ROUND 17 NEWS
The penultimate week of our home and away season has been run and some massive games with much hanging on them – upsets, thrashing and thriller highlight the week in our league, but who were the stars? Todd Goldstein won the ruck comfortably with 52, Tom Mitchell and Rory Laird (yawwwwwwn) topped the mids again with 43 each, Jack Steele’s 10 topped the tackles whilst up front Ziebell and Ronke kicked 5 each as Nth had 3 of the top 4 forwards of the round but still lost….
In Div 1, Loaf squandered a chance to wrap up the minor premiership, botching team selection (Luke Parker – what !!) and opening the door for Syd to reignite his season. Syd didn’t hesitate and moved back into the top 3 – Aaron who? Janith took full advantage with a solid win over Gavin, a 9 goal forward line providing the decisive break and leaving Gavin locked in a relegation battle that will go down to the wire. He is level on points with Kingy who scored an upset of his own, knocking over Raph 154-152 in a thriller to keep himself alive for another week… Speaking of relegation Mat wasn’t so lucky, his late season revival ending with an 11 point loss to Benny.,, 8 tackles to 1 the difference there. Finally, Simon was the week’s star with 220 which moved him to the brink of the top 5 as he beat 5th placed Uchitha by 11 goals. He is 1.5% behind Uchitha now heading into the final round….
In Div 2, Nicko continued on his merry way at the top with a comfortable win over Tuddy, Mitchell and Gawn again provided the bulk of his scoring…. The real action here has been the relegation battle though. Last week Dave and McRob both won as they fight for 8th spot, and this week both faced higher ranked opponents again… Davo took on Michael and thanks to Rory Sloane’s 7-1 tackle advantage he got the invaluable points. His joy however was quickly ended when McRob scraped home against Adam by 5 points.. Adam losing 2 players didn’t help but McRob will take it and enters the final round in the safe spot.. Other games saw Ben knock Richo out of the 5 with the division top score of 201. Finally juzzy smashed Steesh whose injury curse reached even greater heights with Naitanui and Josh Kennedy both not reaching half time. Juzzy luck again?
Div 3 saw little change to the standings this week with most games going to script. The one exception was Skeeta losing his spot in the 5 courtesy of an upset loss to Mitch. Despite losing 2 players to late withdrawals Mitch got the points to keep his chances of avoiding relegation alive… At the top Sash was untroubled against Des, a 9-0 tackle advantage and 8-3 forward advantage making light work of things. Red kept the pressure o with a big win over Dean J to ensure the minor premiership race isn’t over yet, whilst the battle for 3rd was fought out between Parma and Frank. Parma didn’t quite reach last week’s heights but did enough to take the points and 3rd spot.. Finally ,Andrew had the division’s best score with a 199 to smash Nick and leave him looking over his shoulder next week to try and avoid the drop.
With top spot locked up and a holiday to go on before the finals, Blues took his eye off the ball a little this week, picking his team early and not realising he could’ve called upon Josh Kennedy… Didn’t matter as he continued his good form and saw off Cabbage comfortable without him… The next 3 sides are now all locked together after Willy scored a solid win over DK to jump to 2nd.. Meanwhile Damo was upset by Piglet in a result that was almost sealed on Thursday night with Piglet having 134 from 4 Crows and Cats players and Damo having no tackles from J.Selwood and a solitary goal from Betts… Elsewhere Clayton capitalised on DK’s loss with a big 201 to edge Beamer and keep his chances of scraping into 5th alive whilst Huntsman thrashed Patrick despite having no ruckman, a result that means he is still mathematically in it too with a week to go.
The eliminator victims this week were Skeeta and Richo with 148 & 155 respectively… These sort of scores were never going to cut it in the last 8 and with only 6 left now, anything under 180 is likely in trouble….
The tipping comp was just about decided on Saturday night when our leaders selections played each other. Janith was 20 in front of Des but had the Suns to Des’ Bombers, a 44 point win to Essendon equalled an 88 point turnaround and Des now has not only a big lead, but the Eagles left for next week and they are home to the Dogs…. Game Set Match. Janith (dogs) will be left to hold off Frank (Ess) and Cabbage (also WCE) for the 2nd place prizemoney. A 27 point win for the Eagles would be enough for Cabbage to jump over Janith, whilst Frank will need Essendon (home to Freo) to almost match the eagles margin.
League In order took another twist this week with some upsets – Hawks went down a few spots, Giants up, whilst Geelong and the Roos also missed chances to climb… Uchitha and Sash now lead with 60 pts, from Raph on 62..
That’s it for this week – next week’s final round will thankfully start on a Friday to make life a little easier for everyone.
