Shady Punter Round 7 Preview
Carleton Warriors v Rideau Shamrocks
Saturday 8th August at 12.00pm
4061 Strandherd Drive
Big game this weekend in the Nation’s capital – first ever showdown between the Carleton Warriors and Rideau Shamrocks! With many players recently returning from injury as well as the 49th Parallel Cup in sunny Florida, it’s sure to be a showdown you don’t want to miss! These two teams have yet to play each other so Ottawa bragging rights are on the line!!
The Carleton Warriors convincingly beat the Plateau Eagles in the last round of play and look to keep up their winning ways. The dangerous combo of Constanza and Nguyen in the midfield and Bartulovic as full forward is an intimidating sight and lots of high flying marks are expected. It should be noted that Werniuk, the Warriors ruck lady also slotted her first goal of the season last round (and added two more) – she will be definitely looking to add to that tally! The backline will be patrolled by the ever-consistent vet Geci along with back line mates Stott and Derynck to ensure the Shamrocks remain unlucky. Although the Warriors will be missing some players, in Scott and Dalla Rosa who provide some key quick dashes and back line support – let’s hope this doesn’t hinder them too much!
Tough squad to line up against but the Shamrocks are more than ready for this clash of the 613. With a disappointing loss last weekend to the Giants, the Shamrocks are hungry for a win and happy to have some keystone players back in the likes of Cambridge and Presseau (returning from injury) who will join Leduc in setting up the solid Shamrock defense. These ladies will be looking to use those strong kicks to hit their midfield unit. Smith is not expected to play as still injured but Childers , Stoot and Wynn-Williams will work tirelessly in the midfield to get the ball to the forward line, who is welcoming back Kramchynsky, along with the ever hard hitting Robinson.
It’s sure to be an interesting game out there with these ladies going from Swans teammates to opponents on the field. This shall be an interesting one but my prediction goes to the Warriors by 14 points, but I have been proven wrong in the past.
Play nice girls!
Old Montreal Dockers v Montreal Demons
Sunday 9th August at 12.30pm
In the third edition of the 2015 battle of Montreal, Dockers and Demons will try to get the best of their opponents in order to be able to climb on the 2nd place of the ladder. Even though we are at a critical point in the season, vacations seem to have a huge incidence on the outcomes of the games, due to the players’ fluctuating availabilities. Coming off from a win against the mighty Wooders, Old Montreal will be missing Ed Duff and Aaron Fellows, two of their most versatile players, as well as some injured ones such as Darren Murphy. Fortunately, they can still count on their core players, including last week 2XU winner Guy-Joël Rocher and soon to be known as Mr. Legault, Ronan Shaughnessy. They can however count on some providential support with former AFL Quebec president Neil Koch making his big 2015 debut.
On the other side, after a short win against the Bombers, the Demons will have to manage without one of their most dangerous threats in Kyle Graham. Hopefully, the likes of Morgan Whyte and Luke O’Farrell will provide some stability, and if newcomers like Florian Tronche can keep playing like veterans as they did from the beginning of the season, it should give us an exciting game.
This year’s second rematch of the inaugural game might turn out to be decisive in determining who gets to play the Wooders in the playoffs and having at least two shots to make it to the Grand Final, versus an elimination game against the resilient Bombers who are known for being stellar at this stage of the season.
On Paper, your fellow punter would advantage the Dockers in terms of skills, however the Demons will probably have more players available. For this reason, Demons should win by less than a goal, with an epic comeback in the final quarter.
NDG Giants vs Plateau eagles
Sunday 9th August at 2:00pm
Round 7 brings up what should be a hotly contested match between the Original Two as the NDG Giants clash with the Plateau Eagles. Take it from Shady (I’ve never been wrong before right?),this is one should be closer than the last meeting between these two, which saw a rather one-sided result of 99-8 in favour of the Giants. Take it to the bank, this will not be repeated!
The Giants will have all of the confidence in the world with memories of the last thrashing fresh in their minds. Look for Val “Mighty Mouse” Moreau to continue to light up the scoreboard, fresh off her Parallel Cup MVP performance, and the always reliable stalwarts of Legault, Chasse, and Bureau will no doubt be looking to make a difference. The Giants will have some glaring omissions this week with big names of Emily Legault out with injury, and defensive tandem of Polus and Benedetti possibly unable to make it to game time. Sure they can put up some goals, but can they stop them as well??
The Eagles will be dangerous this week, mark my words. They are a wounded animal… literally, with Glimore, Dumais, McCallum, and Zuk all out with various injuries (get well soon). Look for a big game from Larissa “Stiff arm” Andrusyshyn as well as Marie-Soleil Jacques to dominate the ruck. For the Eagles to pull off the win they will need some goal scoring from veterans Fenelon, Belzie, and Graham. Rugby convert and 1st-gamer Shera Robinson will be the wildcard on Sunday, and if Shady’s weekly Uno games are any indication, wildcards can make the difference!
As Spanish philosopher George Santayana once said “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (Shady reads books to you know!). The Eagles will have the previous meeting fresh in their minds and will be out for revenge. It will be tight, but Eagles by 3points.
West Island Wooders v Laval Bombers
Sunday 9th August at 3.15pm.
The second men’s game sees the top of the table West Island wooders pitted against their 2014 grand final nemesis in the Laval Bombers.
The Wooders are recovering from their disappointing come form behind loss to the Dockers last week. Look for player/coach Robinson to preach consistency for four quarters and toughness in the middle to combat the high flying bomber brigade. Petrosa was impaired by a mysterious illness last week, but will look to add to his goal tally this game. Aided by midfielders Houvien, Chemin & Manasa, the forward line will sure to get plenty of goal scoring opportunities. The backline will also need to step up, Core has recovered from his ankle injury and with the athleticism of Boudreau and the Lavoie twins, the Wooders appear to have a solid defence.
In last weeks nail-biter, the Laval Bombers narrowly lost by 3 points to the gallant Montreal Demons. Player/Coach Fairbrother would be fuming at the 14 behinds and lost opportunities to finish off the Dees. Scoring midfielder Todd Rogers will try to ignite the Bombers from the centre and along with Canadian representative Rotaru & Nathan Strom, look for plenty of run and service into the forward line. Veteran Simon Auger comes back from vacation and will feature heavily in this high scoring match & free flowing match. While the backline looks pretty solid with Gavidia, Telya and Barranco anchoring the defence.
Shady sees another close and exciting game, which promises to pit arguably the best attacking midfielders in the AFL Quebec. The forward line for each team have been very consistent this season, however, it will come down to the x factors to win the game. Will it be leading goal scorer Robinson, ball magnet Rogers or the wiley veteran Fairbrother who will make the difference?
In the end, however, Shady sees the Bombers make amends and erase the dissapointment from last week to win by a solid 18 points.