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Player Previews – 2015

Player Previews for Adelaide, Brisbane & Carlton

Updated 25 Mar 2015 (the last update for these players for 2015)

The table below gives significant information on each player’s 2014 PS, 2014 season and 2015 PS.  Blanks usually mean nothing of great interest to report.  This data will help you do the research necessary to “pick your right team” and will also be a useful guide to early season tipping

Legend

PS      Pre-Season

IPS    Interrupted Pre-Season

PS ratings

full              full pre-season

most             did most of the pre-season; includes players on managed programs due to age or injury history

some            significant interruption to pre-season at some stage

little             missed most of pre-season

none             missed all or virtually all of the pre-season

blank space   no information available (in most cases, this means that their pre-season was pretty good)

Colour coding in the 2015 PS column
Grey = avoid in Supercoach (player is not well primed for 2015; or he is over-rated; or he may go well, but there are better value options to choose)

Pink = likely to be good value in Supercoach; the darker the pink, the better they are rated

Team

ADELAIDE

PS 2014

PS 2015

Comments

AD

Atkins, Rory

some

PCL injury at training late Feb and due to miss 3 months

AD

Betts, Eddie

full

most

minor hip op sept 2014; delayed PS 2015, but starred NAB1; good NAB2 and starred NAB3

AD

Brown, Luke

full

steady in NAB

AD

Cameron, Charlie

elevated from rookie list 2014; missed 6 games 2014 with a groin injury; fair NAB1 and then low numbers NAB2 when subbed off at HT; played SANFL NAB3 and “in consideration for R1” but SANFL more likely

AD

Cheney, Kyle

most

irregular heart beat 2nd week Feb and set to miss a week; back for NAB2&3 where he was fair

AD

Crouch, Brad

little

most

IPS in 2014; then broke his leg R2, 2014; all going well 2015 PS… Until NAB3 when he broke his foot; then underwent surgery and is set to miss 2 months

AD

Crouch, Matt

little

surgery following ankle injury in Dec; out of the moon boot early Feb; playing SANFL for NAB3

AD

Dangerfield, Patrick

most

looked to be playing injured in 2014; missed NAB1 then excelled NAB2&3

AD

Dear, Harry

AD

Douglas, Richard

most

missed NAB1; just fair NAB2 and starred NAB3

AD

Ellis-Yolmen, Cameron

full

full

previous coach talked him up in 2014PS, but he played 1 game only from the bench; has done well in NAB series; coach likes him and a certs for R1

AD

Grigg, Mitchell

full

lots of green vests 2014 and looks set to step up; fair without starring NAB series

AD

Hartigan, Kyle

full

some

internal injuries finished his 2014 season in July; may have IPS 2015, but played NAB1; low numbers NAB2&3

AD

Henderson, Ricky

some

most

missed R1-15 in 2014 with a leg injury; subbed off NAB1; missed NAB2 and then good NAB3

AD

Jacobs, Sam

had a great 2014 season; subbed off NAB1; missed NAB2 and good NAB3

AD

Jaensch, Matthew

emergency NAB2&3, which is not a good sign

AD

Jenkins, Josh

some

fair in NAB series

AD

Kerridge, Sam

full

missed a few weeks in 2014 with a hot spot; won 2km time trial unexpectedly on 04 Jan; ok NAB1; emergency NAB2 and missed NAB3 with a hammie; in doubt R1

AD

Knight, Riley

little

ankle injury early Feb and out for 3 months

AD

Laird, Rory

some

established himself in the team after adductor issues in 2014 PS; did well NAB series

AD

Lever, Jake

none

ACL Dec 2013 and missed 2014 season; reasonably trouble free PS

AD

Lowden, Luke

from Hawthorn; did his achilles on 17 Feb; will miss NAB and R1 at least

AD

Lynch, Tom

little

most

multiple injuries in 2014; having a good 2015 PS, then copped a neck injury in NAB1 (later assessed as minor); low numbers NAB1 and then excelled NAB2&3

AD

Lyons, Jarryd

most

8 days in hospital following an insect bite in Dec; back in full training early Feb; excelled in NAB1; ok in NAB2&3

