Enter the Battle Dome!
Gatorade Game Changer.
It must mean one thing, AFLX is back for one night only in 2019 and with all-star teams selected by captains Patrick Dangerfield (Bolts), Nat Fyfe (Flyers), Jack Riewoldt (Rampage) and Eddie Betts (Deadly) it’s going to be something unique.
While AFLX has had its critics and doubters in the lead up to the tournament, it’s time to get down to business and to work out how to back a winner in it.
Captain: Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong)
Vice-Captain: Luke Hodge (Brisbane Lions)
Squad: Tom Hawkins (Geel), Steele Sidebottom (Coll), Mark Blicavs (Geel), Andrew Gaff (WCE), Luke Parker (Syd), Jaidyn Stephenson (Coll), Andrew McGrath (Ess), Jack Billings (St K), Daniel Rich (BL), Robbie Tarrant (NM), Jack Steele (St K), Tom Rockliff (Port)
Led by the face of AFLX, Geelong’s Patrick Dangerfield, the “Bolts” go into the AFLX tournament as the outsider in what is mostly an even betting market.
In the AFLX draft, it appeared that Dangerfield tended to select Cats players, picking the likes of Tom Hawkins and Mark Bilcavs, but has also managed to add the likes of Steele Sidebottom, Robbie Gray and Andrew Gaff to the team.
There is an element of youth to the “Bolts” team as well with youngsters Jack Billings, Andrew McGrath and Jaidyn Stephenson in the squad.
With the addition of the “Gatorade Game Changer,” it will be fascinating to see just who will be nominated as the player that will be allowed to score double points for the last five minutes of every match.
My money is on Dangerfield himself.
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Captain: Eddie Betts (Adelaide)
Vice-Captain: Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
Squad: Brad Hill (Freo), Harrod Harbrow (Gold Coast Suns), Tim Kelly (Geel), Travis Varcoe (Coll), Lewis Jetta (WCE), Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuiti (Ess), Willie Rioli (WCE), Sam Powell-Pepper (Port), Cam Ellis-Yolmen (Adel), Jade Gresham (St K), Jack Martin (GC), Nathan Wilson (Freo)
Packed with some of the most exciting players in the game, Eddie Betts all Indigenous squad that makes up “Team Deadly” is one to watch out for this Friday night.
The speed of Team Deadly is going to make things hard for the other sides with the likes of Bradley Hill, Jarrod Harbrow, Lewis Jetta, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti and Willie Rioli all in the one team.
While there isn’t a standout ruckman in the side, it may not be as much of a major let down to the team given the fast-paced nature of the AFLX format.
Given that Team Deadly represents something and the speed of the game, expect them to feature in the AFLX Grand Final at the end of the night.
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Captain: Nat Fyfe (Fremantle)
Vice-Captain: Marcus Bontempelli (Western Bulldogs)
Squad: Scott Pendlebury (Coll), Alex Rance (Rich), Jeremy Cameron (GWS), Issac Heeney (Syd), Stephen Coniglio (GWS), Rory Laird (Adel), Travis Boak (Port), Lachie Hunter (WB), Aliir Aliir (Syd), Michael Hurley (Ess), Josh Kennedy (Syd), Jack Higgins (Rich)
If this were Supercoach, the midfield in Nat Fyfe’s team would make the salary cap explode.
With Marcus Bontempelli as vice-captain, the “Flyers” also has the likes of Scott Pendlebury, Isaac Heeney, Stephen Coniglio, Travis Boak, Lachie Hunter and Josh Kennedy in the midfield rotation it’s something that could make AFLX worth watching.
This will be another team where the choice of “Gatorade Game Changer” will be interesting who Fyfe will pick as to who will be able to score double points in the last five minutes of the game.
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Captain: Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
Vice-Captain: Patrick Cripps (Carlton)
Squad: Lachie Whitfield (GWS), Rory Sloane (Adel), Phil Davis (GWS), Dayne Zorko (BL), Isaac Smith (Haw), Luke Breust (Haw), Easton Wood (WB), Tom McDonald (Melb), Dylan Shiel (Ess), Shaun Higgins (NM), Tim Membrey (St K), Zac Fisher (Carl)
With a good mix of midfielders and outside ball-winners, Jack Riewoldt’s Team Rampage opens the AFLX market as the favourite to win on Friday night.
The likes of Rory Sloane, Dayne Zorko and Isacc Smith in the midfield along with Riewoldt and Dylan Shiel makes for an excellent mix.
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