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Dean Laidley is the Antichrist

Seriously. It’s all his fault. Naming Scott D. Thompson in round 1 and then banishing him to the magoos, like he did with Lachie Hansen last year. This year, he had to get more creative with Hansen so he named him for round 2 and then withdrew him. This week, still no sign of either of them, not even as emergencies. He’s the root cause of all of this, I’m sure. I reckon he had a word in the AFL’s ear about that stupid 6.10pm game in round 1. It was him who was taking a piece of 4×2 to VirtualSports’ servers when we were all trying to log on before R1 lockout.

He’s the new Kevin Sheedy.

Post your missives of implacable hatred below.


  1. browns13

    April 11, 2008 at 1:53 am

    My missives go towards John Worsfold and Leigh Matthews:

    PROUD AND NICO in the same bloody week! everyone knows dream team coaches are struggling for backline emergencies already, thats 2 trades down the drain for me!

    also Jbowden and A embley will not be playing just so everyone knows

    Please play lachie hansen.

  2. m0nty

    April 11, 2008 at 1:55 am

    I’m keeping Nico in my side, I have faith that he’s going to play with Embley out and Cox and Glass iffy.

  3. PaulM81

    April 11, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I have learned my lesson!!!! Never again will I pick a North Melbourne rookie whilst Laidley is coach.

    I am not is as bad of a situation as some, I have Pfeiffer on the ground in the backs and Nathan Brown as a reserve. I’ll save Thompson for a couple of more weeks and swap him for the next likely looking back to emerge. I have little faith that Scotty DT will play many games this year though.


  4. KRG

    April 11, 2008 at 8:23 am

    On an episode of Footy Confidential before the season (or maybe week 1) each person was asked for a most improved/ talking point player for the season. Archer said L Hansen. That is the only reason i am keeping the faith with him. Surely Archer would know if he was going to get a run eventually and must have some basis for his expectations. Its tenuous at best i know but defender rookies are hard to come by so I am clutching at straws.

  5. Duf182

    April 11, 2008 at 9:16 am

    What are peoples opinions on the Matt Priddis injury, the official West Coast website said that he COULD miss at LEAST 3 weeks. What the hell is that supposed to mean? – Will he miss at LEAST 3, or COULD he back before then.
    I have the option to trade him for Rhys Palmer which will open up enough money for me to pick up Heath Shaw for Mark Nicoski in my backline. OR should i hold onto Priddis and trust young Tuck to perform until he gets back.
    Oh and Damm Dean Laidley etc etc.

  6. Hammer

    April 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Nicoski had it coming. He’s on my bench this week only because Embley isn’t playing. Harry Taylor and Scott Selwood getting a gig before him. Come to think of it, maybe even Zac Dawson would get on the pitch before him!

  7. Rod

    April 11, 2008 at 10:04 am


    i have Nico also, and i had contemplated trading him for Harry Taylor, and Scott D Thompson for Selwood. I know Embley didnt travel, but Nico wasnt listed, to my knowledge, as first emergency-will we know he’s playing at 5pm today? Or is this a case of keeping the Faith until game time?

  8. Gor

    April 11, 2008 at 10:13 am

    i just wanna give a big shout out to darren jolly.


    what a terrible choice for my rucks, paul johnson from melbourne is doing better, PAUL JOHNSON for christs sake!

    and a big thanks for thornton too. you’ve got 1 week to save yourself buddy.

  9. Burty

    April 11, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Gor, I traded in Thornton last week too. Added to his woeful 20odd was J Brown’s inspiring 34, meaning my team did wonderfully…

    The blues have named Setanta on the bench this week. If he plays down back, it will hopefully free up Thornton to rack up some cheapies.

    Given all of the ommissions this week (including Proud, Priddis, Embley, Lloyd, West, Bowden, Cox (both maybes) etc, there could be a lot of teams playinf quite a few short this week.

  10. Ken

    April 11, 2008 at 10:59 am

    oh sweet mother of gridlock. proud, geary, hampson, priddis.

    priddis will miss at least 3 for those who dont know. probably 4 according to the local paper over here (which is a piece shower).

  11. sam

    April 11, 2008 at 11:00 am

    bowden was named wasnt he?
    is hamspon for blues going to get many more games this year?

  12. Paul

    April 11, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Who to trade in Harry Taylor or Pfieffer?

  13. graham

    April 11, 2008 at 11:50 am

    is joel bowden confirmed as not playin. How much fatih should i have in the footy show? with the site failure at the beginning of the year, the number of injuries and the lack of rookie defenders my trades are gonna be out the window by half way through the year.

