2024 Fantasy Footy Calendar

Monday 4 March -  Draft Night

Round 0-  No games

Round 1 - Season underway

Round 2 / 3 -  some byes, but games proceed as normal

Round 4 – Champions League and Knockout cup – round 1

End of Round 4 - Entry Fees are due  by Monday 8th April

Round 5 / 6 – some byes, but games proceed as normal

Round 7 – 2nd round of champions league

Round 8 – 2nd round of knockout cup

Round 9 –

 Monday 13 May – Midseason Draft  (online)

Round 10 – 3rd round of champions league

 Round 11 – 3rd round of knockout cup

Rounds 12-15  The Bye weeks, 3 fantasy games across the 4  rounds

Round 16 – Semi Finals of Champions League

Round 17 – Knockout cup quarter finals

Round 18 – Final week of tipping

Round 19 – Final round of home and away games

 Round 20 –KO Cup, Semi finals -  Qualifying and Elimination finals in each division

Round 21 – Semi Final week  /  Champions League Final

Round 22- Preliminary final week  /  Eliminator Concludes  

Round 23 – Grand Finals

Round 24 – Knockout Cup Final




Round 12/13 News

A really quick wrap up of our first elongated bye round - rd 12/13 - which finished this afternoon with Sydney the 18thteam to play their 12th match..

On field stars were Neale and Bontempelli with 38 touches each, Hipwood with 6.2, Nankervis and Cameron with 51 hit outs each (honourable mention to English with 50) and Jack Steele with 15 tackles (McCreary 14).

A round of upsets in div 1 – Michael knocked over ladder leader Nick, Sash got up over in form Janith,  Loaf passed 200 for the first time to complete a double over Juzzy, whilst in slightly more predictable outcomes Gavin got up against bottom side Davo and Uchitha took the points against Mat.

Couple of massive games in Div 2 given 5 teams were equal top going into this week and 4 of them played each other…  Raph v Steesh was a great battle- Steesh seeming to have the points when Steele got 15 tackles, but Raph ended up needing “only” 65 from Grundy and Rowbottom to come back and win – they did it comfortably in the end and Raph won 202-192…  Syd took the points in the other top 5 showdown, eding out Morca by 34 points.  Simon flexed his muscles against Red with a 219 and big win over Red to join the top 3.  Elsewhere McRob climbed off the bottom and up to 7th with a good win over Tuddy whilst Parma kept in touch with the 5 at Hardsy’s expense.,

Couple of stand out performances in D3 – Balls got a massive 230 to upset top side Frank by 10 goals – whilst Richo also passed 200 and won big, Willy his victim…  Some close ones elsewhere with Damiam creeping past Ben in a low scorer – Des needing most of Steele’s 15 tackles for a valuable win over Paul Type whilst the bottom 2 clashed and Bangers kept his surivival hopes alive with a narrow win over Kingy who would’ve thought he was home when Bont and English started the round with 86 points between them..

One of the games of the year in D4 and an unexpected one at that- Cabbage was bottom and hadn’t scored 180 in 7 rounds, whilst DK now has 200+ in 5 of last 7 games so all money was on DK who did his bit with 208, but Cabbage rallied and managed a season high 212 to score the upset…  Other results saw Clayton add some extra enjoyment to his holiday with a good win over Patrick,  Adrian compound Nicko’s misery with a narrow win,  Andy knock over Mitch and Wayne upset Dean in a close one that was only decided by Justin McInerney’s marks this afternoon.

To Div 5 and the headline story has to be Jacko’s groundbreaking win.. Not unlike North Melbourne it had been a long time between drinks and Jacko managed an impressive 190 to deserve his first win of the season.  Girogi was his unfortunate victim.  Their brothers also clashed and the result went the way of the TRagamalas family this time over the Dooleys with Jona scoring an impressive 212 to knock over Dools…  Piglet impressed t00 – a high 217 on back of English and Steele getting 110 between them – against the unlucky Rod,  whilst other games saw Beamer beat Sam in a crucial one for finals rankings and Skeeta move back into the 5 with a win over Danny.

Eliminator victims were Danny (147) and Damian (152).

Interesting fortnight in tipping as people run out of favourable options to select.    Round 12 saw Loaf and Gavin climb to the top on back of Geelong whilst most of the leaders jumped on the Eagles to get them done against St Kilda – Eagles failed at home and opened the door for a grandstand finish.  Round 13 (so far, noting a handful have Pies and Demons tomorrow) saw many of the leaders get North out of the way and unbelievably score points in the process.  Those who took a better side looking to climb were horrified when North won and Adelaide and GWS both got beat…. Parma did climb into the top 10 with Carlton whilst Balls is 12th and has the Pies tomorrow so could climb too…

League in order remains tight (as at mid round 13) with Nick B on top from Kingy in 2nd and a group including past leaders Michael and Dools in 3rd.  Slight asterisk again the ladder though when 8 teams have a game in hand..

Cup and Champs league take a break during bye rounds, so will resume once we are back to normal… 

That’s it for this week – scores (and tips/LIO) for round 13/14 are up to date will update again some time tomorrow night after Pies/Dees game , but no further news until ned of our next fantasy round some time next weekend. 

Round 11 News

Round 11 is in the books, but before we go there – a quick look ahead to the bye rounds starting next week.  Remember we play 3 fantasy rounds across 4 AFL rounds, so when your teams are in this week play all your players including those who have the bye.  I will email around the specifics this week, but key takeaway is to pick your teams as normal each week.

One other housekeeping point before we move on to this week’s action – in the tipping comp it remains one tip per AFL round..  It might be worth sending in 12-15 in one go (you can always change it later) to ensure you don’t miss deadlines, or as importantly don’t get to round 15 and notice the only teams you have left are ones who have the bye..

Ok, back to round 11 where we had the knockout cup as well as our usual division action…  Plenty of close ones, plenty of big scores and some upsets too….  Starting with the on-field stars there is no looking past Matt Rowell who managed a huge 15 tackles to lead his 4 of his 5 teams to victories…  Plenty of big ruck performances this week too with Grundy and Witts on 46 leading 7 who managed 40.  In the midfield Jordan Clark, LDU and Nick Daicos topped the charts with 35 whilst up front it was Todd Marshall’s 5 goals that led the way.

We’ll start with the 8 cup ties as our final 16 tried to book themselves a quarter final place… 7 succeeded but in the game of the round Sam and Syd both topped 200 ultimately landing on 203 apiece and will have to have a replay next week to see who takes the 8th spot in the quarters..  Of those through, DK was most impressive with 207 to smash Janith,  Nick’s 198 was enough to edge an unlucky Raph whilst the others all went through slightly less stressfully.

