Round 9 summary here.
With a 17 round home and away season (playing each opponent once), round 9 marks the season mid-point.
Top 10 highest scoring individual players for this round:
1. H Shaw (GWS) Todd Goldmember 203 points
2. T Goldstein (NTH) Brendan’s Lobos 173 points
3. S Ross (STK) Todd Goldmember 152 points
4. T Cotchin (RIC) Garry’s Lyon 151 points
5. J Steven (STK) Fourthorn 148 points
6. L Neale (FRE) Todd Goldmember 148 points
7. J Ziebell (NTH) Galaxy’s Guns 141 points
8. K Tippett (SYD) Kobayashi Maru 141 points
9. S Pendlebury (COL) Fourthorn 140 points
10. J J Kennedy (WC) Kobayashi Maru 137 points
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.
Garry’s Lyon (7) vs TeamarinoWazarino (16)
Key players missing from team line ups: TeamarinoWazarino: L Hodge (HAW) Garry’s Lyon : A Sandilands (FRE), I Maric (RIC), D Tyson (MEL)
Commentary: Garry’s Lyon could not have been happy with their performance this week. Captain R Sloane (ADE) failed to make the 100+ point mark, and only one other player in the side did pass 100+ points.
Meanwhile, TeamarinoWazarino captain L Dahlhaus (WB) also underperformed. But 100+ scores for two other players in the side were enough to take away the points in this low scoring affair.
Garry’s Lyon : T Cotchin (RIC), J Cameron (GWS)
TeamarinoWazarino: C Byrne (CAR)
Garry’s Lyon :
TeamarinoWazarino: A Pearce (FRE) broken tibia
Garry’s Lyon : 5 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Out of Peptides 
TeamarinoWazarino: 3 wins, 6 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Fourthorn 
Ed (6) vs Todd Goldmember (2)
Key players missing from team line ups: Todd Goldmember : R Griffen (GWS), T Rockliff (BRL)
Commentary: Todd Goldmember posted the highest team score for the second week in a row, despite having superstars on the bench yet to return. A captain’s loophole on vice captain L Neale (FRE) paid off well, as he was one of seven players passing the 100+ point mark.
Ed captain S Sidebottom (COL) performed highly in his 150th game, and was one of four players passing 100+ points for the side. But it wasn’t enough to keep up with the dominant Todd Goldmember side.
Ed : B Harvey (NTH), H Grundy (SYD), B Goddard (ESS), S Sidebottom (COL)
Todd Goldmember : L Neale (FRE), S Ross (STK), C Cameeron (ADE), H Shaw (GWS), S Coniglio (GWS), J Howe (COL), J Crisp (COL)
Todd Goldmember :
Ed: 5 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: WADA you want 
Todd Goldmember : 7 wins, 2 losses – ladder position  – next opponent Wanda Bombers 
Fourthorn (3) vs White Line Fever (17)
Key players missing from team line ups: White Line Fever : N Fyfe (FRE)
- Commentary: Fourthorn claim yet another victory. Led by captain S Pendlebury (COL) scored strongly, being one of four players passing the 100+ point threshold.
- captain J Viney (MEL) was one of four players passing 100+ points for the losing side. In the end, White Line Fever having too many players scoring less than 60 points (7 to Fourthorn‘s 4)
Fourthorn: J Watts (MEL), J Steven (STK), C Ward (GWS), S Pendlebury (COL)
White Line Fever : J Viney (MEL), N Riewoldt (STK), J Kelly (ESS), M Duncan (GEE)
White Line Fever : A Gaff (WC) concussion, J Billings (STK) ankle
Fourthorn: 6 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: TeamarinoWazarino 
White Line Fever : 1 win, 8 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: KilpatrickDangrfld 
Wanda Bombers (13) vs Motley Crew (18)
Key players missing from team line ups:
Commentary: Motley Crew picks up their second win of the season and moves off the bottom of the ladder for the first time. But at a price, with recent trade D Mundy (FRE) going down with a calf injury.
Wanda Bombers let themselves down with four onfield donuts. Captain O Wines (FRE) scored poorly, and only two players managed 100+ points for the side, giving Wanda Bombers the lowest team score for the round, a title they seem to enjoy winning this season.
Meanwhile, Motley Crew captain M Bontempelli (WB) was one of our players to pass 100+ points for the side and claim the four points. But can Motley Crew maintain their winning streak against 6th placed Jackson 22? Stay tuned for the battle for the mid-year performance review!
Wanda Bombers: B Brown (NTH), B Grundy (COL)
Motley Crew: C Petracca (MEL), B Stretch (MEL), B Montempelli (WB), Z Williams (GWS)
Motley Crew: D Mundy (FRE) calf
Motley Crew :
Wanda Bombers: 4 wins, 5 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Todd Goldmember 
Motley Crew: 2 wins, 7 losses – ladder position  – next opponent Jackson 22 
KilpatrickDangrfld (10) vs Brendan’s Lobos (1)
Key players missing from team line ups: KilpatrickDangrfld : M Barlow (FRE)
Commentary: A strong performance from KilpatrickDangrfld captain B Gibbs (CAR), supported by two teammates passing 100+ points, wasn’t good enough to succeed against the in form Lobos.
Brendan’s Lobos captain T Goldstein (NTH) posted a monster score, and was supported by three other 100+ point scorers to ensure their spot on top of the ladder remains secure at the mid-season checkpoint.
