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Fantasy Finals Frenzy – Grand Final Week (Geekin’ Out – Fantasy Footy)

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And with this bump, my Dream Team premiership aspirations have been dealt a severe blow!

It’s grand final week! That last week in August which is the ultimate for fantasy footy nerds all over the nation. And Half Back Flanker will be there after winning three of the four preliminary finals we participated in during round 21. Though it wasn’t without a few traumatic moments…

After a magnificent performance against St Kilda in round 20, I got caught up in the Jobe Watson hype and promoted him to captain for my Premium Dream Team preliminary final match-up…only to watch in horror as he produced his worst score of the season at Subiaco on Sunday evening! His 24 points, doubling to an underwhelming 48 as the skipper, left us perilously close to a heartbreaking defeat after building a handy lead over TheDream Team.

With five Essendon players in our opponent’s line-up (including Dustin Fletcher – who we dumped last Monday morning after thinking his season was over), they were closing the gap quickly and looked poised to overtake us in the final minutes. But when the match ended, HBF was in front of TheDream Team by 23 points and through to an unlikely virtual premiership decider.

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He was the toast of the football world in round 20 but Jobe Watson’s shocker on the weekend almost cost me a place in the Premium Dream Team grand final!

HBF also won through to two grand finals in the AFL Dream Team competition but fell short in the SENFrank league. While disappointed in being eliminated at the preliminary final stage, this league was highly competitive and included some of the best squads in the entire comp. No glory but a lot of fun just being involved. That’s what you’re supposed to say after being knocked off in the prelim, right?

That said, we still have two virtual Dream Team premierships to play for this weekend with our Public and Twitter DT leagues. And with some good news at the selection table, we can now field a full squad despite the Lance Franklin suspension. Sure, Geelong’s Simon Hogan is no Buddy but will it be enough to claim the big prize?

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He might think of himself as a legend but unless new-buy Alan Didak does a lot better this week, it will be L for Loser!

Dream Team 40,899 points overall, 8,849th place – second highest rank for the season, hoping a big score gets me into the seven thousands next week.

Last Week: 2,133 points – best score of the finals series so far…saving the best for last, perhaps?

Good:  Half the side were 90 points or above; Brett Deledio (139), Joel Selwood (136) and Franklin (131) the pick of the bunch. Using our second-last trade to bring in Jason Gram (108) paid off…

Bad:  However, our final trade for Alan Didak (61) did not pay off on the weekend…he was our lowest scoring player of the round! His Magpie teammates Tarkyn Lockyer (64) and Scott Pendlebury (74) were well down this week also. Hopefully, there will be a massive pay-off from the Didak trade this week.

Ugly: The Buddy Bump!

Public League

2nd Preliminary Final defeated Fats Rockets (1,913) Only four 100-plus performers for Fats and midfield failed to fire, resulted in defeat by over 200 points!

The Finals

Grand Final verses Roberts Rollers (2,019 last round) – relying on quite a few mid-range defenders but appears to have a full squad.

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1st Preliminary Final lost to The Dominators (2,243) – not quite good enough but not too disappointed with a prelim finish in a tough league

Twitter DT

1st Preliminary Final defeated D Team (2,084) – they had a bad week in defence while our addition of  Gram gave us that little boost which helped make the difference.

The Finals

Grand Final verses Bloodbath 1945 (2,269 last round) – Luke (luke2177) has a strong team and is coming off a great week but will also miss Buddy.

Potential changes/trades: The Paul Chapman injury has affected many fantasy teams including ours…even though we don’t own him. In need of a running mid/forward type in place of Chappy, Geelong have recalled Simon Hogan – who now slots into our forward line in place of Buddy. Having used our final two trades last week, this news means that we can field a full team of 22 players. We will also gamble on promoting bench midfielder Beau Muston to the starting line-up, thinking that he can score more points against Essendon than Lions rookie Daniel Rich will against the stingy Swans.

Captain: Dane Swan should be automatic but faces a tough opponent in the Bulldogs, as does Bryce Gibbs with the Crows. Then there’s Joel Selwood…who could rack up the stats with a home game against Fremantle. It’s out of those three!

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Could Brownlow Medal winner Adam Cooney add a fantasy flag to his list of achievements? I’m sure he’d love to…

Premium Dream Team

Last Week: 1,513 points – our second lowest score of the season…yet it was good enough!

