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This thread is for my friend, Peter Schoer.

We are off and running...

The Eighth Annual Stampboards AFL Footy Tipping Contest is now open for business for the 2015 season, and all members are welcome to join in the fun.

We had over 30 starters in 2008, over 50 in the next two years, and finished with over 60 last year, and we all had a really good time and a whole lot of fun. The winners in the first two years had never seen a game of Australian Rules Football between them in their life, so anybody can win.

Unfortunately since then, the Aussie tipsters seemed to have dominated first place, so it's time for another person not of Australian persuasion to step up to the plate and put us in our place.

I just have one request - if you do not intend to post for the entire 6 month season, please do not even start - it costs me far more time and effort to try and chase up "missing" members posts and edit my spreadsheets than in does to simply count the winners of those who have posted. I have posted this message for several years and still have dozens of members who come along, post in Round One and then waste my time by not posting again. Please don't be one of them.

Between Round banter and discussion is actively encouraged, so this thread is used for ALL THINGS AUSTRALIAN RULES as well as for tipping.

We will have 4 main prizes, and they are worth winning as many of our members from previous years can attest. These are well worth the 5 minutes per week that it takes to tip.

There are prizes for the top 3 tipsters, plus one other major prize, plus whatever members may offer occasionally as spot prizes during the season.

The Wooden Spoon (last place) prize has been discontinued.

First Prize: A $A150.00 Credit Voucher from Glen Stephens, which can be used to purchase anything from http://www.glenstephens.com/rarity.html that you wish.

Second Prize: A $A100 e-voucher for any of the 50,000+ stamp items on fletches1 huge website - http://stampmall.com.au - good for members globally. A fantastic prize for collectors of ANYTHING philatelic.

Third Prize: Kevin Morgan has confirmed he will again donate an annual "Stamp News" sub within Australia - value $A89.50. (An overseas winner only needs to pay the extra post cost.) Most generous, and thanks for assisting once again Kevin!

Fourth Prize: This prize will be determined by a Random Number Generator at the end of the season and will be won by any tipster who posted tips in all 23 Rounds and was not in the first three places. So to possibly win this, just keep tipping regardless of where you are on the Stampboards ladder.

Prize to be determined at this stage.

There will be also be a little prize for the best post of the season, judged subjectively by me.

Any member who wishes to offer random prizes for any round is welcome to do so. If you wish to offer something for a round, or for a special reason, please post in thread, set up the terms and conditions of the particular competition stipulations, post a scan of your proposed prize, and post the winning name ASAP after the Round is completed. In previous years I have been the overseer of such offers, but I see no need for me to be directly involved in such offers, especially when there is a potential conflict of interest, as I too am a participant in the Tipping Competition

To everybody, join in and have some fun - no skill needed, just five minutes required once a week to post who you think will win the six or nine matches. And you do not need to know anything about Australian Rules Football to play. Well, if you are new, you do need to know to pick Geelong without fail, and learn to hate Collingwood. :D

And anyone coming in late can join in for up to three weeks after the season starts, although you will be at a clear disadvantage to those who came in from the beginning.

The Footy starts on Thursday 2 April so get in on time.

Don't wait - subscribe now. No skill is required to play, so overseas members are definitely welcome. And of course, it is completely free.

The Rules:

A list of all forthcoming AFL matches will be listed each Monday (or Tuesday if there is a Monday match) during the season.

All you need to do is predict who will win each of the matches to be played over the following round.

One point will be awarded per correct selection or for a draw - draws cannot be predicted. A drawn game will be counted as a win.

If anybody predicts all winners in any given Round, two Bonus Points will be awarded to that person.

The total number of correct selections will be aggregated over the entire season and the winner(s) will be the person(s) who picks the most winners of the 198 games over the season.

All AFL results, the progressive AFL ladder and a progressive list of where you stand on the Stampboards tipping contest ladder will be posted weekly, usually within hours, but sometimes within a day, depending on how I feel, of the round being completed.

All predictions must be posted and board time-coded by 7:30PM Australian Eastern Standard Time each Friday (if there is a Thursday match, the Thursday deadline will apply). Late entrants will receive the "away" team for any match where the deadline has passed, but their selections for later matches will be valid.

Posts may not be edited after 7:30PM on the night the round starts.

If a member does not post at all in a particular week, he or she will be awarded the away (second named) teams for that week.

