2015 Byes



Sneak Previews – Daniel Menzel (Gee)

by Schwarzwalder on February 9, 2016

POSITION: FWD

Starting Price: $260 600

SC Scoring History
2015 – 69 points per game from two games played
2014 – Did Not Play
2013 – DNP
2012 – DNP
2011 – 63 ppg (17)

Definition of ‘unlucky’:
– Having, bringing or resulting from bad luck. Synonyms include unfortunate, luckless, ill-fated, blighted, wretched, accident-prone.
– Daniel Menzel 😉

Menzel just about deserves a place in the official Oxford Dictionary.  He is reportedly the only AFL player to have undergone four knee reconstructions (I think Sydney’s Alex Johnson has had three and counting).  No doubt he can play but it’s still amazing that the Geelong FC stuck by the kid for so long.  Hopefully after such a long lay-off, Menzel can start to repay the faith this year.

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Team Review – North Melbourne 2016

by Motts on February 8, 2016

2016 Revisited
As usual, North Melbourne lost the opening game of the year, this time to Adelaide by 77 points at Adelaide Oval. From there, the Kangaroos spent the next 10 rounds tracking even with the card and found themselves on 5 wins and 6 losses at the half-way point of the season. A softer draw through the latter half of the season helped the Roos to rediscover their mojo, piling on 9 straight victories with the last – and best – coming against the Dockers at Etihad stadium. Scott notoriously rested half his side in the round 23 loss to Richmond but they backed up a week later, defeating the Tigers in the Elimination final.

North then defeated the undermanned Sydney at ANZ stadium in the Semi-final but just fell short against West Coast in the Preliminary final, disadvantaged by some dubious umpiring and a lack of run after half time.

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Sneak Previews – Brad Crouch (Adelaide)

by Motts on February 8, 2016

Position: MID

Starting Price: $306 100 

SC Scoring History

2015 – Did not play due to broken foot

2014 – 95 points per game from 11 games played

2013 – 87 ppg (14) 

To say that Crouch’s professional career has been plagued by injury is putting it lightly. Adelaide was quick to secure this Ballarat teenager at Pick No.2 in the 2011 Mini Draft (No.1 was Jaeger). After playing at West Adelaide in the SANFL during 2012 (of which he missed two months due to hamstring complaints), Crouch was eligible for his AFL debut in 2013. Shortly after making his debut, his hamstring worries flared up again & had him on the sidelines for a further two months. Despite this setback, he returned in stunning form to finish as Runner-Up in the 2013 Rising Star Award (No.1 was, once again, Jaeger). Crouch struggled with an achilles injury in the lead-up to the 2014 season but still managed to line up for RD1……..only to fracture his leg against Port the following week. He managed to play the last nine games and polled the 2nd-highest in the club B&F during that time (only Rory Sloane had more votes over the last nine games).  

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Rate My Team 9

by Motts on February 7, 2016

Mottsy: Keeping Comments sections manageable since 2009. 

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LoEC 2016

by Motts on February 6, 2016

There was a TON of interest in our Leagues of Extraordinary Coaches this year – helped in no small part by the Herald Sun throwing $18k at the best league in the land at the end of the season for the first time. 

In the interests of being completely transparent these were the 2015 rankings of each of the participants in each of our LoEC leagues this year. 

LoEC1 

1, 3, 5, 6, 10, 14, 40, 73, 75, 81, 84, 85, 94, 95, 165, 221, 222, and 13,882 (me, I’m managing it) 

LoEC2

244, 252, 300, 321, 327, 330, 341, 345, 371, 425, 451, 481, 488, 510, 626 (MJ, league manager), 723, 759, and 785. 

LoEC3

817, 834, 855, 867, 891, 967 (The Far Canal, league manager), 1003, 1033, 1039, 1067, 1115, 1351, 1473, 1628, 1634, 1654, 1667, and 1748. 

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