Blues v Crows – NAB Challenge (24th February)


Carlton Blues v Adelaide Crows.
Etihad Stadium. Monday 24th February, 2013.
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Matthew Crouch was awesome in his first NAB Challenge game with 85 from just 64% game time. He played the same amount of time here for only 54pts with 15 disposals. The kid is a ball magnet and now makes it really tough with all the midfield rookies on the platter this year. I still have my doubts whether or not he’s in the best 22 though. Crow fans please comment below if you have an opinion on this one.

Brodie Martin ($150,300 AF) is really cheap this year. He had 58 (70%) in his first game and then just 47. Yeah he’s cheap… but c’mon, we can find something better than this I reckon.

Ok ok ok, let’s talk about Matthew Wright. “It’s pre-season and I’m back”… of course you bloody are Wrighty. Burn me once shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me. I will not wrightybe getting burnt by this guy again. Last year he smoked the pre-season and then when onto average just 68 for the year.

So far this pre-season he has scored a massive 139pts from just 82% TOG (time on ground) and backed it up tonight with another big 111 from 29 touches (81% TOG). Is he seriously doing this to us again? The man is on fire, but people… take a breath and remember.

Two wrongs DON’T make a Wright and he sits firmly on my never again list and despite the fact he is setting the world on fire at the moment. I’ll be passing!

Marc Murphy was impressive and he’s cheap after averaging 85 last year. He scored 61 (71%) in his first game and then scored 95 here. He had 30 touches and found plenty of it in his 74% TOG. No one tags in pre-season though and we all know what can happen to Marc when they do. Crowley held him to 55 last year along with Jones (64) and Geary (53) just to name a few.

Probably the biggest story from tonight was Daisy Thomas. He is priced at an average of 75 and will smash that in 2014. Fresh from the move from Collingwood, he joins his old coach and looks ready to roll. The ankle seemed fine as he clocked up a solid 70pts in 66% game time.

Getting it done in quick time tonight was McLean and Gibbs who only played half a game for their scores of 79 and 87. Big returns in limited time from the boys.

Patrick Dangerfield was very quiet but do not let that deter you. He started deep forward (do worry) and then copped a knock. He basically did nothing all night for his 58 points. We’re all still picking him so just let this one go through to the keeper.

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  • Wright may have burnt you, but he hasn’t burnt me.

    I’m thinking of a Caddy -> Wright ‘upgrade’…thoughts?

  • Swapping Dangerfield for Wright right no…. Go on, ask me why!

      • Dangerfield spent time up forward (how often does that happen!)
        Dangerfield copped a knock to the head (how often does that happen!) Dangerfield is more effective as a forward and the Crows have the depth to cover him in the middle, all of these factors will reduce his scoring output, Wright on the other hand is priced at a 68 ave, worst case scenario he breaks even!

        • Dangerfield kicks a bag and scores masive( how often does this happen)
          danger field is just letting the young guns in the mid and he only went forward last year cause every one was injured

        • Also, Wright last year got a really raw deal from the Crows. He got the green vest more than any of their other players and when he did get on the park Sanderson changed his role more often than he changed his underwear.

        • Disagree. Danger is Adelaides BEST midfielder. They have Pods and Betts in the team this year. The only time Danger will go forward is when he is resting.

  • Matty Crouch not best 22 just yet.

    Matthew Wright pre-season scores last year –

    Fremantle- 59
    Port – 34 (Half game)
    St Kilda – 46 (Half game)
    Geelong – 61
    Carlton – 40 (Tagged Murphy)

    I too was burnt by Wrighty last year but these scores from last year are far from ‘smashing it’. Scores of 139 and 111 in full games this year are looking great. Looks like a risk worth taking IMO.

    • Last year he smoked the pre-season quote end quote….a risk worth taking i reckon aye tommy boy!

      I started with the Zorko last year and as soon as I realised he was a spud I turfed him..Same can be done with any speculative mid pricer. With Round 2 to get things WRIGHT *cough cough* and the fact that we have two trades a week, the reward far outweighs the risk if we can pull it off….

      BTW, Carn the Crows!

    • +1 im a crows fan too and dont see him being in the rd 1 side

  • It’s funny how you don’t go near players that burn you I will probably never pick cloke again because he burnt me so bad.. But I haven’t been burnt by wright yet so I’m extremely tempted and the fact that he did it last year so not many will go near him is more tempting.. I’m loving the unlimited trades untill round 2 this year because you will actually be able to see what role these pre season tempters like wright, shiels and trengrove etc play in a proper season game before you pick them..

  • Definitely getting Wright into my side.

    Someone has to do a parody on Wright, using the song ‘Billy Joel – You May Be Right’ and using “Wright” haha.

