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nab-rising-star-logo Last year all of the AFL Fantasy players began to drool and wait for Season 2013 for the chance to get Jaeger O’Meara into their sides. This kids made NAB Cup exciting and the promise of him playing in the AFL was almost unbearable to wait for.

2013 Season come along and about 90% of fantasy teams had this star to be in their sides. He didn’t disappoint, racking up disposal after disposal throughout out the entire season.

Outside the Fantasy world, the AFL and its fans also noticed this lad in the Gold Coast colours. So much so O’Meara earned himself a NAB Rising star nomination after round 5. His season has impressed so much that you can not even put money on him to win the Rising Star because he is regarded such a shoe in.

Interesting, after watching the short vid on the AFL site showing 5 nominees for the Rising Star, it got me thinking how much of a show in he is. So lets look at the stats of the perceived top 5:

In order of the odds – Jaeger O’Meara of Gold Coast (can not bet on), Brad Crouch of Adelaide ($1.50), Oliver Wines of Port Adelaide ($2.40), Sam Mayes of Brisbane ($21.00) and Aaron Mullet of North Melbourne ($26.00).

Their stats on paper from the AFL Site:

Brad Crouch Sam Mayes Jaeger O’Meara Aaron Mullet Oliver Wines
TOTALS Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder Defender Midfielder
Nominated Round 14 12 5 2 1
Games 13 17 21 21 21
Kicks 144 189 218 287 194
Handballs 170 99 233 111 209
Disposals 314 288 451 398 403
Cont. Possession 103 78 201 91 175
Marks 57 84 94 96 69
Cont. Marks 3 3 7 6 6
Tackles 57 40 105 34 85
One Percenters 8 19 19 24 20
Hit Outs 0 2 8 0 9
Goals 2 12 16 14 6
Behinds 5 5 10 1 9
Frees For 6 7 13 14 28
Clangers 24 21 67 41 53
Frees against 6 4 27 10 23
Rating points 108 142 236 212 169
Position Rank 189 170 138 102 159
Overall Rank 479 430 314 344 390

So going by the stats, I don’t think O’Meara is such a shoe in as they make it out to be. Last year’s winner was a defender , Daniel Talia so how important are the the numbers? Lets look at averages:

Brad Crouch Sam Mayes Jaeger O’Meara Aaron Mullet Oliver Wines
AVERAGES Midfielder Midfielder Midfielder Defender Midfielder
Kicks 11.1 11.1 10.4 11.8 9.2
Handballs 13.1 5.8 11.1 5.6 10
Disposals 24.2 16.9 21.5 17.4 19.2
Marks 4.4 4.9 4.5 4.2 3.3
Tackles 4.4 2.4 5 1.5 4
Hit Outs 0 0.1 0.4 0 0.4
Goals 0.2 0.7 0.8 0.5 0.3
Behinds 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.2 0.4

Crouch is a Disposal maniac and does not cough up the pull as often as O’Meara. Wines is a tackling machine and one of the reasons why Port Adelaide is playing finals this year. Mayes kicks goals and seems to be a great target up front as well as a good goal sneak. Mullet is listed as a Defender and is kicking straighter than most forwards at goals.

So is it a Jaeger O’Meara Rising Star win? Hmmm at $26 I think I may get on board Mullet at this point…but I maybe a tad bias.

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aflfantasy This time I’m back for sure, well at least during the AFL season.

The completion of round has happened and I feel a lot of rage from watching the North Melbourne vs Geelong game so I feel I need to document my Kneejerkers DT and SC events. Maybe I will even inspire some fantasy footballers to listening to my advice (or highlight what not to do)

Kneejerkers are back for 2013 for AFL DreamTeam (now known as AFL Fantasy) but I thought I may dabble with Supercoach as well. I’ll mainly talk Dream Team

Now you would all know the changes to Dream Team this year with trades etc so I wont go into that too much at this point. In fact I will mention just this – DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TRADE EARLY AND EVERY WEEK

With 2 trades guaranteed every week, the fear of trading is gone but you still want to make money so try avoiding sideways trades unless injuries happen.

