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The final round. The big kahuna. More twists than an [insert spill joke here]

PORT ADELAIDE v ESSENDON

Friday 24 August, 7.50pm at the Adelaide Oval

PORT ADELAIDE

B: Howard, Hombsch, Houston

HB: Pittard, Jonas, Byrne-Jones

C: Motlop, Wines, Polec

HF: Boak, Watts, Wingard

F: R. Gray, Westhoff, Farrell

FOLL: Ryder, Powell-Pepper, Ebert

I/C: Frampton, Neade, S. Gray, Lienert

EMG: Johnson, Patmore, Bonner, Snelling

IN: Powell-Pepper, Frampton, Neade

OUT: Johnson, Bonner, Rockliff

ESSENDON

B: Baguley, Hurley, McGrath

HB: Saad, Francis, McKenna

C: Goddard, Z. Merrett, Heppell

HF: Stringer, Brown, Guelfi

F: McDonald-Tipungwuti, Hooker, Colyer

FOLL: Leuenberger, Laverde, Myers

I/C: Parish, Langford, Zaharakis, Smith

EMG: Ridley, Green, Stewart, Dea

IN: Leuenberger, Laverde

OUT: Dea. Bellchambers

GEELONG v GOLD COAST SUNS

Saturday 25 August, 1.45pm at GMHBA Stadium

GEELONG

B: Kolodjashnij, Henderson, Stewart

HB: Bews, Taylor, Tuohy

C: Blicavs, J. Selwood, Murdoch

HF: Menegola, Ablett, Duncan

F: Menzel, Hawkins, Henry

FOLL: Abbott, Dangerfield, Kelly

I/C: C. Guthrie, O’Connor, Parfitt, S. Selwood

EMG: Narkle, Simpson, Thurlow, Smith

IN: Bews

OUT: Thurlow

GOLD COAST SUNS

B: Joyce, May, Harbrow

HB: Ah Chee, Leslie, Heron

C: Barlow, Swallow, Weller

HF: Holman, Crossley, Sexton

F: Ainsworth, Lemmens, Young

FOLL: Witts, Bowes, Miller

I/C: Rischitelli, Fiorini, Lyons, Scheer

EMG: Scrimshaw, Spencer, Dawson, Schoenfeld

No changes

RICHMOND v WESTERN BULLDOGS

Saturday 25 August, 2.10pm at the MCG

RICHMOND

B: Astbury, Rance, Grimes

HB: Short, Vlastuin, Houli

C: Grigg, Cotchin, McIntosh

HF: Rioli, Edwards, Castagna

F: Riewoldt, Martin, Caddy

FOLL: Nankervis, Conca, Prestia

I/C: Broad, Higgins, B. Ellis, Graham

EMG: Garthwaite, Menadue, Baker, Lloyd

IN: Astbury, Cotchin, Prestia

OUT: Garthwaite, Lloyd, Baker

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: Wood, Naughton, Williams

HB: Crozier, Morris, Johannisen

C: Hunter,...
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Melbourne Demons ended their 12-year wait to reach the finals after a sensational 17-point victory over a West Coast side currently occupying second place in the AFL ladder. In what was their 13th win of the season, the Demons took advantage of the Eagles losing forward Jack Darling after just 10 minutes, producing some scintillating football on their way to a 16.12 (108) to 14.7 (91) victory. While West Coast now face a nervy wait to see whether they can still secure a top-two spot, Melbourne know they now have a chance sneaking into the top four after the final round of the regular season.

West Coast now need to beat Brisbane at the Gabba in order to secure two home finals, with a loss resulting in them dropping as low as fourth in the table. The Eagles were still very much in the game in the final term, only for the Demons to end the encounter the stronger of the two sides, kicking the match's last three goals to clinch the win. Jake Melksham helped himself to four goals for Melbourne, while Tom McDonald and Mitch Hannan kicked three goals each. Willie Rioli booted three goals for the Eagles, but West Coast looked a much less dangerous team when Darling left the field.



