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Premier League Round 5 Preview and Power Rankings

Power Rankings

1. Forestville (4-0)
Hard to deny them top spot now after dismantling North on the weekend. Took them out of the game early with a devastating display both ends and took the crowd right out of it. Majok showing he's a class above but the rest of the starting 5 proving more than capable.

2. Norwood (5-0)
Haven't put a foot wrong and had a comprehensive win over West who were previously undefeated. Look like they've gelled early and have strong contributions from their starting 5. Will be challenged this weekend down in Mount Gambier.

3. Mount Gambier (2-1)
No game on the weekend but we will find out more about them against Norwood this week.

4. Eastern (2-2)
Couple of wins has the Mavs right up there in the rankings. Their imports may have surpassed Norths as the best in the league with huge numbers against Sturt. Will need to knock off some better teams to maintain this ranking but for now we'll reward their streak with the number 4 spot.

5. West Adelaide (3-1)
Got Kubank back from the US early but ran into a red hot Norwood side. For the first time this season looked as though they struggled to score. No doubt an aberration for what is a quality veteran side.

6. North Adelaide (2-2)
Took their lumps against a side looking like a class above the rest of the league. Still have a powerful trio in Starling, Dowdell and McVeigh that will prove a handful for most teams.

7. Southern (1-2)
Handled business against Centrals with Drmic scoring heavily. May need more contributors to challenge the better teams and will need some bigger scalps before moving up these rankings.

8. Woodville (1-3)
Finally got off the duck by beating South on the road. Big performance from Clippinger off the bench and Stanbridge has been consistent for them. Will be looking to get on a roll now.

9. Centrals (1-2)
Played a couple of decent sides after an opening round win over Woodville and have fallen short. Still look to potentially be the "best of the rest". Big weekend ahead with a double header.

11. Sturt Sabres (0-5)
11. South Adelaide (0-3)
Not awarding a 10th place as neither team deserves it. Sturt losing at home to Eastern wouldn't have been in the plans and South seemingly were barely competitive against Woodville. Will be looking forward to playing each other to get a win, I'm not sure either has much else to look forward to.

Saturday games:

North vs South
Can't see this one being competitive as North look to get back on track. Allmon a lone bright spark in what is an underwhelming South roster. Interior D will be an issue for the Panthers against Norths size.

North by 22.

Southern vs Woodville
Both teams will be happy to have had a win last week and will be looking to carry on momentum. Woodville spread the load amongst many contributors while Southern rely on a few for the heavy lifting. Not sure why Southern didn't have many bench guys last week but at some point will need the depth. Clippinger looks to be finding his feet after a breakout game.

Southern by 5.

Mount Gambier vs Norwood
Game of the round. Norwood proving me wrong with two great wins the past fortnight and Mount Gambier obviously playing to a different schedule. They appeared better in their last hit out with Southern and I expect they'll be tough to beat at home, however Norwoods experience will nullify the road game factor. Andrew Webber for a game winning 3.

Norwood by 2.

Centrals vs West
An interesting matchup with both teams coming off losses. West will be hoping to score more freely this game after being held to 67. Centrals play at a fast pace so might be the team to get tham back on track but I don't think it'll be a walk over.

West by 7.

Forestville vs Sturt
Uh-oh this one could get ugly. No one has held Forestville under 100 so far and I can't see Sturt being the team to do it. Nor can I see them putting up much of a fight as they're outmatched in every position.

Forestville by 42.

Sunday:
Centrals vs Eastern
Lions with the Starplex double this weekend, will be interesting to see how they are able to back up with Eastern having the night off. The key will be limiting the Mavericks imports but Centrals may have the athletes to do it.

Centrals by 6.

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Isaac Purple  
Last year

Not great viewing if you're an Adelaide local this weekend. The 2 saturday night games are likely to be big blowouts

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Anonymous  
Last year

South should cop it from North after the Rockets loss to Eagles.
Depending on which Woodville show up this could be close or a blowout. Either way Tigers will win.
Norwood in the Mount is game of the round. Too close to call, could go either way.
West should bounce back but those Lions are unpredictable.
If the Eagles that destroyed North show up then Sturt will be in for a record loss.
A rested Mavs should take a backing up Lions.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Is Norwoods second import in yet?

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Isaac Purple  
Last year

Mt Gambier put on a great stream. High quality. Great game just concluded v Norwood. Up 15 early in the last quarter but that's nothing that a Daly can't choke from there. Don't think the Daly brothers have ever quite got over their choking tendencies since the classic meltdown in the 2012 grand final to the eagles.

Legan probably deserves POTR for that one. Big shot after big shot when it mattered.


