Our annual Draft Day was held on Friday night with 10 of our 14 coaches in attendance at former winner Stu’s house. The coach of the Soup Nazis put on a great spread with some pulled pork a staple for us pig loving coaches).
The Bacon Cup has been running in this form for four seasons and to determine our draft order this year, Roy – the reigning premier – went with a lottery, complete with his spinning sphere and the last ball pulled out got pick one.
Our league settings include:
- 3-4-1-3-(4) team structure
- 14 coaches
- 8 teams finals fixture
- snake draft
- byes off
- captains off
Here’s how it went down pick-by-pick and a bit of a summary of each team (a few words from me about best and worst picks).
|1||Tom Mitchell||HAW||MID||The Soup Nazi's|
|2||Zach Merrett||ESS||MID||Bearfoot Running|
|3||Patrick Dangerfield||GEE||MID||Scottie doesn't know|
|4||Josh Kelly||GWS||MID||Merv Gray Autos|
|5||Dustin Martin||RICH||MID||Warne Dawgs|
|6||Adam Trelaor||COLL||MID||Tackling Tit-ed|
|7||Taylor Adams||COLL||MID||The Manzacs|
|8||Dayne Zorko||BL||MID||A Point For Trying|
|10||Rory Laird||ADE||DEF||Thorpedo Punts|
|11||Gary Ablett||GEE||MID||Cubby House|
|18||Jack Billings||STK||FWD||Cubby House|
|19||Nat Fyfe||FRE||MID||Thorpedo Punts|
|21||Max Gawn||MELB||RUC||A Point For Trying|
|22||Sam Jacobs||ADE||RUC||The Manzacs|
|23||Luke Parker||SYD||MID||Tackling Tit-ed|
|24||Stefan Martin||BL||RUC||Warne Dawgs|
|25||Isaac Heeney||SYD||MID/FWD||Merv Gray Autos|
|26||Matthew Kreuzer||CARL||RUC||Scottie doesn't know|
|27||Lance Franklin||SYD||FWD||Bearfoot Running|
|28||Steele Sidebottom||COLL||MID||The Soup Nazi's|
|29||Kade Simpson||CARL||DEF||The Soup Nazi's|
|30||Elliot Yeo||WCE||DEF||Bearfoot Running|
|31||Sam Menegola||GEE||MID/FWD||Scottie doesn't know|
|32||Michael Barlow||GCS||MID/FWD||Merv Gray Autos|
|33||Michael Hibberd||MELB||DEF||Warne Dawgs|
|34||Rory Sloane||ADE||MID||Tackling Tit-ed|
|35||Jake Lloyd||SYD||DEF||The Manzacs|
|36||Toby Greene||GWS||FWD||A Point For Trying|
|38||Lachie Whitfield||GWS||MID||Thorpedo Punts|
|39||Jack Macrae||WB||MID||Cubby House|
|46||Bachar Houli||RICH||DEF||Cubby House|
|47||Toby Nankervis||RICH||RUC||Thorpedo Punts|
|49||Chad Wingard||PA||MID/FWD||A Point For Trying|
|50||Dylan Roberton||STK||DEF||The Manzacs|
|51||Zach Tuohy||GEE||DEF||Tackling Tit-ed|
|52||Devon Smith||ESS||FWD||Warne Dawgs|
|53||Jack Crisp||COLL||DEF||Merv Gray Autos|
|54||Brad Crouch||ADE||MID||Scottie doesn't know|
|55||Patrick Cripps||CARL||MID||Bearfoot Running|
|56||Todd Goldstein||NM||RUC||The Soup Nazi's|
|57||Travis Boak||PA||MID/FWD||The Soup Nazi's|
|58||Mitch Robinson||BL||MID/FWD||Bearfoot Running|
|59||Luke Hodge||BL||DEF||Scottie doesn't know|
|60||Sebastian Ross||STK||MID||Merv Gray Autos|
|61||Stephen Coniglio||GWS||MID||Warne Dawgs|
|62||Robbie Gray||PA||FWD||Tackling Tit-ed|
|63||Josh P Kennedy||SYD||MID||The Manzacs|
|64||Ryan Burton||HAW||DEF||A Point For Trying|
|66||Joel Selwood||GEE||MID||Thorpedo Punts|
|67||Luke McDonald||NM||DEF/MID||Cubby House|
