Player Radar – Matthew Lobbe

The WADA/ASADA findings bought a lot of grief and disbelief to so many families, players and supporters, but one guy who might have raised a wry smile is none other than the Port Adelaide’s ruckman Matthew Lobbe.

Name: Matthew Lobbe
Team: Port Adelaide Power
Age: 26yr 11mths
Position: Ruck
Price: $389,500
2015 games: 17
2015 average: 72.1
100+ scores: 2
90-99 scores:  3

With the news announced that Patrick Ryder would be suspended for the complete 2016 season, all of a sudden Matthew Lobbe’s value to Port Adelaide has risen substantially!

Matthew’s career was rising quickly from a 2012 average of 70.8 and then to 86.1 in 2013. His ‘break-out’ year of 2014 followed which included ten 100+ scores and an amazing run of scores for 11 rounds (rounds 11- 21) where all but one score was above 90pts and included a massive 178 vs Gold Coast!

He ended the 2014  season with the impressive average of 100.7; a star had arrived and so too the expectations of what was to come.

Port’s 2015 saw a recruitment drive that landed Patrick Ryder as back up for their star ruckman Matthew Lobbe and another forward option. All this was nothing but bad news for Matthew Lobbe’s SuperCoach relevance.
A look at his numbers shows Matthew’s 2015 struggles:
      Career – 2015
Disposals      10.3 – 8.3
Kicks –             4.9 – 4.1
Handballs –   5.4 – 4.2
Marks –           2.3 – 1.8
SuperCoach high – 178 – 115

This even saw him being dropped for a couple of rounds near the end of the season.
Was this all brought about purely because of the arrival of Ryder, or something more?

Did I mention earlier that Patrick Ryder is suspended for the entire 2016? This guy was flying when he held the number one ruck role at Port Adelaide and he gets that back in 2016.
Forget that he even went around in 2015, focus on his 2014.
Verdict: Lock him into your second ruck spot, not first!

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