Sturt put up a great fight v eagles. How come last weeks "player of the round" didn't play? They could've challenged for the win if they had him.

What happened to West? Embarrassed by centrals. Did I overrate west? Or are centrals just that unpredictable?

Business elsewhere with north and southern picking up expected W's

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Anonymous  
Last year

Not sure about the hate for t Daly, pretty sure he can get done in a big game he has won Seabl gf mvp. It wasn't a case of choking it was a case of the Norwood import being to good down the stretch. Nothing more nothing less. S Daly was average couldn’t get head in game after early fouls. But the reason for the Norwood win was simply there import hitting crazy shot after crazy shot down the stretch. Congrats to him. Barkley was pretty impressive for Pioneers with 40 and 16 but went quiet down the stretch.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Something going on at West, bad body language last couple of weeks, bit of arguing tonight on court. When they're relying on Truslove to play minutes when they have 2 big imports it's not good. Missing an import guard that can take over.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Well played Sturt. To keep it to 19 was a great effort. Import is solid. Desantis did play.

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Anonymous  
Last year

PL FB page says it was only 9, 98-89. If so pretty good effort.
Did Centrals roll out a second import? Either way West with two big losses in a row.
Sam Daly and Gambier lost their mind after being provoked by the master provocateur A Webber. Tough win by the Flames again.
Southern smacked the hapless Warriors while North handled South in the first half. South showed a bit of fight but couldn't compete when North hit high gear.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Pretty sure it was 98-80. Very physical game played on Sturt's terms for most of the night. They did well.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Definitely 98-80. Worst officiating I've ever seen, if you could even call it that.

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Anonymous  
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Truslove was +15 in 15mins so probably should have played him more!

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Anonymous  
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Centrals backing up with a win over Mavericks. Simpson completely outcoached Warhurst in a game Mavs really should have snatched.

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Anonymous  
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Not hard to out coach Warhurst didn't his favourites play well again

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Anonymous  
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I'm an extremely biased Eagles fan, but multiple times I shook my head at calls that went our way. Not a great night for the refs.

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Anonymous  
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5/20 shooting and 5 turnovers for his three favourites in 70+ minutes on the floor!




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Hugh mungus  
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Aren't the pioneers in the seabl?

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Anonymous  
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P. Thomas with the 10 TO triple double! That's tough to do ><

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Anonymous  
Last year

Third quarter Mavs gave up 35 points (is this a season high)? to Centrals without changing their game or even making a substitution. Even the U10 girls coach sitting next to me could see that something needed to be done. Mavericks might have half decent imports but their coach needs a good hard look at himself.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Who ever keeps going after Warhurst, rightly or wrongly, it's time to let it go. Am sure you have something better to do than continuly attack a guy over his coaching style. You look ridiculously petty and obsessed and might need to seek some professional help.
Let it go.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Was just about to write the same thing. Eastern has got the least talent of every team yet has a few wins on the board. Way better than what Whitmore has put together but he seems to miss out on criticism. Pushed Centrals today, they hit a few 3s to get the lead out. More to blame is probably the junior development.

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Anonymous  
Last year

The current mavs mens coach was the JDO so who is to blame? Take out the imports and you could put together two teams of former Mavs seniors and juniors that the coach has pushed out one way or another that would beat the current PL team.

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Anonymous  
Last year

2 teams??? Rigby Alphabet going to be the franchise player for one of them.

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Anonymous  
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Mavs won a classic medal a few years ago. What happened to those guys? One is starting in PL, are the rest in college?

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Anonymous  
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I don't think the player exodus has stopped either. Be lucky if he has 8 players by seasons end.

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Anonymous  
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Classic? Classic what??

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Anonymous  
Last year

Mavs have zero players in college and haven't since the Madgens!

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Anonymous  
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National junior classic anon. Unless I'm mistaken I thought they won a bronze a few years back.

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Mavs third import  
Last year

Bronze means nothing means they were second loser.

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Cowboy  
Last year

Bronze, that's pathetic really! And if Dan Stock is the only remaining member of that team thats even worse.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Doesn't mean nothing. It means they had a bunch of juniors that could compete nationally and that should have transpired into some senior stability rather than the mess the Mavs have been.
Tell an Olympic athlete their bronze means nothing and they are second losers. Loser.

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Anonymous  
Last year

For an extremely athletic team, West look like they get overwhelmed with opposing athleticism. Brine and Legan gave them problems, and the whole centrals roster seems to have feasted on them too.

