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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 10

Before Round 10 arrives tonight, Fry provides us with an updated look at all the relevant cash cows!

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I won’t rabble on in the intro this week, with most coaches likely scrolling straight past this for all the relevant cash cow info. During this manic time, we all want to focus on making our sides better and there are a bunch of cash cows who are starting to lose value and slip in price after initially being an integral part of our teams. Bye round scores will come into effect this week as well, giving everyone lots to think about as the footy fiesta rolls on!

Rookie/cash cows are usually players who start the season priced at $300,000 or lower

Cash Cow King – Round 9

You’d be hard-pressed to find a team that owns all four of the Round 9 nominees for the Cash Cow King award, but one popular name among the bunch continues to turn heads. After averaging 45 points in his first month of footy, Caleb Serong has produced back-to-back 90’s while attending 26 out of 32 CBA’s for Freo in the last fortnight. Ben McKay deserves mention for his 90+ score with Jack Mahony and Mitch Georgiades doing their part as well. For the second week in a row though, Serong can’t be ignored.

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Round 10 Game Previews

Bye Teams

This round all Carlton, Hawthorn, Fremantle and West Coast players will be awarded their average score – providing they played in Round 9. These players will be locked in tonight, so if you want to make any changes do so ASAP! Here are the mainstream rookies who you can lock in a score from for the round ahead:

Caleb Serong – 62
Will Day – 54
Tobe Watson – 46
Tom Williamson – 39
Michael Frederick – 29

Power vs. Dogs – MON

Monday’s clash doesn’t feature a ton of relevant cash cows, but those who own Mitch Georgiades ($329K, FWD, 72, BE 0) will have a close eye on the Port power forward. Georgiades is coming off his best game of the season after kicking 3.2 in Port’s win, however, I expect more 50’s in the near future. Port’s second debutant of the year Boyd Woodcock ($170K, FWD, DNP, BE 19) will get his first crack at the AFL against the Dogs after being named an emergency for three straight weeks and averaging 78 from 21 SANFL games a year ago (including 22 goals). He might not carve out a long-term role in their outfit, but Woodcock could score well while he plays. Cody Weightman ($261K, FWD, DNP, BE 23) returns for the Dogs this week, but my focus is on Laitham Vandermeer ($427K, MID/FWD, 44, BE 49) after three straight scores in the 40’s. If you can upgrade the Dogs rookie make sure to do so before tonight’s game gets underway.

Tigers vs. Lions – TUES

The yo-yo that is Marlion Pickett ($411K, MID, 64, BE 21) was on full display in Round 9 with the popular Tiger still residing in more than 50% of teams. To bench Pickett or not continues to perplex owners and he’ll be every chance to return back to a low score against Brisbane. A few goals helped boost Jake Aarts’ ($300K, FWD, 52, BE 16) score last week, but much like Pickett he could struggle to top 40 in what should be a tight contest against the Lions. Sticking with the theme of low fantasy scores Brandon Starcevich ($353K, DEF/MID, 37, BE 43) owners can expect him to keep bleeding cash and hovering at the $350K mark while scoring around the 40-point mark. I’d be looking to offload him ASAP and if you need some more cash to generate a move don’t look too hard at Connor Ballenden ($181K, FWD, 34, BE 9) who had just 6 touches on debut.

Cats vs. Roos – WED

One of the most traded-in players last week in Brad Close ($244K, MID/FWD, 39, BE -5) didn’t have a fruitful score against West Coast, but he looms as one of the best money making rookies up for grabs right now. Fellow popular Cat Sam Simpson ($401K, MID, 49, BE 20) didn’t trend backwards this week, but there isn’t a ton of growth left in the mature-ager, meaning coaches might need to start thinking of a succession plan. Young Kangaroo forwards Jack Mahony ($295K, MID/FWD, 74, BE -2) and Curtis Taylor ($381K, FWD, 25, BE 59) seemed to swap bodies against Adelaide with Mahony thriving and Taylor failing for a considerable portion of fantasy teams. With a BE of 59, I’d try get Taylor up to a more trustworthy FWD if you’ve got the cash – however, I trust his scoring potential if you can’t make a move this week. I need to give Ben McKay ($277K, DEF, 91, BE -22) props for hands down the best score of his career, but remember, he won’t be playing the Crows every week.

