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Good Maughaning and welcome to my SuperCoach team reveal. In all seriousness, though, I’ll be honest, after seeing the first couple team reveals I’ve tried to shake it up a little bit, however that was easier said than done. Until late last week, I hadn’t even made a team, which turned out to be a genius decision given I would have changed it approximately 200 times since SuperCoach opened a couple months ago. Anyway, without further ado, I present you team ‘Good Maughaning’.
Firstly, my defenders. They have changed a little bit over the course of the last week but I like the setup that I have currently.
Kade Simpson is simply ‘Mr. Consistent’ and that’s why I have him. Age is not a worry for me one bit and I still see the old man finishing as a top-three defender by season’s end.
In the case of Taylor Adams, I basically picked him for the exact same reason everyone else has – he’s a ball winner and a first picked midfielder for Collingwood, therefore, he’s almost a must have in defence. Rory Laird looks set to feature more frequently in the middle of the ground for the Crows and despite his frequent fluctuations last year, I’m backing him in for a big one and to have that monster season that everyone expected from him last year.
Jake Lloyd I thought was my unique pick but now turns out every man and his dog bloody has him in their side. Regardless, I’m sticking with him. He averaged a respectable 84.6 points last year and is still just 23 years of age, so plenty more improvement on its way. He’s a man-made ball winner as well so I’m confident that average can at least push into the 90’s this year.
In the case of Curtly Hampton, he looks likely to lock down an early spot in Adelaide’s best 22, as does Andy Otten who currently sits on my pine. I’m hoping Ed Vickers-Willis gets his chance now at North Melbourne after some injury troubles – I watched him throughout his draft year and he is a serious talent in my opinion.
23-year-old Tom Stewart wasn’t just drafted for the sake of it either. Expect him to play and play early in the season for Geelong.
Yes, my midfield structure looks the same as everyone else’s – relax.
Patrick Dangerfield and Josh P. Kennedy need no introductions. They’re both genuine freaks and are worth every single cent. Both are proven captaincy candidates and will find themselves in the top six scoring midfielders by season’s finish.
As a Collingwood supporter, I seriously like Adam Treloar. While I have always opted for Scott Pendlebury I think this is the year that he ever so slightly drops off and Treloar takes over. He’s 24 years of age for god sake and I will not be one bit surprised when his average rockets into the 115-120 point range.
Nat Fyfe is an obvious pick – cheap for the type of player he is.
Josh Kelly I like. Many may criticise this pick and just expect the abundance of other GWS midfielders to keep him in their shadow. Kelly comes from the same draft crop as Marcus Bontempelli who is already a proven star and I have a feeling this is the year he bobs up and shows why he deserved to be taken with that second pick. A 113-point average from three JLT Community Series games helps this pick even more. Think it’s time for Kelly for be the main man in the Giants midfield.
If he stays healthy, Dayne Beams is a must have for anyone. He’s a premium midfielder worthy of a $600k+ price tag when at his best and he has proven that in the past. The captaincy makes me think the Lions expect him to be fit and ready to give 2017 a good crack.
Sam Powell-Pepper looks AFL ready and should crack the Power’s side in Round one. Jake Barrett I love – has the capability to smash out some monster scores and should get a proper chance at senior level with Brisbane. In the case of Harrison Wigg, Declan Mountford and Brandan Parfitt, all three played some solid football throughout the pre-season series and look likely to get an early go when the first couple of rounds come around.
My ruck setup is basically identical to most people’s.
Max Gawn was the best ruckman in the league and it will stay that way. Aaron Sandilands is clearly Fremantle’s number one ruckman and barring injury should play a majority of the season. Yes, it’s a slight risk but hitouts to advantage are now SuperCoach gold and Sandilands should pile on a heap of them.
Darcy Cameron earns a pick in my team after some injury niggles to fellow Sydney ruckmen Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith throughout the pre-season. John Longmuire also appears to be impressed with Cameron’s progress.
Finally, my forwards.
Luke Dahlhaus had a big 2016 and was clearly a big key in the Bulldogs’ premiership success. At 24 years of age I expect him to take his game to another level, and yes I’m hoping that means a 100+ point average.
Arguably one of the game’s best big forwards Tom Lynch will win this year’s Coleman Medal, which means he will undoubtedly have some seriously big games along the way, and that’s why he sits in my F2 spot. Yes, we may encounter some below average scores here and there but he’s too good of a player for it to happen on a regular basis. I’m expecting him to be a top six forward by year’s end.
Jarryd Roughead is one of the two mid-pricers that sit in my forward line. Like fellow writer Sam Jordan I’m hoping it becomes a fairytale year for the big ‘Rough’. He’s a player that can score 100+ points on a regular basis.
Tiger big man Toby Nankervis finds himself in my side after a solid pre-season campaign but also as a result of holding old mate ‘Sandi’ in my second ruck spot. If Sandilands falls early then I’m planning to chuck Nankervis into my ruck department and pickup a new mid-pricer down forward. Nankervis’ job security is what sold his selection to me though – could potentially play all 22 games if all goes well.
Jack “Rolls-Royce” Bowes also slides his way into my forward line. Described as a “smooth-moving” player by superstar Gary Ablett, Bowes is an absolute freak – evident in his 25 disposal average in the Under 18 champs last year. Rodney Eade has also strongly hinted a Round one debut for Bowes with a position almost set in stone for him across half-back. Very mature young player and should find himself playing a lot of games in season one.
Brett Eddy and Dan Houston have been upgraded to Port Adelaide’s primary list and both look likely to be given a chance in the early rounds to make an impact – especially Eddy. Luke Strnadica has shown his ability to play forward and may find himself given a chance playing a ruck/forward role for the Dockers given Sandilands’ age and Zac Clarke’s interrupted pre-season. Jon Griffin may be the one however that holds him back somewhat.
Ultimately, this is how my team currently looks.
Obviously it’ll probably end up changing a few more times before the first bounce on Thursday night but I’m settled with this in the meantime.
Let me know your thoughts. I’m more than happy to have a chat about my team with you.
Oh and by the way – don’t forget to take me and SCPFC on in our own league: 271177. First in, best dressed!
Good luck, I’ll *buy you a slab if you manage to beat me.