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    AFLX squads announced for Thursday night games
    Herald Sun
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    GEELONG forward Tom Hawkins and Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray headline the first AFLX squads named.
    But some clubs are playing it safe with their biggest names, instead going for youth in the seven-a-side exhibition matches.
    Geelong won’t risk any of their superstar trio — Gary Ablett, Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood — as clubs took a conservative approach in what will be their first competitive hit-out against opposition clubs.
    Adelaide and West Coast, in particular, have named squads heavy on youngsters.
    Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe was initially selected in Fremantle’s squad but was later pulled out.
    “We reviewed Nat’s training data after yesterday’s training session and it was decided to manage his workload ahead of him playing in round one of the JLT Series,” general manger of football operations Chris Bond said on Tuesday morning.
    The Cats surprised by picking Tom Hawkins. Picture: Alison Wynd
    But fans will get a good glimpse at their future in Thursday night’s opening pool matches, with plenty of fresh faces likely to excite, including the Dockers’ No.2 draft pick Andrew Brayshaw.
    Collingwood, which hasn’t named skipper Scott Pendlebury, will unveil top draft pick Jaidyn Stephenson, while Freo’s Andrew Brayshaw has also been named for the Dockers.
    Stephensen, taken with pick six in last year’s national draft, was named in the Magpies’ 14-man squad for their round robin competition against the Crows and West Coast on Thursday night at Adelaide’s Hindmarsh Stadium.
    Steele Sidebottom will captain the Magpies.
    The Crows named Harry Dear, son of premiership ruckman Paul. Dear, 21, is in his fourth year at the club and is looking to break into the team’s strong forward line.
    The Power also picked high-profile recruit Jack Watts and his ex-Melbourne teammate Jack Trengove.

    Clubs can select up to 20 players in their squad.
    The six clubs have been divided into two groups.
    Each club playing two 20-minute games and the winners of each pool playing off in a grand final.
    The AFLX series moves to Melbourne on Friday night and Sydney on Saturday night.

    AFLX SQUADS — POOL A (Adelaide)
    ADELAIDE
    Jordan Gallucci
    Jake Kelly
    Curtly Hampton
    Jackson Edwards
    Andy Otten
    Kyle Cheney
    Cam Ellis-Yolmen
    Patrick Wilson
    Elliott Himmelberg
    Matthew Signorello
    Paul Hunter
    Harry Dear
    Tom Doedee
    Ben Davis
    Alex Keath
    Reilly O’Brien
    Lachie Murphy
    Ben Jarman

    COLLINGWOOD
    Jarryd Blair
    James Aish
    Tom Phillips
    Steele Sidebottom
    Josh Thomas
    Jack Crisp
    Nathan Murphy
    Tim Broomhead
    Will Hoskin-Elliott
    Jaidyn Stephenson
    Brayden Maynard
    Ben Crocker
    Josh Smith
    Jack Madgen

    FREMANTLE
    Griffin Logue
    Brandon Matera
    Danyle Pearce
    Tom North
    Andrew Brayshaw
    Bradley Hill
    Michael Walters
    Tommy Sheridan
    Mitchell Crowden
    Darcy Tucker
    Connor Blakely
    Cameron McCarthy
    Ed Langdon
    Brady Grey
    Cameron Sutcliffe
    Brennan Cox
    Luke Ryan
    Bailey Banfield
    Stefan Giro
    Taylin Duman

    GEELONG
    Brandan Parfitt
    Daniel Menzel
    Tim Kelly
    Wylie Buzza
    Lachie Fogarty
    Jordan Murdoch
    Mitch Duncan
    Aaron Black
    Jed Bews
    Tom Hawkins
    Sam Menegola
    Jordan Cunico
    Gryan Miers
    James Parsons
    Zach Guthrie
    Jackson Thurlow
    Tom Stewart
    Mark Blicavs

