ORFFA Round 15 – Bad Hair Round.
There were plenty of upsets in the AFL this week, but not very many in the ORFFA where most of the season defining matchups went the way of the favourite.
Warriors 1073 defeated by the Codpieces 1194
The Cods continue their late season run whilst the Warriors stumbled to their 3rd loss in the last 4 rounds. Nett result had both teams hold their respective ladder positions.
For the Warriors JJ (Mr Bad hair himself) had a shocker with 36, Cameron belted out 134, Harmes managed 107 but the rest of the team mostly stayed out of his way, Callum Brown gets the coaches encouragement award.
For the Cods Macrae (120) and Darling (125) starred, Hunter Clark stuck his hand up to join the Misfits this offseason and Harbrow stunk.
Next up the Cods face a very unimposing task away against the Misfires whilst the Warriors visit the land of the Wombats in what should be a close if uninspiring contest.
Lilacs 1245 defeat the Wombats 1021
Lilacs move within a game of the 8, and with a healthy points for will have genuine hopes of getting there, the Wombats run at finals has hit a hurdle with 2 losses on the trot and with only 2 rounds to go it’s now a bridge too far.
For the Lilacs Duncan (123) and Amon (102) looked impressive but it was more the fact that they had only one score under 60 that saw them run out easy winners, Gibbons onfield would have given him the RS nod this week, but being mostly shit for 16 games meant Bolton stole his thunder, nice little tabby that one..
The Wombats also had 2 tons, BSmith (127) went 50% over his average to prove what he is capable of whilst highlighting his savage Std Dev in the same play, Ed Curnow (116) is clearly in love with Teague and playing at the level he always seemed capable of, the rest, well mostly they arrived on time and were allegedly polite, nuff said.
Next up the Lilacs will start favourites against the Wanderers and whilst no certainties should take a step towards a maiden finals appearance, the Wombats host the Warriors, two teams whose total points for is a 6 point margin, probably going to be close, bees pubic hair stuff.
Devils 1356 defeat the Misfits 1242
The Devils accounted rather easily for the Misfits in what was at the start of the round 1 v 2 on the ladder and now sit a game clear on top looking a very strong contender for the title, the Misfits dropped to 4th with two losses in a row and will be hoping to get some troops back to play a meaningful part in finals, which neither side can miss.
For the Devils, Marshall (142) Zorko (106) Redden (100) and Gresham (102) led the way but ably supported by 90+ scores from Jones, Pendles, English, Rich, Bruest and Heppell.
The Misfits had more centurions with Lloyd (121) Whitfield (119) Williams (103) Taranto (113) Brodie (110) and Mundy (104) but had a far greater quantity of genuine chip ready spuds onfield.
Next up the Devils face the Nuffers who in complete rebuild won’t really offer much resistance whilst the Misfits face the very real prospect of a belting from an Iron Knob, (you can’t make shit like this up).
Chickens 1402 defeat the Wanderers 1166
Foul Bay have been inside the top 4 since round 8, and now sit 2nd with the league high points for and are looking like serious Gf contenders, the Wanderers sit 13th following 3 consecutive losses and will be desperate to gain a playing ruck in 2020, too late for this year though.
For the Chooks Cunnington (105) Shiels (136) Goldstein (124) Dangerfield (106) and McEvoy (126) led the way, but the depth is also strong with another 6 scores over 80.
The Wanderers were well served by Walters (104) and Lyons (165!!) but fell away from there with a fairly average set of scores, Newnes tried valiantly on the ruck but gave up 20cm and 109 points.
Next up the Chooks are away to the Battlers who will frankly be battling to keep pace whilst the Wanderers host the Lilacs in what will be a finals shaping match.
Grasshoppers 1433 defeat the Nuffers 1028
Hoppers continue to flash their premiership credentials like a republican in a whore house, weak on no line and primarily poised to take the primary, the Nuffers are in the 3rd trimester of a complete rebuild so while the future looks so bright, they can forego the shades this year.
For the boys from Gundagai 5 stepped up to lead, Weitering (100) Oliver (140, no more sir) Grundy (157) Billings (113) and MacPherson (105) all delivered while Sier was clearly spooked by the beanstalk.
The Nuffers surprise star was Luke Brown, guess that happens when the ball comes into your zone a gazillion times a quarter, Paton and Duursma (by way of a Cunningham out) show the Nunawading has stars on the rise.
Next up the Hoppers are away to the Cows whose 4 game winning streak is at some risk of ending, whilst the Nuffers face a rampaging Devils