Down to Div 1 and the most impressive performance came from Juzzy who rebounded from a 122 last week to score 232.  This led to an 11-goal win over Mat and a spot back in the top 3.  Michael was the other player to top 200, riding Rowell’s 15-2 tackle advantage to a 47-point upset win over Gavin.  Keeping up with the upsets Loaf ended his losing streak at Sash’s expense whilst other games saw Nick get the points against Uchitha in a top of the table clash and Janith get home against Davo in a game both will be eager to forget.. They both had shockers, but Grundy’s 46-4 ruck advantage saw Janith home 135-111.

4 games decided by 13 points or less in a tight Div 2 round and if the round was tight the ladder is even tighter with 5 teams equal top, all on 7-4.  The exception to the close games was Morca smashing Parma by 40 points which also saw him jump to the top of the table on percentage.  Losses to ladder leaders Steesh and Simon saw them drop to 3rd and 5th respectively.. Steesh went down to bottom side Hardsy by 8 points , whilst Simon was knocked off by Syd in a high scoring thriller 203-190, Rowell the key for Syd.  Raph was challenged by Tuddy but held on by less than a goal, Tuddy bemoaning Willie Rioli’s early injury as you’d think he might’ve kicked a goal against North  (I Think I could kick a goal against North to be honest).  Finally, Red like Hardsy managed to move himself away from the bottom spot with a narrow win over McRob that sends McRob to the bottom.

Div 3 saw 4 big wins, and 1 thriller so we’ll start there…  Damo v Balls was down to the wire after Marshall had fired Damo ahead but after King and Daniher had recovered a little, Balls was live needing 33 from Matt Crouch to get the points in the late game.  Sadly, Crouch “only” managed 30 and Damo got the crucial W by 2 points.   Other games saw ladder leader Frank smash bottom side Bangers by 10 goals, Paul Type had Kingy well covered by 50 points in the end, Richo saw off Des to consolidate his spot in the top 2, whilst Willy’s reserves might be something of an embarrassment but his seniors continue to score well,  relying heavily on Rowell this week but getting to 202 and a 5 goal win over Ben.

4 teams over 200 in a big week in D4..  We’ll start at the bottom where Nicko defied the form lines to notch 201 and upset Mitch, ultimately running away by 56 points..  Up top Clayton remains on top after a strong win over Adrian, winning all 4 positions for a 41-point advantage.. Keeping up the pressure is Andy who is joint top after a strong win at Dean’s expense and DK who moved to 3rd after winning a thriller against Wayne, despite Rowell handing Wayne a huge early lead.  Rowell got Wayne well ahead, but DK had fired back and posted 207 so would’ve thought he deserved the 4 points as Taylor Walker entered the last game needing 3 goals to see Wayne home.. Noting Walker kicked 19 goals in 2 games against the Eagles last year, and the Crows won by 99 points, you’d think Wayne would’ve been confident, but Walker finished with 2.2 and DK had landed the comeback.  Finally, Patrick took the points against Cabbage in a close one.

Some crucial results in Div 5 this week as teams 6 7 and 8 on the ladder all refused to concede their seasons and got crucial wins to close up the ladder…  WE also have a new leader.  Sam managed 203 and whilst it was only enough for a draw in the cup, it was more than enough to knock over Dools and get the 4 points here.  This meant when Rod’s forward line managed an 8 goal to 1 advantage to upset Jona Sam was the new ladder leader.  Like Rod, Danny was another to get his season back on track with a big win over Piglet – Piglet not helping himself leaving Stringer and Chol in his twos who combined for 7 goals whilst his surprise choice Guelfi went goalless..  Beamer, inspired by Rowell, impressed with 198 to smack Jacko whilst the final game was the thriller – Skeeta needing 41 hitouts from Obrien in the late game to beat Giorgi and getting exactly 41 for a one-point win.  When Obrien was 17 at half time Giorgi would’ve thought he was about home but 16 hitouts in the 3rd quarter was enough to get Skeeta home.  With Dools and Piglet in the 5 losing, Skeeta Rod and Danny will all have eyes on those spots now.

In the eliminator we lost Mitch (145) and Steesh (146) whilst Piglet (147) can count himself fairly lucky….  19 remain…

Big changes in the tipping again this week… Leaders last week Jona and Sam both had the Bombers for only 12 points..  This saw Davo reclaim his lead briefly with Carlton (29 points) before Adrian (Crows, 99) flew past on Sunday evening..   21 people all up had the Crows so plenty of people making up ground, including Ben who is now 3rd behind Adrian and Davo…  On the flip side those who took the Lions will be very disappointed whilst those that tried to get North “out of the way” also paid a price.. 

More upsets and ladder changes in the AFL makes for more twists and turns in our league in order… This week when the music stopped Dools had the #1 seat on 58 points, ahead of Michael and Andy who round out the podium..

That’s it for this week – bye round explanation to follow early in the week.   Next deadline Thursday night.

Round 9&10 News

Its been a big couple of weeks in the fantasy football world, and without boring you with the details its been a big couple of weeks in my world too ,so apologies for the delay in getting the round 9 and 10 newsletters out, but what better time than just as round 11 gets underway…  I say big weeks, as from round 6-8 we seemed to get lower scores by the week, but the trend fully reversed in the last fortnight with two weeks with over 180 average.. 180 had only been topped twice in previous 3 seasons so 2 in a row is big !

We’ll start with the recent on field stars.  Round 9 saw Reilly Obrien dominate with 56 hitouts, the unlikely forward line leader was Christian Petracca who kicked 5, Treloar topped the mids with 41, Steele and Matt Crouch knock up 13 tackles each (Viney and Rowell had 12 too, so no wonder all the big scores.   Different faces in round 10 with Briggs and Meek winning the ruck with 45 apiece, Rowbottom going nuts with 16 tackles (11 half way through the 2nd quarter !!),  Noah Anderson’s 42 was the leading midfielder, whilst up front a host of unexpexted goal kickers managed a handful – Hardwcik, Humphrey, Lukosius & Lohmann the unexpected whilst Waterman and C.Cameron joined them too…

