Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 9

Oiii arrg me hearties, welcome back to the worlds greatest captain’s advice in the land. We all know that this is where it is at and this week I have some crackers for you. Last week many people were tossing up between Swan and Boyd after it was rumoured that it was bucketing down at the MCG on the Friday night. Many people were worried about this switched to Boyd… either way it didn’t matter as each of these guns had 115 each. Why worry? Ha ha!

Anyway, this week I have a few interesting things we need to discuss… let’s check them out!

“Someone Call 911, He’s on Fire”

Owww, not many people are worthy of this classic NBA Jam quote… but Joel Selwood and Matthew Boyd certainly deserve it. Joel Selwood has been on fire big time averaging 126 in his last 3 games this year, with a lowest score of just 121 during this period.  He had 113 last time he played Blues and finds himself at Etihad this week. Joel is on fire and should be solid this week. Matthew Boyd is in the same burning boat, averaging 125 in his last 2 games this year. He had 114 in his last against the Eagles and has 4×100+ scores against them in his last 5 games. This week Boyd is back at Patersons Playground where he has already played Freo this year… remember? He had 45d for a huge 162pts that day and loves the Playground. Before that 162, he has had scores of 114 and 114 there in his 2 games prior to that magical day. My biggest concern for Boyd though is the ‘Selwood Bro Tag’. Adam and Scott have claimed some good scalps this year and although I believe they’ll go to Griffen and Cooney, but Boyd may just be targeted. Cooney and Griffen are easier to tag, and people like Boyd are sometimes left and labelled ‘untaggable’, so coaches  use their taggers to shut down the 2nd/3rd best players… Boyd may be tagged and this tagging issue is my only concern for him this week. But he should be very very good!

CBS News

With all 3 boys playing Carlton here is the news… Chapman averages 110 in his last 3 games against them with scores of 126 and 103 on them in 2010. He had 126 in his last at Etihad but his form is poor as he has only had 83 and 76 in his last 2 games this year. Bartel only has 2×100+ scores against the Blues in his career of 9 games against them but averages 113 at Etihad this year from his 3 games there. Selwood has already been covered … but I needed him to make the CBS connection. That’s all for tonight’s news… Calvin the Pirate reporting.

M ‘n’ M… Montagna Vs Melbourne

Leigh Montagna kills Melbourne! Badly! His last 3 games against them look amazing with scores of 135, 110 and 146 (all since 2009). During these 3 games, Montagna has averaged 33d a game and surely will kill them this week. He is going for his 6th straight 100+ score against them and therefore they are his best team to score DT points on by a mile. He’s only had scores of 109 and 99 at Etihad this year, but Etihad has produced some big numbers. Mark my words… Montagna will be crazy good this week.

Boomshakalaka Boys

Not many people get the ‘Boomshakalaka’ call… but these guys do. Scott Pendlebury has only scored 2×100+ scores against the Crows in his last 5 games but his from under the roof of Etihad has been awesome. He averages 128 there in his last 3 games with scores of 141 and 121 there already this year. His form is shakey though with 89 and 87 in his last 2 this year. But Pendles may just bounce back this week.

You ready for this… Dane Swan this week will be huge! Firstly, this week against the Crows, he is going for his 6th straight 100+ score. However, that’s with 115 being his best in his last 5, meaning he goes well against them without killing it… until this week. He has 9×100+ scores on them, in his last 10 games and that’s a stat you won’t find on many players. Swan is back at Etihad too, where he averages 153 there in his last 3 with scores of 162, 137 (in 2011) and a 161 in his last game there in 2010. But this is the thing I want you guys to look at, some stats from 2011 so far…

Swan Vs Good Teams (Carlton, Geelong, Bulldogs, Essendon) = averaging 108
Swan Vs Poor Teams (Kangaroos, Port, Richmond) = averaging 143

Apologies to Richmond who have actually been going ok. But my point here is… Which list would you put the Crows in? I think you get what I’m saying here. Swan is slaughtering the dud teams! Swan will be very very good this week and you should lock him in with confidence… oh and if Ablett can have 156 on the Crows at AAMI, just imagine what Swan will have under the roof!

There you go, I’ve said enough. Good luck this week and I hope you have enjoyed another cracking edition of Calvin’s Captains. See you all next week.


  • Calvin – I’ll see your boomshakalaka and raise you a slamalamadingdong!

    NBA Jam, possibly the greatest game ever made.

  • For mine, its Muggsy Bogues C and Larry Johnson V.

    Has anyone played afl live? What’s it like? Seen it advertised and I’m more than a little curious!

  • it depends how fussy you are… the graphics are pretty average but its good fun…

  • just because swan has the best average doesent mean you should have him captain week in week out… coming up against an underated and fit crows line-up i think its safe to say that there are several other players who will beat swannies score. boyd and selwood.. just to name two.

