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Roy’s Trade Talk (Best 22 For The GF)

Roy has rolled out his best 22 for the Big Dance. Use the comments to discuss your trades and the changes you would make to the 22.

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A bit of a different look this week as I have rolled out my best 22 for Grand Final round.  They are named in no particular order and based on form, matchup, reliability through the season and ceiling. Consider which of these criteria your team needs to accomplish your goal this week and trade away.


Sam Docherty (DEF, $628,000): Is coming off a thumping 143 against the Hawks after a slump by his  standards with 97 and 78 leading up to that game. He has what looks like a tough match up against the Swans, but it’s the MVP Doc who has averaged 119 for the year and scored 159 against the Swans earlier this year.

Taylor Adams (DEF/MID, $658,000): One of the form players of the competition with an average of 128 over his last three. I remember the start of the year where people went against the grain and left Adams out… bad decision. Keep a close eye on whether he is ok to play following a couple of big knocks.

Rory Laird (DEF, $539,000): Has been great in the last three with an average of 108 and an impressive 116 on the weekend. He faces the Eagles who have been giving up a heap.

Bachar Houli (DEF, $542,000): Scored  101 and 128 in his last two and has a nice match up against the Saints where there should be plenty of +6’s available for him.

Michael Hurley (DEF, $558,000): The big fella has averaged 108 in his last three games before missing with a calf complaint. If he plays, his matchup is too good to pass up with a training run against the Dockers at ES.

Luke Hodge (DEF, $486,000): This could have a bit of Kobe Bryant’s farewell game about it where they go to him at every opportunity. Scores of 114 and 159 in his last two against the  Dogs. High risk, high reward.


Tom Mitchell (MID, $679,000): Is just over 30 points off being the GOAT and has form on his side after a thumping 143 against the Blues. He has a bruise free game against the Dogs where he could push 150.

Patrick Dangerfield (MID, $686,000): Although he has a tough looking match up against the Giants, you can never go against the superstar at the Cattery. Has a lazy 130 and 126 in his previous two games this year.

Zach Merrett (MID, $583,000): Form isn’t  pretty with a three game average of just 90  but  he plays at home against a team that allowed Grigg to score 150! The only slight concern  is Sutcliffe tagged Cotchin well last week, so I wouldn’t put the C on him.

Bryce Gibbs (MID, $588,000): has been great all year so deserves his spot despite a tough match up on paper. Has averaged 110 for the year and the Crows has 6 hundreds on the Swans last week including 150 from Sloane.

Dayne  Zorko (MID, $590,000): Not bringing the greatest average into this game with 100 in his last three but this is the kind of game where he could be huge. 150 isn’t out of the question.

Dayne Beams (MID, $614,000): Making a habit of pumping out 140’s by racking up a heap of the ball while snagging himself a few gaols to go with it. Will have an absolute field day at home against the Roos.

Dustin Martin (MID, $627,000): Has a shocking record against the Saints but he is such a  weapon  that it’s hard to leave him out. Has a three game average of 113 and should break his 10 game streak of no 100s in this match up.

Josh Kelly (MID, $628,000): Has a bad matchup and history against the Cats but I couldn’t bring myself to leave out the guy with the third best average over the last three with 125 including two 130’s.

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Matthew Kreuzer (RUC, $559,000): The  standout big man in the competition picks himself after averaging 105 for the year and 109 in his last three.

Sam Jacobs (RUC, $539,000): Has a bit of form with scores 125 and 106 within his last three, but it is his matchup with the Eagles that excites me as they give up huge number to opposition rucks.


Steele Sidebottom (FWD/MID, $573,000): comes with a slight risk of a tag but he is the best forward in the game with an average of 106 for the season.

Jack Macrae (FWD/MID, $591,000): overcame a slow start to the season to dominate of late, including scores of 126 and 149 within the last three weeks. He should have another good outing against the Hawks on Friday night.

