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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.

Check out this video for info on how to convert your competition over to Lockdown.

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.

New to TheBench?

If you are new to TheBench, simply sign-up here, and follow the wizard to setup a new competition in either AFL or NRL. Invite your mates, run a quick online draft and you are ready to go. For new users, there is plenty of info here.

If you have already signed up to TheBench and want to create a brand new Lockdown competition, just go to your profile page (access from the dropdown menu at the top right) and choose “Create Competition” from the Games menu, scroll down to pick a Lockdown Game and follow the screens to get setup.

Summary of how it works

Once you have set up your competition, the rest works like this:

1. Draft a squad of players like normal but not just from this year, pick any player, past and present. Yep, all-stars, all your heroes can play!
2. Each round we nominate an era from the last decade. As a coach, you need to field your best team from your squad who can compete in that era.
3. The player’s performance and score will be recorded based on a specific round during that era. We will progressively feed stats in during the round.

Running a Draft

You can run your draft online as you would normally with TheBench. For a online draft there are a few different models for who picks when. For example, the Snake mode is the most popular where coaches pick in turn from first to last, then last to first and then repeating the pattern until all squads are full.

All the legends return!

Another popular model that we love is the Quick draft. You will be able to smash through your draft in around an hour with this mode. The Quick draft is super fun, it basically lets everyone draft simultaneously. Even 2 minutes (or so, you can set), the system opens up for everyone in your competition to draft one player. If you are not quick enough, you need to find another player who is available.

The only other difference you will notice in your draft will be that you can pick any player from the last decade.

AFL and NRL Variations

We are going to play two slight variations across NRL and AFL to test which works best, (and just in case we need to go again)!

For AFL we have 13 years worth of stats so can go back that far. You will need to pick a team to cover that whole range of years. Pick a team with legends from the past and legends from the present.

For NRL, we are going to pick a single year in the past to the ultimate in nostalgia. We will be following exclusively the year 2004, and oh what a year! Each week we will randomly load a round from 2004;

Season length

We are looking to run a 9 round competition, plus finals. That should let you play everyone in your competition once (assuming a 10 coach comp).

If everyone still has the wog a bit longer than that we will likely run another LockDown season. Fingers crossed we can get on with the real thing by then!

The rounds and scoring

All the legends return!

For AFL we will nominate an era for each round and post it on our Facebook page. An era may be from one, two years or maybe more concurrent years, eg. 2011, or 2010 to 2012. We will be using all years for which we have historic statistics on TheBench. For AFL we go back to 2007.

As mentioned above, for NRL we will locking it down to the legendary year of 2004.

As a coach, you will need to do your research to see which of your players performed well during that era and field them in your team. As the round closes, we will identify the year/season and a particular round and will progressively load the stats from that round, over the weekend. When the round closes, we will communicate the round on our Facebook page so you and your geographically challenged mates can find a copy of your favourite game and watch it together with an open HouseParty session running.

What this all means is you need to think hard during your draft, you will need to pick a squad that gives you good coverage across all years. If you field a player who didn’t play in that era or who had a week off, the system will treat it the same as a player who doesn’t play, that is they will score zero and they will rotate with your bench positions if available.

Every other aspect of the scoring will be the same as your normal experience on TheBench. You can continue to use your own custom scoring rules and the players will score based on the stats we load (from the year/round we pick).

We plan to make it easy for you with a simple button for your competition manager to click to create a LockDown competition from your existing setup.

Costs

We plan to charge a small fee of $5 per coach to play. This will help us keep the lights on while the real season is at a standstill. We figure it is not much more than a posh cup of coffee and we think everyone will get stacks more value from it.

Your input

We are still putting the final touches on things and would love your feedback and ideas. Jump on to our Facebook page here and let us know what you think.

On Monday we will launch and you will be able to start to set up your competitions. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details.

We will keep this page up to date with details.

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 experience and ensure the very best chances of success.

The online betting industry, particularly when it comes to real-world sports betting and online casino games, is built on the kinds of stats and odds that any fantasy league players need to understand. If you’re looking to fine-tune your analytical approach to Aussie Rules fantasy footy, here’s what the world of online betting can teach you.

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Sports Betting

Sports betting and fantasy footy are obvious brethren. Many of the biggest sports betting sites in Australia actually let you place bets on fantasy league games, meaning that they use a lot of the same metrics and probability measures that TheBench does.

To successfully place a bet on a fantasy sports league, you’ll need to take a look at the past performance of players, overall squad performance, recent transfers and more.

