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Dazzamaniac
Last month

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Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Based on FORM and results all season, is it FAIR to say the Perth Wildcats are the UNDISPUTED UNDERDOGS this post season?

A team that LACKED consistency and marred by off-court dramas, personal changes, injuries and a super tough schedule (including five straight away games when their season was on the line)... could the Wildcats winning this year's 'ship be the GREATEST NBL story ever?

It would be fitting for the leagues most successful club, don't you think?

With their WORLD-RECORD on the line, the Wildcats OVERCAME adversity in the very last game of the season to beat Melbourne in a jam packed Hisense. They held on for dear life and have now given themselves a miracle shot at DOING the impossible.

Lets look at their opponents.

The MIGHTY Adelaide 36ers. Hands down the BEST damn team all season. A massive win streak and home to the MVP, most improved player and a bunch of other NBL first team members. It is the sixers championship to lose. They've had the LUXURY of taking it easy, resting players and preparing for the playoffs for the last two months.

The most in-form team the Cairns Taipans. With the UNSTOPPABLE x-factor in Jawai and a team hell bent on winning their first 'ship. They've pushed Perth to the brink in all four regular season games. Many predict a 2-0 sweep to the snakes who's chemistry and momentum are second to none at the moment.

The Illawara Hawks - the quiet achievers, but achievers none the less. They have SNUCK into the playoffs unnoticed and will be LETHAL in tight series. Headed by their superstar coach and sixth man of the year, if they manage to beat the best team in the league surely that then makes them the NEW best team in the league and a massive battle in the Grand Final.

So with all that said... the Wildcats really have NOTHING to lose. They've overcome massive hurdles this season and made the playoffs.

They now must pray for a MIRACLE and do the UNTHINKABLE and beat two of the strongest three teams this league has ever seen.

Brace yourself Wildcats fans. We either get eliminated early, or we go on the make more history!

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JOaRiDrAN
Last month
13:14 14 Feb 17

Reply #625197

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

I wish there was a broom emoji.

You'll get swept mate


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Anonymous
Last month
13:17 14 Feb 17

Reply #625198

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

When you use terms like miracle and unthinkable I know your full of it. Nbl anyone can beat anyone, stop trying to act like your not super confident about the cats with this underdog crap. Personally I think they will push Taipans to 3 what happens in game 3 who knows... but if Perth were to win through to the gf and even win it wouldn't be a miracle. Save such terms for genuine sports miracles ala a 3-1 deficit or Brady's second half in the Super Bowl.


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Dazzamaniac
Last month
13:17 14 Feb 17

Reply #625199

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

That's why they are underdogs. Everyone EXPECTS them to get swept. You are not a forward thinker my friend.


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Dazzamaniac
Last month
13:19 14 Feb 17

Reply #625200

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

It may not be a miracle, but it is the most dire situation the club has ever been in (on-court wise) for 31 years.

Some of us fans are concerned, we don't know what it's like to accept mediocrity year after year.


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Anonymous
Last month
13:28 14 Feb 17

Reply #625203

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

They shouldn't be underestimated, they can definitely win it all imo. While still not at their best yet they've definitely been building over the last few weeks. Things are starting to go right for them at times and we've seen glimpses of their potential. If they can get it together and perform consistently over 40minutes, look out..


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Anonymous
Last month
13:29 14 Feb 17

Reply #625204

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

First Dazza, now Dazzamaniac. Making us wildcats supporters look like muppets.


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KET
Last month
13:31 14 Feb 17

Reply #625205

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Too much shouting


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JasonC
Last month
13:51 14 Feb 17

Reply #625207

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Quite possibly one of the best satirical posts I've seen on this forum in quite some time.
Kudos Mr Maniac!

JasonC


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Train
Last month
13:51 14 Feb 17

Reply #625208

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

What i need is for LV to say Perth will lose by daylight and I will then know Perth will win the championship :P


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Anonymous
Last month
13:55 14 Feb 17

Reply #625210

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

You are a backward thinker my friend. Get off the Internet. This is a pointless thread.... about the cats again.


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WTF !!
Last month
14:05 14 Feb 17

Reply #625214

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

in answer to the thread title ( under- or over- it doesn't matter) the only answer is a clear yes. Woof Woof !!


