With the penultimate week of the Gfinity Elite Series done and dusted, three teams have secured their spot in the finals while one is all but confined to the basement for another season.
It was a week of heartbreak and glory that could have serious implications for the finals, so let’s go down memory lane to see what happened in Week 4.
Melbourne ORDER vs Melbourne Avant
With Avant securing their spot in the playoffs last week, it was now ORDER’s turn to keep their back to back championships hopes alive. In a massive bonus for the army, their main squad returned to Sydney to fight for this battle for Melbourne.
The change in lineup immediately paid off, quickly taking the lead 3-1 after losing the pistol round.
However, Avant did well on their T side, pinching rounds off ORDER to bring the half to a respectable 9-6 at the half. With AV picking up the first two rounds after the break, things seemed good for the boys in blue. I say this like there was a catch.
That catch was hatz.
A dominate performance from him saw ORDER rise from the trenches to pick up the final seven rounds in a row as they took the win 16-8 and provisional first place along with it, putting them in a good spot for a high seed in the finals.
Perth Ground Zero vs Brisbane Deceptors
The Deceptors’ hopes of having any realistic shot of playoffs relied on this game, but with GZ still riding high off the 16-0 against the second ORDER lineup, it was never going to be easy for the Queenslanders.
But the boys from Perth pounced, taking the lead just before the half as they headed into a 9-6 lead. While the Deceptors continue to look to take rounds, they could almost never convert, as GZ locked Brisbane into the basement once again with an 16-8 win.
Sydney Roar vs Sydney Chiefs
For the Chiefs, a loss in the Sydney Derby would see them miss the playoffs, an idea most would of thought foreign at the start of the season.
Meanwhile for the Roar, a win would of see them secure a upset playoffs spot turn the final week into a full blown dead rubber/tank bowl week.
The Chiefs started off the game picking up the first two rounds.
But then, just like Sydney’s weather this Wednesday, gotz’s and co slammed into the Chiefs, knocking them over with a surprising display of dominance on T side Train, something said as often as ORDER winning a title since season 1.
While the Chiefs were able to tie things back up to 5-5 at one point, the Roar secured the final five rounds in the half, securing a 10-5 half. At this point, only a brick wall could stop the Roar from securing a playoffs spot in week four.
That wall was the Sydney Chiefs.
In another display of T side Train dominance (insert sharp chills through spine), the Chiefs ran over the Roar like Dylan Napa on the wing and stormed home with an 16-13 win over their Sydney counterparts, keeping the 4th spot in playoffs open for one more week.
The Playoffs Situation
For the Chiefs, if they win, 4th is theirs. They can also claim their spot in the playoffs if they lose by less than six (Bonus Point) and Sydney Roar lose.
If the Roar win however, they would sang 4th if they defeat the Deceptors and if the Chiefs lose by more than six.
While it may seem like a two horse race for the final spot, there is a slight possibility that we may see a 3 way tie for 4th.
How can this happen?
If the Chiefs lose to ORDER and the Deceptors defeat the Roar by less than six rounds, then we would see the teams tied on six points.
This is where things get tricky.
At the time of publication, there are rules for when *TWO* teams are tied, but not a three team situation currently available in the rulebook we have. Snowball is currently seeking clarification on the tiebreak rules in a three way situation and will update this section when possible.
Meanwhile at the top of the ladder, with GZ and AV fighting in the twilight game, an ORDER win would mean a tie in the top.
If this happens, then head to head is used to figure out who is higher. Meaning that if GZ win, they come out of the regular season in first, while for AV, they would come second to ORDER.
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