Any member who does not post in any three Rounds once having joined will be considered to have withdrawn from the competition. Further tips will not be considered valid.

Members will have up until round three to join the competition. Any member joining after Round one will get an averaged aggregate total of all existing competitors as a starting score.

If there is a tie for any of the prize positions at the end of the season the winner will be chosen by a count back. So if a tie occurs at the end of Round 23, the winner will be determined by who led the competition at the end of Round 22. If still a tie then the leader at Round 21 etc....

Any member who will be away at any time during the season has the choice of being automatically given the "away" teams as their selections, or may select for all the weeks they will be away in advance. NOTE: The "away" teams are always the second named teams

Go here for the complete 2015 AFL fixture.

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=61969

This will give you all the matches to be played while you are away.

The winner will be announced the Sunday evening immediately following the completion of Round 23 on Sunday September 7

If this is unclear in any way, please post your concerns on this thread and I will clarify anything you may have a problem with.

I discovered a long time ago that I am not perfect - not even close. But after seven years auditing this competition, I am slowly getting better. :D

Please post any queries on this thread, including my ability to count winners. I am notoriously lazy when it comes to responding to eMails.

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Here is Round One. Just pick one team per match and you are part of it. Tips must be placed by 7:30 PM on AEST Thursday April 2.

Round 1:

Thursday April 2
Carlton v Richmond

Saturday, April 04
Melbourne v Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans v Essendon
Brisbane Lions v Collingwood
Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles

Sunday, April 05
St Kilda v GWS Giants
Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne
Fremantle v Port Adelaide

Monday, April 06
Hawthorn v Geelong Cats


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My Tips:

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Geelong Cats

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I haven't got a clue but I'll play. :D

Richmond
Melbourne
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Hawthorn

Thanks Norm for all the work you put into this competition.

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Thank you Norm in advance for running this competition. I will put my tips in closer to the time.

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I actually watched a couple of matches late in the season, the first time in my life I had watched an Aussie Rules match..... VERY impressed!!

So, in my bid to become a non-Aussie winner, here are my selections for week 1...

Carlton
Melbourne
Essendon
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
St Kilda
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Hawthorn

Thanks Norm ;-)

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Here's to another great season of tipping, banter, barracking, great pies but only the meat kind, plenty of allegations, free agent furphys, inaugural flags, for Freo of course, but above all... Welcome Back Footy!

Thinking of you Peter.

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I'm in Norm and I also join in the chorus of thanks.

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Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
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Fremantle
Hawthorn (just to avoid having a perfect Round 1)
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fromdownunder wrote:This thread is for my friend, Peter Schoer.
A very fitting tribute Norm, I am sure Peter would be honoured!

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Thanks Norm for the competition, I have never watched an Aussie rules game but heard it's quite fun :D (I play football myself), I will put down my guesses tomorrow after doing some research in the teams :mrgreen:

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Looking forward to the start of the season :D

I'll put in my tips closer to the start of round 1

Any overseas stampboarders looking for a team to support; the answer is in Black and White....go 'Pies :wink:

Big thanks, Norm, for running the comp.

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I'm in Norm. :D , will do my tips a little closer to the start.

I will also organise a spot prize for one of the earlier rounds - more to come :!:

GO CATS :D :D :D :D

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Wow, how time flies when you're enjoying yourself!

It hardly seems 5 minutes since last season ended and here we all are again.

First up, thanks to Glen, Fletch and Kevin for their generosity in providing the major prizes for this. And of course, special thanks to Norm for manfully standing in front of - and trying to tame - the juggernaut that is the AFL Tipping Contest.

I don't think some members realise just how much work goes into this, for most of us it's just "a bit of fun", but there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work on it, so PLEASE read Norm's first post and follow his rules/requests to make life a little bit easier for him - thanks!

So, here we go...

Round 1 Prediction Corner:

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Port Adelaide
Hawthorn

Tipping against Geelong in Round 1 - that's something!!!

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In like Flynn and thanks for running it again Norm.

My Round 1 Selections

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
West Coast Eagles
GWS Giants
Adelaide Crows
Port Adelaide
Hawthorn

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Well Norm, after four years of ignoring this thread you've finally snared me in :roll:

Having never watched a full game of AFL in my life this will be interesting I'm sure, so armed with my trusty pin I have picked the following for Round 1;

Carlton
Melbourne
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
St Kilda
North Melbourne
Port Adelaide
Hawthorn (sorry Norm, hope this doesn't count against me too much!)

