The new rules and length of matches make it even less like normal Home & Away footy than ever before. So should we take notice of who does well?
In my opinion, yes. The Night Comp. has always been a chance for fringe players to strut their stuff, and even though it is a different form, it is still AFL.
The impressive boys so far shows a familar trend:
Patrick Dangerfield (15 touches against Melbourne),
Andy Otten (11 touches against Melbourne),
Jack Grimes (11 touches agianst Adelaide),
Colin Garland (11 touches and 3 marks against Adelaide),
Jack Watts (8 touches and 1.1 against Port),
Colin Sylvia (12 touches and 3 marks against Port),
Justin Westhoff (10 touches and 6 marks against Melbourne),
Brad Symes (14 touches and 6 marks against Port),
Brad Moran (6 hit outs, 10 touches and 5 marks against Port),
Scott Thompson (15 touches and 4 marks against Port),
Danyle Pearce (14 touches against Adelaide),
Marc Murphy (11 touches and 4 tackles against Richmond),
David Astbury (12 touches and 7 marks against Carlton),
Daniel Connors (10 touches and 4 marks against Carlton),
Shane Tuck (9 touches against Carlton),
Alex Rance (12 touches aaginst Collingwood),
Tom Derickx (7 hit outs, 8 touches and 4 tackles against Collingwood),
Jake Batchelor (10 touches against Collingwood),
Chris Dawes (8 touches and 3 goals against Richmond),
Dale Thomas (9 touches and 5 tackles agianst Richmond),
David Ellard (9 touches aginst Collingwood),
Ben Reid (12 touches and 8 marks against Carlton),
Steele Sidebottom (12 touches and 4 marks against Carlton),
Scott Pendlebury (11 touches against Carlton).
As you can see above, most of these guys are young players and will be relatively cheap in SC.
I would seriously consider a few of these blokes for my team, and I already have another couple from the list in there!
Thankfully though, after the Round 1 matches of the NAB Cup are complete, we get back to the old NAB format, for Rounds 2 through 4. Unfortunately, it's the only way to run a knock-out competition with 18 teams, so we'll be seeing it for a few more years to come.
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