A HUGE welcome to the 2017 ODV Footy Tipping Comp.
To all our regular annual tipsters I welcome you back and to all the new tipsters that have joined us I hope you have as much fun as we do running this footy tipping comp.
As usual we will give you our weekly tips and thoughts for each game and on the Monday give you a wrap up and see what Numbers That Counted.
So here we go hey, tonight is the night and on Sunday we have our first AO game with Crows V Giants. Sadly for me I can not go to the first Crows game but I am not totally peed off as it is because I am playing in a Grand Final for our cricket team so hopefully I can give you some good news on Monday (or maybe it might be Tuesday!)
This year our weekly prize has changed a little as we have purchased some ODV Sherrin Footballs for you to enjoy especially on those nights like this Sunday when you can have a kick and catch after the game at AO.
So let's get going and have a look at the first round.
Carlton v Richmond
We are back to the historical opening game of the season being a Carlton/Richmond clash. The MCG got blessed with a brand new statue of the great Kevin Bartlett this week and I think this will just ensure that the Tigers do the job over the Blues. In saying that though this is a game between 2 clubs that most pundits same will finish in the bottom half of the ladder and south of that bottom half even. Whilst I am looking forward to the start of the season I may wait until tomorrow night before I watch my first game.
Tigers 33 pts
Collingwood v Western Bulldogs
Not a great start for poor old Bucks getting the wool pulled over his eyes again, he is feeling very sad now, apparently. All to do with young Goey who had swore to Buck’s he broke his hand playing with his dog and then not until Buck’s told the footy world did Gooooey admit it was in a bar fight. Now he can stay home and play with his dog instead of playing against the dogs.
Its amazing how the footy gods plan things and this game is no exception with Travis Cloke’s first game with his new club being up against his old magpie family. A family that will certainly turn on him. I am looking forward mostly to what the dogs banners may say. For Richmond could be “We played in a Grand Final and did not choke, thanks for coming Travis Cloke” or Mapies “Good luck Travis you gave us plenty now it’s time for Doggies to see you miss from 20”
Just for the fun of it I am saying a win to Doggies and Cloke to kick 8 goals straight!
St Kilda v Melbourne
Now I didn’t see any of the practice matches or results and not sure what the hype is all about but all the talk is, is how much everyone is looking forward to this clash. I gather the Demons must have shown plenty and they are expecting the Saints to continue on from last year. The murmur around though is that the Crow’s ex captain is a motivational machine and with the new injection of players the Demons will be a force this year.
Demons 33 pts
Sydney v Port Adelaide
Oooeeyy what can we say about this game except that it will be nice for Port to quickly get this game over and done with and start their campaign next week. In saying that though Sydney do not usually start well and that is Ports only hope. Honestly I do hope Port can find a bit this year it is not good for us South Aussies to have a side down near the bottom. I have seen Hinkley is favourite for the next coach to get the boot some on Power!!
Swans 45 pts
Essendon v Hawthorn
This will be a game you don’t want to miss. I think the Bombers will be fired up and coming out for blood with their returning suspension players. Unless you are a Hawks supporter, you would have loved that they didn’t make the GF and would all like to see the back of the ‘Hawk Dynasty’, we can all grin and hope this game will be the beginning of the end for the Hawks. On a positive though it is great to see Roughead back amongst it. I like a good upset and a good roughie so….
Bombers 8 pts
Gold Coast v Brisbane
It’s no surprise that Queenslanders love their Rugby with these two teams representing their state. Brisbane’s women team has already been more successful in their first season than Brisbane Lions have been in the past 10 years. Maybe some of those ladies should show the men how it’s done. Brisbane begins its Fagan era now and maybe some of that grey hair will do them good. The Suns are a bit unknown this year, if their injury plague passes they could be up there in contention for the bottom feeders of the 8-10th position. The Suns can’t lose these games and have too win these “easy” games.
Suns by 28pts
North Melbourne v West Coast
I find it quite hard to tip in the first round, especially when I didn’t watch a whole lot of the JLT series. I am torn about how the Eagles will go this season, I would love to see them make finals, but it will be tough without big Nic Nat. I do think they have a lot of depth and Mitchell will give a boost to their midfield. The Roo’s went from being the oldest team in the AFL last year to the youngest team this year, their lack of experienced players makes them a write off for the 8 this year for me.
Eagles by 19pts
Adelaide v Greater Western Sydney
I personally cannot wait to pull out the footy colours and get down to Adelaide Oval to watch the footy again. The AFL’s baby (GWS) is all grown up and I don’t doubt we will see them winning a handful of premierships over the next few years. If Adelaide can stay injury free I think they are set for a top 4 finish. The Crows have a great record against the Giants but the Giants just seem too strong on paper with their midfield. This is a classic head v’s heart game for me. I would love to see the Giants fall to the Crows however, it’s going to be very tough to get that done. I’m going to say…
Giants by 10pts
…… actually I change my mind..
Crows by 3pts
Fremantle v Geelong
I know that GWS are flag favourites this year but what do you think of Freo going from top to near bottom in 1 year and then back up to top in the next year. That is how good Nat Fyffe is I reckon. What out the Dockers will roll on up in 2017. I see Geelong are favourite for this game but they wont know what his them! Freo to make a mess in the kitty litter.
Dockers 28 pts
Good luck everyone and don’t forget this comp is open you all your family and friends, just send them the link.