So whats happened in the fantasy world… Well in Div 1 Round 9 was fairly uneventful other than some impressive scores.  Gavin continued his great form with 221 to smash Loaf, Juzzy also topped the 200 to beat Uchitha in a high scoring battle 213-196..  Nick got the points against Sash in something of a local derby,whilst Janith continued his resurgence at Michael’s expense and Mat made sure Davo had the number 1 pick come draft time…    Round 10 was much more exciting with 3 games decided by under a goal.. Janith made it 4 in a row upsetting ladder leading Gavin by 4 points on the back of huge performances from Noah Anderson and Charlie Cameron,  Nick took advantage of Gavin’s narrow loss and Juzzy’s terrible week to record an 80 point win and steal top spot.  Sash did enough to take the points against Mat, a 45 hit out day from Meek the difference whilst Uchitha went down in a close one for the second week in a row, Michael edging past him late with Oliver and Petracca doing just enough in the late game.  Finally, we have the Ainge family derby where 10th ranked Davo overtook 9th ranked Loaf courtesy a 4 point win… Jake Waterman needing one more last quarter goal for Loaf but not getting it… in hindsight I should’ve waited one more week before telling Dad Zorko was a midfielder now…

On to Div2 and we’ll start at round 9 where the highlight was Simon’s impressive 228.  100 from his ruck/tackler combo of Obrien Atkins left Steesh with no chance.  Syd was the other side to go past 200, managing 203 to ease past Parma.   Tuddy pulled off the upset of the round, ending Morca’s recent run of wins whilst Raph didn’t have his best week but did enough to take the points off Red.  The final game of the round saw McRob and Hardsy clash with both teams struggling and needing a win – neither got it as they ultimately drew 163-163, a result that didn’t do much for either of their chances.   To round 10 and if Raph didn’t have the greatest R9, he put that behind him with a huge 324. Rowbottom was the major factor in a 75 point win over McRob.  Morca and Steesh played out on the games of the season in a high scoring thriller… Steesh had posted 202 and seemed home late on Sunday but Zak Butters had 16 last quarter posssessions to get Morca home by a point on 203.  2 Losses in a row for high flying Steesh but scoring over 200 and still being on top he shouldn’t lose too much sleep…  Other games saw Tuddy pile more misery on to Hardsy, Red get off the bottom with a 5 point win over Syd thanks to 3 late goals from new draftee Waterman, and Parma cause something of an upset over Simon in another down to the wire game.

Div 3 now and their round 9 was a high scoring one in that 4 teams went past 200.. Sadly for them they were all playing each other so we had two high scoring thrillers whilst meanwhile Damo, Richo and Ben took wins over Bangers PT and Kingy respectively despite not troubling the scorers to the same degree….  The game of the round was Des v Balls…  The teams matched up evenly almost all the way down the sheet… Des got 27 from his forwards, Balls 29. Des got 88 from his mids, Balls 92. Des for 45 from his ruck, Balls 44 and Des got 52 from tackler, Balls 48… All up Balls 213 Des 212 in an amazing clash.  The other big game saw Frank consolidate his spoi at the top with a 241-206 win over luckless Willy… When Meek and Rowell combined for 94 points Willy would’ve thought he was home, but Frank matched him with Obrien/Rowbottom, then got more out of his forward for a strong 214-206 result…   Round 10 wasn’t quite as exciting but did produce some strong scoring.  Richo lead the way with 216 to knock over Kingy by 80 points and jump to 2nd on the table.  Frank starred again, 212 this time to smack Damo… Paul Type got 209 in downing an improved Bangers who made it 9 losses in a row, but did score 190… Elsewhere Des did just enough againstBen and Willy topped 200 again and this time got the points, edging past Balls in a close battle.

Div 4 seemed to miss the memo for high scoring and close games in round 9 with only Andy and Clayton topping the 200 mark.  Andy’s 219 is the clubhouse leader for top score in D4 though, and was more than enough for a big win over Patrick that saw him top of the table (for now, read on).  Clay got 206 and dspatched Mitch without too much trouble..  Othergames saw Dean take the points against ADiran,  Wayne edge past Cabbage and pull away from the bottom 3 and DK jump into the 5 with a good win over Nicko..   Round 10 provided a couple of close ones, which shouldn’t be surprising given how tight the ladder looks with the top 5 seperated by a game…  DK Was the star of the round, knocking up 204 for a big win over Andy that knocked him off the top, and Dean and Clay took full advantage.. Dean only managed 152 but was enough v Nicko to jump top and Clayton’s 191 for a good win over Cabbage took him 2nd… Mitch returned to the winners list with a strong win over Adrian that would’ve been stronger if he hadn’t made Coleman leader Waterman “earn his spot through the twos” and the final game saw Wayne and Patrick play out a thriller- Wayne triumphing by a solitary point 179-178.

To Div5 and if Div 4’s ladder is tight, the opposite can be said of Div 5 which is really starting to string out..  In round 9 Piglet topped the charts with 212 to see off the luckless Giorgi who would’ve beaten 7 other teams with 192 of his own, but that wasn’t the headline act – that belonged to Skeeta who took down the previously undefeated ladder leader Jona in a big upset..  Obrien’s 56 hit outs saw Skeeta come from the clouds for a valuable win that keeps him in touch with the 5 and the rest of the comp breathe a sigh of release that the young man is beatable…  Sam got 210 to move to second, knocking over Danny in the process whilst other games saw Beamer take the points against Doools and Rod do the same against Jacko who moved to 0-9.  To round 10 and a lot of things stayed the same… Giorgi again conceded over 200 (this time to Beamer, who impressed with 216),  Piglet scores well for another strong win, edging past Skeeta by a goal in a close one,  Jona returned to form with 208 to beat Danny (who has conceded 190+ in 7 of the 10 rounds – ouch) , Sam kept up his pursuit of Jona with an uninspiring win over Rod whilst Dools scored 211 to thrash his brother and take 4 points and bragging rights in the Dooley household.

On to the side comps and we have 5 eliminator victims to report.. In Rd 9 we lost Bangers (135) Paul Type (152) and Jona (154) in the final 3-elimination week.  With numbers down to 23 by the midseason draft we revert to 2 a week now and in round 10 said goodbye to Juzzy (12) and Ben (157).  Rod was the lucky one who would’ve been out in the prior rounds…   21 players left and the bar is clearly rising with scores in the 150s now unlikely to survive.

Round 10 also saw the final group stage games in the champions league.  Group 1 was already done and dusted with Morca and Juzzy through regardless, but Morca beat Juzzy to take top spot and Nick B thrashed Kingy in a meaningless dead rubber… Group2 was much more live with all teams 1-1 going in and both games acting as virtual knockout finals.   Davo v Red was a strange champions league match up given both are at the bottom of their respective divisions but both stepped up and scored well – Davo ultimately taking the semi spot with a 194-179 win.  The other game was also between two 2024 strugglers with Div 4’s Mitch and Div 3’s Bangers both in the bottom 3… Again they stepped up their scoring and it was Bangers who goes through to the semis, winning 190-184.  Somehow Mitch managed to be in a group with 3 teams that have a combined 7-23 season record, score 560 points in the 3 games and still go out.

