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Announcing the Sharksworld Currie Cup Fantasy League


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup on 6 Jun 2008 at 23:50
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Guys, I couldn’t find a site running a Currie Cup Fantasy League competition, so I did what any half-competent web-site administrator would do; I decided to create my own.

So, a few general points. Obviously, this is a brand new competition format, so let’s consider this year’s Currie Cup as an “extended beta test”, to borrow a phrase from my day job. We’ll use the rules as laid out below for the duration of this season, then discuss how we can tweak the format for next year’s Super 14.

So, I wanted it to be simple. Low maintenance, both for those playing and (more importantly) for those administering it. In time, I will build all the groovy web pages to make it all work automatically, but for the first few weeks, there will be some manual steps involved. Here’s how it’s going to work:

You pick a squad of 26 players. Simple as that. Those 26 guys will see you right through the Currie Cup, so it’s pretty important that you get your initial selections spot on. Unlike other fantasy leagues, there won’t be much emphasis on chopping and changing your team as the season progresses – far too much admin involved. The idea is, pick a big squad initially and put a lot of thought into it, then sit back and see how your charges do over the course of the season. If a guy is out injured, that’s unfortunately just too bad. It’s going to happen to everyone in the competition at one stage or another. Likewise, if guys drop out to join the Boks, they won’t score you any points. Guys currently with the Boks may come back into the Currie Cup at some stage, meaning less game time for their understudies. All of these are factors to take into account when picking your 26.

So, we’ll allow a fair bit of flexibility in terms of the squad you choose. We will divide players into the following categories:

  • Props (max 4 per squad)
  • Hookers (max 3 per squad)
  • Other Forwards (max 8 per squad)
  • Halfbacks (max 4 per squad)
  • Centres (max 4 per squad)
  • Outside Backs (max 5 per squad)

Adhering to these maximum numbers will force you to pick a reasonably balanced squad, without being too prescriptive. You can have at most 13 backs, or at most 15 forwards, depending on what sort of team you’d like to have.

Now, points are awarded, each week, as follows:

Player is named in the matchday 22 1 point
Player is on the winning side 1 point
Player is in a team that draws 0.5 points
Prop scores a try 1.5 points
Any other forward scores a try 1 point
Halfback or centre scores a try 1 point
Outisde back scores a try 0.75 point
Backline player kicks a penalty, conversion or drop goal 0.5 points
Forward kicks a penalty, conversion or drop goal 0.75 points
Player is yellow carded -2 points
Player is red carded -5 points
Player is captain of a winning team 2 points
Player scores a hat-trick of tries 3 points
Player converts 7 (or more) kicks at goal 3 points

In addition to that, we’ll have a number of bonus points that can be gained in any round, as follows:

For every four tries scored by your side in one round 1 point
Highest total score for the round 5 points

This will obviously only cover the Currie Cup Premier Division, so only players that represent one of the 8 unions playing in that competition are likely to score you any points. I have put up an initial list of players, along with their allocated positions here. Use that as a starting point, if you like, but you can pick players who aren’t on that list as long as you get them in the right position.

To enter, please send me an email containing your Sharksworld username and your 26 players. Send this to [email protected] and please send it from the email address we have on record here, just so I can be sure nobody is trying to do anything dodgy (not that any of you guys would). Once I receive your squad, I will assess it’s composition and come back to you in case you need to make any changes in line with the rules. This process will continue until the round 1 lock down, which will be at noon on Friday 20 June.

Entries will still be open after that point, for anyone who comes in late. We’ll assign a default score of 20 points per round to any late entrants, per round they have missed and do a hard cut-off after 5 rounds, or so.

So, that’s it! Hope you’re all keen to join in. Get those teams mailed in.



79 Comments

  • This is gonna be a cracker!

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.08 00:31:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • This sounds good.

    You will have my teams ASAP.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.08 06:07:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good stuff… unfortunately I’ll be on the road for this and any of the other FL’s… bummer!

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.08 07:09:56 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Morning!

    NZ Maori 3
    Tonga 3
    after 35min

    Epi Taione has still not recovered from his dropsies since the S14 semi! :shake:

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.08 07:20:32 by JT Reply

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  • We aren’t getting this live here in Aus unfortunately… must be brutal?

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.08 07:26:39 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • NZ Maori 13
    Tonga 6
    20min to go

    Maori making loads of mistakes and Tonga giving it their all… BTW Marks is the ref so anything is possible ;-)

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.08 08:02:31 by JT Reply

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  • NZ Maori 13
    Tonga 9
    15min to go
    Epi doos Taione gets a yellow! Tongas 2nd yellow in the game

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.08 08:07:32 by JT Reply

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  • NZ Maori 20
    Tonga 9
    5min to go

    Tonga could have won this game but their disciplin and fitness let them down :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.08 08:15:54 by JT Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 3) : That’s the beauty. Once you’ve picked your squad, you don’t have to do anything else. Ever

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.08 08:40:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ahhhh… I’ll give it another read cheers…

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.06.08 08:48:57 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 10) : I know how much maintenance it takes to run a standard fantasy league team. It’s ridiculous

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.06.08 09:01:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sounds good rob. No limit on the number of players you can pick from one team then?