Sam Menegola (FWD/MID, $563,000): is a lock whenever the Cats are missing one of the Dangerwood combo. His form supports that with 120, 110 and 132 in his last three.

Chad Wingard (FWD/MID, $540,000): has ridiculously good numbers at home and is back there this week in an easy matchup with the Suns who are giving up points at will. I can’t see how he will go under 120.

Paddy Ryder (FWD/RUC, $523,000): is another one who will take full advantage of the opposition and score over 120 without working up a sweat. Bellchambers was great, scoring 116 on the Suns last week.

Isaac Smith (FWD/MID, $532,000): has had an indifferent year, but has hit his straps last with a three game average of 109. He has a bruise free game against the Dogs on Friday night which should provide plenty of opportunity for him to go big.

Use the comments section to discuss your trade ideas and the changes you would make to the 22. A couple of Bombers could easily sneak into the midfield given what the Dockers have been dishing up!




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    August 22, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I’m missing 8 of them! But, cant fault your selections..

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    August 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Menegola v Wingard v Ryder?

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    August 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Is it worth trading Roughead for wingard?

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    Crazed Turkey

    August 22, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Again, Duncan overlooked. My secret weapon…

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    August 22, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    No billings?

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      August 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm

      First emergency. Pipped for matchup as mentioned on podcast

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    August 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    trade rocky, witherden, ebert, newnes, b.ellis or dalh??? ranked 114 and not sure whether to play it safe or risky

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      August 22, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Try and get the hat. Trade Ellis/Dahl and try to find a good ceiling with a good matchup. Zorko would be great if you don’t have him

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        August 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm

        yeh ok thanks, i have zorko already

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    The Cricket

    August 22, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Geez Roy, you’ve got to be kidding – Hodge!? Seriously?
    Are you deliberately rubbing salt in our wounds?
    It’s precisely because of Hodge (and his horrible little teammate Sicily) that I’m not in the bloody Grand Final!
    I feel hurt and betrayed … there’s nothing more to be said … Hodgey’s dead to me now … he’s on my “Never Again” list for 2018

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      August 22, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Ummm… so you likely saw he’s retiring this year… so he’s technically dead to everyone, irrespective of whether he hosed your grand final…

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        the Cricket

        August 23, 2017 at 8:54 am

        Lol, it was a joke, Joyce (clearly not a very successful one!)

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      August 23, 2017 at 7:37 am

      I also got Hodge in last week and lost Prelim by 20pts !!!

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      August 23, 2017 at 10:10 am

      He wont be here in 2018…

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      August 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      I got it and I agree… he’s on my 2018 “Never Again” list too

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        August 24, 2017 at 5:34 am

        Having a never again list with a use by date is even better.

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    Daniel Kotronis

    August 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Luke Ryan to Steele Sidebottom
    James Sicily to Jack Steele

    Team looks like this:
    DEF: Doch Laird Adams Lloyd Hodge Witherden (Rice Hibberd)
    MID: Titch Danger Zerret Dusty Rocky Beamer Fyfe Dahlhaus (Maynard Allison)
    RUC: Stef Gawn (Soldo Cameron)
    FWD: Sidey Macrae Menegola B.Hill Heeney Steele (Miles, Pickett)


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      August 23, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Surel you have more cash to get Sicily up to a Wingard or a Boak??

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    August 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Look at Hodge sitting there on 46. Forty Six! Cost me a GF (work league is a week early). Hodge can GAGF

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    August 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Do I trade grundy to Ryder
    And go witherden to hibberd
    Keep grundy
    Darcy down
    Witherden to docherty
    Worried about grundy sharing with cox and having to play against max Gawn and Ryder playing Gold Coast who basically have no ruck
    Some feedback would be very heplful
    Cheers fellas

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    August 22, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Can anyone help out please. Into 2 grand finals out of 2. One will be closer than the other so very important on trades this week.

    Have 132k in bank plus 2 trades, what to do??