  14. Gor

    April 11, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Sam, yeah Bowden was named, and i honestly don’t know why they are talking about dropping him (people say he still won’t play this week). i mean, it’s not like Richmond have any one decent to replace him with??

    and Burty, i hope you’re right about Thornton, he’ll be on my chopping block if he doesnt get over 60. and with J.Brown, i had him too but saw he was playing Sydney and traded him out for Josh Hill!! i plan on getting Brown back once price drops some more.

    Can i get some advice here too while am ranting? My rucks are (shizen) Symmonds, JOLLY, Kreuzer, and Lueunberger (spelling?). Jolly has been terrible and now costs $278,100 with his price dropping. should i just make some money off him (West from Geelong looks like likely candidate) and throw Kreuzer into the line up? I just don’t see Jolly being worth the 300k i paid for him anymore and i need to make something of him before it’s too late…

  15. Nick

    April 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Since you already have Jolly, if you sold him you’d be making a loss, with the depth you have on your ruck bench, I’d consider waiting until Peter Everitt returns. His inclusion in the team could leave Jolly open to drift forward occasionally.

    I’d hold out for now. Save your trade.

  16. browns13

    April 11, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve got proud and Nico with no back emergencies. I’m thinking of trading out nicoski and Jake edwards for Bradshaw and Kenelly (yeh i have the money) what does everyone think? Would I be better off keeping nico and getting kenelly and harry taylor for both my rookies or something?

  17. Gregs

    April 11, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Gor- I’d probably stay away from West, no doubt he is doing awesome for his price, but Ottens is coming back in 1-2weeks (although he’s been 1-2 weeks since rnd 1) and West will surely be dropped.

  18. steve

    April 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    im going to keep nico as an emergency bring grundy in to my 22. nico is only 50/50 chance to play.i have j.bowden anyone know if he is playing ? and j.brown is it worth just trading him for this week and buy him back for less later on ?

  19. Rod

    April 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Nico is my only problem too… keep him for 1 more week i think, then use him as a cash cow as there will be a few blokes over the next 2 rounds who will be hitting ther thiird games etc

  20. browns13

    April 11, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    don’t do the double trade with J brown Steve. players like that you jsut have to keep, unfortunately everyone else will jump on him when he’s cheap but you can do the same with reiwoldt, B johnson and S johnson later on, no point burning two trades. I have nico and proud? still no views on whether i should go for kenelly and bradshamw for nico and J edwards or keep nico and trade my two back emergencies for kenelly and H taylor?

  21. prenticem

    April 11, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Nicoski playing, traded him out last night :(.,8659,23522071-23211,00.html

  22. Sliders

    April 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I was thinking of getting rid of mackie to be able to fill a full backline since proud hansen and are out….
    Should i wait a week and play with a zero or shold i get peter burgoune (spelling) sam fisher or osborne? who will be the best buy?

  23. browns13

    April 11, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    nah don’t wait a week sliders ebcause you have 2 zeros on your bench which needs to be ratified anyway. I’d go with none of those personally, I reckon you should looka t gilbee or milburn instead. Otherwise kenelly isn’t a bad option.

  24. AB

    April 11, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Settle down Monty you old gasbag. You should’ve had the foresight not to pick ordinary players like Hansen in the first place. I went to his debut game against the Pies last year, and he honestly had no concept of how to make position and find the footy. Spend more time watching the game and less time crunching the numbers and maybe next year you won’t have the same headaches.

  25. Alan

    April 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Laidley the Antichrist? What about Wallace, if its true that he’s going to drop Bowden before the game he should be sacked on the spot.

  26. Dyls

    April 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Sliders sam fisher is playin good footy but u need to be warey of goodard taking points off him as he gets going again. i agree with brown get kenelly or milburn in

  27. grimlock

    April 11, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Lol @ the guy who selected Jolly. If you checked his stats out, he plays much much better with Spida in the side.

    Laidley playing hacks like Ben Ross and Sam Power. I’m still waiting for Ben Davies.

  28. Gor

    April 11, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    thanks nick and gregs for the jolly help, but i’m very keen to rid my team of him. nick: i can’t stand the theory of having a player in my team who’s scores are based on whether another player (and an old one at that) plays or not.

    i was thinking of just upgrading him to Hille? I’ve got the cash to spend and Hille has always been a decent dream team scorer

  29. steve

    April 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    thanks brown13 nico to play.will leave j.brown and n.riewoldt in side not worth double be leaning towards keeping nico and trading your two back emerg.

  30. m0nty

    April 11, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for that link, prenticem. Makes me feel better.

  31. browns13

    April 11, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Hey who does everyone think i should start in the mids? I’ve got dyson but they’re playing doggies so i want to start him (free flowing game) probalem is I can’t see any of my other mids not performing?

    MID: Cross, Murphy, Stanton, Tuck, Stevens, Dyson, Palmer

    which 6 of those 7?

    Also I’d love an opionion on my backs, trade edwards for kenelly (to cover proud) and trust nico to play or trade nicoski for bradsham/Harry taylor?

