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The Knee-Jerk: Round 17

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?

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 backup

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?



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    July 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Honorable mention to Danny Stanley also.


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      July 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm


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      July 17, 2011 at 9:26 am


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    July 16, 2011 at 11:44 pm


    Tomorrow have Adcock, Boyd, Fyfe, Goodes, Pavlich, Petrie.

    Has been a pretty decent round so far. Need Adcock and Petrie to find some earlier form tomorrow.

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    July 17, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Rawlings, Enright and 195 points
    Boyd, Higgins, Broughton and Bob Murphy

    Who wins?????

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      July 17, 2011 at 2:52 am


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        July 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

        Robert Murphy from Western Bulldogs.. Bob=short for Robert

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      July 17, 2011 at 9:29 am

      It’ll come down to the wire

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        July 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

        i think you’ve got it.

        Bob murphys not THAT great for a tonne.

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    July 17, 2011 at 2:52 am

    You don’t get -3 for out on the full mate.

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      July 17, 2011 at 7:35 am

      no? free kick against – 3?

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        July 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        You get +3 for the kick, but you don’t get -3 for the OOF.

        Also note: kick-ins after a point don’t get +3 unless you play on to yourself, BUT free kicks after an OOF do get a +3.

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      The Plagiarist

      July 17, 2011 at 8:02 am

      I was under the impression you get 3 points for the kick which is almost immediately deducted under the “Free Kick Against” rule??????? (Hence the “Phantom” tag; action which has no scoring impact whatever).

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        July 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

        Nope – kick out on the full = +3. Does not constitute a free against like a push in the back or a throw does.

        I am 95% sure on this.

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          July 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

          id love to know!..this whole time i’d been cursing it happening – i thought it was 0 every time

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            Trutwang 99

            July 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm

            yeah he’s right, OOF is just +3

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          Blue boys

          July 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

          Agree with Trutwang, OOF is only a +3……100% sure.
          If in doubt watch a game and have fanfooty running at same time, notice there won’t be a FA after it kicked OOF.

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          July 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

          Ingoes is right +3 for OOF, as well as no -3 if you give away a 50m penalty. On supercoach it might be a phantom kick but not sure what the scoring is like coz i don’t play supercoach. Although some accidental OOFs haven’t been picked up by champion data. I can clearly recall one incident involving T.Lynch (GC). As my mate who had him whined about it for the rest of the game.

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    July 17, 2011 at 6:09 am

    how is there no shockers?

    I traded Zmith to Mcevoy this week, and Mcevoy definately had a shocker.

    And Howe replacing Buddy for a 21. that sucked

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      July 17, 2011 at 7:37 am

      i usually scan through the points looking for dt relevant scoreres..i didnt see many bad ones..i guess mc evoy was poor…. lyon seems to want to play kozi in the ruck a bit, dont know what that means for mcevoys scores now

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      July 17, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Your problem was the trade. Z Smith is averaging 77 which is pretty good for a rookie ruckman. Why trade him out at all?

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        July 17, 2011 at 7:52 am

        my last spot on the ground needing an upgrade, with 8 trades to go. Mcevoy killing it, seemed like a reasonable move or an extra 30 ppg

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          July 17, 2011 at 8:10 am

          I can understand the motive. I am in the same position but am not willing to waste a trade on a ruck. Z Smith has been on the field since Sandi went down and he is going to stay there.

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    July 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

    1717 inc C, 6 to play, Fisher for Shaw was a winner and Bringing in Montagna last week worked out well this week too.

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    July 17, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Stupid Howe being sub ruined my average of 104 per player after 15/23! Meanwhile I have Prestia sitting on the bench with his 92. There’s always someone that has to rain on my parade.

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      July 17, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Same with me

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    July 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Better to have Howe and score 21.

    Than Heath Shaw with a donut.

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    July 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

    So far I’ve had 12 players play, including Swansea (Swan C – get it?) for an overall points per player average of 109.5 (1424 from 13). If it is maintained by Enright, Broughton, Adcock, Lower, Redden, Fyfe, Pavlich, Goodes, Petrie and Higgins, i’ll score over 2500 8). Redden, Broughton, Adcock and Petrie have a chance to score me the weekly prize if they want to, I reckon. Need Chappy, Stevie J and ROK to stay down this week

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    July 17, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Damn McEvoy’s 61 could of cost me to lost against my mate this week. Other than that, my team is going mint.

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    July 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Lower to Delideo seemed smart last night. Anyway my question, if you lay a high tackle or push in the back tackle etc. do you get +4-3 =1 or do u get -3?

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      July 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

      I’m pretty sure either of the infringements you described do not count as a tackle on the stats sheet, thus player just loses three points

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      Blue boys

      July 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Players don’t get points for a tackle if its classed as an illegal tackle (free against). Only -3 for that!! :-(

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    July 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Nick Lower come on down. You’ve made it to the showcase round again this season.

    My opposition had Chris Newman. He also killed it…

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    July 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm


    If a player has the green vest and doesn’t get subbed on the field does he still ‘play’ on the DT field? Or does the emergency score replace the 0?

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    July 17, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    @ Adzman
    Love your articles mate, but I can’t help but notice you are a bitter Port supporter. As a fellow South aussie I feel the pain as both our clubs are floundering around the bottom of the ladder. Unfortunately for your boys, the spoon one of your supporters so graciously waved around last year is destined for Alberton’s “Trophy” cabinet. Although we may look like “fruit tingles” in some people’s eyes, at least we don’t resemble a teal Victorian state side!

    All shite aside I do agree with your 12′ watchlist. Sloane will be a SC slut, and may also prove a handy 6th DTér also. Im looking forward to the Jack Watts of 2012. Another solid pre-season will only bolser an already impressive key-position player. He will be very similar to Reiwolt in that he will regularly push up the ground getting cheap mark+kick combo’s, a DT ers dream!

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    July 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    “Hate watching him (Daisy) play though, has a style you want to punch”.

    Daisy has one of, if not the best style to watch in the AFL.
    Takes hangers, kicks awesome goals, takes the game on and is as hard s anyone in the game.
    No matter how much you dislike him you cant say he has a bad style to watch.

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