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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Trent West

With no Ottens and a less-than-100%-fit Vardy, will Trent West get his shot as Geelong’s #1 ruckman ahead of new ‘old’ boy Orren Stephenson?

Name: Trent West
Club: Geelong
Position: Ruck
Assistant Coach 2012 Price: $338,300
Bye Round: 12
2011 Average: 76
2011 Games Played: 6
Predicted Average: 88

Why should I pick him? Although Trent West has had limited opportunities in his four years in the AFL, Geelong’s coaching staff have managed him pretty carefully, grooming him with a long-term view of his role at the club. He has had a steady build-up, including plenty of strength and endurance training. This has him primed to assume the mantle of first-choice ruckman at the Cattery in 2012 with the retirement of Brad Ottens and with fellow young tall Nathan Vardy on a rehab program after undergoing career-threatening hip surgery towards the end of season 2011.

In West’s six games in the latter part of 2011, he returned scores of 67, 95, 87, 98, 64 and 45. Given his lack of AFL experience, that output was promising and he’s coming into his fifth season without too much competition in the club’s ruck department. Through his first four seasons his average has been on the up and up: 33 over 6 games in 2008; 13 in 1 game in 2009; 46 over 4 games in 2010; and 76 over 6 games in 2011. While he’s only played a few games a season, the positive trend in his numbers and his possible role as the leading ruckman point to a breakout fantasy year in 2012.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? The arrival of mature-age rookie Orren Stephenson may have some impact on West’s Dream Team production. Which one of West or Stephenson spends more time in the ruck remains to be seen, but it’s doubtful that Trent’s 2012 average will fall below that of 2011. The big query is his durability which is unproven as he simply hasn’t had the opportunities at the top level. While there’s no doubt he will play a major role for Geelong and see out a full season in 2012, there’s no guarantee that his body will hold up under the rigours of AFL footy. West’s price point is a bit tricky too when there’s a proven ruckman in Hamish McIntosh floating around for $273k.

Deck of DT Rating: Queen. As a mid-pricer and without a complete season behind him, there is an inherent risk in selecting West in your ruck division. However, if he continues improving, gets plenty of chances at stoppages and manages a gettable average of around 90ppg or so, he could have you smiling all the way to the bank.

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    December 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Gotta be on people’s radars. Gives you a cheaper option as a 2nd ruck and the chance to spend a little more around the rest of the ground. Liking the possibilities.

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      December 27, 2011 at 7:45 am

      i think Kruezer would be a better option, and hes cheaper.

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      December 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

      Hahaha second ruck, my first ruck (Ham Mac) is cheaper then this guy lol

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    December 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Set and forget. I’ll have big enough headaches in my fwd line to worry about than getting in West.

    Also this article states Jager Omera is training with the suns, I thought they couldn’t get him?

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      December 27, 2011 at 8:16 am

      They traded pick 4 for him.

      It was GWS who were trying to do the shonky

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        December 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        Oh, thanks champion.

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    December 27, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Not for me this year. Going the McBurger combo.

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    December 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Like the uniquness of the your Deck selection TeeTee.

    I’ve never been a big spender on my Rucks until last year saw these lumbering oaf’s numbers increase. I ran with Cox and Goldstein (as my secondary cheaper option). With McEvoy, Leuenberger, Goldstein and even spud Zach Clarke having breakout years I am expecting similar scoring to continue.

    In 2012 I see more options like Natanui 370k, Bellchambers 320k, West 338k all replicating the increases of the McEvoy’s, Leuenberger’s and Goldstein’s.

    Another ready to increase his average into the 90’s is Zach Smith. In his first year of AFL we all had him as our third ruckman however this year he is as popular as a coldsore. With a 72 average in his first year, this second year ruckman (however a bit older 22 when the season starts which is a bonus) will be one half of my ruck combo with Leuenberger. Orren and Giles will more than likely round out my four.


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      December 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

      Hey Big Stu,

      I’m with you on Smith, so let’s both spend the next few months talking him down lol

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    December 27, 2011 at 9:27 am

    hmmm, a tough one, i feel he could be the sam jacobs of 2012, but orren stephenson could play as no 1 ruck with west in the fwds.

    hmmm, so much to think about!

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    December 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Pass I’m going with h Mac !!

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    Big Feller

    December 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I’ve committed to Stephensen so I can’t see the point of having 2 rucks from the same team!

    BTW guys I’d love to see some write ups on blokes like Heath Scotland, The Knife, Heath Shaw etc… that are guns but have a few question marks about them. Blokes like Winderlich, Armstrong & West are fine but I’d love to see some bigger names discussed.


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    December 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Exactly how injured is Vardy? When is he likely to come back?

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    Alex's All Stars

    December 27, 2011 at 11:42 am

    It’s a coin toss between Goldy and Sandy for me as a main ruck.

    West still has a lot to prove, but this article’s certainly put him on my radar.
    I love the stat’s you guys put up here!

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    December 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Queen says Sloth? Nah, Jack at best.

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    December 27, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Pass, 99% of teams will have Stephenson and having 2 Geelong boys could screw up bye weeks. Agree with ya mtooler….set and forget. Gonna have enough dramas with the other positions to worry about the rucks too. Love the uniqueness tee tee :)

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      December 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Having Orren and West would be exactly the same as having Orren and one of Sandi, Ryder or Mumford in terms of the byes – they all have their week off in Round 12.

      We need to careful with discounting players because they are on the same team, as its only their bye week that should distinguish them. Another example is having Swan, Pendlebury and Thomas is identical to having Joel Selwood, Barlow and Watson in terms of the bye.

      Seeing as we have 3 Bye weeks and 4 Ruck spots, there’s going to have to be at least one week where two of them miss. That might be Round 12 for you, if you wanted to have both West and Orren.

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        December 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        Thats exactly right!!!!!

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        December 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        Yeah i get ya point Tbetta, I should of said having 2 geelong players would potentially hurt in bye weeks with the other guys out then too. My bad :)

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    December 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    With Stephenson, Simpson, and Vardy when fit ahead of him, I don’t him seeing him getting a consistent run this year. Pass.

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    December 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Another interesting unique Tee Tee, and one that I would not have considered.

    It will be interesting to see what the word is out of the Cattery. Obviously, the Big O and West will be battling it out over summer and I’m hoping Big O comes out on top because as Turps used to say ‘The Price is Right’

    (I heard recently that Turps bedded a young Olivia Newton John back in the day. That’s like Clarke making two double centuries in the boxing day test!)

    Who would have thought ruc’s would be so prevalent in the deck!

    Cheers all, GJB

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    December 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Sneaky call on west, big fella can kick a goal too, consider. Im with sloth, jack for sure

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    December 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Not on my radar. I’m goin 2 guns as starters. Probably wouldn’t consider him anyway. Played 17 games in 4 years.

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