Moreover, betting on real-world Aussie Rules football can give fantasy league players a rich understanding of the factors that determine success within the sport. Fantasy leagues operate in a similar fashion to the AFL, where the strength of a squad and the overall odds you will receive for a wager will depend largely on the same stats and performance history metrics.

Even other Aussie sports betting like cricket and rugby will give you a strong understanding of how different stats are calculated in order to give you reliable odds on a team.

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Online Casinos

Branching out into the world of online casino gaming can also help inform your fantasy football strategy. The online casino industry is a competitive place that attracts seasoned players, players who tend to look out for certain deals and stats in order to decide which casinos to actually start placing bets with.

There are important metrics such as the Return-to-Player (RTP) stats, which give players a percentage figure that tells them how much money they are likely to get back with each wager over the long run. In addition, casinos offer a wide range of ways for players to analyze whether they are the right choice.

The latest list of new casinos in NZ from Bonus.net.nz shows prospective players the true value of each bonus offered by casinos, but contrasting the ‘cash’ value of the bonus with the estimated value of the free slot spins each casino offers to new players.

The ability to distinguish between stats such as these in order to determine the real potential or value of something is crucial for anybody wishing to do well as Aussie Rules fantasy footy, whether you’re betting or playing for yourself.

Online betting and casino sites are closely linked to fantasy sports sites in many ways. Players looking to get some inspiration and improve their understanding of fantasy footy should check out these sites to learn the true value of numbers when it comes to building a strategy to win.

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 succeed Cheika as Wallabies boss?


Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones is a Tasmanian native and has, of course, coached his home country before. That four-year stint lasted from 2001 to 2005 and included a Tri-Nations championship and back-to-back Bledisloe Cup triumphs.

Jones took Australia to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final where the Wallabies lost to England and Jonny Wilkinson’s famous drop goal. He has since coached Japan’s national team and took over the Red Rose at the end of 2015.

Consecutive Six Nations titles followed for England, who are the hot 4/5 outright favourites in the rugby union betting on the 2020 tournament with bet365. Jones is still tied to the RFU for another two years, however.

There are also believed to have been talks between Jones and English rugby chiefs about him staying on beyond his current deal that ends in 2021 – perhaps for the next Rugby World Cup in 2023. Australia face a fight on their hands to get their countryman back.

Yet rumours persist that the opportunity to take charge of the Wallabies again may be offered to him. Jones has spent so much of his coaching career in international rugby that it would foolish to discount a second spell.


Dave Rennie

Glasgow Warriors boss Dave Rennie is a highly regarded coach throughout the Pacific following stints with the Hurricanes, the All Blacks Under-20s and the Waikato Chiefs. He moved away from his native New Zealand for his current Scottish club job in 2017.

Rennie was also involved in regional setups within his homeland. The All Blacks are looking for a successor to long-serving but outgoing boss Steve Hansen. Any Australian interest in Rennie may depend on whether or not New Zealand want him as a replacement.

Comparisons have been made between this current situation and when the Wallabies brought Robbie Deans in as their first-ever Kiwi boss after he lost out on the All Blacks post to Graham Henry in 2007. If something similar happens here, then New Zealand’s loss could be Australia’s gain.


Scott Robertson

Another Kiwi candidate for the Wallabies could be Crusaders coach Scott Robertson. Part of the Christchurch club’s unbeaten 2002 campaign as a player, this former back-row forward spent several years with the Canterbury Rugby Union upon hanging up his boots.

A return to Crusaders was written in the stars, however, and – since taking up the role – Robertson has landed a hat-trick of Super Rugby titles. That winning mentality is what Australia need in their new boss.

Cheika leaves the Wallabies sixth in the world rugby rankings – only third best in the Southern Hemisphere behind global kings South Africa and the All Blacks. As Robertson has Australia’s Rugby Championship opposition well scouted from those recent Super Rugby successes, he brings plenty to the table.

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’t be in a stronger position in terms of leverage.

The Cats are certainly very keen on tying down the second-year professional, who is among the favourites in the race for the Brownlow Medal. Geelong proved their determination to keep Kelly last October when the midfielder requested to be traded home to Western Australia with West Coast, a request that was rejected by the Cats. With his contract coming to an end, though, the Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers are both expected to be making their own lucrative offers to the youngster.

