Key Dates

Draft Night - Monday March 19, 2018
Money Due - Sunday April 15, 2018
Midseason Draft - Monday May 21 or Tuesday May 22, 2018

 

 

For information, suggestions, or anything to do with this comp feel free to contact Stuart Ainge on stuart.ainge@bigpond.com

 

DRAFT NIGHT

Quick note re midseason draft tomorrow night.

Please all be online at 8pm.. I’ll do a quick roll call to make sure everyone is ready and then we can start.

Quick plan:

- As per division specific email sent out, most players are participating
- Keep chat to minimum in the draft chat so people don’t lose track of who is picked.
- Might be easier to get it done on the night if people announce their delistings earlier. Once you have decided who is getting axed, please publish your list in the message chat, and/or as a reply all to the email rather than waiting to be asked at 8.
- Ladders are on the website to show tipping order. Make sure you are following the order during the draft.
- I Will try to keep an eye on the chat in all leagues, but will be doing my own draft, so those that are experienced and know whats going on with the tech, etc, please try to assist others in keeping things moving / keeping track of turns etc…
- To the new players, if you have any questions drop me a note tomorrow, or ask on here and I'm sure people can help.

IF this way of doing things is a massive disaster, I apologise in advance, but numbers have dropped every year for midseason draft and with players spread so far and wide, if we can avoid everyone giving up a whole night away from home to pick 2 or 3 reserves players, then it will be a win for all.

Cheers

Stu

ROUND 9 NEWS

A quick update this week as I have some work to do around the midseason draft tomorrow night. Another week of high scores with the average up again to a season high 183 – mainly on back of some big bags from the forwards…..  Darling and DeGoey led the way with 6 each whilst a dozen others kicked at least 4.  Tom Mitchell was back after a couplke of quiet weeks to top the mids with 46, Sam Jabobs’ 54 was unchallenged as best ruck, whilst Macrae (13 but not used) led Zorko and Shiel (12 each) to top the tackles.

In D1 match of the round saw Benny and Loaf clash, both on 4 game winning streaks.  Both  forward lines fired with Junktime Jack’s late surge almost getting Benny the chocolates but it wasn’t quite enough, Loaf by 2 points to make it 5 straight.  3 double tons in the div led by top side Syd with 219 – not a bad score given his forwards did nothing (Waite in the 2s?) and he smashed Gavin by 14 goals.. Mat got his first win of the year with 213 seeing off unlucky Simon ,Lloyd and Ryder the keys, whilst Raph also topped 200, notching 210 to upset Uchitha.  The final match saw Jagger get the job done against Kingy whose torrid season continues.

In D2 Nicko put last weeks upset loss down to Gawn and Mitchell not starring – well this week they both returned to top form and he lost again… Michael was the giant killer this time managing a 190-181 loss that seemed unlikely until Junktime kicked 3 second half goals.  Richo was impressive with 213 to just get the points against Tuddy whose resurgence continued with 203 of his own but it wasn’t enough.  Elsewhere Ben R pipped Adam in a high scoring thriller, Juzzy was untroubled by Davo and Steesh got the points against McRob without too much stress.

D3 and the big story was whether ladder leader Red could end his recent losing streak. Des didn’t make it easy with 194 but the top side got it done, Ben Brown the difference as he managed 201 to win by 7 points.  Skleeta and Andrew played a high scoring thriller that Skeeta won 220-197 in a massive come from behind win that needed most of Darling and Riewoldt’s 11 goals in the late game… Nick B saw off Frank for a comfy win, Sash did likewise against Mitch and Parma would’ve had a comfortable weekend too given Jacbos and Macrae has him 90-0 up againt Dean on Friday night…

To Div 4 and the star of the weekend… Huntsman entered the weekend averaging 163 and without a 200+ score to his name but that all changed when he took on Piglet.  247 points on the back of big games from Mitchell Lloyd Greenwood Darling and Cripps sees him odds on to take the “top score” award ad saw Piglet smashed by 13 goals despite not going that badly himself… In other results, Damo topped 200 in seeing off Willy, Clayton was impressive with 216 to thrash DK, Blues was untroubled by Beamer’s 2nds and Cabbage took the points against Patrick.

SideComps, the tipping comp was interesting this week.  The 11 who took Melbourne can rejoice at 109 points, those who took Hawthorn or Geelogn less so with big defeats knocking them down the leaderboard…  At the top it is now Huntsman who had MElborne obviously.  He leads from Jagger and Frank T – Frank deserving a mention for going 9 weeks undefeated.  Things will no doubt get tougher in coming weeks for those who have tipped all the top sides already…

Eliminator victims were Davo and Mitch with 155 & 153.  Next lowest was 168 so this one looks like it might be getting harder too.

League in Order finally saw a change of leader with Sash overtaking Raph who lead since round 1.  Mat joined Raph in equal 2nd also. 

Finally, knockout cup is not being played next week due to Port/Suns byes.  It will resume in round 11 instead.

I’ll send an email re midseason draft later tonight (and post it on website and facebook).   Hopefully all who wish to attend, can…

ROUND 8 NEWS

Round 8 complete and it provided us with our highest scoring round of the season -with the average up to 176.  Leading the charge on field were Devon Smith with 15 tackles, Tom bellchambers with 55 hit outs, Jack Macrae with 47 possessions and ignoring the undrafted Ronke, Robbie Gray with 6 goals… At the other end of the scale the late withdrawals of Scott Selwood and Pendlebury bit a few people…

To Div 1 where your resident columnist is pleased to report a great victory in a high scoring encounter with the luckless Syd.  Led by Martin and Oliver, Loaf’s 236 was plenty despite Syd getting 207 of his own – a score that would’ve beat any other side in the division with 20 points to spare… Syd going down opened the door for Uchitha to go back on top and Wij Jnr didn’t disappoint, scraping home against Simon in a thriller by 4 points, despite being 10 goals down going into the late game with 2 players v 1.  Other games saw Benny win his 4th straight, condemning Mat to a 0-8 start, Kingy keeping his season alive with a Curnow inspired 8 point win over Raph (Who again named Parfitt despite last week’s discussion) and Janith make it a double for team-Wij, despite some selection disasters, with a solid win over Gavin.

