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FMDT… a tale of a washed up DT coach

Hi, I’m Warnie… I used to think I was a good Dream Team coach, but now I am a washed up old has-been who can’t get anything right. It’s Easter Tuesday and I need a good vent. Have a read and laugh at my demise.

I started playing Dream Team about 8 years ago. In that time, I have grown to understand the game. Gone are the days of me picking Steven Milne in my side and trading in players like Graham Johncock the week after he breaks his leg. I’ve had a couple of top 100 finishes and have been dishing out advice to anyone who will listen.

But now I am sucking. Badly.

My season hasn’t got off to an ideal start. Some of the 50/50 calls I made haven’t been the right ones. This round has rubbed salt into the wound. Picking Bartel over Pendlebury, starting with Montagna over Boyd. Yes, Bartel hasn’t played yet, but it’s going to be hard for him match 166. No matter what I do with Broughton, I’m screwed. Firstly, I shouldn’t have picked him. Secondly, I shouldn’t have stuck with him. My logic said hold him because he is a premium, etc… but for more salt, he ends up being a late withdrawal.

Not only does Broughton miss… I don’t have any cover for him! Mainly due to trying to be a bit too pretty. I wasted an emergency on Thursday night with Bewick hoping to use him with the emergency loophole. Fail. Then wanting to take Montagna‘s 126 (which is a good thing) I needed to put Cox on my ground, make him captain and then put the emergency on Zac Smith. This left me with one emergency. We didn’t know the final teams for the Monday and Tuesday games (apart from the Bombers). So I put Krakouer on the bench. I had the decision to go with my final emergency in the forwards or in defence. The end decision was to go with the forwards and put it on Krakouer – who I had a thought was going to be out anyway.

Then the shit started to hit the fan.

I’ll forget about my Josh Toy on the ground over Danny Stanley. That’s just unlucky after Toy’s scoring potential he has shown. But I won’t forget about my mate Broughton being a late withdrawal and me being able to take Stanley’s score or even Nick Lower‘s. Instead, it’s a big fat zero! Argh!

This season was always going to be challenging. These multi-bye rounds (which I thought I planned for quite well), the substitutes (friggen naming blokes on the ground like Richardson then giving them the green vest) and the sporadic scoring of a lot of our rookies. Far out! Bloody Cam Richardson was hard to handle. Starting as sub and coming on for only 14! Wow – that’s not very cool! He is likely to be dropped this week… a scapegoat for the terrible game the Kangaroos had on Sunday evening.

I’m scraping towards a score of 1900 and wearing the green vest this week.

So, what can I do? Like any coach… look ahead to next week. But it doesn’t look pretty with the Cats, Hawks and Dockers having a bye. My forward line will be without Franklin, Johnson… and maybe Krakouer and Richardson. Add to that Bartel, Broughton and possibly Heppell who is likely to be rested. It will be another round where we will be stretched and I’m sure a lot of unluckiness will come my way.

I have only used one trade (to get Curnow in for Foley) and have $175K in the bank. I’ll be looking at going Vickery to McCauley to cash up a little more and be ready to go bang. Chapman will be in after next week, Didak the week after with Pendlebury… maybe Enright in the backline, or even Brian Lake if he can start showing something after his big price drop. Argh, so many players to get… not enough cash!

I don’t even know why I am planning anything… so much can happen from week to week. FMDT!

Co-captain of DT Talk since inception in 2007. Finally had a good season with an overall ranking of 137th for 2018... next goal is to replace the dirty old trucker hat with an AFL Fantasy one! Follow on Twitter: @WarnieDT



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    April 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Wow, You are the worst case scenario I was giggling about yesterday. But what can you do thats DT. Could have been worse, could have left Petrie on the pine too.

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      April 26, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Oh Warnie…stop feeling sorry for yourself!! :) I had a complete bench shocker!!! I had Zac Smith on instead of Petrie, Toy on instead of Stanley, Bewick on instead of Harris, and Richo on instead of Matera. FMDT!!! I’m ranked 1735 atm…could be a big drop!!