ROUND 16 NEWS
Belated round 16 news - sorry for drop in service of late- world cup playing havoc with my body clock.... Anyway stars of the week were Devon Smith with 13 tackles, Gaff with 41 touches, Gawn and Jacobs with 42 hit outs and Bruest and Hipwood with 6 goals each....You'd think such scoring would equate to a high average but it didnt with 177 the average score, down by 8 points on hte week before.
In Div 1 plenty of big results, but we'll start with the big scores. Rpah (218) and JAnith (216) both scored big wins. Raph knocking Gavin over by 44 points whilst Janith saw off fellow contender Syd by 71 despite HIpwood kicking 6 for Syd... Elsewhere Ben kept his finals chances alive with an upset win over UChitha, Simon did likewise against Kingy whilst Loaf came from behind to all but relegate MAt.. Pendlebury needed 29 to get the win, had 11 at half time but steamed home... Wouldve enjoyed watching it more if he wasnt sinking the bombers at the same time....
To D2 where Nicko all but claimed the minor premiership with a narrow win over Ben. Bruest and Gawn pulling him over the line despite his other 6 players all failing... McRob and Davo are locked in a 2 horse race to avoid the 2nd relegation spot. Davo got a solid win over the injury ravaged Steesh, whilst McRob didnt let that phase him, notching 200 to narrowly upset RIcho and keep himself out of hte bottom 2. A couple of late DeGoey goals got Richo within a kick but he couldnt quite bridge the gap. Elsewhere Juzzy continued his good run with a win over Adam and , Michael battled but did enough for the 4 pts against Tuddy who is now mathematically relegated.
The top 4 going into this round all played each other in a big week for Div 3. Sash flexed his muscles with a massive 251 to thrash Skeeta who would look at his team and think they didnt do much wrong but still lost by 73. Smith Beams and NicNat the stars for Sash as well as his 10 goal forward line... Red didnt hit the same heights but maintained the ladder pressure with an impressive 194-189 win over Frank. Scott Selwood back and in form makes his line up much more dangerous. Now Sash wouldve thought 251 might leave him with the high score prizer for the year, but he didnt even get it for the week after PArma went nuts with a huge 259 to record a 104 point win and leapfrog into 4th on the table. Andrew was his victim whilst Hipwood and JAcobs were his stars in a pretty even team effort. Other games saw come crucial results for the relegation battle with Dean gone after losing to Des and Mitch almost gone after losing to fellow struggler Nick who he couldve overtaken with a win, but now sits 2 games behind with 2 rounds to go.... Nick could even make a late charge for the finals should he win his last two and others stumble....
Div 4 saw none of the highlights provided by D3 but did produce some important results. Blues cruised to a comfy win over Huntsman and secured the minor premiership in the process. DK upset Damo to shorten his finals odds, Smith's 13-4 tackle advantage the key. Cabbage was untroubled by CLayton, Willy got the points against Beamer with minimal fuss and PIglet kept himself a mathematical chance by doing what needed to be done against Patrick...
Round 16 was also the quarter finals of the knockout cup.. Sash went through which is no surprise given he scored 251 - knocking out Syd by over 100 points. Red pipped Blues in a thriller. Gaff not able to outscore Shuey by enough in the late game despite managing 40+.. Elsewhere Cabbage rounded off a bad weekend for Adam's team, whilst Skeeta advanced with a good win over Michael to soften the blow of his 73 point loss in the league.
To the eliminator where we lost Syd (145) and Adam (152). Both also lost their league games and were knocked out of the cup whilst Adam tipped the Dogs (lost by 63) and Syd the BLues (lost by 65) Bad week all round for these two....
The tipping comp remains interesting with the top 2 both the leaders scoring well again. Janith stll in front after landing 65 points from the Lions. Des also had them so remains 24 behind. Juz (also Bris) jumped to 3rd but is a long way back whilst Raph had Carlton and -65 to dsiappear from contention . A quick look ahead shows Janith has the Suns and Dogs left so perhaps all is not over yet... Des has the more impressive Bombers and Eagles to unfurl whilst Juz has Blues and Bombers... 4th ranked Skeeta is a long way back but has Hawthorn and Richmond -could the Tigers smash StkIlda by 100 i round 18 for him to steal the prize.
League in order remains a tight comp, Uchitha (60) leads Raph (62) Sash (64) Nicko (66) Andrew (68) and BLues (70) in a very evenly spread leaderboard. At the other end of the table Gavin remains JUST ahead of PArma who didnt submit a form so has his list defaulted into alphabetical order...