Upset of the year in D2.  Nicko’s unbeaten start to the year came to a sudden end at the hands of the most unlikely of opponents, the previously 0-7 Tuddy… 7 players scoring 4 goals or better in a true team performance from the bottom side… Steesh failed to make any inroads into Nicko’s ladder leadership though, the latest victim of Juzzyluck as his team scored only 151, well down on their season average… Bellchambers’ 55 was all Juz needed to cause the upset and move to 3rd.  The chasing pack are all very tight with teams going up and down 4 spots every week at the moment – this weeks movers were Adam who was untroubled by McRob in a low scorer, Ben R whose Macrae-led 209 smashed Richo and locked themselves together at 4-4, and Michael whose 10 goal forward line ensured he took the points against Davo.

Some interesting clashes in D3 this week too with the bottom 2 winning and the top side going down. We’ll start at the top where a fortnight ago Red looked unbeatable.  Not so now after 2 straight losses, this week going down to bottom side Dean… Dean got big games from unlikely heroes Tom McDonald and Mitch Robinson to cause the upset, whilst Red would’ve thought he was home needing 3 tackles from Scott Selwood, only to see him withdraw, turn to the bench and find the exact opposite of a tackler in Jake Stringer – ouch… Sash and Des are both up top on the ladder and played in a topsy turvy game, Sash eventually winning due to Devon Smith’s 15 tackles.  Skeeta topped the scorers with 207 to beat Mitch, Parma got the job done against last week’s giant killer Frank, whilst Nick did enough to get the points against Andrew thanks mainly to an 8-2 tackle win.

To Div 4 where things remain very tight… Damo reclaimed his top spot with a solid win over Piglet who really needs to start checking the teams before submitting his side… The match of the round saw Blues lose his top spot in a high scoring clash against Cabbage…. Curnow’s 13 gave Blues and early lead that Martin’s 49 neutralised but in the end it was Cabbage’s 9 goal forward line that got him home – Caddy the key.  Elsewhere Willy smashed a huge 234 to thrash DK and amazingly his 2nds kicked 217 as well..  Confidence and depth high for Willy as he cements his spot in the 5 after a slow start.  Clayton had the bye this week with the reserve stacked Beamer not putting up much fight, a 50 point win for Clayton moving him to 3rd  (Beamer’s 2nds did kick 237 – which is the highest score of the year, and had he picked his 1sts on merit, he would probably have won $50 for high score – moral of the story, reserves stacking doesn’t pay).  In the final game Huntsman was lead by Hugh Greenwood as he amassed 196 to easily beat Patrick.

Eliminator victims this week were McRob (135) and Andrew P (157) as the bar started to rise at last… Interestingly for McRob his 2nds got 160 so would’ve survived, perhaps some work to be done at the selection table…

League In order leader is still Raph but Sash is right on his tail now, just 2 points behind.  Huntsman, McRob and Uchitha round out the top 5 well within striking distance…

The tipping comp was mostly a successful week with Adam, Des and Ben R the happiest following Melbourne’s 69 point win.  21 tipsters took Freo and banked a solid 30 points.  Less impressed would be Patrick who had the Suns, Loaf who would’ve expected more from Richmond and the 9 tipsters who had Essendon….

Finally re side comps, I had the next round of the knockout cup down for round 10-  this was an error as would clash with the Suns/Power bye.  Cup rounds are always scheduled to avoid byes (and also avoid Monday / Wednesday games, etc).  I have therefore pushed it back to round 11.  Hope this is fine by all.

Before I go, draft details will come around by separate email tomorrow.  Might differ from division to division depending on technology – just need to speak to  a couple more people before finalising. 

ROUND 7 NEWS

Round 7 produced plenty more excitement this weekend, with no less than 13 of our 20 senior matches decided by 20 points or less.  The top players were Jarrad Witts with 58 hitouts, Ed Curnow with 14 tackles, Jack Macrae with 40 touches and Mitch McGovern and Jordan DeGoey with 5 goals each.  Selection blunders were frequent too leaving plenty a fantasy coach with nobody to blame than themselves this week…

In Div 1, all 5 games were decided by 19 points or less with 4 by under 2 goals and all teams scoring between 162 and 197.. IF that’s not equalisation working, then having 5 teams on 4-3 on the ladder is further proof.. The top scorer this week and now top of the ladder was Syd whose 197 was enough to edge Janith by 7 points.  Gawn “only” getting 34 for Janith and losing his battle with Sandilands (48 for Syd) was crucial…  Loaf managed 194 and can thank McGovern and Witts for keeping Mat’s losing streak going whilst Simon also got 194 in beating Kingy despite Curnow almost single handedly causing an upset.  Benny upset Uchitha by 4 points to knock him off the top, whilst in the other game Raph went down by 2 points to Gavin… Seems naming Parfitt on the bench when he wasn’t picked by Geelong backfired when Bont pulled out and Raph needed someone to come in and get him a goal… oops.