AD

Mackay, David

missed NAB1, then subbed off at HT NAB2 with low numbers; reasonable NAB3

AD

McGovern, Mitch

AD

Martin, Brodie

full

AD

Otten, Andy

some

little

2nd ACL op; gone for most of 2015 also

AD

Podsiadly, James

most

delayed PS 2015

AD

Reilly, Brent

some

little

surgery for fractured skull in training 09 Feb; likely to be out for a long time

AD

Shaw, Sam

most

none

hammy op sept 2014; significant delay to PS and will miss the early part of 2015

AD

Siggins, Sam

wrist op aug 2014

AD

Sloane, Rory

serviceable NAB1&2 and hit top form NAB3

AD

Smith, Brodie

full

AD

Talia, Daniel

most

minor knee op sept 2014

AD

Thompson, Scott

most

most

minor knee op sept 2014; missed NAB1 then did a hammie 10/3 and is in doubt for NAB1

AD

van Berlo, Nathan

little

most

achilles injury saw him miss all of 2014; did ok in NAB without getting big scores

AD

Walker, Taylor

none

AD

Wigg, Harrison

AD

Wright, Matthew

AD

Rookies

AD

Kelly, Jake

AD

O’Brien, Reilly

AD

Osborn, Jack

AD

Ramsey, Keenan

AD

Wilson, Anthony

x

Team

BRISBANE

PS 2014

PS 2015

Comments

BR

Adcock, Jed

most

reliable in NAB series

BR

Aish, James

full

rumours he may return to Adelaide at the end of 2015; good in NAB

BR

Andrews, Harris

BR

Beams, Claye

most

had a foot injury at the beginning of 2014; ok in NAB

BR

Beams, Dayne

most

from Collingwood; excelled NAB1 for new club and did very well NAB2&3

BR

Bewick, Rohan

good numbers NAB

BR

Christensen, Allen

little

little

from Geelong; modified PS 2014 after a hip op; back op Sep 2014 and IPS 2015; missed NAB1&2 and expected to play some game time NAB3

BR

Clarke, Justin

most

just fair NAB1&2, then very good NAB3

BR

Clayton, Josh

BR

Close, Michael

possible key forward to replace the retired Brown; virtually a regular late 2014; fair in NAB only

BR

Cutler, Tom

Minor knee ops Aug 2014 & ok for PS2015; missed NAB1 then on in 3Q when sub in NAB2; missed NAB3

BR

Dawson, Liam

BR

Freeman, Jonathan

little

back surgery 12 Feb and out for 12 weeks

BR

Gardiner, Darcy

some

IPS 2014 when recovering from foot surgery, then a regular in the seniors from R5 in 2014; subbed off HT in NAB1; good NAB2 then injured his shoulder NAB3; missed training thereafter, but club expects him to play R1

BR

Golby, Mitchell

some

seemed to be carrying injuries 2014 & missed time late with a stress fracture; of concern is that he all NAB

BR

Green, Joshua

patchy form in NAB

BR

Hanley, Pearce

little

hip surgery 04 Feb; expected to miss much of the season

BR

Harwood, Ryan

full

little

surgery 16 Feb re abdominal / groin pains; likely to miss 8-12 weeks

BR

Lester, Ryan

full

looks set to replace Patfull; training extra well; did ok NAB series

BR

Leuenberger, Matthew

most

some

missed most of the 2nd half of the 2014 season with various injuries; having a managed PS due to injury history; quite good in NAB

BR

Maguire, Matthew

most

ankle op Sep 2014; not seen NAB

BR

Martin, Stefan

little

most

missed first half of 2014 with a back injury, then starred when he resumed; in PS 2015, he is dealing with tendon soreness in his knee but is expected to complete most of the pre-season; returned NAB2 and did well; minor “knock to his knee ” at training 12 Mar, then starred NAB3; the interest will be to see how he goes with a fit Leuenberger in the team; they both scored very well in NAB3, whihc pleased the coach

BR

Mayes, Sam

some

IPS with an achilles in 2014; ok NAB1&2 and then missed NAB3

BR

McGrath, Jaden

new recruit and not to be confused with the recently retired Ashley McGrath; played all NAB and did ok, so would be in the mix

