I must admit my mistakes off the bat. I mistakenly believed that League Matches started last round; so I predicted them in the previous write-up. The matchups will be the same this week, but I’m going to re-analyse them, because a couple of coaches have made trades, and we have another week of scoring to take into account.
Now, have your fill of my humility, because it’s the last you’re going to get from me for a good long while.
The SCT Writers League Wrap Up, Episode Two.
We interrupt this write-up to bring you a report from the aftermath of a terrible cataclysm that has swept across south-eastern Australia.
I can barely see the hand I’m using to write this message out; no light can penetrate the venusian-like cloud cover. To understand how such a state of darkness came to be; we must go back to where it all began, with a pre-league clash that unfolded over the first two rounds of the 2016 AFL Season.
Eagling v Motts
Welcome to our coverage of ‘The Possible Implications of Picking a Suspended Player.’ Our first contestant, Eagling, has made off-hand references to starting with a suspended player, though he is not one to be concerned about…
But what is this? SCT Heavyweight Motts has landed a massive blow by selecting Ben Kennedy and both simultaneously taking his score and avoiding Michael Barlow by picking Dayne Zorko. Motts has announced his arrival in this clash by knocking Eagling to the ropes with the first blow.
Eagling, who did not avoid Michael Barlow with his selection of Dayne Zorko, and had the less impressive Connor Menadue standing-in for the suspended Dayne Zorko, needs to do something quite noteworthy to recover in round 2….
We join Motts straight after Brisbane’s loss against North Melbourne. Dayne Zorko has just top-scored for the Lions; and Motts is glowing with the powerful lustre of the vivid promise of gloating in his selection…
AND MOTTS HAS BEEN CUT OFF IN HIS MOMENT OF TRIUMPH! Eagling has lurched from the ropes, revealing that his has assigned Dayne Zorko as his Vice Captain for the round. What a turnaround, and with that blow, Eagling has clawed his way in the bour! But it is neither Eagling nor Motts that suffers the ignominy of defeat; as Eagling’s blow has released vast and suffocating Smug Clouds sweeping across the south-east of the country.
We can only hope that the great heroes, MJ and Macca can bring the two back down to earth…
The Round 3 Preview.
Reports coming out of Brisbane suggest that popular selection Tom Rockliff may be out for a couple of weeks, whilst Mitch Robinson may miss the first Supercoach League clashes. Meanwhile, Supercoaches will be uncertain as many AFL players have been very inconsistent in their scoring in the first two rounds, with players like Matt Priddis, Patrick Dangerfield, Nat Fyfe, Nic Naitanui and others wildly fluctuating from round to round, and ‘safe’ selections like Jimmy Bartel, Tom Rockliff and Michael Barlow failing miserably.
Trades will doubtlessly be spent as players search to repair any holes in their rookie lineups.
2 Boyds, 1 Cup (9) v (13) Dirty Kelsos SCT
PODS: Laird, Birchall, Fyfe, Dunkley, Ablett, Menadue, Oliver, Goldstein, Read, Papley, S. Gray, Dahlhaus v Dea, Weitering, Rich, B. Crouch, Priddis, Macaffer, Mundy, Ward, Grimley, Gawn, Hall, Robinson
I reckon the home side has the edge in this one; Goldstein v Gawn could be a pivotal moment, but with question marks over Rich and Robinson, I can’t see Brods being able to overcome the blow to that depth, especially with Rockliff doubtful.
Don Cottagers (10) v (16) All Priests > 75
PODS: Weitering, Shaw, Laird, Rich, Rockliff, Fyfe, Mills, Ablett, Menadue, Selwood, S. Martin, Goldstein, Grimley, Wyatt, D. Martin, Papley, Simpkin v Lonergan, Yeo, Sheridan, McKenzie, Liberatore, B. Crouch, Hannebery, Pendlebury, R. Gray, Duncan, Ah Chee, Gawn, Naitanui, Max King, McCarthy, S. Gray, Steele
Father Dougal had the ignominious distinction of the lowest score of the round in the SCT Writers League; with a disastrous performance from his defence and compounded by Mitch Duncan’s midfield score. One saving grace is that he doesn’t have Tom Rockliff, but despite this, I reckon that the home side has the more favourable games coming up for its PODS, but Father Dougal should perform a lot better in defeat.