ROUND 15 NEWS
As we enter the final month of our home and away season, nearly everything is still up for grabs.. Everyone still has something to play for, be it top spot, finals, double chances, or to avoid relegation - not to mention bragging rights ,etc.... This week on field was pretty unpredictable and same can be said for fan footy results... The top scorers were Tom Mitchell (surprise surprise) with 50 touches (and 13 tackles), Brodie Grundy with 49 hit outs (v Witts too, hardly a Jackson Trengove style ruck opponent), Steele and McLean with 11 tackles (behind Mitchell but nobody using him) and up front, 8 guys kicked 4 and another 15 kicked 3...
In Div 1, a real log jam is forming at the top. With ladder leader Loaf (10-5) going down to Janith in a comfortable upset result, the next 4 teams are all equal a game behind. As well as Janith, important wins from Raph and Uchitha saw them join Syd at 9-6. Raph, no doubt happy to see SLoane back, beat Syd in a hugely important result that was in the balance right up until Sandilands pulled out leaving Syd no chance, whilst Uchitha scored a round-high 234 to see off Mat despite MAt kicking 190 of his own. Comp admin was pleased to see the margin more than 2.1 after refusing to accept the late inclusion of Ronke on Thursday night after he'd kicked 2 goals in first 6 minutes (no suspicion of foul play, just unlucky timing). Other games saw a couple of teams trying to avoid relegation grab vital wins. Kingy managed 180 and an upset over Ben on the back of a 10 goal forward line, only for Gavin to respond and come from behind to beat Simon - Gavin no doubt delighted when the Roos announced Jacobs as a late out, 11 tackles from the bench getting him home.
The NIcko show rolled on in Div 2 but not without a major challenge from relegation threatened McRob.. Nicko had an impressive 230 on the board early after Hogan and Gawn rounded out his team in the early game - McRob still had a couple of unlikely bullets to fire though and needed 63 from Zach Merrett and Shaun McKernan... When McKernan caught fire and kicked 3 goals in no time it looked like the upset was on, but in the end Nicko held on by 7 points, thaks to Mitchell and Gawn as usual. Another thriller between 2 of his main chasers in Richo and Juzzy came to a disappointing end for Juz when needing 3 goals from Eric Hipwood, he got 2.4 - I didnt see the game but I hope the 4 behinds didnt include a couple of last quarter sitters... Elsewhere Michael jumped to 2nd with a solid win over Ben on back of a 10 goal to 2 forward advantage and Adam saw off Steesh in a low scoring game that keeps him well in contention for the 5. Finally, the bottom 2 had a last roll of the dice game to try and keep themselves in with a chance of surviving. Davo was the victor, all but relegating Tuddy and getting himself within touching distance of 8th spot and safety.
Just when Div 3 was looking a little like a 2 horse race, the top 2 lost and the next 4 all passed 200 to show they are in with a shot.... We'll start at the top where Sash retuend from THailand but remained distracted, only managing 164 in an upset loss to his mate Nick, a result that sees Nick climb out of the bottom 2. The end margin was only 2 points and you cant help but think of what Sash's reaction mustve been when Fyfe did his hammy in the first half of the late game... 2nd placed Red scored better but still to no avail, suffering a 3 goal loss to Andrew who will thank his ruck/tackler combo of Sinclair and Steele for the points... The other games all saw one team score big. Skeeta managing 226 on back of Grundy and Toby McLean to smack Des, Frank got 219 of his own to thump Dean, whilst Parma's 208 was enough to beat MItch, despite Mitch getting 8 goals from his 2 bombers forwards.
On to Div 4 where the good news story remains Blues' run, whilst the bad news story centres on the fact nobody seems to want to make the 5. TEams in 4th 5th and 6th all went down this week, each one missing a chance to get a big jump on their rivals. We'll start at the top though where Blues is almost crowned minor premier after opening up a 2 game and perecentage gap with 3 rounds to go - this week he managed 203 and a 64 point victory over PAtrick who at least fielded a full team this week. 2nd ranked Damo scraped a narrow win over Beamer to at least keep BLues waiting for another week to be confirmed on top. The match of the round saw PIglet and DK clash. THey matched each other all down the list with Piglet shading the forwards 11-10, the mids breaking even at just under 90, but in the end Stanley's ruckwork got Piglet a narrow break and 5 point win, 207-202. Other games saw Cabbage leap to 3rd with a close win over Willy and Huntsman overcome a late selection (Friday submission meant couldnt use Jake Lloyd who'd already played Thursday night) drama to score an import win over Clayton that keeps him in with a chance..
The eliminator victims were DAmian and Ben R who both managed 155. Damo lost Fyfe early so could be considered unlucky whilst Ben's forward line went 0.0 0.0 OUT, so he was fighting from a long way back.