The tipping was relatively quiet in round 9 with most tipsters taking the Suns (v Nth) or Pies (v WCE) and getting either 66 or 68 points for limited leadferboard action. Round 10 howevr was quite a different story.  27 tipsters including our top 2 or 3 took the Bombers and got 40 points v NTh, but 14 others had Brisbane at home to Richmond and cashed in to the tune of 119 points.. This saw Jona and Sam leapfrog runaway leader Davo into top spot.  597 points in 10 weeks at an average of almost 10 goals a week is massive…  Interestingly though all of the top 12 tipsters still have to pick Nth and Richmond, so perhaps someone like Nicko is in the box seat having already got Nth off the list.

The League in Order continues to tick along with a new leader now in place from when I last went to print.. Dools on 62 is just ahead of Nick B Tuddy and McRob on 64…  McRob mustve got a lot right to still be contending, given he has the Bombers in 16th (for 14 points) – could be the “most wrong” selection of all time in the unlikely event they stay 2nd

The final side comp, the knock out cup, has its 3rd round underway in round 11 where 16 will become 8 – more on that on Sunday night.

That’s it for this longer and later than usual newsletter – hope all doing well and everyone bar Sash has good luck this weekend.  

Round 8 News

Round 8 done and dusted, must say not loving the late finish Sunday night (or the performance of my team, but that’s an issue for another forum) but the good news is 7 days til the midseason draft and a chance to improve our lists….  This week was another low scorer (ave 166), not helped by the likes of Tom Green going down early and big name forwards like Cameron and Hawkins kicking nothing, whilst those who waited 5 weeks for Sean Darcy to start his season will not have been impressed when he was managed out of the second half with 12 hit outs to his name…. Those that did perform included Lloyd Meek with 45 hit outs, Atkins Callaghan and 2 ruckman – Grundy and Xerri – all leading the tackles with 11 each,  Dayne Zorko managing 40 touches and in a bad week for forwards McKay Hayward and Treacy managed 4 each.  To those who checked the scores last night, there are some minor changes today but no results impacted  (I’ll update site in next few days, no meaningful changes anyway, but some IT issues between the website host and my work computer to resolve…)

We might start with the cup this week where 32 teams became 16…   Highlights included a thriller between Uchitha and Frank that ended up with a 197-192 win to Cheets, Frank very stiff as would’ve beaten 29 of the 31 potential opponents…  Sam top scored with 219 to smack Rod whilst DK was the other to go through with a 200 – Adrian his victim… Richo v Dean was problem the other highlight tie with Richo getting the job done 191-188..  Looking ahead to round 3 DK v Janith looms as a good grudge match, whilst Richo v Parma should be a good one between two players with over 50 years experience between them.

In Div 1 the top 4 all won to start to spread the field a bit… Gavin remains alone on top after a tight win over Mat despite losing Tom Green.  In the end his ruck and tackler dominance more than compensated and he took the points… Leading the chase are Nick and Uchitha and both had good wins, Nick seeing off Davo comfortably and Cheets managing 197 to knock over Sash.  Janith kept in touch with the top 5 courtesy a big win over struggling Loaf whilst Juzzy topped the 200 mark, eventually managing 203 to pile more pain on Michael.

To Div 2 and in a 1v2 encounter, Steesh bounced back from his first loss last week with an impressive 198 to knock over Syd and cement himself on top of the table for another week…  Syd’s midfield went over 100 to set up a possible upset, but Witts/Steele got the job done for Steesh…  Simon climbed into second with a solid win over Tuddy – impressively he managed 184 despite nothing from Jeremy Cameron and Conor Rozee barely making it to half time (again).  Morca smashed McRob by 12 goals as McRob had something of a shocker,  Raph thrashed Hardsy by 50, but in the close one Parma edged past Red by 4 points.. Red won the forwards, the midfield and the ruck, but when Laird won the tackle count 7-0 over Ginbey for Parma all the damage was undone and he had the points… 

It was 1 v 2 in the 3rd division as well with Frank and Des both going in at 6-1… Des will rue well below average performances from stars Gawn and Cripps as he limped to 162, never enough against Frank’s firepower which knocked up 192 for a 5 goal win…   NO close ones to report in D3 but other games saw Richo impress with 191 (despite Darcy’s shocker) for a good win over Bangers,  Damian do enough to see off Willy – needing good games from McCluggage and Dunkley on Sunday night and getting them.. Kingy v Balls went down to a Sunday tackle off with both tacklers playing in the Dogs – Hawks game on Sunday – Nash winning the battle over Libba 9-4 and securing Kingy a 19 point win in the process.  The final game saw Ben R jump to 4th with a strong win over Paul Type/

Strange happenings in Division 4 where our ladder leader Adrian managed to get thrashed by 68 points, yet remains on top…  Poor (or shortened) games from Rozee Whitfield and Gawn were only part of the problem with credit also needing to go to DK who managed 200 to secure the upset.   Bombers won again so Andy won again – knocking over Cabbage by 5 goals to go equal top.  Elsewhere Patrick dispatched a very ordinary effort from Nicko comfortably,  Clayton edged past Wayne and Dean got it done against Mitch in what was probably the D4 match of the round… After Dean’s midfield has managed 96 touches, Mmitch was behind the 8 ball but had Charlie Cameron and Noah Anderson needing 38 between them in the Sunday night Q Clash – with combined averages of 38.2 it was set up for a thriller, but they both failed and Dean held on.

Division 5 had the closest of close ones with Giorgi and Dools playing out a draw.. Giorgi will feel stiffed by Darcy subbing out at half time, but Dools will probably be more angry given he had Waterman about to kick a late goal against the Bombers until J.Cripps gave away a free and got it reversed – no goal for Waterman = no win for Dools… Sam was most impressive team this week with a huge 219 to beat up on Skeeta whilst Rod kept himself in touch with the top 5 courtesy of an important win over Beamer.  The other 2 games showcase our 8-0 stars and our 0-8 “_____” (insert own adjective please Jacko)…  Jona maintained his unbeaten run with a 50 point over Piglet, whilst Jacko plummeted to 0-8 with a competitive but ultimately fruitless effort against Danny.

This weeks eliminator victims were Nicko  (115)  Loaf  (129) and Adrian (132) whilst Piglet (139) and Paul Type (142) can count themselves lucky – such scores wont last long….

The tips was a bit of a lull week with so many people (41) on the Saints for a +38 score.. Of the others the 4 that took the Dogs will be gutted by their poor performance (-7) and the only nice thing I can say about Nicko taking North (-38) and Hardsy taking Richmond (-54) is at least they don’t have to pick them any other week… NO change to leaderboard with Davo 49 ahead of Syd (he did fail to score 50 for the first time this week) and Parma close behind in 3rd.

