The Big Show (Reviewed by JC)
Week 2 Finals – Review
Larrikin Lagoon Lefties 1362 to Birdsville Battlers 1202
As expected, last year’s champs booked themselves a second straight appearance in the Granny as they eased past the Battlers in a replay of last year’s edition - just a shame it was a week earlier this year! In a solid display all round, the Lefties were just too strong for the Battlers who were probably lucky to make the finals at all. Priddis, Lloyd, Wells, Smith and Montagna all hit triple digits with solid contributions from a few others as well. It was very much the same old story for the Battlers as the boys down back did their bit and Treloar stood tall in the middle, but there wasn’t much after that.
So congrats to Goonies and we wish them all the best in the big one!
Venus Bay Vultures 1303 def Mount Beauty Uglies 1238
Could the Vultures be about to pull a Lefties on the Lefties? For the second straight year the 8th ranked team makes it through to the Grand Final after the Vultures sent the highly fancied Uglies packing. Trade-a-holic Fitzy’s youthful core of Parker, Gaff, Docherty and Crisp all raised the bat, as Howe and Martin, while Kreuzer did a good job in the ruck against The Beard.
Considered by many as a genuine chance for the flag, the boys from Mount Beauty failed to bring their best form to the finals. The Uglies scraped through the first week before posting another modest score (by their lofty standards at least) this week to see them head off for Mad Monday a week earlier than planned. Boyd, Sidebottom, Viney and The Beard gave them every chance, but with Martin, Reiwoldt and Cyril all down on their usual numbers, bama’s boys just couldn’t find an answer for the Vultures.
Congrats to Venus Bay and best of luck of luck against the defending champs this week.
The Sideshow (reviewed by Len)
Zac Dawson Cup Semis
Cradle Mountain Devils 1187 def by Marble Bar Misfits 1192
The Devils outscored the Misfits by 1145 over the season proper, but couldn’t find another 6 to win this weekend, I blame Zorko, picked a bad time for the Devils to notch up his worst game of the year.
The Misfit’s young midfield led the way with Daniel’s 130 while Whitfield and Weller both notched up 114, backed up by strong performances by Hartley and Tomlinson. Ward went missing and Kelly went looking for him, the rest were average.
For the Devils Pendlebury went nuts with a 165 and Spurr and Zaharakis tried hard to keep up with 102 and 106 respectively. Grigg Stevie J and Roughead all struggled whilst the remainder batted at or about their average.
Charlies Opening Spelunkers 1341 def by Whitsunday Warriors 1395
Big scoring game this with Whitsunday score being high enough to with either real final and the cavemen almost managing the same, still you can’t win a fight you’re aren’t in, both teams will be aiming to rectify early season issues next year.
With tons everywhere for both sides the Spelunker’s were led by Zerrett’s 132 backed up ably by Savage 104, The Bont 102, Lecras 100, Swallow 109 while Blake (I wannabea Misfit) also chimed in with 109. Gunston was clearly on the piss the night before but the rest did as expected.
For the Warriors, Johannison 130, Wines 127, Motlop 114 and Patton 102 all belted their averages out of the park, whilst JJK’s 103 was less unexpected. Young defender Andrews and Sam (The not dirty) Gray also contributed substantially to the Warriors win, even performances from the rest was enough to get them over the line.
The Curtain Drop for 2016
ORFFA Grand Final
Larrikin Lagoon Lefties vs Venus Bay Vultures
Fun fact; The Lefties have three more L’s whilst the sides have an equal amount of W’s.
Only 59 points separated the two sides last week, consistent with the yearlong variance of 50 points a game, still statistics and damn lies and all that guff..
Wells (132) and Smith (128) are highly unlikely to backup those scores this week for the Lefties, though Mitchell and Gibson are also unlikely to stink it up two weeks in a row.
The Vultures will be looking for a lift from the likes of Pittard, Tahlia (the good one), Greene and Watts whilst hoping Docherty, Gaff, Crisp and co maintain the rage.
Tip; Lefties by 42
Good luck to @That KI Guy & @Fitzy !
Zac Dawson Cup
Whitsunday Warriors vs Marble Bar Misfits
Fun fact; there are 74 islands in the Whitsundays, none in Marble Bar
This looks like a bloodbath on paper with the Warriors stronger in almost all areas of the field, Misfits will be hoping for a miracle to bridge the gap which statistically sits at over 100ppg. Rumours abound regarding a “fix”.