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TheBench Lockdown

: Draft based fantasy sport…in a lockdown! We think we have cracked it! A way to continue to play fantasy footy while our beloved footy players are off flattening the curve. We are calling it TheBench Lockdown and we have just launched for NRL and AFL! We are the only Australian Fantasy Sports platform running during the COVID-19 crisis (at least that we know about!) To play, you can just set-up your private competition as you normally would do with your now “socially distanced” mates, choosing either AFL Lockdown or NRL Lockdown as the sports code. If you had already set you a 2020 season competition, we have built a handy tool to convert your competition over to LockDown. Your 2020 season competition will remain untouched so we get (hopefully) get that running again soon. Check out our video for info on how to convert your competition over to Lockdown. Ne...

What Can Online Betting Teach Us About Aussie Rules Fantasy Footy?

: Whether you’re new to Aussie Rules fantasy footy or a long-time player, it’s no secret that an ability to analyze the numbers is key to putting together a winning strategy for your team. A masterful understanding of all of the necessary stats, figures, and trends in your league is vital if you want to come out on top. That’s why it helps to look at the information and resources available to you that can help you get a better grasp of how to get the most value out of your footy ...

Who Could Succeed Michael Cheika as Wallabies Head Coach?

: “Michael Cheika” (CC BY 2.0) by www.davidmolloyphotography.com Australia are looking for a new national rugby union head coach after Michael Cheika stood down following the Wallabies’ quarter-final exit from the Rugby World Cup in Japan. They had previously gone two rounds further four years ago when runners-up to neighbours and rivals New Zealand. This feels like a watershed moment for rugby union in Australia, so who are some of the rumoured candidates to ...

Geelong Star Kelly Set for Bumper Pay Rise

: It’s been quite an incredible season for Geelong, currently sitting atop the AFL ladder after a sensational campaign so far. One of the stars of this Cats side this season has been youngster Tim Kelly. In a team packed with players competing at the very top of their game, Kelly has stood out and proved just why so many AFL teams are monitoring the 24-year old’s situation at Geelong so closely. Nearing the end of the contract he signed when he was drafted 24th in 2017, Kelly couldn...

Richmond Tigers Opening Victory Overshadowed by Rance’s Suspected ACL

: The 2019 ACL season got underway on March 21st with an entertaining clash at the MCG in front of 85,000 spectators, where Richmond Tigers got their campaign off to a fantastic start with a 97-64 victory over Carlton Blues. The Yellow Blacks had to dig deep throughout the fourth quarter in order to fend off a potential Carlton comeback, but their victory was overshadowed by the sight of Alex Rance leaving the field in agony. The early prognosis doesn’t look good for the five-time all Aus...

De Goey on target for hotly tipped Collingwood

: On the back of a sensational, if surprising, season, Collingwood are heading into the new year being tipped by many to be one of the front runners in 2019. Having finished outside the top-10 for four seasons in a row, it came as something of an upset that the Magpies ended the regular season third in the AFL ladder. Collingwood weren’t finished there, however, recovering from a defeat to West Coast in the opening round of the finals and going on to reach the grand final. While they couldn&...

The Final Push to Secure a Top-Eight Finish

: The season is drawing to a close and we’re starting to get a real good look at who the serious contenders are to take the flag. No one can deny how strong the Adelaide Crows are looking and even the GWS Giants. However, as we saw last year when the Western Bulldogs came in seventh and won the premiership, you can never write off the teams that finish a little bit further down the ladder. So, who are the major dark horses that could upset the frontrunners in this season’s playoffs? Fu...

Sloane Leads the Crows to Victory in Top-of-the-Table Clash

: On Friday night, AFL fans witnessed the much-anticipated game between the Adelaide Crows and the Geelong Cats. The Melbourne club had become a ‘bogey’ team for the Crows in recent times and the boys from South Australia were looking to break a five-game losing streak against them. The Crows 13.13 (91) defeated Geelong 10.10 (70) and maintained their grip at the top of the ladder. Adelaide came out all guns blazing and dominated the match from the get-go. Their dominant performance in the fi...

Tigers Pushing for Top-Four Finish

: Source: Richmond FC via Facebook Richmond Tigers have continued to get their season back on track as they defeated the Carlton Blues at the MCG in front of 64,448 fans. In what should have been a relatively easy affair for the Tigers, they definitely didn’t do themselves any favours with their opening play and went in to the first break trailing by four points. Richmond had a much better showing defensively in the second quarter, limiting Carlton to no goals and finding themselves just on...

Customise your finals, Part 2

: OK, so you have read up on our previous article about customising your finals here and have decided to give it a go.  Lets say you want to run your finals series one week earlier than the standard final 4 rounds, for clarity, lets call that ‘Round 19’. But who can be shagged with manually calculating who plays who and manually keying in all those games…?  Well not us, and we assume not you either so we have built a tool to help called the “Game Builder Wizard”. To...

