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Tom Rockliff – Deck of Dream Team 2013

The ultimate early Christmas present arrived with the news “my boy” Rocky was given dual position eligibility! making him a must have in your 2013 AFL Dream Team.

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Name: Tom Rockliff
Club: Brisbane
Position: Midfielder/Forward
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $481,700
Bye Round: 11
2012 Average: 93
2012 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 110

Why should I pick him?

If you are not already sold on Rocky for your 2013 Dream Team, you will be by the end of this section. I am about to talk the big fella up and I can hear my critics from here saying things like “it’s because Roy loves him” “dude has a man crush” and “Roy is a cock head, and don’t listen to him”. All quotes have merit; however, Rocky is the real deal and should arguably be your first picked in 13.

In 2011, Rocky smashed his previous average of 87 out of the water to a premium 112 which sat him with the games truly elite. During that season he came home like a steam train averaging over 120 in the last 10 games. In 2012 he started in a blaze of glory with a whopping 130 from 3 goals 5 and 10 marks. Little did we know that his brilliance here would bite him and his owners on the backside in the long run (I will talk about this in the ‘shouldn’t pick him’ section) as he went on to average 93. The reason I mentioned his low (by his standards) average of 93 in the ‘pick him section’ is because it places him at a bargain price for what he can do. Throughout the year, Rocky showed that when he plays predominantly through the midfield, he scores with the best of them, recording 110, 119, 125, 128, 141 and 143 in his better outings.

Looking forward, in an interview with @brisbanelions Rocky was asked about his role as a fwd in 2012 and he basically labelled it “different” and “due to circumstance” as the main reasons he was playing out of the goal square. He went on to say he sees his 2013 role as a midfielder who can rest forward, as opposed to what we saw throughout large patches on 2012.

From the horses mouth: I contacted Rockliff prior to writing this article to ask why we should pick him and he said he said he is in the best shape he has ever been in (must not have spent this off season walking around Bali with a Bintang longneck in hand: see 2012 pre season). In my opinion, this will send Vossy a clear midfield message.

So at this stage, he ticks all boxes for me. He is fit, good looking, durable, looks set to return to the midfield, he should get more outside ball with the addition of Moloney and the big Berger will also return to spoon feed him a few +3s. I also like the idea of him resting fwd due to his ability to be such a scoring threat and boost his scores with the odd +12 bonus. He kicked 18 for the year with multiples on 6 occasions.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

The main reason not to pick Rocky is that he is too good. As stupid as it sounds, the Lions fwd line looks better when he is in it and when they need an avenue to goal, he tends to be the call up. The worry here is the last 6 rounds, while playing as a fwd he produced scores of 73, 82, 66, 81, 69 and 43….. enough to raise concern. There is also the issue of potentially having too many Lions in the fwd line with Dayne Zorko putting his hand up for a spot after one of the all time great rookie seasons.

Deck of DT Rating.

King – If Rocky was named purely as a midfielder, there would be an element of risk, but as he holds DPP, the positives far out way the potential (permanent fwd) negatives. There are few fwds out there you can select who have the ability to average 112 for a season so in my opinion, it is a no brainer selection.

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:01 am


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      December 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Come on! As soon as I finished typing you had to comment. I think I’ll never get first comment. You’re right though, he should be a lock in everyone’s team.

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Nice article, ever since he’s been announced DPP, he’s been my FIRST player locked in.

    PS: Sorry guys I had to do that

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      December 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

      That’s your FIRST fail of the preseason

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      December 12, 2012 at 8:32 am

      Please. We don’t want to see any of this ‘first’ business this year. If you do, you’ll be deleted and blocked from posting. It’s just annoying for those who want to see some constructive DT discussion.

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        PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

        December 12, 2012 at 10:47 am


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        December 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm

        Ripping Article Roy! Even with all the Hot Man Goo put in to it. Warnie couldn’t agree more with you on this one. Ban and delete all this ‘first’ Bull Sh#t really pretty sad for individuals to be doing this.

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        December 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm

        Then how come I’m still around Warnie

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I generally don’t like being a sheep when it comes to team selection – but I’ve locked him in – too good to miss.

    That’s 2 from 2 locked in so far – how do you fit a whole deck into 30 positions?

