Unlike a dreaded annual performance review at work, this FU review won’t have back handed compliments, far fetched criticism and negative commentary throughout. What it does have in common though is it will dig up crap from the past and show you how you really farked up, or in the case of others, past stuff that just shows how you’re just so much better than everyone else. What makes up our stellar performer of 2018? Let’s have a look at Ararat’s best team based on 2018 season averages as at the final FU home and away round. Defence: Ryan (90.3, 14th), Stewart (85.3, 25th), Cutler (81.0, 39th), Rich (78.9, 49th) Midfield: Treloar (109.5, 9th), Gibbs (96.5, 37th), Ziebell (84.5, 80th), Henderson (82.0, 90th) Ruck: Gawn (127.5, 2nd) Forward: McDonald (97.6, 8th), Wingard (88.6, 23rd), Edwards (86.7, 31st), Anderson (79.5, 53rd) Interchange: Dahlhaus (77.1, 221st), Sheed (72.6, 263rd) Sum of season averages: 1,337.3 Player (average, positional rank or overall rank for interchange players) If you allocated out the best averaging players by position across the league in reverse ladder order (so Blanchetown gets the highest averaging defender in Lloyd, Eden gets 2nd best Laird and so on) Ararat should have had the 18th, 36th, 54th and 72nd best averaging players across the mids, defenders and forwards. So the Armadillos’ D3 and F3 players (ranked 39th and 31st) are both batting above their averages and are the equivalent of, roughly, D2 and F2 players. Their D4 and F4 players are pretty much D3 and F3 averaging players. But the club’s M3 and M4 are averaging at the equivalent of M4 and M5 players respectively. It’s a very different team structure compared to previous FU Premiership winners. Unfortunately we don’t have accurate match day data for 2014. However, previous winners from 2015-2017 have typically had strong midfields and below average defence. Ararat of 2018 is the opposite. While the highest averaging players tend to be mids, having the 2nd best ruck (and 3rd highest averaging player overall) certainly helps in the quest for FU Premiership glory. We’ve never seen a 16-1 home and away season before. Ararat’s total points for of 21,929 was the 10th highest recorded. King Island’s 23,161 in 2015 was the highest recorded so far (and the only team to have recorded at least 23k points) but they managed 1 win less with 15. While we're talking about these 2 teams, both King Island (2014) and Ararat (2016) also have the 3rd highest point scored in a season of 22,328 and they recorded 11 and 15 wins respectively.