It, therefore, came as little surprise when Cats list manager Stephen Wells confirmed the club have already made an offer to their standout star; reportedly a one-year deal with the option for a second season that would see his salary increase to a whopping $800,000 in 2020. While Kelly has made no secret over his desire to return west with his young family, the current form of the Cats will certainly be a factor behind the in-demand midfielder’s decision.

Sitting top of the AFL ladder after just one defeat in their opening 12 games, Geelong are firing on all cylinders and all their players look to be really enjoying their football, especially Kelly. Currently as short as 9/4 with the latest Aussie Rules betting odds to win this season’s Grand Final, ending the year with a premiership and Brownlow Medal may be enough to convince Kelly Geelong is where he needs to be at this point in his career. At 24, there is still plenty of time for the Perth native to return to WA later down the line.

Kelly has been a revelation since his arrival in Geelong, not missing an AFL game since being drafted and ending his rookie year by being named Best First-Year Player by his fellow professionals at the AFL Players’ Association Awards. This season, Kelly currently leads both the AFL Coaches’ Association Player of the Year award and Champion Data’s Brownlow predictor. This season, he’s kicked 10 goals, averaged 26.6 disposals and ranked among the league’s top 10 for clearances per game. In just his second year in the league, Kelly is on course to win the game’s most illustrious individual award.

Geelong Cats AFL Premiers 2009” (CC BY 2.0) by 

If it weren’t for his desire to return to WA, it’s hard to see a scenario where Kelly would want to leave this Geelong team. You only have to look at the midfielder’s face when he’s on the field this season to see a player really enjoying his work, which has then been evident by his brilliant performances.

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 Australian, with a suspected ACL problem, and fans are nervously awaiting further updates about their star defender.

Richmond collected 72 points last season, finishing top of the AFL ladder, and Rance played a significant part in their success. They begin this campaign as $5.00 joint-favourites to win the 2019 Grand Final, and after kicking the first six goals of the game against Carlton, their place at the top of the Aussie Rules betting odds look wholly justified. Tom Lynch was superb on his AFL debut for the club, and had an immediate impact on the side. There were some questions surrounding his fitness ahead of their opener, but he looked perfectly at home in the yellow and black strip. There were also debuts for Noah Balta and midfielder Maverick Weller, with the latter adding his name to the scoresheet late in the game.

Despite plenty of positives, the game was overshadowed by Alex Rance’s nasty-looking injury. The talented full-back left the field in the third quarter clutching his knee, and looked visibly upset to be playing no further part in the game. He landed awkwardly on his right leg, and the normally durable defender was attended to by the medical team shortly before being helped off the pitch.

Although it has yet to be confirmed, the early signs point towards an anterior cruciate ligament issue, which would see him miss a large chunk of the 2019 season. Richmond have plenty of strength in depth, but it would be a significant blow for the Tigers if their star man was unable to play any further part this calendar year.

Rance’s injury prompted a sea change in the game, with Richmond having all the run and all the play prior to the stoppage. However, despite this unlikely momentum shift, the Melbourne club managed to battle back and secure a hard-fought victory.

The defender told reporters after the game that “the initial signs don’t look too good,” yet the 29-year-old Perth-born star managed to remain philosophical and upbeat. He added: “I’m in a great team, and I don’t have too much to be sad about.”

Richmond have been reasonably lucky with injuries over the last couple of seasons, but Rance’s potential ACL issue is a huge blow to the club’s Grand Final hopes. They face a tough Collingwood outfit at the MCG on March 28th, and will almost certainly be without the services of Rance.

Supporters will be pleased to see their side get off to a winning start, but that victory could come at a significant cost. Andrew Rance is one of the most gifted defenders in the game, and he will be sorely missed if he’s forced to spend the remainder of the 2019 campaign on the sidelines.

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’t get over that final hurdle, losing in the grand final to the Eagles, their success breathed new life into a club that hadn’t reached that stage since 2011.

One of the key factors behind Collingwood’s achievements last season was star-forward Jordan De Goey. The 22-year old established himself as one of the best players in the league last season, kicking a career-high 48 goals from 21 appearances to lead his side’s goalscoring charts. De Goey also averaged an impressive 16.1 disposals, highlighting the power and agility that made him the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft. While it had been clear that De Goey was a real talent, last year showed just how important he is to this team.

A foot injury sustained during the back end of last year meant he started preseason on a modified schedule that saw him only return to full training in December after working his way back to fitness. De Goey’s comeback plans were dealt a blow, however, with the forward struck down by an illness that kept him out of Collingwood’s final training session of the year. The Pies were quick to come out to play down De Goey’s illness, though, insisting it wouldn’t have an impact on their star man’s plans to start the season for Collingwood.

