Courtesy of @TerryinBangkok
ORFFA ROUND REVIEW – R16
In this, the year of Covid-ball, the FA have had to innovate to survive. The first decision the Board made was to award the Premiership to Gundagai, so @snoz sits on the tucker box, being first past the post.
The second decision, based on the first, was to shift the focus from outright winner to who can make the 8. Much more exciting. Can you believe, in the absence of a Dawson Cup, coaches are scratching and clawing for that vital, but meaningless 8th spot, while older heads are tanking for draft picks. As of R!5 we had:
7. Marble Bar Misfits 32 104.8
8. Birdsville Battlers 32 105.5
9. Wagga Wagga Wombats 32 98.6
10. Whitsunday Warriors 32 98.6
11. Waikik Incorrigibles 28 100.6
12. Lovely Bay Lilacs 28 99.1
So, for match of the round we had the Wombats and the Warriors, both on exactly the same percentage battling it out in the hope of a slip up from the Battlers or the Misfits. Sort of a Clayton’s Essendon, Melbourne or Carlton.
While the Cows are looking down, the Lilacs are looking up. Could @Jen sneak into the 8 and earn the improver of the season title?
Other leagues opted for a bye, but no, in ORFFA too much depends on this. Could there be some final twist in the tail? Might the stewards go back to earlier rounds and discover Covid breaches, causing a shuffling of this delicately poised challenge for Numero 8? Watch this space.
Totted them up myself, so could be mistakes.
Wineglass Bay Packers 454 def. by Foul Bay Chickens 1397
Talk about putting the foot on the throat. Absolutely no mercy from the Chooks as @Tracey struggled with 3 donuts on top of 2 byes. Decimated. Tons sprinkled like hundreds and thousands for the Chooks and Hawkins top scoring with 173.
Lovely Banks Lilacs 1087 def Larrikin Lagoon Lefties 622
There is so much good fresh food to be had on Kangaroo Island you wonder why @That KI Guy would opt for a veritable feast of donuts. @Jen is on a roll and you can never have too many Cats (remember the good old days when you could never have too many Giants?). Shudder. But it was the much improved Port man Carl Amon who topped the lot with 128.
Marble Bar Misfits 1286 def. Nowhere Else Wanderers 1099
Old man Mundy bought the bacon home yet again for @Len with a 138. Interesting team the Wanderers – lots of middle-of-the-road players who might turn out to be someone. We hope so.
Wagga Wagga Wombats 1279 def. Whitsunday Warriors 1108
A tight tussle and @Lenny120 gets the chocolates. Harmes, although generally useless this year, as a late out he was the knife to the heart of the Warriors. Emerging star Mr. Hyphenated Uniake was the hero for the Wombats with 129, ironically in a losing side to Port where the Warriors Boak knocked out 149 and Wines 128. Go figure. So, looks like the Wombats are the best chance for 8th spot and the Warriors can now focus on the draft, while the Wombats can enjoy the rise of Cam Rayner.
Cradle Mountain Devils 1156 def. Charlie’s Opening Spelunkers 1002
Yanno, if it wasn’t for 3 donuts, the Cavemen might have given this a fair shake. They had a red hot go, but the Devil’s midfield is just too strong, particularly when Zorko decides to bring 159 to the table. One more class mid and the Spelunkers will upset a few next year. Meanwhile, a slightly below par score for the Devils, but it was a bye round.
Gundagai Grasshoppers 1208 def. by Birdsville Battlers 1392
Wowee (as that idiot oft repeats). Very gutsy by @JC. I for one would not have attempted it. Got a long memory has @snoz. Hoppers had 2 x OPPs, which you would expect from the Woodsmen being on the bye, but you can’t take anything away from that win. I reckon @ChiefRussell owes the man a beer. It was a good turnout from the heave ho boys that made the difference.
Gariwerd Cockatoos 956 def. by Waikikamoocow Incorrigibles 1308
I never knew Kangaroo Island actually exported their donuts. Must be tasty, but hope @anthak doesn’t get too fat. Clearly Menegola (193) and Dunkley (151) didn’t get the email @graeme grasps in vain for a favourable draft position. Ryan Burton doing a quad is not good for anybody, but he will be back nice and fresh for the Cows next year. Interesting battle of the Crouch brothers. Perhaps they might stay.
Nareewillock Nuffers 1053 def. by Mount Beauty Uglies 1162
I can hear @bama humming Maurice Chevalier’s “Thank heaven for little Sammy Walsh”. But then again he’s probably too young to know what I’m talking about. 161 – got them home. Very big on Melbourne are the Uglies. At least he seems to have picked the right ones. As a collective at the moment they are disappointing in the extreme. Very workmanlike effort from the Nuffers. A decent ruck and they are on their way. Can build for the future around Serong.
Venus Bay Vultures 837 def. Iron Knob Codpieces 771
A veritable feast of donuts this one. I got fat just counting them. No stars, nothing outstanding, just a real grind and @Fitzy got over the line. A flash of bravery from Greenwood (128) and Robbie (120), but not enough for @jimbowan. Fitzy was not favoured during all the byes, but has managed to scrape through.
Walesy will call weight right when he is ready.
So, the Chooks are putting the heat on the Grasshoppers tottering on the tucker box, while the Wombats have a foot in the 8 – percentage will tell how many toes.