To Div 2 and Nicko continued on his merry way at the top going to 7-0 despite “off weeks” from his stars Gawn (34) and Mitchell (29), he got the job done against Ben by 2 goals. Touk Miller his unlikely hero this week with a 9-4 tackle advantage.  Steesh leads the chasing pack after knocking up 208 to dispatch Davo whilst Michael was even more impressive, managing 233 to thrash Tuddy.  Juzzy handed Adam a simple win when he left Casboult (3 points) in the ruck, despite the returns of Bellchambers (32) or Ryder (19).  Given he lost by 4 points in a low scoring tussle, its safe to say the mistake was pretty costly  (note:  Adam kicked 138, Juzzy luck cannot be stopped, even if his incompetence cost him the win).  The final game saw Richo sneak past McRob in an evenly matched struggle, with most positions balancing out against their opponents, Merrett’s failure for McRob seemed the key stat.

Div 3 and the runaway leader was beaten !!  Red went in 6-0 against Frank who was 303 but Frank got 58 from Witts, Ben Brown and Max Gawn failed to match their recent form and the upset was complete…Sash and Des both moved closer to the top with important wins, Sash getting 187 to pip Skeeta in a thriller where Grundy and Beams went to head in the late game, whilst Des got 194 ad was reasonable untroubled by Dean.  Other games saw Andy P beat Parma and move into the 5, whilst Mitch, inspired by Ed Curnow, had few reasons for concern as he saw off Nick B.

Many a strange happening in Div 4 this week…. We’ll start with the big upset where unassuming DK knocked off Damo by 5 points… Given DK sent his team in with a note saying he hoped to get within 10 goals, it is a win worth celebrating… Tom Hickey his hero for neutralising Gawn at least.  Blues topped the scoring and moved top of the ladder with 224 on back of Witts and Curnow combining for 114 poits in the ruck/tackler combo, comfortably beating Huntsman who was unlucky with 187 of his own.  Willy also topped 200 in thrashing Beamer who seems to still be stacking his twos, however his twos also got beat and dropped to 8th on the table.  Piglet picked two blokes who were injured or dropped but still managed 185 to thrash Patrick, whilst in the other game Clayton flogged Cabbage who had a disastrous round, finishing with only 97.

Whilst on Cabbage’s 97 we move to the eliminator where he went out, along with Patrick’s 121.  At least Cabbage had excuses with early injury to Shuey not helping, whilst Patrick forgot to submit a team so gets what is deserved…

The tipping comp through up some better scores this week with Adelaide, Richmond and Melbourne all winning well.  Those that took the Dogs or Pies at least scored wins, whilst on the other end of the equation, Nick B speculated on the saints and dropped from 2nd to 8th and Patrick didn’t enter a tip so was given “worst eligible score” and -77 for Freo.  At the top Frank T remains in the leads, although Dean J and Raph closed the gap.

League in Order also got a bit tighter at the top.  Raph has lead since Round 1 and remains in front but his lead was cut from 10 points to 2 points this week as Sash moved closed.  Raph has Port to finish top so really needs them to move up from current 11th if he wants to stay in front.

That’s it for this week – 2 weeks to midseason draft  (Monday night after round 9 – will send details around this week)  - Cheers

ROUND 6 NEWS

Round 6 and plenty more surprises, both in the AFL and fantasy football… We’ll start with the on field action where Tom Mitchell topped the mids (45) again,  Ben Brown topped the forwards again (along with lesserlights Caddy, S.Gray and I.Smith), Steele and Ebert topped the relevant tacklers with 11 each (Lyons 13, Polec 12 went unused) whilst the big surprise was in the ruck where Gawn’s 42 wasn’t enough to beat Andrew Phillips’ 48  (I bet a few of you just said “who?”)…..

To Div 1 where we have a new ladder leader in Syd.  HE knocked up 211 and smashed Raph by 15 goals to leapfrog Uchitha on percentage.  Uchitha also had a win, but not quite as convincing, overcoming winless Mat by 7 points, thanks solely to Mat not having a ruckman (well Treloar’s 42 helped too).   Elsewhere Loaf held on against Janith in a tight tussle, Ben did likewise against Kingy (another who would’ve won had he found a player taller than 185cm to play in the ruck) and Simon took the points against Gavin in a low scoring encounter that did little to explain how these guys will go after both jumped out of the gates quickly only to stall in recent weeks….

Div 2 and Nicko continues his wonderful start to the year.  A frequent whipping boy of this column over the years, credit needs to be given when due.. Nicko is 6-0, 2 games clear on top and averaging 208 points a game !! Of course, this won’t mean anything to him as he openly states stats are not that relevant…  This week he smashed McRob by 80 points with a massive 230 score led by Gawn and Mitchell again.  Tight battles in all the other games with Davo knocking over Tuddy despite his forwards kicking 1 goal from 10 scoring shots, Steesh getting the points against Adam thanks to some late Josh Kennedy goals, Michael topping 200 and seeing off Ben by 25 points in a big game that keeps him well in contention after a bad start, and Richo beating Juzzy despite losing the tackles 11-1…

If Nicko is looking good in D2, then the same must be said for Red in D3.  He also scored big this week (225), also is 6-0 and averaging 200+ and also 2 games clear on top… This week he beat the extraordinarily unlucky Andrew who managed 210 of his own, to not just lose here, but also be playing Red in the cup for a double-defeat…  Red got 11 tackles from Ebert off the bench as cover for Scott Selwood (bet you are glad he didn’t play), and 42 from Gawn but the big difference was up forward where a 9goal to 6 performance proved the clincher…  Parma beat Mitch after switching unknown James HArmes to tackler and being rewarded with 9, nice work Bruce, I knew pikcing 15 Melbourne blokes every year would uncover a gem one day 😊 Frank pipped Dean in a thriller, eventually wining by 3 points after Gaff was set 30 to win in the late game and got 32, Sash smashed his mate Nick by 10 goals and will no doubt drive Nick mad talking about it all week, whilst finally Des pipped Skeeta by 4 points in a thriller, Mitchell again the key…

Div 4 gave us a couple of thrillers… Piglet beat DK by a solitary point that came from a last minute Sandilands hit out in the late game leaving DK to regret dropping Bont and Kennedy to his 2s this week whilst Huntsman saw off Clayton by 2 points, an impressive effort given Jeremy Howe was his ruckman….  Cabbage topped the D4 scorers for the week with 209 to end Willy’s recent run of form whilst up top ladder leaders Damo and Blues both scored good wins.  Damo had the bye and made a meal of Beamer’s reserves whilst Blues got the points against Patrick with minimum of fuss.