In the tips, the most popular choice was Freo and they lsot by 10 goals, so it was a bad week all round with all up 24 people backing losers... The "genius" move of the week was PIglet taking Brisbane.. Away in PErth -why not - he mustve seen the big win coming.... At the top the leading 3 all had Collingwood, so that and so many behind them losing has opened up a bit of a break for JAnith (539), Des (515) and Raph (508)
The League in order looked to be settling down a couple of weeks ago, but a string of upsets has thrown that around again - Collingwood to 2nd (WTF), GIants back to 6th, Dees Roos and Cats all losing and dropping down unexpectedly ,etc.... Our top 3 remain the most likely candidates though. Sash and Raph (60) and Uchtiiha (62) have been out near the front all year, and whilst others catch up and drop off, you would think the winner comes from that group.
Finally, cup next week - remember to submit teams to both opponents - especially with it being a Thursday games and changes likely ,etc...
Finally , on that, couple of muck ups this week with selection - the rules do state an hour before hte first game and whilst I don't want to be too tight (like I mightve been years ago), its hard to know how flexible to be sometimes... Obviously after the bounce is not good !
ROUND 14 NEWS
So, little late this week, apologies, but it is safe to say I've been a little distracted, what with England winning 6-1 at the world cup, 5-0 against the Aussies in the cricket, not to mention test wins in league (v NZ), in Rugby (v SPringboks), Hamilton winning the GP, Froome winning the Giro, all within one weekend. Anyway, where was I...
That;s right, fantasy footy where the 3 week hell known as bye rounds came to an end on the weekend. The numbers (ave 159) say this week wasnt as bad as round 13, but try explaining that ot PIglet Syd or Tuddy who had no players in their reserves, or Huntsman who managed oly 12 goals. On a more posiitve note, there were stand our performaces from Powell Pepper with 17 tackles, Gawn with 53 hit outs, Benny Brown with 5 goals whilst the bids were all a bit quiet - no active midfielders (Shiels went higher) scored more than Gaff or Higgins' 32. 4 weeks to go now and things are really starting to heat up.
In Div 1 Loaf consolidated his top spot with a comfy win over Uchitha whose weekend only got worse with Cameron and Treloar being rubbed out for the next 5 and 8 weeks respectively… Janith took advantage of his little brother’s slip to keep his top 3 hopes alive with a big win over Raph whilst Syd went into the round with no rickman and only 9 players to choose from but still managed to fashion a win over Simon, thanks mainly to Jaeger O’Meara’s 10 tackles. Other games saw Gavin attempt to kick himself clear of the bottom 2 with a strong win over Benny whilst Mat won the clash of the bottom 2 with a big win over Kingy. A 3-0 bye period from Mat suddenly has him back with a chance of avoiding relegation after he looked all but gone 3 weeks ago.
In Div 2 ladder leader Nicko found the antidote to Juzzy luck and booted 211 to top all scorers for the round– I bet Juzzy had the audacity to feel unlucky as he conceded over 175 for the second time in 14 rounds (by comparison, in same div Davo has conceded 175+ 9 times). The win giving Nicko some breathing room as the chasing pack all stumbled a little. Steesh could only manage a draw against Richo, a result that could be considered a bonus given Richo lost Treloar half way through last quarter of last game – I suspect he might’ve got one more touch had he played on. Michael edged McRob in a thriller after Grundy needed 37 for McRob and got 34 (Despite rucking against Sam Rowe for most of the game– bizarre) whilst Adam smashed Davo who is making my premiership tip look a bit ordinary.. Apparently conceding 175+ nearly every week and losing 5 of your top 10 picks to injury doesn’t help. Finally Ben smashed Tuddy, his 3rd win of the bye period to move into the five.
Div 3 leaders Sash and Red continue to move away from the field with comfortable wins. Sash saw off Parma by 25 points whilst Red beat a depleted Mitch by 10 goals with Gawn and Brown particularly influential… Other games saw Nick collect a crucial win over Skeeta to move himself out of the bottom 2 by 0.03% whilst fellow struggler Dean couldn’t get the job done, going down to Andy in a tight one that he might’ve won had Kruezer lasted beyond the first quarter…. Finally, Frank was untroubled in smashing Des to set himself up in the 3rd double chance position that seems wide open with 4 teams just a game behind him.
Some thrillers in Div 4 where we had an exciting round… We’ll start with Cabbage v Damo which turned into a classic encounter. Gawn’s 53 got Damo an early advantage before Ben Brown’s 5 helped Cabbage catch up… All came down to Jaidyn Stephenson needed 3 goals for Cabbage in the last game – unlikely you’d think, but he got them to get Cabbage back into the 5 and leave Damo a couple of games away from the top spot… Ladder leader Blues took full advantage, smashing Piglet by 11 goals to consolidate his position. The other thriller was a more unlikely pairing.. Clayton needed a nice soft win over bottom side Patrick to keep himself in the 5, but couldn’t get it done. In the end he was lucky to escape with a draw as Patrick’s pies midfielders surged home and almost took the 4 points. Other games saw Willy thrash Huntsman whose forward line looks more like a back line, and Beamer’s resurgence continued with his 5th straight win (over DK) after starting the year 0-9 – could a miracle happen and he go 9-0 on the back 9 to scrape into 5th?