For the Magpies, having De Goey fully fit and ready to go when the season gets underway is crucial to their hopes of getting off to a strong start. Currently priced at around 7/1 with the latest AFL betting odds, it’s clear to everyone that Collingwood are going to be one of the stronger teams this year. While they were heavily underrated and underestimated by opponents last season, it will be a very different story this time around. Head coach Nathan Buckley must take a lot of credit for Collingwood’s success in 2018, but he’ll be aware the pressure will be on his shoulders this time around.

De Goey, meanwhile, will be a man with a target on his back this season. Between the youngster Will Hoskin-Elliott, Josh Thomas and Jaidyn Stephenson, the team’s forwards contributed 166 goals between them last year – and it will be this forward line that will be tasked with scoring the goals that take the club to the finals. If they can replicate their prolific form this season, and the rest of the team can find the level of consistency they produced last year, this could end up being a truly memorable campaign for Collingwood.

The Final Push to Secure a Top-Eight Finish

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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?

Funnily enough, the Bulldogs are hitting their stride at the perfect part of the season. They once again sit in seventh and have won four out of their last five matches. In another positive boost for the club, star midfielder and defender Easton Wood has avoided the knife and won’t require surgery on his hamstring, with the club confident he will be ready for finals football if they can secure a top-eight spot. The Doggies don’t have the easiest run home, though, facing the Giants, Port Adelaide and Hawthorne. They will have to be at their best if they have any chance of making it in.

The Port Adelaide Power are still in the mix, sitting in fifth, but with such a bad record against the top teams so far this year, it’s hard to see them making much of an impact come September. They have a relatively easy run home, though, coming up against Collingwood, the Gold Coast and the Bulldogs. With only four points separating fifth to 11th place, they will feel they probably need to win all three games.

Source: Sydney Swans via Facebook

What a season it has been for the sensational Sydney Swans! After their worst start to a season in 24 years and becoming the first team to go 0-6 after being in a Grand Final the previous season, they have managed to turn it all around and are now bombarding their way into finals contention. They are currently in seventh place and the latest AFL tips currently have 100% confidence in them defeating Fremantle this weekend, proving how much of a dangerous side people think they are. They have to face the Crows the week after, though, and that will be their real test before what should be an easy win for them against the hapless Carlton Blues considering the Swan’s form.

Sitting four points behind these three teams in eighth is the Essendon Bombers. They have the daunting task of taking on the Crows in their next game and will be praying for other results to go their way if they can’t manage an upset. Fortunately for the Dons, their two last matches come against opposition that they will be quite confident of overcoming. Firstly, they meet the Gold Coast Suns, then finish up the year at home to the Freemantle Dockers.

The West Coast Eagles, Melbourne Demons and Saint Kilda also sit on 40 points. These teams all have a mathematical chance of finishing in the eight also and it’s going to be a spectacularly tight finish to what has already been an amazing year of footy.

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 first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game. Even though they were kept scoreless in the final quarter, they had done enough to secure the victory and give themselves some precious breathing space on top of the table. Adelaide is now the firm favourite, with the latest odds of 3.40 suggesting they will be the ones to lift the trophy in September.

Adelaide kicked five goals in the first quarter and their explosive football kept Geelong relatively quiet with the Cats only managing one goal. The Crows never really let them back into the game after that and it was always going to be a struggle to come back from the 22-point deficit at quarter-time.

They finished at half-time 29 points up and went into the third quarter leading by 37. The Cats put on a late charge inspired by Geelong veteran Harry Taylor in the final quarter, but unfortunately for the home fans, his three goals in five weren’t enough to snatch the points.

Rory Sloane was absolutely fantastic throughout the match. He kicked three goals, collected 27 disposals and laid seven tackles in an electrifying game. Considering he was heavily concussed just six days prior after receiving a heavy knock in Darwin against the Melbourne Demons, it was a remarkable performance. After a display like this from the powerful midfielder, it’s easy to see why his name gets mentioned when people start talking about the Brownlow Medal.

Richard Douglas was lethal in front of the sticks and finished the night with a career-high four goals and 20 disposals. Adelaide’s Sam Jacobs was also terrific, with his 32 hit-outs and 17 possessions providing Sloane with perfect service through the middle of the park. Hugh Greenwood, with 23 possessions, and the Crouch brothers all gave impressive displays, with Matt having 32 two touches and Brad 29.