Saying all that, it is the end of round 2 and I have already used 3 trades 😉

First week was to make sure I didn’t have any holes in the my team with certain rookies not playing and cheaper ones did

OUT: Kane Mitchell and Brent Macaffer ($251,900) IN: Brad Crouch and Sam Dwyer ($197,800)     –     REASON: For the price McCaffer was vs the return add the fact I had the coverage on field with Neade, Dwyer gave me cash with same scores. Mitchell will get the Green Vest more often than not and Crouch looks to be the injection the Crows need ATM. RESULT: Kitty of $78,300

After round 2 the automatic trade was taking away my fill in ruckman Zac Smith, who is playing some very ordinary football but he did set aside the cash for my real target in Matthew Lueunberger, the cheap almost premium ruckman who made a great return last week with 74.

OUT: Zac Smith ($300,700) IN: Matt Lueunberger ($233,600)    –    REASON: Not only was Smith poor in DT performance but the Burger was back from injury. Lueunberger was always my target as with most Fantasy coaches with his potential and low price. RESULT: Kitty of $145,400.

Now with one trade left up sleeve for the week, I have options but nothing clear cut. Mid price Forward option Karnezis had a 66 game in RD1 and a green vested 9 points in Rd2. His breakeven is achievable though at 64…but will he play? There is also Premium priced Zorko, is he having 2nd year blues or will he fire? So far with scores of 52 and 75 and a breakeven of 158, you know he will lose money but you don’t know if he will turn it around. Will Brisbane suffer he NAB Cup curse?

Decisions……I am more in the mindset to hold on to both. Trading Karnezis for similar pricing really only leaves Varcoe which you know he will play. Zorko though,hmm. Westhoff is on fire with an average of 127 but another Port player just feels wrong, same with Monfries . Ideally I want Steve Johnson but its a least another 4 weeks till he is back. Anyway..I’m not spending all my kitty at this stage. That is for upgrading the rookies.

Overall the Kneejerkers are scoring well with 2058 and 1989 in the 1st two rounds. My POD Andrew Swallow has worked a treat with 141 and 115 returns AND less than 5% of coaches have him! Now I don’t want to give my team away too much as the Head to Head is about to start but I think finding POD is harder this year. It seems the same rookies are in each team and the stock standards Premium mids are there.

Expect more Kneejerkers talk throughout the week as I aim to not just talk about my DT and SC sides but the fantasy AFL world as a whole.

Episode 2 of One Troll Short has been released. Because of some editing issues, it is late and unfortunately after the completion of round 2 in the AFL.
But listen, enjoy and take note in what I had to say about Fremantle!

One Troll Short episode 2

Oh and it does look like these podcasts will be all about AFL and Dream Team….we just can’t fit anything else in.

Round 2 has finished. It is the round that a lot of coaches go trade mad. The prices of each player will change after round 3 so many coaches start dropping their poor choices while the prices are stable.
For me, I fell into this trap every year I have played DT and I am determined not to do it again…..but!
Tippet the spud scores 40pts against Fremantle and when you add his 60 from Rd 1….he is a spud and it is hurting my rucks.
The answer to Barry Hall or not to Barry Hall at this stage is not to Barry Hall. The difference is, it is only round 2 and Barry Hall, and the delivery to him, will improve where Tippet and the Crows look like they are in for a long year.

Anyway, I finished with a comfortable 2108 this week, again with 3 players on the bench out scoring their on field counterparts and 5 players scoring less than 60 points.
As for any changes for round 3….no trades but maybe some switches from the bench.

The 2010 AFL season has begun and so has the Dream Team comp. And boy, does my team different to the original one I posted?!
Original:
BACKS: JGram, CEnright, CCornes, LHodge, SHurn, TKennelly, RSchoenmakers, PDavies, JTrengrove (moved)
CENTRES: LHayes, JCorey, LBall, RPalmer, RLadson (moved), DMartin, JMelksham, LShuey
RUCKS: ASandilands, DJolly, MLobbe, JRoughead
FORWARDS: NReiwoldt, JBrown, MLeCras, BHall, BWarren, PDangerfield, BBurton, SGumbleton, LTapscott

That’s 19 changes and 2 were moved to different positions.
Why the changes? NAB cup form, injuries and the team lists for round 1 were the main factors. Of course after listening to my own podcast (One Troll Short) with Bifrost, I change my mind on a few players as well ie EBetts is in.
So who did finally make the cut? What 19 players impressed me enough to pick them up?
You will have to keep coming back after each 1st round match of AFL to find out as I can’t give away all my secrets yet….