In the eliminator, we lost Uchitha (147) and Clayton (153) – stiff to go out with those scores on a bye round. In the tipping comp saw little change with more than half the tipsets including the top 5 or 6 all on the Hawks who collected 53 points. Hard to catch them with that sort of result.. 4 weeks to go and it must be getting hard for some with limited options now… Jagger remains on top having reached 500 points on the weekend. Not bad given he was 0 after 3 rounds so has basically averaged 50 since.
The league in order remains tight between our top 3 with Sash and Raph equal top this week (60) with Uchitha close behind (52). Nicko leads the rest of the pack on 66. There is still some volatility in the AFL standings so this one isn’t over yet.
The knockout cup doesn’t return until round 16’s quarter finals
That’s about all for this week… To those who are up for the socceroos tonight, good luck (the great sports pundit, HG Nelson recently summed up the Socceroos chances by saying, for as long as they are playing soccer and the rest of the world are playing football, they might struggle). Note, this week is another Thursday start – remember no Swans or Tigers on the bench if you want to be able to change your team on Friday.
ROUND 13 NEWS
IS anyone not glad to see the back of that round? Not only did 6 of the more popular teams have the bye, plenty of others were out, or underperforming, scoring was down in the AFL so forwards were useless ad we had not a single team manage 200….. Bucking the trend, Tom Mitchell again got 40, Ryder and Sandilands topped the rucks with 41, Jack Graham had 13 tackles and a handful of forwards kicked 3….
This made for another week of upsets in Div 1 with the top 4 all getting beat and all 5 games being won by the lower side on the ladder… Raph took advantage of Loaf not only having few players to pick from, but also picking those he did have in the wrong spots, to cruise to a 20 point win that was comfier than it looked… Kingy was even more impressive topping the scorers for the division with 180 in upsetting Uchitha… Janith isn’t the same without Max Gawn, going down to Simon by 10 goals whilst Benny upset Syd in a close one by a goal… Finally, Mat saw off Gavin in what was a must win if he is to have any chance of staying in Div 1…
Similar tail in Div 2 where the top 2 went down.. .Nicko replaced Max Gawn with Jack Silvagni in the ruck, not quite the same and left the door open for Steesh to scrape home by 21 points… 2nd ranked Juzzy couldn’t take advantage of Nicko’s slip though, having only 10 players to pick from, he was never in the hunt against Michael whose recent form continued with another strong result… Other games saw Ben inflict another defeat on Dave, Tuddy get his 2nd win at McRob’s expense and Adam go through untroubled against Richo, notching a division high 181 in the process.
Div 3 and Des topped the scorers with 195 in a comfortable win over Nick B… Sash got over his Thai distractions to easily see off Red and take his top spot in the process… Mitch returned to the winners list with a strong 180 to knock off Dean whilst Frank also managed 180 to ease past Andrew. The final game however provided the excitement with Skeeta and Parma, both still in the hunt for a top 3 finish and double chance playing out a thriller… Parma entered Sunday with a few points lead and Mitch Duncan to come, Skeeta had two tigers forwards to try and overhaul.. Duncan only got 22, Skeeta got 2.1 each from his 2 forwards, but it wasn’t quite enough, one point short in fact and a crucial win to Parma !
In Div 4, the resurgent Beamer and Piglet played the close one… Again, Riewoldt and Duncan were central on Sunday and again, Duncan’s 22 proved enough, this time for Beamer to win by a goal… If Piglet had checked the teams on Friday I’m pretty sure he would’ve won though -playing one short certainly didn’t help.. Elsewhere Blues surged to the top with a big win over Clayton, Damo relinquishing the spot courtesy of an upset defeat to Huntsman.. Willy jumped back into the 5 with a big win over Patrick (who forgot about the bye and named Coniglio Sidebottom Goddard and Pendlebury on their week off) whilst DK continued his good recent burst of form with a comfortable win over Cabbage.
The eliminator took out a couple of the Div 1 premiership favourites with Loaf (111) and Janith (112) both having shockers. Whilst the bye didn’t help, if Jagger had 13 tackles from Graham, or Loaf had 38 touches from Cripps they’d both have survived….
In the tipping comp Des was the big mover. With the top 7 all on Stk or GC and scoring 2 or -2 (barely relevant) it was Des who took the Dockers and scored 57 points to climb the table to 2nd.. Jagger held on at the top, 24 clear of Des with Raph and Juzzy close behind.
