This week, Doctor SuperCoach brings you the Judge’s verdict on two battling Cats as chosen by our community! I refer of course, to James Parsons and Aaron Black!
2016 average: Did not play
The former Kangaroo was drafted at pick 25 in the 2009 draft by North Melbourne, and debuted in late 2010. Black was a must have rookie all the way back in 2013; he had huge potential and was dirt cheap. He went on to average 76.6 in that season, playing 18 games and scoring over 100 three times (116, 131, 106). Black every game the next season, but unfortunately was unable to maintain that form; averaging 58.3 – nearly 20 points less than the previous year. in 2015 Black only managed 3 games and spent the entirety of the 2016 trying to break into the season side. At the end of the year, Black and the Kangaroos mutually parted ways. Enter the Geelong Cats, who snaffled him up for virtually nothing – giving up pick 92 for the maligned forward. Many people, myself included, expected Black to be named round one. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to earn himself a senior spot until round five, where he helped his team to a 38 point win over the Saints. This was exactly the way Black would have wanted to announce himself on the competition; scoring 2.1, laying five tackles, taking seven marks and helping himself to 21 disposals…it was too good to be true! Unfortunately for the plethora of coaches who traded him in after that one game, he came crashing down to earth the following week against the Pies, scoring a measly 48 points.
2016 average: Did not play
Big Jimmy Parsons was taken by the Cats with pick 27 in the 2016 National Rookie Draft, and was not generally expected to make many waves this season. He impressed everyone when he earned his senior debut in Round three. No mean feat for any young forward, let alone one trying to break into a Geelong side which has only dropped one game. Parsons was very serviceable in his first game, gathering 18 disposals, three marks and two tackles. While he was unable to hit the scoreboard himself, he sent the ball inside 50 five times. Parsons finished the day with a respectable 60 SuperCoach points. The following week Parsons lined up against the Hawks and picked up where he left off; he had 21 disposals, four marks and two goals on the way to 68 SuperCoach points. Unfortunately, Jimmy had a bit of a brain fade and decided to introduce Luke Hodge to his elbow, and earned a nice two week holiday on the sidelines for his efforts. Parsons is obviously impressing the right people at the cattery, and if named this week he is a very solid rookie option. It is probably also worth mentioning that he is the only currently listed AFL player to share his name with a star of the Big Bang Theory, so he probably gets points for that, too.
*actual image from Geelong v Hawthorn game
Ok, Community now that I’ve finished laughing at what can only be described as my mediocre photo shopping skills, it’s time to get serious! This is a really important week for downgrades, as there’s a lot of cash to be made. It’s always hard choosing between two rookies because we are often going in with very limited information. This is no exception – we know a little bit about Aaron Black but he was playing with another team at the time we got our best look at him. Parsons is still relatively unknown at this stage. Job security is another issue here, as you would think probably only one of these guys gets a run in the Geelong team. The good news is with Parfitt out its possible one of these two will replace him. Personally I feel Aaron Black is a better player, but Parsons is more suited to play the role through the midfield which Parfitt had. It’s because of this that I currently have Parsons in my team and why I believe he should be in yours too. Be warned though; keep a keen eye on the Geelong team when it is named.