Tag Archive: Matt Ballin


Lyon limps off in loss to storm

A serious hamstring injury to co-captain Jamie Lyon has poured further salt into the wound for Manly following their NRL season-opening loss to Melbourne Storm. Lyon came off just before halftime in the Sea Eagles’ 18-6 defeat in the Victorian capital and the early diagnosis is that he will spend at least a month on the sidelines after a suspected tear to his hamstring. Manly coach Des Hasler was downbeat when quizzed on Lyon’s progress following the loss. “He’s the biggest concern with a hamstring, he’ll need scans to know to what extent that’s torn,” Hasler said. “It’s a significant blow, particularly with the points Jamie can score. He’s a potential match-winner every time he touches the ball and it appears he’ll be laid up for sometime.” Lyon wasn’t the only injury concern for the Sea Eagles with rookie winger William Hopoate (shoulder) and Matt Ballin (concussion) also nursing injuries out of what was a physical first round match-up. Having gone to the main break level at 6-6, Manly played themselves out of the contest during an error-prone second stanza where they completed little more than 50 percent of their sets. Continue reading

Manly’s X-factor ready to rumble

The man described as Manly’s X-factor is set to return to NRL football this weekend after 344 days on the sidelines.

Brett Stewart, who is on the comeback from consecutive season-ending knee injuries, was named in Manly’s 24-man squad to take on New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday night.

It will be the electrifying fullback’s first match since round one last season, when he suffered a knee injury while making a try-saving tackle on Wests Tigers’ winger Lote Tuqiri.

The news was met with excitement by Stewart’s team-mates who have missed the former Australian representative’s try-scoring prowess for all but six games in the past two seasons. Continue reading

DT Best Performers – Best of the Hookers

This week, the final week before the finals start, I will take a look at the best performers in remaining three key positions, Hookers, Front Rowers and the Second Rowers.  Their individual stats below are current to their round 21 performances.

For the hookers I have used the bench mark score of 45 for the last two columns.  There is not a lot for me to say, the stats tell the story.  At this end of the season you wont find many of the top teams in the DT or NEX that have a combination that includes someone outside the top 5. 

However if money is the problem and you are looking at other options based on current for then Matt Hilder might be worth a look.

 

GMS

Ave Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Points >= 45

% >= 45

Smith, C

15

54.27 814 86 71 560 127 44 -74 13

86.67%

Farah

19

51.58 980 12 111 666 199 82 -90 12

63.16%

Friend

19

46.58 885 0 98 825 17 44 -99 10

52.63%

Luke

15

44.07 661 124 190 369 14 96 -132 8

53.33%

Ballin

19

43.42 825 12 76 731 62 26 -82 7

36.84%

McCullough

16

38.25 612 16 56 551 23 32 -66 0

0.00%

Hilder

18

36.94 665 8 103 600 14 18 -78 5

27.78%

Priddis

18

36.11 650 4 69 603 1 30 -57 1

5.56%

Kingston

19

34.11 648 20 80 584 12 40 -88 0

0.00%

Matt Hilder HOK/2RF @ $267,800.00 averaging 36.94.  This is another one of those players who has had a season in two halves.  By round 10 Hilder had lost $92,300.00 from his round 1 starting price of $287,800.00.  He played 9 rounds during that period where his highest score of 37 came in round 10 against the roosters and his lowest scores were a 27 in round 5, 25 in round 6, 24 in round 7 and another 25 in round 9.  Since round 10 he has played 9 games with his lowest score of 33 coming in round 19.  It’s only his form and scores in the last 5 rounds that have showed some of the form that made him worth having in your team in 2009.  With only one score in the 30’s the other 4 scores have been a 48, 51 and a pair of 46’s in rounds 20 and 21.  It’s the tackling that dominates his DT points, 40 plus tackles in all but 1 of the last 5 games.  There is a down side though, his mistakes averaging 5.2 in the last 5 games.  All those 40’s could have been 50’s.