For those who take it way too seriously

Friday 20 April at SCG (7.50pm)

B: Smith, Grundy, Lloyd
HB: Mills, Rampe, McVeigh
C: Jones, Parker, Heeney
HF: Cunningham, Franklin, Hewett
F: Papley, Towers, Jack
FOLL: Sinclair, Kennedy, Hannebery
I/C: Florent, Rohan, Hayward, Marsh
EMG: Aliir, Fox, Robinson, Ronke

IN: Rohan, Marsh
OUT: Newman, Aliir

B: Brown, Talia, Hartigan
HB: Laird, Doedee, Seedsman
C: Atkins, Gibbs, Knight
HF: Lynch, McGovern, Milera
F: Jenkins, Walker, Otten
FOLL: Jacobs, Douglas, Ellis-Yolmen
I/C: Greenwood, Gallucci, Kelly, Poholke
EMG: Hampton, Wilson, Fogarty, O’Brien

IN: Knight, Otten, Gallucci, Poholke
OUT: Betts, Sloane, Mackay, Fogarty

Saturday 21 April at Etihad Stadium (1.45pm)

B: White, Brown, Savage
HB: Gilbert, Carlisle, Newnes
C: Geary, Steele, Acres
HF: Sinclair, McCartin, Billings
F: Gresham, Membrey, Long
FOLL: Hickey, Ross, Steven
I/C: Dunstan, Clark, Coffield, Weller
EMG: Longer, Armitage, Austin, Battle

IN: Membrey, Clark, Weller
OUT: Roberton, Lonie, Marshall

B: Deledio, Tomlinson, Shaw
HB: Finlayson, Davis, de Boer
C: Lloyd, Griffen, Whitfield
HF: Greene, Patton, Hopper
F: Taranto, Cameron, Reid
FOLL: Simpson, Ward, Coniglio
I/C: Corr, Shiel, Haynes, Himmelberg
EMG: Bonar, Cumming, Keeffe, Shipley


Saturday 21 April at MCG (4.35pm)

B: Plowman, Jones, Mullett
HB: O’Shea, Rowe, Simpson
C: Fisher, Dow, Kerridge
HF: Lamb, Casboult, Curnow
F: McKay, Curnow, Wright
FOLL: Phillips, Cripps, Petrevski-Seton
I/C: O’Brien, Garlett, Thomas, Silvagni
EMG: Kerr, Shaw, Graham, Lebois

IN: Rowe, Kerridge, Lamb, McKay, Phillips
OUT: Cuningham, Weitering, Kennedy, Kreuzer, Graham

B: Hurn, Barrass, Sheppard
HB: Jetta, McGovern, Duggan
C: Sheed, Shuey, Masten
HF: Cripps, Darling, LeCras
F: Waterman, Kennedy, Lycett
FOLL: Naitanui, Yeo, Gaff
I/C: Redden, Nelson, Hutchings, Rioli
EMG: Petrucelle, Watson,...
Following nominations we have 54 teams entered into TS ORFF* Knockout Competitions this year. The 2018 format will be quite different this year so hopefully this can explain it fairly simply.

13 teams have qualified for the 2018 ORFF* Champions League between Rounds 7 and 11 (no play in Round 10). 2 further teams have secured a half qualifying spot for the Champions League and will clash in a winner takes all Round 6 Champions League Playoff contest and then enter the Champions League in the Round of 16 in Round 7.

39 other teams will be competing in the 2018 ORFF* Knockout between Rounds 2 and 7, 25 of these teams will have a bye in Round 2 and enter the completion in Round 3 while 14 teams will battle it out in Round 2.

As well as securing the 2018 Knockout title the winning Knockout Grand Finalist will secure an additional Champions League spot and will enter that competition in the Quarter Finals the next week – ie Round 8.

2018 Champions League allocations occurred as follows
- 12 spots based on 2017 League placings - 3 spots to each competition including Premiers and next 2 highest ranked other sides based on 2017 Home and Away ladder position (excluding teams who did not nominate) - ie Sarah Island, Mallacoota, Tarwin Lower, Waikiks, Venus Bay, Marble Bar, Serengeti, Southern Cross, Nuytsland, Mt Thirsty, Drouin, Jan Juc
- 1 spot to the 2017 ORFF* Knockout winners – with Nuytsland winning the 13th direct spot nominally goes to the Vikings and as they had already qualified then Groote Eyland were added as the next highest nominated ORFFU side after home and away
- 1 spot to the 2018 ORFF* Knockout winners (entering at the Quarter Final stage)
- 2 half spots to the 2017 ORFF* Knockout Runners up and 3rd place teams – Rutherglen and Jan Juc. As Jan Juc had already qualified then Neptune Island were added as the next highest nominated ORFFF side after home and away. As above Rutherglen will host...
Wagga Wagga 1213 d Wineglass Bay 882

The Marsupials chalked up their first win for 2018 in style, knocking together 1200+ despite playing one forward short.

