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 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.

That’s about all for this week – don’t forget to pay up if you haven’t already !!!

Round 2 News   

I know round 3 is more than half done, but time for a quick recap of last week’s action.  On the field the stars were Jordan Dawson with 12 tackles,  Reilly O’Brien with 47 hit outs, Matt Crouch with 37 touches (all crows so far, you would think they got beat !)  and Cody Weightman with 6 goals…

In Div 1 we saw Gavin post a massive 234 to smack Michael – Obrien Frisch (5 goals) and Steele (11 tackles) his stars – Janith knock over Davo, Juzzy untroubled by Mat and Nick cruise past Uchitha whilst in the close one Sash overcame Loaf by a solitary point when a chain of handballs from Whitfield to Coniglio to Whitfield with 90 seconds left in the late game saw him go from 2 down to 1 up – ouch !

Div 2 Simon was the weekly star with 207 to thrash Syd – again on the back of Fritsch and Obrien…  Other results saw McRob overtake Red late with his Giants mids running amok in the late game, Raph do enough to get over Tuddy with his ruck/tackler dominance important and Parma go top with a solid but unspectatular win over Morca.  Morca has barely lost a game in 3 years in the comp as he stormed up the divisions but an 0-2 start to life in Div 2 could be a reality check…  Finally the close one and Steesh got the points in a thriller over Hardsy who needed 27 from Tim Kelly in the last game but only got 22.

The big score in D3 came from PaulType who bounced back from a round 1 shocker to notch 218 for a big win over Kingy.  Elsewhere Frank had Obrien and Rowbottom to thank for the 4 points against Bangers, Balls midfield went over 100 possessions as he saw off Damo,  Des smacked Richo who was quick to remind us 5 of his top 8 draft picks were out, whilst Willy knocked over ruckless Ben -turning a 4 goal to 0 ruck advantrage into a 27 point victory.

Div 4’s most impressive performance came from Mitch who rode a 10 goal forward line to 208 and a huge win over round 1 star Nicko- perhaps D4 wont be the walk in the park Nicko thought it was going to be…  Mitch is the only team to be 2-0 after 2 rounds in what is shaping as a very even division. Dean J was stiff to miss his own 200, notching 199 for a huge win over Andy, whilst Patrick was also close – 196 to see off Cabbage.. The other 2 games were thrillers – Adrian got the points against Clayton by only 3 points, Whitfields late surge getting him over the line as Clay prayed for 1 last Ginbey tackle, whilst DK and Wayne went even closer with the seasons first draw.  DK’s forwards looked to have done enough but 11 Steele tackles saw Wayne charge back and in the end they both landed at 176.. DK sits winless with a % of 98 – somewhat unheard of…

Piglet was the top scorers in Div 5 wth his 9 goal forward line and 11 tackles from Steele taking him to 214 in a big win over Danny.. joining him on 2-0 were Jona and Beamer.  Jona pipped Rod in a close one whilst Beamer smashed Jacko in a comfortable victory.  The other two games saw Sam knock over Dools by 10 goals and Skeeta go even better, thrashing ruckless Giorgi by 83 points – Giorgi was missing 5 of this top 10 draft picks so will no doubt bounce back.

The eliminator victims for this week were Richo (130) Dools (131) and Andy (134) – 44 found a chair when the music stopped and will go around again.

In the tipping we still had 28 equal leaders as they all follow the “who ever plays the Eagles” strategy for another week.. Its working so far, but the prizemoney isn’t much divided by 28 so at some stage people will have to make a move…

League in order remains a bit of a raffle this early in the season but Michael isn’t out in front by accident – having Giants and Swans in his top 3 is looking like a master stroke and could see him stay up top for a while !

Other side comps – champions league and knock out cup both start in round 4.

Finally, note money is due by the end of round 4 – ie 8 days from now – get your cash in or penalties will apply.

Round 1 News

Welcome back to fantasy footy 2024 and after the anti-climatic (for fantasy players anyway) start to the season with round zero, we finally got underway this weekend.  The new season kicked off with some excellent performances, Caleb Serong’ 46 touches, Jesse Hogan’s 6 goals, Reilly O’Brien’s 45 hit outs and James Rowbottom’s 13 tackles being the pick of them… Interestingly there were no late changes from any AFL side either -lets hope that’s a trend that continues, albeit the naming 23 then dumping someone to “sub later” is another hurdle we’ll have to get used to..

In Div 1, there was no standout performer with 7 teams topping 180 but none going on to make 200.  Sash topped the charts with 199 but looked in trouble heading into the late game still needing about 50 from Daniher and Serong to knock over Mat… 31 touches by half time from Serong saw him cruise home by 3 goals in the end.  A couple more tight ones saw Uchitha pip Michael 195-188 with McInerney and Dunkley bring him home hard in the late game too – Gavin came from behind late to take the points off Janith 193-185 on back of Jye Amiss’ Sunday arvo efforts.. Janith had Charlie Cameron and a 15 point lead v Gavin and Amiss heading into the last game of the round.  0.2 to Charlie,4.1 to Amiss and Gav was home.  Other games were not quite as close with Rowbottom ensuring Nick eased past Juzzy in a grand final rematch and Loaf taking the points in the Ainge family derby in a game both will look to forget fairly quickly – Laird the difference.