Crows vs. Demons – WED

As Adelaide search for their first win of the season, we can expect to see their kids continuing to get heavy game time. Down back Andrew McPherson ($320K, DEF 45, BE 3) has clearly overtaken Will Hamill ($303K, DEF, 23, BE 25) in the defensive pecking order making Hamill a potential trade out candidate. Shane McAdam ($342K, FWD, 72, BE 6) had an impressive showing with 2.2 and career-highs across the board. I trust him to keep scoring north of 50 on most occasions, but I wouldn’t trust him weekly on your field. Big men Kieran Strachan ($179, RUC/FWD, 31, BE 11) and Luke Jackson ($291K, RUC, 16, BE 39) from the Dees hardly cemented their spot in the side during Round 9 and both could be left out of the 22 for Wednesday’s clash. Finally, keep your eyes on Tom Sparrow ($299K, FWD, 42, BE 26) who averaged 17 touches and 7 tackles in 2019 at VFL level from just 6 games. If he’s given a chance to string some matches together he could become a crucial POD.

Magpies vs. Swans – THURS

Another solid showing from Darcy Cameron ($302K, RUC/FWD, 49, BE 7) should keep Mason Cox sidelined and let Cameron continue to rise in value. There’s nothing wrong with offloading Cameron, however, while he’s making money I’d be holding onto him (sorry Sam Draper). The same can’t be said for Mark Keane ($176K, DEF 27, BE 14) who should be a one-hit-wonder and find his way out of the side for the upcoming round. In Sydney, few cash cows have emerged with a portion of the fantasy community putting their trust in Matthew Ling ($199K, DEF, 32, BE 7).  Through two contests, Ling hasn’t produced decent numbers and those considering the Swans rook need to remember his average score will be awarded in Round 11 too.

Saints vs. Suns – THURS

A ton of coaches (myself included) opted to give Max King ($336K, FWD, 60, BE 21) the flick this week and naturally, the towering Saint went on to produce his best score of the season. I’d still plan to move King along, sooner rather than later with another forward eligible cash cow in Connor Budarick ($335K, MID/FWD, 42, BE 32) in the same basket. It’s not all bad news on the rookie front for this match with a large portion of the fantasy community getting behind Izak Rankine ($355K, FWD, 32, BE 20) and Noah Anderson ($494K, MID, 49, BE 51). Rankine and Anderson are both averaging 55 points on the season and their recent form suggests we can trust them for a few more weeks. A solid showing against the Saints would be a nicely timed boost.

Bombers vs. Giants – FRI

There wasn’t a lot of exciting news for Ned Cahill ($198K, MID/FWD, 14, BE 19) owners with the Essendon small potentially on the outs to take on GWS, but first-gamer Sam Draper ($197K, RUC, 55, BE -4) faired much better. The highly-touted ruck helped himself to 21 hitouts against Brisbane and there’s every chance he can topple Tom Bellchambers and claim the No. 1 spot on Essendon’s ruck depth chart. For the Giants, Lachie Ash ($366K, DEF/MID, 59, BE 22) continues to get it done for 17% of the fantasy world, scoring another 50 on the weekend and rising in value slightly. Given his DPP versatility, Ash could be one of the final rookies moved on by coaches and hopefully, a strong game against the Dons will boost his average for the Round 11 score.

Mooooving On

I’ve simplified the ‘Mooooving On’ section, narrowing down the trade out candidates into two separate tiers. Trading out injured/non-playing rookies usually takes priority, but with three trades up our sleeves coaches will be looking to also axe their cash cows who have topped out in value.

Fattened cash cows

  1. Brandon Starcevich, Lions ($353K, AVG 44, BE 53)
  2. Curtis Taylor, Roos ($381K, AVG 46, BE 59)
  3. Connor Budarick, Suns ($335K, AVG 42, BE 32)
  4. Max King, Saints ($336K, AVG 41, BE 21)
  5. Laitham Vandermeer, Dogs ($427K, AVG 51, BE 49)

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Jarrod Brander, Eagles ($354K, AVG 55, BE -8)
  2. Ned McHenry, Crows ($287K, AVG 36, BE, 13)
  3. Tom Green, Giants ($322K, AVG 42, BE 19)
  4. Justin McInerney, Swans ($282K, AVG 44, BE -4)
  5. Trent Rivers, Demons ($296K, AVG 41, BE 14)

Rookie Rankings


  1. Will Day (Hawks)
  2. Andrew McPherson (Crows)
  3. Lachie Ash (Giants)
  4. Tobe Watson (Dockers) – 46
  5. Brandon Starcevich (Lions)

 Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Hugh Goddard (Blues, $170K)
Jez McLennan (Suns, $170K)
Will Gould (Swans, $220K)

