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ORFFA Round eight –
Rucking hell; farewell to andy, welcome to TTH

Andy is the only ORFFAN I have met; a fun guy for sure. Sometimes we have to be strong and say “right now the real world is more important than the fantasy world.” I hope we all would have the strength to do that. Mate, I am sure you know you are always welcome to drop into ORFFA or Auckland. Stay good andy, hope to see your smiling face soon.

TTH, what a guy – thanks for being willing to step in and help out. For that alone we already recognise you as an ORFFAN. Nice welcome to from the FIXtures committee: “why don’t you play the top of the table Vultures just to get an idea of how easy it will be to climb out of the cellar.” Still there are some tasty draft picks in the MSD to boost the squad and, of course, the internal debate as to whether to rename the team. Hobart Hopefuls? Launceston Losers? Tasmanian Transitions? I am confident you’ll work it out TTH.

I like a theme to run through these missives. This week, every team has to field one. But not every team fields one and yet some teams field more than one. The consternation in our banter threads is one of the constants of ORFFA life. What am I talking about? It should be obvious - rucking hell. Jeez, some of them went big this week. Had some fun with Utube while putting this together, gosh there was some gret music “when I was young” – Eric Burdon and the Animals.

Missings (1220) v Wombats (1261)

The commish was a few short of a team but at least he had a ruck. Ryder (108) comfortably accounted for Lycett (86). However, the west coaster has played all eight games to date while Paddy has only made three appearances so far in 2018. He also has the curse of Gil’s Chinese experiment against him. So, if you cannot separate them on average (Ryder 80.7, Lycett 81.1) would you rather have Ryder’s total score of 242 or Lycett’s total of...
My teams worst ever non bye round.

I copped the Nic Nat donut like many others but could not break the 1800 mark.

5 tons and 9 under 75, disgraceful.

Hopefully your SC side managed far better this week, let us know all about it below.
Mother Day Round watch out for 2 twilight Saturday matches and only the 2 on Sunday, it has caught me and others out in previous years


Friday May 11 at the MCG (7.50pm)

B: Impey, Burton, Frawley
HB: Duryea, Sicily, Hardwick
C: Smith, Shiels, Langford
HF: Mitchell, O’Brien, Gunston
F: Henderson, Roughead, O’Meara
FOLL: McEvoy, Breust, Burgoyne
I/C: Stratton, Howe, Morrison, Whitecross
EMG: Schoenmakers, Brand, Worpel, Cousins

IN: Langford, Henderson
OUT: Cousins, Worpel

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

IN: McCartin, Robinson
OUT: Fox, Marsh

Saturday May 12 at Spotless Stadium (1.45pm)

B: Haynes, Davis, Shaw
HB: Corr, Finlayson, Whitfield
C: Reid, Coniglio, Taranto
HF: Lloyd, Himmelberg, Shiel
F: Keeffe, Cameron, de Boer
FOLL: Lobb, Hopper, Ward
I/C: Griffen, Langdon, Cumming, Tomlinson
EMG: Simpson, Perryman, Mohr, Buckley

IN: Cameron, Lobb, Cumming
OUT: Buckley, Patton, Shipley

B: Hurn, Barrass, Sheppard
HB: Cole, Schofield, Nelson
C: Duggan, Redden, Masten
HF: Cripps, Darling, Rioli
F: Waterman, Kennedy, LeCras
FOLL: Lycett, Yeo, Gaff
I/C: Ah Chee, McInnes, Hutchings, Ainsworth
EMG: Watson, Rotham, Bayok, Allen

IN: Ah Chee, McInnes, Ainsworth, Schofield
OUT: Naitanui, Shuey, Petrucelle, McGovern

Saturday May 12 at the MCG (2.10pm)

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

IN: Lang, C.Curnow, Lamb
OUT: Phillips, Casboult, Kennedy

B: Baguley, Hurley, Saad...
Upgrade season is well under way so lets jump into it. This week I think we should all be focusing on the usual one up/one down trading strategy but remember to consider your list situation.

Before you begin, a plug for @The_Swert post on fallen premiums. Well researched and worth a read as you consider who you need to bring in this season.

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Penned by some dude in a hole.

After a wildly successful debut last season, the ORFFA Women’s Round is back. Most importantly, the round is marked by our two female coaches leading their improving teams into battle.

Wagga Wagga Wombats 1057 defeated Mount Beauty Uglies 716

The statisticians were heard muttering that if @bama was able to field a full team on the park, he would have knocked off the marsupials, with his Uglies averaging 71.6 per player to the Wombat’s 70.4. Ranga Oliver knocked up a 124 and Wildman Sicily smashed out a 145 for Wagga Wagga. What @Lenny120 would give for Sicily to be available more than every other week because of suspension. For the away team Jack Graham tallied 131 and the people’s beard knocked out a lazy 127, without a checkside or irate front row fan to be seen.

Whitsunday Warriors 1194 defeated Marble Bar Misfits 1141

The Warriors took care of the undermanned misfits in a fairly pedestrian affair, with Richard Douglas(132) and Kane Lambert(120) the only players giving a shit for the home side. Lachlan Fogarty battled on in the ruck for a scintillating 33, exactly half of the Misfit’s full time ruckman Ryder. Daniher will be out for a few weeks with the good old osteitis pubis, apparently unrelated to his highly heralded performance of the Nutbush in the Tiki Bar the night before.