    Doc, Adams, laird, roberton, newnes, witherden (nyhuis, White)
    Titch, danger, zerrett, dusty, Duncan, treloar, beams, rocky (graham, glass)
    Martin, Gawn (2 x 150k rookies)
    Macrae, menegola, yeo, Heeney, Dahl, WHE (deluca, beech)

    Last week lowest scorers were Gawn and roberton and at the moment I see ? Over WHE head

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    August 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Parsons???? Maybe he rising star

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    August 22, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Lads, need some assistance with my trades.

    Darcy –> Sauce or Ryder

    Darcy –> Bellchambers (vs ruckless Freo) & Ryan –> Sicily, Mayes or Scharenberg

    Darcy –> Bellchambers & Harbrow –> Tuohy or Shaw

    Cheers lads

  14. Stuart


    August 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Ryan to Houli it is

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    August 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Who to trade out rocky or hanners?
    And in Zorko, Gibbs, Duncan Beams?

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      August 23, 2017 at 10:21 am

      I’m in the same position! I’m going hanners- zorko

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    August 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    No Sicily? Hmm, surprising!

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    August 23, 2017 at 12:28 am

    Go Hodge or Newnes this week?

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    Wise Guy

    August 23, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Hey Roy,
    what’s the chance of starting up a “NEVER AGAIN LIST”

    I’ll start –

    No.1 – SICILY
    No.2 (see No.1)

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      The Cricket

      August 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Yo, and Hodgey gets an honorary listing!

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    August 23, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Trade out Roughead or Dahlhaus for wingard?

    • Will


      August 24, 2017 at 4:57 pm


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    August 23, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    Which two to fold out of hanners and Rockliff??

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    Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo

    August 23, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Seriously Adams injured? Good god no

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    August 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    So pure luxury

    Gray to Sidey/boak – gray sitting forward a lot


    Wines/whit to any mid, Zorko/kelly top choices

    Gray sitting forward a lot not needed in guts v gc

    Wines super consistent but low cieling due to limited game time. Whit would be rough to get dumped after a 130

    • Will


      August 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      hmmm i think the zorko upgrade

  23. Will


    August 24, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Def: adams, lloyd, laird, hibbo, newness, hodge (witherden, cox)
    Mid: titch, danger, zorko, murphy, treloar, m.crouch (since rd 1!) bont, beams (mountford, Allison)
    Ruc: gawn, stef (buzza, Cameron)
    Fwd:sidebum,macrae,gola,yeo,wingard,Heeney (young,daicos)

    I’m fairly happy, and consider this a finished team, but I’m thinking about trading gawn out to Jacobs or ryder?

    Obviously if tay tay sits out rd23 then doch comes in. Other than that, any of these players can go 120 on their day so feels like pure lucky dip trading anyone out.

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      August 24, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      I ,ike ryder in for gawn, think he will smash suns at home.

      do you have the cash to trade out hodge for doc?

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      August 24, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      newnes/hodge for doch/houli?

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        August 25, 2017 at 8:42 am

        I’m backing hodgey in, I’ve got him pre-hype, just after the byes and whilst its been up and down, i can’t deny its been nostalgic and exciting.
        now to decide if gawn > ryder vs newnes > doch. can only do one, as a downgrade elsewhere is required for cash

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    Shane savage too good

    August 24, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Trying to trade out josh Thomas for Ryder and have 16k in the bank and would need a significant downgrade

    Def: laird docherty Adams witho Ryan savage
    Mid: zerrett zorko beams danger Sloane redden dusty Ebert
    Ruck: gawn stef
    Fwd: menegola billings Thomas yep Dahl gray

    Bench: Willis larkey
    Graham partington
    Cameron king
    Pickett eddy

    Really need ideas

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    My Team Sucks

    August 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Have 587k to spend on a midfielder… go!

    Ebert, Kennedy, Heppell, Wingard, Oliver or Whitfield – which would you go with? Or none??


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