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I had a similar FMDT moment when Pitt was named a sub but scored 20 points in a 1/4 of footy and got to settle in with a Prestia doughnut.

    20/1845, hopefully Buddy don’t give away Free kicks and I’ll be looking at a score of 2050-2100. Traded Broughton for Adcock and it worked.

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      April 26, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Who else do you have to go?

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        April 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm

        Jimmy Bartel, hope he scores 140, but would nowhere be near Boyd/Pendlebury.

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    hang in their Warne Dawg!

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I know how crappy starts feel :(

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      April 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      are you in the act schools thingo

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Cheer Up Bud!
    I’m sure every coach this week would be saying “I wish I had Pendles/Boyd/Petrie” or “why did I pick Yarran/Didak/Gray”. Next week Richo may blast an easy one hundred and Boyd may do his knee. The only thing DT coaches should be saying is: “Bruoghton: What the hell was I thinking when I Brought’im and why did I Keep’im?”

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    john swingler

    April 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    going alright 1841 with 3 prems left ??? not looking forward to next week?

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    just bad luck warne dog… the only bad coaching call was putting the e on krak instead of stanley..

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    my scenario not as bad but we all chose our DPP’s to help cover for these multi-bye rounds. I have Goodes, Tapscott and Darling up forward with the bye this week but i had good cover (i thought) with Krakouer and Prestia, Goodes to the bench in the mids for Krakouer and Prestia as the emergency up forward just in case…..round 5 worst round possible for both Krakouer and Prestia to be missing

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      April 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      Exactly the same as me. I thought I had everything covered. 2 dropped in the fwd line and 3 with byes got me. Took the donut.

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Just make sure you stay away from Calvin’s shed and rope :P

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I’ll just be over the freakin moon if I manage to break 2000… 1755 with Franklin, Bartel and Suckling to go… so much for keeping my 186th ranking :'( …. year is practically over

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      hirdys mancrush

      April 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      After multibyes anyone in top 300 is a chance, there will be a large variance between the high and low scores this week.

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Feel sorry for you warnie, am in a bit of a similar scenario myself. Copped 2 donuts this week. Saw macauley’s score of 86 and thought i would be better than what jolly would score but i was wrong and jolly pumped out his first 100 of the year. Traded out broughton to toy and stupidly played toy over lower. Completely ignored my DPP link between hibberd and heppel and had libba score 82 on my bench when i could have played him instead of toy (stupid mistake i know). Am currently on 1528 with buddy, selwood and enright to come and i’m looking at my worst score ever. FMDT

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    DT Tragic

    April 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Dont worry, even when you have cover things go Shh*t.
    Had Lower on the pine who scored more that Gibbs, Toy, Stanley and Duigan.
    Had Matera on the pine who scored more than Richo, Rievolt and Dawes.
    And in the first 3 rounds I was puttting the C on Boyd & Pendles who did ok, but becasue Swan was riiping it up I swapped to Swan who has been shite since.

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    What did Buddy Franklin do to himself, Why is he a late withdrawel!?!?!?!!!!!

    • Warnie


      April 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      Wouldn’t even call that a ‘good try’.

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      April 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

      yeah atleast put a fake link up lol

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      April 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      where did you here this from?

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      April 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Heart skipped a beat and then I realised that I almost had my 84 from Matera count for a second there…

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    hirdys mancrush

    April 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Its been a frustrating year so far, I have confidence in my team but it just seems as though every bench player is outscoring the player I put on the field. I guess that comes down to bad luck, I think the first 3-5 rounds you need to burn a few trades to get your team settled!! If you had someone like Chapman you are underperforming you would keep them at all costs, but for a guy like Broughton who was getting 27 possessions for 70 points its clear to piss them off. I had no hesitation in pissing off Brad Green and brought in Fyfe this week. Also upgraded Coad for Adcock, Yes it’s two trades but if you need to strengthen your team then its hardly wasting trades.