There were some standouts for the Cats, though. Patrick Dangerfield had a prominent display, with 25 disposals, after recovering from a foot injury sustained last week, while Taylor almost rallied the troops for a comeback and kicked five goals overall.

The Crows are in prime position now for a top-two finish and a home final. They will be full of confidence going into their next match against the Collingwood Magpies, who have been struggling of late. The Cats will walk away and lick their wounds but will surely be ready by next week when they take on the Carlton Blues, in what coach Chris Scott will see as a must-win game.

Tigers Pushing for Top-Four Finish

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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 one behind. On the other hand, they were extremely wasteful in front of goal, taking only two goals and putting it wide for seven behinds.

Much to their supporters’ dismay, Richmond once again started to let Carlton back into the game during the third quarter. They did, however, manage to see out the rest of the game and seal the win. This came as a great relief to the players and the coach who were anticipating the final siren. As Tiger great Matthew Richardson said on 3AW: “It’s a good game if you like grinding games… I don’t.”

There were a few standouts for the boys in black and yellow with Jack Riewoldt kicking three goals and Dustin Martin grabbing 30 disposals. Kane Lambert and Shaun Grigg were equally as important, taking 26 disposals each.

The win, however, does see The Tigers cement their place in the top eight, bringing back the form that they enjoyed so much at the start of the season. This sees them take three wins out of their last four games and keeps them level on 32 points with the Sydney Swans, Melbourne Demons and Port Adelaide, who all recorded wins last weekend.

For their next fixture, the Tigers have the daunting task of heading to South Australia to take on Ken Hinkley’s Port. It’s a vital fixture for both, with Port at 73/100 and Richmond at 16/5 according to Oddschecker for a top-four finish, and that’s certainly something that will be on both coach’s minds.

Richmond will be hoping they can bring back the form that saw them start the season with five wins on the trot, and take points off some strong opposition. Port Adelaide will certainly be looking to put their stamp on this game having lost all four of their games against top-eight teams this season. It is shaping up to be a crucial match for both teams to keep up their momentum heading in to the second half of the season.

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 setup your finals to run 1 week earlier than the final 4 rounds, you need to first setup the following:

  1.  On your League Edit page (advanced tab), set the “First Finals Round” setting to the round that you will run your first final, ie. round 19.  This setting controls which rounds are considered when updating your ladder. The ladder positions at the end of the standard home and away season is used to determine the games in the finals so you don’t want it to change while the finals are being played, otherwise your finals will get buggered up.
  2. On your Competition Edit page, you need to set the “Finals Model” setting to”None/Custom”.  This will tell the system to no create the normal finals games automatically and instead hand the keys over to you to control.
  3. On the Fixutre page, you will find and “Edit Games” link under the list of games for each round.  By default, the system has probably creates a set of games in round 19.  Click the “Edit Games” link and delete all of the games, leaving it blank.

Now you just need to play the season as normal until the last round of your home and away season, ie. round 18, is complete.

With round 18 complete, you can now go to the Fixture page  and click “Edit” again for Round 19, to setup your finals games.

If there are any games still in Round 19, delete them (but you should have done that already in step 3).  Deleting the first will enable the link to the  “Game Builder Wizard”.  Click on the link and the system will open up a page to help you automatically create the finals games.

game builder wizard link

The wizard will give you two criteria to pick from:

Game Style: this is the style or format of the games that are to be created.  eg. to setup the games for round 1 or a finals series, choose “Finals Round 1”.  Similarly, next week for a second round of finals, you would choose “Finals Round 2”.

game builder criteria 1

Participating Clubs: this option lets you choose the number of clubs you want to be involved.  If you are running a finals series with the top 5 clubs in your 12 club competition for example, choose 5.

game builder criteria 2

The system will show you a preview of the proposed games on the right.  If you are happy with the games, just hit Save and the games will be locked in.  You can even then go back in to the Fixture edit page and tweek the games further or even add some extra games for the bottom rankers.

The Game Builder Wizard will always try to merge any existing games but we aware that the Game Builder Wizard will delete any games featuring the Clubs that it cares about.  You will see the warning on the screen if this happens.

Another thing to remember is that you need to wait for a round to complete (ie. all the real games have been played) before setting up the next round.  This is because for finals games, the Wizard will use the results from the previous round to determine who plays who in the next.

Other than that, you should be good to go.

Good luck!