St.Kilda’s 2016 SuperCoach Preview
Blue Chip Investment
David Armitage – MID – $591,800
2015 was Armitage’s fifth season as a regular member of St.Kilda’s best 22 and he didn’t disappoint, coming second in the clubs best and fairest award. The former number 9 draft pick took his game to a whole new level. In SuperCoach terms, his average jumped from 92.4 & 93.6 in the two previous years, to 109.7 last year. The man touted as St.Kilda’s next captain had seven scores over 120 in 2015, with a high score of 159. Expect much the same again. Funnily enough, he’s also a POD!
NAB SC scores: Yet to play
Mid Price Potential
Sebastian Ross – MID – $365,900
The 22 year old looked ready to go up a grade in 2015, before a hamstring injury in the NAB Challenge ruined the start of his season. He was restricted to 10 games last year, in two blocks of five games. In the final five games of the season he averaged 81.8, including scores of 90, 90 and 104. He looked incredibly solid in St.Kilda’s only NAB Challenge game this season, scoring a game high 129 from 26 disposals, 5 tackles and 5 marks.
NAB SC scores: 129
Point Of Difference
Nick Riewoldt – FWD – $490,100
A quick look at Rooey’s SuperCoach past shows a pretty good average against most sides. To be fair, his averages have dropped a bit in the past two seasons, albeit still in the 90s. Can the Saints skipper hit some of his best form in a season where he will play his 300th game and captain the Saints for the 200th time? Last season he averaged 16.9 disposals, 9.7 marks and 1.5 goals a game. He has trimmed down 5kgs and looks set to play more time in the midfield – yes that MAY mean less goals but will most likely result in more contested possessions, more marks, score assists and inside 50s. If his knee holds up and he plays 22 games then he could play in a successful wing role, a la Matthew Richardson. At 450k he’d almost be lock material, but I’m still going to take a punt at 490k. Watching him in NAB 3 very closely! Funnily enough, Steven, Montagna and Armitage are all also PODs, so take your pick.
NAB SC scores: Yet to play
Jade Gresham – MID – $144,300
St.Kilda have a big bunch of kids, so it’s hard to fit them all in, but Gresham’s speed in the midfield and x-factor when going forward may just get him the nod for Round 1. He is in the NAB 3 side that will take on Melbourne on Sunday, which Alan Richardson had said will be close to the squad that goes to Adelaide, albeit a larger 27 players. Looking through the squad, as a Saints supporter, I can see Gresham getting a game; especially if Jack Sinclair isn’t available or hasn’t made the cut. Being a first round pick in the most recent draft (pick 18), he will set you back 144k, but with the sub rule scrapped and the ability of him to play forward, the boy in the Boomer Harvey mold shouldn’t have too much trouble scoring. Looked comfortable gathering 11 disposals and 3 tackles against North in his first game in the red, white and black.
NAB SC scores: 71
Sam Gilbert – DEF/MID – $434,600
Don’t get overly excited about his dual position status, or a possible move to the midfield. Gilbert has previously averaged 95 and 92, but that was in 2010 and 2011 and when Gilbert was intercept marking and running off half back. Since then, Gilbert has averaged 79, 72, 79, 54 and 80. Over the past three seasons he’s also only played 9, 6 and 11 games respectively. Yes, he might move into the midfield, but he is one of the worst kicks in the AFL, he could be given tagging duties and given he is 29 and a half years old, younger players may be preferred over him. There’s more appealing players at his price and his 3 handball, 4 tackle effort in NAB 1 did nothing to change my outlook on him.
NAB SC scores: 33