Trent Bianco (Magpies, $182K)
Josh Worrell (Crows, $216K)
Damon Greaves (Hawks, $170K)


  1. Caleb Serong (Dockers)
  2. Noah Anderson (Suns)
  3. Marlion Pickett (Tigers)
  4. Sam Simpson (Cats)
  5. Harley Bennell (Demons)*

*= if named

Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Jeremy Sharp (Suns, $218K)
Luke Valente (Dockers, $170K)
Jack Bytel (Saints, $170K)
Finn Maginness (Hawks, $214K)

Riley Collier-Dawkins (Tigers, $170K)
Jackson Mead (Power, $222K)
Tom North (Dockers, $170K)
Cooper Stephens (Cats, $240K)


  1. Sam Draper (Bombers)
  2. Darcy Cameron (Magpies)
  3. Luke Jackson (Demons)

Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Tom De Koning (Blues, $190K)
Jordan Sweet (Bulldogs, $170K)
Matthew Flynn (Giants, $170K)
Bailey Williams (Eagles, $170K)
Sam Hayes (Power, $170K)


  1. Izak Rankine (Suns)
  2. Curtis Taylor (Roos)
  3. Laitham Vandermeer (Bulldogs)
  4. Jake Aarts (Tigers)
  5. Max King (Saints)

Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Irving Mosquito (Bombers, $170K)
Cameron Taheny (Cats, $172K)
Sam Flanders (Suns, $250K)
Miles Bergman (Power, $244K)
Nakai Cockatoo (Cats, $255K)
Liam Henry (Dockers, $254)
Dylan Williams (Power, $226K)

If there’s a cash cow/rookie that I missed or you want more info on, feel free to comment below or drop me a line throughout the season! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for all things AFL Fantasy (and more)! ✌️


An Australian coffee/burrito enthusiast who is the frustrated owner of 16 fantasy teams. Writer for SportsbyFry and DT Talk ?



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    August 3, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    You couldn’t bring in Serong could you?

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      Sohail Liam Deeplaul

      August 3, 2020 at 5:27 pm

      Unless you use him as a stepping stone for a round or 2 at most, I wouldnt bring him in now

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      If you’re keen, do it now

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    August 3, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Which trade should I do
    Option 1:
    English to Gawn
    Anderson to Lloyd

    Option 2:
    Cahill to Draper
    King to Lloyd

    Option 3:
    Parfitt to Draper
    Hamill to Lloyd

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      No. 1

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      August 5, 2020 at 11:48 am

      2 easily imo

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    August 3, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Which 3 rookies should I trade out this round?
    Taylor, Budarick, King, Vandermeer, Butler, Anderson or Simpson.

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      Go off the rankings above, so Taylor, Budarick and King should go

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        August 3, 2020 at 9:39 pm

        Sorry Fry, just saw this now. I already traded out Taylor, Budarick and Vandermeer as they had their averages were closet to their breakeven. Luckily I did this because Vandermeer will go down in price and King should go up.

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    Jay Baker

    August 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Field Ash or Simpson?

    Also field Watson’s 46 or Mcpherson

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:26 pm

      I’d go Simpson and McPherson

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    Emmy Kari

    August 3, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Field Rankine or Close?

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Rankine for me mate

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    August 3, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Fry! Love your work mate.

    Thoughts on these trades?

    Taylor > Draper (Dpp)
    Butler > Tommy Stewart
    Mcinerney > RCD (if named)

    If RCD isnt named probably King > Woodcock. Any news on the Woodcock? And would you trust on field if I had to?

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:34 pm

      Cheers legend!
      Solid moves to make some coin and nab Stewart. Nothing wrong with grabbing Woodcock, he might not be there for long but he should be fine while he plays

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    August 3, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    No mention of Sam Skinner from the Lions, what are your thoughts? 258k on Fantasy but dirt cheap on SC

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      May lose his role to McStay when he returns next week, assuming he doesn’t tear it up against the Tigers (answered my own question)

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Too expensive for my liking mate, especially given the other options in the FWD line

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    August 3, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Yo fry- field hamill and get in zorko or field rankine and get in stewart?

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:43 pm

      I’d field Rankine and get Stewart

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    August 3, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Can you consider Payne on bench?

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:45 pm

      I wouldn’t, may just be a one hit wonder and a NEAFL average of 55 doesn’t really intrigue me

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    August 3, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    whats the go with jarrod brander? ive been holding as his be is tasty and his hip looks better… other young eagles getting a guernsey over him though!