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.06.08 10:23:03 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 12) : nope. No player limits, no budgets… just good planning. No point in picking 26 guys from the same team, right?

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.06.08 10:24:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob, what about the Man of the Match, how about 5 points to the M of M?

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.06.08 11:14:44 by hellbent Reply

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  • Its a spiFF idea

    How about adding a coach with points for win, bonus points for winning with more than 20 points and negative points for lOOsing?

    It will give options to add maybe strategy options later on – as your BigredO/ mySQl simulator starts hOOking up with veruscoStats, I presume

    Once simulation has started- you can add some forecasting along S’Bru lines for additional points- it will however complicate the management of the team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.06.08 11:30:30 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • This should be good.
    Hardest thing will be to decide from which email address I submit my team.

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.06.08 11:37:17 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 15) : OO…. I want to keep it simple for now, but your ideas are awesome. Maybe as we fine tune it during the course of this season, we can plan to incorporate more ideas like that.

    HB – the MOM idea is a good idea

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.06.08 11:41:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • How about we add the following:

    3 points for man of the match
    2 extra points for captain of a winning team
    3 points for a hat trick of tries to a single player in a single game
    3 points for a player who converts 7 or more kicks at goal in a single game

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.06.08 19:02:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • HB, just thought of something. Do they always announce a man of the match? I don’t think so

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.06.08 19:04:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 19) :

    could also maybe be an issue if you look at this weekend.
    365 say Juan Smith was MOTM, Superrugby says nothing, we all believe it was Butch.

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.06.08 19:15:49 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : Just brought that up on the other thread. Ok, I think it’s safest to leave out the man of the match points. The other 3 okay?

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.06.08 19:23:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • yeah others look good.

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.06.08 19:29:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • How about an extra sweet bonus for the top try scorer and top points scorer at the end of the round robin?

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.06.08 19:47:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • One for the Epi fan club :lol:

    Controversial Tongan player Epi Taione will appear before an International Rugby Board (IRB) judicial officer on Sunday, after being cited for a dangerous tackle in the Pacific Nations Cup match between New Zealand Maori and Tonga at North Harbour Stadium in Albany on Saturday. :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 08.06.08 09:51:23 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 24) : Was Strooli drunk when he signed this guy?

  • Comment 25, posted at 08.06.08 10:02:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Epi needs help of the psychological variety. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 08.06.08 10:37:34 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Player is named in the matchday 22: 1 point……geez

    Nice one rob, although i suspect you want to get this running sans to much admin or i suspect you will hear the howls of impatience.

    As the Aussies are want to say…go you good thing

  • Comment 27, posted at 08.06.08 11:51:36 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 27) : There is just no way I can manage to collect as many stats as they do in the TestRugby competition, dude… I just don’t have that much time, or even access to all of the games. Remember, that not all CC games are televised.

  • Comment 28, posted at 08.06.08 12:10:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • Very good idea Rob and reasonable criteria considering the statistical limitations of the Currie Cup data and the variables with the player changes with the Bok team.

  • Comment 29, posted at 09.06.08 11:42:09 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 29) : So I take it you’ll enter? ;)

  • Comment 30, posted at 09.06.08 12:13:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • reason I ask is that I’m doing a farkload of Java coding that I could avoid if nobody wants to play ;)

  • Comment 31, posted at 09.06.08 12:14:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 31) :

    As long as you have nice toys and your mommy bakes a nice cake, I always want to play at your house….

  • Comment 32, posted at 09.06.08 12:19:42 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Luckily we are are playing in the pOOl- not the sandbox!

    :twisted:

  • Comment 33, posted at 09.06.08 12:22:40 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 32) : you just like my mommy… admit it! ;)

    @Oranje Orakel (Comment 33) : it is going to be very much a sandbox! Experimental, in other words.

    Dude, please go have a look at the player list and tell me if there’s anyone from your neck of the woods that I’ve left out?

  • Comment 34, posted at 09.06.08 12:26:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • I believe Darron nell is off to Europe- Nicky Steyn might get a chance

    Also some okes might be bloembound from Europe. Will let you know as soon as I know!

  • Comment 35, posted at 09.06.08 12:38:11 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 35) : Nicky Steyn! PR would have a cadenza if I left him out!

  • Comment 36, posted at 09.06.08 12:39:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ashley Johnson
    Jonathan Mokoena

  • Comment 37, posted at 09.06.08 12:46:03 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • both loose forwards, right?

  • Comment 38, posted at 09.06.08 13:12:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • yip

  • Comment 39, posted at 09.06.08 13:16:24 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • @Oranje Orakel (Comment 39) : sweet. The list on the page is currently static. Once I have the players correctly loaded into the database, I’ll change it to do a query. Then you’ll see the changes.

  • Comment 40, posted at 09.06.08 13:26:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • anybody online??