    Too many people out there are to conservative with their trades, we have 24 this year. You can afford to use a few

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    how many trades has everyone used? ive used four which im pretty happy with and dont plan on making any trades this week as dont think i will have any doughnuts maybe krak out but will wait and see.. i have been quite lucky this week with at least 3 of the top 5 scoring players so far in my team and a decent VC choice but last week i spudded it up for 1994 and will probably not hit 2000 next week but good luck to ya warnie

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      hirdys mancrush

      April 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      I have used 5, but worked out my team on paper. 7 upgrades 6 downgrades. Rest for injuries. If you were careful and the premiums you picked are keepers I think you could of used 6 trades and still survive the season with a bit of luck. Obviously need the right cashcows, next season I am loading up my midfield to the max so cash cows barely get a run in my team and are purely to downgrade at their peak. Im finding the high ranked teams this year have loaded mids

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        April 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        yeah atm because mids are scoring well and backs and fwds are scoring shit, but the mid rooks are also scoring awesome so they will have less of them..

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        April 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

        Yep we do. But it was more complicated than that I reckon. Who were the guarenteed stars at the start of the year.

        Backs: Goddard and maybe Gibbs

        Mids: Swan, Pendelbury, Boyd, Montagna and maybe Bartel

        Rucks: Sandi and Cox and maybe Essendon’s two

        Fwds: Maybe’s only. Even Didak and Chapman were maybes based on limited preseason and injuries, Franklin annoying, Goodes aka Mr form Slump, Green playing old, Sylvia up and down, Pav is he passed it, the Dish 3 byes.

        The maybe’s above and many others were then filtered through multibye weeks. Im considering collingwood as a multibye week in itself. I just wish I had 60,000 extra as I couldn’t squeeze in Adcock so I had Astbury! lol.

        If by the end of this year the guarenteed stars are all forwards or all backs then I will load up on them and rook my midfield up to the hilt.

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          April 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

          Ive used 4 i think but need to make 1 maybe 2 this week.

          I need some help, my forward line is as follows

          Pav, Buddy, Chappy, Nights, Pitt, McGlyn, Darling, Krak and Richo.

          With Hawks Geelong and Freo having a bye this weekend i am not sure what to do with Krak and Richo. Ive got 16k in the bank but need to get rid of Krak and Richo I think.

          Any and all help would be appreciated


          The Unemployed

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      April 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      i have used 2 foley, buckley out curnow libba in and only trade i would do this week is krak to polec if im guna cop a donught.. but should be okay, prestia should be back and only have bartel out in my mids, richo will most likely get dropped, bewick out injured and i will have buddy out in my fwds so atm will have 1 on my bench playing in my backs – stanley and fwd – prestia

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        April 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

        Bewick whats the go there any news on how long out for?

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      April 26, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      one, brought in Libba for Irons. Waiting for kids to mature, about to slurge thou.

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I feel ur pain…I traded out Krakka and Broughts for Toy and Pitt for a combined total of….51. FMDT!!

    4 trades used so far :

    1. Foley > Curnow
    2. A.Swallow > Pendles (Kinda sideways but as a Pies supporter, its worth it)
    3. Broughton > Toy
    4. Krakka > Pitt

    Planning on Coad > Adcock as I have over $390k in the kitty, leaving me with roughly $150k

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      April 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Is Adcock the best upgrade target for you what’s your team look like? He is on the radar for most as almost top priority.

      He is only about 5th or 6th upgrade target for me at the moment.

      I’m not conviced in his longevity, a great pick up at the start of the year, I went Suckling and Astbury as my mid pricers instead of Adcock and rook.

      Ended up burning a trade to go Suckling and rook +100,000.

      I didn’t plan it but have 1 mid pricer in each line except ruck isn’t a bad idea, you get two shots, they fire eg. Adcock, cant remember Fyfe’s price was it under 300,000? you keek them, if they dud eg. Astbury you pick up the most promising rook and pocket the cash for future upgrades.

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        April 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

        My backline is –

        Goddard, Gibbs, Deledio, Grimes, Duigan, Stanley, Lower, Toy, Coad and either Heppell or Buckley for the last spot depending their DPP that week.