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SC6017
Last month
14:14 14 Feb 17

Reply #625216

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

As a Cats fan, this thread makes me cringe.

Can understand why other supporters can't stand us.

Yes we're underdogs, but it's nothing to embrace.

We're a multi million dollar franchise, and with that comes certain expectations. Stating that we're underdogs does not in any form relieve any pressure off us. All it means is that for all the money we've invested we've failed to put us in a position ahead of teams with less resources.

Cairns match up well against us, we've struggled in cairns this year, and you can say that we've controlled some of the games, and let it slip but by the same token you can argue Cairns had the desire and were more clutch.

Last 4 mins vs Melb on Sunday was another example of us struggling to close out games effectively and managing leads.


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Anonymous
Last month
14:36 14 Feb 17

Reply #625224

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"Quite possibly one of the best satirical posts I've seen on this forum in quite some time."

Yet it seems most don't get it. Sad. The nickname of the poster should make it a dead giveaway.


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Dazzamaniac
Last month
14:53 14 Feb 17

Reply #625227

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

SC6017 - just because we are a multi-million dollar organisation with a 10,000+ member base and solid corporate support with seven championships and lineage of success, does not mean we can't be the underdogs this year.

Because we ARE the underdogs this year. We aren't the best team in the playoffs. Cairns have the best form at the moment and the best defensive player. Adelaide have the MVP and most improved player and Daniel Johnson who's a Perth boy (so there's extra motivation there) and then the Hawks have Bevo who's sworn to beat the Cats ever since he left.

Our backs are against the proverbial wall this season. No one wants us to succeed. It's us against the world. It's time to rally the troops. Till all are one!

Go Cats!


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WTF !!
Last month
15:23 14 Feb 17

Reply #625232

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

So which is it "Meow Meow ROAR" , or "Woof Woof WOOF" ??? I'm getting lost in the animal totems/metaphors


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Bill on the ball
Last month
15:29 14 Feb 17

Reply #625233

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Cats earned their stripes against two top teams, Kings and MU in rounds 18 and 19 - MU at Hisense.

Be sure, they were not easy and as such, if you have overlooked and betted against the Wildcats, let me say you may be betting your wealth away.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:32 14 Feb 17

Reply #625234

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

two top teams, Kings and MU


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Big Country
Last month
15:47 14 Feb 17

Reply #625237

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

So Dazz is now impersonating Dazz impersonaters!?! Brilliant!!!


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Anonymous
Last month
16:07 14 Feb 17

Reply #625238

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Dazzception!


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Dazzamaniac
Last month
16:09 14 Feb 17

Reply #625239

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

We are all Dazz in one timeline. Interdazzler.


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ROFLcopter
Last month
16:42 14 Feb 17

Reply #625241

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Dazzamaniac is a flog!!


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CT
Last month
18:22 14 Feb 17

Reply #625264

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"we don't know what it's like to accept mediocrity year after year."

That one had me crying with laughter..


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Anonymous
Last month
18:35 14 Feb 17

Reply #625269

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Perth are underdogs in the betting stakes.


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Dazz
Last month
18:36 14 Feb 17

Reply #625270

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Are we "underdogs"?
Well I suppose yes, as we are the away team.

But it's not as though we're the scrappy fiesty semi-pros doing it on a shoestring. LOL

I'd be reasonably confident saying we have the biggest budget of any team in the finals.


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Dazzamaniac
Last month
18:50 14 Feb 17

Reply #625277

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Dazz, my brother,

We are underdogs based on on-court performance. Not our fiscal usage.

We are injury laden. Our core is aging. Knight is a headshot away from retirement. Damo's on one leg. Redhage is hanging it up. Hire's lost his locks. Wagstaff's range is terribly inconsistent. Brandt has a left hand hook but no right. Cotton literally weighs half of what Jawai. Gleeson is our coach.

How will we ever get the W?!


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Anonymous
Last month
19:05 14 Feb 17

Reply #625286

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

*looks at the spew of Dazz posts in the last ten minutes*

... someone just knocked off work. lol


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JOaRiDrAN
Last month
19:39 14 Feb 17

Reply #625293

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Dazz is employed????


