At this stage of the year, every fan from every club is full of hope and optimism. This year could be the year. Realistically of course there are only a handful of teams that are genuine contenders for the title. Of course, we know that the Wests Tigers are building for a very special year in 2011 – we know we’ll win. But which team will we defeat in the Grand Final? Which other teams will finish at the pointy end of the table? And who will bring up the rear?
There are no “wise men” at the cyber-offices of Brisbane Wests Tigers Fans, so for the purposes of this post and to kick-start a light-hearted discussion, we have compiled the opinions and prejudices of this website’s main authors – The Three Wise-Asses. Here’s what they reckon:
A) Wooden Spoon Winner: Cowboys
B) The Top 8:
– 1: Wests Tigers
– 2: Dragons
– 3: Storm
– 4: Warriors
– 5: Eagles
– 6: Panthers
– 7: Roosters
– 8: Titans
C) Grand Final Teams: Wests Tigers and Dragons.
D) Grand Final Winner: Wests Tigers by 13. Man of the Match G. Ellis.
A) Wooden Spoon Winner: Eels
B) The Top 8:
– 1: Dragons – Most boring team in the competition, their opponents defence will go to “sleep”. Will bore they way to a minor premiership. Knocked out in the finals by no doze.
– 2: Wests Tigers – Side that knows they can win, plenty of depth, and will be desperate after falling short in the finals series 2010.
– 3: Bulldogs – Recruited wisely in the off season, and have a habit of bouncing from one end of the ladder to the other in subsequent seasons.
– 4: Panthers – Seem to be a happy club, I don’t know why they win but they won a few last year so surely can back this up again this year.
– 5: Storm – Will have the resourceful Bellamy to bring through the young fellas, Melbourne have a way of developing talent that most teams (read Bulldogs) would be envious of. Playing for nothing in 2010 should fire the boys up. However they will have no impact in the finals.
– 6: Rabbits – If they don’t get stripped of points due to salary cap the Rabbits should give it a good crack. With the forward pack they possess, surely they can hide Sandow. Inglis will not make an impact due to poor service, and he isn’t the type of player to go find the ball.
– 7: Warriors – Gotta be a chance bro. The Warriors are winning at home more often then not, made a few terrific buys and will give the comp a real shake. Expect to see them in the semi – finals against Souths. It will be a bash-athon until the Warriors throw a loose pass which is picked up by the Rabbitohs for a match sealing try. Heart break for the lads across the ditch.
– 8: Raiders – Now that the Raiders have lost their close association with the guide dogs, they can focus on bringing through a very talented youthful team. The addition of the Ox whilst slow and a choker, will provide strong direction for the younger players and will definitely set a high standard of professionalism within the squad. Dugan surely must get a sky blue jersey with a good first half of the season.
C) Grand Final Teams: Wests Tigers and Rabbits.
D) Grand Final Winner: Wests Tigers. Robbie Farah for Dally M and Tim Moltzen for Clive Churchill.
A) Wooden Spoon Winner: Sharks
B) The Top 8:
– 1: Bulldogs
– 2: Wests Tigers
– 3: Dragons
– 4: Broncos
– 5: Roosters
– 6: Raiders
– 7: Panthers
– 8: Warriors
C) Grand Final Teams: Wests Tigers and Bulldogs.
D) Grand Final Winner: Wests Tigers. 13-12, with Benji Marshall scoring all the points for the winners.
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