|74||Christian Salem||MELB||DEF||Cubby House|
|75||Jack Gunston||HAW||FWD||Thorpedo Punts|
|77||Marcus Bontempelli||WB||MID||A Point For Trying|
|78||Jeremy Howe||COLL||DEF||The Manzacs|
|79||Jeremy McGovern||WBE||DEF||Tackling Tit-ed|
|80||David Mundy||FRE||MID/FWD||Warne Dawgs|
|81||Heath Shaw||GWS||DEF||Merv Gray Autos|
|82||Andrew Gaff||WCE||MID||Scottie doesn't know|
|83||Jack Steven||STK||MID||Bearfoot Running|
|84||Clayton Oliver||MELB||MID||The Soup Nazi's|
|85||Angus Brayshaw||MELB||DEF/MID||The Soup Nazi's|
|86||Ben McEvoy||HAW||RUC||Bearfoot Running|
|87||Nathan Jones||MELB||MID||Scottie doesn't know|
|88||Jarrod Witts||GCS||RUC||Merv Gray Autos|
|89||Jeremy Cameron||GWS||FWD||Warne Dawgs|
|90||Dyston Heppell||ESS||MID||Tackling Tit-ed|
|91||Tom Lynch||GCS||FWD||The Manzacs|
|92||Dan Hannebery||SYD||MID||A Point For Trying|
|94||Jacob Townsend||RICH||FWD||Thorpedo Punts|
|95||Zac Smith||GEE||RUC||Cubby House|
|97||Josh J Kennedy||WCE||FWD||Poketrain|
|102||Blake Acres||STK||MID/FWD||Cubby House|
|103||Brandon Ellis||RICH||DEF||Thorpedo Punts|
|105||Kade Kolodjashnij||GCS||DEF||A Point For Trying|
|106||Jarryd Roughead||HAW||FWD||The Manzacs|
|107||Callum Sinclair||SYD||RUC||Tackling Tit-ed|
|108||Brandon Goddard||ESS||MID||Warne Dawgs|
|109||Dylan Shiel||GWS||MID||Merv Gray Autos|
|110||Luke Shuey||WCE||MID||Scottie doesn't know|
|111||Bernie Vince||MELB||DEF||Bearfoot Running|
|112||Jarryd Lyons||GCS||MID||The Soup Nazi's|
|113||Tom Papley||SYD||MID/FWD||The Soup Nazi's|
|114||Caleb Marchbank||CARL||DEF||Bearfoot Running|
|115||Alex Witherden||BL||DEF||Scottie doesn't know|
|116||David Zaharaks||ESS||MID||Merv Gray Autos|
|117||Ryan Clarke||NM||DEF||Warne Dawgs|
|118||Liam Picken||WB||FWD||Tackling Tit-ed|
|119||Jordan Lewis||MELB||MID||The Manzacs|
|120||Callan Ward||GWS||MID||A Point For Trying|
|122||Nic Newman||SYD||MID||Thorpedo Punts|
|123||Josh Dunkley||WB||FWD||Cubby House|
|130||Jack Steele||STK||MID||Cubby House|
|131||Sam Gray||PA||FWD||Thorpedo Punts|
|133||Jordan de Goey||COLL||MID/FWD||A Point For Trying|
|134||Trent Cotchin||RICH||MID||The Manzacs|
|135||Jack Viney||MELB||MID||Tackling Tit-ed|
|136||Lachie Hunter||WB||MID||Warne Dawgs|
|137||Rory Lobb||GWS||FWD||Merv Gray Autos|
|138||Nick Graham||CARL||MID/FWD||Scottie doesn't know|
|139||Jesse Hogan||MELB||FWD||Bearfoot Running|
|140||Daniel Wells||COLL||MID/FWD||The Soup Nazi's|
|141||Tom McDonald||MELB||DEF/FWD||The Soup Nazi's|
|142||Isaac Smith||HAW||MID||Bearfoot Running|
|143||Pearce Hanley||GCS||DEF/MID||Scottie doesn't know|
|144||Callum Mills||SYD||DEF||Merv Gray Autos|
|145||Luke Ryan||FRE||DEF||Warne Dawgs|
|146||Paul Seedsman||ADE||DEF/MID||Tackling Tit-ed|
|147||Dion Prestia||RICH||MID||The Manzacs|
|148||Jarrod Harbrow||GCS||DEF||A Point For Trying|
|150||Shaun Higgins||NM||MID||Thorpedo Punts|
|151||Braydon Fiorini||GCS||MID||Cubby House|
|158||Matt Scharenberg||COLL||DEF||Cubby House|
|159||Jarrad McVeigh||SYD||DEF||Thorpedo Punts|
|161||Liam Shiels||HAW||MID||A Point For Trying|
|162||Brett Deledio||GWS||FWD||The Manzacs|