To the side comps where there was plenty of action this week – we’ll start with the cup where the 32 remaining teams did battle. I won’t go through every game but highlights included Red 225 knocking out Andrew 210, Nicko Cabbage Michael & Syd all going through with 20+ scores, whilst in the close ones Sash edged out Damo by 5 points and Richo did just enough to get over Steesh by 2 points

The eliminator victims this week were Juzzy with 144 (there is no “points against” here so he was always in trouble) and Raph who had a shocker with 123.

In the tipping comp it was good to see 37 of us tip a winner (commiserations to the other 3 who at least knocked over their obligation to back Carlton once)…  It made for a small change at the top where Frank who took Adelaide (48 pts) overtook Nick B (Dogs, 21 pts)… This will start to get interesting soon as various tactics work, or don’t… Frank for example is top but he has tipped 6 pretty good sides… If I was framing a market, I might have Ben R favourtie, sitting 12th but having already tipped Suns, Carlton and Brisbane… I’m sure there are others in similar boat who must still be pretty confident !

Finally to the league in order where Raph continues to maintain his good lead, 8 points ahead of Sash and Huntsman who climbed from 10th to equal 2nd this week..   

Good luck to all next week, except any playing me of course… Til then.

ROUND 5 NEWS

So after 6 days we have completed the marathon that was round 5….  It leaves us with only 2 undefeated sides after 3 of the 5 lost, but more on that later – on the field we again saw big Max as the dominant force with 56 hit outs, Brad Ebert’s 14 tackles matched him,  Fyfe’s 43 won the midfield by 9 from his nearest rival, whilst up front things were a little quieter with Bruest and Walters leading the way with 5 each.

In Div 1 there were upsets aplenty with the top 3 sides all getting beat… Uchitha went into the round unbeaten and averaging 207 a week, but had a relative shocker scoring only 159 and going down to Loaf.  Raph couldn’t capitalise on his stumble, also suffering his first defeat as Max Gawn once again inspired Jagger to the 4 points and a big win… Wonder if Raph regrets taking Jacobs with the coveted pick 1, a decision currently costing him 3 goals a week on average. 3rd placed Gavin also went down with Benny the perpetrator of that one..  Elsewhere Syd topped 200 in beating Simon and in a battle of the bottom 2, Kingy was untroubled by Mat, securing his first win despite no ruckman and  a couple of his players not getting on the park…

To Div 2 where our two unbeaten sides clashed in the supposed match of the round.  It was no contest in the end with Nicko steaming away from Juzzy on back of Breust and then Gawn to win by 59 pts in a canter.  At the other end of the table Michael secured his first win, Ebert’s 14 tackles seeing him upset Stu Mc whilst fellow struggler Tuddy was not so lucky – battling again to a disappointing 123 and going down to Ben easily…  Other games saw Davo, thanks mainly to Sandilands, beat Adam with minimal fuss and finally Richo left it too late against Steesh, needing 75 points on Wednesday from Sidebottom, Zaharakis and Treloar to see off Steesh.. They got 67 and he went down.

In a week of upsets no such story in D3 where runaway ladder leader Red got the job done again, scoring 211 to easily see off Mitch… Some big games in the chasing pack where Des’ 203 “runs on the board” had to stand up against Frank who had Daniher, Reid, Treloar and Zaharakis in the last game of the round.  Their collective target of 105 proved too many although had Daniher and Reid kicked straight early it might’ve got nervy. Dean’s tough season continued, going down to Andrew in a low scorer whilst the other 2 games went right down to the wire.  Skeeta took a small lead into Grundy v Sidebottom on Wednesday and came out on top as Grundy got it done, whilst Parma and Sash effectively had a tackle off with Pendlebury v Smith going down to the wire.  6-5 to Smith got Sash the points by the narrowest of margins.

D4 saw premiership favourite Damo flex his muscles with a big 221 to thump Cabbage (I won’t make a chow mein joke).  Even scarier had he played Ebert (his usual tackler) he would’ve gone past 250.  Blues kept pace with him at the top courtesy a comfy win over Piglet on back of Ed Curnow’s 12-2 tackle advantage (Piglet not doubt rapt with Lindsay Thomas knocking his tackler out)…. Willy’s resurrection after a luckless start to the year continued with a big win over Huntsman, Clayton and Patrick went down to the wire with Clayton coming out on top easier than it seemed leading into Anzac day, whilst DK had the bye, posting a shocker with 129 but still winning as Beamer has abandoned his season after 3 rounds…

In the side comps, tough round in the tipping with popular picks Brisbane, GWS, Hawthorn and WCE not meeting expectations… Those that took GC would be happy with a win and to have them ticked off, whilst the real rewards went to those that thought outside the square.. Damo and Mitch got 54 from Freo, Michael 46 from the Tigers.

