Footy Tipping 2022 - Leader Leon Laragy

Each week Leon notifies the 24 players with an email of the results and some witty dialogue or analysis

Round 10

Greetings All

Eleven players secured the highest return of 7 correct tips, congratulations to: John Hewison, Rod & Wendy Kelly, Vivienne Fry, Geoff & Merry Bransbury, Barry Amond, Noel Ineson, Leon & Michele Laragy, Richard Phillips, Keith Ross, Colin Neave and Martyn Pickersgill.   Eleven players also attained the next highest result of 6 correct, well done to: Simon Appel, Paul Stephens, Garry Sebo, Chris Renwick, Alan Stevens, Geoff Cupples, Howard Hoskins, Bob & Tina Wigg, Jim Duggan, Peter McGregor and John Green. (… we could have a cricket match with these two groups!)

Please remember, the Next Round starts this Friday, May 27 !!

Regarding the second Block prize pool (Rounds 7 to 12) – Three folks have the highest tally: Vivienne Fry, Barry Amond and Noel Ineson.  Sharing the second highest number of correct tips are: Geoff & Merry Bransbury, Leon & Michele Laragy, John Hewison and Howard Hoskins.  Two rounds remain in this Block; thirteen players are not more than 2 tips out of the money.

Trivia/Anecdote

I once played on the same team as ‘Lethal’ Leigh Matthews… basketball team that is!!  A team for ‘mature age players’ which was organised by the cricket club where our son played junior cricket.  A stalwart of the club was a ‘mad’ Collingwood fan (any other sort?); somehow he had enticed Leigh Matthews to join our team – I think Leigh was at a loose end as he had recently completed his coaching stint at Collingwood.  Leigh’s extraordinary football achievements are very well known, his basketball achievements unlikely to be so!  Our team lacked ‘schooled’ technique but Leigh compensated with an uncanny natural athletic ability.  Leigh was quite good at scoring goals, albeit his style was unorthodox.  He would shoot for goal as though he was passing the ball i.e. hands either side of the ball, lobbing the ball gently to the hoop … I venture to think a foolhardy purist might have offered Leigh a critique … but only once!

If you have anecdotes/suggestions please share them with us.

Good luck everyone for the next round & don’t forget to get those tips in!!

Round 9

Well, well, well… it has taken 9 Rounds to unearth a perfect return of 9 correct tips – Congratulations to Noel Ineson for securing the maximum!!  Four players attained the next highest result of 8 correct, well done to: Barry Amond, Richard Phillips, Bob & Tina Wigg and Jim Duggan.

Please remember, the Next Round starts this Friday, May 20 !!

We are halfway through the second Block prize pool (Rounds 7 to 12) – Noel’s stellar performance has catapulted him into a share of first place along with Howard Hoskins, Vivienne Fry and Barry Amond.  Sharing the second highest number of correct tips are: Geoff & Merry Bransbury, Leon & Michele Laragy, John Hewison, Peter McGregor and Bob & Tina Wigg.  With 3 rounds remaining opportunity exists for movement in the standings (Notwithstanding Round 12 is a ‘bye round’ with only six games).

Trivia/Anecdote

Apropos Lloyd Jenkins’ round 6 anecdote regarding his contribution to the stellar football career of Essendon great Jack Clarke, did you know that well-known distance runner Ron Clarke was Jack’s younger brother?   Former Australian Football League CEO Andrew Demetriou stated that Ron as Mayor of the Gold Coast played a major role in the AFL establishing the Gold Coast Suns on the Gold Coast.

Trivial Anagrams: Can you unscramble the following letters to identify some of our fellow Probians?

  • Am Judging
  • Losing Rower
  • Gory Saber

Round 8

Two players achieved the round high of 8 correct tips, congratulations to: Vivienne Fry and Howard Hoskins.  Six players attained the next highest result of 7 correct, well done to: Garry Sebo, Leon & Michele Laragy, Geoff & Merry Bransbury, Alan Stevens, Barry Amond and Peter McGregor.

Please remember, the Next Round starts this Friday, May 13 !!

Apropos Ken Beadle’s mention last round, Ken subsequently advised that he was deliberately aiming for the booby prize at season’s end not realising the comp rules – however Ken is undeterred and is enjoying his quest to achieve a zero round!!