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Dazz
Last month
20:51 14 Feb 17

Reply #625309

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

*looks at the spew from anonytrolls in the last ten months*
... government has succeeded in blocking access to ___-porn. lol


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Anonymous
Last month
21:18 14 Feb 17

Reply #625317

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Damo's on one TOOTH!


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Thunder Jam
Last month
22:03 14 Feb 17

Reply #625324

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

I've taken the $7 Taipans win & Knight is concussed. Easy cash!


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LV
Last month
22:23 14 Feb 17

Reply #625332

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

The most dire situation the Wildcats have been in was when they finished 15-19 and made the playoffs because the NBL thought it was a good idea to let 8 teams in a 12 team competition play post season. #FACT

The Cats also made the playoffs the next two seasons by finishing 7th in an 11 team competition. #FACT

Compared to those days, the Cats have a real chance. Their away record is poor, but steal one game and you'll be forcing your opponent to beat you in a game of 8 on 5 at Perth Arena. The Cats aren't really underdogs at all- no one is this year.


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Tom
Last month
10:36 15 Feb 17

Reply #625402

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

No underdogs, no favourites.
Key plays at key times in games will decide all results.


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Anonymous
Last month
10:44 15 Feb 17

Reply #625404

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Stop being such a whinging bitch LV. Just because your team pissed away millions of dollars on washed up talent...


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ROFLcopter
Last month
12:37 15 Feb 17

Reply #625424

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

I thought LVs post was on point in every possible way.

The only washed up talent on the United roster is Barlow. A real coach would bring load the trophy cabinet with that team. #FACT


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Anonymous
Last month
14:59 15 Feb 17

Reply #625464

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"Dazz is employed????"

touché


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Anonymous
Last month
15:20 15 Feb 17

Reply #625473

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Dazz now boasting amount how rich his team is as if we aren't already aware of it.
Bragging about money?
So very lame.


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Bill on the ball
Last month
15:21 15 Feb 17

Reply #625475

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Notice on the Prather Press conference, Prather was sniffing.

Hope it is not a bad cold which Jameel has caught.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:30 15 Feb 17

Reply #625482

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"Dazz now boasting amount how rich his team is as if we aren't already aware of it.
Bragging about money?
So very lame."

You know whats lamer? Waiting til Dazz posts so you can continue to bag him...

Are you that unaware that you are actually adding less value to the forum by continually trying to bully him?


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Anonymous
Last month
15:32 15 Feb 17

Reply #625483

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

NBL teams in terms of their brand are not worth anything apart from the licence. So saying a NBL team is "rich" is comical. Cats spend a lot which is correct. Spending a lot and then calling the act of doing so "rich" is what you would expect to hear from a child.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:33 15 Feb 17

Reply #625485

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"NBL teams in terms of their brand are not worth anything apart from the licence. So saying a NBL team is "rich" is comical. Cats spend a lot which is correct. Spending a lot and then calling the act of doing so "rich" is what you would expect to hear from a child."

Awards night was Monday. You're a bit late for "stupidest post of the year" award.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:35 15 Feb 17

Reply #625486

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Yes, you would of won an award then.

Sure they have more revenue than any other team, but that all goes to spending on the team. Spending most if not all of your revenue leaves you with no equity. So how are they "rich"? #accounting101


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Anonymous
Last month
15:37 15 Feb 17

Reply #625487

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

OH BUT THEY SPEND HEAPSZZZZ MEANSZ THEY ARE LOADED AND RICH!!!111

"equity mate"


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Anonymous
Last month
15:38 15 Feb 17

Reply #625488

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"Sure they have more revenue than any other team, but that all goes to spending on the team."

Does it? How do you know? Are they not making a profit? Does that matter?

Compared to the other clubs that don't have the same money, they are a rich club. #rocketscience101


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Anonymous
Last month
15:40 15 Feb 17

Reply #625489

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Yeah compared to other NBL clubs. But in the real world all NBL clubs are marginal.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:41 15 Feb 17

Reply #625490

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Dazz actually said that they would have the biggest budget out of the remaining four teams. Do you agree or disagree with that?


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Anonymous
Last month
15:42 15 Feb 17

Reply #625491

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Looking back the original comment was by Wildcats fan SC6017: "We're a multi million dollar franchise"

LOL....

that suggests the franchise is worth that much (equity).

