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Calvin’s Captains – Rd. 8

Arrggg – So you’ve come back… and I thankyou for that. After being let down last week by some of the biggest guns in the world of DT, we attack round 8 with a new sense of hope and this week, it will be different. So stop looking at me (and Presti) thinking over there and go in and check out what I have for you this week.

“You Suck Calvin!”

So people have told me. Last week, Chappy and Bartel let us down during the absence of our Collingwood boys… not me. I wasn’t the one out there not getting kicks! Who knew that they would have one of their worst scores for years? Not me or you for that matter… and remember who clicks on your captain? YOU! I’m just a drunk Irish pirate who tells you too ha ha…

So, my hand is up anyway saying… I will take the blame. I’m sorry and I will lift! Arrgg

Anyway, I can take the criticism and the bagging out, but seriously… death threats are a little overboard, and you might need to check yourself into some DT Therapy.  Seriously.

Friday Night Delight


Of course we need to look at the great Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury. Let’s start with the number 10, Scott Pendlebury, who averages just 98 in his last 3 against the mighty Cats. He had 113 (24d) in his last game against them which happens to be his highest score in his career of 7 games against them. Last time Pendles was at the MCG, he managed just 87… but he did have a huge 166 before that. Over the last 2 years, Pendles has cracked the 100+ mark an impressive 77% of the time at the MCG and although his history Vs the Cats isn’t great, he should be solid again this week. Dane Swan has been a little Friday night specialist this year with scores of 116 and 131 so far. He averages 121 on the Cats in his last 3 games and is coming off a 141 (33d) he had on them when the Pies and Cats met in the Preliminary Final last year. Although he had just 96 in his last game at the MCG… he should lift under the lights in this massive blockbuster.


The big 3 –  Let’s have a look at Bartel, Chappy and Selwood. Jimmy Bartel had a nice 117 last time these guys met and before that he had scores of 78, 125, 147 and 106 (over the last 2 years). Jimmy loves the big stage and has averaged a nice 119 at the MCG so far this year. Paul Chapman let us (me) down last week and posted one of his worst scores in a long time. Last time he played the Pies he had just 92, his second lowest score of 2010. That 92 though… was his only score less than 100+ in his last 5 against them. Chappy is going for his 8th triple figure score at the MCG in a row and has already had a big 130 next to his name from there already this year. Joel Selwood’s lowest score against the Pies is just 96 in his last 4 games and although he had 100 in his last… he only averages 97 in his last 3 against them. Meaning Joel hasn’t had a massive score on the Pies for quite a while. He is averaging 117 in his last 3 this year and his form is red hot and you can add that to the 134 he had at the MCG in his last game.

Did You Know?

That Dane Swan averages 112 at the MCG so far this year compared to the 150 he averages at Etihad Stadium? Just another pointless stat! Moving on…

Port and Brisbane Suck

Yeah they do…So who plays them? Jobe Watson plays the Lions and will rip them to bits. He had just 58 in his last against them (hurt ankle with a Rockliffe tag didn’t help) but before that he had very solid numbers with 91 being his lowest against them in his last 4. He had 128 in his last at the GABBA and if Brennan (132) and Risky-telli (131) can crave up the Lions, Jobe will do it with ease! Adam Goodes plays the Power and as good at this sounds… it’s not that goodes (boom tish). With 0x100+ scores in his last 7 against them and scores of 47 and 76 at the SCG recently… you couldn’t do it, could you?

What About Boyd?

I will mention him here so I don’t have to answer this question 100 times later on. Matthew Boyd plays the Tigers and had 105 in his last game against them, which just happened to be his highest score against them in his last 3. In his career, Boyd has played the Tigers 11 times, for just 2×100+ scores… can you believe that? Anyway, in the last 3 games this year he has averaged 128 and finds himself back at Etihad where he has scored 100+ a nice 85% of the time in the last 2 years. History says ‘no’, but everything else is saying ‘yes’.


So there you have it. I’m pretty confident that I have this right. But I think we have heard that before, right? Ha ha ha, Nah … I got this one! Good luck and if you are like me right now with people missing (Grimes, Stevie J, Curnow, Montagna, Higgins, Otten…) you will need all the luck you can get and by drilling a BIG captain, it will certainly help!

See ya next week.