More shuffling in the league in order comp this week, but with Pies and Lions winning and slowly moving up the table, the scores will get lower now… Michael still leads on 58 from Dools on 60 and Hardsy in 3rd on 64.

That’s about it for this week – don’t forget midseason draft is Monday 13th May – will do by Messenger again and I’ll set up a chat in next day or so -  if any divisions wants to change to something else (teams, whats app) that is fine by me, just make sure I’m included so can record the selections.

Round 7 News

Well the bye rounds have passed, for a month or so anyway, and it was back to full strength squads this week as 18 teams played over 5 days, but the low scoring remained with the average up slightly to 170 but the last 3 weeks have been the worst 3 of the season -wonder if there is a trend behind it I’m missing… If so, bucking that trend were this weeks topscorers – Jarrod witts topped the rucks with 46 hitouts,  Matt Rowell had 13 tackles,  Tom Green, Nat Fyfe and Caleb Serong all had 37 touches, whilst up front Jeremy Cameron was the star with 5 goals.

After all of that there was a real lack of any excitement in Div 1 this round, no 200+ scores, no close ones and no real upsets.. Still ladder leader Gavin top scored with 193 to comfortably take care of his nearest challenger Nick in a 1v2 clash that failed to excite,  Janith knocked over Mat in what could be considered an upset if you go off ladder positions and not points for,  Michael made it two in a row after a bad start to the season by knocking off Loaf in a game that was closer than it looked until Rowell took care of things on Sunday afternoon, Uchitha was untroubled against Davo who is in trouble with no ruckman for the foreseeable future and wasn’t helped by having two players subbed out in the first half of their respective games, and Juzzy knocked over Sash who spent 4 of his first 5 draft picks on forwards only to see Kyle Langford almost outscore them all single handedly.

Div 2 put up a couple of more impressive scores but again there was little to talk about by way of close games or upsets with the top 4 all winning and starting to spread the field a little…  Syd was the most impressive again with 215, Rowell adding the cream to a good win over Tuddy…  Morca also topped the 200 mark with his 10 goal forward line making light work of Raph.. Steesh continued to sit alone on top of the ladder though, and he was untroubled by Parma – his Witts/Steele combo making all the difference in a 7 goal win… Other games saw Hardsy climb off the bottom with a good win over Red – having Sean Darcy back will certainly make him harder to beat going forward – whilst Simon got the job done against McRob with Cameron influential… Simon seems to be flying under the radar a  little this year, with the highest points for in the division and 3rd overall a sign of where his team stands…

To Div 3 and we have a new ladder leader after Des’ unbeaten start to the year came to an end…  Damian was the giant killer riding 9 goals from Cameron and Langford to a big 209 score that slayed the unbeaten side… Frank took advantage to jump to the top spot, easing past Kingy with minimal fuss.  Elsewhere we had Ben managing 199 to knock off Richo and move to the edge of the top 5,  Willy impress with 194 to smack Bangers who is starting to lose touch with the pack at 1-6  and Paul Type take the points against Balls in something of a local derby – well as local as two mates living in different states can be anyway.  The wins from Ben and PT were important as they prevented the top 5 from breaking 2 games+ clear…

Div 4 gave us the close ones missing from the top 3 flights with all 5 games decided by 22 or less.  Starting at the top and Adrian continues to lead the way after a solid 22 point win over Patrick.  An 8 goals to 2 forward advantage proving the difference as he managed to absorb two players being subbed off injured.  Andy leads the chasing pack and a good performance from the bombers almost always leads to a good performance for Andy – he notched 189 to get the chocolates against Wayne despite a late shock caused by Rowell nearly pulling off a miracle come back.   Mitch returned to the winners list with a strong 193 against DK whilst Cabbage climbed off the bottom after Jeremy Cameron fired him past Nicko for a good win – Nicko’s quest to avoid 3 straight relegations seems in trouble however the comp is very even and he is only 1.5 games out of the 4.. Finally Clayton knocked over Dean in a tight low scoring contest.  150-138 not really a score line befitting 3rd v 4th but in the end Conor Nash out tackling Parfitt 5-1 was the key differential in an even battle.

In Div 5 the Jona show continued with our ladder leader the last undefeated side across the divisions at 7-0 and two games clear on top of the ladder but more importantly than all that he also got bragging rights over his big brother Giorgi, beating him 188-169 on the back of a 96-71 midfield advantage…  The leading chasers both did well with 2nd placed Beamer coming from the clouds to knock over the unlucky Danny who mustve thought he was home before Rowell ruined his weekend, whilst Sam moved into the top 3 at Piglets expense after seeing him off with ease – a 9 goal to 2 forward line getting it done… Dools top scored for  the round and held on to his spot in the 5 with an impressive 204 to knock over Rod (who has now conceded over 200 3 times, equal with Danny – they both have more points against then anyone else in any division)  whilst the final game of the round saw Skeeta get the points against winless Jacko whose first win still looks a long way away at this stage.

This week also featured round 2 of the champions league and the two groups couldn’t be more different.  In group 1 its all done and dusted with Juzzy and Big Morca winning comfortably against  Kingy and NickB respectively – they both go to 2-0 and cant be caught for the two semi final spots… In Group 2 things are much tighter with all 4 teams on 1-1 and next round (rd 10) acting as a virtual knockout.  With Davo Bangers and Red all bottom of their respective divisions, its not a strong group, but that will matter little to the two that go through… This week Mitch smashed Red and Bangers got the points against Davo to keep themselves right in the running.

In the tipping Davo’s incredible run continued with his 7thstraight 50+ score.  He is at 446 now and 49 points clear of Syd in 2nd place….   With almost all tipsters on either Adelaide (57) Suns (37) or Melbourne (43) there was little movement in the charts but Dean J and DK stood out backing the swans and banking 76 whilst Skeeta (Nth, -57) and Jacko (WC -37) stood out in the other direction… 

This week’s eliminator victims were Davo (114) Red (135) and Dean J (138)- with the bar starting to rise those who are consistently around 150 will need to improve or be chopped in coming rounds….

Finally, the league in order, where Michael is again on top… Rating both Sydney teams in the top 3 and dropping the Pies down to 6th has worked wonders for him….  Dools and DK are close behind.

That’s about it for this week – next round starts on Thursday so get the teams in nice and early…  Don’t forget it is also round 2of the knockout cup so copy in your additional opponent when submitting your line up.

