The season is so close now, fantasy coaches can almost taste it! The JLT Community series is about to ramp up this coming Thursday, which acts as a good chance for fantasy coaches to scout their wishlist of players. Though several clubs have already taken it upon themselves to have an early hitout against one another with some intraclub competition. Most of the intraclub games have happened over the past fortnight in an bid for players to get some match fitness into them, plus its a good chance for the coaches to test out game plans and players in different positions. There are always going to be some head turners in these games, players who may have had big pre seasons or a role change in the team and all of a sudden become fantasy relevant. Rumors among fantasy coaches on who is getting more mid time or which ruck is number one at their team become a little more justified when we see them out there in actual games getting it done. Before the JLT games begin, The Tragic has collated all the intraclub fantasy relevant info for you to mull over and check out how your long wishlist of players have been shaping up before round one. Read on below...
Sam Reid: Kicked 2 goals opposed to Michael Talia.
Dan Hannebery: Kicked 2 goals, found plenty of ball and didn't play the second half after being rested.
Kieren Jack: Played most of his time up forward and booted 2 goals.
Isaac Heeney & Zak Jones: Both were reportedly brilliant and played plenty of midfield minutes.
Other Notable Performances: Jake Lloyd, Jordan Foote
Notable Absences: JPK, Franklin, McVeigh, Rampe & Parker
Dion Prestia: Played minutes at half back and through the guts. Moved freely and seemed unhindered by his 2016 knee injury.
Josh Caddy: Improved as the game went on. Played midfield, but also switched up forward at times.
Toby Nankervis: Impressive in the ruck. Number one ruck position is his to lose.
Dustin Martin: Was excellent in bursts as he worked his way into the game, played some midfield time and had isolated opportunities up forward also.
Nick Vlastuin: Was busy through the midfield and seemed like he has a new role for 2017.
Other Notable Performances: Lennon, Grimes, Grigg & Markov.
Notable Absences: Hampson, Rance, Houli, Edwards & Morris.
Braydon Preuss: Destroyed Andrew Swallow in a dangerous tackle and pressed his claims for a spot.
Jack Ziebell: Dominated through the midfield.
Ben McKay: Kicked 2 goals, 3 behinds up as a key forward.
Marley Williams: Showed dash off the backline and pushing up the ground onto a wing.
MacMillan & McDonald: Both played in defense and were solid coming out of the backline.
Ryan Clarke & Trent Dumont: Both picked up plenty of possessions through the midfield and were prominent around the stoppages also.
Nathan Hrovat: Was eye catching as he played forward and moved into the midfield at times in a very similar role to Brent Harvey.
Other Notable Performances: Higgins, Thomas, Cunnington & Atley.
Notable Absences: Goldstein, Brown, Daw, Thompson, Wright, Jacobs, Gibson, Tarrant & Hansen.
Kieran Lovell: Impressed through the midfield, collected plenty of the ball and was courageous with his tackling pressure.
Jarryd Roughead: Played forward and presented well, impacted the scoreboard kicking 4 goals and seemed to be leading up to the ball with strong second efforts.
James Sicily: Played as a roaming forward, moving up the ground and took plenty of uncontested marks.
Jaeger O'Meara: Played off a wing, impacted on the scoreboard with one goal and seemed to move well collecting 16 disposals. Could potentially debut earlier than expected round 4 time frame.
Luke Breust: Kicked 4 goals and was lively up forward as per usual.
Isaac Smith: Collected 32 disposals playing through the midfield and seemed extremely fit even for this time of the year. Ran his opponents into the ground.
Jack Gunston: Had 28 disposals moving between deep forward and the square. Also kicked two majors.
James Cousins: Amassed 24 disposals through the midfield with 7 marks.
Ricky Henderson: Had 20 disposals in a solid first up effort.
Jack Fitzpatrick: Collected 18 disposals as well as booting 3 majors.
Josh Schache: Was the standout for the game with 3 goals and taking multiple big grabs against his smaller opponents. Rested in the last quarter.
Stef Martin & Daniel Rich: Were both rested, though the club said they could have played if points were up for grabs.
Hugh McLuggage: Played a half of footy, didn't pick up a lot of possessions, though was very efficient when he did have it in hand and made good decisions.
Jake Barrett: Was prominent both through the midfield and with stints up forward. Picked up plenty of possessions and bagged two goals in four quarters of footy. Looks destined for a round one berth.
Tom Rockliff: On the mend from an achilles injury, played the second half and seemed his usual self.
Lewy Taylor: Was one of the Lion's best on field, if not the best, picking up plenty of the ball through the midfield and pushing forward creating scoring opportunities.
Daniel Wells: Survived two quarters of footy and seemed to move freely after his calf complaint. Looked scratchy with the ball and collected 10 disposals.
Jamie Elliott: Moved freely and bagged two goals playing up forward in his usual role.
Matt Scharenberg & Jackson Ramsay: Got through most of the match coming back from ACL injuries. Both moved well down back and on the wing providing plenty of drive and dash.
Will Hoskin Elliott: Did some good things through the midfield and up forward kicking two goals.
Mason Cox: Sanderson made a point of saying he was impressed with him while up against Grundy in the ruck.
Henry Schade: Pushed his claims for a spot in the best 22 as he provided plenty of contest when pushing off his man in the backline and repelling plenty of forward thrusts.
Pendlebury, Treloar & Adams: Won plenty of the ball through the midfield as expected and seemed to all be moving well.
Notable Absences: Langdon, Brown, Reid, Broomhead, Wills, Mcarthy, Crocker, Keeffe, Thomas.
Best Players: Adams, Treloar, Pendlebury, Howe, Daicos, Schade, Elliott, Hoskin-Elliott, Cox.
Jordan Lewis: Played through the midfield the majority of the game, though didn't get as much of the pill compared to his lofty standards, still used the ball effectively when he did have it.
Angus Brayshaw: Has had a calf niggle and only played a small amount of game time. Though when he was on, he attacked both the ball and player with ferocity by all accounts.
Clayton Oliver: Trimmed down the puupy fat this pre season and looked at home through the midfield.
Jayden Hunt: Broke lines with his electrifying pace across half back and the wings, will be a handy speed injection for the Dees this season.
Nathan Jones & Jack Viney: Prolific through the middle as per usual, both players found plenty of the ball and tackled all game. Gearing up for big seasons.
Jake Melksham: Looked a bit rusty coming back off a long delay, though still found plenty of it across the wing as he played the first half of the game.
Jack Bowes: Looks set for a round one berth after finding the ball at will across half back. Looked at home with the tempo of the game.
David Swallow: Didn't look like a player who has been out of the game for 12+ months as he found plenty of possessions and displayed his customary tackling skills. Should play in all JLT series games, and Eade has mentioned he could switch between the midfield and a half back flank.
Touk Miller: Continued on where he left off last season through the midfield, tackling everything in his sights and collecting a heap of disposals. Will play an integral role in the midfield in 2017.
Pearce Hanley: Looked rejuvenated across the wings for the Suns as he showed the Pearce of old when plenty of dashing runs and breaking the lines.
Gary Ablett: Didn't participate in this one.