I’m a Gold Digger!

Righteo… based on the NAB Cup match recently against the Eagles (27th Feb) I found some very interesting things. Missing from the games were some noticeable lads in Ablett, Bocky, Campbell Brown, Josh Toy, Brennan and Daniel Harris to name up the main ones.

What I have for you today is a detailed summary of the GC players based solely on the match. The numbers next to each player is of course their price and a quarter by quarter break down of their scores. Cause that’s how we do it here in DT Talk land! No stone unturned!



Jack Hutchins ($97,600 – DEF) 5-10-10-8 = 33pts
This kid has a cool hair cut and was solid, but other than that, his 33pts didn’t impress me too much.

Karmichael Hunt ($106,400 – DEF) 2-3-5-24= 34pts
I tell you what, he wasn’t too bad. His last quarter was obviously better when he got 24pts from it, but throughout the game he did some good stuff. He has a ‘sporting brain’ and was hitting targets out of the back half. He was towelled up several times though, mainly by Nic Nat who he played on a fair bit when he went forward. You’d never pick him but he will play this year from sure.

Alik Magin ($92,500 – DEF) 17-22-6-27 = 72pts
Rookie listed! Yep can you believe it, he was one of their best. He was sloppy early and played a fair amount of time in the midfield and then floated forward where he kicked the first goals in the first and last quarters. Ran very hard trying to prove himself and succeeded! He will not be rookie listed for long so watch out as he might be a good mid season target!

Jo Daye ($97,600 – DEF) 10, 11, -4, 11 = 31pts
Daye with an ‘e’!  He played… umm didn’t impress me too much, but he played and scored ok I guess if you can ignore the -4 in the 3rd. .. How would you even get that? 2xFA and a handball?

Danny Stanley ($106,400 – DEF) 20-6-19-12 = 57pts
Oh yeah. Looked very good and very comfortable with the ball in his hands. I say that cause some of the GC boys were fumberly (yep that’s a word and I use it a lot) and just panicked too much. Stanley was solid as. He played the majority of the game in the forward half but did drift back in the 3rd quarter. Looks the good and is certainly ready for the big league.

Jarrod Harbrow ($361,300 – DEF) 16-19-14-12 = 61pts
Played a little of time on the ball but spent most of his time down back and was usually the designated kick out dude. Had a GC high 20d for the game and was a key player for them early. Did some silly things for an experienced player, but was vital for them down back.

Matthew Shaw ($97,600 – DEF) 12-5-1-10 = 28pts
Fubberly, looked sh*t. Scored sh*t.

Michael Coad ($112,400 – DEF) 11-9-14-20 = 54pts
He was their rock! He was what Bocky used to be for the Crows when he played. He takes the kick outs when Harbrow doesn’t and was probably the GC’s best on in the 1st quarter. Coad does do sh*t things though and has the occasional fumble and costly error. But based on what I saw last night, he and only a few others in the GC team looked ‘mature’ enough at an AFL level. What I guess I mean is… he fitted right in with the other West Coast guys out there and never looked out of place.

Seb Tape ($112,500 – DEF) 21, -3, 18, 17 = 53pts
Interesting one! He played as a key position back with jobs on gun forwards like LeCras and did some really good thing early. The fact that they gave him LeCras tell me that they rate him highly. He scored a sh*t -3 in the 2nd quarter but if that quarter was at the same average as the other 3, he would have scored 75. Instead he had 53… but looked good.

Nathan Krakouer ($208,800 – DEF) 2-12-27-10 = 51pts
Was one of the player who looked like he had all day when he got the ball. Used it well as he floated around the back half and was very good. He did lose the plot of a little when he was jumper punching Priddis in the face, when it wasn’t even Priddis who gave him a little kidney punch, but he just snapped (may get a week or two for it). A little more expensive than the others here though but looked really good.

Michael Rischitelli ($399,800 – MID) 17-21-18-28 = 82pts
Was the top scoring GC player for the night and although he is not a rookie it’s worth mentioning. He was like Kraka and had time to kill when he got the ball and although you’d never pick him at $400k… he was good and top scored without setting the ground on fire.

David Swallow ($160,500 – MID) 11-12-18-16 = 57pts
Lock and load baby! A few weeks ago I wasn’t paying this much for a rookie but I found out he is more than worth it. Swallow had 17d for the match and was ‘tagged’ (sorta) by Adam Selwood. Talk about respect! The tag wasn’t that heavy but it was sorta there. In the 1st quarter Swallow was really rather quiet, he did come on late in the quarter though… still had 11pts and kicked on from there. Played 99% of the game on the ball and started the 4th quarter in style getting 4d in the first 3mins. A must and when Gary is next to him it will only get easier.

