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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

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!

AFL Womens Teams

AFL Womens Teams
AFL Womens Teams (from AFL website / AFL Media)

The AFL announced today the eight teams that will take part in the inaugural Womens League in 2017.  I think this is fantastic!  Back in the day we would have scoffed and said “footy is a man’s game”, but now I reckon it’s great to see the women participating.  No longer will we see teenage girls being told they cant play any more when they get too old to play with the boys.

During the Big Bash Cricket, we went along early to a game to catch a womens match curtain raiser, I’d be more than happy to do the same for the womens football.  The skill level we’ve seen in the AFL demonstration games of womens football has been terrific, hopefully there’s enough talent out there for all eight teams to be competitive.  I wish the womens’ teams every success, hopefully it works out well for the AFL and everyone involved.

Fremantle V Essendon

The Fremantle Dockers haven’t been able to win any of their ten AFL games of footy this season, yet they are favorite to win against the Essendon Bombers tonight.

Why is nobody tipping Essendon to defeat Fremantle, when the Dockers haven’t won a game yet?

Sure, Essendon have lost half their team to drug suspensions (hardly the players fault when the drugs were administered by the club, but that’s a whole other issue), but in every one of their games this season they have shown determination and played hard for two or three quarters. That was enough to get the win against Melbourne in round two, so I don’t see why an Essendon win should be ruled out against a team who hasn’t won any games themselves so far. Surely the Western Australia home ground ins’t that much of an advantage?

We will find out the answer tonight. Go Bombers!

Every week I publish my footy tips on a separate blog I call
I’m not sure if I’ll continue that site past 2016, but my crazy footy tips for this week can be seen here 

Well it looks like everyone tipping Fremantle to win knew what they were talking about.
Essendon suffered an embarresing loss, scoring only 47 points to Freo’s 126.
Full match results here –