It was a round where Supercoaches hoped to recover after a devastating round four, the weekend offered some semblance of a return to normal, if not excellent, scoring form.
And then disaster struck. Nat Fyfe was pulled off with around 50 points to his name; and Supercoaches around the land were once again reeling from the blow, especially those who had him as their Captain.
On a personal note; this was a major factor in my victory over Don Cottagers; for the second week running, I’ve won my SCT Writers League clash in no small part to my opponent’s captain’s low score; though I shared in the misfortune of having Fyfe.
With Fyfe in 2/3rds of the SCT League squads, it will be interesting to see who replaces him – perhaps there will be a greater diversity in sides from now on – or perhaps, some players like Pendlebury, Selwood and Priddis will add their talents to some squads.
Two players departed 100% ownership – swingman Mitch Brown, and Gold Coast midfielder Ryan. Aaron Hall and Patrick Dangerfield made it a straight swap, as every coach in the SCT Writers League now has these two players.
Alex Rance was a semi-popular replacement for Jason Johannisen, and the three side who brought him in will now have to sit him on the sidelines for the next fortnight – but at least he won’t get injured. Probably.
On an overall note; pacesetter Motts will be looking to return to form after a comparatively disappointing couple of weeks dropped him to 306th, whilst the one-two punch he forms with MJ is still going strong on top of the SCT Writers League overall ladder.
In the league itself, victories to Father Dougal, Thommo, Brods, Motts and Macca ensured that no side is winless at the start of round 6, with only Motts unbeaten so far. The bottom nine is separated by percentage only; and any one could reasonably hope to surge up the ladder.
|Home Team||Home Score||Away Score||Away Team||Margin||Prediction||Cumulative Predictions|