Trivia/Anecdote

“False Memories” are real!  It is difficult to conceive that a person can genuinely claim to remember something that is in fact entirely false and imaginary.  However I had one such ‘memory’.  I’m a Cats fan and my second team is St Kilda.  In 2009 the Cats and the Saints played in the Grand Final.  A colleague at the time, a huge Saints fan, was by marriage related to former Geelong captain Steven King, who played for Geelong in the 2007 premiership team; however he played with the Saints in the 2009 Grand Final.  The Cats won in 2009 – I watched the game on TV with keen interest.  When I saw my dejected colleague at work I asked him what he thought of Steven King striking Geelong’s fullback Matthew Scarlett during the game. He replied: “It didn’t happen”.  How could it not have happened?  I saw it.  In vain I repeatedly scoured my recording of the game for the incident.  I had to accept that my memory was false – but I can still picture it. … Saints v Cats this weekend …

If you have anecdotes please share them with us.

Good luck everyone for the next round & don’t forget to get those tips in!!

Cheers, Leon

(As always, please contact me if you have any questions – 0410 32 75 87)

 

Round 7

23 out of 24 players had either the highest or second highest number correct for the round.  Eight players achieved the round high of 6 correct tips, congratulations to: John Hewison, Vivienne Fry, Keith Ross, Richard Phillips, Jim Duggan, Bob & Tina Wigg, Peter McGregor and John Green.  Fifteen players attained the next highest result of 5 correct, well done to: Simon Appel, Garry Sebo, Rod & Wendy Kelly, Paul Stephens, Leon & Michele Laragy, Chris Renwick, Geoff Cupples, Geoff & Merry Bransbury, Alan Stevens, Deb Skues, Colin Neave, Barry Amond, Noel Ineson, Howard Hoskins and Martyn Pickersgill.

Normally we would not focus on the nether regions but Ken Beadle’s effort this round must be acknowledged – one correct tip is, in an inverted sense, somewhat impressive.

However, please note that no prize will be awarded for last place in the overall standings.  As stated at the beginning of the comp the intention is for a ‘booby prize’ to be bestowed on a player/team from those with the fourth least number of correct tips at the end of the season!

Please remember that Round 8 starts this Friday, May 6 !!

You will note there are now two ‘Standings Tables’; the first covers overall standing, the second shows how we are doing in the Second Block which covers Rounds 7 to 13.

Trivia/Anecdote

This week’s item is courtesy of Simon Appel – many thanks Simon for sharing the following:

“My schooling was mostly as a boarder at Geelong College. Located quite near the Geelong Football Club grounds, we often observed Geelong training. The players would train from around 3.30 pm through 5pm, or sometimes even as late as 6pm. Training comprised end-to-end kicks and marking, with some circuit work around the oval. Training ended with showers in the rooms, together with much camaraderie. I recall the likes of Bobby Davis. Built like a mallee-root, covered in hair, he would stand in the showers, mates all around under their showers, with beer in one hand (‘long-neck’ bottles!), and often a smoke in the other. Training has changed a little.

Cheers!!!!!”

If you have anecdotes please share them with us.

Round 6

Nine players achieved the round high of 8 correct tips, congratulations to:  Garry Sebo, Rod & Wendy Kelly, Paul Stephens, Chris Renwick, Geoff Cupples, Geoff & Merry Bransbury, Alan Stevens, Barry Amond and Noel Ineson.  Eight players attained the next highest result of 7 correct, well done to:  Simon Appel, John Hewison, Vivienne Fry, Richard Phillips, Colin Neave, Howard Hoskins, Bob & Tina Wigg and Jim Duggan.

We have some winners! Congratulations to them all; the final standings for the First Block Prize Pool [$144] (Rounds 1 to 6) are:

  • In outright First is:  Simon Appel ($57.60 prize)
  • Sharing Second are:  Garry Sebo, Rod & Wendy Kelly, and Paul Stephens ($28.80 prize)
    (NB, all prize payouts will occur after the completion of Home & Away rounds)

Please note, the Second Block Prize Pool starts Round 7 and concludes Round 13 – We all start from Zero!  FYI: Round 7 starts this Friday, April 29!!

