GWS SuperCoach preview

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 01 Maret 2013 | 12.50

Jonathon Patton is worth keeping an eye on in his second season. Source: Getty Images

WHICH GWS players should you pick in SuperCoach this year and who should you avoid?

Last year GWS was all the rage in SuperCoach land, and with good reason.

Possessing 11 of the first 14 picks of the 2011 national draft, there were plenty of ultra-talented, cheap Giants to pick up and watch grow in to fat and juicy cash cows.

This year, however, we must look at much of Greater Western Sydney's list for what it actually is - full of talented yet highly over-priced (in SuperCoach terms, at least) second-year players.

The key to selecting Giants this year is your willingness to sift through the recycle bin for players in the second chance saloon and the nursery for the yet-to-debuts.

BYE: Round 13 (with Adelaide, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon and Gold Coast)


Callan Ward (midfield) $570,100
This tough-as-nails midfielder didn't take a backwards step despite having little support in the engine room throughout 2012. He was the only Giant to average above 100 points per game (he was at 106.55) and at 22 can only improve further with age. He led the club for contested possessions, clearances and tackles last season and that is SuperCoach gold.


Jonathan Giles (ruck) $498,900
Definitely not as appealing as he was last year in terms of price, but in a shallow pool of ruck stocks you have to view Giles as a quality option. Started last season like a house on fire, slowed slightly, but still ended the year averaging 93 points a game. At 25, Giles should be near the peak of his powers and with few challengers for the mantle of the Giants' No.1 ruckman, there's no reason why the 200cm big man can't push the 100 points per game mark this year.


Setanta O'hAilpin (forward/ruck) $252,500
Can't believe the Irishman is rated a $252k player after playing just the one game last season, but alas he remains one to consider for several reasons. GWS coach Kevin Sheedy is a massive O'hAilpin fan, even suggesting his side could have won a couple more games last year had the former Blue not injured his knee.
He's versatile - he can fill holes down back, up forward and in the ruck. And he's fit, kicking three goals in the Giants intra-club match recently.

GWS forward Setanta O'hAilpin is pushed out of a marking contest. Source: Getty Images

Lachie Whitfield (midfield) $199,500

Not much explanation needed for this one - the Dandenong Stingrays product is going to be a jet. No.1 draft picks are so often an automatic selection in any serious SuperCoach player's team and, while injuries conspired against teammate Jon Patton last year, Whitfield is one you can't afford to pass up.

Liam Sumner (midfield) $217,200

Of the Giants' bevy of picks in the first round of the 2011 national draft Sumner played the least games, as a foot stress fracture ended his season during only his second match. With a second pre-season under his belt, there is no reason why Sumner won't add to his games tally significantly and, given his starting price, the 19-year-old could be a left-of-centre cash cow.


Phil Davis (defender) $387,400

Wasn't a bad Giant to pick up last year because we knew he'd play every game and his lowly price could only increase because he'd be relied upon so heavily. But $387k is about as high as the former Crow is going to get and the fact remains that his points per game average in his three seasons has only been 60, 52 and 72.

Jeremy Cameron (forward) $333,700

There's no reason why last year's forward line revelation can't continue to come along in leaps and bounds this season. But in SuperCoach terms, Cameron's price makes him a difficult proposition to select considering he is still a key-position player coming in to just his second year. Watch his development with interest and awe, but don't do it while hoping he can score you crucial SuperCoach points.


Toby Greene (midfield)

This guy is going to be a star - if he isn't already. You always fear the second year blues for someone who has burst on to the scene as Greene did last year, so in traditional SuperCoach terms his price tag of $506,300 is a little tough to swallow. But in the draft, where money is no issue, the 19-year-old could be a crucial lower round pick for your side.

Toby Greene on the move. Picture: Mark Evans Source: Herald Sun

Bret Thornton (defender/forward)

Every year always supplies one or two recycled players who go on to thrive in a new environment. Thornton played only seven games last year, the lowest amount in his career, which followed on from a 2011 season in which the former Blue could not work out if he was a forward or defender such was the Carlton coaching staff's propensity to throw him all around the field. Wherever he ends up playing this season, know that games are going to come to Thornton in a big way. And the fact that he is a dual-position player makes the 29-year-old a valuable draft proposition.

Tom Scully (midfield)

Can't doubt the 2009 No.1 draft pick's skill and coming in to his fourth season the time might be right for Scully to well and truly announce his arrival as a gun of the competition.


GWS highest-scoring player

$2.65 Callan Ward
$3.25 Jonathan Giles
$3.50 Toby Greene
$8 Adam Treloar
$8 Tom Scully
$8 Stephen Coniglio
$12 Dylan Shiel

* not including finals


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