Wagga's midfield foursome of Oliver, Gibbs, Swallow and Shiel racked up 450 points between them to lead the charge. Sicily and Cripps notched tons up forward, while Jarman Impey shows signs of real progress in 2018.

The Packers also enjoyed a series of centuries in the midfield - from Mundy, Dunstan and newcomer Stephenson who looks the goods. But too much was left to too few, with only Alex Neal-Bullen really firing and just one fit player on the bench.

Venus Bay 1372 d Charlie's Opening 1081

Eventually someone might beat Venus Bay in season 2018 ... but I'm not sure who and when as Fitzy's mob rolled to another big score in their win over the cave dwellers.

Barely a weak link across the field. Lids, O'Meara and Carlisle warming the emergencies list. Bench rookies scoring 100s. Plenty of talent there to allow Venus Bay to indulge the ups and downs of the Yeo yo-yo. Of course, this week's 150 meant Elliot managed to pull off all the tricks without clunking himself or any nearby spectators in the scone.

The Spelunkers were improved this week but remain a work in progress. Short played tall, Hooker the forward looked better back and Duggan appropriately dug in to ton up. Bont, Zerrett and a welcome Atkins century pushed the total towards 1100.

Waikikamoocow 1392 d Whitsunday 1121

Hmm, maybe I spoke too soon when wondering who might measure up to Venus Bay, with the cow-kickers continuing on their merry and undefeated ways over the Warriors.

You know you have depth when your best first 15 scorer starts on the pine (looking at you, Mr Menegola), and your best scorer for the weekend doesn't even get a guernsey (that's you, Mr Parfitt).

Even with Mitchell, Jacobs and Fyfe looking mortal, others stepped up - McLean, Dunkley, McGovern and the returning Prestia. Bailey Williams...
Man, lost my cash league by an O'Meara and a Parfitt.

I can stomach the O'Meara score, but losing to the guy who selected Parfitt, sheesh.

Nah, I kid, well played buddy.

How had everyone else done this week?
Friday, April 13
Adelaide v Collingwood at Adelaide Oval, 7.20pm ACST

In: D.Fogarty
Out: L.Murphy (hamstring)
Emg - Gallucci, Hampton, Wilson, O'Brien

In: J.De Goey
Out: T.Adams (hamstring)
Emg - Blair, Mayne, Fasolo, Mahocek

Saturday, April 14
Greater Western Sydney v Fremantle at UNSW Stadium (Canberra), 1.45pm AEST

In: T.Greene, D.Simpson, R.Griffen
Out: R.Lobb (knee), J.Kelly (groin), H.Perryman
Emg - Bonar, Keeffe, Shipley, Perryman

No changes
Emg - Duman, Tucker, D Pearce, S Jones

Richmond v Brisbane at the MCG, 2.10pm AEST

In: J.Caddy, D.Prestia
Out: S.Lloyd, J.Higgins
Emg - Lloyd, Higgins, Broad, Soldo

In: D.Beams, Z.Bailey
Out: C.Cox, R.Lester
New: Zac Bailey (Norwood)
Emg - McStay, Lester, Barrett, McInerney

Western Bulldogs v Sydney at Etihad Stadium, 4.35pm AEST

In: S.Biggs
Out: Z.Cordy (suspension)
Emg - Young, Webb, Roughead, Lipinski

In: A.Aliir, Z.Jones, N.Newman
Out: S.Reid (quad), L.Melican (hamstring), G.Rohan (personal)
Emg - Fox, Marsh, Robinson, Ronke

North Melbourne v Carlton at Blundstone Arena (Hobart), 7.25pm AEST

In: R.Tarrant
Out: N.Hrovat (thumb)
Emg - B McKay, Wood, Mountford, Zurhaar

In: C.O'Shea, J.Silvagni, L.O'Brien
Out: C.Marchbank (ankle), C.Polson, J.Lamb
New: Lochie O'Brien (Bendigo U18)
Emg - Phillips, Graham , Lamb, H McKay

West Coast v Gold Coast at Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST

In: J.Kennedy, L.Duggan
Out: M.Hutchings, L.Ryan (ankle)
Emg - Cole, Schofield, B Ainsworth, Hutchings

In: J.Bowes
Out: P.Hanley (shoulder)
Emg - Powell, Spencer, Rosa, Heron

Sunday, April 15

Essendon v Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm AEST

In: M.Guelfi
Out: C.McKenna (suspension)
New: Matt Guelfi (Claremont)
Emergencies: Hartley, McKernan, Langford, J Merrett.