Round 6 News

Whilst round 7 is now underway, lets take a quick look back on the events of round 6…    Top scorers were Dale and Cripps (39 touches),  Naughton with 6 goals, Xerri with 44 touches and Rowell with 12 tackles, but they were the exception not the rule as the average score dropped to a season low 160 with only 9 out of 50 teams topping 180…

Amongst the mess in division 1, our undefeated ladder leader lost their perfect start in a thriller… Uchitha was the victor by a solitary point over Gavin  in a 154-153 slugfest in a win that opened the door for Nick  to go top.  Nick needed no 2nd invitation, knocking up a huge 204 to smash Janith by 75 points.  Elsewhere Michael opened his account with a good 3 goal win over Sash, Juzzy did just enough to get the points against Davo and Mat dispatched Loaf fairly comfortably.

Div 2 also saw the undefeated side go down with Steesh’ 5 game winning streak coming to an end, courtesy of Red…  Red’s 7 goal forward line ultimately proving the difference in an otherwise tight tussle…   Impressing most amongst the chasing pack was Syd who topped the 200 mark thanks to Naughton Walsh and Rowell all starring to smash McRob by 84 points…  Parma was always going to struggle in Melbourne’s bye week and so it proved with Tuddy making easy work of him to the tune of 56 points – elsewhere Raph welcomed back some troops and smacked Simon whilst Morca continued Hardsy’s miserable start to the season with a strong win.

The D3 ladder leader had no such issues though and Des made it 6-0 with a 202 score and a comfortable win over Willy – Cripps and unlikely hero Conway the difference.  At the other end of the table bottom 2 Damian and Bangers couldn’t right their ships… Bangers lost a Ryan family derby to his brother Ben by 45 points whilst Damo went down to Kingy in a thriller – Kingy chasing down a target with Nash Worpel and Scott all playing in the last game to get home by 6 points.. Frank continued his strong season with a solid win over PaulType whilst the final game saw Balls come from the dead to knock over Richo – Richo seemed home early but next to nothing from his forwards let him vulmerable and Flanders and Larkey steamed home for Balls

DK was the star in Div 4 with an impressive 207.  Xerri and Naughton the main contributors as he gave Dean a thrashing… Dean’s loss opened the door for Adrian to take top spot and take it he did with a 49 point win over Cabbage whose team looks a fair bit better on paper than on the field at the moment – his 120 particualrly disappointing as his reserved kicked 148.  Nicko halted his struggling streak with a good win over Wayne, Andy enjoyed the bombers win and generally his fantasy teams fortunes follow those of Essendon so he got the points over Clayton whilst Patrick got up against Mitch in the last match of the round,  Mitch needing only low 20s from Noah Anderson to take the points, but the Sun went under 20 for the first time in over a year to seal Patrick the win.

Div 5 and the Jona show continued up top of the ladder with our youngest player securing his 6th straight victory – Sam his latest victim after Xerri got him home late… In a 3 from 3 week in the TRagamalas household, Giorgi also secured a win – taking down Rod in a tight one – Naughton’s 6 goals the difference here.  Other games ssaw Dools smack Danny by 10 goals,  Piglet get the points with minimal fuss (does Piglet every do anything with minimal fuss, I digress 😊 )  against Jacko and Beamer impress again with a good score to see off Skeeta… The Div 5 ladder is very interesting at moment as the teams are well spread but the “points for” column sees the top 7 almost equal – Skeeta in 6th leads for most points despite being outside the finals at this early stage (I feel this happened last year at one stage too)

In side comps,  Cabbage (120) McRob (125) and Janith (129) all fell from the eliminator,  and in the league in order Michael remains on top with 56 from Dools and Hardys on 60.

Finally in the tips Davo took Sydney v Suns and was rewarded with 53,  the majority liked Hawthorn v Nth and got 45 (and the hawks out of the way) whilst the Eagles mini resurgence got a few more victims with quite a few on FReo recording -37..  After all that Davo remained on top , 29 points ahead of Syd with Red and Adrian close behind in equal 3rd.

When I drafted this I was going to tell you Round 7 starts on Wednesday so get teams in early -that horse has well and truly bolted…. So good luck this week and I’ll be back on Sunday night (hopefully ) with more developments.

Round 5 News

Tougher week for many this week in fantasy football with the average scores dropping 2 goals per player on average to 165.  Few late withdrawals (Thanks Tom Hawkins), few early injuries, plenty of underperformers and not to mention Sydney and Collingwood having the bye robbing us of plenty of popular picks…  Bucking the trend though were  the likes of Ivan Soldo with 54 hitouts, Jeremy Cameron and Jake Waterman with 6 goals, Harry Sheezel with 38 touches and the unknown Will Graham with 14 tackles… 

The lower scoring did lead to plenty of close ones and in Div 1, all 5 games were decided by less than 3 goals…  Top of the table Gavin kept up his perfect start to the season with a narrow in over Juzzy that was decided in a Yeo v Duggan shootout on Sunday afternoon.  Gavin had Yeo and a 2 point head start, so when Yeo beat Duggan 27-22 he was home by 7… Nick moved to second with a low scoring win over Loaf in a weekend that neither would be happy with but Nick will bank the points and move on thanks to a 18 hitout advantage from Xerri over Stanley that secured a 17 point win… Davo made it 2 in a row at Sash’s expense, needing almost all of Soldo’s 54 hitouts for a 3 point victory whilst Mat heaped more pain on winless Michael  (pain is the right word too – his average against remains in the mid 190s) , a 51-15 hitout advantage from Gawn seeing him home by 15 points…  Finally, the highest scoring game of the round was the Wijesekera derby with 4 points and family braggin rights up for grabs….  In the end it was Uchitha who took the points 191-182 but not until Jeremy Cameron had given him a big fright with a Sunday bag.

Div 2 provided us with a couple of 200 scores, a rarity this week…  We’ll start with McRob who managed 202 to take the points against Parma, quite comfortbaly in the end.  The other double hundred came from Big Morca who thrashed Red 200-134 in a win that sent Red to the bottom of the table…  Elsewhere Steesh made it 5 from 5 with a solid team performance to thrash Tuddy – worryingly for the rest of Div 2 Steeesh scored 187 and not of his players exceeded weekly expectations really… Other games saw Simon sort out Hardsy with Jeremy Cameron very influential and Syd have the bye – oops I mean play Raph who had 8 players to pick from, yet managed to only have 6 in his firsts…  Syd only got 131  (Swans having bye is never a good week for Syd) but that was plenty as Raph (who has 9 Pies and 6 Swans) limped to 108.  

