Time for our Overachievers/Underachievers awards. Whilst this is meant to be a good thing, e.g. having done better than we think you should have, there are very few coaches at this level that don’t expect to challenge for honours so this can be thought of as us discounting the quality in the team.
Phil, Andy and Blanchy all chose Pine Hills and that’s not surprising as the Pythons maintained a spot in the top flight and kicked on to give Power a fright for the final finals spot down the back straight. Andy said, “Finished 7th after winning promotion last season and even managed to cope with a change of coach half way through the season.” To avoid unanimous decision I will chose Easts, as whilst their first choice squad at the start of the year looked worthy of a top 4 spot, Alan Hunter’s side coped very well despite injuries and the availability of players.
As for the underachievers, to me Pine Rivers had a much better team than the results they achieved. Whilst they had some solid performances (they drew and lost by an injury-time goal in 2 games against Rochedale), they even had a gift of 3 points and ended up a fair way off the pace. That being said, I also agree with the teams the others have flagged as Underachievers. Blanchy chose Brisbane City, and whilst no one was really beating the Azzurri drum in pre-season 2010 was season where the wheels appeared to fall off. Having a returning Tommy Willis and Bobby Hamilton should help restore City.
Phil picked out Terry Kirkham’s Peninsula Power, who came in throwing their weight around as defending champs. Having recruited heavily the Power seemed to not rest on their laurels bringing in players like Moon, MacNicol, Sam Young etc… The season ended up with a changing of the guard with the Brownlie’s departing. Power did everything they could to try and sure up the defence that leaked goals all season. In the end 6th was much lower that the pundits pre-season expectations with none of us thinking Power would finish outside the top 2.
Andy chose Olympic who finished 5th, but would have finished 2nd had it not been for the much-discussed team sheet error. I agree with Andy that given the strength of the squad I saw very few (if any) complete performances from Olympic be it under the guidance of Hamilton or his replacement Jim Bellas.
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