Loec 2, The Round 15 Review
After a difficult few weeks when the hopes of finals all but slipped away, the Holyhead Harpies have finally smashed out a score that defied expectations. Whilst hindsight has meant some decisions were mistakes (such as taking Shane Edwards over Dayne Zorko a few weeks back) or a week late (Sloane – Hannebery this week rather than last week), the Harpies, who have trudged through mediocrity, suddenly exploded into magnificence; their score of 2585 was their highest score of the week in LoeC 2; their highest score of the year, beating out the previous best of 2292 by a whopping 293 points; and coach Eagling had his highest ever Supercoach Score; beating his previous best of 2512 by 73 points. And with Gary Ablett Junior just days away from his grand return, the Harpies may have just played themselves into minor premiership favouritism.
But despite the glorious performances, there are worries. Jeremy McGovern has had a difficult few weeks, and Brodie Smith hasn’t nearly returned to his best form. Dustin Martin is in a slump, and Nat Fyfe, who carried the team so often in the first half of the season, has fallen back to earth. Hibberd and Birchall could do with more consistency, but other than that, the team is looking very nice; with bench cover probably the equal of anyone in the league.
Major League finals (Loec positions 1-8) are probably out of reach; it would take winning every game, and hoping for other results to go their way, for a slim chance to slip into the bottom reaches of the eight. However, the minor league (Positions 9-1) finals are very much up for grabs, although the prestige isn’t as magnificent.
|Home Team||Home Score||Away Score||Away Team||Margin||Prediction||Culmative Predictions|
|teamcustard||2358||2271||The Brown Shorts||87||H||1/1|
|LI’L SEBASTIAN||2378||2585||Holyhead Harpies||207||H||1/2|
|Sean’s Mob||2316||2449||Demons of Darch||133||A||2/4|
|2 Boyds, 1 Cup||2429||2469||The Convict||40||H||2/5|
|Small Victories||2402||2385||Armchair Sportsman||17||H||3/6|
|Bring Back Ratts||2473||2335||wobblesbegone||138||A||3/7|
|Home Team||Away Team|
|RELIEABLES||The Brown Shorts|
|Sean’s Mob||Holyhead Harpies|
|2 Boyds, 1 Cup||MaxPowerExperience|
|Small Victories||Demons of Darch|
|Bring Back Ratts||The Convict|
Round 16 Preview
teamcustard (9) v LI’l SEBASTIAN (11)
PODS: Hamling, Lever, Simpson, Saad, Pittard, Maynard, Neale, Armitage, Naitanui, Bontempelli, Lambert, Dahlhaus, McGovern v Hibberd, Pearce, Houli, Yeo, Edwards, Laird, Dangerfield, Boston, Amon, Adamson, Maric, Franklin, Deledio
Both sides have to deal with Selwood’s absence; with trades running out for both sides, will they keep the wayward Geelong Skipper? I reckon the away side has a slight edge, and will win here.
RELIEABLES (1) v The Brown Shorts (10)
PODS: Shaw, Simpson, Houli, Goddard, Langdon, Dangerfield, Boston, Wines, Neale, Priddis, Treloar, Adamson, Steven, Goldstein, Jacobs, Lambert, Goddard, McGovern, Zorko v McKenzie, Lever, Yeo, Saad, Docherty, Lumumba, Selwood, Kennedy, Beams, Griffen, Kavanagh, Hannebery, Barlow, Naitanui, Maric, McKernan, Mitchell, Franklin, Clark
The premiership favourites go into a game against one of the early season pace-setters. Both sides have equal best trades left with 10, but the home side has Todd Goldstein as a point of difference, who faces Essendon on Friday night. Despite having never scored over 100 against Essendon, it would not be a surprise if Goldstein pushes 200 on Friday, such is the vulnerability in Essendon’s ruck stocks. On the other hand, TBS has to deal with Joel Selwood; so I reckon that RELIEABLES should have an easy win here.