Hence the critique above.

"We're a multi million dollar franchise" = hahaha quote of the year


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Anonymous
Last month
15:44 15 Feb 17

Reply #625492

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

The criticism is of the SC6017 comment not Dazz. Keep up.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:45 15 Feb 17

Reply #625493

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"Dazz now boasting amount how rich his team is as if we aren't already aware of it.
Bragging about money?
So very lame."

"The criticism is of the SC6017 comment not Dazz. Keep up."

Oh sure, how silly of me for thinking Dazz was being criticised!


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Train
Last month
15:46 15 Feb 17

Reply #625495

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

"You know whats lamer? Waiting til Dazz posts so you can continue to bag him...

Are you that unaware that you are actually adding less value to the forum by continually trying to bully him?"

+1 to that. You may not agree with everything he says but its a damn better read then the sledging he receives which offers nothing to the forum.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:47 15 Feb 17

Reply #625496

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

You are quoting a different Anon.

Those weren't my words.

The general claim of being rich was hilarious, the funniest one being the SC6017 comment highlighted by me.


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Anonymous
Last month
15:50 15 Feb 17

Reply #625498

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

The only trolling going on recently are the Cats fans trying to "get back" at being called out for the $$$ comments.


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Train
Last month
16:08 15 Feb 17

Reply #625508

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

The Cats have a huge turnover, no doubt about it, but that doesn't always result in huge profits. The income generated by averaging 12000ish crowds would largely be offset by the costs of the venue required to house that many fans and the game day entertainment costs required to keep the fans coming.

They made a huge profit a couple of years ago but were rumored to have lost money the following year.

But let's no kid ourselves, they would be one of if not the most wealthiest clubs in the NBL but that doesn't exactly mean they are swimming in cash. It does benefit them by being able to chop and change their roster/cut contracts etc where other teams in the league can't afford to do that.


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Luuuc
Last month
16:17 15 Feb 17

Reply #625513

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Yeah I wish all teams had the luxury to do that.
That's why I've always had love for teams like the Hawks & Taipans that do so much with what they've got. It's part of what makes this season's 36ers team so special too.


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Anonymous
Last month
16:19 15 Feb 17

Reply #625514

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

CNS-ILL GF would be epic, lowest spenders making it.

A lot of ppl mention the old TSV-ILL GF about how two regional teams made it bla bla bla but back then TSV were spending $$$$$ and ILL also had a $ backer at the time.


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Anonymous
Last month
16:20 15 Feb 17

Reply #625516

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

^ Funnily enough the final four that season also involved ADL and those infamous Damon Lowery free throws :P


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Train
Last month
16:36 15 Feb 17

Reply #625517

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

Perth were very fortunate to have Bendat come into the fold, before that they were bleeding money for while. You need to spend money to make money and its pretty similar to what we are seeing with LK and the NBL. Hopefully with the attention the NBL is getting now other clubs will attract some big club owners.


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Dazz
Last month
16:36 15 Feb 17

Reply #625518

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

You are quoting a different Anon.
Those weren't my words
Oh gees, nearly pissed myself laughing when I read that.

Do you not understand that is the whole problem with anonytrolls??


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Zodiac
Last month
16:45 15 Feb 17

Reply #625521

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

It's part of what makes this season's 36ers team so special too.


Indeed, I still remember Joey's announcement early in the season when the Sixers were struggling that they can't afford to change any imports this season so accept it and then the big streak started soon after.


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Bill on the ball
Last month
16:58 15 Feb 17

Reply #625522

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

You get what you pay for as the cliche goes.

Well the Wildcats paid a much bigger amount for their stars than Cairns would have.

And a full fit team will show up in Cairns this time. I just think Cairns would know why the cliche is correct.


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Luuuc
Last month
17:27 15 Feb 17

Reply #625532

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

I'm sure they would, but they're just trying to take it one cliché at a time


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Dazz
Last month
22:45 15 Feb 17

Reply #625579

re: Are the Wildcats the playoff underdogs?

I don't know exactly how much Cairns spent, but I think we all know they have pursued a very tight fiscal policy for years. And generally done very well with it.
Its one of the reason why I can't understand why people rubbish Frearne. He does a lot more with a lot less, and always has.


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