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You would think that it would transpire into senior stability which is should but with no incentive to stay with a losing culture that the mavs have you will forever be carried by your imports to lose to centrals. Take away the mavs imports and you'd be lucky to compete in C grade social

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Pioneers #1 fan  
Last year

With Brandon brine and Legan Norwood looking very very strong this year

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Anonymous  
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#968 No subs???? If you are going to post at least get your facts right. Made the same number of subs (4) as the first qtr.
#014 A bronze at Classics is pathetic???? Wow. Bet there are 100's of kids that will hope they are 'pathetic’ at some stage in their life. Also only just lost to Sturt in the U18 final that season and Mavs finished top 3 in club award for the boys so not sure how Junior Development was ‘pathetic’
So anyone that leaves has been pushed out by the coach???? You are either 1) talking crap or 2) listening to someone who is talking crap. Whether guys want to stay or go that’s their choice. The ones that have left have done so under their own steam. Also not sure how Darcy Aistrope, Zac Lovell, Rigby Alphabet, Nick Alphabet and Dylan Shorne (not even playing premier league) are going to 1) fill 2 sides or 2) beat the current side.
#968 Correct. They let Centrals dominate the 3rd which ultimately cost them the game. But for the other 3 qtrs were competitive (+3) Also against Norwood they were competitive for 4 qtrs (-7) against a team still undefeated. But has anyone actually posted anything positive when they are competitive, play well or even actually win??? No! Even last season when they lost to West Adelaide ( Premiers) by 4 after leading for all but the last minute did anyone say anything positive???? Never!!! But as soon as they play a bad qtr out come the keyboard warriors again!!!!! PATHETIC

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Anonymous  
Last year

When you watch some of the games online - it is very clear that there are some very interesting calls made.

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Anonymous  
Last year

The five ex Mavs would beat the current line-up less imports, throw in Daniel Lean & Mitchell Kelton as subs. I would say there would be a dozen potential PL juniors that were never given opportunity by the current coach that basically got disillusioned by the game and quit all together. I think you may have contradicted yourself with the "success" of an 18's group a few years ago, if they were that good where are they now? What happened?? Shouldn’t the PL coach be right on top of these guys mapping out a pathway?

#740038 you seem to be in the know or you are in fact the coach or at a guess one of the Stock brothers? Tell me what has happened to the jun - sen pathway at Mavs?

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Anonymous  
Last year

Still waiting about this 2 teams worth that would win more.

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Anonymous  
Last year

^ Nice comeback Stocky!

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Anonymous  
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Most of those Mavs players were just div 2 forestille players that couldn't crack PL at a proper club so went east for an easy entry

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Anonymous  
Last year

Ok Anon 067 - it's obvious that you have an issue with Mavs. Disgruntled ex player that couldn't perform so went to another club and still can't get starting 5 or sufficient court time at that. Everyone just ignore this cub and let him be because obviously he's upset for leaving for another team that has hit the skids. Couldn't do anything at Mavs and nothing for his current team - maybe you should look inwards - the problem might be you. Your twigs aren't fueling any fire here.

Not saying there aren't any issues with Mavs or any other team at that, but if the issues weren't from the top down, they might be a "better" club. North & Southern have issues from the top down also.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Mavs lose juns like leaves falling off a tree. Lost a player just out of juns two games into the season due to the favouritism shown by the coach.

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Anonymous  
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Anon 077 - kids leave all the time in different clubs - you just want to point out Mavs. I think you are looking like a real douche bag right now. Your cred is a big fat zero! LOL

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Anonymous  
Last year

#051 Wow ..... this will be interesting!
Where has Daniel Lean gone??

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Anonymous  
Last year

Would say Whitmore has done less with more than Warhurst. Has some solid bigs and a couple decent juniors coming in like meldrum. His choice of imports is baffling, Perry is terrible. He's either streaky, injured or a liability. Everett did dominate the ball last year but was their only option and won them a couple of games, and apparently he wanted back but they went for an unathletic I don't know. Too big and slow for 2 and 3, bulked up a bit but can't be a 4. Clippinger seems to be decent but is constantly anchored to bench. Looks like his average minutes hover around the 20 mark. Why bring him in. Whilst the guards have promise, they are very young, they had to use Everett to bring ball up last year. If anyone saw the game vs forestville, the kids were absolutely slaughtered when they put 2 2 1 trap on. Couldn't get the ball over halfway, so why didn't they go with an import guard, at least a ball handling 2. But again, the local kids havent been developed despite being in the system for a few years.
And defensively they play zone because they can't guard anyone. Worst still it's a terrible zone. So all the kids coming through aren't taught any man to man skills.
Now whilst Eastern aren't the greatest team, at least Morris is something to watch. Woodville are the most boring team around, slow, unathletic and play crappy zone and hope the other team misses open shots.
Despite being ex teammates and friends, Gilbert and Woodville need to sack Whitmore asap. He'll probably make some excuse and walk before he's pushed. But good old Benn McDonald is still haunting them by not reappointing Corey McLean, championship winning coach and maybe best in league. Genius move.
Not too long ago they were champions and in the hunt every year, get Whitmore in and he f%$ks it up. So all this hate for Warhurst may be real and founded, but Whitmore is worse for the above reasons. Plus he's an arrogant dickhead off the court.