        I wasnt sold on Adcock until last week, thats why I took the punt on a rookie(toy) and pocketed some cash. Problem is now I have 6 rookies in my backline and I think Adcock might be a keeper. Agreed he would have been an awesome pickup at the start of the year but at roughly $345k this week, for a backman averaging 100+ points, its now or never IMO. His 3 round average this coming week will be higher than Gibbs, Goddard and Deledio. Cant say no.

        And yep, Fyfe was $280k, Im just happy I had him from the start, he keeps his DT coach very happy! :)

        Do you think if u wait for the Adcock upgrade til ur 5th or 6th upgrade he’ll hit 400k and be a bit expensive?

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    April 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Warnie… So funny… Just posted this under multi bye madness but might as well stuck it in here to make you feel good about yourself.

    Here I was this time last week patting myself on the back for how well I was doing sitting in top 2000, lowest weekly score 2030 and all of this without Sandi, Pendles, Boyd, N Voldt. Good work Rainman, great strategy picking Cross instead of Boyd, going with Watson instead of Pendles. Also big pat on the back for doing my first upgrade(started with cash in bank) Petrie to Didak. Coming into this round with only 4 players sitting out and only Cox and Sylvia premos…. What an awesome strategy what could possibly go wrong?

    Fmdt is an understatement. 1606 with selwood, Stevie and buddy to play…. I predict buddy will give away a world record 30 free kicks and get no possies, Stevie will be picked up by the cops for drink driving on the way to the G , and Selwood accidentally fractured his cheekbone in the shower after going for a hard ball get with the soap.

    Bear in mind that this fantastic score was achieved with Kraks on the pine, Stanley and matera on the field and no donuts achieved. Trades on the cards for this week are swan for glass and Goddard for presti…..


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      April 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

      hahahahaha love it !!

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    April 26, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    C’mon Warnie you’ll hit form. Stay in there!

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    April 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I disagree Warnie on Broughton, I think your faith will be rewarded in time. I also have him and will be keeping him.

    You gotta look at the line-up that Harvey has been playing in the backline, it has restricted Duffield and Broughton to some extent because they have had to accommodate Jayden Pitt into the squad, who has taken the run and carry role due to his smaller size. He can’t take a strong opponent. Broughton has been playing backpocket and taking the small forward eg. against North it was Lindsay Thomas. However, with a whole host of players coming back, this will free up Broughton. He is absolutely in the best 22. As we saw yesterday, Ibbotson is back, and so this pushed Pitt onto the subs role. When he did come on, he played on the wing/fwd.

    The line up yesterday was:

    Roberton Grover Johnson

    Duffield McPharlin Ibbotson

    I think what you will find is that with Silvagni coming back into the side soon as well, this will free up Broughton even more and we will probably see him spending time on a half back/wing and having to be less accountable for his opponent as Silvagni is more of a traditional close checking defender. Already saw with Ibbotson back, this free’d up Duffield to mop up heaps of the ball, and really set up the play. Silvagni is that great size similar to Dale Morris where he can take big and small opponents.

    I think you will be surprised when he comes back into the team, he will start to show some form and get back to 90 Avg.

    Daniel Connors on the other hand…why oh why did I have the faith in him. :(

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      April 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      your a broughtonaholic cant admit you have a problem!!! everybody its time for an intervention

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    The Pack

    April 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    1856 come on!!!!!! Bartel and buddy be stoked to crack 2100

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    Friday Night Footy

    April 26, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    i still think you are a DT guru ware dawg.

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    da bar manager

    April 26, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    It’s alright warnie we all have these moment’s… mine hasn’t been as bad only taking doughnut for krakwhore as prestia wasn’t playing and thought richardson was not da sub… 1829 so far with buddy and chappy to come…just wish i went with boyd or pendles as capt…keeping broughton only cause of blind faith in my team getting into finals….

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    April 26, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    just trade trade trade! your mind its already fucked, so you wont care if you burn trades like a cheap toaster…

    with any luck you will trade yourself back in, if not youll have fun trying

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      April 26, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      What some plan to do. I’ve got like 270K in the bank waiting for the upgrading/downgrading season to begin (Post Round 6). Reckon I’ll just trade super hard and get my squad settled as soon as possible and hope for the best

    • Brak


      April 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      think the Warne Dawgs have only done the 1 trade Foley–> Curnow, so he should finish pretty hard

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    April 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I have also had the worst luck this week. i put toy on ahead of lower and stanley.. richardson on ahead of matera FMDT and i had foley on the bench the one week he does good. luckily the rest of my team is racking up and i had adcock as captain. looking likely for 2100+ this week, gotta wonder what could have been….