League in Order had a mini shake up everywhere but the top where Raph continues to dominate with a 6 point lead over Sash… Richmond finishing a round on top of the ladder for the first time since 1995 was good news for those who backed them in, whilst North and WCE continue to exceed expectations and push scores up sharply…

The eliminator victims this week wereTuddy and Nick B with 123 and 120 respectively.  I suspect the cut off will now start to go up in this comp…

Thanks all for getting cash in on time last week – always better for the competition not to have points penalties needlessly applied…. 

Finally, next week is round 2 of the cup for the 32 left standing.. Be sure to copy in your cup opponent when sending your teams.

ROUND 4 NEWS

Round 4 now complete and what did have in store for us… Lower scores across the board despite some big individual efforts, plenty of floggings in the AFL.  Max Gawn was the standout with 66 hit outs, Liam Shiels’ 14 tackles was almost as good, Benny Brown, Daniel Menzel and Josh Kennedy led the forwards with 5 (honourable mention Dustin Martin kicked 6, but nobody used him forward), whilst a rare Tom Mitchell flop (24) let someone else win the midfield for a week – Steele Sidebottom’s 43 taking the win.

In D1 this meant very little change at the top with Uchitha and Raph winning again to hold on to their undefeated starts.  Uchitha looked in trouble until SHiels brought him home strong to deny Kingy who would’ve likely won had he got a ruckman on his list… Raph saw off Loaf by 8 points in a tight one that swayed all weekend, Loaf looked good til 2 late goals from Roughead took Danger’s required target from 22 to 34 and he couldn’t get it done.  Gawn inspired Janith to a 3 goal win over Simon, Gavin returned to form after last week’s bad one with a 84 point smashing of Mat whilst stalwarts Syd and Ben played out a thrilling clash that was only settled when Scott Selwood’s 9 tackles in the late game weren’t quite enough to get Ben the points.

D2 and again both undefeated sides won to stay that way, albeit in different ways.  Nicko again relied on the traditional method of scoring well, whilst Justin continued his unique style of stifling his opposition…  Nicko won a thriller over Steesh 206-202 with Gawn for Nicko and Sheils for Steesh playing out a Sunday afternoon shootout… Justin’s win over Michael relied on the following Juzzy luck moments – Gray got 39 touches, didn’t kick a goal (could only happen against Juz), Richmond win by 15 goals but Riewoldt only kicked 1 (only against Juz), Witts rucks solo all day but only gets 17 (only against Juz)…   Elsewhere Ben had a strong win over Davo that was never really in doubt, McRob got the job done against Tuddy and Richo’s Collingwood midfield fired to see him past Yatesy easily…

In D3 what a week for Red… Not only did he win to go 4-0, all those behind him lost so this early in the season he is already 2 games clear of 7 teams all in equal 2nd – oh and he got Scott Selwood back and in form too… That gawn/Selwood combo will post some big scores this year, as Sash found out this week in a 211-176 scoreline.  Scores were not so impressive elsewhere, with Mitch, Parma and Nick all getting wins with scores on or under the weekly average of 164.. Menzel kicked Mitch clear late to pile more misery onto Dean who’s having a shocking start to the year, Nick’s 164 was plenty to smash Des by 7 goals, Oliver to tackler and Sidebottom into the midfield the key moves from Nick, whilst Parma was probably due some luck, notching a 146-137 win over Skeeta in an underwhelming cotests.  Finally, Frank continued his good run, cashing in on Bellchambers outscoring Stef Martin by 25 hit outs (WTF) to beat Andrew by 21 points….

Div 4 lost its last undefeated player this week with Cabbage crashing to a shock loss.  His 136 wasn’t befitting a ladder leader and DK took full toll, enjoying having a live ruckman this week to record a comfortable victory.  Damo moved top, the premiership favourite making his move early with 209 and a 90 point victory over Huntsman who spent the weekend out on a boat and probably won’t want to return…. Piglet was equally untroubled with a big win over Beamer who has either taken the unusual step of targeting the twos from round 4 (ordinary, if so) or made some bizarre selection decisions…  Elsewhere Blues won their third in a row, welcome back Josh Kennedy as he made the difference against Clayton, whilst last but not least, Willy’s top scored with 216 to record his first win, comfortably defeating Patrick by 10 goals.  A welcome change of luck given he scored well but lost in all 3 earlier rounds.

To the side comps.   Happier days for most tipsters this week with popular selections Nth (10 tippers, 86 point victory), WCE (8 tippers, 80 point win), Geelong (8 tippers, 47 pt win) and Richmond (6 tippers, 93 point win) all scoring well… Not so good for those that took Adelaide, Carlton, Sydney or GWS, none of whom really living up to expectations….  There was a change at the top where Nick B and Dean J over took Frank T. Frank had Geelong but dropped 2 spots as Nick had Richmond and Dean took West Coast.

In the eliminator, Mat with 114 and Huntsman with 119 departed the competition.  Mat’s forward line didn’t kick a goal between them, but his best midfielder had 17 touches and 6 goals – tough game sometimes….  Huntsman was away and outsourced his team selection – his proxy will not be getting a thank you message….

League in order remains the Raph show… 10 points in front of Piglet which seems a lot given there are 20 more tipsters within 10 points of Piglet chasing 2nd…..  IT seems rating Hawthorn and West Coast higher than most people has been the key to his success so far.

Hopefully all your money is in – I’ll check the account on Monday and issue any points penalties then.  Good luck next week – with the Anzac fixture mess (games on Tuesday and Wednesday), let’s hope they at least name extended squads on Friday…. (note: no changes to the rules as it becomes almost impossible to police / track, we are all in the same boat).