|2 Boyds, 1 Cup||1976||2050||The Maulers @ SCT||74||A||1/1|
|Meandering Journey||2193||1987||Don Cottagers||206||A||1/2|
|GarryWhyULyon?@SCT||2007||2080||Dirty Kelsos SCT||73||A||2/3|
|The Mighty Blues||2080||2083||All Priests @SCT||3||H||2/4|
|Harbour Heroes@SCT||2143||2171||MJ @ SCT||28||A||3/5|
|Roo Bloke’s Mob||2012||2125||Macca Maulers@SCT||113||A||4/6|
|Small Victories||2216||1943||Golden Delicio@SCT||273||A||5/8|
|The Big Sexy SCT||2210||2134||Curnow Inferno||76||A||5/9|
|Trade In||Trade In||Trade Out||Trade Out||Trades Left|
|The Maulers @ SCT||26|
|Dirty Kelsos SCT||Byrne||Byrne-Jones||McDonald||Papley||24|
|MJ @ SCT||Rance||Johannisen||27|
|Thommo’s Tribe@SCT||Zaharakis||Byrne-Jones||Crouch, B||Lonergan||25|
|All Priests @SCT||29|
|2 Boyds, 1 Cup||Ward||Ruggles||Gray, S||Gresham||26|
|Roo Bloke’s Mob||Zaharakis||Byrne-Jones||Johannisen||Davis||25|
|The Big Sexy SCT||Wagner||Byrne-Jones||Brown||Papley||25|
|The Mighty Blues||Zorko||Byrne-Jones||Barlow||Papley||25|
|1||The Maulers @ SCT||Motts||12||105.4|
|2||Small Victories||Chips Ahoy!||8||106.1|
|5||Roo Bloke’s Mob||Roo Bloke||8||101.2|
|6||The Big Sexy SCT||Big Sexy||8||101|
|7||2 Boyds, 1 Cup||Pogues Mahone||8||100.3|
|8||MJ @ SCT||MJ||8||100.2|
|9||The Mighty Blues||Team Still Needs Work||4||99.8|
|11||Harbour Heroes@SCT||Harbour Heroes||4||99.1|
|12||All Priests @SCT||Father Dougal||4||99.1|
|14||Dirty Kelsos SCT||Brods||4||98.3|
|16||GarryWhyULyon?@SCT||The TEAM @ SCT||4||97.7|
|17||Don Cottagers||Don Cottagers||4||96.5|
|Position||Home Team||Away Team||Position|
|7||2 Boyds, 1 Cup||Meandering Journey||4|
|16||GarryWhyULyon?@SCT||The Maulers @ SCT||1|
|9||The Mighty Blues||Don Cottagers||17|
|11||Harbour Heroes@SCT||Dirty Kelsos SCT||14|
|5||Roo Bloke’s Mob||All Priests @SCT||12|
|15||Schwarzwalder@SCT||MJ @ SCT||8|
|2||Small Victories||Macca Maulers@SCT||3|
|6||The Big Sexy SCT||Thommo’s Tribe@SCT||13|
|10||Curnow Inferno||Golden Delicio@SCT||18|
2 Boyds, 1 Cup (7) v (4) Meandering Journey.
PODS: Shaw, Laird, Birchall, Ruggles, Mills, Ward, Oliver, Read, Kennedy, Dahlhaus v Byrne-Jones, Bartel, Yeo, Hewett, Rockliff, Pendlebury, Selwood, Wyatt, Zorko, Uebergang
These two coaches were in LoEC 2 in 2015; in round 8, they had a thrilling encounter which ended 2147-2152, a five point win for Pogues Mahone.
If last season is anything to go by, we’ll be in for a cracking contest. Both sides have Fyfe to deal with, and that trade may just decide how the result goes. Rucks are all but equal, and the forwards are nearly so, with Dahlhaus v Zorko. But in the middle and down back, there is a schism. Pogue Mahone has the stronger defence, while Eagling can probably boast the stronger midfield. But these players must perform on the field, and Eagling has been riding his luck in the past fortnight.
The luck to continue, the away side to come away with the points.
GarryWhyULyon?@SCT (16) v (1) The Maulers @ SCT
PODS: Byrne-Jones, Shaw, Laird, Lonergan, Mills, Menadue, Ward, Priddis, Gawn, McCarthy v Hartley, Houli, Docherty, Hewett, Wines, Petracca, Goldstein, Zorko, McGovern, Dahlhaus
The Team has been performing decently in the overall ladder, but that hasn’t translated to success in the league format; but this clash should not be considered a lopsided one, despite the disparity in ladder position. Both sides have to replace Nathan Fyfe; and Motts will welcome Christian Petracca, as reports suggest he will debut against St. Kilda. The two premier ruckman in the competition in Max Gawn and Todd Goldstein may be pivotal to both teams.
Motts will doubtlessly build his warchest by replacing Nat Fyfe with Carlton fan favourite Liam Jones, whilst it remains to be seen what The TEAM will do. I’m tipping the away side to go 4-zip to start the season.
The Mighty Blues (9) v (17) Don Cottagers
PODS: Bartel, Simpson, Smith, Liberatore, Wines, Petracca, Parish, Sloane, Jacobs, McCarthy, Zorko, Milera v Shaw, Rance, Ablett, Menadue, Hewett, Dunkley, Rockliff, Selwood, Martin, Grimley, Barlow, Simpkin
Both sides have Fyfe to deal with, while Don Cottagers is still counting the cost from a disastrous Sunday, with Alex Rance to sit out for the next two weeks. Despite this, I’m going to tip the away side in this one.
Harbour Heroes@SCT (11) v (14) Dirty Kelsos SCT
PODS: Laird, Rance, Gibson, Hewett, Parker, Zaharakis, Young, S. Mitchell, Max King, Papley, Zorko v Dea, Houli, Rich, Byrne, Ablett, Rockliff, Gresham, Ward, Priddis, Grimley, Barlow
The first clash reviewed where neither side have Nat Fyfe to worry about, though the home side has Alex Rance. I’m going to tip the away side in this one.
