Monday, 6 February 2017

2017 PRESEASON DETAIL

Feb 17:

Time for an update.

In moving from 2016 to 2017, I have received 40 confirmed players re-entering the comp from the total 2016 pool of 43. Wonderful stuff team - love your work.

There are three cases where a player is currently not playing in 2017.
  1. During 2016, player StoatFooty ceased tipping and tweeting. I tried to make contact but to no avail, so that player was placed 'in recess' and out of competition. If you know of Stoat, or how to contact, please do. Hope he is well.
  2. In the changeover to 2017 and as part of the survey, player MattSlutzkin declined to continue. He has lots of exciting things on this year that will take up his time and he considers it best to step away for a season or too. Thanks MattS, good luck in your ventures and you will be welcomed back another year.
  3. I have no contact from player AFLTheory, which also seems to be a deleted account. His (?) blog also has been inactive for a while. I will place this team into recess if there is no contact before the Mar 1 deadline.

So with all the promotions and relegations listed below, and the above first two players dropping out, there needs to be changes to the Divisions.

Promotions and relegations were scheduled as below:
DIV 1
Down - Amul82 and MattS
Up - LucasG and Mercado

DIV 2
Down - Laurence and the Guru
Up - Swish and MoS

DIV 3
Out - JoshP and AndrewM
In - RankSW and TJMiller


With MattS pulling out, there becomes a vacancy in Division 2 which gets filled by un-relegating Laurence.
This then creates a vacancy in Division 3 along with the vacancy by the pre-season end withdrawal of the Guru. These two spots are filled by un-relegating JoshP and AndrewM

This in turn creates two more vacancies for Division 4. This was a 12 player division that was to be trimmed to 10. With two promotions and two vacancies, this means 4boat and the recessed Stoat don't fall down a division, but instead stay in D4. And the recessed Stoat place is filled by the Guru (as listed before, bumped to the lowest tier for leaving mid-season).

So we end up with 4 divisions of 10 players each.

And then there were new players either via invitation, or by asking of themselves, which are forming Division 5.
Joining at the back-end of 2016 was CapperTowers, and this year a raft of others as per the Division structure below. Currently there is 8 in that division, which I am happy to run with. 8 or 10 in that division will work fine.
This also makes a 48 player total pool, which is a good number for the Cup competition.

ROSTER 2017
DIV 1
@A_OKeefe
DIV 2
🔻@Amul82
DIV 3
@AFLTheory
@Clinton_V8@AndrewGigacz🔻@Andrewm_81
@Ethan_Meldrum@Carlo_Monty_AFL@ASpeedingCar
@LucasGarth@J_Foreigner@DemP_9
🏆@MarkDuffett@Kevs_View@hcdc93
🥇@SgtButane🔻@LaurenceRosen@Ichymochek
@Supermercado99@MatterOfStats🔻@JoshCPinn
@The_FMI@RFCRamble@RankingSW
@TheHolyBoot@SmokieDawson@RudiEdsall
@Wal13Freo@Swishtter@TJMillar1
DIV 4
🔻@4boat
DIV 5
🆕@Arwon8
@Diogenesbrown🆕@CapitalCityCody6
@DrMubutu🆕@CapperTowers1
@Harri_Chas_17🆕@FiguringFooty5
@HiReception🆕@OccAnalyst4
3@Lucrious🆕@Pearcey472
@NABFW🆕@plusSixOneBlog3IN RECESS
@PokemonHunter78🆕@TheArcFooty7@MattSlutzkin
@Sirocco1971@StoatFooty
🔻@TheTipsGuru

Of note in the above, the indicators remain the same as before, but there have been added more key data.
Firstly, the 3 next to Lucrious indicates that he finished as beaten Preliminary finalist in his division last year, and therefore in 3rd place. This is important because if AFLTheory does not return to play before March 1, then Lucrious will move up a division.

