On the off chance that anyone is considering making their AFL punts based on our guesses, we totally overlooked one of the Round 8 games.
That was the one between Hawthorn and GWS at MCG. We would have gotten that one wrong, too, as we would have had the Giants for our selection. Melbourners had it right. They simply stayed home. The game drew fewer than 15,000, so MCG must have seemed like a mausoleum, with possibly some crickets chirping and tumbleweeds blowing across the oval.
We were right on five games, wrong on three. Our hypothetical $800 stake would have earned $744, plus the $500 staked – $1244 total. Subtracting the $300 from that leaves $944 before bookie fees are deducted.
Sydney beating Essendon supplied one of our losing punts. You never know where the Bombs will land. The Dogs beating the Lions went against us. Richmond came to life and beat Fremantle at Optus.
On to Round 9 guesses. Thanks to Ladbrokes for the figures.
West Coast has the Dees in Perth. Eagles for a potential $128.
The Magpies should have little trouble with St. Kilda at The G. Collingwood for $122.
We had trouble last week accepting Brisbane as underdogs to the Dogs. This week, we see them favoured over Adelaide. We will stare straight down the barrel and take the Crows to win at the Gabba for $210.
Geelong is playing the touring dogs. Cats all the way for the paltry $122.
Freemantle is visiting Essendon. Experience suggests it is foolhardy to take the Bombers, but we do just the same, as the $172 potential dividend is too juicy to ignore.
The Roos and the Swans are playing down Tasmania way. We will almost certainly regret this one, but we are backing North Melbourne to bring us $165.
Port over Gold Coast in Adelaide looks like an easy $118.
Richmond and Hawthorn will play at MCG. Will the real Tigers please stand up and deliver us $1.60?
GWS has Carlton and Giants Stadium. It is nice of the bookies to offer us this one and we will take the Giants, even though it is worth but $112.
We counted carefully and have made nine selections this week.
Wish us luck, we will need a healthy dose.