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      You’d have to ask Simmo mate I’m as baffled as you. I reckon give him the flick though

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    August 3, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Hey Fry,
    Very close to lockout.
    Trade Aarts or King?

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      August 3, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      I’d flick King

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    August 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    No mention of James Bell Sydney? Scored 60 last week. Not sure how you missed that fry. Poor.

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      August 3, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      Didn’t miss him mate, just didn’t think he was worth mentioning. He also scored a 36 and trading him in means you’ll get his average next round. If he scores another 30 odd, an average of 40 doesn’t really help ya so I think it’s wise to wait and see what he looks like on the weekend

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    August 3, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    Good work as always Fry. Just a heads up in your gold coast notes you’ve confused the bye round

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      August 3, 2020 at 8:48 pm

      Shit, good spot mate. Too much footy in one week for me to wrap my head around! 😂

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        August 3, 2020 at 9:44 pm

        Thoughts on Ben McKay?

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          August 4, 2020 at 10:56 am

          Good money maker, this week definitely, but expect more 40’s from here on out

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    August 3, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    my trades for the week

    Vandemeere to Dusty
    McInerney to RCD
    Curtis Taylor to Whitfield

    scored 1708 without those to bog guns last week so hoping for more this week.

    1K in the bank for next week (sad) but still have to get rid of Budarick, he gets 1 more week
    as his BE is 32 and thats seems to be what he’s doing lol,

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmmmmm feet in mash potato

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      August 3, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      Would you go another 170K mid if they get named tomorrow, over RCD given that RCD isn’t playing?

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        August 3, 2020 at 10:46 pm

        good question J, I would change that trade as Tigers have bye in round 11, so if RCD doesn’t play tomorrow it will be another 2 weeks before he gets a gig,
        I’ve done that trade as i’m flat out and trading early just in case i can’t.

        from the foot fetish girl

        mmmm feet in vegemite

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          David C

          August 4, 2020 at 9:00 am

          Sydney and GWS have the bye in R11 emily (I think). Richmond should be playing.

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      August 4, 2020 at 11:11 am

      Moving Vandermeer and Taylor is a good choice

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    August 3, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    140 tackles for the Port v Dogs game, is that huge for CB.
    15 for Rock and 7 for Macrae

    was every1 playing in the center square tonight lol

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmmm feet in peanut butter

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    August 4, 2020 at 10:11 am

    No mention of Bell from Swans?

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      August 4, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Gave my 2 cents above in another comment. Given his average and the fact you will be awarded his average in Round 11, I think it’s worth watching him this week and seeing what he dishes up

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    August 4, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Hi Fry would you field Close or Darcy Cameron as your F6

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      August 4, 2020 at 2:49 pm

      I’d pick Close mate

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    August 4, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    looking to cash in one of these rookies. Simpson or Pickett? who goes first?

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      August 4, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      schoenberg thoughts please fry?

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        August 5, 2020 at 11:53 am

        Get him in, he’s going to be good. Crows fan

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          August 5, 2020 at 3:12 pm

          He will be better then good don’t tell no won keep it a secret been waiting for him to be named he has been compaird to neale put him on the field mate. Another crows fan.

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    August 4, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Who to take out of sholl and payne?

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    August 4, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Should I trade out Parfitt now since he has been managed or should I still keep him and trade out Anderson?

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    August 4, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Can you rank who I should field?
    Hamill, Watson (46), Ling

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    August 4, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    Field Close or King?

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    Raphael Eppel

    August 4, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Bring in non-playing 170k to get aarts emergency?
    If so whose the best out of the forwards

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    August 4, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Fry. Legend. Thanks for all your work mate.
    Who did you suggest I field out of Rankine, Simpson and Close?

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    August 5, 2020 at 7:48 am

    Man, what a night for Aarts to have a good game with Parfitt out!! Saved my skin as I’d already locked in my trades with English to Draper out so I could bring in Blakely and Rocky on Monday…

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    Mad Fish

    August 5, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Trading out Rankine and putting Davis on to get Aarts’ score, which rookie to get in utility?
    – Sholl
    – Hosie (won’t know if Smith or Ling are playing so potential doughnut).
    – Bell
    – Schoenberg
    – Draper (trading in blind because I won’t know if he plays)

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    August 6, 2020 at 8:15 am

    Dang yo.. Had Hamill as my D7 cover if Smith was given a rest, bugger..

    Speedy recovery Will

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    August 6, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Is Grundy a late out (Herald Sun)?

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