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Footy Tipping 2019 – NRL Round 2 / AFL Round 1

I literally have no idea what’s going on in the AFL. Which I think means not a lot has changed. Teams on the up will improve, teams on the decline will slip.
Over the last ten or fifteen years a few teams have circumvented this cycle by instituting a club culture that has gotten away from boom or bust cycles.
Others have a club culture that means success is not attainable, even when they have lucked into a relatively talented list.
NRL results were interesting, primarily because it seems as if last season’s major under-performers, North Queensland, have recovered a lapse last season. Didn’t expect Souths to click so fast under their new coach.

NRL (last round 5/8; season tally 5/8)
Souths
Melbourne
North Queensland
Cronulla
Newcastle
Easts
Parramatta
Wests

AFL
Richmond
Collingwood
Melbourne
Adelaide (at home)
Sydney
West Coast
Saint Kilda (if they can’t beat Gold Coast at home it’ll be a long season)
Greater Western Sydney
North Melbourne (who always lose round 1)


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Footy Tipping 2019 – NRL Round 1

After a Summer of underwhelming cricket (further enervated by a Big Bash tournament that went on forever) NRL and AFL return.
Of the two competitions NRL will be the more desperate for play to begin after an off-season of player scandals, and musical coaches (six out of sixteen clubs have new/different coaches, compared to no AFL clubs changing coaches).
In the NRL playing lists are somewhat stable with notable retirements being a larger impact than inter-club transfers. In a relatively even competition what may seem minor improvements or declines could have major impacts on ladder position. That’s why coaches are suddenly the desirable commodity.
So, here we go again.

NRL (last round -/-; season tally -/-)
Melbourne
Newcastle
Easts
New Zealand
Wests
Saint George
Penrith
Canberra


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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL / AFL Grand Finals

Here we are.
Another season of both football codes comes to an end.
The NRL has proved itself to be a very even competition, though the inconsistency of teams is perplexing.
The AFL has proved itself to have a small group of highly competitive teams, another small group of less reliably competitive teams, and a large group of teams making up the numbers.

I favour the outside teams for both games, Melbourne very deservedly, and West Coast because they’re good and I don’t think Collingwood have another game like last week in them.
For the final time in 2018:
NRL (last round 1/2; season tally 103/180)
Melbourne

AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 144/205)
West Coast


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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL / AFL Preliminary Finals

As far as the AFL are concerned their grand final is on tonight, (sorry Melbourne).
As far as the NRL are concerned their grand final might be on tomorrow night, as least as far as having two teams who represent the spiritual heart of the code playing are concerned.
The only difference is that with the AFL people will actually turn up in droves to watch the game, while with the NRL they’ll carry on about history, but no one will turn up to actually watch the actual event.

Anyway, here’s the tips.
NRL (last round 2/2; season tally 102/178)
Melbourne
South Sydney

AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 143/203)
Richmond
West Coast


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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL / AFL Semi-Finals

Going out tonight.

NRL (last round 2/4; season tally 100/176)
Cronulla
South Sydney

AFL (last round 2/4; season tally 142/201)
Melbourne
Greater Western Sydney


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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL / AFL Quarter-Elimination Finals

So, we’ve arrived at the business end of the season.

More or less six of the eight NRL sides and maybe three of the AFL sides have realistic chances of winning.

Other sides may get an upset but won’t sustain the two or three wins needed to be overall winners.

The AFL got underway yesterday and I’d already tipped Richmond for my online comp, so we off to a reasonable start.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 98/172)
Melbourne
New Zealand
Easts
Brisbane

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 140/197)

Richmond

Geelong

Sydney

West Coast


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Rhino – The Ryan Harris Biography

Getting into a holiday mindset takes a simple read or two.
Rhino by Ryan Harris is a perfect example: very readable and undemanding.
This sporting biography features not one, but two co-writers, but Harris’ story is interesting because of the mid-career recreation that he effected going from journeyman to spearhead in the midst of continuing struggles with injury.
The fact he experienced that season of success as part of the Queensland team makes it all the more engaging.
Sorry, South Australia.