horse around the ground with 21 possessions, and Stef Martin (96) continues to provide consistency, collecting 50 hit-outs in a derailing defeat.
The inconsistent Tom Lynch (113) put together his first ton in four weeks, however, Jackson Macrae (100) was the only other who joined him. Elliot Yeo (80) and Isaac Heeney (80) weren’t poor but scored well below their season average. Forgettable scores from Luke Dahlhaus (72) and Toby Nankervis (66) hindered our final score. With Richmond continuing to play two ruckmen, Nank’s breakout scores seem to have been a thing of the past.
There isn’t much the team can do at this stage except stride it out. As mentioned before, Sydney boy Lloyd and his Captain Kennedy are both in doubt, and with Dangerfield also missing this is how we’ll tackle the week ahead.
– Greenwood will be fielded for the suspended Dangerfield
– Luke Ryan can cover Jake Lloyd down back
– If needed, we will rotate Mitch Hibberd to the backline and Witherden to the mids, allowing us to use both Witherden and Ryan’s scores if needed.
Currently, the vice-captaincy sits with Joel Selwood – who I think will make up for his poor week and take responsibility without Dangerfield at the helm. If Selwood fails, the opportunity is there for Martin and Mitchell, who own projected scores of 114 and 113 respectively and will face each other on Sunday afternoon.