Not much this week to talk about so there's not going to be a normal list format yet. The key points of discussion are what to do with Liam Ryan, who is unfortunately out for 10-12 weeks and Gary Ablett.

Gary Ablett
Rather straightforward. At $620,700 he can be turned into pretty much any premium you can afford. So if you don't have any of the top guys, grab them, maybe hop onto the Cogs-train too, otherwise it's who you feel is best.

Which brings me to a point of discussion that's a good excuse for filler. Right now Jackson Macrae is getting a lot of love since he currently sits as the second best player after the freaky Mitchell. After only being in just under 3k teams, he's going to be in a lot more by trade deadline. Is he worth it? This is where diving back into the stats is a good idea.

Last year, there were quite a lot of players who started with a 130+ average, here they are listed and with their final overall average:
Dustin Martin
3Rd Ave: 144
2017 Ave: 119 (2nd best)
Marc Murphy
3Rd Ave: 142
2017 Ave: 108 (16th)
Patrick Dangerfield
3Rd Ave: 139
2017 Ave: 136 (1st)
Marcus Bontempelli
3Rd Ave: 131
2017 Ave: 105 (20th)
Oliver Wines
3Rd Ave: 131
2017 Ave: 99 (39th)
Rory Sloane
3Rd Ave: 130
2017 Ave: 110 (10th)
Scott Pendlebury
3Rd Ave: 130
2017 Ave: 107 (19th)

Most of these players are very good but what this shows is that if you brought in anyone who's not in that elite bracket (Dusty/Danger) you got them after they had their best scoring period for the season (Sloane is kinda anomaly, remember he went insane for 5 rounds then really dropped off badly til end of season). You would have been better trying to bring in Mitchell, Kelly, Crouch, Neale or Oliver. Making that call though, that is the hard challenge.

Scoring peaks are very hard to maintain. Right now I'd say by end of season Titchell is in line for a 130+ season, Dusty 120+, Danger...
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ORFFA Round three – a return to normalcy?

Finally, we had TNT (team naming Thursday) and games played over Friday evening and the weekend. So we were back to normal in the sense. There were no repeats of the multiple team entries including JJ; so we were back to normal in that sense. Having 15 guys who would play? No chance; so we were back to normal in that sense. Would the favourite teams win - based either on the ChiefBet scale or the table after two rounds as indicated in the headers – read on to see if this was business as normal. Oh, and by the way this week we focus on the poorer performers rather than the normal approach of applauding star performances. All points count, you cannot ignore the weak links in your team.

WWW (14) v VBV (1)

ORFFAns had assumed the good mates would play a sporting game and applaud their opponents whenever possible. Well that was the theory. In what turned out be something of a yeo yeo (27) verbal stoush, Lenny had the barrassed (36) effrontery to ask of Fizzy how Dayne Beams was travelling? Fitzy gave as good as he got with a retort which your correspondent thinks included “gaff***ed” (123) followed by a Crisp (128) enquiry about how Cam Guthrie (7) was travelling. The VBV continue on their march to the top spot and perhaps, this year, finals glory. Lenny’s internet appears in need of an upgrade from dial-up to fibre and some new tweaks / apps in the MSD. WWW 931 lost to VBV 1379

WKI (3) v WBP (13)

The Packers made the long commute to the green and pleasant land of Jerusalem; well Bulls actually. Jerusalem is a little ways up the river. James Baxter established Aotearoa’s first hippie commune at Jerusalem in 1968 – great days. So peaceful, such a contrast to the uncouth, shambolic ritual of post-match drinks in the Bulls Hit Tavern. But I digress. For the locals, Aaron Hall (21) copped...
2212 this week felt like a bloody solid score, still only 6,753th for the week though shows that there is still people getting a ton of mileage out of their players!

I reckon Fogarty and Ryan is going to to push a few forward lines to the limit, but hey, the way that English is going, it might be worth trading into some kind of R/F link to get him onto the field in the forward line :D

Anyways, how have you guys gone?
Not much movement at all in the teamsheet, which is kinda nice :D

In: Krooooooze, Higgins
Out: O'Shea
Firstly, I want everyone to realise how great the TS stats section is. Seriously go clink on the link and check out all the information on different tabs. It's a gold mine of information. Huge props to @walesy always delivering the goods that we enjoy.

Onto the article.