Welcome to day three of the The Roar’s AFL Prime 50.
The selectors this yr, together with myself, are everybody’s favorite stats man, Ryan Buckland, resident humourist Jay Croucher, editor to the celebrities Josh Elliott, and Friday Evening Forecast specialist Adrian Polykandrites.
Jay and Josh have already lined off gamers 50-31, and at the moment we have a look at these ranked 30 to 21.
30. Adam Treloar (Collingwood)
There haven’t been any Collingwood gamers within the countdown but this week, however they’re about to return in a rush, with 5 at the moment alone.
Adam Treloar is an explosive midfielder, together with his signature transfer breaking away from a stoppage on the wing or at half-forward and streaming in direction of purpose, usually placing one by on the fly from the 50-metre arc. That stated, he doesn’t are inclined to take video games by the scruff of the neck, however is extra of your death-by-a-thousand-cuts service provider.
He’s been an ultra-consistent ball-winner in his time at each the Giants and Pies, however spent extra time ahead in 2018 than he had earlier. From time to time his kicking lets him down however, much like Patrick Dangerfield, it’s extra about harnessing his momentum and stability that he must give attention to.
Treloar was rated round about this mark for a lot of the voters, with solely Josh not discovering room for him in his private 50.
29. Dayne Zorko (Brisbane)
Dayne Zorko is a real goal-kicking midfielder, with not lots of his contemporaries hitting the scoreboard greater than he. He’s kicked 83 targets within the final three seasons, no imply feat in a backside aspect and taking part in in a midfield that lacked depth, outdoors he and the often-injured Dayne Beams.
Due to his damaging traits, Zorko is usually tagged and tagged laborious, with the draw back being that he’s inclined to it. Seven occasions final yr he was stored to 17 disposals or fewer, which isn’t sufficient for a participant being relied upon as a major mover.
Though Beams has left, the addition of Lachie Neale and Jarryd Lyons to the midfield combine, together with pure enchancment of younger gamers like Cameron Rayner and Hugh McCluggage, plus the potential for Charlie Cameron to spend extra time in there, means we’d see Zorko get off the chain extra.
Ryan had Zorko as excessive as 16, Jay had no love in any respect, whereas the remainder of us have been round this vary.
28. Jackson Macrae (Western Bulldogs)
Jack Macrae has at all times been an unlimited accumulator of the ball. Disregarding matches the place he was used because the sub, he had 4 video games the place topped the 30-disposal mark in his first 15, all as an adolescent.
Within the final two years, he has added extra inside work to his recreation, getting his contested possession percentages up into the 40s from 33 per cent in 2016. He additionally led the Canine in clearances final yr, averaging extra per recreation than famous specialists like Josh Kennedy, Ollie Wines and Joel Selwood.
Whereas Macrae looks like he has been round a very long time, he’s solely performed six seasons and is simply now coming into his prime. If he can turn out to be extra damaging within the entrance half of the bottom and kick 20-25 targets a season (he solely has 29 from 118 matches), then he can transfer into the really elite.
Macrae was fairly divisive among the many panel, with Josh and I placing him at 14 and 15 respectively, whereas the others positioned him within the excessive 30s to low 40s. One thing within the low 20s feels about proper.
27. Rory Laird (Adelaide)
Rory Laird is arguably the very best working again on this half-decade. There may be nothing flashy about the way in which he conducts his enterprise, however pristine decision-making and pin-point disposal are his inventory in commerce.
Whereas critics would possibly accuse Laird of stat chasing, whenever you distribute with as a lot surety as he does, getting the ball in his palms as usually as doable is the very best factor for the crew. And whereas he’s of a diminutive stature, he’s no mug when the ball is within the air both. He’s only a very skilled footballer, and the very best at what he does.
Josh had Laird as excessive as 15, Adrian was the bottom at 47. Everybody else had him extraordinarily near this determine.
26. Dayne Beams (Collingwood)
Dayne Beams has lengthy been one among my private favorite gamers. Onerous-running, dual-sided, brave, expert, robust in and out, and a famous goal-kicker. He actually doesn’t lack for something.
Beams has had a lopsided profession, taking part in in additional wins in his first three seasons than in his subsequent seven. Actually, he had as many wins at Collingwood in his first yr (11) as he had in his whole 4 years at Brisbane.
This midfield was already overflowing with expertise and now he’s again, so how all of them work collectively and thru the forward-line will likely be a narrative by 2019.
One of many speaking factors of the low season was how Champion Information might solely fee Beams as “common” of their participant rankings, taking into consideration they weight everybody towards gamers from their very own place. There have been no actual outliers in our voting, with a excessive of 18 from Jay and a low of 41 from Adrian.
25. Jordan De Goey (Collingwood)
Final season was Jordan De Goey’s arrival, and it was no small coincidence that Collingwood catapulted from 13th all the way in which to a grand closing look in consequence.
