The two home sides notched up preliminary final wins and will clash in the first ever ORFFF Grand Final at Drouin
@stowie, @That KI Guy
Finals Results so far
QF1 - Drouin Dropbears 1234 defeated Chinchilla Chumps 1205
QF2 - Neptune Island Noahs 1263 defeated Black Swamp 29ers 1081
EF1 - Cockburn Avengers 1406 defeated Mole Creek Glow-Worms 1127
EF2 - Jan Juc Ducks 1185 defeated by Useless Loop Virgins 1391
SF1- Chinchilla Chumps 1168 defeated Cockburn Avengers 1162
SF2 - Black Swamp 29ers 1255 defeated by Useless Loop Virgins 1452
PF1 - Drouin Dropbears 1418 defeated Useless Loop Virgins 1277
PF2 - Neptune Island Noahs 1411 defeated Chinchilla Chumps 1355
Week 4 ORFFF Finals Fixture (AFL Round 22) - as always first named is the home side
Grand Final – Drouin Dropbears (1st, 14-1) vs Neptune Island Noahs (2nd 13-2)
Since Round 6 these 2 sides have sat at #1 and #2 on the ladder in either order and their preliminary final wins were Drouin’s 5th score over 1400 for the season and Neptune Island’s 4th score over 1400. Their weekly averages are 1366 and 1308 respectively.
Last time they played (2016, ORFFF Round 9) – Neptune Island Noahs 1356 defeated Drouin Dropbears 1333 (23 points)
Round 9 Brownlow votes and other tons
Neptune Island: Ross 152 (5 votes), Bugg 124 (2votes), Prestia 104, Howe 104, Rich 102
Drouin: Steven 148 (4 votes), Docherty 135 (3 votes), Walker 119 (1 vote), Duncan 116
When the 2 teams last met the Noahs took the win in a nailbiter to make it 9 wins out of 9 and send the Dropbears to 2nd at 8-1. Many would have seen the game as a likely Grand Final preview and that is exactly how the inaugural season has panned out.
The Dropbears have since won 8 straight and while the Noahs dropped 2 matches in the run home they have been commanding in the finals and a 15-2 record to date would be the envy of 14 other teams. The home side (9-0 at home) will start deserving favourites however the Noahs (6-1 away, with their only loss to Cockburn) will back their chances in a tight match, having shown their ability to win the close ones with 8 victories under 100 points including the Round 9 matchup. In comparison the Dropbears have half as many wins by 99 points or less, including wins by 29 points in the Qualifying Final along with 60, 90 and 93 points in other matches reflecting their complete dominance of all opponents.
5 players to watch - Drouin
1 - Jack Steven – 1 of 3 all ORFFF players in the Dropbears lineup, 7th in ORFFF Brownlow (28 votes), particularly damaging since AFL Round 9, 10 tons and 104 average with the ability to go large demonstrated with 4 votes last time the 2 sides played. With his past history as an all or nothing high ceiling player the 26 year old Steven plays against the tiges in the AFL this week which wil pose another onball threat for Neptune Island to counter.
2 - Mummy – no one has ever doubted the big mans ability or appetite for the contest (or sausages), the Dropbears conditioning staff have been supremely influential in keeping the 30 year old veteran big man fit and firing (except for a few AFL games missed through the ORFFF midseason break). He has 11 tons and an average of 99 for the season and an AFL matchup with Freo looking like providing plenty of points with the Sandilands out injured and a depleted Dockers midfield providing plenty of potential for a decent score.
3 - Pittard – another star defender the 25 year old has started well in past seasons but has kept his form throughout 2016 after surprisingly being overlooked by the 3 Port Adelaide supporting team owners. Averaging 93 with 6 tons, “Ja-Pi” plays the Crows this week in Showdown LV1 which may mean a more accountable role.
4 - Docherty – a young star, the 22 year old All ORFFF defender polled 17 Brownlow votes despite Dangerfield stealing the 5 most weeks. He has tonned up 14 times with a staggering average of 109 which makes him the highest averaging defender in the comp, and he torched the Noahs with a score of 130 plus last time they faced off. A matchup with the improving Demons in the AFL is a challenge the first component of the “Killer D-s” will need to overcome if he is to influence the result.
5 - Dangerfield – 16 tons including a top score of a lazy 229, All ORFFF skipper and ORFFF Brownlow Medallist (47 votes), he has an almost GAJ-esque domination in SC averages this year (131). He had a quiet (sub 90) game last time against the Noahs however the big players live for the big moments and with the great man playing against the Lions in the AFL the ORFFF Grand Final appears set for an epic performance from the 26 year old #1 ORFFF draft pick who is at the peak of his powers.
5 players to watch – Neptune Island
1 - NRoo – the Noah’s 33 year old veteran is relishing a Wing/Half Forward role and is a proving to be a calm head in the lead up to the big match, which is important considering the Noah’s young lineup. With 11 tons and an average of 97 the all time great would be looking to play massive part in the match with the clock ticking on his career his legacy is likely to be defined by his ability to pull out a memorable Grand Final, with his AFL matchup with Richmond looking much to @That KI Guy’s liking.
2 - Seb Ross – COJ (Cousin of Jobe) has always shown potential but sharking the taps from the Bearded One has enabled him to play a low profile but key role in the Noahs midfield, with Sloane gathering most of the external attention. The 23 year old has 5 tons for the year and an average of 93 but these numbers fail to show an uncanny ability to post huge scores such as his 5 vote 152 point effort the last time the 2 sides met, and as with NRoo the match against Richmond this week presents an opportunity to provide a near repeat effort on the greatest stage of all.
3 - Sloane – after a very poor prelim final the 26 year old is looking to lead the Noahs midfield by taking down his best mate in Danger in a critical man on man matchup at the centre bounces. With 12 tons and a 109 season average the equal-17th placed player in the ORFFF Brownlow must step up with a clutch performance in the Showdown if his team is to cause an upset.
4 - Gawn – the Noahs first pick in the ORFFF draft was a gutsy selection but the 24 year old has dominated in 2016 with All ORFFF Ruck honours accompanied by 2nd place in the Brownlow (37 votes). He has managed 14 tons with an average of 122 this season. When the Beard is in Beast mode the Noahs are very hard to beat and an AFL matchup with Kreuzer and the Blues sees Big Maxy in with a chance to put the Noahs in the drivers seat.
5 - JJ from Jo-burg – the Noahs 23 year old dashing defender is excitement personified. He has returned very well from a serious midseason injury which kept him out of the 2 sides previous clash and given Drouin’s star midfield is expected to be given plenty of opportunities to rebound the ball out of the Noah’s defensive 50. His 4 tons from 11 games and 92 average underlie his ability to score well and with the likely freedom to roam against the Bombers in the AFL this week and if the Noahs are still in the contest by the time he takes to the field he could potentially be the SA side’s matchwinner in the last game of the weekend.
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