    PORT ADELAIDE
    Robbie Gray
    Trent Mckenzie
    Todd Marshall
    Karl Amon
    Tom Clurey
    Jimmy Toumpas
    Jack Trengove
    Jack Watts
    Kane Farrell
    Riley Bonner
    Joel Garner
    Jasper Pittard
    Dougal Howard
    Jake Patmore
    Jarrod Lienert
    Dom Barry
    Dan Houston
    Cameron Hewett
    Sam Gray

    WEST COAST
    Jarrod Brander
    Liam Duggan (c)
    Daniel Venables
    Jack Petruccelle
    Hamish Brayshaw
    Francis Watson
    Tom Cole
    Jackson Nelson
    Ryan Burrows
    Brayden Ainsworth
    Josh Rotham
    Malcolm Karpany
    Matt Allen
    Willie Rioli
    Jake Waterman

    THE COMPETITION
    GROUP 1
    Hindmarsh Stadium, Thursday, February 15
    POOL A: Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide
    POOL B: Adelaide, Collingwood, West Coast

    GROUP 2
    Etihad Stadium, Friday, February 16
    POOL A: Carlton, Melbourne, North Melbourne
    POOL B: Essendon, Hawthorn, St Kilda

    GROUP 3
    Allianz Stadium, Saturday, February 17
    POOL A: Brisbane, GWS Giants, Richmond
    POOL B: Gold Coast, Sydney, Western Bulldogs

    HOW IT’S PLAYED
    Field: Rectangular playing pitch 100-120m long and 60-70m wide with 40m arcs at either end and goalposts.
    Teams consist of 10 players, with seven on the field, three interchange and unlimited rotations.
    RULES
    — 2 x 10-minute halves with no time on
    — Last touch out of bounds free kick
    — 25m penalties, not 50m
    — Backwards kicks are play on, except in forward 40m
    — 10 points for goals kicked from outside 40m
    — Kick-ins after every score

    GAME NIGHT
    — Six clubs at each round-robin “tournament” divided into two groups
    — Teams play two games in group stage
    — Winners of each group play off in grand final
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    Lots of young kids to have a look at here.

    Personally excited to look at so many of the Eagles young kids.
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    Rest of the squads. I barely recognise the doggies names!

    We'll have a few rookies on show which will be nice, once we figure out how the bloody game is played.

    Brisbane (14-man squad)
    1. Ben Keays, 3. Allen Christensen, 5. Mitch Robinson, 7. Tom Bell, 8. Rohan Bewick, 10. Daniel Rich, 19. Jacob Allison, 20. Cedric Cox, 26. Tom Cutler, 33. Zac Bailey, 36. Rhys Mathieson, 39. Corey Lyons, 42. Mitchell Hinge, 43. Jake Barrett

    Gold Coast (14-man squad)
    6. Alex Sexton, 8. Brayden Fiorini, 10. Kade Kolodjashnij, 11. Touk Miller (c), 12. Sam Day, 15. Aaron Young, 18. Brad Scheer, 23. Sean Lemmens, 29. Jack Bowes, 36. Josh Schoenfeld, 38. Jesse Joyce, 39. Nick Holman, 43. Max Spencer, 44. Darcy Macpherson

    Greater Western Sydney (16-man squad)
    6. Lachie Whitfield, 9. Tom Scully, 10. Aiden Bonar, 11. Will Setterfield, 13. Isaac Cumming, 31. Jeremy Finlayson, 20. Adam Tomlinson, 25. Lachlan Keeffe, 33. Lachie Tiziani, 34. Nick Shipley, 36. Harry Perryman, 38. Daniel Lloyd, 41. Jack Buckley, 42. Jake Stein, 43. Dylan Buckley, 50. Sam Reid

    Richmond (15-man squad)
    7. Daniel Butler, 11. Jason Castagna, 15. Jayden Short, 27. Sam Lloyd, 28. Jack Higgins, 30. Reece Conca, 32. Corey Ellis, 35. Nathan Broad, 26. Callum Moore, 38. Noah Balta, 41. Mabior Chol, 43. Derek Eggmolesse-Smith, 44. Tyson Stengle, 46. Ben Miller, 48. Liam Baker

