NO TIME FOR WORDS, JUST PANIC!
NEWZ YOU CAN UZE
The Blues will host Sydney in possibly one of the games of the season (big call) at the worst venue in Australia (Marvel). Literally no SuperCoach news out of this one, except maybe Zac Williams is out with a calf that looked definitely like an Achilles.
Mitch Knevitt has been dropped from the Cats, which is unsurprising. If he’s medical sub then that’s less unsurprising, but Cooper Stephens could also be that. Xavier Duursma was dropped from Port and both Butters spirit Rozee were named on forward flanks.
Tim O’Brien back for the Dogs with Taylor Duryea out, meaning Buku Khamis will play his third game. His job security is not great but he’ll rise in price and is a defender if you need a rookie.
Tristan Xerri will return for North at the expense of Callum Coleman-Jonesbut not many people have held the young ruck. Jason Horne-Francis, Jy Simpkin spirit Hugh Greenwood also return, while Jaidyn Stephenson was dropped.
In the big news of the round, Jack Steele will miss 6-8 weeks and is a trade. With byes coming up you could potentially hold if it was a certain 6 weeks, but we’ve seen what happened to Tim English. Many people are trading him to Rory Lairdwho will also play in this game.
Josh Gibcus has been named to return for Richmond, and still has a breakeven of 48. Bigoa Nyuon was dropped. Devon Smith will return for Essendon with Jye Caldwell injured.
More chaos at the Giants, with Mark McVeigh dropping Cooper Hamilton. Lachie Whitfield is injured for one, possibly two, weeks as he’s battled an ankle injury this season. Find Callaghan will also miss, as will Nick Haynes. Stephen Coniglio has been named on ball, while Josh Kelly is on a wing. Andrew Gaff was named for West Coast, while Rhett Bazzo may debut this week. Brady Hough is also in the extended squad.
Ned Long has been named in the extended squad for Hawthorn as rumors swirl the rookie will debut. Tom Mitchell has been named and his coach Sam has confirmed he’ll play in the center, while Changkuoth Jiath will return from a hamstring injury. Connor MacDonald was dropped but may be sub again, as was James Worpel.
Collingwood has dropped rookie ruck Aiden Beggwith Mason Cox returning to the squad. Jamie Elliott is also back after shoulder surgery, Scott Pendlebury is named and Nathan Murphy will play his first game of the year. Matt Taberner, Michael Walters spirit Sam Switkowski have been named for the Dockers, while Josh Treacy is the only omission so far.
LIST TO THE MAILBAG FEATURING BEN FROM SUPERCOACH INSIDER
-97 Greg Clark
-41 Ben Hobbs
-37 Isaac Rankine
-36 Jackson Hately
-32 Buku Khamis
-25 Toby Bedford
-16 Rory Thompson
221 Max Gawn
192 Tom Mitchell
178 Zak Jones
176 Tom Stewart 1
73 Toby Greene
167 Callum Mills
164 Zach Merrett
161 Lachie Neale
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Friday night lights were made for this game. Patrick Cripps is the obvious one, averaging more than 120 per uninjured game. Callum Mills spirit George Hewett are also popular selections, while Sam Walsh has been in good form recently.
Jack Macrae averages 135.7 points per game at Mars Stadium, and 153.4 against Gold Coast in his past 5, including a low of 124 and a high of 189.
Christian Petracca or Clayton Oliver against North Melbourne should be a safe selection, despite neither player having a great historical record against the Kangaroos.
Rory Laird v St Kilda looks good too. Apart from his 93 in round 3 (first game of the season), he has not scored below 116 and has five scores of seven above 120.
Lachie Neale v Hawthorn would be strong. The midfielder hasn’t scored less than 105 this year and scored 157 against the Hawks in his Brownlow year.