League in order see UChtiha and Sash level in front, with Raph a little back in 3rd… Cant see the ladder changing enough to bring others into it at this stage… Uchitha probably really leads at moment as Sash has Richmond top, which they are, but probably won't be after next week’s bye…
That’s it for this week – note we have another Thursday start next week – WCE v Essendon – changes allowed Friday so long as you don’t play and Eagle or Bomber on your bench… Good luck, hope you all (Except maybe my opponent) field a full team !
BELATED ROUND 12 NEWS
I’m going to guess a weekly review that is closer to the next round than the one it’s reviewing isn’t of much interest to anyone so I’ll keep it very brief…. Jarrod Witts was the star of the week with 64 hit outs, Tom McDonald and Jeremy Cameron both kicked 6, Josh Kelly had 40 touches whilst Ollie Wines’ 12 tackles was the weekly high…
In D1, every games was a decided by more than 50 points… Ladder leader Loaf smashed Kingy, Simon was untroubled against Raph, Uchitha also topped 200 in smacking Gavin, Benny took advantage of a bad week for Jagger whilst Mat defied his ladder position to upset Syd… not such an upset when looking at Syd’s outs…
Not quite as bad as the top flight but no close ones in D2 either – star of the week Michael notched 224 to thrash Steesh – Juzzy luck did for Tuddy’s recent revival for an easy win, Ben saw off McRob, Nicko scraped past Adam in the “Close” one by 15 points whilst Richo was almost as impressive as his beloved Magpies in smashing Davo.
D3 and the theme continues…Upsets and thrashings. Dean managed both, taking advantage of Sash being distracted in Thailand to thrash him by more than 10 goals. Nick also managed a big win as they both look to escape the bottom 2 – Parma Nick’s victim. Andrew added to Des’ recent slump with a comfy win, Witts got Frank over the line against Mitch whilst Skeeta cruised past Red… 4 of the 5 games going to the lower ranked team – bye weeks have so much to answer for.
Div 4 provided the narrowest margin of the week with Damo, ladder leader and one time flag favourite scraping past Patrick (who named 8 of his 17 player squad for the round despite them being out this week) by only 10 points… Weird game this. DK took advantage of a weakened Huntsman to smash him, Beamer continued his impressive resurgence since he started picking his good players in the seniors with a 216 to dispatch Cabbage, Blues went even higher with 226 (what byes) to knock off Willy, whilst finally Clayton was an easy winner against Piglet.
The eliminator victims were Red (121) and Parma (115). Sadly neither seemed too badly impacted by the bye so just bad weeks…
The tipping comp through up plenty of action. GWS winning by 108 was good news for 5 tipsters, Ben R the most relevant of them as he jumped to 5th. Sydney’s 71 point win almost as pleasing for another 6 people, Juzzy the highest ranked as he moved to 2nd. The top 7 going in were all on Essendon or Brisbane and Jagger maintained his lead by being on the Bombers… He is 30 ahead of Juz at the top…
No major changes in the League in order – Uchitha (58) still just in front of Sash (60) with Raph in 3rd on 64… Distance to the rest with 12 of us on 70 or 72….
Note next week (this week by the time of writing) Starts with a Thursday night game (as if bye rounds weren’t bad enough)… Don’t pick a Port or Dogs player on your bench if you want to change your team on Thursday night or Friday !! Otherwise only Port and Dogs players will be locked in…. Good luck !!!
ROUND 11 NEWS
So round 11 is done, the final round of normality for a while as we head in to the dreaded bye period where luck often plays a big part in results… even the most meticulously prepared studier of bye schedules, comes undone if they have spread their byes but their opposition has none each week… So before I depress myself and anyone that reads this weekly dribble, what was this week’s good news… Dees duo Brayshaw and Oliver topped the mids with 39 and 38 respectively, plenty of bags from the forwards with JJ Kennedy, Hoskin Elliott and Membrey all kicking 6, Big Max topped the rucks again with 57 whilst in a low tackling round Zorko Gibbs D.Lloyd and Taranto each got 9…
In Div 1 this all meant a change at the top with Loaf overcoming Simon in a tough battle to take pole… This was only possible as ladder leader Syd had a massive slip up.. With Sandilands out, the rest of his team also took the week off and he was smashed by Uchitha.. Cheets did manage 219 of his own (on back of 230 last week) so was well deserving of the 4 points. Janith also went with back to back 200+ scores thanks to 11 goals from Membrey and Hogan to dispose of Mat whilst other games saw Kingy keep his chances of avoiding relegation alive with a crucial win over Gavin. Had he lost he’d be 3 games adrift but now he is within 1. Finally ,Raph saw off Benny in a big game for 5th spot – neither team performed but that won’t worry Raph as he not only cements his spot in the 5, he opens a gap on Ben and the chasers.