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.06.08 10:11:02 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • why hasnt the smitty issue been announced ??

    this is taking far l;onger then published ???

    does it mean it isnt a done deal at all ???

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.06.08 10:11:47 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @sharks_lover (Comment 42) : chill. I believe it is confirmed. Adolf is just taking his time

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.06.08 10:30:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • Check this out:
    http://www.news24.com/News24/Sport/Rugby/0,,2-9-838_2339577,00.html

    I might even think about picking him for my “fantasy team” I’m sure he’d score a couple.

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.06.08 17:04:34 by molly Reply
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  • Money, money, money……..yeeuch.

  • Comment 45, posted at 12.06.08 17:24:40 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 44) : why not?

  • Comment 46, posted at 12.06.08 17:39:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 44) : I have added him… unfortunately, since he wants to be a fullback, his tries will only count .75

  • Comment 47, posted at 12.06.08 17:46:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Great job Rob – its really impressive that you put this together yourself.

  • Comment 48, posted at 12.06.08 23:18:56 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 48) : the proof of the pudding is in the eating, young man. We’ll see how everyone feels about it once it’s over.

  • Comment 49, posted at 12.06.08 23:22:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m sure they will be well-sated Don Roberto.

    Really great job.

  • Comment 50, posted at 12.06.08 23:29:33 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 50) : merci, mon ami

  • Comment 51, posted at 12.06.08 23:31:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • So are we allowed to pick ANY player?

    Can we pick Boks as well if we feel they may play.

  • Comment 52, posted at 12.06.08 23:40:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 52) : pick anyone you like. You can even pick players in the French Top 14 if you like ;)

  • Comment 53, posted at 12.06.08 23:42:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 53) :

    :lol:

  • Comment 54, posted at 12.06.08 23:51:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 54) : it might costed you some points, though :)

  • Comment 55, posted at 13.06.08 00:23:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • My team is in.

    GO Sandsharks!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 56, posted at 13.06.08 01:41:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Ok The Country Couzins are selected and send in

    Roll on DomestiCCtiFF 2008!

  • Comment 57, posted at 19.06.08 10:47:07 by Oranje Orakel Reply

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  • 31 entries so far… hie komma ding!

  • Comment 58, posted at 19.06.08 11:05:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can I still make changes? I see Loffie isn’t playing Strydom so I need to pick someone else

  • Comment 59, posted at 19.06.08 11:25:16 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @molly (Comment 44) : Maybe Nick Mullet will use him at No.10 in Italy’s WC squad.

  • Comment 60, posted at 19.06.08 11:31:12 by Ragged Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 58) : saam wie skut jy daar innie engeland?

  • Comment 61, posted at 19.06.08 11:40:47 by PJLD Reply
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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 59) : send me an email with a replacement

  • Comment 62, posted at 19.06.08 11:40:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 62) :

    Thanks, I jumped at the opportunity and made 3 changes

  • Comment 63, posted at 19.06.08 11:48:56 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 63) : shhhh…. try not to set a precendent!

  • Comment 64, posted at 19.06.08 12:00:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m in and the CoffeeshopBok dream team ROCKS !!!

    Look out :twisted:

  • Comment 65, posted at 19.06.08 21:09:48 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 65) : Yeeha

  • Comment 66, posted at 19.06.08 21:12:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 65) : Try again, please :-)

  • Comment 67, posted at 19.06.08 21:20:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 67) :

    I really think it would be easier to make the number of players allowed 28 :wink:

  • Comment 68, posted at 19.06.08 21:28:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 68) : Don’t even go there!

  • Comment 69, posted at 19.06.08 21:30:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Can I see how our fantasy teams are doing yet?

  • Comment 70, posted at 22.06.08 08:04:47 by flop Reply

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  • @flop (Comment 70) : You can and you’ll be happy to know you’re in the lead! Just click on the ‘Fantasy League’ link in the menu on the left

  • Comment 71, posted at 22.06.08 08:12:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • Awesome, thanks robdylan. Many weeks left though.

  • Comment 72, posted at 22.06.08 08:23:51 by flop Reply

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  • @flop (Comment 72) : still, good start… hope you (and the mrs) can keep it up.

    Conrad Burke looks to have been an inspired choice

  • Comment 73, posted at 22.06.08 08:45:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • Some interesting teams in amongst there… jeez Rob how are you tallying and imputing all these scores?

  • Comment 74, posted at 22.06.08 11:58:01 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 74) : I have designed it to be low maintenance. I only need about 5 stats on each player, all of which I can get from the match reports

  • Comment 75, posted at 22.06.08 12:15:55 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 75) :

    What does your missus think about the low maintenance…lol!

  • Comment 76, posted at 22.06.08 12:20:37 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 76) : I believe in my right to invoke the fifth amendment! :-)

  • Comment 77, posted at 22.06.08 12:48:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • when is the FL for the CC 2009 start, i havnt played it before so i dont wana rush with my selections :mrgreen:

  • Comment 78, posted at 21.05.09 19:23:47 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 78) : not for a long time :-)

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