Saturday 16 January 2021

Demonbracket 2021 preview

Against all odds it's back. Stuff contested board elections up your jumper, this is the only vote that people are really interested in. Yes, it's Demonbracket, the competition that will not die. 

Burnt out by the admin of having to count votes from and update multiple sources I'd lost interest by the end of last year and was going to wrap this concept up before it got tedious. Then I found a way to do it in a half-arsed fashion that would still allow small-scale electoral action and not cause undue disruption to my mid-life crisis.

This year voting will be conducted entirely by Twitter Polls, allowing anonymous voting for the first time. I'm hoping that anonymity and the smaller voting pool will lead to a handful of zany upsets. Stranger things have happened.

The draw will be posted on @Demonblog from 6pm on Tuesday 26 January, and as it tradition, the competition will kick-off the next day. Warm up on Australia Day by hitting the piss and having a political argument. Up to four matches a day will be held until the final on Thursday 11 February.

The rules
  • Given that Twitter Polls can't be pre-scheduled, there will be no set kick-off time for games. Each contest will run 24hrs from time of posting. Some reminders will be issued but check the @Demonblog Twitter account daily for matches.

  • The voting criteria for each match-up is your personal business. It need not have anything to do with football if you don't want it to, but if does then the best of British luck to you. We won't ask questions, and nor should anyone else. Vote shamers will be denounced.
  • You no longer need to cate votes for every match but you still should, just for the sake of tradition.
  • Non-MFC fans are more than welcome to vote as long as you follow all other rules
  • Players are more than welcome to use social media, real media or paid advertising to promote themselves. Outright bribery is not permitted.

  • In the event of a tie both players will advance to the next round, except in the case of the Grand Final where a replay will be held the following day.
  • If a match features three or more players and two or more tie for the most votes they will advance with all other players eliminated.

  • If a player is added to the list before 27 January he will be randomly added to a Preliminary Round match. 

  • The decision of the Demonbracket Organising Committee is final. Unless somebody takes us to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lucerne.
Honour Roll
2012 - James Frawley d. Nathan Jones
2013 - Tom McDonald d. Mitch Clark
2014 - Nathan Jones d. Jack Watts
2015 - Nathan Jones [2] d. Dom Tyson
2016 - Jack Viney d. Nathan Jones
2017 - Max Gawn d. Jack Viney
2018 - Neville Jetta d. Clayton Oliver 
2019 - Clayton Oliver d. Neville Jetta
2020 - Max Gawn [2] d. Clayton Oliver

2021 competitors

Seeds (start at Round 1)
1. Max Gawn (reigning champion)
2. Christian Petracca (best and fairest)
3. Steven May
4. Jack Viney
5. Ed Langdon
6. Clayton Oliver
7. Christian Salem
8. Angus Brayshaw

Other players entering at Round 1 (next 14 most experienced MFC players)
9. Nathan Jones
10. Tom McDonald
11. Neville Jetta
12. James Harmes
13. Alex Neal-Bullen
14. Jayden Hunt
15. Michael Hibberd
16. Jake Melksham
17. Bayley Fritsch
18. Aaron vandenBerg
19. Sam Weideman
20. Jake Lever
21. Jay Lockhart
22. Joel Smith
23. Charlie Spargo

Preliminary Round (new draftees, trades, and next lowest games total)
24. Marty Hore
25. Kysaiah Pickett
26. Adam Tomlinson
27. Oskar Baker
28. Harrison Petty
29. Trent Rivers
30. Tom Sparrow
31. Luke Jackson
32. Mitch Brown
33. Toby Bedford
34. Kade Chandler
35. James Jordon
36. Austin Bradtke
37. Aaron Nietschke
38. Ben Brown
39. Bailey Laurie
40. Jake Bowey
41. Fraser Rosman

Have at it sports fans...

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