The journey we took last week in the SuperCoach HQ Hot Tub Time Machine didn’t disappoint with Nick Riewoldt, Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield all continuing their superb recent form against their opponents.
Who will be this weeks big performers? Let’s get ready to go back in time and find out!
Eagles v Swans
Round 5 last year saw Jeremy McGovern top score for the Eagles against the Swans at the SCG in a 39-point loss. The year before in a 52-point drubbing of the Swans, Priddis scored 135 and then Eagle now Swan Callum Sinclair managed 134. Luke Parker enjoyed playing the Eagles in the West in Round 16 2014 with a massive 151 – maybe this will be his bounce back week! Dan Hannebery also bounced back last week against the Pies and in 2014 it was his turn to score big with an impressive 145.
Kangaroos v Bulldogs
Good Friday footy gets a run this year with the Bulldogs and Kangaroos getting first crack at what will likely become a prime-time fixture. 2017 saw these two sides do battle twice, in Round 6 Lachie Hunter scored a very impressive 154. The Bont clearly enjoys playing North because most recently in Round 20 last year he put on a clinic scoring 133. In 2015 he scored 153 and 2014 he scored 139. For the Kangaroos, Todd Goldstein and Majak Daw dominated the Bulldogs in 2013 scoring 163 and 139 respectively.
Demons v Dockers
Sadly, for Melbourne supporters the injury of Max Gawn means that he will not be able to replicate his 141 from the last time he faced Fremantle (albeit without Aaron Sandilands). However, another top scorer from that will likely be there, Tom McDonald, produced a fantastic 144. In Round 5 2015 David Mundy and Lachie Neale top scored for the Dockers, with scores of 133 and 145 respectively.
Giants v Power
There have only ever been 7 fixtures ever between these two sides since GWS’ inception in 2012. Callan Ward has started the season a little slowly, SuperCoach score wise, but enjoys playing Port Adelaide. last season he scored 137 in a massive 86-point win and in 2014 he scored 145. Robbie Gray had a good game against the Giants in 2015 with a score of 131. Boak (134). Wingard (145) and Westhoff (163) all managed nice scores against the Giants in 2013 but it must be remembered that that side was very young and generally uncompetitive.
Blues v Suns
Another one of the expansion sides means that there have actually only been six matches between Carlton and Gold Coast since the Suns addition to the competition in 2011. Early last season the Suns won by 54 points and Gary Ablett and Aaron Hall had good scoring games with 135 and 134 respectively. Back in 2013 Matthew Kreuzer had a great game scoring 140 points. Not a fixture that has been littered with big scores in the past but maybe that will change this week.
Crows v Bombers
The Bombers were obviously depleted last year with half a list suspended so how much can be read into the scores of Rory Sloane (141) and Eddie Betts (138) in the teams only matchup last season is debatable. However, in 2015, in a 112 point thumping of the Bombers – in Melbourne – Sloane again scored in the 140’s (145) as did Sam Jacobs (143), who also scored a 147 the year before. Sadly for the Bombers this fixture hasn’t been kind for their players with no 130+ scores from any player since 2013 except from the injured Ben Howlett who scored a massive 164 in Round 1 2013.
Pies v Saints
Leigh Montagna just refuses to slow down (except when he is standing in the goal square apparently). A big score last week sees him returning to form after missing all the JLT games. He also comes up against a Pies side that he likes playing having scored 150 the last time out in Round 3 last season. If David Armitage returns to the team he too also likes playing Collingwood having scored 139 against the Pies in Rd 3 2015. Pendles went large in 2016 with 161 points, but no current Pie has scored 130+ in any game against the Saints since. Nick Riewoldt also scored well in 2013, 135 points.
Lions v Tigers
After three rounds the Tigers are undefeated and the Lions have showed a lot more promise. Last time these teams met, Jack Riewoldt scored 161, Anthony Miles scored 141 and Connor Menadue managed 130. The year before, Dayne Beams put in a spirited performance for a side that was thumped by 81 points with a very respectful score of 138 and while Bachar Houli pulled out a 150. Cotchin loves playing the Lions. In 2015 he scored 144 and in the two meetings in 2014, he scored 133 and 134 points as did Tom Rockliff (141).
Hawks v Cats
The classic Easter Monday clash sees these two teams as far away from each other than they have for ten years. Last year in this fixture Patrick Dangerfield announced himself to his new team with a great performance scoring 162 points. Going back the previous year, Cam Guthrie scored 135. In Round 5 2014, Tom Hawkins dominated the game and scored 148 SuperCoach points. Joel Selwood scored 151 in 2013 and unfortunately for the Hawks unless your name is Sam Mitchell or Jordan Lewis no other Hawks player has scored 130+ against the Cats since 2013.