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    May 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I’m probably going to bring in Swan this week, and statistically, my debutantes tend to get terrible scores, ie Chappy last week! Definitely going to go Pendles or Boyd.

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      May 12, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Why bring him in now? If you dont have him yet then you may as well wait until his rnd 13 bye is over.

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        May 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

        I thought that too, but once he’s in, my forward line and midfield is stacked. Then only need to worry about my defense. I thought about Adcock but I have a terrible feeling he has either an injury or a form slump coming on. Thanks for your concern though mate!

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          May 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm

          I just got Adcock in after the Grimy incident. When I was looking at Adcock’s page on Fanfooty I saw a comment I made about wanting Adcock but ‘being worried he might pull a hammy putting the bins out.’ Should have got him from the start damn it! But if he keeps playing well and staying on the park I won’t care. Trading him in was like betting the rent money on a horse, risky but exciting.

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    Hill End

    May 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

    thoughts please

    I have $160k in the bank

    Curnow – Selwood
    Grimes – Newman

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    May 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I think Curnow has to go. I am tossing up between Mitchell, Mundy or Selwood. I would love to get Selwood but I am worried about the finals in round 22. Thoughts?

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      Hill End

      May 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

      good point toasted – see this will give me two cats along with 2 blues & bombers, all of which will be swapped like 4 like in the finals – selwoods b/e 77 is to bigger gift to not take up

    • Calvin


      May 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      you can’t plan for things that might not happen… will you make finals?
      I reckon roll with Selwood then and just wait and see how the year pans out

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    May 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Grimes to Frawley ? should pick up the slack left by Grimes

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      May 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      If you say so. Go for it!

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    May 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    or how bout Knights to I.Smith , and Curnow to Pendles ???

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    May 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Weather worries me slightly with Swanny. New coach at Geelong too, the Pink pig could go anywhere…

    • Calvin


      May 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      the pig can’t run with Swan or Pendles, he tried in the Prelim… the old pig was huffing and puffing and just can’t do it like he used too

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        May 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

        I thought the Pig was gone after that game, although he did grab the bull by the horn’s and pull a few points back with his clearence work later on. I just hope that no women have to sleep with the pig. It’s just not fair.

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        May 13, 2011 at 11:02 am

        Good point. How could I forget about that game… I can clearly recall the footage of The Pig giving chase and getting burned off!

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    May 12, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Hey Guys,
    I live overseas so im just wondering if rain is forecast for tomorrow night….could impact on choice of captain?

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      May 12, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Rain all weekend mate.

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        May 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

        On and off, Melbourne style.

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    May 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Based my captain selection on this article:

    It reckons swan, Jobe or boyd is the way to go. Decided to go with Swannie! Massive game tomorrow for most DTers I’m sure.

    Good luck everyone!

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    May 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Anyone thinking Pendles over Swan/Boyd?

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    May 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    what do u guys think of captaining Nathan Van Berlo against gold Coast or Ryan Okeffe against port??
    for somthing different

  11. Calvin


    May 13, 2011 at 6:10 pm


    I’m never one to change my top 5, and I still wont, but I just want to let everyone know that is is raining for the Friday night games and this means that Bartel will be unbelievable!

    He is a tackling machine and that alone will huge to his score and if anyone will score high in the wet, it’s Bartel all day!

    With that said, I’ll still be going with my best DT scorer in Swan. He has played in the wet before I’m tipping and has scored well. His record Vs the Cts is amazing and he’ll be fine

    Lots of stoppages, lots or tackles and little handball/kicks etc…..

    A “SOGGY CAPATIN” isn’t a bad thing. I did some researach into this a few years back and found that the highest scoring DT games for the year when it came to 100+ scores by players (over say 2008-2010) were in the wet!

    So don’t be truned off by the weather. All my top 5 will be great!

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      May 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks for the late info Calvin. I’m tempted to go Selwood duee to these reason as I don’t have Bartel.

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        May 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm

        thiknking exact same thing

    • Brak


      May 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      cheers Calvin, Swan still my captain

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      May 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      hmm, lucky you delivered this info a bit late, otherwise i might of had bartel as captain ;)

  12. Brak


    May 14, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Happy with Swan although had the VC on Selwood which would have been another 6pts. Really happy I traded in Selwood instead of my original plan of Pendles this week. Also the fact I couldnt get in Chappy cos of backline woes, will cost me less in a few weeks.

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