• Round 9 of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition was pretty good to us. Good in the sense that we enjoy being right more than most.

    We guessed correctly seven times out of nine games. By out feeble math, it was a 77 percent strike rate.

    Remember, we are playing with play money, with $100 staked per fixture. Do not bet based on our guesses. We have an adequate supply of enemies without deliberately cultivating more of them.

    Our figures are $934 in dividends for our correct picks. With the return of $700 of our staked funds, the week brought us $1,634, less bookie fees.

    North Melbourne and Sydney Swans in Tasmania cost us $100. We took the Adelaide Crows to beat Brisbane Lions at the Gabba.

    That second one hurt. We were chasing a juicy $210, but the Crows failed us by one point, losing 93 – 92.

    It has taken Essendon Bombers this long to get past the damage of the 2012 supplements scandal. Will it take the Crows that long to recover from the ill-fated Collective Minds experiment?

    Our wins were West Coast Eagles over Melbourne Demons, Collingwood Magpies over St. Kilda Saints, Geelong Cats over Western Bulldogs, Essendon Bombers over Fremantle Dockers, Port Adelaide Power over Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney Giants over the Carlton Blues.

    Getting all nine games right is our objective and we hope to do that before the byes come along, but we would settle for one unbeaten week, so maybe those byes will help us, as there will be fewer chances to be wrong.

    Since we have no real skin in the game, picking is easy. If we had even one solitary dollar of real money on the AFL games, we would suddenly turn into complete blithering idiots and do things such as taking Carlton over Geelong.

    Make that more blithering.

    Any time we are tempted to crown ourselves as punting geniuses, all we need to do is flip the page and look at what we have done with the NRL.