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Yeah agree Roy, absolute LOCK, can’t see any reason why he can’t average 100+. Any team without Rockie just isn’t a team….

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Nailed on. Nice work Roy direct link to the next man upstairs the Rock God.

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Love ya work Roy. Rocky is Locked in. Even if he has a similar season to last year he’ll be a top 6 forward at end of year.

    tbh I probably would be selecting him even if he was mid only… SO much value to hard to ignore.

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Locked and loaded. As soon as he was officially a MID/FWD he was signed on again as a Warne Dawg. As long as we don’t hear anything about him being a permanent forward, then we’re laughing. Vossy, when you read this, keep the gun in the guts. He’s your best player at your club… sorry Browny.

    Go Rockwiz!

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      Austin Pwrz

      December 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

      He was my pod gun mid last year and it caused some angst amongst the team – here is to a second chance this year buddy – do not hurt me in my soul again!

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    Genghis Khan

    December 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Lock! Will be the best forward in 2013 by a long way! So many quality forward options this year!

  9. Calvin


    December 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Top exhibition of man love Roy – good read
    Mega ultra lock!

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    December 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Absolute lock for me.
    He replaces beams as the best fwd dpp and he will only increase in value.

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    December 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    100% lock.

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    Big Feller

    December 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Lock and Lock!
    Roy – it starts with a man crush and then the next thing you know you’ve got your own float in the Mardi Gras!
    Time to break out the hot pink, sequinned hot pants for DT13???

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    December 12, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Unconviced. He put up some stinkers as a forward last year. If anything I can see him spending just as much time in the forward line this year. With the inclusion of Moloney and the rise of Zorko I don’t see his scores getting back to the previous 110 avg he was getting. I wouldn’t expect anything above a 95 average from Rocky to be honest. However having said that as a forward that likely puts him in the top 5. Lol – lock.

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    December 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Thoughts on Zork’s anyone?

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      December 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

      I currently have him in the mids with a view for him being a permanent M8/9 and permanent DPP link to the forwards.

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      December 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Not for me, normally mids that have such a massive first year struggle to sustain the scores, especially if they cop a bit more attention for opposition teams.

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    Relton's Roberts

    December 12, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Rocky & Eddie Betts will be fighting for a spot in my forward line this year. Let’s see who has the better pre season

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      Austin Pwrz

      December 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Eddie Betts… really??? Ok…

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      Genghis Khan

      December 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Betts? Sounds Legit…

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      The UnderAchievers

      December 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Let’s just ignore that little indiscretion there…

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    PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

    December 12, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Locked and thrown away the key, enogh said. Still averaged 93 sitting in the forwardline for most of the year.

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    December 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Couldn’t agree more mate. Rocky Lock 2013!

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    December 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Lockity Lock! Along with Cox/NicNat

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    December 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Few Questions. Is Kane Mitchell on the Rookie List?? and Whats the Go with Jack Martin (GC) is he to young to play in 2013???

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      The UnderAchievers

      December 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Yeah he is too young to play in 2013. Able to play in 2014!

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    December 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Be unique not to have him. That raises a question in itself, who would be your POD.

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      December 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I won several games by being the one who didn’t have him last year. Not for me.

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    December 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm


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    December 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    OFF TOPIC. I have a cash league (based on national ranking) im running $50 entry, prizes 1st – $450 2nd – $270 3rd – $180. Asking early to ensure league filled well in advance. Email me Damien for detailed info at with heading Cash league Dream Team 2013

    Ran it last year and it went well :)


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    December 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    No brainer in the forward line. I can’t justify not picking him. I just… the only reason i wouldn’t pick him is because ‘everyone else is’ so i might want to make my team more unique. But i don’t play that way.

    While i said Broughton was a lock, i could still see him being pushed out by other, better locks, simply because i might not have room, if that makes any sense. I can’t see Rocky being pushed out of my team in the same fashion.

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    December 15, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Anyone without Rocky in their team is obviously more than happy driving their Daihatsu Charade.

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    December 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Nice write up Roy, Rocky is massive lock for me.

    I had him from the start this year… very frustrating to say the least. But with DPP, you just have to lock him in.

    This year was pretty much worst case scenario for him, and he still managed a 93 average, which is great for a forward. If playing in the guts, can easily average 110.

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    December 17, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Third year with Rocky in my team, pretty happy he gets DPP status.

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