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    April 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    This week I am doing two trades Bruce to Toy and Krakouer to Tapscott. Toy will be a bench warmer with Loewr taking his spot on the field. I used the magic number in an article two days ago and calculated pricers myself.
    Next week my team will look like this…

    DEF: Goddard, Gibbs, Deledio, Grimes, Heppell, Lower, Duigan (Stanley*, Otten, Toy)

    MID: Swan (C), Boyd, Sylvia, Curnow, Swallow, Harris (Bartel, Pittard*, Hibberd)

    RUC: Cox, Smith (Sandilands, Derickx)

    FWD: N.Riewoldt, Knights, O’Keefe, Tapscott, Darling, Matera, Prestia (Richardson*, S.Johnson, Franklin)

    CASH: Approx $200, 000
    *= emergency

    Within the next two/three weeks I am going to get Montagna or Pendles into the midfield and use Curnow as my sixth mid for a while. Also want to get Chapman into the forward line in the next two weeks.

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      April 26, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Lower has the bye buddy- you might want to sub him for Otten. (-;

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        April 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        or Stanley.

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    April 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    i just want to say to all those people who laughed at me for picking pendlebury instead of swan at the start of the season whos laughing now a score of 2144 thanks mostly to pendles as captain and boyd and having matera on ground instead of richo

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      Proven Power

      April 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      i laugh at u cause i have both… and i almost beat ur score with a captain that score 96 less then u and matera OFF the ground.

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      April 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      I made the same move pendlebury instead of swan at the start of the season, it is starting to pay off. Unfortunately i took adcock’s 119 as my capt. this week on saturday before lock out so didn’t have it on boyd or pendles :( still got to 2209 though.

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    April 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Anyone know what happened to Ryder? He started the season really well but is now playing like crap – is it because he’s sharing the role with Hille and is there any chance he will improve or should i ditch him for sandilands or petrie?

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    April 26, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    You’re not the only clever bastard that trialled the Jesse O’brien Emergency Loophole. Bah!

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    Proven Power

    April 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    so like an idiot i screw up my team as usual. potential of 2300+ this week if i had pendles as cap (was 30 min b4 lock out…) over fricken gibbs WOW biggest panic ever at the last minute… and matera over richo… did i mention that i had 16 players in my team score more then my captain… INCLUDING my thursday VC… fmdt could of done well this week… will have to settle for 2141

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    April 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I feel ya Warnie, I think this year is a joke, Byes, Subs are all killing the passion.

    Having to sit guys like Goodes and Cox out this week, and now Bartel and Pavlich.

    Its just frustrating to play joker rookies.

    3 players of mine were subbed this week, FMDT!!!!

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    April 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Sorry, Warnie, I finished with 2187… best round of the year so far for me. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t make up for me picking Cox as captain last week, or Goddard vs Richmond… curse you, Pirate!

    With the byes and extended benches, there’s a greater element of luck with team selection this year… Round 6 will be similarly variable.

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    April 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    At least “Lochie,” won by 10 lengths today!!!

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    April 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    a couple of bad calls by me

    well I COULD have gone Hibberd to Curnow in Rd 2, 3 or even 4 but wanted to “save my trades”

    I wanted Petrie but thought I would be clever starting both tapscott and darling then upgrade one to Petrie Rd 5 due to Petrie being suspended Rd 1. Was so happpy with both rooks that I passed on Petrie and took the prestia/krak donut, leaving me 140 odd pts down the rankings now

    scored 1915 this week and I was ranked 1250 FMDT

    • Brak


      April 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      only dropped 2754 spots, was expecting it to be even worse!

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    April 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    The best thing about Broughton not playing is that he didn’t go down in value, wont this week so i have 2 weeks to decide his fate!!

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