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 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) ….