The 2018 Sportspick AFL Super Tipper National competition was hotly contested and has concluded with a six way tie for the 2nd Place prize pool but one tipper stood alone at the top of the leaderboard to take home the $20000 1st prize!
Congratulations to BREE PARKS from WESTERN SUBURBS LEAGUES CLUB NSW who tipped the perfect 9 winners in the final home and away round to finish on 152 correct tips for the 2018 AFL Super Tipper comp!
In 2017 you needed 141 points to finish on top of the leaderboard but with the failure of Carlton and Gold Coast to fire a shot in the competition this year, 141 would have seen you barely scrape into the top 1000 tippers (but still would be good enought to run a drum in the Sportspick in-house office tipping comp!)
Congratulations also to Geoff Aldred (Bay & Bridge Hotel VIC), Geoffrey King (Para Hills Community Club, SA), Lindsay Beaver (Hamilton Tavern, WA), Trent Mansfield (Seacliff Beach Hotel SA), Mark Douglas (Croydon Hotel, VIC) and Michael Vogt (Hotel Enfield SA) who finished tied one point behind in 2nd place respectively.
Shout out to all the Local Venue competition winners and a big thank you to all of the venue "Sportspick Captains" who conduct their local comps throughout the Sportspick venue network.
This year the final round saw the leaderboard shift around from round 22 with a few of the top 20 tippers playing it aggressive in order to separate themselves from the chasing pack. Many of those sitting just outside the money positions ended up scoring 8 or 9 from 9 but with limited upsets resulting there was no cigar in the end.
Geoffrey King and Michael Vogt went into the final round with a 2 point lead over our eventual champion and did the sensible thing to tip all the favourites but unfortunately resulted in a score of 6 leaving them tied for the second prize.
Editors note: the leading tipper in Sportspick Head Office finished on 143 points (equal 660th) and investigations continue internally as to how the CEO managed to win the chocolates, so that in itself shows what a great effort 152 correct tips were to take out National AFL Prize.
If you managed to get 9 from 9 in 3 or more rounds this year you were in select company as only 201 tippers managed that and of those 201 - only 18 tipped the round 4 times.
With the majority of the 2017 major prize winners coming from Victorian venues, Sports Pig put out the challenge to all SA tippers in particular, to dominate in 2018. The Crows and Port Power both failed to make the 8 and this surely affected the final scores for a lot of our SA tippers. But nonetheless, we saw several tippers from SA finish in the money so well done SA!
The popular team themed bar fridge prizes that were introduced in 2015 for the leaders in each of the 18 'Team Supporter' sub comps were up for grabs again this season and a list of 2018 winners is provided below.
Enjoy the finals series if your team is in contention and if not, there's always next year...
Sincerely, SportsPig. Oink Oink Go HAWKS!!!
AFL SUPER TIPPER 2018 MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS
1st Prize $20,000 BREE PARKS
RIVERVIEW HOTEL, New Lambton (NSW) 152 points
2nd = Prize $1,667 GEOFF ALDRED
BAY & BRIDGE HOTEL, Port Melbourne (VIC) 151 points
2nd = Prize $1,667 GEOFFREY KING
PARA HILLS COMMUNITY CLUB, Para Hills (SA) 151 points
2nd = Prize $1,667 LINDSAY BEAVER
HAMILTON TAVERN, Hamilton Hill (WA) 151 points
2nd = Prize $1,667 TRENT MANSFIELD
SEACLIFF BEACH HOTEL, Seacliff (SA) 151 points
2nd = Prize $1,667 MARK DOUGLAS
CROYDON HOTEL, Croydon (VIC) 151 points
2nd = Prize $1,667 MICHAEL VOGT
HOTEL ENFIELD, Clearview (SA) 151 points
Knock Out 1 Winner $2,500 TBC During Finals Series
Knock Out 2 Winner $2,500 - TBC During Finals Series
Team Supporter Winners for Highest Tip score for AFL Rounds 10-23 (Bar Fridge valued at $500)
# indicates winner on tiebreak margin score
Leading Supporter Adelaide Crows - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st CHRIS KINITA - Port Lincoln Hotel (SA)
Leading Supporter Brisbane Lions - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st LYNDON CARTLEDGE# - Red Lion Hotel (VIC)
Leading Supporter Carlton Blues - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st CHRIS H HALEY - Croydon Hotel (VIC)
Leading Supporter Collingwood Magpies - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st ALAN HICKMOTT# - Commercial Club Albury (NSW)
Leading Supporter Essendon Bombers - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st DREW MYALL# - Bushman's Arms Hotel (SA)
Leading Supporter Fremantle Dockers - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st LINDSAY BEAVER - Hamilton Tavern (WA)
Leading Supporter Geelong Cats - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st RONNIE HALOES# - Stockade Tavern (SA)
Leading Supporter Gold Coast Suns - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st PAUL JONES - Thomas Blamey Tavern (NSW)
Leading Supporter GWS Giants - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st ROB HUDSON# - OBriens Hotel (NSW)
Leading Supporter Hawthorn Hawks - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st KRISTIAN PENNICOTT# - Winnellie Hotel (NT)
Leading Supporter Melbourne Demons - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st DENNIS BOOTH - The Foundry Hotel Complex (VIC)
Leading Supporter North Melb Kangaroos - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st MIKE TURNER# - Hotel 520 (VIC)
Leading Supporter Port Adelaide Power - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st VERONICA FRYTERS - Alberton Hotel (SA)
Leading Supporter Richmond Tigers - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st NEIL BOURKE - Modbury Plaza Hotel (SA)
Leading Supporter St Kilda Saints - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st ANDREW MITCHELL - Dapto Leagues Club (NSW)
Leading Supporter Sydney Swans - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st BREE PARKS - Western Suburbs Leagues Club (NSW)
Leading Supporter West Coast Eagles - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st FOUR PINT SALLY JABBA - The Gate Bar & Bistro (WA)
Leading Supporter Western Bulldogs - $500 Value Bar Fridge 1st KEVIN BEARDMORE# - The Chase Bar and Bistro (WA)