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Predict the top 8 ( 2021) + Spooner

SeaEagleRock8

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These are my Spoon contenders. To come last in NRL

Dogs – Yeah nah. They will try hard and have a couple of new troops. Barrett has never won the spoon

Broncos – current spoon holders, but commercial reality dictates they need to rise, so (miraculously) that will transpire.

Cows – a distinct possibility, despite having arguably the best player in the comp. Untried coach, still with JT hangover and hamstrung by having Morgan who did great but can’t do it any more

Knights – let’s see - the coach is a drunk (allegedly, apparently denied); they have Mitchell Pearce (lol); and a spoilt wonderboy (KP), so certainly a spoon is possible

Wests/Tigers (sorry not sure of correct grammar of their conglomerate nomenclature) – never make the 8 so logically always a chance for the spoon but always have a lot of decent talent such as Tedesco, Addo-Carr, Papenhuyzen, Tapau, Sironen, Aloiai, Moses, Suli, Woods, plenty of talent to avoid a spoon but not by much. Madge is a former coach in waiting.

St Merge – aha! A coach who has insulted indigenous players, lost the club’s best player McInnes and most talented player Frizell, still is stuck with Hunt and Norman, this is starting to look promising. Oh yeah, made a play for Folau, lol. And have the most dysfunctional club management in the NRL. That’s right, even worse than Manly and Parramatta.

Settled: wooden spooners will be St Merge (or whatever they are called), and it couldn’t happen to a better, er, entity. Lol

Ooh, hang on, I forgot one - Sharks! Stacked with has-beens, and a coach who, despite being a great bloke, has the stench of death about him in terms of being an NRL coach.



Wow, it’s going to be close. Saints. Shark. Saints. Sharks.

Stuff it, I will select the Knights, what a sorry bunch, and that part of the country deserves so much better. Knights for wooden spoon, Mitchell Pearce and the dog-boy wedding crashers to take out the title of least credible NRL side in 2021.
 

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How long did this little exercise take @AlxFromNthNarra
Took <hour in my lunch to set up and think about, and the card-dealing took ~5mins per round.

It seems crazy detailed I know, but its not trsut me :D

Admittedly I'm a bit of an excel wiz and set this up in next to no time, and wrote some handy equations that made this much easier than it appears.

I did this in less than 1 afternoon lol.

Yes, i'm a bit of a nerd sometimes, but it's often worth it!!
 

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Flanno says....


Former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has deliver one of the more surprising top-eight predictions for the 2021 season, with last year’s wooden spooners Brisbane set to creep into finals qualification.

Despite a horrid campaign both on and off the field, Flanagan has tipped the men from Red Hill to vastly improve on their 2020 campaign with a return to finals under new coach Kevin Walters.

Flanagan also believes Manly will return to the top-eight this year, claiming a respectable sixth-placed finish thanks to the highly-anticipated return of Origin star Tom Trbojevic.

The Cronulla premiership coach has tipped Melbourne for the minor premiership, just ahead of fellow 2020 grand finalists Penrith, with the Roosters, Rabbitohs, Raiders and Sharks rounding out the remainder of the top-eight.


“I have a sneaking suspicion Manly are going to do something this year,” he added.

“Des (Hasler) has been really quiet and I know Tommy (Trbojevic) is coming back … they’re going to be hard to beat.


“And I think the Sharks and the Broncos will be fighting out for the seventh and eighth spots.”
 

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Early betting market on the spoon is

Dogs $4.50
Merge $5.00
Donkeys $5.00
Tigpies $6.00

I'm liking the Dragqueens to take the honour
 

Mark from Brisbane

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Early betting market on the spoon is

Dogs $4.50
Merge $5.00
Donkeys $5.00
Tigpies $6.00

I'm liking the Dragqueens to take the honour

Yeah I think they’ll be the spooners , which is great news for us as we might finally beat them for once!!
 

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Anyone wanna change their prediction in light of all things innocuous?

I find your continuous, unambiguous and impetuous mentioning of innocuous somewhat strenuous, contemptuous, disingenuous, assiduous and superfluous ....
 
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Luckily spoons are kept in the kitchen and not the slippery bathroom

I rarely have a bet. I did two days ago as I had some money in TAB from last Melbourne Cup day, so before the start of the season I took Manly for GF, top 4 and top 8.

So it's my fault that Turbo slipped in the bathroom! Sorry!
 

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Depending on the length of time we are without Turbo, I'd say we have slipped from a Top 6 team to a 9-12 team, sadly.
 
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Mark from Brisbane

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One of the reasons I was holding off on my picks.

Reckon we’ve gone from 6th to 10th just like that!’

We’ll be 0/4 and that’s hard to come back from , especially as I reckon “ round 4” is really “ round 10”
 

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I find your continuous, unambiguous and impetuous mentioning of innocuous somewhat strenuous, contemptuous, disingenuous, assiduous and superfluous ....

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Well , given the circumstances of this week I’m far less confident of Manly being in the finals but on a wing and prayer I’ll put them at 8.

South’s
Penrith
Raiders
Storm
Squeals
Rorters
Titans
Manly

Spoon - Dragoons

Think it’ll be a fight for 8th spot between perhaps Tigers / Sharks / Manly

This is on the assumption that Tom is missing for much longer than round 4.

If he’s not back until round 10 / 12 the horse will have already bolted.
 

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1-5 in no order
Panthers, Raiders, Roosters, Storm, Rabbitohs

6-8 in no order
Manly, Titans, Parra

Spoon - Dragons
 

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1-5 in no order
Panthers, Raiders, Roosters, Storm, Rabbitohs

6-8 in no order
Manly, Titans, Parra

Spoon - Dragons

Yes the order is almost impossible to pick but like most your top 8 is roughly the same.
 

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Was pretty close last year.

panthers
Raiders
Storm
Rabbits
Eels
Roosters
Sea eagles
Titans

edit (spoon) - cowgirls
 

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