It’s not often a player scores over 200 so when one does we watch in awe and ride the wave. A big congratulations to those 31.8% of coaches who have him in their team, and even more so if you had him as captain or played the VC loophole. As it happens, the last time we saw a score of 200+ was round 10 last year. It also happened to be Clayton Oliver. And it also happened to be against Adelaide. We all know what to lock in for next year!Embed from Getty Images
A great win by the Lions over the Tigers saw Jarryd Lyons, Dayne Zorko, and Hugh McCluggage again take out the top three for their side. Lyons now moves into sixth in the overall scoring rankings and it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of his season goes. Bachar Houli topped for Richmond, and is looking very tasty for 470k. Sure, it’s a risk. He may only average 80-odd from here on out and looks like he’s dropped off a bit compared to other years. But, what we do know is that he’s got a good history and will be fine job security wise. It’s a case of risk and reward.
Zac Williams and Adam Saad finally rewarded owners with a decent score. And Sam Walsh was looking like he’d rank number one this week if half-time scores were anything to go by. A shame he dropped off so much in the second half, but he did look quite sore toward the end. Carrying a side does take its toll. Nevertheless, Carlton got the win over Hawthorn as Tom Mitchell went big with a 142.
Joel Selwood played a good captain’s game and there were plenty of tons as Geelong defeated Gold Coast. Mitch Duncan owners will need to deal with at least one week without him, and possibly more depending on the results of his concussion tests over coming days.
The first one-point victory for the weekend went to Adelaide over Melbourne. What a great performance by the Crows, particularly in the final 15. Paul Seedsman, Rory Laird, and Ben Keays top scored. But despite the one point loss it was Oliver’s 204 that brought the house down in our fantasy community. Just a great performance personally and for all of us who have him.
The second one-point victory also happened on Saturday night as the Saints (5.3) went down to Aaron Noughton (5.4). I suppose we do need to include his teammates’ scores in there too, which does boost the win a little bit. Marcus Bontempelli, Bailey Dale, and Jackson Macrae, and Tom Liberatore again helped us coaches out considerably. The 6000 coaches who have Adam Treloar will be sweating his scan results this week, which may see him sidelined for multiple rounds. There is nothing to say about the Saints.
Fremantle pipped Sydney by two points. I can’t say I saw any of this game nor had any interest in it but there were good tons by Nat Fyfe, and the two Freo ruckmen Rory Lobb and Sean Darcy. Jordan Dawson made 932 coaches happy with his 145 and it was good to see Lance Franklin and Callum Mills closely behind.
Lachie Whitfield made his first ton of the season in GWS’s win over West Coast. And Tom Green continues his great run of form these last few weeks. NicNat is an option for those who still need to upgrade their R2 from Flynn. He is the outright third best ruckman of the competition for us and top scored for the Eagles with 120.
The final one-point victory for the week saw Port Adelaide grab the win over Collingwood despite losing in all those vital statistics–clearances, marks, contested possessions, and effectiveness. I suppose they win the battle of the bar guernseys this time round. Darcy Moore (142) and Brodie Grundy (138) had great scores and Robbie Gray (118) topped the list for the Power.
I attended my first game in-person for quite some time, and it wasn’t pretty watching the Dons completely maul my Roo boys. I’m not sure if it was the pressure from the Bombers or just really poor and slow by North. In any case, it enabled Darcy Parish (152), Andrew McGrath (123), and Zac Merrett (117) to bring home some good scores. For North, well, Ben Cunnington had 142 and Aaron Hall did make the ton in the end.Become a Patron!
But you’ve got to love a weekend with mammoth scores and good results from many of the usual suspects. I hope you had every success this weekend and look forward to the next one. In the meantime, keep planning for those byes, they’re just around the corner.