For those who take it way too seriously

Rowell and Bailey Smith injured early on amongst a number of low player scores has seen Round 5 to be a challenging week on field.

Off field the AFL has seen the Victorian clubs begin to migrate north for 5 rounds (6-10) to keep the 2020 campaign ticking along.

It's now upgrade season so pick your targets wisely and hopefully the cows you trade out don't pick the next week to smash out a ton.

Please post below with your weekly spiel whether it's good, bad or u-g-l-y.
There are several big player scores around the traps and some injuries for the like of Naismith, Howe and Fyfe.

How is your team going after 4 rounds and how many trades do you have left for the final 13 rounds of season 2020 ?
With a late Sunday game in this shortened round please post below to share your experience this week, and also discuss your trade in targets for Round 4 (which may depend on whether that is an 8 game or 9 game round).
Hi Folks,

As Round 2 will soon be completed let us know how your side has gone, who you think are the top trade in targets and also sum up how you are planning to tackle the next 2-3 weeks of the SC season with whatever number of trades you have remaining.

Cheers TTH
Well, we finally know how Supercoach is going to deal with this break... available trades for Round 2 are 5 with the original 30 trades still available....

Who are you trading in or out???
Since turning professional in 1995, Jason Akermanis has become one of the AFL’s most talked-about players, even in his retirement from playing. Because of that, his opportunities to coach have been somewhat compromised. So, should someone take a chance on him?

His Pedigree Cannot Be Ignored
Throughout his 15-year professional career, Akermanis played for very reputable clubs in the AFL, including Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions and Western Bulldogs. Crucially, during this period of his playing career, the now 43-year-old helped the Lions secure three consecutive AFL Premiership titles between 2001 and 2003. Having become one of the Lions’ most talented players in his first few years with the team, the two-time Merrett-Murray Medal winner made four international appearances during the 1999-2000 season.

Although coaching qualities cannot be analysed through the successes of a player’s on-field careers, they do help to provide and insight into a professional’s approach to the sport and mental strength. In 2001, Akermanis was awarded the prestigious Brownlow Medal in the same season that he claimed one of his three premierships. Despite his off-field controversies towards the latter stages of his career, the Brownlow Medal signifies that, during his playing days, he was at one stage the fairest and best player in the AFL.

Moreover, following his departure from the Western Bulldogs in 2010, Akermanis went on to become the captain-coach of North Albury Football Club in the Ovens and Murray Football League, highlighting his desire to broaden his role within the popular Australian sport.

Would the Rewards Outweigh the Risk?
There can be no doubts surrounding the on-field abilities that Akermanis possessed during his playing days. However, as touched...
As we all struggle to find enough cheap defenders and midfielders to fill out our teams, meanwhile Round 1 has already started!

Have at it folks.

Friday March 20, 7:50pm, Marvel Stadium

B: Keath, Cordy, Wood
HB: Crozier, Johannisen, Daniel
C: Smith, Bontempelli, Hunter
HF: Dale, Bruce, Suckling
F: Wallis, Naughton, Lloyd
FOLL: English, Dunkley, Macrae
I/C: Le. Young, Cavarra, Williams, Gardner
EMG: Schache, McLean, Richards, Sweet

B: Crisp, Roughead, Howe
HB: Maynard, Moore, Noble
C: Hoskin-Elliott, Pendlebury, Mayne
HF: Phillips, Mihocek, C.Brown
F: De Goey, Cox, Elliott
FOLL: Grundy, Adams, Sidebottom
I/C: Daicos, Thomas, T.Brown, Madgen
EMG: Cameron, Stephenson, Wills, Rantall

Saturday March 21, 1:45pm, Marvel Stadium

B: Francis, Hurley, Zerk-Thatcher
HB: Saad, Ridley, Redman
C: Langford, McGrath, Zaharakis
HF: Fantasia, Laverde, Smith
F: Stringer, Townsend, McDonald-Tipungwuti
FOLL: Bellchambers, Merrett, Shiel
I/C: Parish, Snelling, Guelfi, Cutler
EMG: Gleeson, Ham, Phillips, McKenna

B: Ryan, Logue, Hughes
HB: Conca, Cox, Duman
C: Bewley, Fyfe, Aish
HF: Sturt, Taberner, Banfield
F: Colyer, Lobb, Walters
FOLL: Darcy, Tucker, Brayshaw
I/C: Cerra, Schultz, Crowden, McCarthy
EMG: Serong, Blakely, Watson, Matera

Saturday March 21, 4:35pm, Adelaide Oval

B: Brown, Talia, Laird
HB: Milera, McAsey, Smith
C: Seedsman, M.Crouch, Walker
HF: Jones, Frampton, Lynch
F: Murphy, Fogarty, Stengle
FOLL: O’Brien, B.Crouch, Sloane
I/C: Gibbs, Kelly, Atkins, Davis
EMG: Poholke, Mackay, Himmelberg, Hamill

B: Aliir, Rampe, O’Riordan
HB: Mills, McCartin, Dawson
C: Cunningham, Kenney, Lloyd
HF: Hayward, Blakey, Gray
F: Papley, Heeney, Ronke
FOLL: Naismith, Parker, Rowbottom
I/C: Brand, Florent, McInerney, Taylor
EMG: Fox,...
Couldn't see a group for all of us to join - so just created the Too Serious SCgroup.

Code: #430113 for all TS users to join and compete agst each other........can someone bump this to the front page?
If you’re keen to join the platinum league in 2020, please have a look in here and express your interest.
For sports fans outside of the country, it generally comes as something of a surprise to learn what the most popular sport in Australia is.

Most would anticipate the love of rugby – with both codes feverishly followed – to be reflected in huge attendances and TV viewing figures but it is actually Australian rules football that remains the most popular sport Down Under.

The AFL broke its own attendance record for a third consecutive year in 2019, with some 6,984,771 attending games in the competition.

That is a positive headline in itself, however the reality is that those numbers are actually stagnating somewhat. In 2005, the total AFL attendance was 6,283,788, so perhaps the competition isn’t moving forward as quickly in popularity as its organisers might like.

'AFL Grand Final' by Flickerd (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Will that manifest itself in the other sports gaining in numbers? Well, looking at the attendance figures of the Australian A-League, the country’s leading soccer tournament, the answer is perhaps not.

In the 2017/18 season, the average attendance at A-League matches was down to 11,322 per game after hitting a high of 14,610 just a decade prior.

One sport that is bucking the trend for fan participation is rugby league, with the NRL enjoying a 2.29% increase in attendances from 2017 to 2018 – in real terms, that was some 60,000 or so people.

So why is rugby flourishing, whereas Aussie rules football and soccer crowds are, at best, flat-lining?

Stars Who Shine...