  • what are your thoughts on Andrejs Everitt (not sure on the spelling)

    • He is fairly DT irrelevant. Not a great player, that’s why he’s bounced around to so many different clubs.

  • I listened to the 5AA commentary of the game and ex-crow players Chris McDermott as well as Stephen Rowe, both felt some time in the SANFL would do Matt Crouch a world of good. They feel he is not quite there yet. Myself, as a crows supporter would have to agree with that analysis.

  • Wright burnt me too last year but he was vested nearly every week, might get more game time this year

  • Thoughts on Ellard? 86pts tonight, 83 last week & priced at $224K. Seems like a good m8 or 9 option.

    • Don’t think Ellard is best 22 material, if he were to play I reckon he’d be the sub. The blues midfield would be the hardest part of the team to break into with Murph, Daisy, Gibbs, Judd, Bell, McLean, Carrazzo, Curnow probably being players that are all ahead of Ellard. However, with Betts gone Ellard might find his way into the forward pocket occasionally doing runs through the midfield, but I reckon that will go to Menzel. With other options like Claye Beams available for a cheaper price, I wouldn’t be picking him up

      • I’m a carlton fan. In my opinion he’s in carltons best 22. and as long as judd is injured he definitely will play.

  • I reckon Wright will get more of a gig in the guts now that van berlo is out in my opinion

  • Actually Daisy is only priced at low 60’s.

  • I’m feeling alwright about him. He’s definitely getting me more excited than danger is. He’s in.

    Also thoughts on jaensch? Averaging mid 80’s so far in the nab. $310 pricing. A mid priced alternative to a swallow?

  • Matty Wright doing what he does best, what a troll! It’s ironic that Matt Crouch will likely lose his spot to his brother as soon as he is fit. He hasn’t done a thing wrong though (for a rookie) and if he plays I’m locking him in.

  • Nice read Calvin. Thanks.
    Crouch would have to be in best 22 wouldn’t he? With no van berlo and Bernie Vince that’ll leave open afew spots wouldn’t we think? Plus his coach raves on about him.

  • When Ben Rutten scores 67 compared to Dangerfield’s 58…

  • Adelaide Midfield would be Jacobs, Dangerfield, Thompson, Sloane, Brad Crouch and matt wright would probably switch on the ball but still not going to take him just yet

  • What do people think about:
    Daisy Thomas vs Liam Shiel for M6?
    Wright vs Darling for F5?

    • That’s interesting. Honestly, if Shiels continues this form Im locking him in but I have Daisy as well. Shiels is slightly less but he doesn’t have injury worries and when not tagging can be massive.

      Wright vs Darling is tough, it’s whoever get’s more midfield team really.
      Wait until after round 1 to see the roles they have, but Darling is a safer option if he plays midfield cause Sanderson tends to move Wright a lot.

    • struggling with those choices myself!

  • I think that maybe Wright and Dangerfield are set to switch come the season proper, it’s eerily uncanny to how normal Adelaide’s scoring is if you switch them

    Also, I’d like to have seen how you rated some of the cheaper options:
    Ellard – averaged 84 in 2012 and priced at 230k, he’s been scoring pretty well in these NAB games (83 off 71% TOG in NAB1 and 86 off 84%TOG in NAB2) = how’s he looking?
    and then Simpson – is he running through the midfield, or is he playing an unfriendly point-scoring role?

    a decent write up though, but leaves out some information on players that most are considering (like Simpson, who is currently selected by more people than Libba)

  • I’d steer clear of Ellard personally. He has always played pretty well and been hard at it when he gets a game but has never really been best 22. I think with Daisy coming over it hasn’t helped his chances either, he might take a midfield spot while Judd is out but when he’s back I’d expect someone like Ellard to make way, he’s also a pretty big sub risk when he does get a game.
    Unless he can find a way to take Betts fwd spot…kicking 3 yesterday doesn’t hurt those chances.

    • so you’re saying he’s got good potential but a MASSIVE sub risk
      wasn’t actually considering pre-NAB, but has scored pretty well (and considering some shaky JS [or poor scoring] for mid rookies, might have been worth a shot)

      would’ve liked him to avoid the vestings, would pose as a decent POD rookie then, but looks like I’m off elsewhere

      I’ll be checking NAB3 anyway (or the trial game in early March) but thanks

  • After one game is everyone hanging onto Daisy?? im concerned he wont make much more of an average than what hes already priced

    • he only played 66% of the total game
      I think he’d get that up to mid70-low80s and that’ll equate to around another 15-20 points

      locking him in for a rough 90, which means (though not a keeper) he’ll a great stepping stone (think this year’s Moloney)