Roo Bloke’s Mob (5) v (12) All Priests @SCT
PODS: Weitering, Byrne-Jones, Houli, McDonald, Ablett, Fyfe, Mills, Menadue, Rockliff, Zaharakis, Young, M. Crouch, Goldstein, Loersch, D. Martin, Franklin v Lonergan, Sheridan, Yeo, McKenzie, Davis, Pendlebury, Hannebery, R. Gray, B. Crouch, Duncan, Ah Chee, Naitanui, Max King, McCarthy, S. Gray, Steele
Roo Bloke suffered his first loss of the season to Macca, and he has the distinction of being the first side reviewed to have Nat Fyfe as a POD, and he’s up against a side that has made only one trade all year. By contrast, Father Dougal managed a first win of the season, a three point triumph that might prove to be invaluable.
Father Dougal is probably the mid-priciest side in the competition, and it remains to be seen if Father Dougal will keep faith with this structure, or use his trades to switch to a more typical structure. I’m going to break my trend and tip the home side here.
Schwarzwalder@SCT (15) v (8) MJ @ SCT
PODS: Hartley, Bartel, Birchall, Byrne, Ablett, Mills, Dunkley, R. Gray, S.Martin, Mitchell King, Greene, Simpkin v Lonergan, Rance, Sheridan, Rich, Hewett, Parker, Wines, B. Crouch, Shiel, Gawn, Loersch, McGovern
Schwarzwalder will be hope that his fortunes turn around after the lowest SCT Writers League score of the round, whilst MJ continued to motor along nicely, a win against Harbour Heroes and he slid into the top 8.
Both sides have Fyfe, and MJ will have to deal with Alex Rance, but he might get Brad Crouch back from injury. On the overall ladder, this is a lopsided clash, but one should never discount a quality coach like Schwarzwalder.
Schwarzwalder will be hoping that Robbie Gray and Stefan Martin turn their form around, and that Toby Greene continues with his good scoring, while MJ will be hoping that he can find cover for Alex Rance. I’m going to tip the home side in this one; I feel that the game will be close, but Schwarzwalder will manage to push himself over the line for a vital win.
Small Victories (2) v (3) Maccas Maulers@SCT
PODS: Bartel, Smith, Hewett, Wines, Gresham, Hannebery, S. Martin, Papley, McCarthy, Barlow, Zorko, Greene, Milera v Byrne-Jones, Shaw, Lonergan, Simpson, Fyfe, Mills, Menadue, Zaharakis, Petracca, Keays, T. Mitchell, Naitanui, D. Martin
This is doubtlessly the match of the round, with both sides sitting pretty near the top of both ladders. The away side will have to deal with Nat Fyfe, but will probably welcome Petracca and Keays for debuts. This is extremely close to call, but I’m going to tip the home side.
The Big Sexy SCT (6) v (13) Thommo’s Tribe@SCT
PODS: Hartley, Houli, Simpson, Wagner, Dunkley, Gresham, Pendlebury, Parish, Grimley, Jacobs, McGovern, Greene v Brown, Weitering, Laird, Fyfe, Mills, Hewett, Zaharakis, Wyatt, Naitanui, Papley, McCarthy, S. Gray
Once again the away side has Nat Fyfe to deal with. I’m going to tip the home side here.
Curnow Inferno (10) v (18) Golden Delicio@SCT
PODS: Laird, Houli, Mills, Menadue, Hewett, Parker, Wines, Pendlebury, Hannebery, Grimley, Lobbe, Kennedy, Papley, McCarthy v Bartel, Brand, Fyfe, Dunkley, Rockliff, Gresham, R. Gray, Goldstein, Currie, McGovern, Milera, Franklin, Lamb, Rioli
Both sides are coming off of a loss, with Juddlow posting a decent score against Big Sexy, while Nath was belted by the liar, Chips Ahoy, who had the biggest victory of the round. Nath has POD rookies, and so far, they haven’t seemed to fire, and he has Fyfe to deal with. The only saving grace he has is Goldstein against Juddlow’s Lobbe. Still, I reckon the home side will triumph here.
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