ORFFA ROUND 18 WRAP
Only 2 rounds to go before the tight and exciting stuff. Who will make it? Who will fall away? What do the results of the last round tell us?
Wagga Wagga 978 vs Foul Bay 1340
Sicily out has just about ended any hope the Wombats may have had. Oliver, Gibbs and Cripps all scored tons, while Langdon was putrid with 20.
The Chooks went bang with 5 tons to Danger, Cunnington, Kelly, Goldy and Hawkins. The Dalhaus injury will hurt, but watch out if the Cats decide to make a charge.
Darraweit Guim Dirigibles 1181 vs Gundagai 1313
The Blimps could not find a good wind. Only 2 tons to Allir and Coniglio, while the Hoppers enjoyed the fruits of a Magpie win with big ones to Cripps, Neale, Adams and Grundy. Sier and Cameron will be crucial to how the Hoppers fare in finals.
New Nuffers 1037 vs Larrikin Lagoon 1078
Close one. What Melbourne like to call an honorable loss. Only one ton for the Nuffers from the ageless JPK. The Lefties had two from Ross and Worpel. Lefties finally managed to get a playing ruck onto the field – and didn’t he spud it up big time.
Birdsville 1055 vs Gariwerd 1326
A match of tons. The Battlers with Witheden, Cutler, Witts and McDonald, while the Cockies had Laird, Tuohy, Crouch, Miller, Wallis and Lambert. Big dent for the Battlers turning the corner towards finals – strong Lions flavor about this team which augers well for the future. The Cockies will need Bellchambers to stand up in finals to be a serious threat.
Cradle Mountain 1322 vs Waikiks 1375
The Devils built themselves up for this one and put up a score their coach must be happy with. Sadly no chocolates. If Titch had one his tagged days, the Mountain may well have got home. But he hit a 192 and dragged the Cows across the line single handed. The Devils had tons from Pendles, Zorko, Nankervis, Gresham and Zaha, while the Cows had McGovern, Gardiner, Mitchell, Menegola and Prestia. The latter coming good at the right time and has X-factor written all over him for finals.
Lovely Banks 1056 vs Venus Bay 1306
Not a bad showing from the Lilacs here. Another team that needs the Cats to “do something!” Tons to Stewart and Duncan. A (relatively) quiet day for the Vultures with tons to Yeo, Houston, Parker and Martin. Fitzy will need a lift from his forwards if he is to lift the cup.
Iron Knob 1417 vs Wineglass Bay 878
A glass half full? Not even Rory could get a ton for the Packers. Badly need a class forward. Meanwhile the Codpieces top scored and are looking strong for finals. Tons everywhere to GAJ, de Goey, Stanley, Gray, Breust, Riewoldt and Henderson.
Marble Bar 1371 vs Charlie’s Opening 1062
Pleasing score for the Misfits with tons to Lloyd, Kelly, Whitfield, Smith, Fantasia and Greenwood. Marble Bar have the potential to be a real nuisance to some of the finals aspirants, especially as the Giants make their charge. The Spelunkers knocked out tons from Short, Merrett, Higgins and Ceglar. Short, Fritsch and Higgins are the future of this team, as early as next year.
Mount Beauty 1065 vs Whitsunday 1088
The Uglies had nice tons from Dusty, Sides and Petracca and were unlucky to let this one slip. A donut on the bench cost them the game, along with Big Max being outscored by Simpson. An underwhelming performance from the Warriors who were lucky to grab a win while at their most vulnerable. Tons to JJ, Tarrant, Polec and Simpson. Motlop a late out did not aid their cause.
Yes, we can do that too. How the ladder will look after two more rounds.
1. Venus Bay 68
2. Waikikamoocow 60
3. Gundagai 52
4. Iron Knob 48
5. Gariwerd 44
6. Birdsville 44
7. Darrawiet 40
8. Foul Bay 40