• We came within seven points of perfection for our theoretical tipping for Round 17 of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition.

    The seven points was the margin by which the Carlton Blues beat the Sydney Swans at SCG.

    Looking over the rest of our picks, Carlton v Sydney was the last we would have expected to go agasint us.

    Collingwood delivered our upset pick, beating West Coast by one point at Optus Stadium.

    We were right on eight of nine for the Round, but we neglected to calculate our dividends based on the prices offered at the time we made our picks, meaning that we have not a clue as to how much we raked in.

    It must have been a nice chunk, though, even if we took favourites in every instance save the game between the Pies and the Eagles.

    Older and wiser, here is how we see Round 18.

    The Crows have the Bombers coming to town. We will pick the Crows of a potential $144.

    Richmond versus Port at MCG should be an easy one. We take the Tigers for $128.

    The Blues are singing a happy tune this week under the young caretaker coach and enter the game agasint Gold Coast in the unfamiliar role of favourites. We vowed never to back Carlton, but we are breaking that vow and taking the Blues for $125.

    Collingwood will be in Sydney to face GWS Giants. We flipped a coin and it came up eagles, but we like the Giants for $183.

    Brisbane Lions will see the Roos come calling. Brisbane for $136.

    Fremantle are favoured over the Swans at Optus. We will take the Dockers for $160.

    Geelong versus Hawthorn is Cats all the way for $133.

    West Coast Eagles over Melbourne Demons for $145.

    Finally, we will take the risk of backing St. Kilda over Western Bulldogs for $300, hoping that the Saints can answer our prayers, participate in a coaching miracle similar to the one in Carlton, now that Alan Richardson has stepped down.

    Remember to gamble responsibly. Do not use our picks, as we are betting $100 of pretend money and do not claim any insight or expertise.