The Good Word with Tom Rockliff

TheGoodWord - RockyI got in touch with “my boy” Tom Rockliff to get an inside scoop on what is happening up at the Lions den, which conveniently is looking a lot like a happy hunting ground for Fantasy coaches this year.

How is your pre season going? Can we expect a return to your high scoring ways of 2011, this year?

Pre season has been really good for me to date. I have done the whole preseason and running PB’s in my time trials. Ready for games to come around. Well I hope I find some good form again and build on last year and spend a lot more time in the midfield.

Last year we saw you play a lot of footy deep in the fwd line. Where do you see yourself playing the majority of your footy this year?

I think I will play a lot more in the midfield and just drift forward for smaller periods of the game. I think we tried a different role for myself later in the year, but I personally think my best position is an inside midfielder.

What teammates do you think will take their game to a new level this year?

I think the most of the boys have had really good preseasons and are ready to take the next step now. I think Hanley and Beams will be valuable players and also the likes of Redden.

With the retirement of Josh Drummond, does that open the door for Sam Docherty to come in and have an immediate impact for our Dream Teams?

I think Sam will play senior footy this year and will be valuable to Dream Teams.

How is Matthew Leuenbeger going? Is he on track to play in round 1?

All going well he will play during the NAB and we all know how good he is when he is up and going. He has started to join in full training and moving well. He will win a lot of hit outs and covers the ground really well.

How is Sam Mayes going? Will he be in the mix for early games?

Sam is a really good kid and should play senior footy this year. He can run and also he is a footballer which I love.

You have picked up Brent Moloney who is coming off a shocking Dream Team year. How is he fitting in and what role can you see him playing?

He will be massive for us and has set himself up for a huge year. Watch this space but I am sure he will have a really good year as he has fitted in amazingly.

How is Brent Staker going? What sort of role can we expect from him?

Yeah he is flying mate going well!! Will play a key role for us! 

We hear that you and Jack Redden have stopped living with each other….. bromance over? Are you pissed off he averaged more Dream Team points than you last year?

Yes we are parting ways. He has decided its time to grow up and fallen head over heels for a lovely young lady. She will be moving up in the new year and they will be living together so I am in the gutter as we speak.

Who will be your first picked player this year and why? (from any club)

Myself, nah just joking. I think Jack is a great pick he does everything and his ability to score extra points through tackles is amazing. He is elite.

Were you as angry as me at Vossy for playing you out of the goal square in 2012?

Ha ha, it was certainly frustrating at times playing forward. But angry at Vossy, never. It was a team role that I needed to play and give us some structure down there. We have a really young forward line and we needed to add a little experience down there.

Can Dayne Zorko maintain or improve on his awesome work last season where he averaged an impressive 95?

Yes, he has had another big preseason and is ready to go. Will clearly attract more attention this year but I am sure he is more than capable of breaking his opponents.

Rate the top 5 Lion players we should be watching through the NAB cup for our Dream Teams

1. Beams
2. Mayes
3. Close
4. Docherty
5. Karnizes

Thanks very much to Rocky for his insight into so many Fantasy relevant players! Can’t wait to see him back in the midfield! Make sure you give him a follow @rockwiz38 and follow me @RoyDT.

21 Comments

  • Beams was on the radar a fraction, but by the sounds of this he could be a regular from round 1… given me a lot to think about

  • Yeah, he has definitely made me wonder about Beams, but now I’m even leaning towards fitting Rocky himself in! More midfield time sounds good, so does a full preseason with PB’s in time trial. Sounds like he might kill it. Time for a bit of a reshuffle I think.

    • Already had the Rock locked, but this has made me rethink Claye beams, will be keeping a close eye…

  • ROCK AND LOAD Haha:) Looks like I have 9 mids with Rocko in my FWD, which also brings up the question, Rocko or Zorko?

    • Definitely Rocky, Zorko was stellar in his first season but is definitely going to be attracting more attention, best to go for experience and the fact that Rocky is simply going to run a riot this year..

  • Or Staker or Claye Beams

  • Will be one of the better bottom 10 teams this year. Hopefully a few wins = few good DT scorers

    • Fair comment.. but I dare say Lions will sneak into Top 8 this year.. genuine chance.

  • I’ve liked Beams from his first game. Very tempting pick for a break out year this year. All the buzz has been that he is having a very solid preseason. Hmmm.

  • Mayes could be one the better picks by the end of the year.

    League 795891 for anyone interested. Half full, came top 200 2 years ago

  • “He can run and also he is a footballer which I love.”

    Haha

  • i swear there are like 8 brisbane players who can easily be selected!

  • Had a chat to Dean Cox yesterday for about 10 mins, good bloke asked him about Dream Team, He reckons none of last years draftees will play much this year so steer clear. He said Lecras is flying Shuey Selwood and Darling are all looking good and that he’d put his house on Darling kicking 50+ again this year. He had a finger brace on but said he would miss the first nab game and play weeks 2 and 3 i asked him if i should pick him or if he was getting too old he had a laugh and said he is in great shape this pre season and feeling good. Wanted to ask about Brad Dick also but there were people waiting for a photo so i had to let him go, just thought id let you all know

    • I don’t want this to become a chat about the Eagles now but seeing as there has been some speculation about Nickoski getting less game time than LeCras as one of the forward pockets. I recon Brad Dick will at least get like 7-9 games this year but will be a big part of the sub role (red or green) in most of those games.

  • Having attended most of the Brisbane Lions training sessions this year, I can confirm Clay Beams is absolutely flying.. good thing the Lions signed him for 2 years late last year. Leuenberger’s fitness & strength has astounded me for a man that’s missed so much football.. he is a no-brainier for your R2 position. Interesting that Rocky mentioned Michael Close.. I saw him on Day 1 at training and he was mostly bones.. BUT he’s bulked up considerably since then (watch closely.. excuse the pun). I could write all day about DT relevant Lions.. but don’t want this post to be too long! More Lions training insights at @SteveDeno on twitter.

  • Just another quick one.. don’t let Zorko’s lofty price tag or flashy surname deter you from selecting him in your Fantasy team.. he’s prob displayed the sharpest skills at Lions training to date.. and his fitness is elite. I think Zorko would be a unique selection who won’t let you down. Does anyone know where I draw the line with sharing valuable DT info as opposed to keeping it to myself?!?!

    • Send me a tweet on twitter and I’ll DM you my email. You can write up what you know and we can look at making it a post if you want?

  • out of beams, pendles and cotchin, who would be the best pick? is it possible to see beams role changing this year due to luke balls return? pendles seems to not be getting lots of interest from others because of swan and beams, but he will still average 110+ and is 30000 cheaper than beams, which would let me upgrade brad dick to brent staker. or should i go with cotchin who is practically same price as pendles.