|163||Lewis Taylor||BL||FWD||Tackling Tit-ed|
|164||Jack Ziebell||NM||MID||Warne Dawgs|
|165||Dom Tyson||MELB||MID||Merv Gray Autos|
|166||Justin Westhoff||PA||MID/FWD||Scottie doesn't know|
|167||Jaeger O'Meara||HAW||MID||Bearfoot Running|
|168||Allen Christensen||BL||FWD||The Soup Nazi's|
|169||Jacob Weitering||CARL||DEF||The Soup Nazi's|
|170||Steven Motlop||PA||MID/FWD||Bearfoot Running|
|171||Bradley Hill||FRE||MID||Scottie doesn't know|
|172||Jack Redden||WCE||MID||Merv Gray Autos|
|173||Nathan Wilson||FRE||DEF||Warne Dawgs|
|174||Dane Rampe||SYD||DEF||Tackling Tit-ed|
|175||Hraley Bennell||FRE||FWD||The Manzacs|
|176||Sam Kerridge||CARL||MID||A Point For Trying|
|178||Cameron Pedersen||MELB||RUC/FWD||Thorpedo Punts|
|179||Tom Liberatore||WB||MID||Cubby House|
|186||Sam Gibson||ADE||MID||Cubby House|
|187||Riley Bonner||PA||DEF||Thorpedo Punts|
|189||Ricky Henderson||HAW||MID||A Point For Trying|
|190||Mitch Wallis||WB||MID/FWD||The Manzacs|
|191||Alex Fasolo||COLL||FWD||Tackling Tit-ed|
|192||Josh Jenkins||ADE||FWD||Warne Dawgs|
|193||Scott Lycett||WBE||RUC||Merv Gray Autos|
|194||Dawson Simpson||GWS||RUC||Scottie doesn't know|
|195||David Swallow||GCS||MID||Bearfoot Running|
|196||Shaun Burgoyne||HAW||MID||The Soup Nazi's|
|197||Jack Stringer||ESS||FWD||The Soup Nazi's|
|198||Darcy MacPherson||GCS||FWD||Bearfoot Running|
|199||Caleb Daniel||WB||MID/FWD||Scottie doesn't know|
|200||Dam Petrevski-Seton||CARL||MID/FWD||Merv Gray Autos|
|201||Dom Sheed||WCE||MID||Warne Dawgs|
|202||Rory Atkins||ADE||MID||Tackling Tit-ed|
|203||Liam Duggan||WCE||DEF||The Manzacs|
|204||Cyril Rioli||HAW||FWD||A Point For Trying|
|206||Taylor Walker||ADE||FWD||Thorpedo Punts|
|207||Rhys Mathieson||BL||MID/FWD||Cubby House|
Pick 1 – The Soup Nazis – Coach: Stu
Best pick: Clayton Oliver at 84 drew the most disappointment from other coaches in Stu’s loungeroom.
Worst pick: FWDs are super weak – used last three on-field picks to fill that line.
Possible league winning pick: Having pick one (& wanting captains on AFTER the fact – not happening, Stu) sets up the Nazis for a big year.
Pick 2 – Bearfoot Running – Coach: Luke
Best pick: Jesse Hogan and Caleb Marchbank late could be two of the better selections for this year as well as Jack Steven at pick 83… so long as he avoids the tag.
Worst pick: Hard to call any a bad pick, but Bernie Vince may not be the best 2nd defender.
Possible league winning pick: Opting for Zach Merrett over Patrick Dangerfield may define the season.
Pick 3 – Scottie doesn’t know – Coach: Scottie
Best pick: Lions fan Scottie will be happy to get Witherden as his D2 next to Hodgey.
Worst pick: Maybe Hodgey is a little early… even a lot early, but his team has those beautiful eyes staring at him in the backline.
Possible league winning pick: Bench is very solid and will cover well for those missing – although with Hodgey down back, may need to find a DEF emergency.
Pick 4 – Merv Gray Autos – Coach: Chook
Best pick: A top couple MID and FWD had Chook off to a flier.
