Congratulations to the Bay City Fisters for completing a clean sweep at Fistivus XXVIII yesterday! Both their men’s and mixed teams went undefeated on the day to claim the respective trophies of each division, with the mixed team refusing to even drop a set.
Rick Sheers of FistStorm claimed the Best & Fistest in the Mixed Division, while Swiss Faustball import Jamie Bucher took home a Best & Fistest souvenir while playing for the Bay City Fisters in the Men’s Division.
As we approached Fistivus XXVII at the start of August, the race for the respective divisional shields was starting to look a little anti-climatic. Both Fist Club and FistStorm held strong 13 point leads in their respective divisions after a purple patch of Fistivi success prior to the winter break, and looked to be storming undeterred to championship victories.
Never underestimate the power of a winter break, it would seem.
At Fistivus XXVII, South Melbourne Fistball Club broke Fist Club’s streak of PNTs, ending their historic four-tournament run of success, while FistStorm simply fell apart – failing to win a match as Westside Wombats Fistball Club claimed the KMT. Combined with the Bay City clean sweep of Fistivus XXVIII, these results have left the door ajar for a thrilling conclusion to the 2017 VFL season at Fistivus XXIX!
In the Men’s Division, it’s still Fist Club’s shield to lose. With a 6 point lead, they hold the fate of their season in their fists. Thanks to their league-best point differential, they simply need to win more than they lose at the next Fistivus to hold onto the lead.
South Melbourne are best placed to knock them off the perch at the ultimate Fistivus – something Fist Club are all too familiar with – but will need to win 2 more matches than Fist Club to claim the Roger Willen Shield. Bay City Fisters are still mathematically in the hunt, but will need their opponents to falter badly at the finish line. The Mutt Fisters are now out of contention after missing the last 2 tournaments to fall 31 points behind the leader, while the Fistroy Lions will surely be counting the days until 2018 after a horrid season of endless “honourable losses”.
In the Mixed Division, FistStorm’s once-imposing 13 point lead has been whittled back to just 3 points, with the Bay CIty Fisters leaping over the Westside Wombats at Fistivus XXVIII to be nipping at their heels. Just 7 points behind FistStorm, the Wombats are still a chance at claiming the officially-titled Karl Weiss Shield, but will need other results to fall their way. Das Fist FC are now out of the running, but have been far from disgraced this season.
Fistivus XXIX will be in Geelong on October 7th, with an event page to be posted shortly. The VFL FInals Series will run for the top 3 teams of each division at the conclusion of Fistivus XXIX, for the honour of taking home the trophies until 2018.