    Sydney (20-man squad)
    1. James Rose, 6. Jordan Foote, 7. Harry Cunningham, 13. Oliver Florent, 20. Sam Reid, 22. Dean Towers, 24. Dane Rampe, 25. Ben Ronke, 27. Daniel Robinson, 28. Nic Newman, 29. George Hewett, 30. Tom McCartin, 31.Harrison Marsh, 32. James Bell, 38. Colin O’Riordan, 40. Nick Smith, 41. Jake Brown, 42. Robbie Fox, 44. Jake Lloyd, 45. Angus Styles

    Western Bulldogs (12-man squad)
    2. Lewis Young, 19. Lukas Webb, 20. Ed Richards, 26. Billy Gowers, 27. Patrick Lipinski, 28. Callum Porter, 30. Fergus Greene, 33. Aaron Naughton, 37. Roarke Smith, 40. Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, 43. Jack Redpath (c), 44. Tim English
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    Hoping it’s a good spectacle! It’ll be good to see the younger players get a run. Who knows, this might be the format more suited to international expansion? Come on, Dons, been a while since we won any sort of silverware! Let’s get in early
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    How much stock are we going to put into this SC wise? It will probably be even less relevant than the JLT series..

    Maybe a rookie or two or more will put their hand up, but beyond rookies I don't think I'll be taking too much notice.
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    Here's the dons squad.

    AFLX Squad
    Andrew McGrath, 3. Darcy Parish, 4. Kyle Langford, 8. Marty Gleeson, 11. David Zaharakis (c), 15. Josh Green, 16. Josh Begley, 20. Jackson Merrett, 27. Mason Redman, 29. Patrick Ambrose, 35. Matt Guelfi, 41. Ben McNiece, 42. Adam Saad, 43. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, 44. Shaun McKernan, 45. Conor McKenna, 49. Matt Dea

    I'll be interested in how McGrath and Matt Guelfi (117k fwd rookie) go.

    Guelfi might be just on the cusp of a game as a lot of his competition have gotten injured recently. Colyer, Laverde, Mutch and Francis out long term.
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    Games of AFL experience for the named #AFLX squads:

    No wonder I didn’t recognise the doggies names!

    1052 NTH
    955 STK
    932 FREM
    877 GEEL
    848 PORT
    786 ESS
    774 SYD
    752 HAW
    748 COLL
    709 BRIS
    681 MELB
    540 GCS
    472 GWS
    412 CARL
    278 ADEL
    261 RICH
    91 WCE
    65 WBD
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    Quote Originally Posted by IDIG View Post
    Games of AFL experience for the named #AFLX squads:

    No wonder I didn’t recognise the doggies names!

    1052 NTH
    955 STK
    932 FREM
    877 GEEL
    848 PORT
    786 ESS
    774 SYD
    752 HAW
    748 COLL
    709 BRIS
    681 MELB
    540 GCS
    472 GWS
    412 CARL
    278 ADEL
    261 RICH
    91 WCE
    65 WBD
    Very smart by the Bulldogs, giving the bottom of their list games to encourage them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philzsay View Post
    How much stock are we going to put into this SC wise? It will probably be even less relevant than the JLT series..

    Maybe a rookie or two or more will put their hand up, but beyond rookies I don't think I'll be taking too much notice.
    Seeing whether or not Robbie gray can run is about the extent of my interest I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IDIG View Post
    Rest of the squads. I barely recognise the doggies names!

    We'll have a few rookies on show which will be nice, once we figure out how the bloody game is played.

