Round 7 summary here.
In a round where Carlton showed everyone how they do a 3-peat (by winning 3 games in a row), and where underperforming captains were commonplace. One team posts a huge high score for the week, and more key player injuries.
NB: numbers next to team names at the beginning of each game report (shown in round brackets) represent their ladder position going into the round. Numbers next to team names in the next opponent section [shown in square brackets] represent the team’s ladder position at the end of round 2.
TeamarinoWazarino (16) vs White Line Fever (17)
Key players missing from team line ups: TeamarinoWazarino : L Hodge (HAW), White Line Fever: N Fyfe (FRE)
Commentary: With a final margin of just 31 points, this was a thriller. TeamarinoWazarino captain R Sloane (ADE) was down on form this week, while only 3 players in the side managed the 100+ point threshold. White Line Fever captain J Viney (MEL) was also down on form, and only had two team mates pass the 100+ point mark.
TeamarinoWazarino : J Lewis (HAW), L Montagna (STK), S Martin (BRL)
White Line Fever: J Kelly (ESS), A Kennedy (GWS)
TeamarinoWazarino : D Robinson (SYD) shoulder
White Line Fever: N Riewoldt (STK) knee
White Line Fever: R Stanley (GEE) rough conduct on B Sheppard (WC)
TeamarinoWazarino : 2 wins, 5 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Out of Peptides 
White Line Fever: 1 win, 6 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Garry’s Lyon 
WADA you want (9) vs Motley Crew (18)
Key players missing from team line ups: WADA you want : S Mitchell (HAW)
Commentary: With captain S Mitchell (HAW) a late withdrawal for WADA you want, the captaincy passed to D Hannebery (SYD) and a solid score was the reward. Three other teammates also managed to pass the 100+ mark. Motley Crew captain T Rockliff (BRL) went down with another injury and a corresponding low score. Three teammates were able to provide the teams 100+ point scorers.
WADA you want : K Simpson (CAR), E Curnow (CAR), D Hannebery (SYD), J Stringer (WB)
Motley Crew : S Kersten (GEE), T Lynch (GCS), M Bontempelli (WB)
WADA you want : S Mitchell (HAW) late withdrawal hamstring, J Stringer (WB) corked quad
Motley Crew : L McCarthy (GEE) ankle, J Simpkin (ESS) hamstring, T Rockliff (BRL) hamstring
WADA you want : 3 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Todd Goldmember 
Motley Crew : 1 win, 6 losses – ladder position  – next opponent Ed 
Garrys Lyon (8) vs Brendans Lobos (1)
Key players missing from team line ups: Garrys Lyon: T Cotchin (RIC), A Sandilands (FRE)
Commentary: For the first time in many weeks, Brendans Lobos didn’t walk away with the highest team score for the round. They did, however, take the four points in accounting for the injury weakened Garrys Lyon. Lobos captain T Goldstain (NTH) was one of three team members passing the 100+ point mark. Meanwhile Garrys Lyon captain L Dahlhaus (WB) also rewarded and was also one of three team members passing 100+ points.
Garrys Lyon: P Cripps (CAR), L Dahlhaus (WB), T Boak (PTA)
Brendans Lobos : J Bartel (GEE), T Goldstein (NTH), D Zorko (BRL)
Garrys Lyon: B Reid (COL) shoulder, N Cockatoo (GEE) calf
Brendans Lobos :
Garrys Lyon: 4 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: White Line Fever 
Brendans Lobos : 6 wins, 1 loss – ladder position  – next opponent: Fourthorn 
Ed (2) vs Galaxys Guns (14)
Key players missing from team line ups: Galaxys Guns: R Laird (ADE) Ed: T Cloke (COL)
Commentary: A big score for Galaxys Guns this week, led by captain N Naitanui (WC) who was one of six players making 100+ points this week. In comparison, a poor performance by Ed captain G Ablett (GCS) with only two other players passing 100+ points was not enough to compete.
Ed: S Sidebottom (COL), J Pittard (PTA)
Galaxys Guns: J Gunston (HAW), A Miles (RIC), A Treloar (COL), N Naitanui (WC), I Heeney (SYD), C Dixon (PTA)
Ed: A Sexton (GCS) forearm
Galaxys Guns: T Walker (ADE) knee
Galaxys Guns :
Ed: 5 wins, 2 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Motley Crew 
Galaxys Guns: 3 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent Wanda Bombers 
Fourthorn (6) vs Rough Draft (10)
Key players missing from team line ups: Fourthorn : H Bennell (FRE), J O’Meara (GCS) Rough Draft : S Reid (SYD),
Commentary: A captain’s loophole used to promote J Selwood (GEE) to the captain of Rough Draft on the back of his strong performance. He is supported by five other 100+ point scorers for the team. Even two donuts on the field aren’t enough to stop him.
Fourthorn captain S Pendlebury (COL) gave an excellent performance, but with five other players scoring 100+, was not quite good enough to claim the victory.
