Binked Awards 2017
Jack had a solid 2017, playing all 22 games. He slightly improved his average from 2016 and gained a new role off the half back flank. Not the flashiest of players but does his job every week and is very much a set and forget. Hopefully will retain his B status for 2018 and add some much needed scoring power back there.
Clayton wins this award by the length of the Flemington straight. Going from 13 games for an average of 69 in his first season, to 102 across 22 games is huge. In his draft I was disappointed that Hopper didn’t last until his pick, lucky for me I was saved from myself.
In what was probably my worst ever draft this award came down to Preuss v Mountford. The difficulty of finding rucks gets him the nod along with the fact that North is clearly looking beyond Goldstein. Had an impressive pre-season, and carried that form into the season proper with 2 100+ scores at the start of the year. Was dropped from the team and form was up and down, but looks to be a solid ruck option into the future.
Joint 2nd Place
Luke Shuey - 66 Votes
Much like West Coast itself, Luke had an up and down in 2017, starting strongly and seeming to fade a bit as the year went on. Still managed to maintain an average of 99 and helped carry a weak midfield.
Joint 2nd Place
Clayton Oliver - 66 Votes
A massive season for the second year player sees him place an equal 2nd in the Binky. Oliver had an amazingly consistent season with a lowest score of 81 and a top of 135, 10 of his scores broke through the 100 barrier this year and Binked can only hope this kind of form will continue for years to come.
Adam Treloar - 86 Votes
Treloar has been a consistent vote scorer since his debut season only once finishing outside the top 3 and is justly rewarded with his second Binky. Polling votes in 20 of 22 games and boasting an average of 108 taking out the B&F is just reward for yet another quality season.
What went right?
Aside from Clayton Oliver, not much. After a slow start, Ben McEvoy got back to his best form (ironically around the time that I complained he used to be a good player) and after some more injury trouble Dom Sheed started to get back to his best. After knocking back a number of enquiries for Vlastuin I was feeling pretty stupid, however after returning to the Richmond lineup in round 17 he put a string of solid scores together that indicates my faith may finally be rewarded in 2018.
Ryan Clarke found some good form off the HB line towards the end of the season, Braydon Preuss looks like turning into a quality ruckman in the coming seasons, Walla maintained his average after moving to the forwardline and Dean Towers seems to have finally solidified his spot in Sydney’s best 22 despite a slightly lower average.
What went wrong?
In short, the draft. Binked’s worst draft performance ever failed to improve the best 22 altogether, this coupled with the decline of a number of players and injuries to others has led to a very disappointing season and an 8-11 W/L that frankly flatters the team.
Tom Liberatore has gone from a player who averaged 100 back in 2014 to a dismal 72 in 2017, it’s tempting to blame his 2015 knee reconstruction for this drop in form and scoring power but my belief is it’s more likely to be the change in coach.
Tommy Sheridan looked to be turning into a dashing half back 2 years ago, but his inability to hold a position in Fremantle’s 22 this season is seriously worrying.
Mitch Honeychurch continues to tantalise me, he doesn’t seem to have to the coach’s confidence and needs to put in half a season of VFL dominance before getting a game, at which point he plays 2-3, gets injured and is not seen again.
The what went wrong section of this review could probably go for several more pages, but what’s the point . Some big decisions need to be made at Binked… since the debut season we have been a middle of the road team and nothing has really changed in the seasons since and some hard decisions will need to be made in the coming off-season. The top end talent is good enough, but depth is severely lacking and as with Essendon, too much is left to too few. A number of players have stagnated or gone backwards and too few have gone forward.
End of 2017 Best 22
Backs: Jack Crisp (BC), Brodie Smith (B), Tom McDonald (BF), David Astbury (B), Nick Vlastuin (B)
Mids: Adam Treloar ©, Clayton Oliver ©, Luke Shuey ©, Dom Sheed ©, Tom Liberatore ©, Josh Caddy (CF), Kyle Langford (CF)
Forwards: Mitch Honeychurch (CF), Ryan Clarke (CF), Ed Langdon (CF), Dean Towers (F), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti (BF)
Ruck: Max Gawn ®
Int: Ben McEvoy ®, Declan Mountford ©, Tommy Sheridan (B), Will Setterfield ©