Secondly, the small numbers to the right of all the Division 5 players are the order of entry to the 2017 competition. If Luc moves up, then CapperT will be first in line to move to D 4 to fill that vacancy.
Which then creates a minimum 1 spot open in Div 5.

Trust all of this makes complete sense, because it took a lot for me to work through, and attempt to 'plain English' it for you.


Feb 6:

As the AFLW gets underway, we need to start thinking about who is in again, or out for the 2017 edition of the FMITL.
Current listed players from last season are as below, ranked in divisions.
   ⭐  Promoted players
   🔻  Relegated players.
   🆕  New players are listed
   🏆  Cup champion.
   ⚡  Lightning Premier.
   🥇  Division 1 title holder.

ROSTER 2017
DIV 1
@A_OKeefe
DIV 2
🔻@Amul82
DIV 3
@AFLTheory
@Clinton_V8@AndrewGigacz@ASpeedingCar
@Ethan_Meldrum@Carlo_Monty_AFL@DemP_9
@LucasGarth@J_Foreigner@hcdc93
🏆@MarkDuffett@Kevs_View@Ichymochek
🥇@SgtButane@MatterOfStats🔻@LaurenceRosen
@Supermercado99🔻@MattSlutzkin@RankingSW
@The_FMI@RFCRamble@RudiEdsall
@TheHolyBoot@SmokieDawson@TJMillar1
@Wal13Freo@Swishtter
DIV 4
🔻@Andrewm_81
DIV 5 #
🔻@4boat
@Diogenesbrown🆕@CapperTowers
@DrMubutu🆕@Pearcey47
@Harri_Chas_17🔻*@TheTipsGuru
@HiReception
🔻@JoshCPinn
@Lucrious
@NABFW
@PokemonHunter78
@Sirocco1971# Proposed

* Withdrew from D3 prior to season end, eligible to re-enter competition from D5


Any players who elect not to compete in season 2017 will change this structure, so under no circumstances are these divisions final.

Now what I want for all players is confirmation (via a the link here) of competing in 2017.
Upon confirmation or withdrawal, the above groups will be reorganised.
If there is minimal change to the roster and new players want in, there is a division 5 in the offing.

Of course, if you know others who want in, let them know, and they can enter via the same link, or via a tweet to @FMI_TL.

Your handy 'whats all this bollocks about' guide is on the ABOUT tab above or via that link in the bold text just then.


Please, please, please let me know ASAP as I need to get the divisions sorted, draws done and somehow organise the Cup schedule AND run a practice game for new players as well. 
And I cant do it after round 1.

In fact, deadline to confirm will be MARCH 1st.

Get to it. Let me know and share if you know someone who may want to tip.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

24. FINAL DECIDED

Apologies FMITL community. This post is usually a week late with all the detail around all the awards to be listed, but this year its later than normal. Mostly because of work and stuff.

It has been a big year of FMITL with 42 players playing the whole year, and with a few players leaving there were changes to be made.
That said its the biggest season yet, and I thank all returning players and newbies as well. Its fun when there is involvement from you lot.

Looking to next year, I will look to maintain about 40 slots again as it is a good size. But if more want to play then making 50 would be interesting as well.

And already being considered will be the introduction of more promotion/relegation chances at the end of next year. The current guaranteed one up/down plus a playoff is restricting.
Proposal is to go two up/down and a third for the playoffs.


Anyway - enough of next year, errmmm, next year.

So to this year.

REGULAR SEASON AWARDS

1. Minor Premiers


Last seasons Champion bobs up again this year to claim the Div 1 minor premiership.
@Footy_Maths

In Division 2, a consistent tipper over the last few years gets a title
@LucasGarth

Division 3 sees its favourite win by strength of maths.
@MatterOfStats

The new fully fledged Division 4 also delivered a math model based tipster to the top of its tree.
@TJMillar1


2. Wooden Spoon

Of course, for all leagues there are winners and losers. So we need to acknowledge those that tried, and will be better for the run next year. And this year we had all Spooners designated as guaranteed to relegation to the lower division (in theory, subject to players not withdrawing).