    • You really think Jelwood against the Blues can out score Swan against the Crows??

      (Legit post after some reasoning)

    • Underrated crows line-up!!!

      Chalmers are you really just Neil Craig trying to talk up your side again ala the quote “greatest crows team ever”???

      Apart from Scott Thompson, the Crows have been patchy at best and absolutely shite at worst.

      • I’m putting a $10 multi-bet on – backing the crows and 4 other teams that are the favourites @$43. Prob a waste of money but what’s 10 bucks these days?? Crows do play the Pies better then most teams and regardless of form upsets do happen in footy!!

  • dont see a reason why not…? selwoods a better player

    • swan has looked touch off in recent weeks – even in his off weeks he still avarages 100ish so i guess that means even when he is bad..he is still chinese food.

      swan for the (c)

      plus im buying him this week and i cant wait to have swan(c) for the first time this year

      • if nothing else does it – that will. Swan lucky to crack 100 with that kind of pressure.

        P.S. Can you please explain WTF you’d live without Swan for 8 rounds and then bring him in with his breakeven at 155 or whatever it is? You can’t wait one more week? Or you think he’s going to get 160?

  • @ Tkol

    Spose it’s lucky you decided to upgrade your midfield first. You can start selling your rookie cash cows like Gram.

  • Mzungi will play this week! Confirmed on Freo website! Juicy downgrade, would get him this week but need to get smith.



  • Which two would you play if you were forced to

    Three choices are Lower, Hibberd and Puopolo?

    Any advice/suggestions would be appreciated :)!

  • Guys PLEASE help me:

    What did u think about:

    Duffield to Puopolo


    Tapscott to Pavlich

    I could also get sylvia in, but i think pav is a better option… thoughts?

    • Brak

      not bad trades if your backline is currently much stronger than your forward line

    • who do you think you are?? you’re a faggot if i’ve ever seen one!
      you definitely should keep duffield-there’s no point trading him out now, you’re just wasting money
      and Pav? too inconsistent-maybe get someone like jack riewoldt instead! He’s killing it!!!

  • Brak

    I’m looking more Tapscott –> Mzungu and Lower –> Def Premium (maybe adcock or shaw)

  • Brak

    Liam Anthony an emergency only, guess time for anyone with him to start trading

  • Must say I like the NBA Jam Ref’s, Classics.
    Swanny(He’s heating up…) should be a safe option this week., Crowbots are terrible.


    Very basic son! How can we help you when you can’t even work out what forum to put your trade questions in.. Eh! Maybe Trade Talk Tuesday?

    On a side note, let me address the more important things such as Calvins Captains. Thanks to Calvin, I think I will take Mr Swan with the C and we’ll take Mr Pendles for the VC. Just don’t trust Joey this year and with Coon out, maybe thats increased the chances of Boyd picking up that tag. Doyh!!

  • boyd will have c on him for sure and pendles vc

    what do you think about going

    Otten > Puopolo

    Smith > Suckling


    Otten > Puopolo

    Petrie > Franklin / Stevie J / Goodes / Fyfe ( and please tell me which one of those)

  • hi guys

    Trying to decide on who too go with as captain this week. I am sick of just following the crowd and picking swan but i dont have any of the other players that Calvin has recommended.

    My options are:
    Z.Smith, hodge, riewoldt, ward ( or i could trade him for shane savage) or goddard. I have swan but i am definately sick of picking him. Also have gary ablett (wish i had him over swan last week) but he is obviously not playing. Who do you guys reckon will be the best pick this week?

    • C = Z.Smith
      VC = D.Swan

      Problem solved.

      • Z smith as in zac smith ruckman for GCS. i think you guys have done a dr dream team.
        GCS = BYE like bye bye good scores if you put them on the field this week let alone as CAP

    • your team must be that bad

  • Vin your a gret bloke and a fellow crows supporter but really, calvins captains should only be written for the rounds that swan isn’t playing in. Ive got joey but there is no chance in hell he’ll captain the umpiresRFu#ked! before swan. And for those who havent got swan delete team now.

    ps swan will do an ACL now nothing surer actually maybe a last minute withdrawal?

    • Calvin didn’t say to put Montagna before Swan. What are yo on about?

      • i know he didn’t but why even mention the other four when im as much chance as being capt than them. calvins captains article should be called calvins captain and should contain one word SWAN.

        • Brak

          plenty of teams i’m seeing have selwood, Murphy or boyd captain. If your team doesnt seem to match up too favourably, for example you have watson out, then trying to pick an alternative captain can win you your league game. Swan has a bit of work to do already to pass the Murphys and Selwoods.

  • oh yeah! XPL.. i rest my case on the captains choice for that rd 9… selwood 122, swan 94. sorry champ.