Trivia/Anecdote

This week’s item is courtesy of Lloyd Jenkins – many thanks Lloyd for sharing the following: 

“ One of the greatest of the Bombers was Jack Clarke. His era was nineteen fifties into the sixties. It is not well known that I taught him all he knew about playing the game. It was around 1948. A crack junior team from the Essendon district visited Ballarat  to face up to the crack local side, Redan Juniors. We of Redan billeted the visitors. We were ready to demolish the lairs from the big smoke. The two centremen met before the bounce to shake hands as instructed. This was an innovation for us. ‘Hello, I’m Jack Clarke was the greeting from a neat well spoken Essendon player. ‘Hello, I’m Lloyd Jenkins ‘was the reply from the country lad. The ball was bounced. Jack Clarke got it , swung towards goal and delivered it  like an arrow to  the full forward. GOAL. That opening stanza was repeated and repeated from then on with the country lad chasing in circles with nil success. Jack Clarke, best on ground. Country lad nil possessions, nil kicks, nil anything. Jack Clarke learned  much from me that day and went on to be one of the all-time greats of the game. I imagine he was ever grateful for that learning experience at Ballarat. As for the country lad he realized early that he was not destined for success at Aussie rules and switched to baseball as a winter sport. It was a wise move.  “     Lloyd Jenkins.

If you have anecdotes, please share them with us.

Good luck everyone for the next round & don’t forget to get those tips in!!  

Cheers, Leon

(As always, please contact me if you have any questions – 0410 32 75 87)

Round 5

Congratulations to Paul Stephens, Keith Ross and Geoff Cupples for achieving the round high of 8 correct tips.  Five players attained the next highest result of 7 correct, well done to: Simon Appel, Leon & Michele Laragy, Garry Sebo, Alan Stevens and Barry Amond.

In the Standings Table (see table) Simon Appel is still in outright first with a tally of 34 correct.  In outright second with a tally of 32 correct are Leon & Michele Laragy.

As you know, Round 6 concludes the first Prize Pool block; only players finishing with either the highest or second highest tally for rounds 1 to 6 share in the prize pool ($144) – the prize pool is always shared using the following ratio: those in first place receive twice the amount of those in second. 

What will Round 6 bring? Who will rise and who will fall??

Trivia/Anecdote

This week’s item is courtesy of Vivienne Fry – many thanks Vivienne for sharing the following:

“As a 13yo newly arrived migrant in Australia from Malta in 1963, going to a “foreign” school in a new country and speaking a new language was quite overwhelming and frightening at times.  However I tried my hardest to belong and fit in the school environment.  It so happened that one of the first girls to befriend me, was a Demon supporter.  Every Monday morning she would talk on and on about “Barass” and how good the Demons played football in the weekend.  “Barass” was not in my English dictionary and football was not played with a round ball but she convinced me that to be her friend I had to follow the Demons.  This created a dilemma:  coming from a tiny very Catholic island where religion dominates its entire culture, and having been brought up to fear and abhor anything to do with the devil, I thought it would be a sin to follow the Demons where I should be following the Saints.   So the only way to solve this was to go to confession and confess my sin.   I think the priest must have been a Melbourne supporter.   He said “say three Hail Marys and go in peace.”

Go Demons!!

Vivienne Fry

How did you end up following your team?  If you have anecdotes please share them with us.

Good luck everyone for the next round & don’t forget to get those tips in!!

Cheers, Leon

(As always, please contact me if you have any questions – 0410 32 75 87)

Round 4

Congratulations to Paul Stephens, Keith Ross and Geoff Cupples for achieving the round high of 8 correct tips.  Five players attained the next highest result of 7 correct, well done to: Simon Appel, Leon & Michele Laragy, Garry Sebo, Alan Stevens and Barry Amond

In the Standings Table (see table) Simon Appel is still in outright first with a tally of 34 correct.  In outright second with a tally of 32 correct are Leon & Michele Laragy.

As you know, Round 6 concludes the first Prize Pool block; only players finishing with either the highest or second highest tally for rounds 1 to 6 share in the prize pool ($144) – the prize pool is always shared using the following ratio: those in first place receive twice the amount of those in second. 