KilpatrickDangrfld : D Prestia (GCS), M Priddis (WC), B Gibbs (CAR)
Brendan’s Lobos : L Parker (SYD), D Rampe (SYD), T Goldstein (NTH), D Zorko (BRL)
Brendan’s Lobos :
KilpatrickDangrfld : L Jong (WB) front on contact on Matt Buntine
Brendan’s Lobos :
KilpatrickDangrfld : 4 wins, 5 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: White Line Fever 
Brendan’s Lobos : 7 wins, 2 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: musashimonsters 
Jackson 22 (4) vs Galaxys Guns (14)
Key players missing from team line ups: Galaxys Guns : R Laird (ADE)
Commentary: In the second closest finish in the round, captain P Dangerfield (ADE) was below par, while four other players did manage 100+ points>
Galaxy’s Guns captain N Naitanui (WC) performed better, being one of seven players making 100+ points for the side. Enough that even the two donuts on the field, with a single player covering the bench, didn’t cost the Guns the win.
Jackson 22 : T Lynch (ADE), C Wingard (PTA), A Young (PTA), S Docherty (CAR), J Hogan (MEL)
Galaxys Guns : J Gunston (HAW), A Treloar (COL), T Walker (ADE), N Naitanui (WC), J Ziebell (NTH), N Suban (FRE), A Miles (RIC)
Jackson 22 :
Galaxys Guns : N Haynes (GWS) concussion
Jackson 22 : 5 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Motley Crew 
Galaxys Guns : 4 wins, 5 losses – ladder position  – next opponent Clem Fandango 
musashimonsters (11) vs Rough Draft (5)
Key players missing from team line ups: musashimonsters: A Hall (GCS), Rough Draft: J O’Meara (GCS)
Commentary: musashimonsters were caught unprepared this week, with seven donuts on the field. The captaincy was left on A Hall (GCS) who missed with a shoulder injury. However, that meant vice captain M Murphy (CAR) got doubled instead. He fell short of the 100+ threshold, but had Five teammates who did pass 100+ points, which is enough high scoring players to be competitive if he could just plug the donuts in his side.
Rough Draft captain J Selwood (GEE) was a bit down on form. But he had five teammates passing 100+ points, which combined with no donuts, gave Rough Draft a comfortable victory.
musashimonsters: M Blicavs (GEE), M Murphy (CAR), S Kerridge (CAR),
Rough Draft: L Franklin (SYD), S Lycett (WC), N Jones (MEL), A Cooney (ESS), M Dea (ESS)
Rough Draft: D Macpherson (GCS) knee
musashimonsters: 4 wins, 5 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Brendans Lobos 
Rough Draft: 6 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Kobayashi Maru 
Clem Fandango (12) vs Kobayashi Maru (15)
Key players missing from team line ups:
Commentary: Clem Fandango proves he is still a force to be reckoned with despite a recent run of serious injuries. Captain J Riewoldt (RIC) fell just short of the 100+ point threshold, while three of his teammates did manage 100+ points.
Meanwhile ‘s recent poor form continues. Captain, B Vince (MEL) had a strong performance, being one of six 100+ point scorers. However, three donuts on the field cost the side dearly, including the four points.
Clem Fandango : T Bugg (MEL), S Grigg (RIC), L Picken (WB)
Kobayashi Maru: N Dal Santo (NTH), K Tippett (SYD), B Vince (MEL), R Gray (PTA), D Rich (BRL), J Kennedy (WC)
Clem Fandango: C Oliver (MEL) corked thigh
Clem Fandango : 5 wins, 4 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Galaxys Guns 
Kobayashi Maru: 3 wins, 6 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Rough Draft 
Out of Peptides (8) vs WADA you want (9)
Key players missing from team line ups: Out of Peptides: M Boyd (WB) WADA you want : M Kreuzer (CAR)
Commentary: In another close scoring game, decided in the end by just 11 points, the Peptides snuck away with the win.
Peptides captain, A Swallow (NTH) performed poorly in a side that dominated, while only one other player passed 100+ points for the team.
WADA you want captain S Mitchell (HAW) was similarly down in form. He had three players pass 100+ points, but paid heavily for three donuts on the field.
Out of Peptides: J Kennedy (SYD)
WADA you want : D Hannebery (SYD), J Gwilt (ESS), K Simpson (CAR)
Out of Peptides: L Brown (ADE) ankle, T Mohr (GWS) hamstring
WADA you want : T Richards (SYD) concussion
Out of Peptides: 6 wins, 3 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Garry’s Lyon 
WADA you want : 4 wins, 5 losses – ladder position  – next opponent: Ed 
Ladder at the end of round 9
1. Brendan’s Lobos 28 pts 112.0% Change –
2. Todd Goldmember 28pts 111.7% Change –
3. Rough Draft 24pts 105.9% Change +1
4. Fourthorn 24 pts 105.5% Change -1
5. Out of Peptides 24 pts 99.7% Change +3
6. Jackson22 20 pts 102.3% Change: -1
7. Clem Fandango 20 pts 101.1% Change +5
8. Garry’s Lyon 20 pts 99.3% Change -1
9. Ed 20pts 97.1% Change -3
10. WADA You Want 16 pts 103.5% Change -1
11. Galaxy’s Guns 16 pts 99.7% Change+3
12. KilpatrickDangrfld 16 pts 99.3% Change -2
13. musashimonsters 16 pts 98.0% Change -2
14. Wanda Bombers 16pts 87.8% Change – 1
15. Kobayashi Maru 12 pts 96.2% Change –
16. TeamarinoWazarino 12 pts 94.6% Change –
17. Motley Crew 8 pts 95.5% Change +1
18. White Line Fever 4 pts 90.6% Change – 1
Round 10 matches
Ed  WADA You Want 
Fourthorn  TeamarinoWazarino 
Wanda Bombers  Todd Goldmember 
KilpatrickDangrfld  White Line Fever 
Jackson22  Motley Crew 
musashimonsters  Brendan’s Lobos 
Clem Fandango  Galaxy’s Guns 
Kobayashi Maru  Rough Draft 
Out of Peptides  Garry’s Lyon