  32. Gregs

    April 11, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    What are people thinking about Geary- is he likely to get frequent games? or is he back to the twos now mcquire etc are back–i’m trying to get Palmer in, but he is my only other player i could possibly trade out….except maybe couglin (but the word is he is a chance for selection next week)

  33. Nick

    April 11, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Hille is a decent choice for a ruckman.

    They love Kenelly in Sydney, if he’s fit, he’s playing. At his price, for the sort of game he is capable of, everybody should have him.

    Don’t all be so fast to jump off the Nicoski bandwagon. He looked to be the sort of player who, when his side is up, will fight for the ball but since the Eagles have been coping it a bit lately, he seems uninterested in the game. If you have him in the midfield, swap him for Palmer, if he’s in your defense, just bear with him. The Eagles are dropping like flies, he’s suddenly an experienced body and between him and a fresh rookie, he’ll get the nod.
    If the Eagles aren’t looking top 8 by round 11, get away from him, Worsfold could change to a rebuilding attitude, the young guys will get a run.

  34. Sliders

    April 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    i am always worried about picking up any sydney player thats why i hesitate to get kenelly… i haven really watch the swans play this year… wat type of game does he play is it cheap posis at the back? and does he run with it from the back?

  35. Eric

    April 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve been waiting for Monty’s Boys on the bubble segment this week, but doesn’t look like it’s going to be on.

    Anyone have any ideas about value for money 2 game rookies ? The main one that comes to mind is Rhys Palmer … but any others ?

  36. PaulM81

    April 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Eric- THere is also Tim Callan from the bulldogs, Ryan Gamble and Harry Taylor from the cats, and Darren Pfeiffer from the blues.

  37. Nooka

    April 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Hey browns, since we cant get the international calling working i guess this will have to dohaha.

    Anyways i suggest u play dyson and bench palmer coz of the fact that the dogs are unlikely to tag, having said that richmond have already started tanking but i would play dyson, hes more likely to do well than palmer is likely to have 3 blinders in a row in his first yr, also harves may decide to play less of him coz they are playing the tiges and palmer has had 30 stitches or so in his head.

    Btw coz of no back emergencies and proud out, i had to trade proud, but couldnt get cornes so i got osborne, whilst still doin the pettifer trade, so ill have to get cornes next wk, unless gram guns it.


  38. Gregs

    April 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    I’ve got a big rap for Mattner as a player, but I don’t think he will average any more than 80 (at absoloute best) for the year-will definitely make you some cash- but is border-line whether he will be a permanent in your 22

  39. rod

    April 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Both are pinch hitters for massive scores, but i think Mattner will provide more consistency- as in his low scores wont be as low as grams. That said, mattners high scores wont be as high. Id take mattner for consistency.

  40. Nooka

    April 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    i was just wondering with goddard back will that allow gram to run free and get more of the ball or cost him possessions?

  41. m0nty

    April 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Mattner is an SC player, not a DT player. That was my judgement before the season started, and it has been borne out by his averages: 70 in DT and 103 in SC.

  42. browns13

    April 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Haha hey nooka, I’m home all day watching lectures because I’m so far behind, and thinking about dream team fo course haha. Why didn’t you trade a different backline rookie instead of proud? I’mt rading edwards for kenelly most likely because i doubt edwards will paly again whereas proud and L Hansen should play eventually. either way i really need to get soem depth into my backs. I really dont know who to start though, palmer is hard to ignore with those scores and against a team that apply no pressure?

    Who you putting captain? I’m looking at the chad but tempted by stanton cross and shaw.

  43. Nooka

    April 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Yea im not sure about a captain, i was thinking about Goodes, but im pretty sure he’l get tagged heavily, but he seems to rise up against WC.

    Yea i know what u mean about palmer, but dyson and the free flowing game against the dogs just seems to attractive

  44. browns13

    April 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    What about dropping tuck? Adelaide play pressure footy?

  45. Nooka

    April 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Thats interesting but tuck has been more consistent than palmer, even in the pre season

  46. Gregs

    April 11, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    A few folks have been talking about which young back to trade in… what about the rookie Wonaeamirri- only played 1 game so you have a week to get him, but picked up 60 in his first game and named again this week.

  47. rod

    April 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    tuck should be on the field if you have him as one of your rooks. Aurora is one of the top two stadiums for racking up DT points

  48. Jordox

    April 14, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    good call gregs, wonaeamirri looks like a class act and at a rookie price too.

    rod i left tuck in and it killed me, anyone know what’s happened to him, i heard it was a knee injury.

    i cant believe anyone would trade out j.brown unless he was injured. i mean its hard when u know his price is gonna fall but whoever up there said it dusnt matter what his price is, was spot on, he’s a gun and didnt he bounce back on the weekend!!!