Having entered the match with a dismal 0-7 record against the AFL's top nine sides this season, West Coast started as the overwhelming favourites. Whether it was the criticism or the pressure on the Eagles, the Demons burst out of the traps, booting four goals to race to a 26-0 lead before West Coast really knew what was going on. While their opponents managed to get back into the game, Melbourne were just too good for the Eagles and deserved their win.

...
Friday, August 17
Richmond v Essendon at the MCG, 7.50pm AEST

RICHMOND
In: S.Lloyd, T.Nankervis, L.Baker, R.Conca, R.Garthwaite
Out: D.Prestia (hamstring), T.Cotchin (hamstring), D.Astbury (Achilles), K.Lambert (ankle), I.Soldo

ESSENDON
In: M.Dea, M.Guelfi
Out: O.Fantasia (hamstring), B.McNiece (injured)

Saturday, August 18
Collingwood v Port Adelaide at the MCG, 1.45pm AEST

COLLINGWOOD
No change

PORT ADELAIDE
In: R.Bonner, J.Hombsch
Outs: T.Clurey (foot), C.Dixon (leg)

Geelong v Fremantle at GMHBA Stadium, 2.10pm AEST

GEELONG
In: J.Murdoch, J.Thurlow, H.Taylor, R.Abbott
Out: J.Parsons, Q.Narkle, L.Fogarty, R.Stanley (calf)

FREMANTLE
In: N.Fyfe, B.Banfield
Out: L.Ryan (hamstring), S.Switkowski (injured)

Greater Western Sydney v Sydney at Spotless Stadfium, 4.35pm AEST

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY
In: J.Finlayson, H.Perryman, D.Lloyd
Out: H.Shaw (knee), S.Reid (hamstring), J.Kelly (concussion)

SYDNEY
In: Z.Jones, D.Robinson
Out: N.Smith (hamstring), A.Johnson (knee)

Gold Coast v Brisbane at Metricon Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

GOLD COAST
In: M.Barlow, B.Scheer, S.Lemmens, J.Heron
Out: W.Brodie (hamstring), P.Hanley (hamstring), W.Powell (hip), K.Kolodjashnij (quad)

BRISBANE
In: Z.Bailey
Out: D.Gardiner (shoulder)

St Kilda v Hawthorn at Etihad Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

ST KILDA
In: H.Goddard, L.Austin
Out: N.Brown (suspended), N.Freeman

HAWTHORN
In: B.McEvoy, C.Glass
Out: J.Ceglar (corked calf), R.Henderson (hip)

Sunday, August 19
Carlton v Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm AEST

CARLTON
In: J.Weitering, T.De Koning, A.Mullett, H.Macreadie, A.Schumacher
Out: N.Graham (Injured)
New: Tom De Koning (Dandenong U18), Angus Schumacher (Bendigo U18)

WESTERN BULLDOGS
In: E.Wood, L.Young, C.Porter, M.Honeychurch, T.English
Out: Z.Cordy (sinus fracture)
New: Callum Porter (Gippsland U18)

West Coast v Melbourne at Optus Stadium, 1.20pm AWST

WEST COAST
In: J.Nelson, F.Watson, M.Allen,...
Finals are now sudden death, enjoy the weekend off if your side are already in the prelim final.

Speaking of finals here is the latest number crunching by champion data



Teams

ESSENDON v ST KILDA
Etihad Stadium, Friday August 10, 7.50pm AEST

ESSENDON
B Ben McNiece, Michael Hurley, David Zaharakis
HB Adam Saad, Brendon Goddard, Conor McKenna
C Orazio Fantasia, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish
HF Andrew McGrath, Mitch Brown, Mark Baguley
F Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Cale Hooker, Travis Colyer
FOL Tom Bellchambers, Dyson Heppell, David Myers
I/C Kyle Langford, Aaron Francis, Devon Smith, Jake Stringer
EMG Dylan Clarke, Matthew Leuenberger, Jayden Laverde, Matt Dea

