Rivalry Round V3.0 has arrived (inspired by this weekend’s Q-clash). There is sure to be increased levels of pre, during and post match much sledging this week as rivalry bragging rights go up for grabs for another season. 2016 saw some massive team scores, while 2017 saw more defensive contests and there have been team records aplenty in the 16 rivalry matches so far. V1 – http://tooserious.net/forum/threads/orfff-2016-rivalry-round-round-8.89461/ and http://tooserious.net/forum/tsLeagues.php?leagueId=14&round=8&year=2016 V2 – http://tooserious.net/forum/threads/2017-orfff-rivalry-round-afl-10.89892/ and http://tooserious.net/forum/tsLeagues.php?leagueId=14&round=10&year=2017 This week’s fixtures are (teams in the top 8 in bold) Macquarie Island Whales (1-3) vs Black Swamp 29ers (4-0) - Formerly known as the “6 stubby Derby” - MIW have won both. The 2016 clash was the closest ever rivalry round match (22 points at Black Swamp) while the 2017 edition saw the 29ers losers by a club record 212 points in the Southern Ocean. Jan Juc Ducks (2-2) vs Rutherglen Fugitives (3-1) - Jan Juc hold Victorian derby bragging rights by winning both previous matches and have also been the slightly stronger side since the ORFFFs inception. Rutherglen managed to finish 2nd in the 2017 ORFF* Knockout comp while Jan Juc finished 3rd however the ORFFF is where both teams focus lies and the Fugitives will be giving it their all to take a stronger hold on a top 4 spot and open up a 2 game gap on their rivals. Mt Thirsty Boozers (3-1) vs Useless Loop Virgins (2-2) - their first ever matchup was the 8th highest ever ORFFF aggregate score and saw the Virgins post their highest ever score, while the Boozers hold bragging rights taking vengeance in 2017. The frenzied/sloshed home crowd will be willing their premiership heroes to buck the trend of Away teams having won both previous rivalry round clashes. Port Lincoln Power (2-2) vs Maralinga Atoms (3-1) – The SA Power Cup- The Atoms won a close contest in 2016 while they annihilated the Power in 2017 (both clubs 2nd highest ever win/loss and Port Lincolns lowest ever score). The Power will have to overcome the ORFF”s best defence so far in 2018. Nangkita Bucks (2-2) vs Cockburn Avengers (3-1) – The Hopper-Keays Cup - The Avengers won the first match of the Eastern SA rivalry when Nangkita was still a Northern Queensland team by 222 points and the Bucks closed the gap to 221 points in 2017. Rather than wait until the year 2239 Nangkita will want to improve faster and notch a rivalry round win sometime in the next 220 years, and more importantly deny the Avengers a 4-1 start to the season ! Wedge Island White Pointers (0-4) vs Neptune Island Noahs (3-1) – The Originals vs the Copycats – The 2016 edition was the 10th lowest ever ORFFF aggregate score as the White Pointers registered their lowest ever score, however the Originals turned the tables in 2017 dealing the Noahs a club record loss. The Copycats will be keen to be the 3rd visiting team to win this rivalry matchup and their fans are rumoured to have made a bulk order of wooden spoons to be waved at their opposition late in the match if they can be in a winning position. Walpole Woylies (2-2) vs Heard Island Shags (1-3) – The Shags defeated the Woylies by 124 points in 2016, while the Woylies squared the ledger with a narrow 39 point win in 2017.Home teams have won both clashes and recent form also puts Walpole as favourites. Drouin Dropbears (1-3) vs Mole Creek Glow-Worms (0-4) – The “Darcy Byrne-Jones Vase” - on the ladder it says 13th plays 16th but both teams will be keen to rise to the occasion. Drouin trounced the Glow-Worms in 2016 (both clubs record win/loss and the 5th highest of all time) and hold a 2 zip H2H advantage after grinding out a much tighter 154 point win in 2017. Mole Creek have now lost 8 games straight and will need to crack 1050 points for the first time against the Dropbears and then some if they are to take out their first ever rivalry round “W” and open their 2018 account. Meanwhile in the ORFF* knockout Quarter Finals the Whales travel to face the ORFFA’s big improvers from Darraweit Guim while in an all ORFFF contest the Avengers host the Virgins. A win this weekend would leave each of the 3 clubs a fortnight away from landing their first ever competition trophy as well as securing a spot in the 2018 ORFF* Champions League. Once again team entry can be done at http://tooserious.net/forum/tsLeagues.php?leagueId=14 (just click the green button under Submit Team). Be aware of the risk of players not being named or not fronting up for Anzac Eve and Anzac Day clashes and plan teams and emergencies accordingly before the Friday Night round lockout Once lockout is underway Matchday teams can be found at http://tooserious.net/forum/tsLeagueMatchday.php?leagueId=14&round=5 Good luck all, and even if it is the only time this year please post before, during or after the very loooooong round to badmouth the opposition or drum up the rivalry regardless of whether it is the friendly type or completely the opposite !