As I have no ideas about the teams or indeed how the game is played other than big guys in cut off t shirts try to injure each other, repeatedly, I expect that I will find myself vying for fourth prize. But it's going to be great fun :D

Thanks in advance for bearing with me....

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gavin-h wrote:
I don't think some members realise just how much work goes into this, for most of us it's just "a bit of fun", but there's a lot of behind-the-scenes work on it, so PLEASE read Norm's first post and follow his rules/requests to make life a little bit easier for him - thanks!
Hear, hear!

Great to see Norm agree to cat wrangle dozens of members each week for another year! And I know it is HUGE job each year.

I'll add my tips later on, when I work out which teams are on better illegal supplements that the others this year, and who is betting most against themselves this round :mrgreen:

And yes for newer members the most passionate AFL supporter you will ever encounter was PeterS who sadly passed last year, far too young -

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=58507

R.I.P. - and the PAGES of tributes there speak volumes of the respect in which he was held by members here from all continents. :idea:

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Thank you Norm for continuing to run this.


Round 1:
Thursday April 2
Carlton

Saturday, April 04
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs

Sunday, April 05
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle

Monday, April 06
Geelong Cats

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Thanks again Norm for organizing this, I cannot begin to imagine how much time is spent putting in everyone's tips throughout the season, I hope you have some nice macros in place in your spreadsheet to alleviate some of the manual steps!

And thanks for everyone providing the great prizes! Having just watched a "What is Aussie Rules" Youtube clip, it looks a bit like Rugby free for all :shock:

Here are my 1st round picks :D :
Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Hawthorn

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Put on Foxtel so I can see all Eagles games. Will it improve my tipping extremely doubtful;

Thursday April 2
Richmond


Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
St Kilda
North Melbourne
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Hawthorn
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Good Work again Norm

My attempt for Round 1


Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
West Coast Eagles
GWS Giants
Adelaide Crows
Port Adelaide
Hawthorn
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Norm,

Thanks for organizing this event again this year.

Round 1:
Richmond
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
GWS Giants
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Hawthorn

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Richmond
Gold coast
Sydney
Collingwood
West coast
St. Kilda
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Hawthorn

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Norm, Many thanks and I take great pleasure in confounding the system, as you know. But the first round is always a lottery, so here goes:

Richmond
Gold Coast
Sydney
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
St Kilda
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Geelong

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Great to see this back - well done Norm - where would we be without you

First round picks

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Hawthorn

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Flicking through tips so far I am surprised at the number picking Carlton and St Kilda.

I guess we'll know more in a few weeks!

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Round 1: Guesses

Thursday April 2
Carlton

Saturday, April 04
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
West Coast Eagles

Sunday, April 05
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle

Monday, April 06
Hawthorn

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ewen s wrote:Flicking through tips so far I am surprised at the number picking Carlton and St Kilda.

I guess we'll know more in a few weeks!
My thinking, too...

I tipped St Kilda, not out of sympathy, but because GWS is still not a predictable team.

And I tipped Richmond which played some good ones last season, and Carlton not many. But Carlton looked OK in pre-season, after all.

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I have no clue but I'll try!:

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
Western Bulldogs
St Kilda
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Geelong Cats

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Thanks once again Norm for organising this fun competition

Round 1:

Richmond
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
Western Bulldogs
GWS Giants
Adelaide Crows
Port Adelaide
Hawthorn

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Richmond
Gold Coast
Sydney
Brisbane
West Coast
GWS
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Hawthorn

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The Four Day Countdown has begun. Not long to go now.

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Thanks again Norm...

Richmond
Gold Coast
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Hawthorn.

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Thursday April 2
Richmond

Saturday, April 04
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
West Coast Eagles

Sunday, April 05
St Kilda
North Melbourne
Fremantle

Monday, April 06
Hawthorn


Thanks Norm

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Thanks Norm for running the competition again.

Round 1:

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Collingwood
Western Bulldogs
GWS Giants
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Hawthorn

Good luck to all.

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As BT would say Wowee. The Bombers have all got off!

Good for footy that it is now resolved. Wonder if the Bombers are now ruing their own internal report which found them guilty of poor practices...

Hope that is the end of it all, no appeals, no more court, just get on with it.