Matt's run in Div 1 is over after 2 seasons and he is scheduled to return back to Div 2 next year.
@MattSlutzkin

In div 3, former powerhouse tipster AndyM drops a spot down to division 4. Its a cruel competition.
@Andrewm_81

In Div 2, the guru pulled out, and with the Stoat stopping tweeting and tipping in D4, there was a need to trigger recesses, and also drop them to the spoon slots.
@TheTipsGuru

@StoatFooty



As mentioned before, there are side awards to the season as well, and these were played out in-season and during the post-season as well.


3. MAE Championship - The 'Lou Richards World of Sport Prize Pack'

For some players, this is the prime award they are after. Not about winning the head-to-head matches, but in tipping margins as accurately as possible.
D1@SgtButane29.0
D2@Supermercado9929.1
D3@AFLTheory30.3
D4@RankingSW27.9

4. Most Correct Tipped - The 'Mike Williamson Medal'

Simple rule here, if you tip correct regardless of margin you get a point.
Winners here all bested previous top scores in the category.
D1@SgtButane91
D2@Supermercado9988
D3@MatterOfStats89
D4@TJMillar190

5. Most in Bonus Window - The 'Daniher Bros Silver Squeegee'

Tipping winners is one thing, but getting close to correct is harder and what has helped the best rise to the top. The 2016 winners were.
D1@MarkDuffett13
D2@Supermercado9910
D3@Ichymochek10
D4@Harri_Chas_1712
D4@RankingSW12

6. Most Exact Margin Tip - The 'Plugger'

Getting the exact margin is of course the ultimate. Two bonus points and a MAE contribution of  0 the ultimate reward.
Kev sets a new benchmark in exacta's.
D1@Wal13Freo2
D2@Kevs_View5
D3@RudiEdsall3
D4@TJMillar12

7. Longest Tipping Streak - The 'Helen D'Amico'

Running together some good form of tipping also helps secure wins through the season. These players went on the longest of long winding runs.
D1@SgtButane17
D2@Supermercado9919
D3@ASpeedingCar18
D4@RankingSW18


POST SEASON AWARDS

After the regular home and away season, we entered the finals, for the top 5 of each division (top 4 for D4), and also the Lake Oval inspired Lightning Premiership for all non-finalists

1. Lightning Premiership - The 'Peter Landy Reperchage'

All non finalists together and a blow in testing his arm for next year played for this, and all you had to do was tip correct and be better at accuracy.
The full table of results is below, but it should be worth noting that the winner pinched it purely because the actual best score was ineligible... because the blow in testing his arm for next year actually scored the best.

The 2016 Lightning Premiership winner is:
@CapperTowers *23

ahem...
@Ichymochek21


The full table here shows how close it was for Ichymochek in his back to back Landy wins.
LIGHTNING PREMIERSHIP
STANDINGS
PLAYERPTSMAE
1@CapperTowers *2331.8
2@Ichymochek2133.2
3@NABFW2135.6
4@TheHolyBoot2138.1
5@HiReception2030.2
6@Sirocco19712034.7
7@MattSlutzkin2036.0
8@JoshCPinn1933.8
9@PokemonHunter781934.4
10@Andrewm_811833.9
11@Wal13Freo1835.9
12@Carlo_Monty_AFL1835.9
13@hcdc931837.2
14@RudiEdsall1840.0
15@4boat1737.4
16@AndrewGigacz1737.9
17@Amul821743.5
18@DrMubutu1540.0
19@Ethan_Meldrum1540.5
20@LaurenceRosen1436.1
21@RFCRamble1439.4


2. Division 4 Champions - "Mark Jackson Shield"

The first full Div 4 season played its full finals season and last years winner again rose to the top.
GRAND FINAL
@TJMillar14,@RankingSW2

So the winner of the Mark Jackson Shield is
@TJMillar1
Well done TJ!!