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Old coach  
Last year

If the person mav bashing is as suggested then he really needs a life.

I have coached against this bloke and the reason he wasn't getting a game at the Mars and now it seams anywhere is he wasn’t very good, not a team player and a poor attitude, tried starting fights with players and even opposition supporters and coaches. Time to get off the computer and get in the gym then you might have a bit of success.

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Anonymous  
Last year

All of the above comments about Whitmore and Woodville can be said about Warhurst and the Mavs, Warhurst is certainly not "Mr personality" by any stretch. Pretty sure Whitmores PL record is better than Warhursts and he did win a gold medal at national 20's a couple of years ago so he does understand what it takes to be successful.

Mavs choice of imports this year and even last year are up on Woodville's and in PL thats all you need to compete. As far as Junior development, retaining good club players and rewarding the more talented, not sure about Woodville but unfortunately that is not something that is a high priority at Eastern under the current coach.

Lets see how the year goes before saying I told you so and the best of luck to both coaches and programs.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Coaching a loaded state team ain't that hard. Building a program is. Not saying Warhurst has done a great job, don't know the behind the scenes stuff. Always has been a prickly character, as a player and a coach. Club probably needs some new blood to aid in recruiting. Look at Centrals with Simpson, was left with nothing after Bobby Cunningham did an even worse job than the 2 we're talking about. Played his son starters minutes when he was 18 div 2 at best over Dau and Biar Garang. Apparently KB was offered mavs job but Centrals women outbid them, but he's only looking at 1 year deals so not there for long run.
Where are all the head coach prospects. Years ago up and comers served their apprenticeships and were prepared. Now we have guys like Petty at South who's clueless, was just sitting on southerns million dollar bench so South thought success by association, how's that working out. Next thing will be Jayden Forte getting a job, only thing going for him is hes a state coach groupie. Got Boti at West who just goes where his daughters are, how many tracksuits do they have now. Pretty good job but why give it to a hack journalist? Norwood who were unbeatable a couple of years ago give it to an unknown and are light years from playoffs.
Probably best signing of the year is Mick Osbourne who coached Jesus when he played shooting guard for Nazareth. But everyone said he is too old, crap, he can outcoach nearly everyone in league. Whitmore should be over there taking notes.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Hey #740. Please share some of North and Southerns issues from the top down. Looking forward to hearing your insight.

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Anonymous  
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South didn't give petty the job because of his association to southern, it was more like his association with the senior president who is also clueless, but also now an assistant coach.

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Anonymous  
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Petty makes Whitmore and Warhurst look like Coach K and Tom Izzo!!!! I am surprised that these two coaches cop plenty of heat (mostly deserved) and this clown gets away with no criticism.

Who are his assistants and what's their background as you would think they would put some knowledgeable and experienced guys with him?

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Pug 56  
Last year

#124 contrary to your belief, Benn McDonald had nothing to do with the non-appointment of Corey MacLean

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Anonymous  
Last year

He was going around bragging that he had big name to replace Corey, didn't say Mee but was saying Corey was gone.

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Hogwash 76  
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#187 Hogwash! What a load of crap you right. I think #177 would know the truth. Like #124 and like all others you should be careful about what you are writing especially when it is untruthful and potentially damaging of someone in a professional standing. You never know what action a person can take. They may have all in sundry in their sights.

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Anonymous  
Last year

Does the bloke have anything left to damage

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Anonymous  
Last year

pug 56 = hogwash 76?

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Anonymous  
Last year

POTW, why not Legan, similar numbers and the win.

WTF is wrong with POTW selections this year, my goodness.

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Phil Mycok  
Last year

Legan not getting player of the week is everything that is wrong with premier league basketball

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Anonymous  
Last year

Agreed with Phil to be honest.
While Barkley had a great game no doubt, Legan had similar stats and a win!
Guess it couldn't get anymore unprofessional than making it a Facebook poll and a popularity contest.

2 weeks in a row POTW has gone to a losing team when others were more deserving, step up your game and professionalism Premier League!

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Anonymous  
Last year

If you watched the game either in person or online it's pretty clear to see why Legan should’ve gotten POTW. Sure, Kentrell had a great game but was missing late in 4th and OT. That’s when Legan exploded. It’s not just about pure stats

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