Monday, June 24, 2013

BUML Grand Final Preview

This is it. The night of the season that everyone aims to be playing in. We’ve got 3 crackerjack games happening that should provide plenty of opportunities for cheering and also a good heckle. These 6 teams should be primed and ready to rumble. After all, if you can’t get it up for a grand final, I don’t know what would promote a flush of blood to your nether regions. Maybe a calendar named ’12 months of Myles’ I spose, but even that pales compared to a good GF.

It’s been a big weekend for some though. By my count there were 4 big events over the weekend that were Frisbee related to some degree. While all the uni students were celebrating the end of exams on Saturday, the tallest Behrendorff (not that much of an achievement really) got hitched to his lovely better half. While this was going on, a fundraiser tournament for the Bluebottles was being held. Then to cap it all off, UQ had their AUG selection trials.

Division 1
Poachers (1) v UQ (3)
It’s the final no-one predicted at the start of the season. Not even in Timocles’ wildest Pokemon themed dreams could he have thought UQ would be playing tonight given their start to the season.  Poachers meanwhile have had this date pencilled in since round 1. Which goes to show that they are either a really good team, or Dan is The One and has changed something in the Matrix. Either way, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with come game time.

The key for Poachers, as always, is their frantic offence. Copious use of hammers & blades combined with erratic cuts and frenzied handler movement make it extremely hard to shut this team down. Expect lots of long bombs if conditions are favourable. UQ will play a well rounded, team game, utilising all of their weapons both on O and D. It’s lucky this team is so young, cos they’ll probably be buggered after the weekend. Something else to consider is that UQ are missing Bonnie, one of their key girls. To put it in perspective, UQ losing Bonnie is like the Heat losing Wade, the Maroons losing Cronk or like any team gaining Reece.

I’m tipping UQ, they’ve got momentum, they’ve got fan favourite Atlas, they’re Gee’d Up and most importantly they’ve got superior #hashswag.

Division 2
Quties A (1) v Bermuda Triangle (2)
It’s 1 v 2 in Division 2, with the 2 best teams all season slugging it out for glory tonight. Can Jmac carry Quties to glory in a similar fashion to how LBJ did a few days ago? As far as i’m aware his shoulders haven’t sustained many injuries (at least when compared to anything crotch downwards), so he should be up to carrying the team on them. That’s not to say Quties are a 1 trick-shot pony, but young(ish) Johnny boy is their key to winning. Bermuda have been here before and know how to win a grand final. Led by Geoff, this team will smother you with their defence and then strike back with a fast break point quicker than Wetnose removing his mankini.

The key for Quties is maintaining their composure in the face of the Bermuda Zone. If they can move the disc quickly and not let the zone set, it’ll go a long way to getting a victory. Responding to a drop and switching to D effectively will also be important. For Bermuda it’s all about making the most of the turns they generate. If they don’t grab the cheap points on offer, Quties will eventually work it downfield to score. These teams split their regular season games down the middle so it’s hard to say who has the psychological edge.

I’m going with Quties. This is a team that knows how to get the job done in the clutch Robert Horry style ya'll.

Division 3
Brick Killed a Guy (1) v Quties B (3)
The story of Div 3 this season has been Brick Killed a Guy. In case you haven’t heard, they’re kind of a big deal. They’ve dominated the field in a way reminiscent of how a certain news team used to dominate the ratings. I’m certain ESPN will do a doco on this team at some point they’re that good. Quties are the definite underdogs for this battle and who doesn’t love an underdog! Led by occasional ‘fatboy’ and part-time blogger Jangles, Quties are a team that is running on belief and determination, with a little bit of momentum and bath salts thrown in for good measure.

BriKAG need to not get nervous for this game. It’s a grand final at the end of a perfect season. Expectations are high. It’s also easy for them to fall into the trap of assuming a win. They haven’t lost all season after all. For Quties it’s all about a good start. The only way to stop a team with momentum like BriKAG is to get on top of them early. If a Qutie can step up and make an inspirational play early in the game they have a real shot. More than any other game, grand finals are decided on key moments and to win this one, Quties need to win more of them than the opposition.

Will BriKAG complete the fairytale and make it a perfect season a la the 1972 Miami Dolphins? Or will they finish 1 frustrating head-catch short a la the 2008 New England Patriots? As much as I’d love to tip an underdog, BriKAG are the complete Div 3 package this season and I expect them to win it.

Do you agree/disagree? Who is your tip? Throw it in the comments section.


Anonymous said...

Brick in the baggggg wooo!

Tits Maggee said...

Such as the human torch being denied a bank loan, QUTies B will be denied a grand final victory.

deels said...

I think there is poached eggs on the menu tonight.