For those who take it way too seriously

Round 4 in the ORFFA saw a couple of close contests, including a tight tussle for the Mark Seaby Memorial Trophy. Some words below that may or may not tell you how your team went this week….

Nowhere Else Wanderers 996 def by Waikikamoocow Incorrigibles 1304

The Cows curb stomped the undermanned Wanderers in a very one-sided affair. I shudder to think what the margin would have been if Nat had brought his kicking boots – 0.6 is potential coach killer material! I’m sure Graeme was relieved that Brad Crouch remembered what he’s supposed to do when he sees a white line. One short and one of many with half a ruck, it was a difficult weekend for the Wanderers. A ton from new recruit Powell was encouraging, though.

Wagga Wagga Wombats 1333 def Cradle Mountain Devils 1277

Lenny’s boys stay undefeated in a high-quality contest against the Devils. The Wombats got an even effort across the board to back up a strong midfield performance. The Devils didn’t do a lot wrong and had plenty of contributors, but the coach would be hoping for a bit more from the forwards.

Foul Bay Chickens 1170 def Birdsville Battlers 1161

Well, Chief, spitting in my face with your two playing rucks was uncalled for but, let’s be honest, I’d have done the same if I could. This one was closer than it usually is between these teams, but the status quo remains, and the Battlers are still shitter than the Chooks. Granted, half a ruck and a 3 for Luke McDonald sting in a 9-point loss – but as my 9-year-old self used to say, look at the scoreboard loser.

Charlies Opening Spelunkers 1267 def Mount Beauty Uglies 1238

Won’t lie, read this one a few times before I convinced myself it was right. A good team effort from the cave dwellers, including six tons, may have pleased the coach - but it’s hard to know with the tankers, isn’t it? Tough loss for the Uglies who slump to 1-3. Just not enough support for Petracca and Gawn this week. A bit concerned I may incite the wrath...
Big round for trade decisions - assuming a lot of owners have Young, and already had to burn 2 trades on Danger and Rowell, maybe even Caldwell. Do you still have room for correction trades?

Some more rookies named this week:
Will Martyn, Richmond, MID, 123,900
Rhyan Mansell, Richmond, DEF, 102,400
Beau Mccreery, Collingwood, FWD, 117,300
Lachlan Jones, Port Adelaide, DEF, 139,800

Not tremendous job security; seems Mansell is in for McIntosh. Richmond still have Riley Collier-Dawkins not getting a game too and McIntoch and Prestia shouldn't be out too long, so not sure I'd trust getting 3 games out of these guys but something to monitor.
McCreery could be an interesting one as not many guaranteed starters in that Pies side...
Will Jones keep his place in that strong Port squad?
Round 3 in the ORFFA saw us pay tribute to our friendly friend Walesy. Hooray for Walesy, and hooray for the ORFFA.

Now, let's see how Round 3 treated our teams...

Devils 1314 d 'Cows 1171

Cradle Mountain got back on track with a convincing win over the Incorrigibles.

It was the Devils' defence that did the damage, with Rich, Lever and O'Connor racking up tons. Four other Devils hit the century as well in what was a good team effort.

The Cows got got big scores out of Dunkley, Papley and OBrien, but Prestia's early injury hurt - and may continue to sting for the next few weeks.

Battlers 1121 d Wanderers 1021

Birdsville shored up a spot in the eight with a hard-fought win over the Wanderers.

Big Harry McKay led the charge, kicking goals from everywhere on the way to 145 points. The only sour note for the Birdsville was the serious injury to ruckman Witts, who is unlikely to take the field for the rest of the season.

The Wanderers' had their own injury issues, with Stephen Coniglio hurt early on. Lyons with 139 top scored, while the defensive quartet of May, Ballard, Aliir and Plowman showed plenty of fight.

Wombats 1227 d Uglies 1179

Wagga overcame an interchange doughnut to remain undefeated, sneaking home over the Uglies in a close contest.

Jordan Ridley's 147 spearheaded the Wombats' effort, while Langdon and Impey scored much needed tons.

The Uglies kept it close all day- Max Gawn almost singlehandedly carrying his team to victory with 163 points. Ultimately some below par performances from Martin and Butters made the difference.

Vultures 1446 d Chickens 1306

A near top of the table clash produced a high scoring, high quality contest, with the Vultures emerging undefeated.

Seven tons all over the park helped the Vultures, with OMeara, Gaff and Kossie Pickett top scoring. Higgins' injury the only sour note.

The Chooks were well served by Ziebell, Jack Higgins and Goldstein, but were ultimately outgunned elsewhere...
Round 3 has started! Grundy has gone large! Hopefully some of us have him as VC, but are there any loophole options on the horizon?