To Div 3 and there is now only one team undefeated after Frank went down in a tight tussle with Richo.  In the end it was Richo’s forwards who did the trick with 9 goals, aided by Newcombe’s 10 possession shocker for Frank…  Des is therefore alone at 5-0 after he continued his impressive start to the season with a hard fought win over Bangers..  Bangers had the better of the forwards and the mid/tackler broke even but he couldn’t match Gawn’s 51 hitouts which saw Des storm home by 14.  The other big news story was Damian securing his first win of the season to climb off the bottom – Cameron’s 6 goals seeing him run away from Paul Type who saw the double impact of losing Tom Hawkins…   Elsewhere Willy was untroubled by Kingy ultimately winning by 8 goals and Balls moved into the top 5 with a tight win over Ben who needed a couple more from Dusty in the late game.

Not sure where to start with Div 4 so we’ll start at the bottom where the previously winless Cabbage opened his 2024 account at the expense of Mitch.  Cameron and Sheezel the stars as Cabbage knocked up 182 to secure a win and climb off the bottom.  Replacing him in last spot is Nicko who lost his 4th straight game, going down to Andy – Andy’s team are half Bombers so Nicko would’ve hated watching the Bombers beat his beloved Bulldogs in more ways than one….  Nicko is staring at 3 relegations in 3 years if he doesn’t find some form soon… AT the other end of the table Dean is on top after a good win over Patrick – a 38 to 2 ruck advantage accounted for most of the 43 point margin… Adrian also moved to 4-1 with a Gawn inspired win over Wayne whilst in the other game DK Was impressive with 180 for a 9 goal win over Clayton

Division 5 provided us with the performance of the weekend, where Rod made it back to back 200+ scores with a big 217.  9.10 from his forwards too so could’ve been much bigger if they’d kicked straight, but was enough to see off Danny whose own forward line kicked 10.0 but he couldn’t match Gawn and the mids to go down by 5 goals….  Jona continued on his merry way up top, going to 5-0 with an easy win over Jacko who went the other way, to 0-5 and the bottom… Jona is alone on top now after Piglet suffered his first loss of the season and it was a big one… Beamer knocking up 201 to smash Piglet by 62 points..  Elsewhere Dools and Skeeta played out a great clash, Dools getting home on the back of 6 goals from Jake Waterman (yep, that really happened, and he really had him in his ones) to upset Skeeta by 9 points whilst Sam did enough for a comfy win over Giorgi that takes him second

The low scores were plenty this week but only the lowest 3 fell  - Raph (108) Kingy (118) and Patrick (120) all bow out, whilst Clay (128) Loaf (130) and Red (136) would’ve gone most other weeks….  15 out now, and 35 left standing…

Huge week in the tipping comp and I’m not sure who is happier at the end of it.. The 33 tipsters who took the Cats and banked an impressive 75 points or the 9 who took the Eagles, managed 39 points and don’t have to tip the Eagles again this year…. Dean J  got 53 from the Suns too so wont be too upset, but whilst we have 43 happy tipsets we also have Willy (who didn’t lodge a valid tip and got stuck with Nth), Hardsy who thought Carlton would smack Adelaide and got -2 and 5 others who remained tru to the “whoever plays the Eagles” theory and got rewarded with -39…   After all of that Davo is alone on top with Syd and Dean not far behind.

The LIO continues and after next week at least all the teams will have played the same amount of games…  Michael still on top with 58 from Ben and Dools on 60

One more week of bye time pain in the backside next week – Thursday start again so get the tips in and thanks to all for getting their cash in too – always better to let the comp play out on merit and not be influenced by points penalties…  Cheers

Round 4 News

A huge gather round in Adelaide, but also in the fantasy world as the absence of byes saw scores increase, as well as the start of the knockout cup and the champions league..  A rare triple game for some people saw Davo and Red win 3 games in one weekend,  whilst Bangers and Mitch lost 3 games in one weekend (in Mitch’s case, all by 3 points or less).  The onfield top scorers were Joe Daniher and Toby Green with 5 goals each, Andrew Brayshaw with 38 possessions, Rhys Stanley (yep, you read that right) with 44 hit outs and Tom Powell with 15 tackles.

So we’ll start with the champions league where last year’s winners of the various divisions, cup, eliminator and the reigning champs league winner all do battle to be the best of the best..   Juzzy and Morca got off to good starts in group A with wins over Nick B and Kingy respectively, whilst in Group B Red and Davo got the points with wins over Bangers and Mitch.

The knockout cup also got underway this week with 18 big games.. 4 thrillers went down to the wire and were decided by under a goal, incl Loaf over Michael by 4, Richo edging out Mitch by a solitary point, PaulType surviving against Jacko by 5 and Dools outlasting Ben by 5..   Andy was the unluckiest of those eliminated scoring 189 but going out to Uchitha.

Now to the weekly action and in Div 1 we had a couple of big upsets with the previously undefeated Nick and Sash both going down..  Nick had a shocker with only 128 to get thrashed by Mat who notched an impressive 209, whilst Sash and Gavin played for top spot and put on a thriller worthy of the honour..  In the end Gavin got up with Steele’s 10 tackles crucial.  Other games saw Uchitha knock up 200 to see off Loaf comfortably, Davo secure his first win with Toby Greene getting him up against Michael and Juzzy getting the job done against Janith.

Game of the round in D2 saw Parma return to the winners list with an impressive 212 to knock over Raph who was gallant with 189 of his own.  Steesh continued on his merry way at the top though, cruising to 4-0 with a win over McRob.  Elsewhere Red did enough to get the points against Ruddy,  Simon scored well getting 197 to see off Big Morca and Syd and Hardsy played out a shocker neither deserved to win, but Syd wont care how ugly it was as he banked 4 points.

In D3 ladder leaders Frank and Des against scored well and secured the points to both waltz to a 4-0 start..  Frank got 204 to easily beat Ben whilst Des got 195 of his own to see off Kingy.    Richo welcomed a few back as he got the points against Damian and Balls notched an impressive 203 to get the better of Bangers.  Finally Paul Type secured the points against Willy in a 160-155 thriller that Willy looked like steeling on Sunday when Meek needed 36 hitouts but only managed 30.

On to D4 where an impressive 8 teams topped 180 so all wins had to be earned.  Dean top scored and moved top of the ladder with a 207 point performance to see off Cabbage whose scores have improved after a rough start but not his results – 0-4 certainly seems harsh.  Up top Mitch went down in a thriller to a Rhys Stanley inspired Wayne by 3 points , whilst Adrian managed 203 to beat Andy – Andy has had a harsh weekend managing 189 but losing league and cup ties.  The other games saw Clayton see off Nicko by 5 goals and Patrick do likewise to DK who will rue his forward selections – 0 goals from Papley and Naughton whilst his reserves forwards kicked 8.