    Brisbane (14-man squad)
    1. Ben Keays, 3. Allen Christensen, 5. Mitch Robinson, 7. Tom Bell, 8. Rohan Bewick, 10. Daniel Rich, 19. Jacob Allison, 20. Cedric Cox, 26. Tom Cutler, 33. Zac Bailey, 36. Rhys Mathieson, 39. Corey Lyons, 42. Mitchell Hinge, 43. Jake Barrett

    Gold Coast (14-man squad)
    6. Alex Sexton, 8. Brayden Fiorini, 10. Kade Kolodjashnij, 11. Touk Miller (c), 12. Sam Day, 15. Aaron Young, 18. Brad Scheer, 23. Sean Lemmens, 29. Jack Bowes, 36. Josh Schoenfeld, 38. Jesse Joyce, 39. Nick Holman, 43. Max Spencer, 44. Darcy Macpherson

    Greater Western Sydney (16-man squad)
    6. Lachie Whitfield, 9. Tom Scully, 10. Aiden Bonar, 11. Will Setterfield, 13. Isaac Cumming, 31. Jeremy Finlayson, 20. Adam Tomlinson, 25. Lachlan Keeffe, 33. Lachie Tiziani, 34. Nick Shipley, 36. Harry Perryman, 38. Daniel Lloyd, 41. Jack Buckley, 42. Jake Stein, 43. Dylan Buckley, 50. Sam Reid

    Richmond (15-man squad)
    7. Daniel Butler, 11. Jason Castagna, 15. Jayden Short, 27. Sam Lloyd, 28. Jack Higgins, 30. Reece Conca, 32. Corey Ellis, 35. Nathan Broad, 26. Callum Moore, 38. Noah Balta, 41. Mabior Chol, 43. Derek Eggmolesse-Smith, 44. Tyson Stengle, 46. Ben Miller, 48. Liam Baker

    Sydney (20-man squad)
    1. James Rose, 6. Jordan Foote, 7. Harry Cunningham, 13. Oliver Florent, 20. Sam Reid, 22. Dean Towers, 24. Dane Rampe, 25. Ben Ronke, 27. Daniel Robinson, 28. Nic Newman, 29. George Hewett, 30. Tom McCartin, 31.Harrison Marsh, 32. James Bell, 38. Colin O’Riordan, 40. Nick Smith, 41. Jake Brown, 42. Robbie Fox, 44. Jake Lloyd, 45. Angus Styles

    Western Bulldogs (12-man squad)
    2. Lewis Young, 19. Lukas Webb, 20. Ed Richards, 26. Billy Gowers, 27. Patrick Lipinski, 28. Callum Porter, 30. Fergus Greene, 33. Aaron Naughton, 37. Roarke Smith, 40. Nathan Mullenger-McHugh, 43. Jack Redpath (c), 44. Tim English
    pay close attention to Richards , Gowers , Lipinski , Naughton , Smith and English

    Boyd & Murphy gone their could be a spot in the back line up for grabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGeta View Post
    Very smart by the Bulldogs, giving the bottom of their list games to encourage them.
    And not risking their senior players.
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    My prediction: An injury to an important (not necessarily SC relevant) player.
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    Here's the Friday night squads:

    CARLTON

    Jack Silvagni, Paddy Dow, Lochie O’Brien, Matthew Kennedy, Sam Kerridge, Jed Lamb, Caleb Marchbank, Cam O’Shea, Zac Fisher, Harrison Macreadie, Matthew Lobbe, David Cuningham, Cameron Polson, Tom Williamson, Jarrod Pickett, Kym LeBois

    ESSENDON

    Andrew McGrath, Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford, Marty Gleeson, David Zaharakis (c), Josh Green, Josh Begley, Jackson Merrett, Mason Redman, Patrick Ambrose, Matt Guelfi, Ben McNiece, Adam Saad, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Shaun McKernan, Conor McKenna, Matt Dea

    HAWTHORN

    Ryan Burton, James Sicily, Blake Hardwick, Dan Howe, Jack Gunston, Dallas Willsmore, Kieran Lovell, Luke Breust, Tim O’Brien, Ryan Schoenmakers, Liam Shiels (captain), David Mirra, Harry Morrison, Jackson Ross, James Worpel, Oliver Hanrahan, Teia Miles, Conor Nash, James Cousins