Nathan Buck-leave?

:   Should he stay or should he (Buck)leave? The question on many Pies supporters minds along with many other fans, pundits and AFL enthusiasts. So lets look at some stats… Buckley took charge of the Pies in 2012 having spent two seasons under Malthouse. In the 2010 and 2011 season they finished top of the ladder and won a flag as well. A good grounding perhaps… But since then, with Buckley in sole charge, they have fallen fallen fallen. League positions since have been 4th, 6th, ...

The (Potential) Game of the Week – Round 2

: The POMs (Potential) . Round One done and we dance along to Round Two… There were some crackers in that opening round including the demolition of the Pies, the smashing of Freo, the squeaky bum win by the D’s and the wonderful win by the Cats with one Mr Patrick Dangerfield performing rather well (imagine when he kicks straight as well!) All sets us up for an intriguing Round Two…. Now, we all know that the reigning Premiers (whoever they are) tend to start a little slower the ...

Beware the Bombers

: As has been well documented, more than once, the once glorious bombers, previously known for flying up, up have hit a wee snag this year.  Thirty-four players of their 2012 team have had to take their metaphorical medicine (bad pun I know!) and sit on the side-lines for the 2016 season.  Some of the players no-longer play or now play for other AFL teams.  The key point being… DON’T PICK THEM! Of those still playing, here is a list of the banned players to avoid for 2016: Angus Mon...

The (Potential) Game of the Week : Round One….

: The POMs (Potential) . With the new season kicking off shortly there are a number of fans who have heightened anticipation around their teams chances. Expectation, hope and plain delusion lead to thoughts of: – Can we make top 8? – Can we make Top 4? – Can we be minor premier champions? – And can we go all the way? For one clubs set of fans, theirs is a more pressing question. Can we avoid the wooden spoon and can we even win a game?!?! Usually reserved for the like of Me...

Top 5 Forwards for Round One

:   Top 5 Forwards for Round One only. But who makes the list? Most banter over a beer would reel off a couple of names straight away… Kennedy, Franklin, Gunston…. But lets look at the stats… And importantly, which stats to look at? 2015 – Top Goal Kickers Obviously a quick glance at the last years top goal kickers gives an indication: 1 Joshua Kennedy (West Coast)            80 2 Eddie Betts (Adelaide)                         63 2 Jeremy Cameron (GWS...

The Premiership Wager

: We have just launched a brand new feature on the bench called the Premiership Wager.     The Premiership Wager lets you put a bet on the outcome of your season long fantasy Competition.  All of the coaches submit their wager through the site which forms your competitions prize pool.  At the end of the season, the winner of the Competition will get their prize paid straight into their betting account. As a Competition Manager, you have probably been doing this yourself and so would kn...

A Crafty Draft (by the POM)

: An obvious question is what makes a great team. An obvious question that is difficult to answer… To make it even more complicated take a game that is not played on the world stage, that you didn’t grow up watching or playing and that you have only really seen live at the ground about five times… Though one of those was a Grand Final… and it makes even damn harder to put out a Bench team. (BTW I am still not sure why it has to be a called GRAND Final… surely The Fina...

Preparing your Competition for a new Season

: Further report. Criminal case found near railroad between Testprepwell 38th and 11th Street. Homicide. Completed. Criminal police, forensics, ambulance and emergency medical Finished. Received, 5885. Caught the suspect yet Finished. No suspects found. 5885, finished. Shakes looked at the finger, that root was cut off the bones exposed bones finger. She looked at the glittering diamond ring, those eyes, and that twisted mouth Europe, that horrible mouth. Thriller spread Testprepwell throughout he...

Nailing your draft

: So you want to win The Bench? It all comes down to one thing: Nailing the draft.  Get that right and you’ll sail through the season, stuff it up and you’re headed for the wooden spoon.  This guide will run through a solid preparation strategy.  We play the standard rules with 3 mids, 3 forwards, 1 ruck & 1 tackler on the field plus an emergency.  Our squad size is 20, so I’ll base the article on that, if your rules are different you’ll need to adjust for that. Here’s what you n...

Draft position and finals

: Some interesting stats from Chris (one of our veteran Commissioners). Draft Seat Titles – getting No 1, 9 or 10 are historically the better seats. Seat 2 is the worst. In fact in 35 season (across a few grades) only 1 title has been won from seat 2. Draft Seat for Wooden Spoons – There have been 6 wooden spoons for draft seat 2, 5 for seat 8. Draft Seat for getting a finals birth – 1, 6 and 7 are the best. 4, 5 and 8 the worst. Once in the finals – winning the minor premi...