BR

McGuane, Luke

some

most

a knee injury severely restricted him in 2014 and had surgery prior to season’s end; ok in NAB1 when came on as sub at HT, then starred in NEAFL NAB2

BR

McGuinness, Josh

BR

McStay, Daniel

BR

Merrett, Daniel

some

most

Knee & ankle ops 2 weeks apart Sep 2014; Lions toyed with trading him post 2014

BR

Paine, Jackson

little

shoulder surgery prior to 2014 season

BR

Paparone, Marco

BR

Redden, Jack

full

missed last 8 games with an ankle; then firing 100% 1st day PS

BR

Rich, Daniel

most

some

ACL in 2014; on modified program until Xmas; played intraclub scratch match 06 Feb; did well NAB1

BR

Robertson, Nicholas

missed NAB1 then starred in NEAFL NAB2; minor sinus op and in doubt for R1, but R2 should be latest he will return

BR

Robinson, Mitch

most

2 injuries and multiple suspensions in 2014, then sacked for off field issues; went to Brisbane and played just fair NAB1, then got a corkie in NAB2; fair NAB3

BR

Rockliff, Tom

very good all NAB

BR

Staker, Brent

some

most

calf and knee injuries wiped out 2014 season; managed 2015 PS; played intraclub scratch match 06 Feb; low numbers NAB1; played a full game NEAFL NAB3

BR

Taylor, Lewis

little

most

2014 PS restricted by foot injury; 2015 PS delayed due to knee tendonitis; did extra well NAB1 and ok NAB2&3

BR

Watts, Josh

BR

West, Trent

none

ACL mid year and aiming for due back mid 2015; will find it tough if the other 2 rucks are fit and firing

BR

Zorko, Dayne

very good all NAB

BR

Rookies

BR

Beasley, Hugh

BR

Bourke, Jordon

BR

Evans, Billy

BR

Hammelmann, Matthew

BR

Hanley, Cian

none

Brother of Pearce; did his ACL late 2014 and will miss all of 2015

BR

O’Brien, Zac

BR

Smith, Archie

relatively minor ankle injury in NEAFL NAB2

x

Team

CARLTON

PS 2014

PS 2015

Comments

CA

Armfield, Dennis

some

began 2014 season underdone and never got going properly; played fairly NAB1 then missed NAB2&3

CA

Bell, Tom

missed 7 games due to a finger injury in 2014 & finger op sept 2014; ok in NAB1&2, then stepped it up NAB3

CA

Boekhorst, Blaine

CA

Buckley, Dylan

most

multiple injuries in 2014; low numbers NAB1 then missed NAB2&3

CA

Carrazzo, Andrew

some

multiple injuries in 2014; missed NAB1 then good NAB2&3

CA

Casboult, Levi

ok NAB1&2, then missed NAB3

CA

Cripps, Patrick

IPS 2014, but  starred in VFL last year either side of missing several games with a broken leg; did extra well in NAB series and looks a cert to play R1

CA

Curnow, Edward

most

missed 7 games with a broken fibula in 2014; good in NAB series

CA

Dick, Matthew

from Sydney Swans; ok from 2 games NAB1&3; looks to be just outside the best 22

CA

Docherty, Sam

little

most

surgery in Feb 2014 which delayed his season until R7; a regular player thereafter; minor hip op sept 2014; consistently good in NAB series

CA

Ellard, David

some

multiples injuries in 2014 season; ankle op aug 2014; calf injury 19 Feb and out for 3 weeks

CA

Everitt, Andrejs

knee injury in R18, 2014 and did not play again; missed NAB1 then did very well NAB2 & ok NAB3

CA

Foster, Jayden

most

stress reaction in foot mid Feb and out for 2 weeks

CA

Gibbs, Bryce

most

missed NAB1 then off early in NAB2 with a shoulder problem (thought to be minor); missed NAB3 and said to be a cert for R1, but certain to be a bit underdone

CA

Giles, Cameron

little

navicular problems allegedly; hammie in PS but in full training mid Jan; now out with foot problem until mid season