ROUND 3 NEWS

Round 3 is done and are things starting to take shape? Who knows... 6 teams remain undefeated and are feeling pretty good about themselves whilst 7 teams are winless and worried ! On the field, we saw Tom Mitchell top the possessions (again) with 40, Scott PEndlebury lead all tacklers with 12 (you'd have to be a genius to use him as tackler), MAx Gawn pip Stef MArtin 50-49 to top the rucks, whilst in a quieter week for forwards, JOsh Thomas of all people won the goals with 5 - of the more relevant, Roughy, Ben BRown, Junktime JAck and Levi all got 4.

To the fantasy games and Div 1 didnt produce much excitement this week with 5 games with combined margins of 300 points. Loaf's annihilation of Kingy by 124 pts topping the charts with 212. Kingy's a bit stiff as his top 4 draft picks and both his ruckman are injured, but his percentage of 57 is reminiscent of Fitzroy's last couple of years (look it up youngsters!). Uchitha and Raph maintained their unbeaten starts to the year with big wins over Gavin and Simon respectively. Strange game as Gavin and Simon both looked very good in the earlier rounds before this week's thrashings... Elsewhere BEnny bounced back from a bad day last week to notch 201 and beat Janith - something everyone enjoys - whilst Syd sent Mat to 0-3 with a comfortable 34 point win

To Div 2 where things were much closer - 4 games decided by 20 points or less and 2 by less than a goal.. We'll start with the thrillers where Davo needed 32 from Dangerfield in the last game to beat Richo.. 14 in the first half left him worried but the Cat got there late on to clinch a first victory for DAve. The other thriller saw McRob pip Ben R late. Ben was looking good til Ablett's hammy went ping and allowed McRob to get over him late on by 4 points... Elsewhere Juzzy and NIcko both went to 3-0 with solid wins. Juzzy (dont mention Juzzy luck every week, its not fair) kept his streak alive with a 171-151 win over Tuddy, whilst Nicko notched 188 to beat Adam. The final game of hte round saw Steesh comfortably beat Michael who goes bottom at 0-3 despite having the 4th most points for - harsh.

In Div 3 only 1 team remains unbeaten. Red is that team after his relatively comfy win over Skeeta in what was a battle for top spot..... The other previously unbeaten side, Des, lost his status with a narrow loss to Andrew who needed at least 2 points from JAmes Stewart to get the win and wouldve let out a big sigh of relief when the big Bomber got himself a goal just before half time. Other D3 clashes saw Mitch open his account with a narrow win over FrankT, whilst Sash beat DEan J easily enough in an underwhelming local derby... Finally, PArma topped the scorers for the division with 196 to comfortably beat Nick and open his account for 2018

To Div 4 where again only 1 team remains unconquered, Cabbage... Not the most intimidating of names but his 3-0 start suggests otherwise after a comfy win over Beamer.. Previous top team Patrick lost his unbeaten start when he ran into my premiership favourite Damo in ominous form.. 217 from Damian topped all scorers for the round and flexed his muscles as the ladder starts to take shape. Elsewhere Huntsman had little to worry about in seeing off DK who really needs a ruckman, Blues continues their impressive start with a solid win over Willy and Clayton pipped Piglet in the close one that was in the balance right up until LeCras goaled for Clayton at 28 minute mark of last quarter...

On to the side comps where there was plenty more action.... In the eliminator we lost DK (130) and Gavin (129). Interestingly last week we lost Dean J and Kingy who were the bottom 2 scorers again this week.... They seemingly have long seasons ahead.

The tipping comp was another week of misery for most.. 29 took Port who won, but only registered 5 points - not quite what the 29 tipsters had in mind... the big winners were Uchitha who took the PIes and not only got 24 points, but the benefit of not still having to find a week to pick Collingwood. DeanJ (Crows, 49 points) and Mitch/Raph/Nicko who took the Dees and got 37 will also be pleased with their efforts. Frank maintains his leads from Raph at the top.

The cup kicked off this week with 8 ties to see who joined the top 24 seeds in the 2nd round... BenD smashed DK to advance, whilst Raph, Parma and Huntsman all had big wins too. Steesh, Clayton, McRob ad Patrick were the others to make the round of 32.

Finally, the league in order, should settle down as the AFL ladder takes shape. Raph is the early leader by 8 points from Mat with Patrick in 3rd.

Thats it for this week - another nice FRiday to Sunday round next week so I'll be in touch Friday night with the teams.. Dont forget money is due next Sunday. Failure to pay on time will see ladder points docked. (if you've paid since last week, don't stress at it not being recorded on the website, I'll reconcile my account in coming days and send personal reminders to those who still owe)

ROUND 2 NEWS

Ok.  2 weeks down and are we any the wiser about anything that might happen this season?  I’m not sure, but on the field we are noticing some trends – more goals being the key one with 16 forwards averaging 3 goals a game – the dogs are crap – there are upsets a plenty and the dud sides might not be as bad as we expected (Suns, Hawks , Roos in top 5 anyone?)….  From a fantasy game perspective, we saw Laird and Mitchell both post 40+ touches again, Tom Lynch and Ben Brown topped the forwards with 8 and 6 respectively, obviously happier not to be playing in a cyclone this week, Witts and Gawn got 48 each in the ruck, whilst Josh Kelly (15) Liam Shiels and Devon Smith (13 each) were the tacklers you wished you had…

The end result of all this was some big scores, and we’ll start in div 1 where Simon topped the charts for the second week running, notching 234 to beat me by 5 goals… 207 just wasn’t enough for your disappointed columnist… Uchitha was the other one to go big, justifying my lofty predictions to score 226 and thrash Syd.  Gavin also topped 200 in demolishing Kingy by 15 goals whilst the other games were not as high scoring but had plenty of drama.  Raph beat Benny by 3 points despite Ben charging home late with McEvoy dominating the ruck today, whilst Jagger did enough to see off Mat by 17 points, solely thanks to a 48-1 hit out advantage.

