The 2016 Sportspick AFL Super Tipper National competition was hotly contested and has concluded with a stand alone winner for each of the top 3 prize categories with Robert Tubb of the Croydon Hotel finishing 2 clear on 155 correct tips to take home the $20,000 first prize.
In 2015 151 was good enough to win but with the Bombers and Lions barely giving a yelp throughout the season, there were a few cheap points to be had this season!
Congratulations go to ROBERT TUBB (Croydon Hotel, Croydon VIC), PETER VAN ETEN (Croydon Hotel, Croydon VIC) and SAM LEWIS (Gordon Hotel, Portland VIC) who finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
Congratulations go out to all the Local Venue AFL competition winners and a big thank you to all the Sportspick Captains' who conduct their local venue comps around the Sportspick network.
This year, the top 2 tippers came from a the Croydon Hotel so obviously they breed 'em smart out in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
This year the final round saw the leaderboard stay almost identical to round 22 with 25 of the top 26 tippers playing it conservative and scoring 6 points each. Whether they went for the Home teams or odds on favourites, both resulted in a score of 6 which meant there was no fairytale miracle from the chasing pack in the final round of 2016. Only 4 people around the country managed to tip the round so admittedly, it was tough to make ground.
Editors note: the leading tippers in Sportspick Head Office finished on 147 points (equal 233rd) and we think we know our stuff, so that in itself shows what a great effort 255 correct tips were for the AFL competition.
If you managed to get 9 from 9 in 2 or more rounds this year you were in select company.
With the winners all coming from Victoria, SportsPig puts the challenge to SA and TAS in particular to dominate in 2017. although with the KO2 comp still to be determined, 4 tippers from SA venues of the remaining 25 are at the top of the leaderboard heading into week 1 of the finals. The 2 tippers left alive in KO1 are both Victorian though!
As mentioned above, the Knockout competitions will be decided through the finals series with each finals match equating to a KO round. Those tippers who remain ALIVE must tip in the Super Tipper comp (not the Finals Comp button) on each of the week 1 finals matches. See note re KO on the website for full details.
Some great new prizes were introduced in 2015 in the form of the 'Team Supporter' sub comps and a list of 2016 winners is below.
A Sportspick branded bar fridge in team colours goes out to each of the leading tippers for each AFL Team.
Note: # indicates that the team supporter prize winner was determined by a margin score tiebreaker.
Don't forget that the AFL Finals comp starts next week. Look for the button with the AFL Premiership Cup on the tipping terminal to submit your AFL Finals tips. It's free to enter and you will be aiming to not only tip the winner but also get as close to the winning margin in the first match each week to take out the $1000 prize pool.
Remember also that the Spring Carnival tipping comp is open for tipping and you have the opportunity to win cash prizes and also a trip for 2 to the NT to attend the Darwin races as a thoroughbred racehorse owner for the day!
Look out for the return of the Friday Night Summer Racing comp starting in December and good Luck with your tipping!
AFL SUPER TIPPER 2016 MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS
1st Prize $20,000 ROBERT TUBB
CROYDON HOTEL, CROYDON (VIC) 155 points
2nd Prize $7,000 PETER VAN ETEN
CROYDON HOTEL, CROYDON (VIC) 153 points
3rd Prize $3,000 SAM LEWIS
GORDON HOTEL, PORTLAND (VIC) 152 pointss
Knock Out 1 Winner $2,500 TBC
Knock Out 2 Winner $2,500 - TBC
Team Supporter Winners (Bar Fridge valued at $500)
# indicates winner via margin tiebreaker score
ADELAIDE CROWS - JOHN MULLANE
Seaton Hotel, Seaton (SA)
BRISBANE LIONS - MARIE
Queens Hotel, Gladstone (QLD)
CARLTON BLUES - JOHN FLETCHER
Customs House Hotel, Hobart (TAS)
COLLINGWOOD MAGPIES - BRIAN SHEILDS #
West Waters Hotel, Caroline Springs (TAS)
ESSENDON BOMBERS - GREG DAVISON
Phoenix Hotel, Port Cook (VIC)
FREMANTLE DOCKERS - NICK PEDLER #
Watermark Glenelg, Glenelg (SA)
GEELONG CATS - LITTLE MOZZA
The Beach Hotel, Jan Juc (VIC)
GOLD COAST SUNS - MARK WARREN
Penfolds Magill Estate, Magill (SA)
GWS GIANTS - LEONIE MARGERISON
C.ex Coffs, Coffs Harbour (VIC)
HAWTHORN HAWKS - DARREN KINNA
Minerdome Sports Club, Wendouree (VIC)
NORTH MELBOURNE KANGAROOS - DAVID ROBERTS #
Bridge Inn Hotel, Mernda (VIC)
MELBOURNE DEMONS - GRAEME HOGAN
Elimatta Hotel, Devonport (TAS)
PORT ADELAIDE POWER - KILVER SMITH
Marion Hotel, Marion (SA)
RICHMOND TIGERS - IAN CATHERALL #
Minerdome Sports Club, Wendouree (VIC)
ST KILDA SAINTS - THOMAS QUINN #
Maroondah Sports Club, Ringwood East (VIC)
SYDNEY SWANS - GLENYS MURRAY
Angel Tavern, Malvern (VIC)
WEST COAST EAGLES# - PETER WILLIAMS #
Para Hills Community Club, Para Hills (SA)
WESTERN BULLDOGS - DANNY SEYMON
Tigers Clubhouse, Hoppers Crossing (VIC)