Suns v Lions: QClash NAB Challenge report

With light showers on and off for most of the game, the skills were lacking at times due to the slippery conditions. I’m not 100% percent sure on stats (check Freako later in the week), but there were several players that stood out in good and bad ways. The Lions ran away with what was a scrappy game in the end.

For the Lions, Ryan Lester and Rohan Bewick definitely stood out in a good way. Especially Bewick. Was all class and got a fair bit of the ball playing on the wing around the center half forward area. Jessie O’brien and Claye Beams also played well could be considered unique picks if thats what you’re after. Less likely to get games though.

Brandon Matera was the standout rookie for the Suns, but everybody will already have him. Double check his stats with Freako if you’re tossing up between either him or Dion Prestia. Charlie Dixon got a bit of it too but im not sure how well he scored DT wise. David Swallow was also one of the better GC rookies.

Karmichael Hunt stood out in a negative way, had a heavy collision with a team mate and a few handballs missed targets. Reports say he has good job security but he wont be a big scorer and lacks class in my opinion.

Tommy Rockliff, Daniel Rich and Matthew Leuenberger were the standouts for the lions senior members from a DT view. The Berger dominated everyone including fraser untill going down with a knee injury in the second half. Reports so far say that it wasn’t too bad and was just a heavy knock. If he’s given the all clear he could be a great alternative ruck option, and if going for a league win he has both byes in the multi bye rounds. If he’s out for a while Mitch Clark could be a good pick up getting back to doing what he does best. He was very average at full forward though, so unless he does get a role change id be steering clear.

Overall it was a pretty scrappy game with rain on and off. There was still a lot of class missing so I wouldn’t be taking their scores too seriously. It was good to see the players who we are expecting to do well performing well. Don’t forget to double check scores on Freako when he releases it.


  • how did polec go?

  • Have polec in my team at the moment due to his supposed job security but am rethinking about it due to another review with no mention of him at all. Just hope that he had the week of to rest rather than playing and underperforming.

    Sorry to all the pole smokers out there cos I didn’t just post up first.

  • love these reports, keep them up.

    rowan bewick looks the goods

  • Bewick/Beams could be smokies indeed.

    How’d Fraser go? I noticed he was included in the best for Gold Coast. Was named in the best last week too. He’s pushing very hard for selection in my team

  • what do u rekon swallow will average this year, he just so exspensive for a rook lol

    • But he will certainly score good for a rookie and will have JS. Because most of the GC team apart from the expirenced blokes will be rotated through

    • i reakon 80 to 90..

      • Not a chance, not in his first year. 70 would be awesome (over the course of the season)

  • I notice that Prestia didn’t get a run, so it may be a good tim eto remind everyone that he was in the ‘possibles’ (filled with the fringe players) rather than the ‘probables’ in the early intra-club match. Fingers crossed he’s impressed enough during the pre-season!

  • Polec didnt play boys. Fraser went alright. Was outclassed by Leuenberger till he cramped up…

  • Is Rohan Bewick worth a bench spot along with Charlie Dixon???

  • Does anyone know if Iles played, seems to have been missing all of the pre-season… he injured

    • He played V Sydney last week. But he didn’t play this week

      • Damn…..thats the only game he’s played isn’t it…..howd he go??

        • he is recovering from injury, a bit of a risk to have him from rnd 1.

          • Thanks legend, l was thinkin he might have been a better option than swallow. Bit of a shame, mature body, and played every game last year in vfl. Now l hope he stays out long enough to be a downgrade target later

  • Any reports on Sam Iles?

  • Thought id re-post what Trumper had to say in another thread. Very useful info, I guess we can only take his word for it.

    “Here is a bit of a rundown on the Suns / Lions game today

    GCS were thrashed, and the possession count was really one sided in favour of the Lions.
    It makes you wonder how they will make any cash for us if the opposition has the ball all day. Getting a few of the senior blokes back in the defense will help.

    Toy and Coad looked lost today. Hunt was reading the play well and led Clarke to the ball more then once. He dropped off at the end after Stanley cleaned him up with friendly fire.

    Dixon was the pick of the forwards along with Matera who looked sharp

    The mids were well beaten all day with no one really standing out. They rotated a different bunch of players at every centre bounce it seemed. When Stanley went in he tagged someone every time. Lock got a fair bit of the ball in the 2nd half

    Luenberger looked really sore with his knee

    Sam Day came off with his arm in a sling and it looked pretty bad

    Sam Iles was sitting right behind me so I asked him how he is going. He had a hip operation over Xmas and is still not quite right. He played in the 2′s yesterday but he reckons his back pulled up a bit sore. He is not playing next week, but reckons he will have another run the week after and is 50 / 50 for round 1

    McKenzie hurt his knee last week. Again hoping for round 1

    The trainers said they are hoping to get 12 games out of the younger blokes – maybe even a few more if they are holding up alright.

    Thats about all – I hope it helps


  • I am a fan of the Berger… hope his knee is ok for round 1. I reckon he could improve on last seasons average off 77. Will be looking at his recovery with interest.

  • I currently have Zac Smith as my number 3 Ruck but he hasnt played in any games as yet (that i know of?) Does he have an injury? If not, then why are they not playing him? Is he really likely to be the number 2 option behind Fraser??

  • Hey boys/girls, I have think A. McGrath could be a good value pick this year. He is having a great pre-season (so far) but from everything I’ve read, no-one likes to mention his name. He has averaged 78 DT points from Nab 1 and 2 challenge games and is fairly well priced. He likes to have the odd run through the middle too.. Am I delusional?