Brett Bewley (117,300) Midfielder
Every true Super Coach knows that picking the right rookies is the key to success. Nailing the rookies is a sure fire way to catapult yourself in the overall ranking and setting yourself up for league victory! However, it's not exclusively fresh faced 18 year olds coming into the system anymore, mature age recruits are well and truly in vogue.
In this series of articles, I aim to give you a bit of an insight and profile into potential mature age recruits worthy of selection for our 2019 SuperCoach teams!
In this week's instalment of Mature Age Recruits we take a look at Williamstown ball magnet Brett Bewley.
After 5 seasons at the Seagulls, Bewley was finally given a lifeline when Fremantle used pick 45 to draft the 23 year old. He heads to WA off the back of a stellar season in the VFL in which he credits a change in mindset and self belief as the reason behind his break out year.
Statistically speaking, there’s so much to like from a SuperCoach perspective. He amassed 475 disposals from 19 games, giving him an average of 25 disposals per game. He was Williamstown’s leading ball winner 8 times, and featured in the top 3 ball winners 15 times. He led the VFL in effective long kicks, and rates elite for inside 50’s. He averaged 4 tackles, 3 clearances and 5 inside 50's per game.
In addition, he had a very healthy ranking point average of 97.2. He scored 100+ points on 8 occasions, 4 of which were in succession between round 6 and round 11 (round 7 was a bye), where he had a 4 game average of 117 points and 32 disposals. He had a high score of 152 and a low score of 63 (his only sub 75 score for the year).
His scintillating season was rewarded with a place in the VFL Team of the Year, and a second place finish behind Michael Gibbons in the Williamstown Best and Fairest.
Bewley is quoted on the Fremantle website as saying “I’d like to think I’m a hardworking, running outside-mid ball user. I like to be versatile and I try to get the ball as much as I can.” He’s an elite endurance runner with a sub three second 20 metre sprint. In my opinion, the one small knock on his game from a statistical angle is a lack of scoreboard impact. He only kicked 10 goals from 19 games, if he could add that string to his bow similar to how Tim Kelly did in 2018, then Brett Bewley could arguably be the best mature age recruit this year.
In closing, Lachie Neale has departed the club and he’s ready made to fill the void. He could very well step straight in and alleviate some of the pressure on Nat Fyfe, whilst allowing the likes of Andrew Brayshaw, Adam Cerra etc to continue to develop without the extra load. As always, watch the JLT, but I'll get off the fence this week and say that I think this is one that you can't afford to miss!