Courtesy of the "pen" of the gentleman from Bangkok @TerryinBangkok
A horrible round for tipping and not a lot of joy in SC, but some sure things got up in the ORFFA with the Hoppers and the Misfits flying in the early rounds. Let’s get right into it.
Cows 1131 vs Warriors 1285
Probably the upset of the round (well it surprised me and we were so looking forward to a slab of silverside and a pinot after the game). Fyfe was off enjoying the pig shooting and a lonely ton from Ryan Burton not enough for Boak, Lobb (at last), Suckling and Andrews. Just a hiccup for the Waikiks and normal programming is expected to continue next week.
Uglies 1094 vs Battlers 1081
Well done Mt. Beauty and Birdsville must be regretting letting this close one slip. The Uglies were strong with tons to Brandon Ellis, Sides, Gawn and Walsh and, despite a horrible 23 from Butters and a worse 8 from Schache, were too good for the offerings from Witts and Acres.
The Opening 1076 vs Nuffers 926
Good performances from the Bont and Zac were matched by Cunningham and Ebert, but with 3 donuts, the Nuffers were not in the hunt. Hopefully they can get a few back next week. They need them.
Packers 1103 vs Wanderers 1167
Nice scores from both teams and a sign of things to come we hope. Charlie well served by Vintage Scully, Lynch and Mummy while Newman, Walters and Coniglio fought bravely for the Bay. The Wanderers now have two wins under the belt.
Vultures 1258 vs Misfits 1341
Tons all over the park with Simpson, Gaff, Yeo, Martin and Pittard all performing well for the Pippies, but even more from the Misfits with Mundy, Taranto, Kelly, Murphy, Lloyd and Whitfield. Some very astute bench choices from Fitzy wasn’t enough, but with a score like that he will be there abouts. No hangovers for Marble Bar.
Lefties 1010 vs Wombats 1201
A clear win to Wagga Wagga with Sicily, B. Smith, Shiel and Swallow all cracking the ton. A brave showing from Phillips and Lonie for the Lagoon, but they should get some small joy from topping the 1,000 mark. Only way is up.
Cockies 1290 vs Cods 1311
Big scores from both teams in a tight one and only some heroics from AMcD-T got the Cods over the line. The Sulphur Cresteds were bolstered by tons to Hurn, Laird, Hooker, Rockliff and Miller, but not enough for McRae, GAJ and Henderson all inspired by the efforts up forward of the Essendon crowd favourite. Cruel game this.
Hoppers 1469 vs Lilacs 1231
Big scores from Weitering, Neale, Cripps, Grundy and Billings for Gundagai, but the Lilacs should be pleased with their score and are showing they the most improved side this year. Liam Jones, Heeney, Ross and Stewart all tonned up for the Lovelies. Awesome is the only word to describe the team from Snoz. He will be hunted.
Chooks 1174 vs Devils 1321
The Chief seems to have fallen foul of his own predictions in setting Cradle Mountain as contenders. It was a weekend where the unexpected happened. GWS beat Geelong at Kardinia Park and this was reflected in the scores of teams with a strong GWS presence. Conversely, the much vaunted Cats forward line of Danger, Kelly and Dahlhaus didn’t fire a shot. Hawkins was a lone hand and helped out by Sheppard, Libba and Goldy, but not good enough for Steele, Marshall, Hopper and Zaharakis. A much wiser person than me once said; don’t put all your eggs in the one basket (especially if you have a road trip to Iron Knob).
Misfits hosting the Cockies this week should go close to match of the round. May all your outs be little ones.