Thanks for coming back to The Obstruction Rule for 2022.
With great pride, we want to announce that your chief analyst here has landed a gig in Clubland for this season (that club’s name has been withheld to protect the innocent). While exciting for Yours Truly, this obviously significantly impacts on the time available to maintain the site – most available time now needs to focus on helping a team, rather than leafing through a thesaurus searching for new words to describe the Tigers (but rest assured, we’ll no doubt still think they’re playing… “lamentably”).
That being said, if you’ve been leaning on the site to help you slaughter your local tipping comp, know that you haven’t been abandoned completely. The VOA Ratings page will continue to be updated each week throughout the season, and tips will still be uploaded each Thursday. The long-form previews will have to go for the time being, but in their place, predicted margins will be added to the tips, as a kind of proxy for how confident you should feel in any particular tip.
Finally, once the season gets going and we have a better idea of how much time is available to add content to the site, it’s likely that the Features page will receive a bit more love, with the odd long-form analytics deep-dive added to give you the occasional bed-time reading.
As always, if you have any questions about particular games or teams, feel welcome to contact me on Facebook or Twitter – it’s always a pleasure chatting footy with our loyal readership.
Thanks again for your continued support over the past six years – the opportunity to work with a team is a dream come true, and wouldn’t have been possible without the site, and – most importantly – you.
Way Too Early Season Predictions:
Top 4: Melbourne, Penrith, Sydney, Manly
Wooden Spoon: Wests
Most Likely to Outperform Expectations: Warriors
Most Likely to Underperform Expectations: Newcastle