Worst pick: Some old man risks there with Barlow and Shaw.
Possible league winning pick: Could have some ruck trade bait with Witts, Lycett and Lobb (who should gain DPP) to help him bolster another line.
Pick 5 – Warne Dawgs – Coach: Warnie
Best pick: Coniglio sliding to 61. Oh – and getting my boys Hibberd and Devon as picks 3 & 4.
Worst pick: Ryan Clarke could be an ugly pick.
Possible league winning pick: The Dawgs drop away for depth, but if Goddard can gain DPP – which is a possibility as it has been noted that he’ll play behind the ball – then that may help. Just a shame the midfield looks weak.
Pick 6 – Tackling Tit-Ed – Coach: Tit-Ed
Best pick: Massive midfield with Treloar, Parker and Sloane likely to be 110+ and Heppell not far behind. *Sloane was traded to Manzacs soon after the Draft for Lloyd
Worst pick: Robbie Gray may play too much forward to be worth Tit’s fifth pick.
Possible league winning pick: We well balanced side where the heavy MID strategy could pay off – especially his Sinclair as ruck in the 8th round who is likely to be solo.
Pick 7 – The Manzacs – Coach: Brett
Best pick: The coach of the Manzacs loves some DPP and I reckon Jordan Lewis will be heading back. A bargain in round 9.
Worst pick: Massive punt in the forward line.
Possible league winning pick: The first up trade to bring in Sloane for Lloyd shows how much Brett is keen for a couple to gain DPP. If they don’t, there’s going to need to be some work done with free agents.
Pick 8 – A Point For Trying – Coach: Chopper
Best pick: Grabbing Max in the ruck run.
Worst pick: Chad Wingard will probably play a lot of forward minutes to justify a fourth round selection… and defence is shaky.
Possible league winning pick: Chop’s mate Cyril as his last bench option. Haha. But really, if some under performers such as Hanners, KK and Shiels step it up, it’s a nice squad.
Pick 9 – Calvinator – Coach: Calvin
Best pick: Rounding out defence early with Savage. Looks good. MIDs strong.
Worst pick: FWDs aren’t pretty… and if you listen to other experts, Rocky was way too early (I like it).
Possible league winning pick: The Freo ruck handcuff could be a ripper as Sandi in the seventh is about right.
Pick 10 – Thorpeado Punts – Coach: Thorpy
Best pick: Whitfield in round three might be early, but if he gets that DPP in round six, it is massive.
Worst pick: FWDs are very interesting and could burn.
Possible league winning pick: Not coming on Draft night and drafting sober. But the possibly Whitfield and Newman DPP could be great – will be some trade bait. Needs to fix forwards.
Pick 11 – Cubby House – Coach: Cub
Best pick: Billings, Acres and Dunkley could be one of the best forward lines in the league.
Worst pick: After Ablett and Macrae – who could be classed as risky anyway – the MIDs read Steele, Fiorini, Libba and Gibson. That would make me nervous.
Possible league winning pick: If Ablett can play 20+ games, then the first round pick will pay off. Defence has plenty of upside.
Pick 12 – destROY – Coach: Roy
Best pick: Great midfield with Duncan, Neale and Murphy as first three picks. Blakely a chance for DPP as well as Newnes and Crozier. Roy loves his DPP targets.
Worst pick: Leaving ruck until late and Roy’s reaction in the room on drafting Bellchambers was priceless.
Possible league winning pick: The DPPs will be the key, but Michael Walters as his last on field FWD will be a barometer that could help Roy go back-to-back.
Pick 13 – Poketrain – Coach: Pokey
Best pick: Joe Daniher was value at 100 (Pokey’s last FWD) and should knock on the door of a 90 average.
Worst pick: Scooter Selwood as second midfielder way too early – especially after his Pie loving pick of Pendles.
Possible league winning pick: Jack Watts coming off the bench while JJK is out and won’t be disgraced. Could be trade bait when the Eagle returns.
Pick 14 – BEATBOX11 – Coach: Beattie
Best pick: Matt Crouch was a good get at the start of the second as was Darcy Parish in the sixth.
Worst pick: Fell into the Caddy pre-season hype, but at pick 8, that’s fair. There’s just too many names that don’t excite me.
Possible league winning pick: Later picks will determine Beattie’s fortunes – as well as his use of free agency.