The Maulers @ SCT (1) v (5) MJ @ SCT
PODS: Houli, Docherty, Dunkley, Oliver, Petracca, S. Martin, Grimley, Kennedy, Zorko v Rich, Sheridan, Hewett, Gresham, Shiel, Gawn, Loersch, Barlow, McCarthy
MJ scored decently enough, despite dropping a place on the ladder; none of MJ’s PODS shone in round two – not so for Motts, who surged to within striking distance of the top 100 overall. MJ will doubtlessly want to knock Motts off his perch in this clash right off the bat. However, the question marks over MJ’s PODs are too great, with Rich and Barlow out of form and Gawn facing Goldstein. Meanwhile, Motts looks in ominous form; with his PODs in ripping form and avoiding some of the players in the doldrums. Motts should win this clash.
Meandering Journey (8) v (7) Maccas Maulers
PODS: Bartel, Yeo, Sheridan, Liberatore, Hewett, Pendlebury, Selwood, S. Martin, Wyatt, McCarthy, Papley, Zorko, Sinclair, Uebergang v Dea, Weitering, Shaw, Simpson, Dangerfield, Mills, B. Crouch, Parker, Petracca, Keays, Grimley, Naitanui, Kennedy, D. Martin,
Eagling managed to climb into the top 8 over round 2; and the match looks very close looking at the PODS. Eagling will have to hope for a resurgence for Elliot Yeo, whereas the result of the Western Derby might be very important to the performance of Nic Naitanui. With Shaw and Dangerfield, Macca might have the better top-end PODS, but Eagling might have the advantage if his defence fires. The home side to win by a nose.
GarryWhyULyon@SCT (4) v (6) Thommo’s Tribe@SCT
PODS: Gresham, Priddis, Grimley, Gawn, D. Martin, Papley v Hewett, B. Crouch, Wines, Wyatt, Naitanui, S. Gray
The Team @ SCT has performed admirably over the first two rounds, and it managed to knock MJ out of the top four, whilst Thommo also climbed two spots on the ladder. Gawn v Goldstein and Nic Nat and West Coast v Sandilands and Fremantle might be the pivotal points in this clash, but I reckon The Team @ SCT will end up with the four points.
The Mighty Blues (17) v (18) Golden Delicious
PODS: Laird, Simpson, Smith, Liberatore, Mills, Hewett, Petracca, Sloane, Wyatt, Wells, Barlow, Kennedy, McCarthy v Shaw, Rich, Brand, Dunkley, Ablett, Oliver, R. Gray, Trengove, Currie, M. McGovern, Franklin, Lamb, D. Rioli
The two sides swapped places in round 2, with Nath flying way under the radar at 18th on the ladder. His side isn’t terrible, but his forward POD rookies haven’t fired as of yet; and I reckon he’ll have to wait at least another week to register his first win of the season.
Harbour Heroes @ SCT (2) v (12) Curnow Inferno
PODS: Lonergan, B. Crouch, Parker, S. Mitchell, Graham, S. Martin, Gawn, Max King, Robinson v Dea, Houli, Dunkley, Wines, Hannebery, Grimley, Jacobs, Lobbe, D. Martin
Despite having the best team name, Juddlow might just have the worst starting ruckman in the competition as pre-pre-season Supercoach favourite Matthew Lobbe has failed to fire over the first two rounds. Add to this Sam Jacobs not managing to score at his level, and Juddlow has an uphill battle. But all is not lost; HH must contend with Mitch Robinson, and if Lobbe and Jacobs can turn themselves around, Juddlow might just be able to triumph. The away side to cause an upset.
Roo Bloke’s Mob (11) v (15) The Big Sexy SCT
PODS: Weitering, Yeo, Fyfe, Mills, Hewett, Treloar, M. Crouch, Gawn, Loersch, Hall, Sinclair, Franklin v Shaw, Simpson, Dunkley, Gresham, Wines, Pendlebury, Macaffer, S. Martin, Grimley, Jacobs, M. McGovern, Greene
Roo Bloke to bounce into the top nine with a win here.
Schwarzwalder@SCT (14) v (3) Small Victories
PODS: Lonergan, Birchall, Fyfe, Dunkley, Mills, R. Gray, Mitchell King, D. Martin, McCarthy, Simpkin, Anderson v McDonald, Smith, Dangerfield, Hewett, Gresham, Wines, Parker, Hannebery, Grimley, Hall, Milera
Schwarzwalder kept Jed Anderson, perhaps to get another look at potential replacements, with Tom Papley surely the logical pick if Jed is to be traded. Meanwhile, Small Victories racked another one up, climbing two places into the top four. But I reckon the home side will triumph over the weekend.
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