With only 16 teams, TooSerious's newest ORFF league - the ORFFF - is heading into the first week of their first finals series this week, and with 4 weeks available, will be working with the same finals system as the AFL.
@tyze1 and his Rutherglen Fugitives will be rueing several early season close losses to teams that finished much lower than him, as they have just missed the 8, finishing in 9th spot and earning the chance to host the ORFFF Representative match during the week after the grand final (AFL Round 23).
On the other side of the ledger is @ViQBoZ and his Mole Creek Glow-worms who have snuck into the 8, despite having the 2nd worst total points scored in the league!
Well done to all 8 teams who have made the finals.
Read on for a look at the upcoming matches:
Firstly, I would like to thank @TheTassieHawk for helping me with this by searching for "the last time they met" stats and recent form etc and compiling them for me. good work mate, helped a lot and made for a better article.
Week 1 ORFFF Finals Fixture (AFL Round 19) - as always first named is the home side
Drouin Dropbears (1st, 14-1, 1371 ppg regular season average) vs Chinchilla Chumps (4th, 10-5, 1286)
--- Recent form (last 5) - Drouin – WWWWW (5-0, average 1393ppg), Chinchilla – LLWWL (2-3, average 1212ppg)
Last time they played (2016, Round 7) – Drouin 1333 defeated Chinchilla 1243 (90 points)
Round 7 Brownlow votes and other tons
Drouin : Dangerfield 129 (4 votes), Docherty 120 (2 votes), Pittard 110, Mumford 108, Scully 106
Chinchilla : Montagna 130 (5 votes), JPK 125 (3 votes), Zorko 111 (1 vote), NicNat 101, Caddy 100
Drouin have been close to unstoppable all season, but with Mummy under an injury clowd, will @stowie give him a week off with the security of a well-earned second chance up his sleeve. This could be Chinchilla's chance to cause an upset, but I am clutching at straws really. With their own problems in the ruck with Andrew Phillips filling in for NicNat, I'm not sure @choppers Chumps will have enough firepower to halt the rampaging Dropbears on their home turf.
Neptune Island Noahs (2nd, 13-2, 1304) vs Black Swamp 29ers (3rd, 10-5, 1306)
--- Recent form (last 5) - Neptune Island – LWLWW (3-2, average 1311ppg), Black Swamp – WWWWL (4-1, average 1396ppg)
Last time they played (2016, Round 10) – Neptune Island 1431 defeated Black Swamp 1358 (73 points)
Round 10 Brownlow votes and other tons
Neptune Island : Gawn 167 (5 votes), Josh Kelly 132 (4 votes), Howe 125 (3 votes), Zaharakis 122 (1 vote), Haynes 101
Black Swamp : Westhoff 125 (2 votes), Cotchin 122 ( 1vote), McVeigh 116, Bartel 109, Grigg 106
The other game with both teams enjoying the 2nd chance option if they lose is more difficult to split. Gawn has had a stellar season, finishing 2nd in the ORFFF Brownlow this season and he was the difference the last time these teams met, smashing Sinclair in the ruck; however a number of @TheTassieHawk s Black Swamp mids were down on form, with Selwood, Bontempelli and Viney combining for just 225, too. Very little separates these two teams across the season with them averaging just 2 points different per game, and maybe the home ground advantage will see @That KI Guy and his Noahs over the line.
Cockburn Avengers (5th, 9-6, 1315) vs Mole Creek Glow-Worms (8th, 8-7, 1163)
--- Recent form (last 5) - Cockburn – WWWWL (4-1, average 1282ppg), Mole Creek – LLWLW (2-3, average 1185ppg)
Last time they played (2016, also in Round 10) – Cockburn 1120 defeated by Mole Creek 1142 (22 points)
Round 10 Brownlow votes and other tons
Cockburn : Curnow 128 (4 votes), Betts 107 (2 votes), Treloar 103, Hunter 102
Mole Creek : GAJ 143 (5 votes), B Smith 108 (3 votes), J Cripps 105 (1 vote)
The mismatch of the finals. @Len s Avengers are hard to pick - when they come out firing, they could match any other ORFFF team, demonstrated by them holding 2 of the top 7 scores ever scored in the ORFFF, whereas they have sometimes swung the other way too, such as last week when they scored >1200. @ViQBoZ s Glowworms on the other hand have been consistently poor, but always seeming to find the will to win, which is most important afterall. They even did it last time these teams met, defeating Cockburn by 22 pts in a low scoring affair. Can they do it again? Away from home in a cut throat final? I reckon Cockburn will turn it on and a big win this week could kickstart a successful finals campaign.
Jan Juc Ducks (6th, 8-7, 1294) vs Useless Loop Virgins (7th, 8-7, 1247)
--- Recent form (last 5) - Jan Juc – WLWLW (3-2, average 1280ppg), Useless Loop – WWLLW (3-2, average 1233ppg)
Last time they played (2016, way back in Round 2) – Useless Loop 1259 defeated by Jan Juc 1396 (143 points)
Round 2 Brownlow votes and other tons
Useless Loop : R Gray 129 (4 votes), Stevie J 118 (1 vote), Isaac Smith 115, Sandy 108
Jan Juc : Waite 174 (5 votes), Houli 127 (3 votes), Hanners 121 (2 votes), Vince 115, Grundy 109
Useless Loop have overcome the turmoil of losing their coach half way through the season with @YAD69 recently taking over and steering them to a fine round 15 victory to clinch a finals berth. Last time these teams met was way back in round 2, and Jarrod Waite scored a whopping 174 for @thokash to lead Jan Juc to a solid win over who was then the top-of-the-table Virgins. The Virgins could get on top at Duck Park this time, as Jan Juc are due for a loss after alternating results over the last 7 games!
All in all, 4 cracking games to kick us off for our inaugural ORFFF finals series! I'm really looking forward to seeing how this all pans out.
For the remaining 8 teams who didnt make it, bad luck. I hope you all enjoyed the first season of the ORFFF. Now we all have the upcoming draft and trade period to look forward to.
And @tyze1 can prepare the grounds for the representative match in a months' time.
Good luck to everyone.
Finals team entry/Matchday reporting etc is at
Previous Round threads are below