    MELBOURNE

    James Harmes, Christian Petracca, Charlie Spargo, Angus Brayshaw, Billy Stretch, Jake Melksham, Corey Maynard, Tom McDonald, Alex Neal-Bullen, Bayley Fritsch, Tom Bugg, Oskar Baker, Dion Johnstone, Neville Jetta, Josh Wagner

    NORTH MELBOURNE

    Majak Daw, Shaun Higgins, Luke Davies-Uniacke, Ben Cunnington, Luke McDonald, Jy Simpkin, Paul Ahern, Shaun Atley, Sam Durdin, Jarrad Waite, Braydon Preuss, Jamie MacMillan (c), Billy Hartung, Gordon Narrier, Cameron Zurhaar

    ST KILDA

    Shane Savage, Seb Ross, Luke Dunstan, Blake Acres, Jack Steele, Hunter Clark, Jack Lonie, Sam Gilbert, Ben Long, Koby Stevens, Josh Battle, Tim Membrey, Jimmy Webster, Ed Phillips, Nick Coffield, Jack Sinclair, Bailey Rice, Ray Connellan, Rowan Marshall, Mav Weller.
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    The potential SuperCoach stars to watch in AFLX
    Al Paton, Herald Sun
    February 15, 2018 8:19am
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    ZOOPER goals, silver footies and seven-man teams. AFLX will be very different — but what does it mean for SuperCoach?

    Champion Data, which provides the stats that power SuperCoach, will be there to keep track of how many kicks and handballs players collect in the AFL’s answer to the Big Bash. But given the shortened matches (two 10-minute halves), the smaller field and modified rules (no boundary throw-ins, for starters), we won’t be reading too much into the numbers.
    But there is still plenty of intel to gather for astute SuperCoach watchers.
    Most of that involves watching players we are considering for our starting squads.
    You can lock Dustin Martin away without a worry, but what does Tom Doedee look like? Is Paul Ahern quick? How do star draft picks go playing against men?
    We are looking at many of our likely rookie picks for the first time, and others for the first time in a while (anyone remember Dom Barry’s five matches for Melbourne in 2014?).
    Making sure they pass the eye test is crucial, but more important is getting a feel for who will be picked for Round 1.
    Most AFL teams have picked inexperienced AFLX squads so we shouldn’t read too much into team selection. But those players will be jostling for positions in the selection queue starting this weekend. Here’s who we will be keeping a close eye on.

    GROUP 1 — THURSDAY

    POOL A
    ADELAIDE
    Tom Doedee ($123,900 def) is in 38 per cent of SuperCoach teams despite the fact most of us have never laid eyes on him — unless you went to watch some SANFL matches last year, where the young defender was the No. 1 intercept player. Let’s hope he plucks a few grabs to show us (and Crows selectors) he’s the man to replace Jake Lever. Up the other end of the rectangular field, Jordan Gallucci ($219,400 fwd) is a possible Charlie Cameron replacement.
    COLLINGWOOD
    Top draft pick Jaidyn Stephenson ($180,300 mid) finished last season like a steam train, hopefully he continues that form to push for a Round 1 spot. The Pies’ No. 39 draft pick Nathan Murphy ($117,300 fwd) is also in the squad — we suspect he’s more of a long-term project but he could prove us wrong. Brayden Maynard ($394,800 def) has been earmarked for a midfield role this season which makes him an interesting SuperCoach prospect.
    FREMANTLE
    Lots of SuperCoach interest in the Dockers this year starting with breakout contender Connor Blakely ($490,300 mid). He averaged 110 from Rounds 6-18 before a shoulder injury ended his season. He’s back — in AFLX form. So is Michael Walters ($478,300 fwd/mid), who didn’t play after Round 18, so this will give us an idea of how they’re tracking. Meanwhile, No. 2 draft pick Andrew Brayshaw ($198,300 mid) was a ball-winning machine at junior level.

