Chicko’s Check In – It’s the Final Countdown!
G’day Community! It is here! The finals are finally here! For some coaches, it is your chance at greatness. Who will step up to the plate? Will you step up?
I IMPLORE YOU – take your chances coaches, seize your opportunities, seize your plums, seize your final trades and put them all on the line!
This season of trials and tribulations have been put to bed for half of all supercoaches who play our great game. Those coaches not qualifying for finals are now relegated to compete for the Who Gives A Stuff Cup in their leagues! For the other half of coaches, you continue on in your pursuit of legend status for either overall rank or, to take out a league against mates or colleagues where pride has no price and there ain’t no second prize – there is only one name that gets etched on the prized trophy –make it your mission to make it yours.
For many coaches, we are down to either no trades or very few trades, and we must make sure we pull the right rein at the right time to get a leg up on our opponents. This could not be more true for coaches competing in elimination finals this weekend. Study your opponent, watch for team selections and look for tasty PODs who may prove the difference. For those coaches with a double chance, plot your trades carefully, study your opponent and assess whether you need to trade at all, or take the opportunity for the upgrading of players turding it up in your teams – I am talking to you Brodie Smith!
Like many a week in season 2015, round 18 was no different with premiums impacting our scores by either sitting on the pine (Fyfe in strife) or being buggered by injury (Wines) or just plainly underperforming when you need them most to gain a crucial win to play in finals….(Ward, Danger, T-Mac to name a few)!
For those looking to pull a trade, it looks like Beams is done for the year and booked in for shoulder surgery. In terms of interesting POD trades, look no further than Harley Bennell who has come back and gone big with a 140 and 139 in successive! Not necessarily saying he is a Beams replacement, I think you want a player of greater consistency, like a Dan Hannebery or Priddis, but for your forward lines, Bennell could prove a mighty POD.
So what is this week’s dilemma?
There may be a few coaches in my position but I am left with few trades and still issues to contend with, mainly Beams and Brodie. For me, its Beams this week and maybe Brodie next week.
For other coaches, with full premium midfields, this week might be the chance to upgrade Smith, Ibbotson or Pittard.. Higgins produced another monster score of 138 and has been consistent all year. As mentioned last week, Roberton remains a huge POD and produced 91 this week. Houli looks like excellent value at $427k and a cheap upgrade for any of those players.
So what am I thinking about this week?
Last week I had to deal with GAJ and went to Danger (if I went to Priddis I would have been much better off!). This week will see me use my 13th trade on a long term injury and moving out Beams either Hannebery, Deledio, curling wand Priddis and Hodge – all on the shopping list.
What are you thinking about community?