Trivia/Anecdote

This week’s item is courtesy of Vivienne Fry – many thanks Vivienne for sharing the following:

“As a 13yo newly arrived migrant in Australia from Malta in 1963, going to a “foreign” school in a new country and speaking a new language was quite overwhelming and frightening at times.  However I tried my hardest to belong and fit in the school environment.  It so happened that one of the first girls to befriend me, was a Demon supporter.  Every Monday morning she would talk on and on about “Barass” and how good the Demons played football in the weekend.  “Barass” was not in my English dictionary and football was not played with a round ball but she convinced me that to be her friend I had to follow the Demons.  This created a dilemma:  coming from a tiny very Catholic island where religion dominates its entire culture, and having been brought up to fear and abhor anything to do with the devil, I thought it would be a sin to follow the Demons where I should be following the Saints.   So the only way to solve this was to go to confession and confess my sin.   I think the priest must have been a Melbourne supporter.   He said “say three Hail Marys and go in peace.”

Go Demons!!

Vivienne Fry

How did you end up following your team?  If you have anecdotes please share them with us.

 

 

Nine players achieved the round high of 6 correct tips; congratulations to Simon Appel, Rod & Wendy Kelly, Chris Renwick, Garry Sebo, Geoff & Merry Bransbury, Colin Neave, Howard Hoskins, Noel Ineson and Barry Amond. Nine players also managed the second highest tally of 5 correct tips; well done to John Hewison, Paul Stephens, Vivienne Fry, Martyn Pickersgill, Leon & Michele Laragy, Alan Stevens, Geoff Cupples, Jim Duggan and Peter McGregor.

Please note that Round 5 starts this Thursday, April 14 !!

In the Standings Table (see table) Simon Appel is outright first with 27 correct tips which gives him a handy 2 tip lead over three players sharing second place – Rod & Wendy Kelly, Leon & Michele Laragy and Chris Renwick.
With two rounds to go to conclude the first Prize Pool block, 14 players are 5 or fewer tips away from the second highest tally of 25 – does two rounds provide enough opportunity to climb into the money??

Trivia/Anecdote
I imagine many of you would recall the Junction Hotel in St Kilda. Google shows it was a grand building in its heyday but it ended its days as a billboard support as shown by the photo taken in the early 70s. In the early sixties my older sister was friends with Richmond Football Club legend Graeme Richmond; she introduced Graeme to our father and the two of them would go to the boxing at Festival Hall. I recall that Graeme ran the Swan Hotel in Richmond and that he also operated the Junction Hotel in St Kilda just prior to the time it was demolished to enable the
much needed widening of High Street. The Junction Hotel was a favoured watering hole for Saints fans making their way to and from the adjacent Junction Oval on Saturday afternoons during the footy season. Apparently the pub would lower the Saints’ flag to half mast whenever the team lost. We can only imagine the post match pandemonium in the public bar in those days of the ‘Six o’clock swill’!! The Saints ended their association with the Junction Oval when the club moved to Moorabbin in 1965. The club’s solitary premiership in 1966, was, ironically perhaps, the year mandatory six o’clock closing ended – Perhaps it should be reintroduced for
the Saints’ sake!!

Did any of you go to the Junction Hotel after a game? If you have anecdotes please share them with us.

Round 3

The highest number of correct tips for Round 3 was eight which was secured by five players; congratulations to: Paul Stephens, Garry Sebo, Chris Renwick, Leon & Michele Laragy, andSimon Appel.
The next highest tally was seven correct which was achieved by five players; well done to:Vivienne Fry, Deb Skues, Richard Phillips, John Hewison, and Rod & Wendy Kelly.

