Welcome to contractual obligation football. Seasons that will feature virtual asterisks to qualify a variety of outcomes. How these competitions are able to proceed seems the second biggest mystery in Australia after why kids are still at school. The need for them to go on being more a testimony to the fact that particularly the …

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The major question about the NRL grand final will be whether Easts victory is of the magnitude that Richmond recorded in the AFL last week. They’re certainly capable. Canberra are no GWS, though. It’s a very strange world where the only way to deny Easts a premiership is by supporting Ricky Stewart. NRL (last round …

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One AFL game and three NRL games to go. To win the AFL grand final Richmond need to keep a winning streak going that stretches back to the last week of June. That’s a long time in football. A very long time. GWS should be pretty fearless, but backing up after last week’s effort will …

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IN AFL, things are still falling out for a Richmond-Collingwood Grand Final. Which I have no interest in. As a last resort I’ve tipped them both. In AFL Brisbane were so close last week, but I think that the result for their season is beyond where everyone would have pegged them this year. Now to …

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Not a great weekend for tips in the first weekend of AFL finals. The trend is to overlook the form of the teams that lost the major finals and overestimate the form of the winners of the elimination finals. I’m resisting that and expect the teams that came first and second in the home and …

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Finals begin this weekend in the AFL. I’m tipping Brisbane, without conviction. I do expect them to make one of the preliminary finals, though. The NRL season finally grinds to a halt this weekend. Eighth spot is up for grabs. It’s a bit hard to know whether watching Paul Gallen or Robbie Farrah get a …

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Well, last weekends thoughts about the final makeup of the AFL were only disturbed by West Coast losing and dropping from third to fifth. More on that next week. In the NRL it’s sad that Matt Scott does not get a proper final game, a nice touch they have retired his number for tonight. Scott’s …

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