Good:  Six 100-plus scores plus high 90’s from Bulldogs Adam Cooney and Jarrod Harbrow. New addition Nathan Grima also managed 80, making him our second highest scoring defender for the week.

Bad:  Apart from Grima and Sam Gilbert (88), the rest of our backmen were well below average. Hamish McIntosh (66) was also down from his usual 90-point output.

Ugly: 24 points from your captain in a preliminary final week? And to think we went with Jobe over Bryce Gibbs (120)!!!

Public League

1st Preliminary Final defeated TheDream Team (1,490) – 23 point win…extremely bloody lucky!

The Finals

Grand Final verses Silly Fairies (1,774 last round) – ranked 103rd overall – my team has defied the odds to get this far but the premiership might be a little too much to ask!

Potential changes/trades: The Roger Hayden gamble from last weekend didn’t pay off and with a trip to Geelong on Saturday, can’t see him producing the goods. Cale Hooker replaces him in defence while Melbourne’s Clint Bartram returns at the expense of Jarrod Atkinson. Brad Sewell will start this week while last week’s captain could well be the bench midfielder this week.

Captain: Safe to say that it won’t be Jobe…Brad Sewell against the Bombers looks like a safe bet with Gibbs as his deputy.

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Ablett or Bartel? How About Neither? (Media Street)

Sorry mate, wasn’t listening! What were you saying again?

Pfffft! It sounded like you said I’ve just won the Brownlow…that’s pretty funny!!

Oh, I did just win the Brownlow…frickin’ sweet!!!

Brownlow babes, botched vote counting, burger rings and a bloody happy Bulldog! That summed up last night’s Brownlow Medal count which was won by…somebody who doesn’t play for Geelong. Adam Cooney of the Western Bulldogs was rewarded for a fine season by squeezing past Brisbane’s Simon Black to win the 2008 Brownlow Medal by one vote. Cooney hit the lead with one round remaining and then endured an agonising final round of votes as, one by one, his closest rivals were left disappointed as they failed to poll in round 22.

Ablett falls just short again…and yes, Jimmy Bartel, it’s all your fault!

Of course, the evening started with that traditional display of football brutes and beauties, the Red Carpet special…which is meant to be all about what the girls look like in their frocks. However, Channel Ten’s focus was more on finding out who everybody was wearing rather than actually showing the whole dress. The cameras barely panned lower than boob level, meaning that you rarely caught a meaningful glimpse of any of the dresses. Not that we are complaining…

Oi! What are you lookin’ at? Eyes off the merchandise!

Ooops…sorry, Grammy! Anyway, once the medal count kicked off, AFL supremo Andrew Demetriou appeared determined to set a cracking pace as he powered through the early votes. Perhaps he wanted the medal count to end on the same day as it started, or maybe he needed to get home by 11:30pm in order to flick on Channel Seven and watch 30 Rock (awesome show, just won an Emmy…and Channel Seven play it around midnight? Idiots!) But by jumping straight into the round two votes, skipping the opening round entirely, the D threw the entire room into temporary chaos…and hysterics! Very entertaining…totally unintentional, of course, but great viewing!

Getting ahead of yourself, Andy D? Everybody know that you take footy one week at a time…even Adrian Anderson is laughing at you!

Once Channel Ten figured out how to get the count back on track, the votes started flying for the likes of Black, Cooney and Matthew Richardson – who appeared to be the people’s favourite judging by the screams of ‘Richo’ every time he chalked up votes. Bookies favourite Gary Ablett remained within striking distance while last year’s winner Jimmy Bartel twiddled his thumbs waiting for some love from the umpires.

Robert Harvey has now walked through more guards of honour than he has played VFL/AFL seasons!

After yet another tribute to retiring St Kilda great Robert Harvey, and some other puff-pieces, the countdown to the final rounds began and it was here that things got really interesting. Black’s early lead was slowly eroded away as Ablett, Cooney and Richo each made up ground before a best-on-ground effort in round 21 from the young Bulldog put him into the lead. That is where he stayed and it was champagne, speeches and that classic burger/engagement ring story.

Cooney was as shocked as those people who placed good money on a few Geelong players when he won the medal. It was clear that he didn’t have a speech prepared but, like the D’s vote counting stuff-up, it was refreshing to see something off-the-cuff and totally unplanned. Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade, who Cooney actually forgot to thank, believes that the Brownlow win will not change Cooney at all…we hope that he is right!