Shady Punter Round 8 Preview
With all to play for in the last round of 2015 AFL Quebec Men’s Regular Season action Shady Punter has a look to see how he/she thinks each game will go. The Wooders have all but tied up top spot while any of the three remaining teams could, if results go their way, claim the second spot and avoid that elimination quarter final in two weeks’ time.
Montreal Demons v Laval Bombers
According to Shady’s Demons source, everybody but Tim Nixon is playing this weekend. Certainly great news for all concerned (except Tim), and while Shady is excited to see Luke Anderson and Nico Pouessel back in action, the return of Sven Bonus to the Demons line up is what really gets Shady excited. It does however mean the Demons have 23 players at their disposal this weekend, sorry 22, I forgot Tim isn’t playing, so Coach O’Farrell who would struggle running the interchange for an 18 a side game, let alone a 9 a side, will be a busy man.
That been said the Demons can’t field all 22 at once so based on who Shady thinks might get more game time than others, sorry Yann Sadier and Ian Ash, you just having been putting the effort in in practice, the Demons will be strong. I’m also hoping they don’t force Dylan Coffey to play too much with his broken collarbone as they would be better served if he rested up and got fit for finals.
The Bombers were much more reserved with their player list and while not as numerically impressive still boosts some quality footy players. Looking at the Bombers list, they don’t have as many game winners as other teams but what they do have more than other teams are game savers, namely Barranco, Gavidia and S.Rogers. They will also have back in their line up this weekend, Nathan Hockley, who is looking to fulfill his three game finals requirement. In his two games so far, Hockley has been impressive and is what I would call the perfect link man between the game savers above and the game winners in Fairbrother, Rotaru and T. Rogers.
Based on their squads this weekend I would have to go with Demons to win this one. As always on paper, they are so strong and in particular this weekend, this will never have been as true. But there is something about the Demons, that makes them struggle to fulfil their potential and why they may very well go into the finals facing an elimination game. But I think they will have a little bit too much for the Bombers on Sunday who may struggle for goals without two of their proven goal scorers in Auger and Strom.
Demons by three goals but could I be as bold to say, Graham held scoreless. Maybe the Bombers to call a player count and Tim Nixon to enjoy his vacation.
After a summer of impressive skill, speed and heart, we somehow find ourselves at the last regular round of the 2015 AFL Quebec Women’s competition.
With the Giants and Warriors in the number 1 and 2 spots respectively and the Shamrocks and Eagles behind in 3rd and 4th, this weekend’s games are about who plays who in the knockout semi-finals in two weeks’ time. That being said, with 11 blistering summer weeks since we last saw these same matchups, this Sunday is just as much about redemption for two of these four impressive teams.
Carleton Warriors v NDG Giants
Sunday August 30th at 2.00pm*
The Giants and Warriors will both almost be at full strength with the exceptions of the two brides to be, Catherine Geci from the Warriors and Kata Polus from the Giants. The Giants will be hoping to have Em Legault back in the ruck which will free up Parrod to be her menacing self around the ground. With Falardeau back and top scoring Val Moreau on the field, the Giants will be looking to prove why they currently sit at the top of the ladder.
The Warriors, who haven’t forgotten about their one goal loss to the NDG Giants in Round two, will be looking to strike hard and fast. While the Giants may have the #1 top scorer, the Warriors will be looking to #2, 3 and 5 (Holly Costanza, Vivien Nguyen and Dora Bartulovic) to make their mark (pun intended). With both teams looking for a stellar game from their full roster, this one could be a nail biter.
Shady prediction: Keep an eye out because this one should be one hell of a game. I predict a close game with the Warriors taking the victory by one late goal.
Rideau Shamrocks v Plateau Eagles
Sunday August 30th at 3.15pm*
The Shamrocks, with no “luck of the Irish” in sight, have been severely depleted by injuries this season with Presseau, Wynn-Williams, Leduc, Childers, Smith and Kramchynksy sitting this one out. With two additional players rumoured to be partially wrapped in sports tape this week- it’s tough to tell what this game is going to look like. The Eagles on the other hand are ready for redemption.
The Eagles’ consistent core will be joined by Gilmore back from injury and Andrusyshyn well-rested from her jaunt across the Mediterranean. Les Aigles, as they say around these parts, will be looking to capitalize on their strength of numbers and chemistry.
Shady prediction: With half the Shamrocks left standing, this game has to go to the stronger looking Eagles. That being said, I wouldn’t discount this game just yet because this one will be all about the “love of the game”.
* Please note the change in game time
West Island Wooders v Old Montreal Dockers
Two weeks ago this was shaping up to be an unexpected top of the table clash. Last week though, the status quo was re-established with the Dockers taking a beating from the Bombers and the Wooders digging deep to beat out the Demons at the death. The Wooders have shown a good level of team development through the year. It’s not just their front line troops winning games but newer and less experienced players are stepping up. They will be looking from solid performances from as many sets of brothers as possible as they look to find that unstoppable form coming into the finals.
While the Wooders might look dominant, the Dockers won’t have forgotten the fine form they showed against the Demons. With a win and a result going their way they can still make it into second place for a good shot at the coveted winner’s certificate. They will be looking to turn top quality individual performances into a tightly meshed team effort. If the likes of Bells, Jack Robson, and Steve McCammon can shut down the Wooders midfield like the Bombers managed to do then we could have a game on our hands. If they can’t shut down the midfield then we might be in for another Fabio catch and kick show.
Despite the result against the Bombers the Dockers showed some solid individual performances. Unfortunately for them the Wooders are turning on more and more of a team performance as the season goes on and team efforts get more points than individual ones…
The Wooders by 26