To div 2 where there were plenty of interesting games but none more so that Steesh v Tuddy… Tuddy had scored over 200 and lost the last two weeks so was looking for some luck… He managed 187 and Steesh needed 2.2 from Betts to get him – sadly for Tuddy that is exactly what Eddie kicked so it was Steesh by a point… Tuddy meanwhile has 610 points in 3 weeks for 3 losses…. At the top Nicko rode the Gawn 57 to see off Richo, whilst Juzzy did what he does, scored ok (184) but kept his opponent to a well below par score to collect the points…. Elsewhere Michael was impressive with 210 to jump into the 5 with a solid win over Adam, whilst Grundy did enough for McRob to see off Davo in a tight one.
Some strange occurrences in Div 3.. At the top Red and Sash both got the points again and have cleared out by 3 games on the chasing pack… Red was made to work for it by Nick but scraped home by 3 points, thanks mostly to big Max and his 57 hit outs.. Sash was more impressive notching 207 to beat an unlucky Frank who managed 199 of his own.. Frank also lost Zaharakis in first couple of minutes so basically played one short so did well to get so close.. Andrew P came from the clouds to get a crucial win over Mitch. Seemingly gone, he then got 6 goals from Will Hoskin-Elliott to turn things around and steal the points… wouldn’t want to rely on that happening again though… Parma smashed Des who had a real shocker by 10 goals whilst Skeeta did enough to see off Dean despite his much vaunted forward line backfiring.
The big story in D4 was the 1v2 clash between Damo and Blues… Damo seemed hard to beat earlier in the year but injuries can stop most sides and he suddenly seems vulnerable.. Blues took full advantage this week and with Kennedy kicking 6 and Witts’ 47 almost nullifying Gawn, he cruised home in the end…. Equally impressive was Willy who after a slow start to his 1st season is now pushing up hard… He managed 230 this week to thrash Clayton and move to 4th. Cabbage suffered an upset defeat at the hands of Piglet who got 6 goals from Tim Membrey which stopped him from joining the top 2 on 8 wins, whilst the other games saw DK get the points against Patrick with little stress and Beamer return to the winners list at Huntsman’s expense.. Could he mount a late challenge that has him regretting some of those odd selections in the early rounds – if not, he could certainly cause some damage on the run home.
To the side comps and I’ll start with the eliminator which after a steady climb in the scores in recent weeks, plummeted back to early season levels… Des with 115 and Ben D with 127 both dropped out whilst Syd’s 138 must be feeling very lucky to stay alive…
Speaking of staying alive with 138, we’ll move to the cup where the round of 16 produced some good games but also 1 shocker where Syd 138 def Ben 127… HE goes through to the quarters !! This might upset the likes of Nicko (196) and Frank (199) who both got knocked out. Nicko upset by Blues, whilst Frank ran into Sash in the league and the cup and went down 207-199 in both… Others through include Red, Adam, Cabbage and Skeeta who got home with average scores, as well as Michael who’s 210 was much more deserving.. The quarter finals will play in round 16 once the byes are out of the way.
The tipping comp promised big scores this week with some lopsided fixtures and mostly delivered. Those on Collingwood (61), Nth MElb (54), Richmond (71) were certainly satisfied, whilst those who took the Swans v Blues probably feel 30 was below par… Certainly the 14 tipsters who thought WCE would smash the saints at home are not happy… 48 up at 3QT and ready to pile on the percentage the eagles fell asleep and scraped home by 13. This meant Janith (Rich) moved top with a narrow lead over Frank (Coll) Raph (Nth) and Huntsman (WCE)… Bye weeks could make it difficult with not many options left to pick from.. Our leader for example still needs to pick Brisbane, Suns, Saints & Dogs in the next 7 rounds… Are the chasing pack any better off or is there someone out there with only top sides left to choose about to make a surge…
Finally, league in order changed leaders again this week. Uchitha took over top spot from Sash with Raph still battling on in 3rd after leading for first 8 or 9 weeks… Seems ladder has settled down a fair bit now with minimal changes this week – so perhaps these leaders will be the contenders come round 23…
Don’t forget during the bye weeks this year we voted to pick full teams… IF you don’t have enough players, leave gaps in your reserves !!! Must pick a full senior team (unless you don’t have 9 players of course).