From time to time a participant comes alongside to signify brute power and explosiveness for his era and De Goey is that man. Opposition defenders bounce off him when he expenses by, he’s good within the air and higher on the bottom. Already, he has an aura about him that makes opponents gulp once they discover themselves one-on-one deep within the Magpies’ 50.
A pure ahead, De Goey may rack up numbers within the center when let unfastened in there. He’s bought Dustin Martin qualities, and is rising into them very, in a short time.
The place to fee the rising stars of our recreation is at all times a tricky query, given we assume they’ve nowhere close to reached their peak but. However how shortly will they get there? I used to be the best on De Goey, inserting him at 19, with Jay not far behind at 21. Ryan and Josh have been a bit extra circumspect, placing him within the 30s, with Adrian someplace in-between.
24. Scott Pendlebury (Collingwood)
Whereas De Goey is on an upward trajectory with a bullet, Pendlebury is a falling star. The 2 are separated by over 200 video games and 9 seasons, and couldn’t be extra reverse from one another, however one of many issues we love about this nice recreation is the different sorts that make it up.
Pendlebury has introduced pleasure to many a fan, gliding throughout the turf with grace and disposing of the ball with silky palms and ft. Having ‘time’ is the rarest talent amongst footy gamers in such a excessive octane, 360-degree sport – we will’t measure it besides with our eyes, however we all know it once we see it, and every so often it takes our breath away.
Pendlebury has averaged 17 votes a season within the Brownlow over the past ten years, a testomony to his high quality, consistency and sturdiness, and it’s a nice pity that it appears to be like like he won’t ever win one.
Ryan is the most important believer in Pendles, score him at 18, whereas Adrian has misplaced essentially the most religion, placing him at 34.
23. Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)
Steele Sidebottom has been an uber-consistent contributor for a decade now, by no means fairly discovering himself among the many elite gamers of the competitors, however at all times on that rung under. He’s coming off a season which was clearly his finest.
Sidebottom roams far and broad to get the ball, with few protecting extra territory. He’s additionally probably the greatest opposite-side gamers within the competitors. A tough-running, endurance kind, he makes use of these belongings and his psychological power to maintain working when others are feeling the pinch, and thus will get free for teammates to search out him.
And whereas he’s an out of doors participant, Sidebottom had 26 contested possessions in a match final yr – greater than the likes of Patrick Cripps, Clayton Oliver and Paddy Dangerfield might declare.
Jay sees Sidebottom because the 13th finest participant within the competitors, and Ryan has him at 20, whereas the remainder of us have been within the mid-20s to low 30s.
22. Luke Shuey (West Coast)
Final yr, just one Roar voter put Luke Shuey of their prime 50 – in reality inserting him at 19 on his private record – for an general score of 49 on our 2018 countdown. That voter shall stay anonymous, however he’s a prescient fellow and let’s simply say self-congratulations is nothing to be ashamed of.
A Norm Smith medal will do wonders for a status, and this yr Shuey climbs as much as a place extra consultant of his standing within the recreation, regardless of on the entire having much less influence in 2018 than he did in 2017.
However what a grand closing it was, displaying all of his attributes – no-one within the match had extra disposals, contested possessions, uncontested possessions, clearances, inside 50s and purpose assists. He additionally led his crew in tackles and kicked one of many targets of the match for good measure.
Josh, Jay and myself can hardly complain about Shuey’s score on this countdown, given all of us had him at 22 in our private lists. It’s most likely the primary time the three of us have agreed on something.
21. Callan Ward (GWS)
Callan Ward has been a beacon of consistency and management because the inception of Better Western Sydney. He’s the one participant on the Giants who would fairly be good than look good, however the fantastic thing about him is that he’s each.
There could also be gamers as laborious on the footy at Ward, however none are more durable. His physique is a battering ram, but he’s performed 95 video games in a row, and has missed not more than two video games in any season at GWS. He makes use of the tablet nicely, and has a knack for kicking a captain’s purpose.
The Giants have usually been accused of missing substance as a soccer membership, but it surely’s a tough label to make keep on with Ward main the way in which.
Josh was the massive outlier with Ward, rating him at 45, whereas the opposite voters had him someplace between 16-25.
The highest 50 thus far
50. Luke Breust
49. Daniel Rioli
48. Jack Viney
47. Tim Kelly
46. Charlie Curnow
45. Harris Andrews
44. Angus Brayshaw
43. Joe Daniher
42. Shaun Higgins
41. Lachie Neale
40. Tom J Lynch
39. Trent Cotchin
38. Jack Gunston
37. Tom Hawkins
36. Ben Brown
35. Tom McDonald
34. Jack Darling
33. Toby Greene
32. Lachie Whitfield
31. Joel Selwood
30. Adam Treloar
29. Dayne Zorko
28. Jack Macrae
27. Rory Laird
26. Dayne Beams
25. Jordan De Goey
24. Scott Pendlebury
23. Steele Sidebottom
22. Luke Shuey
21. Callan Ward
Don’t neglect to return again tomorrow and take a look at Adrian’s write-up of gamers 11-20, as we get into the meaty finish of the countdown.