Welcome one and all to BBFF#2 for 2016 – season number 5!. It is not far away now and given the upheaval our mighty club has faced I am keen to find some way of distracting myself from the reality of real footy. So fantasy it is and Once again I am really looking forward to the season and hope everyone else is equally enthusiastic. As you are all aware by now, we have one coaching change with Silly Billy taking back the reins from Rossoneri. It is great to see how involved Silly Billy has been with trading thus far. I am sure everyone will be super keen to knock off Bargey after he stormed his way to the flag in 2015. I have a feeling 2016 might be the year that coaches who have played the long patient game will start to bear fruits from their list management (well I know I am certainly hoping this is the case!).
So the key dates for this year are as follows:
KEY AFL DATES
NAB Challenge 18 February to 13 March
Round 1 commences 24 March
KEY BBFFL#2 DATES
Final trades to be finalised by 6pm 5th March
Squads to be trimmed to 20 by 8pm 6th March (excluding suspended players who can be kept outside of the 20)
Morning of 7th March a spreadsheet with available players will be circulated
Draft to commence from midday on 7th March
Draft to be completed by Tuesday 22nd March
Partial Lockout for Round 1 at 7.20pm Thursday 24th March
As per previous years I am proposing that we still complete the draft on Blitz. UF does seem to have improved its drafting options, but I am keen to continue the tradition of using the forum that helped to create the league. The final spreadsheet with available players will be sent out prior to the draft for everyone to use. I should be able to update Ultimate Footy as we go as well, meaning squads can be tracked there are well. As we have done in past years, texting can be used if necessary. If you know you are going to be away for a period of time to leave contingencies with someone, there will be plenty of volunteers to take them on your behalf.
In the meantime, please log into UF to select your 20 keepers (plus suspended players). UF will be used for this purpose. For anyone who has traded recently I will add the players once the keepers are finalised.
Good luck to everyone for 2016 and as always let me know if you have any questions or issues.