Div 2 and I would love to talk about the big scores but first we need to address Juzzy luck again…week after week this inexplicable phenomenon strikes Juz’s opponent down rendering even the best sides useless – this week he took Ben down and YET AGAIN after a couple of rounds, the Juzzy defence (points against) is amongst the best across all 4 divisions.  If you wonder why I’m so bothered by this, Juz and I have scored the same amount of points this year, yet I’m 0-2 and near last and he is 2-0 and on top…  Jokes aside, Nicko and Adam joined Juz at 2-0 with solid wins.  Nicko came from behind to see off Richo with Tom Mitchell getting the job done in the Monday game whilst Adam beat Michael with minimal fuss,  A 63-8 forward line advantage the key.  Elsewhere McRob beat Davo in a high scoring encounter 214-191 whilst Steesh celebrated his 40th birthday with a comfy win over Tuddy, lets hope 40 is kinder to his team than 39 was…

In Div 3, the stars of the show were Frank and Red who both topped 210 easily.. Frank riding Lynch Witts and Zorko’s big games to dispatch Sash (bad week for Sash with his Tiges going down too… hopefully after a Div 4 / Richmond double this weekend might humble him a little bit.. who am I kidding !!!) whilst Red was untroubled in thrashing Nick.  At the top of the table however is Skeeta who backed up his round 1 victory with a 76 point demolition of Dean.  Other games saw Des also go to 2-0 with a tough win over Parma, whilst Andrew got the job done against Mitch who must be feeling a bit unloved by the gods, having scored 180+ both weeks but finds himself at 0-2.  Worse still, if he hadn’t swapped his tacklers over from last week he would’ve got the win !

To Div 4 where we have a wide open field.  Patrick goes top of the ladder, (with a fear inducing forward line of Castagna Petracca and Burgoyne… Unbelievable, but effective so far) after a tight win in a low scoring game against DK who suffered his first loss.  Joining Patrick at 2 and 0 is Cabbage who got the wood on Piglet early when Ben Brown kicked 6 and never looked back…  My early season flag favourite Damo had a shocker, only just getting 150 and getting thumped by Blues who posted 213 and demanded to know why they weren’t considered when my predictions were being completed !  Other games saw Huntsman score his first win at Beamer’s expense and Clayton see off Willy in a tight battle (Willy no doubt regretting picking Bellchambers (16) ahead of Grundy (45) in the ruck.

To the side comps where there was action aplenty. 

After 40/40 tipped a winner in round 1, thinks came crashing down this week with only 8 successful tippers – thank god for the new format says Benny !! Losses by popular picks StKilda, Dogs and Carlton saw plenty of negative scores and they weren’t exactly narrow losses either ,whilst those that tipped the Cats would be very disappointed with a -1 return.  NO such problems for Frank T who took Melbourne to go 27 points clear at this early stage.. Only 13/40 have scored positive points so far, and it will only get harder as the teams we each have left to pick from narrow down.

The eliminator victims this week were Kingy (115) and Dean J (109). Both had excuses with Dean losing his ruckman before the bounce and Kingy losing Matt Crouch very early in the game..

The league in order probably wont take any meaningful shape for a few weeks, but at this early stage Raph has opened up a little lead, 6 points clear of Piglet and Red.  Key to that seems to be he rated Hawthorn higher than most people and StKilda much lower… If those teams stay where they are, so will Raph !

Finally to the cup…  First round starts next week so be sure to send your team to your cup opponent as well as you league opponent.  Note top 24  seeds (based on points for over rounds 1 and 2) get a bye so it’s only 16 teams playing.  Most interesting ties seem to be Nick B v Clayton, a definite grudge match between mates, and Ben D v DK – a 25 year veteran and reigning Div 1 Premier taking on a Div 4 newcomer.. IF this was the FA cup this would be the TV game for sure…

That’s all I’ve got for you this week, other than couple of admin requests:

  • Payment due round 4 – failure to pay on time costs ladder points so don’t let your chances go down…
  • When submitting teams, please try to name players in correct order as per website  (forwards, mid, ruck, tackler, emergency).  I know it sounds pedantic but much easier for me when entering all the team changes to the site.  (also – no spreadsheets or attachments- just send the team in the email body please)

Thanks all – til next week…

ROUND 1 NEWS

Welcome to the first weekly update of 2018. After months of preparation, all those theories, ideas, and gambles either paid off (Charlie Curnow !  Nic Nat !) or crashed horribly (Libba !).  The biggest scorers were not surprising, Buddy lead the forwards (just like2017), Tom Mitchell lead the mids (just like 2017) and Big Sandilands lead the rucks (just like any time he stays on the park).  The tacklers bucked the trend with unlikely stars in Jack Graham and Nick Holman getting 13 each

In Div 1, the most impressive first up performance came from Simon who managed an impressive 228 on back of Buddy’s big haul.  Ironically Simon would’ve been relegated to D2 had the comp not suffered a withdrawal but that didn’t matter at all as he smashed reigning premier Benny by 70 points.   Uchitha and Syd also topped the 200 mark, Wij Jnr taking the first family derby in years whilst Syd saw off Kingy.  Elsewhere Gavin came home strongly to knock off Stu whilst Raph did enough to get past Mat.

In D2 it was Nicko who topped the charts, bouncing back from a horror 2017 to open his account with 225 and knock off Davo.  Davo will be relieved he lost by more  than 4 goals having forgotten Toby Greene and used Easton Wood as forward.. early “tool of the week” nomination Dad !  Richo got his campaign off to a good start with a solid 217 to see off Michael, whilst Ben also topped 200 in smashing Steesh whose 2017 form seems to have continued (despite seeming to have a much better team this time around).  Other games saw Adam knock off Tuddy and Juzzy show that his expert defence from last year is still firing, keeping McRob to 128 as Juzzy luck rolls on….

