As a younger and somewhat slimmer Eddie McGuire would say at the start of every footy show; What-a-big-week-it-has-been-in-football! Well OK, it was a normal week; it just got big Friday at about 3pm when it was confirmed that Heateris a great DTer but an average thinker. I don’t actually mind him having a bet to be honest…but on Nick Maxwell to score a goal? First goal even? Maxy probably reads this site so I don’t doubt that he’s an OK guy but apart from spoiling third man up and tumbling clearance kicks to nowhere I don’t think his skill set gets anywhere near goal kicking. OK I made it this far without using any Shaw thing betting puns so it’s probably best time to continue, what’s been happening so far this round?
To be honest unless you bought Shaw this week or had no cover for him there were not a lot of shockers so far this round – we might dwell on the good ones I think.
Scott Thompson (111)
Thompson continues to be a lone hand in the Adelaide side; he can be relied on to score big every week and won’t have to worry about anybody else wearing those hideous colours taking any ball off him. Handy differential if needed.
Angus Monfries (132)
Poor Gus put himself under a lot of unnecessary pressure midweek by admitting he was a diver. That makes this 132 all the more impressive because he didn’t have a whole bunch of +1’s& +3’s from dodgy free kicks. Hird reckons he was impressed because he played like a man Friday night, if the trend continues we could look back on this as a breakout game for Gus – watch this space.
Rory Sloane (107) Jake Melksham (101) David Zaharakis (94)Andrew Gaff (104)
These guys are well and truly on the watch list for next year (yes I’ve got one already- read on later…) Third year rule will come into play for some and I for one hope they just spud up the rest of the year to keep themselves under the radar a bit and keep the prices down.
Richmond Tons (7)
As always the Gold Coast gave up some decent scores this week but how can I possibly name any of these tigers as bandwagoners after the performance their team dished up. The ferals will be spitting on Hardwick next time he’s in public, better wear the rain coat Dimma. The noteworthy scores for the game were Ablett fighting back from last week’s indignity for a 101 and Iles cracking it for a ton on a week a lot of us had him on the deck for Mitchell – thanks champ!
Dale Thomas (135)
Daisy continues to jostle Swanny and Pendles off the numero uno position on the podium for best Collingwood Dt’er. I for one thought he was in a small purple patch and would come back down to earth….but that was my mistake – he is turning into a must have. Hate watching him play though, has a style you want to punch!
Leigh Montagna (124)
He was always going to be a great differential coming into the final weeks and he isn’t letting those who bought him down. Nice fixtures and proven results make him hard to pass up.
Other bits and pieces
I’ve never really been a fan of people who take themselves too seriously. Mick Malthouse falls squarely into that category. People on SEN say ‘’that was a fascinating insight” after everything he says. It wasn’t fascinating! It just seems that way because getting anything out of him is impossible so when you do it’s a rare insight. Anyhow Mick has been responsible for one of my DT beefs lately. Because he and his troops are so paranoid about using the corridor they inch their way around the boundary. It’s ok for them because they have the skills but all the copycat teams who try don’t. I’m sick of seeing my player’s stats in the paper on Sunday morning to find he had about 20 kicks but he couldn’t scrape 60 DT points. It’s all because half the kicks were phantoms (i.e. out on the full +3/-3 = 0). Please use the corridor so I at least get a +3 for your scrubber kicks!
The DT’er is an unsentimental beast. Even in the middle of the season when his team his giving everything to try and win him the car he is already looking elsewhere. Just like when you have a girlfriend… you never burn away every other girl you know, you always have a few backups at arm’s length just in case the unthinkable happens and you break up. In the same way the DT’er is always looking ahead, keeping a secret list of players for next year. It may be somebody who has been an LTI, somebody who is playing poorly and under their average, or a player you think is about to explode…whatever the reason I’ll bet everyone of you already has part of next year’s team already made up in your minds.
Haves and have nots
We all know the world is separated into the haves and the have nots. While the haves are chowing down on food and scratching their arse in front of the TV the have nots are scratching at fleas while they scratch around for whatever food they can find. In this world the have nots have little chance to get one up on the haves. In DT we are split into those that have Ablett, and those that don’t. For weeks now the have nots were looking in a bad way as the haves were racking up the points but for once the poor old have nots got one up. As Gaz donned the red vest with a paltry 24 pts in the bank you could almost hear the cheering from the have nots of the DT world. Normal programming again resumed thisweek as we again watched lil Gaz through the cracks between our fingers but at least last week the have nots got one back!
That’s about it for this week, I must confess I’m finding it hard to keep motivated now that I can’t hit the trade button all the time but last week’s 2281 kept me smiling and this week is looking as good if not better. How’s everybody else going? Gotten over the Shaw saga yet?