3. Division 3 Champions - "Allen Jakovich Trophy"

As known from Round 23, the Jako winner for 2016  is
@Swishtter

Swish wins it with a mean nearest the pin on their grand final match-up.
GRAND FINAL
@MatterOfStats2,@Swishtter2
25.625.4


4. Division 2 Champions - "Geoff Blethyn Plate"

The winner of the Blethyn Plate was also settled by mean nearest the pin.
GRAND FINAL
@LucasGarth2,@Supermercado992
25.227.4

Lucas finally gets promotion after two years where he went so close.
@LucasGarth


5. Division 1 Champions - "Percy Jones Cup"

A strong top of the table tipster all year kept the form up in the finals.
GRAND FINAL
@MarkDuffett1,@SgtButane6

A dominating final.
@SgtButane



6. Relegation and Promotion Matches

The FMITL season relegation/promotion head to head battles were played on Round 23.

Confirmed as promoted with TJMillar1 is RankingSW
D3 / D4 PROMOTION - RELEGATION BATTLE
@JoshCPinn1-@RankingSW3

Josh gets to move down to Div 4


MoS missed out on promotion via the grand final, but joins Swish via this battle.
D2 / D3 PROMOTION - RELEGATION BATTLE
@LaurenceRosen0-@MatterOfStats3

Laurence plays on in Div 3 next year.


Good mates Amul and Mercado were hoping to play in the same division, but instead swap places for next year.
D1 / D2 PROMOTION - RELEGATION BATTLE
@Amul821-@Supermercado992



So barring any withdrawals, the 2016 divisions are as below:
DIV 1
@A_OKeefe
DIV 2
@Amul82
DIV 3
@AFLTheory
DIV 4
@4boat
@Clinton_V8@AndrewGigacz@ASpeedingCar @Andrewm_81
@Ethan_Meldrum@Carlo_Monty_AFL@DemP_9@Diogenesbrown
@Footy_Maths@J_Foreigner@hcdc93@DrMubutu
@LucasGarth@Kevs_View@Ichymochek@Harri_Chas_17
@MarkDuffett@MatterOfStats@LaurenceRosen@HiReception
@SgtButane@MattSlutzkin@RankingSW@JoshCPinn
@Supermercado99@RFCRamble@RudiEdsall@Lucrious
@TheHolyBoot@SmokieDawson@TJMillar1@NABFW
@Wal13Freo@Swishtter@PokemonHunter78
@Sirocco1971
To be sorted is the recessing of Stoat and the Guru, who should return via div 4, which means there is a slot for div 3 in the offing.
Also, CapperTowers may fill a div 4 entry spot as well.

All that - can wait until next year


FMICL CUP SEASON FINALE


Round 23 also saw the climax of the season long FMICL Knockout Cup. All 42 players from Divs 1 to 4 were involved with the final between Swish and MarkD.

But before heading to the Cup Final result...

1. The FMITL Cup Golden Boot.

In a FIFA-esque series as it is, its only appropriate we follow another FIFA type ruling and issue a Golden Boot for the highest scorer in the Cup.
This year it goes to three players who scored 12 points along the journey.
@Ethan_Meldrum12
@MarkDuffett12
@Diogenesbrown12


2. The FMITL Cup Winner

This years FMICL @BarassiLine Cup was played out during Round 23 between
BARASSILINE CUP
Final
23
@DiogenesBrown
@MarkDuffett


Games tipped and results were:
RMHOMEAWAYSCORERESDiogMark
23
1(+) Hawthorn v Collingwood (-)11211112335
2(+) St Kilda v Brisbane Lions (-)161103584161
3(+) North Melbourne v GWS (-)63100-37-16-17

This made the scoreline as
@DiogenesBrown1
@MarkDuffett3

So the BarassiLine Cup winner is 
@MarkDuffett
Well played Mark.