Trent McKenzie ($97,600 – MID) 5-12-21-19 = 57pts
Was ok for the game and had some good quarters with 40pts in the last half. But nothing great to write about that I noticed.

Harley Bennell ($156,500 – MID) 2-15-14-3 = 34pts
Bennell is now out of my team. He was there instead of Swallow as I was trying to be a little unique… not anymore. Bennell played like a young Eddie Betts. He spent 95% of his time in the forward half/forward pocket. He was good though, don’t get me wrong. He kicked the 1st goals in the 2nd and 3rd quarters and was very flashy. He had a little run on the ball in the 4th quarter but after only 8d (3d at the half) for the game and 2g… I think his role isn’t what we all thought it might be.

Marc Lock ($97,600 – MID) 14-0-12-19 = 45pts
Started on the ball with Nic Nat of all people next to him. Lock had the first kick for the day and floated around a few steps off the pace. He is in the leadership group and should play… but wasn’t overly impressive.

Josh Caddy ($136,500 – MID) 0-0-12-28 = 40pts
Ok… he didn’t start that bad… he started as the sub and came on in the last half. When he did he played 100% of the time on the ball and looked really really good. Didn’t play with the Suns last year and was picked up at #7. He’s a gun! But comes with a little higher price tag than a few others here. But was very very impressive with 9d and 4t in a half!

Thomas Nicholls ($97,600 – RUCK) 13-9-0-0 = 22pts
No Fraser or Smith and this guy had the tap duties first up. Did well in the 1st quarter but Cox was just too good for him! Was subbed out in the 2nd half along with Taylor.

Rory Thompson ($97,600 – RUCK) 14-24-11-16 = 65pts
Yep… he’s a ruck! Didn’t do too much of that though as Nicholls did the majority of that before being subbed. Thompson kicked a super goal in the 1st quarter and he looked good throughout the game. Possible bench ruck to sit next to Smith… just maybe he is. He was the Suns’ 5th top scorer.

Daniel Gorringe ($124,500 – RUCK) 0-19-10-14 = 43pts
Cox made him look really really silly early, but he played and did ok.

Liam Patrick ($97,600 – FWD) 0-0-33-10 = 43pts
Came on as the other sub at the half and went BANG BANG BOOM! He was everywhere. He plays exactly the same way as Jurrah but with way more speed. Then I hear that he is Jurrah’s cousin!! Crazy!

Sam Day ($152,500 – FWD) 3-4-0-4 = 11pts
Ah… no. Too expensive for 11pts.

Dion Prestia ($128,500 – FWD/MID) 14-28-13-16 = 71pts
Is now known as my boy. Prestia plays like a “Mini Chapman” and will one day be just as good as the great man. With that said, he was really awesome! Just like Chappy, he played forward and then with the occasional run in the midfield and even pops up down back just to keep you on your toes. He tackles, hussles and finds the ball. He had 8d, 3m, 3t at the half and finished with 16d next to his name at full time. Just like Chappy he is tough looking, solidly built and although he’s not that tall… he was simply awesome.

Rex Liddy ($97,600 – FWD) 9-3-19-11 = 42pts
Although he’s a forward he played a fair time down the back half. Gutsy dude who went at everything!

Brandon Matera ($97,600 – FWD) 23-34-9-6 = 72pts
Lock… if you haven’t already. He had 57pts at the half and died off after that and copped a little injury half way through the 4th quarter. He is weak and was bashed around by whoever wanted to move him, but he’s quick. He had 10d, 3m, 4t, 1g at the half and only added 4d more for the game. He was their main target inside the 50m and is a must in 2011.


  • Hey Calvin! Awesome write up! I see you weren’t much of a fan of Trent McKenzie.
    Well, I liked him. I reckon he has plenty of upside!

    Let us keep an eye on him and I may have to eat my words….. or maybe you will Calvin.
    Hehe yes Trent McKenzie. Can play.

  • can i get some honest opinions regarding gilbee and gram, are they worth getting? does anyone think they will average better than last year (84)?

    • Gram maybe if he can recapture his old form but really both are very incosistent. I would avoid. There are better options I think.

      • who do you think the better options would be?

        was thinking that with the recruits the bulldogs got it would free up gilbee more and that gram had a few injuries last year so that might have affected his average (my original thoughts).

        willing to get as much help as possible with this one please.

  • Would love some feedback on my side and answers to a few questions

    Backs – Goddard, Gibbs, Delidio, Grimey, Adcock, Otten, Heppel ( B Smith, Stanley, Puopolo )

    Mids – Swan ( C ), Boyd, Stanton, Anthony, Swallow, Harris ( Hibberb, Mzungu, Callinan )

    Rucks – Cox, Jolly ( Smith, Derickx / Bailey )

    Fwds- Chappy, Franklin, Voldt, Higgins, Zaharakis, Knights, Krakour ( Prestia, Matera, Richardson )

    Gone for a little cash on the bench as I think it will be vital to have at least 1 player on each line you are confident can sub in for good points. Have got DPP for each line except the rucks.

