The opening Easter round of the 2016 AFL season was a great way to start the season with quite a few close games and high scoring games being a new feature possibly this season. Now let me explain the rules for the SCHQ’s SuperCoach Team of the Week.
1. The team has a salary cap of $10,000,000 (The same as a normal SuperCoach team)
2. A minimum of 4 rookie priced players must be in the team each week
3. Players have to be played in a position somewhat like the position they played in their game which won them a selection (Otherwise e.g. We’d have a forward line full of midfield players who are classified as a FWD/MID in SuperCoach)
Now that I’ve explained the rules lets move on to the Round 1 SuperCoach Team of the Week
Filling out the first of our rookie spots in the side is #1 draft pick Jacob Weitering. Weitering played superbly on debut amassing 87 SuperCoach points in his first game which is amazing for a key defender. Alongside him we have Alex Rance and Shane Biggs both scored 100’s on the weekend with Biggs being really impressive gathering 35 disposals along half-back for the Doggies and is a real POD option for your sides at only $391K. On the half-back line we have Jason Johannisen, Phil Davis and Sam Docherty. Johannisen gave owners who backed him in after the NAB Challenge something to smile about with a nice 130 which included 35 disposals in a best on ground performance from him. Davis played arguably one of his best games in Giants colours and if it wasn’t for him the Giants wouldn’t have been in the game near the end and the margin would’ve been a lot different; his performance transferred into SuperCoach to where he got 94 points. Rounding off the backline is Sam Docherty who scored 118 in the first showing of the new look Blues and for someone who is an out and out backline premium it’s surprising to see his ownership at only 2.3%!
Starting off our midfield we have Essendon’s David Zaharakis who is the only player to have not been apart of the supplements program and his experience shone through in the new look Bombers first game and he scored 132 and will be looked upon to consistently lead this Dons midfield. In the centre we have Luke Parker who was dominant against the Pies with 40 disposals and a whopping 20 contested possestions all at 80% efficiency. On the other wing we have veteran Sam Mitchell who has been a very consistent scorer for many years but often gets overlooked by coaches; he got 130 in SuperCoach including 36 disposals. In the ruck we have Nic Naitanui who scored 153 points against the Lions in only 69% time on ground! He was so good Stefan Martin ended up roving to him! For the rover and ruck rover spots we have Patrick Dangerfield and Matt Priddis. Dangerfield was a star in his Cats debut as he collected 43 disposals and he could’ve even scored 3 goals to go along with that. He broke Diesel Williams most possessions with a new club record. To top that off he scored a cool 162 SuperCoach points. The ever reliable Matt Priddis also racked up the possessions as he gathered 43 touches to only just finish behind Dangerfield’s score with 159 in the Eagles thumping win over the Lions.
Along the half-forward line we have the Tigers Kane Lambert, Jack Gunston and debutant Tom Papley. Lambert continued his good run from 2015 and started off the season with a nice 130 SuperCoach points which included 10 contested possessions. Gunston started off his time without Jarryd Roughead with a solid output of 127 which included 3 goals, 15 disposals, 7 marks and 6 tackles for the key forward. Papley at the bargain price of 109K put in a good case to be in the Swans best 22 full time with a great performance on debut in which he booted 3 goals, got 5 tackles and 11 possessions. Another Swans debutant in George Hewett also put in a case to be apart of the Swans best 22 on debut where he gathered 15 touches (7 contested), 7 tackles, 5 inside 50’s and a goal to top it off. Josh Kennedy was absolutely sublime against the Swans booting 8 goals home which could have been even more if he wasn’t so unselfish, along with 25 touches and 16 marks which got him a SuperCoach score of 180! Rounding off the forward-line is Melbourne’s new recruit Ben Kennedy. He had a good debut for the Dees where he got 21 disposals (8 contested) and 3 goal assists which got him a score of 115 to show he is well worth the higher rookie price tag.
Rounding off the squad we have the returning Gary Ablett who scored 139 on his return against Essendon, fellow compatriot Aaron Hall who also flourished against the Bombers he scored 129, GWS captain Callan Ward who continued to fly under the radar of coaches and scored a whopping 142 and to finish it off we have Saints big man Tom Hickey who scored a massive 157!