BACKS: ACarrazzo, BNason, CEnright, JHunt, LHodge, TKennelly, NMalceski, HShaw, ASilvagni.
CENTRES: DMartin, JBartel, SMitchell, LJetta, SPendlebury, LBall, RBastinac, MBarlow.
RUCKS: RWarnock, JTrengrove, ASandilands, KTippert.
FORWARDS: EBetts, MDuncan, NRiewoldt, JBrown, PMedhurst, DGiansiracusa, BHall, CHitchcock, HBallantyne.

There you have it, the final line up for 2010 Dream Team.

Golf Day – February

Posted: February 23, 2010 in Golf
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February is almost over so its lucky Sunday is this months Golf Day.
It will be held at the Queanbeyan Golf Club with tee off at 11am. 2 groups are booked so you need to be quick to get in.

It is that time again! AFL footy season is almost upon us once more! hoo-bloody-ray!
Last Monday the AFL Dreamteam opened up and I have been at it ever since trying to get a team together.
I know, very keen. The NAB Cup hasn’t even begun so how would I know what rookie to get? Don’t care. I have a team now and it will probably change after the NAB cup but I am keen to get it started.
They have made some changes this year. The salary cap is lower but players are more expansive (including rookies!) and for the 1st time, you will be able to swap players in your team to different positions (ie Move a Ruckman into you Forward line) without costing a trade.
Here is my current list:
BACKS:JGram, CEnright, CCornes, LHodge, SHurn, TKennelly, RSchoenmakers, PDavies, JTrengrove
CENTRES:LHayes, JCorey, LBall, RPalmer, RLadson, DMartin, JMelksham, LShuey
RUCKS: ASandilands, DJolly, MLobbe, JRoughead
FORWARDS: NReiwoldt, JBrown, MLeCras, BHall, BWarren, PDangerfield, BBurton, SGumbleton, LTapscott

Now I must wait for the NAB cup to finalise the line up. Make sure the few coming back from injury actually comeback. May trade Sandi and Ladson out and put in H_mac and spend a bit more in backline…hmmm.
If you want to join our league, you are welcome to. The league code is 724942.

Fishmalt Golf Day – January: The Results

Posted: January 24, 2010 in Golf
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And they are off….Fishmalt Golf Day 2010 has begun.

And what a day it was. After the Saturday sitting at a scorching 35+ degrees, many feared the first Golf Day of the year was going to be like playing under a grill. The good news was, the weather came out perfect.

An early morning start, low clouds and a gentle cool breeze made today a day to play the best golf of your life.

Unfortunately for us, best golf in our lives, isn’t a high standard.

With 3 new players and only 3 core players, the tournament began. Without handicaps, it made for a very interesting day with fairly tight overall scores but the skins and cash were taken away by one bloke. A new bloke too….not sure if we will invite him back.

January Belconnen Magpies Golf Club
Shots Par 72 Won Tied $ Handicap
Ben 105 33 9 1 $28 n/a
Shazza 106 34 5 3 $20 n/a
The Snake 131 59 1 2 $6 n/a
Delta 138 66 0 0 $0 n/a
Viking 148 76 0 0 $0 n/a
Funook 160 88 0 0 $0 n/a

Fishmalt Golf Day 2010

Posted: January 21, 2010 in Golf
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A new year, a new decade and new Fishmalt Golf Day begins.

Get the updates, rules and nitty gritty for 2010 Golf Day here. Or click on the link on the right hand side.

Golf Day December…the finale

Posted: December 6, 2009 in Golf
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This was it. The final round of the year.
First place for cash was fairly well wrapped up but the overall skins was on the line.

And I stuffed it.

Playing just the 9 holes closed the competition up and on the short course that is Goolabri, The Snake came into form…….finally
The results are up and the overall results are also up. Presentation (excuse to drink beer) will be in January.

I want to say thanks to all that participated and I hope to see you all for Fishmalt Golf Day 2010.