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2017 AFL Footytips

2017 AFL Footytips

Tomorrow night the 2017 AFL footy season kicks off between Richmond and Carlton, but I’m more interested in Saturday night’s game between Hawthorn and Essendon.  The Hawks are missing their big names from the last few years, while the Bombers have their big names back from last year’s drug suspension.

My footy tips

I’m tipping Richmond to win tomorrow night, and Essendon on Saturday.  For 2017 I’ve decided to publish my footy tips on this site, but I don’t want football to take over the blog feed, so I will keep them seperate from my blog posts.  My wordPress theme allows you to publish blog style posts as a “Project”, seperate to the main blog.

You’ll find my 2017 footy tips at, plus I’ve added a link in the main menu.

Round One

Below is a screenshot of my Round One AFL footy tips from, available at…  
NOTE: My Fremantle tip was changed to Geelong on Sunday morning before the match to be the same as my official tips.

screenshot of my round 1 footy tips

I’ve also had a go at predicting how the AFL Ladder will look at the end of the Home and Away season.
Read this post or see the screenshot.

I’ll re-visit these predictions at the end of the season to see how wrong I was.

my 2017 ladder prediction

Boxing Day Test Match Cricket, MCG

Boxing Day Test Match Cricket, MCG

Test Match Cricket

My 13 year old son, Brad, and I went along for the first two days of the traditional Boxing Day Test Match cricket at the MCG.  This year Australia is playing Pakistan.

Some people find cricket boring, but we find there’s something about sitting back and watching a day of cricket enjoyable.  Especially when Australia is playing.  Even when the pace is pretty slow.  Even when rain stops play.  Except when rain stops play.

On Monday we watched good morning and early afternoon sessions, before rain suspended play.  Tuesday saw play up until lunch, when rain again stopped play for over three hours.  They resumed around 3:30 for a couple of hours before rain resulted in an early finish again.

The major disappointment from with the weather is that we didn’t get to see Australia bat at all.  If it hadn’t been for the rain delays, Australia probably would have come in mid afternoon on Day Two.  Despite that disappointment, we still enjoyed ourselves.

We’ll be keenly watching the remainder of the match on TV, hopefully we will see an Australian victory.



As you may know, I don’t mid taking photos, and took along a pocket point and shoot with power zoom – A Nikon Coolpix A900.  I was hopeful of taking some half decent pictures at the MCG, without lugging around my usual gear.

Check out my gallery below.


Average footy tipping

AFL Tipping

With the AFL Home-and-Away season completed, I thought I’d report on the success (or lack of) in my footy tipping for 2016.

This year I entered two major footy tipping competitions, one run by radio station 1116-SEN, the other was the official AFL tipping competition.

I finished the season with 131 correct tips, which left me around mid-way in both competitions.  In the SEN comp, I ranked 1,282 from 3,545 tipsters.  In the much bigger AFL competition I ranked 87,957 from 193,431.

It’s safe to say, I didn’t win any prizes!

Under 13 footy

2016 Pakenham Under 13 Grand Final

Under 13 footy

For the past two years I’ve been the Team Manager of my son’s junior Aussie Rules football team.  This year was Under 13s, and we actually ended up with a great group of boys that won most of their games and made it through to the Grand Final.  Unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but everyone is really proud of how hard they fought, the sportsmanship they showed and the way the conducted themselves on and off the field.

Sometimes being involved with junior footy can be frustrating.  Getting the kids to show up to training when its pouring rain, finding volunteer parents to help with the various game day roles, players going on family holidays mid season, and many other challenges, can make getting a team on the field interesting to say the least.

The rewards of junior footy, like most kids sports, is seeing them having fun and being active with their mates.  For our boys, seeing them graciously congratulate the winning players and proudly accepting their Runners-Up medals made the season worthwhile.

Well done boys!  Lets hope we can go one better in the Under 14s next year.

Runners Up Medal 2016 Pakenham Under 13 Grand Final

Runners Up Medal – Under 13 Grand Final