There are now only four teams left in 2017. After the results on the weekend we will have one Preliminary Final which has one team that finished outside the Top 4, whilst the other prelim will feature 1 v 2 from the home and away season.
In the first Semi Final, Goughy easily accounted for an undermanned Horse, who was not able to fill a full side due to his depleted ruck stocks.
The battle between the backlines was a pretty even affair with one century scorer each and a bunch of average scores. Goughy used Docherty as his captain, who scored an average 97.
The war in the midfield and rucks was heavily lop-sided in Goughy’s favour. The Purple Wiggles had six century scorers and an extra player, compared to the Stallions who only had three players who topped the ton. Horse placed the captaincy on the returning Ablett, who got a lot of the ball but only managed to score 85.
The forward lines, like the backlines were pretty evenly matched – again with one century each. Goughy was able to use the score of Membrey (77), instead of Fantasia who limped off injured early in his match.
Thoughts from the coaches post match;
“Sad day to see the people’s favourite trot away into the sunset for another year. But the Wiggles juggernaut rolls on for another week.”
“Four playing rucks one week and only one the next. Back to back 1800’s in the finals.”
In the second Semi Final, we had a closer resul,t but at the same time it was a comfortable margin as Chiddz avoided getting knocked out in straight sets, and in turn ending Sneanzy’s season.
The Mipni’s clearly won the contest in the defensive end with three scores over 100 and two in 90’s (Webster’s 91 covered the loss of Johannisen), whereas the Phil Gilberts could only manage three scores in the 90’s. The discrepancy in scores here was the difference in the match overall.
Both coaches had their captains in the midfield, with both of them (Merrett and Mitchell) scoring just below 100. Sneanzy won the midfield and ruck lines overall with four centuries compared to three, and had two scores of 131 from Kelly and Scooter Selwood.
The forward line match-up was pretty even with Chiddz having three centuries to Sneanzy’s two. The clear highlight was Caddy’s season high score of 142. This score put the result beyond the reach of the Phil Gilberts, and set Chiddz up with a Preliminary final against Cuffy.
Chiddz couldn’t be reached for comment as he has been studying the free agent market in preparation for this week’s match according to a well-placed source. His opponent Cuffy did have some input;
“Duncan is out, which is a shame. Really wanted to play Chiddz at full strength. Oh well.”
“I may have gone out this week but that doesn’t matter as my focus has always been on what I believe to the greater league in the Shiva where I have the seasons high score”
We will see two of the flag favourites in Cuffy take on Chiddz in the First Preliminary final. Cuffy will go in at close to full strength with the exception of Mumford; whereas Chiddz will be without JPK, Duncan and Johannisen.
In the Second Preliminary Final, the two late season bolters in Goughy and Bantz will face off for a spot in the Grand Final. Bantz has his best team available but Goughy has some issues to address in the forward and back lines.