ROUND 10 NEWS
Evening all and welcome to round 10 round up… Another high scoring week with a average of 180 but more impressive 11 over 200 and 8 with 219 or more… In fact two poor soles kicked 220 and got beat but more on them later. On field, it was Stefan Martin’s 58 hit outs that led the way, Devon Smith’s 13 tackles weren’t far behind. In the mids it was Treloar with 40 that topped the charts whilst up forward some lesser lights in Josh Caddy and Jade Gresham kicked 6 each…
To Div 1 first and it is weeks like this I wish someone else wrote the newsletter…. After 236 last week, my mob upped their game to 244 – now I could tell you all how great that is but I’m more humble than that, so will just note that is 6 in a row with Gav this week’s unlucky opponent… The Wijesekara derby was a thriller and a possible grand final preview if my preseason column is to be believed… Uchitha “batted first” and posted 230 after most of his team played for Collingwood Friday night… Then, much like when Australia chased down 434 in South Africa, Wij Snr got the runs, ending with 235 with Fyfe needing 27 in the late game to take the points and getting them. Other games were much less impressive but still worth 4 points – Syd dispatched Kingy to stay clear on top, Simon knocked off Benny by a goal with Bellchambers and Zorko getting most of his score, whilst Raph managed a horribly undeserved win with 136 – must make Uchitha happy – seeing off Mat by 7 points.
In Div 2, Nicko returned to form with a big 224 game to smash Davo, but the most impressive match was between two teams outside of the 5 in Adam and Tuddy. Tuddy managed 220, no mean feat for someone who is 1-8 going in, but it turned out not to be enough as Adam notched 234 to take the points… Tuddy has now scored 423 points in a fortnight and lost both games – any justice in the world and he’d have wo 3 straight and be back in with a chance of the 5. Elsewhere Steesh’s 213 was plenty to see off Ben, Richo’s 178 similarly untroubled by Michael who suffered some early bye-stress and finally, Juzzy took the points against McRob in a tough slog.
Similar stories in Div 3 where there was again a ladder leader, Red this time, who scored over 200 and won comfortably – Parma his hapless victim this week, whilst another game provided the real highlights… This time it was Sash v Andrew that entertained, Sash eventually winning 231-208 thanks to caddy and Devon Smith’s big efforts. Worth noting Andrew’s points for and against. He is averaging 180+ but sits 8th – harsh – whilst his average against is 190.. What’s the opposite of Juzzy luck? Meanwhile, Frank topped 200 in smashing Skeeta in a crucial game for ladder positions 3 to 8, whilst the final 2 games were both “grudge matches” of sorts between mates… Dean saw off Nick in what they deemed the battle for the spoon, whilst Mitch upset Des by a solitary point in a result likely to have cost at least a slab, and no shortage of “banter”…
Div 4 seemed to miss the boat this week on the big scores with a more even spread of the points than some above… At the top Damo overcame an ever growing injury list (although he got no additional sympathy when he included Lindsay Thomas on his list of missing) to easily beat Clayton, and that coupled with Blues going down to DK leaves him clear on top.. Blues forward line had him well in front but Smith’s 13-3 tackle advantage saw DK stay in touch with the top 5… Beamer returned to something surrounding a merit based selection process and was immediately rewarded with a win over Patrick who despite the loss deserves credit for the inspired move of Jaeger O’Meara to the forward line.. Must have some inside mail as after 6 goals in 14 previous games for the Hawks, Jaeger snagged 3… Other games saw Cabbage just get over Huntsman in the match of the round 198-189, Caddy’s bag the key whilst Willy was untroubled by Piglet, winning by 8 goals..
Eliminator victims were Piglet with 141 and Michael with 110 – Michael did lose his ruck, tackler and Robbie Gray to the bye, so after 4 straight 190+ scores he was stiff… Piglet less so. Clayton with 146 was lucky, byes aside, cant imagine too many more surviving with scores under 150.
In the tipping there was minimal movement with Geelong and Richmond both very popular and both winning by 28 – Swans also won by 18 and Collingwood by 35 so between them 37 people scored roughly the same… Nicko (GWS) and Beamer (Freo) not so lucky. This leaves Huntsman still top, 24 pts clear of Jagger. Don’t forget to plan ahead around by time – would hate to have no eligible selections by round 13 or 14….
More change at top of the league in order with Uchitha joining Sash at top with 60 each. Raph and Mat not far behind… Will the Roos and Eagles ever fall… Will the Giants come good? Between them they seem to make up for most of people’s scores….
The knockout cup resumes next week with the round of 16. Most interesting match ups pits Syd and BenD against one another– the reigning D1 champ vs current D1 leader… As usual don’t forget ot send teams to the additional opponent this week.
Finally, excellent work by all who participated in the midseason draft on Monday – thanks for your patience with getting the plan implemented – no doubt this is the way of all future midseason drafts….
Til next week, when I’m hopefully reporting on my boys again knocking over their own season high score for the 3rd week straight 😊