To Div 3 where I had assumed Sash scored 250 given his confidence when talking about his side, but no- was only 195 as he had a comfortable season opening win over last years D4 grand final adversary Andrew.  The top score came from Des whose 216 was enough to see off Mitch (for whom he did the draft), lets hope he wasn’t setting this up on draft night !  Red overcame Parma in a low scoring thriller, Dean J won a tight one against Nick who lost Ryder whilst Skeeta scored well and saw off my premiership selection, Frank.. come to think of it my D1 2 3 tips all got beat !

Now to D4 where with 6 debutants there was plenty of interest, but it was the experienced campaigners who topped the charts.  Piglet with 228 gave Willy an early lesson in what a cruel game this  can be, whilst Damo was untroubled by Clayton… Of the other newcomers DK was impressive managing 173 and an easy win despite losing Libba in the first 10  minutes, Patrick was untroubled by Beamer who seems to have forgotten to draft any forwards (trap for new players) and Cabbage (great name, great stitch up) opened his account with a hard fought win over Huntsman….

To the side comps – eliminator chopped Steesh in round 1 for second year running (112) and Beamer (125).  McRob was lucky with 128 to survive…

The league in order kicked off with 39 participants – Parma?? – whilst the ladder wont look much like it does now come round 23, the early leaders are Nick B and Piglet… They have a handy break over the field, what that means we will only know after a few rounds…

In the tipping those that took GWS (Frank, Huntsman and Nick B) were well rewarded with a 82 point start whilst those who got Port for 50 are probably happy too!! Amazingly all 40 tipsters got a win….Those that took Richmond (17 tippers) are probably disappointed with only 26 points, whilst 3 took the Swans which was an odd move whilst playing away, but they did get 25 for their bravery.. 9 others took the Suns and are last with 16 points, but don’t have to pick the Suns later on, so perhaps they are really the leaders?  Time will tell.

That’s all Ive got for you this week.   Hope you are all enjoying being back in the game.. 20 of you who won will be anyway.  Another Thursday game so get team in early !!!

Oh, finally – for those not following the facebook page, get on board –  it’s the easiest way to communicate with 40 of you at once, particularly with quick and small items.

DRAFT NIGHT APPROACHING

Evening All,

7 days til draft night.  Hope your preparation is going well.

Had a few line up changes with the current sheet below.

Farewell to Nudge Shan Frank Spence Sam (5 FUCC premiership team mates, sad times) and Andy  (I’ll stop spamming you after this email I promise).

Welcome to 6 new recruits: Cabbage, DK, Willy, Beamer, Patrick and Huntsman.  If those that have introduced you haven’t fully explained the comp, check out the website (Stusfantasyfootball.com) which has a full rules list (mostly up to date) or drop me a line with any queries.

If for any reason, anyone else is not 100% confirmed to be participating (or if attending by proxy/phone, have teed up said proxy/calltaker) please let me know asap, as I will need time to sort out a replacement.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Finally, not many takers on the supercoach league – code is below – I assume a lot of you have an entry so throw it in to avoid us getting left with a league topped up by randoms.

Cheers – see you all next Monday

Stu

WELCOME BACK FOR 2018.

It is that time of year again..  Hope you are all keen and ready to go.

Draft  -  Monday 19 March – Footscray United CC – 17 Scovell Cres, Maidstone.  7:30 start (So please plan to be there by 7:20)

RSVP  - Please let me know asap if you are playing this year  (also, if you have any one else who might be interested in joining).  If I don’t hear from you this week I will follow up as need to get organised asap.

Rules – no major changes.   We will have a vote on draft night on bye weeks (Reduced teams or full teams) as this generated considerable discussion last year.  Scoring system to remain unchanged.  I’ll cement the “partial lockout” into the rules given we have 7 Thursday games again.  Also, ruck “emergency” rule that worked well last year to be clarified and entered into the rules (may also discuss at draft implementing similar “auto inclusion” for other positions if people think it is preferable to the emergency system?)

Mid draft – to discuss on draft night.  With bye rounds shortly thereafter I still see benefit in topping up lists.  Whether there is a way to do it online (ie messenger chat ?) instead of all attending can be discussed.

Tipping comp – has varied slightly to keep people involved longer.  Will still run round 1 – 18 and you still need to pick a team each week (And can never pick same side twice) but rather than being elimination, you score the margin your team wins or loses by.  So round 1, I pick Essendon and we beat Adelaide by 10 points, I Score +10.  If you tip Adelaide you score -10… This way everyone stays in for the 18 rounds but the “one team a week” concept remains in play.

New side competition – I’m also adding a “league in order” competition.  Here you must predict the AFL ladder as at end of round 23 and closest to correct win… Scoring here is a lowest score wins, with points awarded for how far away you are… ie I tip Essendon to finish 2nd and they finish 4th I get 2 points.  I tip Collingwood to come 13th but they come 17th I score 4 points and so on.   League in order tips must be submitted with round 1 tips (or if you are organised, at draft night)

Cost/Prize – Cost unchanged at $100 due by end of round 4.  Prizes for premiers and runners up will remain unchanged – I’ll do some juggling of minor prizes to accommodate “league in order” money

Contact info:  my latest details are below.  When you rsvp, let me know if your details are current.

Finally, I’ve also set up a Stusfantasyfootball supercoach league for those looking for league/s to join –– code is 557626.

Cheers

Stu