IN -
OUT -

ST KILDA
B Jarryn Geary, Jake Carlisle, Jack Newnes
HB Daniel McKenzie, Nathan Brown, Jimmy Webster
C Nathan Freeman, Jack Steele, Jack Sinclair
HF Jack Lonie, Tim Membrey, Jack Billings
F Jade Gresham, Rowan Marshall, David Armitage
FOL Lewis Pierce, Jack Steven, Sebastian Ross
I/C Blake Acres, Ben Long, Bailey Rice, Ben Paton
EMG Luke Dunstan, Hugh Goddard, Ed Phillips, Nick Coffield

IN Rowan Marshall, Lewis Pierce, Ben Long, Bailey Rice, Ben Paton
OUT Nick Coffield (Omitted), Luke Dunstan (Omitted), Hunter Clark (Omitted), Tom Hickey (Injured), Josh Battle (Injured)
NEW Ben Paton

HAWTHORN v ST KILDA
MCG, Saturday August 11, 1.45pm AEST

HAWTHORN
B Ryan Schoenmakers, James Frawley, Ben Stratton
HB Jack Gunston, Kaiden Brand, Blake Hardwick
C Harry Morrison, Tom Mitchell, James Worpel
HF Jarman Impey, Ryan Burton, Isaac Smith
F Luke Breust, Jarryd Roughead, Paul Puopolo
FOL Jonathon Ceglar, Shaun Burgoyne, Jaeger O'Meara
I/C Teia Miles, Liam Shiels, Ricky Henderson, Conor Nash
EMG Marc Pittonet, Taylor Duryea, David Mirra, Jonathan O'Rourke

IN Conor Nash
OUT Brendan Whitecross (Illness)
NEW Conor Nash

GEELONG
B Tom Stewart, Lachie Henderson, Jake Kolodjashnij
HB Cameron Guthrie, Mark Blicavs, Zach Tuohy
C Scott Selwood, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan
HF Sam...
ORFFA Round 17 Review

So here we are at the end of yet another ORFFA regular season – our seventh! Where on earth did the time go? And it’s fitting that we concluded the home and away fixture with Fellowship Round and raised a glass in honour of this wonderfully eclectic group of ORFFANs.

And, most importantly, we entered the final round with so much still at stake, with six games having the potential to shape both the make-up of the eight and the all-important top four. In the end, five teams finished on the same number of wins, with only three making the finals. Let’s have a look at how it all unfolded. (spoiler alert – good luck to those picking an opponent this week!)

Wagga Wagga Wombats 1144 def by Larrikin Lagoon Lefties 1199
With a slim chance to garner another number 1 pick, the Lefties coach insisted that he could only find 13 and a half players to send out on the field. The attempted tank job backfired spectacularly, however, with Ross (158), Brayshaw (115), Dumont (132) and Berry (106) all flipping the bird to the coach as the ‘Goon posted their third win of the year and headed off to Mad Monday celebrations in high spirits.

As for the Wombats, four scores under 50 – including a craptactular 15 from O’Brien – ensured the off season will be a long one in Wagga. On a positive note, Wagga fans were delighted to see Brodie Smith (49) return to action after his serious knee injury. The Wombats list management will be a fascinating watch in the offseason as they continue to build around young gun Clayton Oliver (147).

Lovely Banks Lilacs 1015 def by Mount Beauty Uglies 1256
Some nervous moments for Uglies fans who were counting on the Lilacs solid recent form to help them wrap up the coveted number 1 pick, but instead they got the best of both worlds – a win and the number 1 pick. Fans were also left with a wondering “where the hell has that been all year?” as Salem (149), Gawn (112) and Petracca (110) took full advantage of the...
Josh Kelly - what a star !
Mitchell keeps being Mitchell, while Buddy rebounds with a massive score.

How did your team go this week ?
ORFFA Muso round.

A number of coaches have nominated aussie/kiwi bands (and inspirational songs) to headline their matchups on the regional stage. For the rest, yours truly has undertaken widespread consultation then unceremoniously picked some random band names out of a hat. Let the gratuitous lyric grabs and awkward metaphors spill over.

Next Big Thing Hoppers 1360 vs Meat of Tomorrow Wombats 1194

What does this shiny red button do? muttered newbie Wil Powell sheepishly, not having read the glaringly large font: SELF DESTRUCT.