Fourthorn : J Caddy (GEE), J Gibson (HAW), B Hartung (HAW), C Ward (GWS), S Pendlebury (COL)
Rough Draft : J Selwood (GEE), C Guthrie (GEE), L Shiels (HAW), S Mumford (GWS), L Franklin (SYD), N Jones (MEL)
Fourthorn : D Armitage (STK) head knock
Rough Draft :
Rough Draft :
Fourthorn : 4 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Brendan’s Lobos 
Rough Draft : 4 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: KilpatrickDangrfld 
Wanda Bombers (15) vs Kobayashi Maru (11)
Key players missing from team line ups: Kobayashi Maru : R Griffen (GWS), R Gray (PTA)
Commentary: Kobayashi Maru‘s season continues to head downhill with their fourth consecutive loss. A captain’s loophole exercised to promote K Tippett (SYD) to captain couldn’t cover the fact that Tippett was the only player in the side to pass 100+ points. Wanda Bombers captain K Jack (SYD) fell just shy of the 100+ point threshold, but had two team mates pass 100+, carrying the Bombers through for yet another low scoring victory.
Wanda Bombers : C Enright (GEE), O Wines (PTA)
Kobayashi Maru : K Tippett (SYD)
Wanda Bombers :
Kobayashi Maru :
Wanda Bombers : 3 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Galaxy’s Guns 
Kobayashi Maru : 3 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent Jackson 22 
KilpatrickDangrfld (4) vs Clem Fandango (13)
Key players missing from team line ups:
Commentary: KilpatrickDangrfld captain M Priddis (WC) was a little down on form. Four of his team mates scored 100+ for the side.
Newly returned Clem Fandango captain, D Beams (BRL) did well but didn’t make 100+. But five teammates making the 100+ point threshold easily carried the team through for the win.
KilpatrickDangrfld: B Gibbs (CAR), S Motlip (GEE), J Kelly (GWS), B Ebert (PTA)
Clem Fandango: B Cunnington (NTH), S Hill (FRE), D Byrne-Jones (PTA), J Westhoff (PTA), T Bugg (MEL)
KilpatrickDangrfld: M Rosa (GCS) hamstring
KilpatrickDangrfld: 4 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Rough Draft 
Clem Fandango: 3 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: musashimonsters 
musashimonsters (3) vs Jackson 22 (12)
Key players missing from team line ups: Jackson 22: T Adams (COL) musashimonsters : D Swallow (GCS)
Commentary: Jackson 22 captain P Dangerfield (GEE) gave another commanding performance, and was one of five 100+ point scorers for the side.
musashimonsters captain A Hall (GCS) fell just short of the 100+ threshold. Two other team mates passing 100+ combined with three on field donuts left the monsters well out of contention in this match.
musashimonsters : Z Merrett (ESS), D Martin (RIC)
Jackson 22: P Dangerfield (GEE), T Scully (GWS), S Docherty (CAR), A Young (PTA)
musashimonsters : 4 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Clem Fandango 
Jackson 22: 4 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Kobayashi Maru 
Out of Peptides (7) vs Todd Goldmember (5)
Key players missing from team line ups: Out of Peptides: K Stevens (WB)
Commentary: An ordinary game for Out of Peptides captain J Waite (NTH). Meanwhile, three other players in the team managed 100+ scores. But it wasn’t enough to compete with Todd Goldmember‘s score of 1806, being the second highest team score in any round this season, behind Brendan’s Lobos score of 1814 in round 2. Goldmember captain M Gawn (MEL) provided a legendary performance, and was supported by six other 100+ point scoring players to post the massive win.
Out of Peptides: J Kennedy (SYD), M Boyd (WB), B Sheppard (WC)
Todd Goldmember: D Zaharakis (ESS), J Griffin (FRE), L Neale (FRE), H Shaw (GWS), S Coniglio (GWS), J Howe (COL), M Gawn (MEL)
Out of Peptides:
Out of Peptides: 4 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: TeamarinoWazarino 
Todd Goldmember: 5 wins, 2 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: WADA You Want 
Ladder at the end of round 7
1. Brendan’s Lobos 24 pts 113.0% Change –
2. Todd Goldmember 20pts 109.7% Change +3
3. Ed 20pts 102.1% Change -1
4. Fourthorn 16 pts 103.8% Change +2
5. KilpatrickDangrfld 16 pts 103.6% Change -1
6. musashimonsters 16 pts 103.5% Change: -3
7. Rough Draft 16pts 102.0% Change +3
8. Jackson 22 16 pts 100.7% Change +4
9. Garry’s Lyon 16pts 99.9% Change -1
10. Out of Peptides 16 pts 98.6% Change -3
11. WADA You Want 12 pts 104.6% Change -2
12. Galaxy’s Guns 12 pts 99.9% Change +2
13. Kobayashi Maru 12 pts 98.6% Change -2
14. Clem Fandango 12 pts 98.6% Change – 1
15. Wanda Bombers 12 pts 88.0% Change –
16. TeamarinoWazarino 8 pts 92.3% Change –
17. White Line Fever 4 pts 91.2% Change –
18. Motley Crew 4 pts 89.9% Change –
Round 8 matches
WADA You Want  vs Todd Goldmember 
Garry’s Lyon  vs White Line Fever
Ed  vs Motley Crew 
Fourthorn  vs Brendan’s Lobos 
Wanda Bombers  vs Galaxy’s Guns 
KilpatrickDangrfld  vs Rough Draft 
Jackson 22  vs Kobayashi Maru 
musashimonsters  vs Clem Fandango 
Out of Peptides  vs TeamarinoWazarino