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Reflecting SuperCoach fortunes, ORFFA coaches either posted record scores or had a very ordinary weekend. One coach had read the tea leaves and didn't turn up, while other teams were riddled with no shows. Three close and exciting matches, some wipeouts and a record first round score.
The boys from Wagga (1230) went down narrowly to the Cockies (1295). Good for Ant to get one of those close ones out of the way early, while the Wombats give a glimpse of return to form this season. The Cockies had a handy 112 from Shagger Hurn, while Matt Crouch (105), Jack Steven (125), Wingard (110) and Aaron Young (112) all put in tons, with Sandi on I/C tossing in 104. Six tons in all and the only damp spot being Harry Taylor limping off on 19. Wagga managed six tons as well, with contributions from Barrass (101), 4 in the guts from Oliver (123), Gibbs (116), Shiel (129), Swallow (110). This was added to by Sicily playing up front with 125. Alas, not enough.
Our next match was the train wreck and the thoroughbred. Hard to believe that the Larrikins could field players who did not play and still manage to field them out of position. With ball tampering, I guess anything goes.The Lefties posted a score of 784, while the Waikiks trotted in a casual 1224. Accidental tons to Seb Ross (113) and Berry (103) were the aberrations and a public spanking will be meted out at training on Monday at the Lagoon. For the ex- Kiwis, TMitch (167) held up the midfield on his own, while Parfitt chipped in with a nice 104.
Next up were the highly confident Hoppers (1340) who copped an uncharacteristic smacking from the Vultures (1505). Nukes are heading towards Venus Bay as we speak. Three tons not enough for the Hoppers, with Cripps (130), Billings (133), and the Curnow brothers adding 126 and 95. VB had 5, with Yeo (109), Parker (149), Buddy (175), Greene (131) and Stef Martin cleverly on I/C with 111. Scary stuff.
Another mismatch was Foul Bay (1164) and the Packers (817) in the battle of the bays. The Chooks had tons from Heater (114), Joelwood (125) and Goldy (105). Disaster struck with the injury to Libba (13), but the slack was nicely picked up by Wright's 84 off the bench. For the Packers, 102 from McGrath was nice, but it all unravellled with an underperforming Sloane, a donut in the middle and another donut in I/C. Things can only get better for the Packers, while the Chooks have shown they are not spent hens just yet.
The Blimps (1305) had it all over a disappointing Spelunkers (836) outfit. The Blimps were well served by vintage Goddard (102), Coniglio (129), Gunston (116) and Astbury off the bench with 104. The Cavemen would be happy with a119 from new recruit Bonner, but that was it. Merrett was KO'd early and the Bont had a day to forget. A donut in the ruck did not help.
The Nuffers (0) were double booked so the Warriors (1189) were forced to do laps up and down Nunawading Oval. Chelsea was doing the sticks at Geelong/Melbourne, so it wasn't all lost. Warriors mildly happy with 105 from Marchbank and Cameron (120). Percentage booster.
A tight tussle saw the Battlers (1311) chalk one up over the fancied Uglies (1213). A solid contribution across the board for the Birds with highlights from Hunter (102), Witts (131), Acres (144) and a nice debut from Doedee with 86. Not enough on the day, but Dusty (130), Graham (100) and Gawn (139) all tried hard for Mt. Beauty. Time for some trade talk Chris.
Quietly confident, the Misfits (1118) ended up firing a few duds and fell away to the Devils (1295), a team that might just fulfill the promise they have always shown this year. Four nice tons to the winners with Hurley (100), Heppell (142), Zaharakis (131) and Membry (107). Cradle Mountain had their own dud in Zorko with 32. Five tons to Marble Bar and a Giants win was not enough with Tarranto (100), Kelly (116), Lloyd (119), Laird (137) and Whitfield (114). Ex-Giant Kennedy feeling very sore (3) and Ryder (68) going proppy half way through contributed to the downfall.
The final match turned out to be a cracker with the Lilacs (1139) putting up a spirited showing against the Codpieces (1241). For the Lilacs, the Hoff was good with (140), followed by Sinclair (106) and Heeney (105). A no-show from two metre Peter did not help their cause. The Cods will be happy with GAJ (116) back in Kardinia, Macrae (120), Shuey (110), Riewoldt (101), Burgoyne (102), but they won't be happy with the donut in ruck.
Mixed bag for opening round and too early to read much form, although Fitzy clearly knows how to find the starting gate