Congratulations to the Finalists. Hope you all have full teams and are relatively injury free!
I’m tipping a Temple of Bont v Pimpino Tigers GF.
Trust the Process - Season Review.
Still need to find some big scorers, but my backline starting to start to take shape (Salem, Crozier, Langdon, Weitering)
Bruest had a career year (avg. 87.5) when I wasn’t sure he was even going to be a keeper end of last season.
Zaka with the highest average for the team (100.1)
Spoon and 1 win in 2017 to 11th and 7 wins in 2018
Won too many games this year. Ideally a bottom 5 finish would have been better for team in long run.
Still can’t get a good look at Nakia and Laverde. Big talents, but never get to see them have extended run in seniors.
Trimming to 20 will be difficult. A lot of ‘prospects’ who are at a similar mark. I’m bound to delist someone and regret it next year.
End of season draft review:
Pick 1. wezza - Paddy Dow (Carlton)
Happy with the progress of Paddy. I probably wouldn’t change who I would draft in retrospect (although Cerra/Rayner would be in the conversation)
Pick 19. wezza - Jordan Ridley (Essendon)
Looked a natural in his first game, then a couple quiet games and quiet again in VFL. Will be a keeper for next year. Looks a talent.
Pick 37. wezza - Jeremy Finlayson (GWS)
Stoked with his first handful of games for the season, but dropped off and relegated to the NEAFL. Hasn’t seemed to have the same impact.
Pick 50. wezza - Paul Ahern (North Melbourne)
My hit of the draft. Absolute Steal.
Pick 91. wezza - Levi Casboult (Carlton)
Pick 126. wezza - Jed Bews (Geelong)
Pick 132. wezza - Nathan Murphy (Collingwood)
Pick 143. wezza - Mason Redman (Essendon)
Pick 158. wezza - Phil Davis (GWS)
Pick 169. wezza – Jarrod Brander (West Coast)
Disappointing to only get 4 keepers out of 10 picks. Will need to do better next year.
Redman I got impatient with and rotated him way too early. Looked quality.
Murphy may get a game with Sharenberg going down, but couldnt keep him on the list all season.
Casboult/Bews/Davis kept my team chugging along for a while.
Free Agency (Highlights / Lowlights)
Didn’t hit a homer here but a couple of solid selections.
Mason Cox CW - R,F
Happy with this pickup. Very important to Collingwood’s structure and improving every week.
Dylan Clarke ES - C,F
Another pickup I was pleased to have made. Huge scores in the VFL. If Essendon doesn’t end up making finals, I hope we give Dylan a chance.
Selected - Ben Ronke SY - C,F
Delisted - Mason Redman ES - B,F
Bittersweet. Ronke is a find, but shouldnt have delisted Mason. Mason would be more important to my structure into next season.
Ed Phillips SK - C,F
Quinton Narkle GE - C,F
Phillips looks pretty handy and scores very well (although disposal needs cleaning up) Likely keeper. Narkle quiet the last few weeks, but see something there.