This was the final straw for the embattled Hoppers as the cupboard was already pretty thin in the lead up to this game. Exit Martin, Fisher and Shaz in the space of a heart beat and the insects have gone from medium-well to incinerated.
A last hurrah here as Cripps and Grundy went bonkers against a mediocre Wombat midfield.

AC/DC-esque: Hopp - Cripps, Grundy, Milera, Curnow squared, Neale,
Bats – Gibbs, Oliver, Cripps, Macmillan, Ahern

Rolf Harris-ish: Hopp – McClug, Rayner, JKolo.
Bats – Swallow, Shiel, Richards

RIP – Shaz

Lyrical snapshot – “It’s a setback for your country”

Up Against The Wall Lefties 1031 vs Laugh In Their Faces Chooks 1345

Well, we went into this game expecting to lose. We weren’t disappointed.
If it wasn’t for the heroics of Tomahawk, Cunners, Goldy, Shaw, Shiels, blah blah blah, we would have gotten close.

AC/DC: Lefty – Phillips, Simpkin
Chook – almost everyone

Rolf Harris: Lefty – the rest
Chook - Ducky, Kelly

RIP – PSD #1

Lyrical snapshot – “all my friends are fcuk-ups, but they’re fun to have around”

Cloud 9 Cockies 1294 vs Pressure(d) Blimps 1147

Poetic licence has been taken here. With no nominated Aussie band for this match up, young rapper Baker Boy sets the theme.
The white-hot Cockies are making one hell of a racket as they storm towards the finals.
A ding dong contest here...
SC League home and away is done and dusted. Only 4 weeks to go for those focusing on overall finish instead.

My team won 4 out of 5 but lost in my main league so I have missed finals in all leagues, so with only 1 trade left it is gong to be a pretty boring finish to the year for me.

How did your team go?
ORFFA ROUND 18 WRAP

Only 2 rounds to go before the tight and exciting stuff. Who will make it? Who will fall away? What do the results of the last round tell us?

Wagga Wagga 978 vs Foul Bay 1340

Sicily out has just about ended any hope the Wombats may have had. Oliver, Gibbs and Cripps all scored tons, while Langdon was putrid with 20.

The Chooks went bang with 5 tons to Danger, Cunnington, Kelly, Goldy and Hawkins. The Dalhaus injury will hurt, but watch out if the Cats decide to make a charge.

Darraweit Guim Dirigibles 1181 vs Gundagai 1313

The Blimps could not find a good wind. Only 2 tons to Allir and Coniglio, while the Hoppers enjoyed the fruits of a Magpie win with big ones to Cripps, Neale, Adams and Grundy. Sier and Cameron will be crucial to how the Hoppers fare in finals.

New Nuffers 1037 vs Larrikin Lagoon 1078

Close one. What Melbourne like to call an honorable loss. Only one ton for the Nuffers from the ageless JPK. The Lefties had two from Ross and Worpel. Lefties finally managed to get a playing ruck onto the field – and didn’t he spud it up big time.

Birdsville 1055 vs Gariwerd 1326

A match of tons. The Battlers with Witheden, Cutler, Witts and McDonald, while the Cockies had Laird, Tuohy, Crouch, Miller, Wallis and Lambert. Big dent for the Battlers turning the corner towards finals – strong Lions flavor about this team which augers well for the future. The Cockies will need Bellchambers to stand up in finals to be a serious threat.

Cradle Mountain 1322 vs Waikiks 1375

The Devils built themselves up for this one and put up a score their coach must be happy with. Sadly no chocolates. If Titch had one his tagged days, the Mountain may well have got home. But he hit a 192 and dragged the Cows across the line single handed. The Devils had tons from Pendles, Zorko, Nankervis, Gresham and Zaha, while the Cows had McGovern, Gardiner, Mitchell, Menegola and Prestia. The latter coming good at the...
Looks like another huge round this week! Especially for those who captained Tom Mitchell.

Let us know how you went over the break...