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Great competition again Norm, thanks for being chief cat herder again :D

Round 1 picks from me:

Richmond
Gold Coast
Sydney
Brisbane
West Coast
GWS
Adelaide
Fremantle
Hawthorn
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Re: The 8th Annual AFL Tipping Contest (2015) is Here and Op

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Here we go again

Richmond
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
West Coast Eagles
GWS Giants
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Hawthorn

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Some pretty tough picks here. I reckon the only sureties are GWS to get over St Kilda and Richmond to absolutely smash Carlton on Thursday night.

Richmond
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
Western Bulldogs
GWS Giants
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Hawthorn

Thanks Norm :D

PS I've put an 8 leg multi on my picks above, only leaving out the Sydney v Essendon game. Using these tips it returns $138 from the massive $2 I have invested. Seems they are all far from sureties!!!

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Here we go for 2015 :D

Richmond
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
Western Bulldogs
GWS Giants
Adelaide Crows
Port Adelaide
Geelong Cats

GO CATS :D :D :D

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My tips for round one: thanks Norm for running the comp. :D

Richmond
Gold Coast
Sydney
Collingwood
West Coast
St Kilda
Adelaide
Fremantle
Geelong

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Round 1

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
West Coast Eagles
GWS Giants
North Melbourne
Fremantle
Hawthorn

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fromdownunder wrote:The Four Day Countdown has begun. Not long to go now.

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It is now a Two Day Countdown :!:

At this stage we have less than half the number we had last year. It is normal for people to leave it to the last minute but you need to remember that there is a Thursday game to open the season.

The deadline this week is 7:30 pm Eastern Daylight time (we change the clocks this weekend) so get your teams in now.
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Yes a timely reminder that all tips need to be in tomorrow evening 7.30pm AEDST as Match #1 this year is Thursday night! :mrgreen:

So just over a day to get your post guesses in folks!

Norm contacted the Mod group today to say he had a quite unexpected medical issue today, and sadly cannot tally this week's results.

Kevin Hedley very generously said that in the short term he can assist where he can, but EwenS we might well need to take you up on your very kind earlier offer to oversee it with Kevin, or take over the reins, if Norm's health stays unsure. Norm will be back to full health soon I am sure, and can work with you I feel certain.

I am sending out the stampboards monthly member email in an hour, and will mention the tipping deadline, and that always generates a bunch of late entrants, who were unaware it was so close upon us. :)

Many thanks to Kevin and Ewen for helping out here, right on the cusp of the first bounce!

Ewen advises he has already started to collate the tips already placed. :idea:

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All tips above entered. Some fun figures...

TheRoyalCounty has the longest name of all tipsters so far, JKA having the shortest.

Sydney is an unbackable favourite against Essendon with only one tipping the Bombers to get over the line. This is far from a sure thing in my mind - remember Sydney losing to GWS in the first round last year? Also, the Bombers will be on a high after the players were cleared - wonder how long the rush will last? I reckon into the 3rd quarter before the Sydney juggernaut rolls over the top.

We should open the season tomrrow night with a cracker. Predictions are split more evenly between the two teams, Richmond and Carlton, than any other game.

My surprises so far? Hawthorn and Freo being such strong favourites in what should both be very close games, and Collingwood being clear favourites over Brisbane who I think could finish well inside the top 8.

Keep the tips coming and get well soon Norm.

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ewen s wrote:
Also, the Bombers will be on a high after the players were cleared - wonder how long the rush will last?
Lucky Essendon are not flying in for the first match. :)
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Round 1

Carlton
Gold Coast Suns
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
West Coast Eagles
GWS Giants
Adelaide
Fremantle
Hawthorn
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Re: The 8th Annual AFL Tipping Contest (2015) is Here and Op

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I have no idea, using the roll of a die.

Round 1:

Richmond
Melbourne
Sydney Swans
Brisbane Lions
West Coast Eagles
St Kilda
Adelaide Crows
Fremantle
Geelong Cats

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Many thanks to Ewen and Kevin for standing in for Norm.
Ewen- you realise they will not let you back into NZ after this LOL

Round 1
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Brisbane
Western Bulldogs
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Adelaide
Fremantle
Hawthorn
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Not wrong Margo. Took three seasons of watching before I stopped all the 'all this game needs is an offside rule' type comments and another few seasons to understand it enough to love it.

Well and truly obsessed these days and it's up there with the best of sports :D

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