    Should I go Cox & Petrie and upgrade Zaha to Sylvia
    Franklin or Sylvia ( Suspension vs injury really )
    Zaha or Fyfe
    I also think Motlop at Geelong could be a great cash cow smokey. Very keen on him at the Cattery and very happy he ios fit again.

  • I’m seriously thinking of getting rid of krakouer for Prestia. Prestia is a bit cheaper and I’m not sure exactly how many points Krakouer is going to be getting considering he is in the premiers side.

    • I would go both if you can afford it. I think the Pies have recruiter Krakour to play him and because he is in the premiers team will get plenty of it. Is a great tackler and can float through the midfield. Will be important to have good bench cover because of byes too.

    • I’d just like to point out how well Krakouer does in good teams too – Swan districts (drug cheats!) were WAFL premiers last year – Kraks won the Sandover (WAFL brownlow), got best on ground in the granny – with something like 41,42 possessions, Kicked the matchwinning goal too. He is an out and out gun. While its doubtful anyone will ever replicate the good deeds of Mr barlow ever again. This guy might just be a close second. He’s certainly going to be the pick of the ‘cheapies’ this year. It’s a big call, but i’d suggest anyone who doesn’t pick him, will regret it.

      Mzungu is the other that you shouldn’t be without. BTW, both are DPP fwd/mid. You should then be able to slot them in somewhere.

  • This has convinced me to change Atley to Prestia.. fingers crossed I can field a full 22 come round 1 cos I’ll have a lot of dormant gold on my bench :P


    Will there be a pre-season rave from Freako this year? I relied on that greatly last year.

  • Hey since we talkin bout ‘Gold’, anybody signed up to Dream Team Gold yet?
    I did it for the analyser and articles from the DT Talk boys.

    So I wanna know if anybody is using the DT Pro? Noticed a few people using other sites for a live draft comp coz they’re free but if you sign up for the analyser (gold membership) you get DT Pro free anyway. (and it’s only $20 to sign up for the season)

    I set up a league for anyone who is interested:
    DT Talk Pro Cup (League invite code: 245897)

    Join if you like or let me know if you have a DT Pro league with a free spot.
    This is my first year playing a draft style comp – i’m keen to check it out

    • I’m keen to hear about that – poll?

      • Yeah Warnie / Calvin can you guys put up a poll on here to see how many people using the Analyser / News / DT Pro?

    • I don’t think you should pay for anything from the afl’s dreamteam.
      Basically, dreamteam is a marketing exercise which attracts more people to watch more footy
      which increases their revenue raising power through advertisers.

      • But you love DT right?

      • Mumbles – I’m not fazed if you’re sceptical about the AFL trying to make super profits off DT players.
        They probably are!!!
        But for DT-aholics that can afford to invest $20 for a possible advantage or maybe even a little bit more insight into DT, I think it’s worth it (at this stage).
        By the end of the season, I may realise that I wasted the money but not gonna cry about it.

        • No problem …just an opinion.
          Your money to do with as you like.
          I’m spending 20 bucks on a rabbit’s foot.

    • Just joined.

  • stanley, Brodie smith or Mckernan?

    • Stanley for me, however, none of the mentioned are a bad choice.

      Stanley – In a young GC side – previous AFL experience.

      Smith as far as I’m aware will play a more DT slutty role than mckernan (running player vs KPP) but there prob isn’t much in it to be honest.

      For me I’d rank em in the order of Stanley, Smith, McKernan.

  • Is Karmichael Hunt really a terrible option? Says in the article “You’d never pick him”. Considering how much money GC have paid, and his pubicity appeal, I’d be amazed if they didn’t play him nearly ever game regardless of how good he is (I think he will be half decent). Therefore he is guarenteed to rise in price and his job secruity should be fairly high. With most of the experienced GC players being defensive players, there isn’t a heap of room for rookies. Most people seem to be unsure if Coad or Toy will be in the 22 round 2, but surely Hunt will be? Even if you only kept him till Rd 4-6 and downgraded to another youngster who wasn’t in thier team’s 22 come rd 1 but is now, then you’ve definitely made money.

    What do you expect Hunt will average? Thoughts?

    • seems to me that he will be trying to spoil, rather than mark, and that he should be good at winning the contested ball when it hits the ground, but probably handpassing it to the more experienced players (Bock, Krakouer etc) to do the kicking. Wouldn’t be surprised if he plays entire games and scores under 40DT pts. Defenders don’t get many tackles either. Prestigiacomo was an elite defender but played his entire career at a DT price not far from Hunts starting price.

      look elsewhere