A big week last week saw Robbie Gray return to form, kicking six goals and having 30+ disposals and ending with a score of 164 SC points. If you had him as Captain, you are a genius and were well rewarded.
Luckily for most of us, who like playing it safe, we had Danger as Captain, and he didn’t let us down scoring a magnificent 140 after what was a commanding last quarter.
But if you like living on the edge a little this is for you!
In assessing who should be our vice-captain and captain options in a particular week, I always like looking at teams that players have scored heavily against in the past.
So let’s jump into the SuperCoach HQ Hot Tub Time Machine and have a look at who likes scoring big against their opponents this week.
Swans v Pies
The last time Luke Parker came up against the Pies was in Round 1 last year where he scored a lazy 161 points in the Swans 80-point drubbing. Pendles also enjoys playing the Swans scoring big back in 2014 with 182 points as well as a 150 in 2013.
Kangaroos v Giants
Want to take a massive risk with your vice-captaincy? Jamie McMillan scored an impressive 140 against the Giants two years ago. With Todd Goldstein returning will we see repeats of his 2015 effort of 154, or even the 143 that he scored in 2014. Toby Greene enjoyed playing the Roos in 2014 with a massive 161 and after last week he is in good form.
Tigers v Eagles
Luke Shuey dished up a very nice score of 151 last year as did Alex Rance, cutting the Eagles off at every turn in defence leading to a huge 146. 2015 saw Dusty score 148, and the year before that Priddis scored 149.
Cats v Demons
Frankly I’m not sure there hasn’t been a team Danger hasn’t scored 150+ against with a massive 155 from the Dagerman last year against the Demons. The rules may have changed meaning he can’t ruck as much now but in 2015 Mark Blicavs pulled out a very impressive 153 while the same year saw Bernie Vince score a 167, and coming off a suspension maybe he might just do the same again?
Dockers v Dogs
In what is somewhat of a surprise there aren’t really any big scores from the Dogs against Freo, but that could very well change this week. For the Dockers, Stephen Hill scored a very nice 142 over the Dogs last year and two years ago Fyfe was your man with 146.
Power v Crows
Showdowns are always hotly contested and this one will be no different. Historically, in the past six Showdowns only one man has managed to break the 140 mark (Scott Thompson – 140 2016). Thompson also scored a 150 the year before as well so maybe, despite all the talk of Thompson’s SuperCoach decline can be halted for just one more big match?
Saints v Lions
Two weeks ago, most of us thought we had seen the great Nick Riewoldt on the field for the last time, but after an almost miraculous type recovery, Roo is back in the Sants line-up this weekend and will also be looking to back up his ridiculous 187 scored against the Lions last year. It’s also good to see Dayne Beams back for the Lions after a couple of injury plagued seasons. He scored an impressive 144 against the Sainters two years ago, and his midfield partner Tom Rockliff scored a huge 166 in 2013.
Blues v Bombers
Round 23 last year saw some young guns score extremely well. Zac Merrett, who has started this season is great touch, pulled out a score of 141 while Patrick Cripps, who may not play with that fractured cheekbone, managed a 140. Dale Thomas has been under the pump this year being described as the worst recruit ever (very harsh) but enjoyed playing the understrength Bombers early in the year last year scoring 141. In 2015 Jobe tore the Blues apart with a 147. Could we see another big score from these players this week?
Suns v Hawks
What a week for the GOAT. Everyone has questioned his commitment, and some critics have even gone further. But if there is one thing that Ablett loves to do, it is play footy against the Hawks. 159, 157, 138, 149, 189, 170, 144. Can you believe that these are the most recent scores the great man has managed against the Hawks. Unfortunately, I can’t mention any Hawks players because all the big scorers against the Suns now play for the Eagles and Demons!!