To D5 where we find the performance and game of the round… Skeeta top scored with 230 to beat a luckless Rod who went past 200 himself.  Both the undefeated sides won again with Piglet staying on top courtesy of a good win over Dools and Jona having an off week but still doing enough to get the points against Beamer 159-148  (rod must cringe seeing 159 win whilst his 201 loses).  The other games saw Danny hold on against Giorgi for a valuable win and Sam cruise past Jacko with minimum of fuss.

In the eliminator we lost Nick B  (128) Syd (141) and Beamer (148) as the bar starts to rise…  DK with 150 just hung on…

The tipping comp had a big week with the Eagles finally putting up something resembling a fight and meaning the “whoever plays the Eagles” Crowd lost the lead…  Those that went with Brisbane to knock over the Roos managed 70 points whilst the majority on Sydney v WCE only got 26…  This leaves Davo and Dean on top with 261 from Syd in 3rd on 240.   3 Others sit just behind them before the pack of 22 tipsters who are now equal 7th.

Finally the LIO which is starting to take a little shape as the ladder returns to some normality…  Richo and Michael remain out in front, but I guess we will have  a clearer picture after round 6 when all teams have played the same number of games.

That’s it for this week – money was due today and penalties should apply to anyone who hasn’t paid… I will reconcile early this week so if you forgot I’d suggest paying now before I get it sorted….    Next week kicks off on Thursday (Again) and don’t forget Collingwood and Sydney have the bye !  

Round 3 News

After 8 games in 5 days, the long slow Easter round concluded today with one last delay from lightning to drag it out longer.  It did provide some sensational fantasy footy finishes with 7 single figure margins.   This weeks onfield stars were Max Gawn with 50 hit outs,  Nic Martin with 44 touches, Harry McKay with 5 goals and James Rowbottom with 13 tackles.    All those big performances but the average score remained almost identical to the previous two rounds at 173 – wonder whether the absence of byes at next weeks gather round will see scores rise.

Heading into Rd 3 there were 3 undefeated sides in Div 1 and all 3 won again to kick clear at the top.  Gavin, who is the highest scorer across the divisions so far with an average of 199 was again untroubled rolling past Davo by 20 points.  Nick him at 3-0 with a big over Michael whilst Sash also made it to 3-0 albeit with more of a battle on his hands from Janith – Janith needed 1 more goal from Jeremy Cameron and thought he was home when he marked in the goal square late in the last quarter only to handball it to Hawkins for a “350th game present” to secure the win for Sash.. Other games saw Loaf outlast Juzzy and Mat open his account with a Gawn and Martin inspired win over Uchitha

There were also 3 undefeated teams in Div 2 heading into this week, but Parma’s streak ended with a close low-scoring loss to Hardsy, Hawkins late goal (the afore mentioned freeby from Cameron) sealing Hardsy’s win.  That left Steesh and Raph playing each other to be clear on top..  Steesh’s forwards gave him a 9.5 to 0.2 advantage and that was plenty despite not having a ruck..  Steesh sits alone at 3-0.  Other games saw Morca open his account with an impressive 219 to smack luckless Syd, Simon secure a good win over Red and McRob get over the line against Tuddy, Max Holmes getting enough today for a 7 point win

Div 3’s top saides going in were Des Willy and Frank who were all undefeated… Frank rode Rowbottom’s big back to a comfy win over Balls, whilst Des also made his way to 3-0, albeit with a tougher battle on his hands… PaulType needed 4.2 from Hawkins to tie it up on Monday but got 4.1 to fall just short… Willy wasn’t so lucky, putting in a shocker against Richo who banked the 4 points with glee.  Eslsewhere Ben returned to the winners list with a strong effort against Damo whilst Kingy and Bangers played out a high scoring thriller, James Worpel powering Kingy to a come from behind win with 36 touches when he needed 33 to win

WE mentioned last week Div 4 was a very even competition and so it proved again this week with both undefeated sides going down… Mitch and Wayne both had off weeks with 147 and 139 respectively to lose their undefeated status to Andy and Dean respectively…   This left 5 teams on 2-1 and a couple more on 1.5 wins in a huge log jam…    The other results saw DK secure his first win with a 200 score and thrashing of Cabbage (who remains winless), whilst Adrian went even better, managing an impressive 214 for a 10 goal win over Nicko.   Finally Clayton and Patrick played out a thriller that went down to the wire with lead changes throughout the Monday afternoon finalse.  Clay was storming home with Worpel (36) Meek (42) and Atkins (32) all firing, but Patrick had Hawkins looking to keep him in it – Hawkins last quarter goal looked like it might be enough but Meek and Worpel got Clay over the line late…

Couple of stand out sides in D5 with 2 undefeated sides after round 3 and both going past 200 this week to assert their dominance…   Piglet managed 200 to comfortably beat Rod whilst Jona got 213 to thrash Dools – our youngest entrant is certainly making a splash… AS it happens, team Tragamalas took on team Dooley twice and it was the youngsters who won both , Giorgi getting his first win of the year at the expense of Jacko.   Other games saw Danny pip Skeeta in a thriller by one point – Sicily falling just short with only 16 when Skeeta needed 18, whilst Sam ended Beamer’s good start to the year with a 193 and a 33 point win.

Curiously the 3 eliminator victims were all undefeated after round 2 – shows the key to eliminator success is consistency….  Willy (124) Wayne (139) Parma (140 all added elimination to their first defeats of the season.

In the tips we had 28 equal leaders going in and 26 of them stayed true to form going with the Eagles opponents (Dogs, who interestingly lost to the Eagles late last season) again, whilst 2 branched out with Carl (v Nth).  Simon and Tuddy were rewarded with 56 points from the Blues and left hoping the Dogs had an off day, wasn’t to be – Dogs took 76 and left 43 tipsters happy with their choice.   Of the other 7, 6 were on the Blues and Willy went out on a limb with Geelong and got 36 points for his efforts.

League in order remains premature to consider really although has I mentioned last week, Michael is very well placed on back of his high rankings of the Swans and Giants – an early season surprise (to most) that seems likely to last for some time…  Richo took the lead this week despite having the winless Lions on top, plenty of room for improvement there too!

Knock out cup and Champions League both start next week – be sure to send you teams to your additional opponent/s.. fixtures are now on the website. 

In the cup, the top 14 scorers from the opening rounds are “seeded” and have a bye and are straight through to round 2 – the other 36 of us play for 18 spots in round 2 with them. 

The 8 players who qualified for champions league are Juzzy Davo Morca Bangers Mitch Nick Red and Kingy – good luck guys.