Has anyone heard any news about any rookies being dropped later this round?
Stupid injury round hey? better late than never on the old review

Nothing could be more stupid than Nigel Smart trying to firewalk back in the day….

Round 2 of the 2021 ORFFA season is done and dusted, here is the super quick lowdown

Birdsville Battlers 1239 defeated Waikikamoocow Incorrigibles 1194
JC gets the corned beef sarnies in a close one. Ryan, Cerra and Witts tonning up, with Mitchell and Dunkley doing well for the Cows. Pig Hunter Robinson was shit

Cradle Mountain Devils 1153 smacked by the Mount Beauty Uglies 1353
Tons to Rich, Pendles, Steele and Gresham weren’t enough for the Devils, as the Uglies went mad. Salem, Walsh, Ellis, Gawn, Martin were good and Butters went bananas with 163

Nowhere Else Wanderers 1180 defeated by Venus Bay Vultures 1213
Dave goes down in another close one with tons to Atkins and Lyons. Newnes and Scott were unremarkable. Crisp, Houston and Parker all put in a decent shift for Fitzy

Wagga Wagga Wombats 1289 do Larrikin Lagoon Lefties 1183
Lenny’s now top of the tree with a win against the bye. 6 tons and a scintillating 19 from Aaaaaaarts was enough to get over the improving Lefties, who now might not be a bye, just bi.

Foul Bay Chickens 1132 defeated Lovely Banks Lilacs 1042
Chooks go 2-0, Lilacs back to 50%, Old crew in Libba, Selwood and Hawkins good for the Chooks. The flowing locks of Darcy Moore were in fine form for the Lilacs

Charlies Opening Spelunkers 1140 defeated by Gariwerd Cockatoos 1186
Spelunkers are a tale of two teams, one elite, the other very very shit. Gariwerd might have found one in Jiath

Whitsunday Warriors 1009 defeated Nareewillock Nuffers 995
The TikiBar was a hive of activity after a close one! 4 tons to the home team was enough to get them home by 14 points.

Iron Knob Codpieces 1099 whacked by the Gundagai Grasshoppers 1317
Reigning premiers go 2-0 on the back of a very consistent performance. A couple of shining lights for the...
Need to trade Rowell...

I’m thinking...
Williams via Laird
T Mitchell

Could also trade to Jordon but prefer to wait another week..

I’m genuinely undecided - Titch would only leave $37k in the kitty

What are all your trade plans?
Round 1 Review courtesy of @TerryinBangkok

Win or lose, isn’t it just great to be back?

Waikiks 1380 def. Uglies 1252
Good tussle this one with both teams scoring 5 tons. Great way to start the season but it doesn’t get any easier for Mount Beauty next week with the clash of the Tassie Mountain Men.

Vultures 1226 def. Battlers 1078
Fitzy started with a bang and the Battlers well, they battled. Only one ton to the Vultures but very good even scores across the board. Ominous.

Devils 1354 def. Lefties 1048
It’s official. The Lefties are building. The Devils made a mess of them with a polished performance, but the Lefties have set themselves a benchmark for the rest of the year. Larrikin Lagoon rises from the ashes?

Lilacs 1189 def. Wanderers 996
Lilacs are a rapidly improving team and will be thereabouts come finals time. The Wanderers remain a development team but are pushing that magic 1k mark. Hope to see steady improvement this year from both teams.

Wombats 1334 def. Cockatoos 798.
Bang. The Wombats are the Adelaide Crows of the ORFFA and the Cockies are Geelong. We know the Cockies will bounce back, but can the Wombats put together a consistent season and climb to the heights we know they are capable of?

Chickens 1330 def. Nuffers 909
Like good wine, the Chooks just get better with age and have shown they still have plenty left in the tank. The Nuffers are another development side, fueled by enthusiasm.

Grasshoppers 1301 def. Spelunkers 1066
The Spelunkers signed the Magna Carta while Gundagai would be happy to have that one in the bag. Both teams can be expected to improve on this outing.

Packers 956 def. Warriors 934
Warriors got off to a bad start with injury woes aplenty, but full credit to the Packers who ground out a gutsy well deserved win. 1k is the target for Tracey and this week would be a...
Stats are up peoples! Sorry about the delay, how did we go?

I cracked 2100 which is fricking bossly, considering I traded Mills for Lloyd at the last minute, had Meek onfield instead of Floyd, and had Rowe benched.

Che sera.

Hopefully next week goes better!

Hodl. No trades yet.
Just quietly, how good is it to have footy back? That game last night was such a great start to the year!

Hands up if you skipped on Martin?
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