If Div 1 was tight, Div 2 went the other way with 4 games won by 5 goals or more… Topping the charts was Raph with an impressive 215.  Hogan and Rowbottom the stars as he gave McRob a return to Div 2 to forget.  Tuddy had the biggest win of the round, smashing Hardsy by 50 points despite his forward line combining for 0.7 – not a bad effort to win comfortably without any goals at all….  Elsewhere Syd opened his account with a strong performance scoring 197 and cruising past Red without much stress, whilst Parma’s honeymoon was made all the better by a 6 goal win over Simon.  I’m sure he stopped whatever he was doing over in Thailand to cheer each of Rory Laird’s 10 tackles.  Finally in the close one Steesh and Big Morca both had below par weeks but Steesh did enough in the end to get the points 156-147.  Morca will be cursing his forwards accuracy with 4.10 between them.

To D3 and the star of this show was Frank who managed 215 of his own for a big win over Damian.  97 from his ruck/tackler combo (Obrien/Rowbotom) was enough to ensure he was home long before Serong added the icing sugar with 46 touches…  Des was the other to pass 200 here with a Hogan inspired 203 getting the job done against a luckless Ben, who with 190 might’ve expected a round 1 vicotry.  Ben will be disappointed as scoring 190 despite minimal input from your forwards is one thing, but when your reserve forward line kicks 10 goals, you are only a couple of selection decisions away from a 230 type score…  Other games saw Bangers small PaulType by 50+ points,  Richo edge past Kingy 153-40 in a fairly low scoring but tight encounter that was only sorted in the last quarter of the Freo game, whilst Willy started well with 190 and 4 points at Balls’ expense.

The early star in Div 4 was Nicko, looking to put back to back relegations behind him he managed 205 for a strong win over Dean J..  Dean picked up over 150 points from his 4 star players and next to nothing from his other 4…  All 3 promoted sides from Div 5 started their campaigns with wins… Mitch jumped out of the blocks with a 5 goal win over Adrian that seemed over early when Laird got 10 tackles,  Andy only managed to fit 3 of his 27 bombers players into his round 1 line up, but they did enough to get him over the line against DK, whilst Wayne had the latest of late wins – Patrick needed 9 tackles from Dunkley to take the points and had them when the siren sounded, but when the champion data boffins completed their review, Dunkley was down to 8 and Wayne had a 1 point victory, reminder for Pat of the rollercoaster of emotions this game can create… Finally Clayton and Cabbage did battle in a game that I’m sure had more than just 4 points hanging on it and Clay took the bragging rights 165-131 in what became a comfortable win.

On to the 5th Division and we had it all here, some thrillers, some thrashings and some impressive scores… We’ll start with our youngest entrant Jona who bounced out of the blocks with 211 for a great win over Danny.  Rowbottom  had set him up well but with Danny posting an impressive 190 it seemed the youngster might be in trouble til Serong and Amiss stormed home..  Brother Giorgi was at the other end of the scoring scale this week, having a bit of  a shocker to post 118 and be thrashed by Beamer. With little bro and dad over 200 this week I’m sure they won’t rub it in..  Speaking of brotherly rivalries Dools knocked over Jacko by 50 points to claim bragging rights at Dooley HQ too… The other games were the close ones… Piglet and Skeeta were both down from D4 this year and looking to return and Hogan;s 6 goals mean Piglet is one step ahead at this early stage, holding on to beat Skeeta by a goal.  The other one saw Sam and Rod trade blows all weekend – Rod looked well ahead when Laird got 10 but Sam’s midfield brought him back into it and in the end it was only 2 junktime goals from Joe Daniher that got Rod over the line..  Needing 3 goals for the win he was on 1 at the 25 minute mark of the last quarter but knocked over a couple of late ones to get Rod the points.

In the tipping majority took Port and would’ve hoped for more than 50, but still not a bad start.. The 4 tipsters who took the Bombers would be happy with a solid score whilst Des got his just desserts  taking Hawthorn to be 74 points off the pace already.

In the eliminator we lost Giorgi (118) Jacko (122) and Hardsy (127) – 3 down , 47 to go in the comp that rewards consistency… Added complication of some early season byes to make this even harder this year.

LIO is really a waste of time until about round 8 but for what its worth after 1.5 rounds Michael and Andy are early leaders on 66.

Champions League and Knockout Cup will both commence in round 4…

That’s all for this week – another Thursday start this week so get teams in early and don’t forget Brisbane and Carlton have the bye  (good time to play Sash without Curnow and Joe Daniher) ….