Chicko’s Check In – It’s the Final Countdown!
Hello Community! This is it, it’s the final countdown! IT IS GRAND FINAL WEEK! I’m not sure about you, but I am aroused.
If I was a member of Europe, the band featuring men with big hair and too much spandex, you would see just how much frontal pressure would be building in anticipation of this week!
Before getting into it, as this is the last Check-In for the Jock Reynold website, I just wanted to express my gratitude to Jock, Higgo, Crouching One and Lek for letting me be part of the website for the past year and providing a platform to help the community. If I haven’t aided you in your pursuit of greatness with my inane Supercoach musings, then hopefully you have found them somewhat entertaining. Thank you gentlemen, it’s been a privilege to stand amongst you.
Onto this week. What a week it has been. How did you go? Have you made it through to the Grand Final?
It was a typical tough start to the round with the usual roll call of premium outs, Armitage, Parker, Picken, Boyd, Tom Mitchell with a poke in the eye FFS! And of course, Buddy with a bad back. Then during the round, we had some underperforming premiums (Selwood, Lewis, Hodge just to name a few) and a couple more players go out with injury in Marc Murphy and the Gifted One, the one who shall have the last laugh, with a seemingly bad ankle…ok, so Lumumba isn’t really a premium but he has stunk it up big time the past few months. We may also have a few premiums missing next week with Hodge nearly bursting the head of The Chad against the point post and The Wolfman Fyfe in trouble should his hit on Ben Jacobs be deemed rough conduct – three strikes and he misses one match. As such, a big week at the MRP, one that will test the sphincters of many a coach with an outcome that could decide a few Grand Finals.
On the positive side of the equation, the big men absolutely dominated the round – just check out these names for some plumage pumping scores – Tippett 157, JJK 150, Kreuzer 147, Big Hair Vickery 143, Sandiballs 142 & Nic Nat 137. I mean even Shaun MacKernan and Tom Hickey got into the act with 136 and 121 respectively – that is not a misprint!
What also caught my attention were the performances of some other players which could prove the last piece of your grand final winning puzzles. Here are a few suggestions:
- Grand Final coaches, if you don’t have Heath Shaw then you may well be stuffed and there will be an investigation as to how you have made the Grand Final in the first place. Shaw pumped out a monster 164 with his Last 3 round average of 127 and his Last 5 round average a whopping 130. How he is in only 34% of teams is beyond me.
- Zorko the Magnificent. Caught my eye by playing off half-back against the Crows and was in everything. Pumped out a huge 159 with his L3 average of 136 and his L5 average a very healthy 113. His DPP status could prove very handy.
- Shag Motlop – has a huge ceiling and produced a 147 against the Saints. His L3 average is 97 and his L5 average a more than satisfactory 111. Motlop is also a DPP.
- Sloane Dog – I mentioned him a few weeks ago when he first returned from injury and he produced a 94 first up which he followed up with a 75. If you had doubted me at that point, and with good reason, since then he has gone ballistic with a 128, 145 and a 149. That’s a Last 3 average of 140! If I was looking for one player to add into the midfield mix, it would be this man.
So what is this week’s dilemma?
No dilemma folks, I’m fresh out of trades and have been for a while. But if you have them, then you may need one or two or two of them to cover Hodge or Fyfe. If you don’t have any, then get down on your knees and in the manner of Randy Watson and his band Sexual Chocolate, praise the lord (of the Supercoach variety). If you are not familiar with the work of Mr Randy Watson, then google him and enjoy his finest exploits in Coming To America.
So what am I thinking about this week?
If you want me, come and get me,
You don’t have a chance if you don’t trade now.
I’m not waiting, any longer,
Know that I’m playing to win this time.
When you make your trade,
I won’t hesitate.
If you take too long,
You will be too late.
This time I’m playing to win.
Put it all on the line. No more to say.