CA

Graham, Nicholas

played most of the last quarter of the 2014 season in the seniors; but not seen after a modest NAB1 effort

CA

Henderson, Lachlan

some

IPS 2014 with a leg op, and an eye injury ended his season a month early; missed NAB1, then ok NAB2&3

CA

Holman, Nick

IPS 2015 (quad – minor)

CA

Jaksch, Kristian

most

from GWS; missed last few games with GWs 2014 with an ankle injury;  diagnosed in mid-November with a stress reaction in the navicular bone in his left foot. Expected to be in full training late Jan; played well in NAB series

CA

Jamison, Michael

CA

Jones, Liam

from the Dogs; apparently flying on the track; poor to average scores NAB series; his 1 good game in 2014 was against Collingwood

CA

Judd, Chris

some

most

achilles and hammie injuries in 2014 and his 2014 season, in effect, began in R13; had time off for a holiday in PS (pre-booked when he expected to retire), but otherwise his PS has been ok; held back for NAB1; good numbers NAB2&3

CA

Kreuzer, Matthew

little

little

back in full training late Nov; coach says he will spend more time up forward in 2015; injured same problem foot in a different place (but even so, alarm bells should be ringing) mid Feb and will miss NAB + the early rounds of season

CA

Menzel, Troy

full

had 3 minor injury interruptions in 2014; missed NAB1; battler NAB2 and then good NAB3

CA

Murphy, Marc

full

most

calf injury Feb and out for 3 weeks; missed NAB1&2 and good NAB3; he still may be down on conditioning R1

CA

Rowe, Sam

fair in NAB series

CA

Simpson, Kade

good, but not great, in NAB1&2 and then missed NAB3; being “rested” NAB3 is a slight concern

CA

Smith, Clem

“a natural footballer” according to asst coach Wiley; played all NAB series with low numbers and 56% game time

CA

Tutt, Jason

from the Dogs; fair in NAB but looks to be a depth player only

CA

Thomas, Dale

most

most

IPS 2014 with ankle and missed last 2 weeks of 2014 with an ankle problem, but hasn’t missed a beat PS 2015; he said, however, that his ankle will require career-long management; missed NAB1&2, then played 72% game time in NAB3 when ok; Andrew McKay expects improvement, but there is an injury risk with him

CA

Tuohy, Zach

Andrew McKay expects improvement; his numbers in NAB series back this up to an extent

CA

Viojo-Rainbow, Dillon

CA

Walker, Andrew

some

little

knee injury July 2014; IPS 2015, and his knee problem puts him out for R1 at least

CA

Warnock, Robert

missed NAB1; played ok NAB2, but a minor shoulder injury saw him miss NAB3; club says he is likely for R1 (but see note below on Wood)

CA

Watson, Matthew

most

attracted attention when he kicked 6 in an intraclub match, but poor to average numbers in his 2 NAB games

CA

Whiley, Mark

from GWS; slight achilles injury and missed NAB series; may also miss R1 and resume in the VFL

CA

White, Simon

some

patchy in 2014 after a horror year of injuries in 2013; starred in NAB1&2, then serviceable NAB3; looks like he “needed” 2014 as a recovery year and is now ready to reach his full potential

CA

Yarran, Chris

most

IPS 2014; looking good NAB1&2, then missed NAB3 with a virus; should be a cert for R1

CA

Rookies

CA

Byrne, Ciaran

Andrew McKay likes him; played NAB1&2 with fair numbers only, but then quite good in NAB3; but other beat him to the rookie upgrade

CA

Fields, Tom

CA

Gowers, Billy

CA

Johnson, Blaine

CA

Russell, Fraser

CA

Sheehan, Ciaran

broke into the Blues team for the last 4 games of 2014; played 2/3 game time NAB1 then missed NAB2&3 with a groin injury, but upgraded from the rookie list prior to R1; so he is in the mix for early games

CA

Walsh, Bradley

CA

Wood, Cameron

full

did ok NAB1 in the absence of Warnock and Kreuzer; Andrew McKay says he is a “back-up ruckman”; but upgraded from rookie list prior to R1 – suggesting that Warnock might be in doubt for R1 (and Kreuzer already ruled out for a few weeks)