Charlies Opening Spelunkers 1014 defeated by Iron Knob Codpieces 1195

If @ChiefRussell was concerned his mid season draft pick was going north, then I certainly tried to put that to rest with a meagre 1014. The fact that I jumped up a ladder spot based on season scoring differential will cause the offices of ChiefBet to go into meltdown. The Bont pulled out late when his zungwang blew a vessel, and the rest of the team were their normal average selves. The men with the protruding genital protection took care of business in the pit, with...
Another week rolls by, and again I'm gunna get done in the second-to-last game of the weekend for my cash league.

Gunna need some heroics from Murray to snag a chance (Needs to match Hibberds 96)- If only his SC score was matching his DT!

Anyways, how have you all gone this weekend?
Guelfi and Mirra omitted - ouchy !! Let's hope the Friday 5pm cull doesn't add any of the other popular rookies to increase the SC pain to unbearable levels.

There seem to be some site issues at the moment, hence why this has been created under the FORUM rather than the BLOG section - please be patient !

What trades have people decided on this week ??


ROUND 7 TEAMS (All times AEST)

Friday May 4 at 7:50pm, GMHBA Stadium

B: Henry, Blicavs, Stewart
HB: Bews, Kolodjashnij, Tuohy
C: Thurlow, Selwood, Selwood
HF: Gregson, Ratugolea, Crameri
F: Menegola, Hawkins, Murdoch
FOLL: Smith, Dangerfield, Duncan
I/C: Cunico, Fogarty, Guthrie, Kelly
EMG: Buzza, Constable, Parsons, Stanley

IN: Selwood, Crameri, Smith
OUT: Parsons, Stanley, Horlin-Smith

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

IN: Keeffe, Buckley
OUT: Cameron, Deledio

Saturday May 5 at 1:45pm, Mars Stadium

B: Suckling, Naughton, Cordy
HB: Johannisen, Young, Crozier
C: Williams, Hunter, Richards
HF: Dunkley, Bontempelli, Wallis
F: Dahlhaus, Boyd, Gowers
FOLL: English, McLean, Macrae
I/C: Lipinski, Dale, Daniel, Jong
EMG: Trengove, Webb, Honeychurch, Smith

IN: Young
OUT: Wood

B: Harbrow, Thompson, Joyce
HB: Weller, Spencer, Bowes
C: Rosa, Lyons, Sexton
HF: Ah Chee, Day, Young
F: Ainsworth, Martin, Ballard
FOLL: Witts, Miller, Swallow
I/C: Rischitelli, Crossley, Holman, Scheer
EMG: Hall, Leslie, Brodie, Willis

IN: Ah Chee, Ballard, Rischitelli, Crossley, Scheer
OUT: May, Lynch, Barlow, Lonergan, Fiorini

Saturday May 5 at 2:10pm, MCG

B: McKenna, Hurley, Saad
HB: Ambrose, Hooker, Baguley
C: McGrath, Goddard, Mutch
HF: Laverde, Stewart,...
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So you doubled down last week?
Fear not, you didn’t miss out on too much. Plenty more bargains to be had.

Player of the week

Zach Merrett Ess Mid $506K BE 61 Avg 83
Yep he’s back. Three round average of 110. Still available at a sweet price. Done deal.



Kade Simpson Carl Def $521K BE 83 Avg 109
Feels like the new Yeo this year. Great ceiling but can’t stay on the ladder.

Elliot Yeo WC Def $532K BE 93 Avg 100
With that huge 150 now out of his calcs, Yeo has probably levelled out for now. Who am I kidding. Get on the rollercoaster and scream with 35,000 others.

Michael Hurley Ess Def $549K BE 84 Avg 105
Locked top 6 defender. Consistent as.

Shannon Hurn WC Def $480K BE 84 Avg 102
Good pick up by tk.
Shagger is certainly winding back the clock with a respectable 89 last season and backing it up with some nice tons this year. Blip on the radar in round 5 but smashed out a 130 last week to put his hand up. Signs pointing to top 10.

Alex Witherden Bris Def $500K Be 66 Avg 96
Not a noted premium but certainly continuing where he left of last season. Only one score under 89 so far. Consistent. Firming as a top 10 defender.

Jeremy Howe Coll Def $463K BE 33 Avg 95
Monster career best game last week. Just reinforces his sizable standard deviation this year. Risky.


Josh Kennedy Syd Mid $441K BE 66 Avg 86
Maybe think twice before you jump on this week’s hype train. Second ton for the year on the back of two sub 60 scores. I’d be wanting a lot more evidence to suggest he’ll be a worthwhile selection.

Jackson Macrae WB Mid $596K BE 98 Avg 123
Picked up where he left off a couple of rounds ago. Ripping it up with Suns and Lions to come. Only in 5% of teams.

Scott Pendlebury Coll Mid $572 BE 93 Avg 110
Has flown under the radar a little bit. Not anymore.

Andrew Gaff WC Mid...
For those that care, take a look in here for the latest review of the ORFFA
As the Western Derby approaches the end of the 3rd its time to recap Round 6.

Big Maxy has gone HUUUGE as have plenty of others, Danger has gone sub 100 so will be a tasty price pretty soon and 10 or so rookies have played their first game of 2018.

How has your team gone and how are your team and TS leagues ranked (once lockout is over) ?