Player With PODential

Hey guys,

I’m back with my Point of Difference (POD) segment for 2016. Following along the same guidelines as last year, I’ll consider PODs as someone who is in under 10% of sides but I generally looks for players that are in under 5% of sides for the most part. Over the past few weeks I’ve developed a weekly newsletter (sign up here), and in the first two editions of that, I mentioned David Zaharakis and Jarrad Waite as the PODs. Waite continued his good form in Round 4, scoring 129, to be the top scorer in Supercoach so far (he’s also scored 122, 174 & 123), while Zaharakis has been equally as impressive with 132, 133, 101 & 129. The Round 5 Player With PODential is:

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Callan Ward
Price: $579,900
Position: Midfield
Average: 121.2
Selected In: 3.5% of sides
SuperCoach Rank: 9th by pts/11th by avg
Position Rank: 7th by pts/8th by avg
Breakeven: +95




  • Solid averages of 106.5, 97.3, 112.8 & 106.4 from 2012-2014.
  • Started the year off with a bang! (142, 97, 109 & 137)
  • Known to score big. His high score against every club – except Bulldogs (82) & North Melbourne (115) – is 122 or more.
  • Ranked 2nd for goal assists and 7th for clearances in the AFL in 2016.
  • Has more to give; currently 2.3 disposals and 1.2 marks per game off his 2015 averages.
  • Disposing the ball at 82.8% in 2016.
  • He has only just turned 26, which essentially puts him in the prime years of his career.
  • Is in a GWS side that is getting better in each year and looks set to take a step up in 2016. Can only be good for him having better and more mature players around him.


  • A top average of 112 (in 2014) isn’t anything to write home about compared to the elite SuperCoach mids, who average more and consistently (e.g. Joel Selwood averaged 110+ between 2009 and 2014).
  • Has been known to get smashed by a tag here and there. In the past three years, some hard tags have seen him score 48, 55 & 68.

Being someone who follows PODs heavily, I am disappointed I didn’t go with Callan Ward over Dylan Shiel to begin with. Ward has started off well and I expect him to average somewhere between 115-120; trumping any of his psat season averages. The low scores from hard tags don’t bother me, as they’re once in a blue moon and with GWS players all being another year older, I expect them to give Cal more of a chop out. Grab him while he’s still under $600,000.

What did you think? Leave me a comment below or give me a buzz on Twitter: @AaronSCHQ


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