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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL Round 2

Is there anything more humbling than NRL tipping?
Apparently round one was the first time in something like 100 years since the sides who filled the last four positions on the previous year’s competition ladder all recorded wins in the first round of the next year.
So, that’s what it’s like to be part of history.
Anyway, lets embrace the glorious uncertainty again.

NRL (last round 2/8; season tally 2/8)
North Queensland
New Zealand

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Footy Tipping 2018 – NRL Round 1

Welcome back to footy tipping for the National Rugby League and Australian Football League competitions 2018 fixtures.
As usual most of these tips will be given with not very much knowledge of who is playing in the various teams from week to week and will mostly be a combination of guess-work and pre-existing prejudices about a variety of teams.
The NRL starts tonight with what appears to be lots of players, particularly playmakers having changed clubs during the off-season, which adds to the NRL’s legendary unpredictability as new combinations are formed.

NRL (last round -/-; season tally -/-)
North Queensland

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Remembering David

On the first day of the Brisbane Cricket Test Match, I remember David Sabine.
David was a part of the eldership at Wynnum Presbyterian.
Before I moved away twenty years ago we’d taken to attending the first day of the Brisbane Test together.
The ground looks completely different now.
The grandstand we sat in has been replaced by the stadium seating.
David was a gracious encourager who was carefully thoughtful and considerate.
He didn’t take a lot of days off from his accountancy practice, but the first day of international cricket each summer was worth it.
It’s good to think of him each year.

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Ali – A Life by Jonathan Eig

I saw an excellently priced copy of Ali – A Life by Jonathan Eig at Big W.
It looks like it will be the standard biography of a landmark figure in 20th century popular culture.
Ali was so much a product of the culture in which he grew up, was prepared to stand aloof from that culture and suffer its condemnation, and came to be accepted and revered by that same culture on his own terms. A transformative figure.
I’m not a fan of boxing (I balk at ticking the ‘Sport’ box in my tags, but this is well written and provides genuine insight into a polarising and distinctive figure.

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Footy Tipping 2017 NRL/AFL Season Wrap Up

It’s the week after the Grand Finals and season 2017 is done and dusted.
Adelaide spent all year convincing me they could win, and all Grand Final showing me why I doubted them. But then, Richmond who I doubted more showed that they had the goods on the day.
Some people may have thought that North Queensland could emulate Richmond’s achievement, but that would involve Melbourne being equivalent to Adelaide. And that was never going to be.

An odd season in many ways. Apart from Melbourne no NRL side (North Queensland’s heroic finals run notwithstanding) no other team showed marked improvement, and many actually seemed to decline. It will be interesting to see how NQ go when Thurston and Scott return.
In the AFL no side seemed to really dominate. There are a number of good teams but no great ones at the moment. Lots of teams will fancy their chances and they’ll be looking for strategic top-ups of personnel to have a crack at the 2018 flag.

I finished the year three wins up in the NRL, but a sad fifteen down in the AFL.

So, the last rites:
NRL (last round 1/1; season tally 133/201)
AFL (last round 0/1; season tally 129/207)

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Footy Tipping 2017 NRL/AFL Grand Finals

Here we are for the last games of both competitions for 2017.

There have been some surprises, both in performances and lack thereof through the year, but there’s no doubt the teams playing both games are worthy of being there and worthy of lifting their respective trophies should they win.

Hard especially to pick between Adelaide and Richmond either on grounds of performance or sentiment. Both have demonstrated great resilience in adversity.

North Queensland have also shown amazing resilience, while Melbourne’s consistent level of brilliance is remarkable.

NRL (last round 1/2; season tally 132/200)

AFL (last round 2/2; season tally 128/206)

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Footy Tipping 2017 – NRL / AFL Preliminary Finals

Well, North Queensland and Geelong surprised last weekend, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they won this weekend. Geelong are unlucky to play Adelaide though, but I think of the three NRL teams remaining North Queensland would like their chances against Easts.
It’s still Melbourne’s and Adelaide’s to lose. Because I just don’t believe in Richmond.

NRL (last round 1/2; season tally 131/198)

AFL (last round 1/2; season tally 127/204)