Sean’s Mob (7) v Holyhead Harpies (15)
PODS: Shaw, Lever, Simpson, Gibson, Murphy, Selwood, Beams, Parker, Priddis, Sheed, Read, Maric, McKernan, Franklin, Dale, Harvey, Riewoldt v Smith, McKenzie, Pearce, Saad, Hodge, Birchall, Higgins, Wines, Rockliff, Hannebery, Naitanui, Cox, Mitchell, Krakouer, McGovern, Gawn, Edwards
Selwood for the home side; Edwards for the away. Suspension and injury leads to choices needing to be made; I’m going to tip the away side – just.
2 Boyds, 1 Cup (13) v Max Power Experience (4)
PODS: Smith, Simpson, Birchall, Kennedy, Treloar, Neal-Bullen, Sidebottom, Maric, Downie, Lambert v Pearce, Houli, Rance, Beams, Dangerfield, Griffen, Kavanagh, Naitanui, Swan, Dale
I reckon the away side should get the points here.
Small Victories (5) v Demons of Darch (6)
PODS: Shaw, Pearce, Gibson, Ibbotson, Hannebery, Dumont, Sloane, Stretch, Jacobs, Lambert, Mitchell v Newnes, McKenzie, Lever, Yeo, Dangerfield, Heeney, Boston, Mundy, Bontempelli, McGovern, Lonie
I reckon the away side has a slight edge, and will narrowly win.
Bring Back Ratts (17) v The Convict (14)
PODS: Hamling, Smith, Simpson, Pearce, Houli, Rance, Burgoyne, Pendlebury, Selwood, Kennedy, Cockatoo, Read, Jacobs, Gray, Lambert, McGovern, Dale, Zorko, Adams v Shaw, McKenzie, Gibson, Pittard, Edwards, Picken, Colquhoun, Laird, Griffen, Parker, Neale, Dumont, Lewis, Biggs, McKernan, Cox, Mitchell, Franklin, Goddard
BBR defied my expectations with an upset win on the weekend, unfortunately this week he has Taylor Adams and Joel Selwood as PODs. I don’t see how he can deal with this double-whammy, and he’ll most likely lose this one [Ed: no he will not!].
Jetz (3) v Armchair Sportsman (12)
PODS: Smith, Houli, Edwards, Ibbotson, Kennedy, Beams, Boston, Hannebery, Wallis, Ward, Naitanui, Mitchell, Krakouer, Dale v Lever, Picken, Colquhoun, Pearce, Dangerfield, Griffen, Neale, Parker, Lewis, Ellis-Yolmen, Glenn, Kreuzer, Lamb, Motlop
I am of the opinion that Sandilands will monster Kreuzer; and Jetz will prevail over the Sportsman.
Mack Attack (16) v wobblesbegone (8)
PODS: Simpson, Pearce, Gibson, Rance, Lumumba, Oxley, Kennedy, Rockliff, Ellis-Yolmen, Wallis, Boak, Read, Naitanui, McKernan, Goddard, Zorko v Shaw, Saad, McIntosh, Sheppard, Beams, Dangerfield, Priddis, Amon, Maric, Downie, O’Brien, Blicavs, Bontempelli, Mitchell, Steele
All that glitters is not Goldstein; such is the opinion of these Supercoaches who don’t have the North Melbourne ruckman. Both sides have to deal with absence of Joel Selwood; but I think the away side has the better team and should win here.
500Miles (18) v Tankers (2)
PODS: Pearce, Houli, Pittard, Kavanagh, Lewis, Amon, Cockatoo, Barlow, Shiel, Maric, Hannath, Dahlhaus, Smith v Hamling, Smith, Newnes, Murphy, Selwood, Dangerfield, Rockliff, Priddis, Dumont, Naitanui, Franklin, Zorko, Lonie
Shiel and Selwood cancel each other out in the missing stakes; but Tankers has the better overall team. Dangerfield, Rockliff and Priddis easily best Lewis and Barlow. The away side should have a pretty easy win.
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