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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Grand Final

The AFL competition is over for another year with Hawthorn providing a devastating demonstration of the axiom about champion teams playing teams of champions. And the value of simply being hardened.
The NRL provides and intriguing competition between one team who had to battle to be allowed to stay in the competition and haven’t won a title in 43 years and another team who are in the grand final after finishing the regular season in seventh place.
It’s more than sentiment that makes Souths my pick. If they’re on it may be a blowout, but league grand finals are usually tight.

As a year it’s been interesting. The AFL have a class of teams who are apart, a class who struggle and a number who waver between the two. It will be interesting to see if some of the waverers can go forward next year or whether they’ll continue in mediocrity.
The NRL has been wildly inconsistent, with State Of Origin actually magnifying that trend, particularly with many NSW players struggling after the highs of their series win. Cronulla’s drug scandal woes and the usual players behaving badly incidents didn’t help either. Some form of internal profession discipline needs to become part of NRL culture.
With that, see you next year.

NRL (last round 1/2; season tally 116/202)
Souths

AFL (last round 1/1; season tally 144/207)


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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Finals Week 1 / AFL Finals Week 2

Well, AFL finals week one provided no surprises, and I expect none in week two. (Though I have bit of a soft spot for both Port Adelaide and North Melbourne)
The last round of NRL was as erratic as the whole year.
Not expecting any real upsets this weekend, though I’m going for Souths over Manly.

NRL (last round 4/8; season tally 112/194)
Souths
Easts
North Queensland
Melbourne

AFL (last round 4/4; season tally 141/202)
Geelong
Fremantle


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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 26 / AFL Finals Week 1

So, Richmond made it into September in the AFL and Paramatta are still best placed to finish in the NRL final eight.
Not expecting any upsets in the first round of AFL finals.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 108/186)
Souths
Melbourne
Wests
Paramatta
Manly
Newcastle
Canterbury
Penrith

AFL (last round 7/9 – including one tie; season tally 137/198)
Hawthorn
Sydney
North Melbourne
Port Adelaide


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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 25 / AFL Round 23

Thursday night.
Too early in the week for tips…
West Coast to take the final place in the eight.
NRL eight may already be in place.

NRL (last round 4/8; season tally 102/176)
Souths
Brisbane
Paramatta
Wests
Easts (at home)
New Zealand
Manly
North Queensland

AFL (last round 9/9 – finally; season tally 130/189)
Hawthorn
Essendon
Fremantle
Sydney
North Melbourne
Geelong
West Coast
Adelaide (who at least will know how much they need to beat Saint Kilda to get percentage higher than West Coast)
Western Bulldogs


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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 24 / AFL Round 22

As noted last week, NRL Thursday night games means these are up a day early.
I came out on the wrong end of a couple of tight finishes in the NRL last week.
A weekend that started out well in the ARL stuttered badly toward the end, without giving any strong indicators about how things might go this week. What can you say about a competition in which eleven of the eighteen teams are sitting on a win ratio of 50% or less?
And Australia got as close to New Zealand in the Rugby Union as they’re going to get.

NRL (last round 5/8; season tally 98/168)
Canterbury
Manly
Brisbane
Souths
New Zealand
Cronulla (for the Ricky Stuart Cup)
Saint George
Melbourne

AFL (last round 5/9; season tally 121/180)
Port Adelaide
North Melbourne
Essendon
Collingwood
West Coast
Hawthorn
Fremantle
Sydney
Richmond (who need as much percentage out of this as they can.)


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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 23 / AFL Round 21

The NRL are fixturing games on Thursday night at the moment.
Since nobody goes to watch them live it doesn’t make a lot of difference, I guess.
So, tips will be early for a while.

NRL (last round 6/8; season tally 93/160)
Souths
Parramatta
Saint George
Melbourne
Easts
New Zealand
Manly
North Queensland

AFL (last round 8/9; season tally 116/171)
Geelong
Sydney
Port Adelaide
Essendon
Collingwood
Adelaide
North Melbourne
Melbourne
Hawthorn


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Footy Tipping 2014 – NRL Round 22 / AFL Round 20

No time to write much.
Driving to Adelaide tonight.
Not bad results last week.

NRL (last round 7/8; season tally 87/152)
Souths
Canterbury
Melbourne
North Queensland
Parramatta
New Zealand
Penrith
Easts

AFL (last round 7/9; season tally 108/162)
Essendon
North Melbourne
Carlton
Hawthorn
Sydney
Geelong
Adelaide
Western Bulldogs
West Coast