For those who take it way too seriously

You may read this headline and think just hang on a minute there, it's a long way to go before being able to say anything like that with any certainty, and that isn’t necessarily untrue. It’s just that, on this occasion, you can’t help but admire what the Saints have done to increase their chances of enjoying next season a lot more.

Then again, it won’t take much to enjoy the 2020 AFL season more when comparing it to their 2019 league campaign after the Saints finished in a disappointing 14th position. There’s no getting around the fact that it was a hard slog for the Melbourne side after suffering 13 defeats and only registering nine wins.

So in many ways, it’s not hard to see why the Saints dived into the draft with both feet after such an underwhelming 2019. The work that Saints have carried out in the draft has been so effective that they have been ranked as the best performers in the 2019 trade, which certainly makes you sit up and take a bit more notice.

All in all, the Saints landed five players, including the impressive Bradley Hill. Other noticeable incomings include Dan Butler, Dougal Howard, Zak Jones, and Paddy Ryder, which in anyone’s book is good business it has to be said. Although not everyone is convinced or is sharing the optimism right now as the Saints sit at long odds of 50/1 in Aussie Rules betting to win the Grand Final.

It may be a case of 'seeing is believing' before people start taking the chances of the Saints seriously, and naturally, to beat the likes of Richmond, the reigning Grand Final champions after annihilating the Giants by 89 points, you will need everything to go right straight from the off....
Our big 10th year running these leagues.
It was a scramble to fill the 4th league and we ended up with several people missing out in the end.

We've now completed our drafts and now just need to wait for opening night!
Have a look over the break for the makeup of the leagues for this year, listed in draft order!
Invites will be sent shortly.

Speak up if anyone else wants to join the leagues, we might be able to make another one :)
Good to see a steady stream of people registering their interest for the new season. We've had 26.5 opt in so far. Still a few more to hear from. Would be great to get up to 48 again, so if any of you know anyone who might be keen, please hit them up to join...

Register your interest to join a league over *here* in the original thread.

Check in here for details of this season's scoring system.
Please register your interest in this thread if you are keen to play fantasy NBA this season in the TS leagues.
Well, it was a tight tussle to the end with two teams finishing in the top 1,000 with the ultimate winner finishing at 645 overall, 96 points and 223 places ahead of yours truly at 868.... an awesome result.

Final places below.

That's a wrap, let us know how you did
Toby Greene helped my side make some minor finals SC but will be watching from afar as the final round of 2019 unfolds.

How have Round 23 teams helped or hindered your SC team ?

Round 23
ROUND 23 TEAMS (All times AEST)

Friday August 23, 7:50pm at the MCG

B: L.Greenwood, M.Scharenberg, J.Howe
HB: J.Crisp, D.Moore, B.Maynard
C: T.Phillips, S.Pendlebury, C.Mayne
HF: J.Thomas, B.Mihocek, W.Hoskin-Elliott
F: J.Elliott, J.Roughead, C.Brown
FOLL: B.Grundy, A.Treloar, T.Adams
I/C: J.Madgen, J.Noble, T.Varcoe, R.Wills
EMG: T.Broomhead, T.Brown, B.Crocker, J.Daicos

IN: D.Moore
OUT: S.Sidebottom (Injured nut)

B: C.Hooker, P.Ambrose, M.Gleeson
HB: C.McKenna, M.Hurley, M.Redman
C: A.McGrath, Z.Merrett, A.Saad
HF: J.Begley, S.McKernan, T.Jok
FF A.McDonald-Tipungwuti, M.Brown, J.Laverde
FOLL: T.Bellchambers, D.Shiel, D.Clarke
I/C: D.Parish, K.Langford, A.Francis, B.Ham
EMG: J.Long, B.Zerk-Thatcher, M.Baguley, M.Hartley

IN: C.Hooker, J.Begley, T.Jok, J.Laverde, T.Bellchambers, D.Clarke
OUT: B.Zerk-Thatcher (Omitted), D.Zaharakis (Injured), D.Heppell (Injured), J.Stringer (Injured), Z.Clarke (Injured),...
A fantastic review put together by @graeme .... I'm hungry now

The ORFFA chef preliminary finals

A four course cook off with the semi-final chefs paired off to present comparative offerings for each of the four courses. The winners proceed to the big dance and a place in immortality on the honours board maintained by @anthak . The evening also acted as a surrogate Fellowship event. The menu:


Entrée - Birdsville Battlers vs Nowhere Else Wanderers

Fish - Gariwerd Cockatoos vs Wagga Wagga Wombats

Main – Foul Bay Chickens vs Waikickamoocow Incorrigibles

Dessert – Cradle Mountain Devils vs Venus Bay Vultures​

Loyalty toast

There was an air of expectations as the diners gathered to critique the offerings from those fortunate enough to be tasked with entertaining the group. The first amuse-bouche was a light as nuffing fricassee of ugly fruit and island kangaroo packed together and served on a dark and dank Bangkok sauce. This was followed by extracts from the carcasses of codpieces and grasshoppers served with a lilac sauce on misfiting plates. Despite these being complimentary offerings, served with a delightful Beaumet Rose NV Champagne, some of those assembled found the offerings unappealing. There is no accounting for taste; perhaps the partygoers were too salty for the food?

To start, the entrées created by a long serving battler, and a recently arrived nomad. Would there be a gypsy sauce from the debutant? What drugs would JC introduce to his cookery? Both chefs were chose variations on outback tucker, both classic and new age sustainable offerings. @JC went for the Hunter (104) look with a Treloar (116) and Witts (119) sauce. Sadly, it lacked substance and quantity – it was all a bit meh. One had to ask “is this all there is?” @DaveH 's classic “Your grille to our grill” was a...
It's been a successful season for the West Coast Eagles in many ways, from their impressive run of form since round seven to the way they've handled the pressure as reigning premiers over the course of the entire half and away season. Another real positive to come out of this year has been the continued improvement of many of this team's younger players; in particular, forward Oscar Allen. The youngster, who is capable of playing in a range of positions, has undoubtedly been one of the standout members of his team this season.

A taste of what's to come
The 20-year-old earned the Round 21 Rising Star nomination following a brilliant three-goal showing against the Adelaide Crows, capping off what has been a fantastic season for the Western Australian. Having broken into the team at the end of last season after being selected 21st overall in the 2017 draft, Allen has established himself as a competent, ever-present member of the team this year, scoring 19 goals in 19 appearances as a third tall forward.

Allen's versatility has been highlighted on a number of occasions, with him switching into defence and the ruck, looking well at home whenever and wherever he's been asked to do a job. But it was as a forward where his real season highlight occurred, with Allen kicking the game-winning goal against the Crows at Adelaide Oval in round 10. However, it's been his consistency that has been the real takeaway from Allen's first full season in the team, and the club and fans will be delighted he is contracted until the end of 2022.

What this means for the future of the Eagles
Having come so close to appearing in last season's Grand Final after being placed on standby for Jeremy McGovern, Allen will now be...