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"It's the best $80 I spend each year."
John P from Sans Souci 2019
(After the posting of the competition's provisional results and before the declaration of correct weight 24 hours later, the St.George Dragons tragic sent in his yearly missive)
"Please consider my annual protest lodged - a full and detailed response is required."
Reg W from Padstow 2019
"Thanks Fatcat - fun comp as always."
Chris R from Parramatta 2019
"Yes I was hoping for a result, but more than happy where I finished because I haven’t been up there for a while. Was a very tight finish for all. Thanks again and I’ll see you next year."
Neil T from Brookvale 2019
(After being told their prizemoney was already paid and next year would be their 20th year of participation in Fatcat's "A Competition With A Differnce")
"Oh wow .. on both accounts. Thank you - we’ll be back next year."
The Malones from NSW North Coast 2019
"Awesome mate. Appreciate the effort you put into this competition. I’ll be back to defend my crown next year."
Charbel H from Kogarah 2019
(Our results are declared after 80 minutes.  Selections in a drawn game receive a point each so not sure how you "lose that bet" when they go to golden point as nothing changes ??)
"For f*#k sake ... bloody Newcastle and Dragons are in extra time so I f*#king lose that bet as well !!!! Tell Fatcat this tipping comp is f*#ked."
an irate and confused Shea M. from Gold Coast 2019
(After boldly and erroneously challenging his Rd 24 score)
"Although it means nothing in reality I aspire to end up as high as possible in this most prestigious comp. I will aim to be as good as our current leader next year."
Terry R from Newtown Jets 2018
"Thanks Fatcat. Great competition to be a part of."
Shaun F from Byron Bay 2018
"Well done Peter and congratulations to all winners. Go the Storm !"
Barry S from Davistown 2018
"Thanks again Peter. Always a great comp."
Phil T from Collaroy 2018
"Another immaculately run footy comp. Till next year, all the best and again thanx. Don't lose my bank details, you will need them next year :)"
John B from Dept. of Education 2018
(After all his 10 selections won in the last round sweeping him from 6th place to a clear victory)
"Cheers thanks mate! Great comp, look forward to next year. I knew I had a good round, but no idea I was winning until this email !!"
Chris R from Parramatta 2018
"Late forward pass in Titans game cost me $1,000 but I’m not bitter or anything ! Happy to win something - it’s been a while."
"Pesky" from Ourimbah 2018
(Responding to my question as to whether the day before money transfer had reached his bank account)
"Not only through but spent !"
"Pesky" from Ourimbah 2018
"Thanks mate for another enlightening year where I learnt that I am not as smart as my 6 year old and got my arse kicked ! See you next year."
"Clifty" from Ryde 2017
"Thanx for all your good work Fatcat, much appreciated."
John H from Gosford 2017
"Thank you for another outstanding year of running this."
Alan K from Puncbowl 2017
(Our 2017 winner's somewhat prescient observation before the last round when he was in 5th place and 5 points off the lead)
"I take this opportunity to thank you for enabling myself, my wife and grandson to participate in your competition. Please convey best of luck to all the other people at the top and let them know I think I can still win it !"
Barry S from Davistown 2017
"Thank you once again for another great year."
The Malones from NSW North Coast 2017
(After jumping up into a 3-way tie for 2nd place and collecting $833.34 on the back of hot favourites St.George losing their final game and, as a result, missing out on the finals series, the fair weather Dragons supporter who backed them preseason at 150/1 to win the premiership had the gall to say of others)
"I'm still not break-even yet. I can't believe those guys picked St.George."
Danny D from Alexandria 2017
(You make one mistake (!?) and the narks come out of the woodwork)
"Hey Mr Cat, I think you have next week's draw incorrect - the Broncos are playing St George."
Clive G from Bateau Bay 2017
"Just when I thought I was going alright ... thanks for another 'enjoyable' season. Cheers mate and see you soon."
"Ralphy" from Engadine 2017
Before we get to the business at hand, I want to emphasis to everyone the absolute inflexibility of the weekly cut-off times. These are fixed times programmed into the club's HAL 9000 computer early in the week and they are completely independent from when any referenced game actually starts. Should you contact me 5 minutes after the first cut-off and want to lodge 10 selections, it's 5 minutes too late - you're wasting your breath and my time.
If you're the forgetful type, it may be wise to lodge your selections when you receive the email reminder - they can always be updated before the online cut-off.
Your task this week is to select 6 scratch and 4 handicap winners from the following 8 games (home team first):
The online cut-off is 8.05pm Thursday (scheduled kick-off for Parramatta vs Bulldogs). Tipsters who miss this first deadline have until 3.00pm Saturday (Newcastle vs Warriors) to email me their late picks but they are penalised 1 selection and are only allowed to submit 9 (5 scratch and 4 handicap) chosen from the remaining, unplayed games. It is important to understand all weekly cut-off times are fixed and independent from the time any referenced games actually start.
To lodge your tips online, click here to open the login page, type in your username and password and the games and starts will be displayed under your name. When you have made the required number of selections, the submit button becomes available. Press the submit button - it's the most critical part of lodging your selections - and your tips are on their way to the ESG&EC database. You will receive an almost immediate email confirmation of your selections.
In the unlikely event of a site malfunction, tipsters can lodge selections by email (click here) but they still must be received by me before the respective cut-off time.