    POOL B
    GEELONG
    For SuperCoach players, this might as well be called the Tim Kelly Cup. All eyes are on the $117,300 midfielder, who finished second in last year’s Sandover Medal. Will he step straight into the Cats’ side to replace Steve Motlop? We sure hope so. The Cats’ top draft pick Lachie Fogarty ($117,300 midfielder) is also in the AFLX squad and is aiming for a Round 1 debut. He averaged almost 10 tackles a game in the TAC Cup, will forward pressure be a factor in this form of the game?
    PORT ADELAIDE
    The Power has picked a strong squad which is good news for Dom Barry ($117,300 mid) who has a chance to push his case to be part of the best 22 after a standout summer on the training track. Another forgotten recruit Trent McKenzie ($347,800) is also in the squad and we’re rapt to see Robbie Gray ($504,200 fwd) play his first competitive match since his shock cancer diagnosis. Running defender Riley Bonner ($257,300 def) is another player to watch — he got his chance in the final two rounds last season and is hoping to become a regular this year.
    WEST COAST
    A super young squad with fewer than 100 games AFL experience. But no Liam Ryan ($117,300 fwd), which is a slight concern for the 25 per cent of coaches with him in their squad — or Nic Naitanui ($465,900 ruck). We might not see him before Round 1. Daniel Venables ($123,900 fwd), Willie Rioli ($123,900 fwd), Brayden Ainsworth ($117,300 mid) and Francis Watson ($123,900 def) will all fly the flag and should be on your SuperCoach watch list.

    GROUP 2 — FRIDAY
    POOL A
    CARLTON
    If you have no other reason to watch AFLX, tune in to see the Blues who could provide us with a host of rookies this year. Paddy Dow ($193,800 mid), Lochie O’Brien ($162,300 mid) and Cam O’Shea ($166,000 def) will all play on Thursday night. Another interesting member of the Blues squad is Matthew Lobbe ($253,000 ruck). He was recruited from Port Adelaide purely as insurance and won’t impact Matthew Kreuzer’s scores — or will he? No Jarrod Garlett ($117,300 mid/fwd) in the squad.
    MELBOURNE
    Can’t wait to see Charlie Spargo ($117,300 mid) in action. He hasn’t played much the past two years because of injuries but he was a freak at under-16 level. Angus Brayshaw ($316,700 mid) could be a SuperCoach star if he can get a clear run without injury and Christian Petracca ($433,300 fwd) is primed to explode — will it happen this year? Also keep an eye out for mature-age recruit Bayley Fritsch ($117,300 fwd).
    NORTH MELBOURNE
    The Kangaroos have picked their best available players which is good news for Paul Ahern ($123,900 fwd/mid) who gets a chance after two knee reconstructions. Top draft pick Luke Davies-Uniacke ($189,300 mid) is also in the squad — and 44 per cent of SuperCoach teams. It would take a brave coach to pick Luke McDonald ($461,100 mid) but he dominated in the middle at the Roos’ intraclub game.

    POOL B
    ESSENDON
    Andrew McGrath ($38,400 def) is the one to watch. He will graduate from the backline to the midfield this season and there has been talk of a Clayton Oliver-like spike in his SuperCoach scores. His form here will give us some indication of how likely that is. Adam Saad ($388,800 def) made Gilbert Gardiner’s top 40 SuperCoach picks and should get more of the footy than he did at Gold Coast, but will it be enough to make him a premium pick?
    HAWTHORN
    David Mirra ($102,400 def) is a 26-year-old from the Hawks’ VFL side hoping for a chance at AFL level. James Worpel ($117,300 mid) is 19 but plays like a 26-year-old, winning clearances and kicking goals. We’ll get a look at both in AFLX along with James Sicily ($402,800 fwd) who could be a sneaky pick this year. He dominated in the air at the Hawks’ intra-club.
    ST KILDA
    The Saints’ top two draft picks Hunter Clark ($175,800 mid) and Nick Coffield ($171,300 mid) have both been named. We think Coffield is ahead in the race for a Round 1 start, but this game could prove us wrong. Luke Dunstan ($485,200 mid) is a (very) low-profile breakout contender — he had a fantastic finish to last season — and another name that caught our eye is father-son pick Bailey Rice ($123,900 def) who dropped off the radar last year but is still available at a rookie price.