** Please note that Round 4 starts this Thursday, April 7 **

In the Standings Table (see table) Simon Appel is in the lead with a tally of 21. With the second highest tally of 20 is Leon & Michele Laragy. Three players are on 19 and five have 18 correct. Round 3 is the halfway point of the first of our four ‘quarterly’ prize pool blocks; with 3 rounds to go there is plenty of opportunity for big changes to the composition of the players that will finish with the top two highest tip totals at the close of Round 6!
Tips on Tips:
● After you enter your tips you can always make changes provided the game in question has not started.
● Don’t count your tip before the final kick of the game!
Trivia/Anecdote
This week’s item is courtesy of Howard Hoskins – many thanks Howard. Howard is a keen Melbourne supporter; he wrote: “My first Grand Final attendance was in 1957 when the Dees beat Essendon I was also there in 1964. I have been fortunate to attend 27 Grand Finals which I thought was a pretty good record, however on speaking with ex President Roger Wilson who informed me he has been to every Grand Final since 1956 (a total of 65) bar the last two covid years. As we know Roger follows Collingwood and in that time he has witnessed 3 Magpie victories and 14 losses. As we know that’s how the term Colliwobbles came about.” – Did we see a touch of the ‘Colliwobbles’ on Saturday night in the game against the Cats?
If you have anecdotes please share them with us.

Good luck everyone for the next round & don’t forget to get those tips in!!

Cheers, Leon
(As always, please contact me if you have any questions – 0410 32 75 87

Round 2

Congratulations to Martyn Pickersgill for achieving the round high of 7 correct tips. Six others attained the next highest result of 6 correct, well done to: Simon Appel, Bob & Tina Wigg, Rod & Wendy Kelly, John Hewison, and Vivienne Fry.
Please note that Round 3 starts this Thursday, March 31 !!
In the Standings Table (see below) Simon Appel is in the lead with a tally of 13. With the second highest tally of 12 are five players/teams. To illustrate prize allocations, the first Prize
Pool up for grabs covers Rounds 1 to 6 – those players achieving the first two highest tallies at the end of Round 6 are in the money!

Tips for Entering Your Tips:

● For the ESPN website; the URL is: https://www.footytips.com.au/home (click ‘Sign In’)
● Get the ESPN app for your smartphone! I find it very easy to use. It is typically the case that when you open the app you are already logged in – it seems that just closing the app does not log you out. (If you do logout of the app it will request your e-mail address and password)

Trivia/Anecdote (feel free to skip this)
In reflecting on my association with anyone directly or, dare I say, even tenuously linked to our fabulous Australian game I recalled another Carlton great – Chris Judd.
I remember Chris’ first game in a local under 14s cricket team; I was officiating as the umpire at the bowler’s end. A wicket fell and Chris stode to the crease and took block. Chris fashioned to send his first delivery to kingdom come, however, unfortunately for Chris, he missed and the ball struck his pads plumb in front and I gave him out. Was that the moment Chris said “cricket ain’t for me, I’ll play footy”? … Why do I remember that incident? – Well, Chris at such a young age was just marking time; his reputation as a football talent was already well to the fore. Even while Chris was playing cricket in the under 12 teams the talk was he was destined to be an
AFL superstar – I vaguely recall the epithet ‘Brownlow Medalist’ mentioned – not bad for someone on the cusp of 12 years of age!

Good luck everyone for the next round & don’t forget to get those tips in!!
Cheers, Leon
(As always, please contact me if you have any questions – 0410 32 75 87)

Round 1

It’s fantastic that we have twenty-four in our comp! Wow, what an amazing beginning to the season – so many close games.  
To summarise the standings: five of us tipped 7 correctly, eight tipped 6, six tipped 5, three tipped 4 and two tipped 3.  The table below shows our respective standings (copied from ESPN data).  I have added a column with the actual names of the participants involved; you will see there are a number of ‘teams’ playing.  Early Days!!

Did You Know – The ESPN system allows you to enter/change your selection for any game provided the game has not commenced. So, should you miss putting tips in before the start of the round you can still put tips in for the games that have not been played.If you have any football related trivia/anecdote please send it to me as I would like to include it in my weekly ‘Standings’ email – e.g., have you (or a relative, school mate etc) played for or tried out for an AFL/VFL club; or perhaps you have had dealings with AFL players, or spotted a football luminary somewhere.  For instance, did you know that Barry Amond when he first lived in Melbourne supported Carlton as his neighbour was the late Sergio Silvagni?  (However, Barry was dissuaded from following the Blues by family members who insisted he support Melbourne – he’s only just forgiven them!)