    GROUP 3 — SATURDAY
    POOL A
    GWS GIANTS
    The Giants have picked a squad full of rookies and most of them will probably head straight back to the NEAFL. The exceptions could be Will Setterfield ($195,700 mid), who recorded excellent numbers as a half-forward in the second-tier comp last year, and Isaac Cumming ($123,900 def), another second-year cheapie who could fill the void left by Nathan Wilson and Zac Williams down back.
    BRISBANE LIONS
    Allen Christensen ($267,300 fwd) hasn’t played an AFL game since Round 11, 2016. The former Cat has been training the house down and represents a potential SuperCoach steal if he can recapture his form of 2013-15. No sign of No. 1 draft pick Cam Rayner but pick 15 Zac Bailey ($139,800 mid) will get a run.
    RICHMOND
    Jack Higgins ($130,800 mid/fwd) watch. The midfielder/forward is one of the most popular picks on SuperCoach based on his insane junior stats. He just needs to force his way into the Round 1 side — why not start here? Lots of other rookie-priced players in a very inexperienced squad but not many likely to break into the best 22 for a while.

    POOL B
    SYDNEY
    The SuperCoach focus at the Swans this year is on underpriced guns including Lance Franklin, Josh Kennedy and Dan Hannebery, but we won’t see any of them in action on Saturday. Hard to spot a likely SuperCoach steal in the Swans’ squad; even last year’s favourite Nic Newman is now $454,500. Will an unknown player put his hand up?
    WESTERN BULLDOGS
    Another low-profile squad with the Dogs leaving all their recognised stars at home. It does give a chance for the young pups to impress and we’re most interested in the Dogs’ top two draft picks who could both be handy SuperCoach recruits. Aaron Naughton ($166,800 def) put up excellent numbers last year playing against senior opposition in the WAFL and Ed Richards ($135,300 def) is a chance to fill the role formerly occupied by Bob Murphy and Matthew Boyd.
    GOLD COAST
    Nick Holman ($102,400 mid), come on down. The former Blue has another shot at the big time after spending two seasons in the SANFL. He’s as cheap as they come and pushing for a Round 1 start — and we’re right behind him. Aaron Young ($313,400 fwd) should provide good value after swapping from Port Adelaide but that is a very awkward price.
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    Robbie Gray has pulled out
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaca View Post
    Robbie Gray has pulled out
    Surprise surprise!

    http://www.afl.com.au/news/2018-02-1...-shock-skipper
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    Quote Originally Posted by Presto View Post
    The potential SuperCoach stars to watch in AFLX

    WEST COAST
    A super young squad with fewer than 100 games AFL experience. But no Liam Ryan ($117,300 fwd), which is a slight concern for the 25 per cent of coaches with him in their squad — or Nic Naitanui ($465,900 ruck). We might not see him before Round 1. Daniel Venables ($123,900 fwd), Willie Rioli ($123,900 fwd), Brayden Ainsworth ($117,300 mid) and Francis Watson ($123,900 def) will all fly the flag and should be on your SuperCoach watch list.
    A bit of research by the HS would be nice... It is no concern at all that Ryan is not playing as he stayed in WA because his partner is having a baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost In The Sky View Post
    A bit of research by the HS would be nice... It is no concern at all that Ryan is not playing as he stayed in WA because his partner is having a baby.
    True professional making sure the birth is out of the season proper. :-)
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    Not sure having a 4 week old baby will help his performances mind....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost In The Sky View Post
    A bit of research by the HS would be nice... It is no concern at all that Ryan is not playing as he stayed in WA because his partner is having a baby.
    +1

    Once again a reminder to take HS articles with a bit of salt.
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