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With the NRL suspending their season, this is my decision regarding the future of our tipping competition.
Put simply, if the season resumes, there needs to be 16 rounds played by the October long weekend (**or ensuing days) for us to continue.
Why then? I have booked, and obviously sometime ago, an overseas family holiday for mid-October and although the possibility of travelling then may seem rather remote in the current environment, it is something I have no control over. If the season continues past that date, we will still finish the tipping comp then.
If the season resumes early June, and barring further disruption, we'll have comfortably played 16 rounds by October. By my calculations, an early July restart puts us on a knife's edge.
Beyond the 16 games by the October long weekend requirement, I am flexible. If for instance the Warriors drop out leaving 7 games a round, it won't affect the tipping comp. In past seasons there were rounds where only 4, 5 or 6 games were played as teams got a bye weekend. Our 6 and 4 format can be adjusted if needed - we've done 4 and 4 or 5 and 5 previously. Instead of Thursday to Sunday football we may see games being played **7 days a week as a catch-up mechanism to allow the NRL to salvage their broadcast money.
I'll be in touch when there's clarity about the resumption of the NRL season.
If the comp is abandoned, everyone will have their entry fee refunded less any prizemoney already paid out (and that's zero so far). And speaking of prizemoney, there'll be some rejigging if we go ahead. Plenty of ifs ...
Thanks for your patience and keep safe.
"You have the best tipping comp around, far more interesting than anything else."
Chris R from Parramatta 2020
"It's the best $80 I spend each year."
John P from Sans Souci 2020
"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
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The Earlwood Social Golf & Euchre Club, a magnet for under-performing golf and euchre players from Earlwood and surrounds, is again hosting Fatcat's innovative rugby league tipping competition, 1. "A Competition With A Difference". An 2. $80 entry fee, which must be paid prior to the start of the competition, ensures participants 25 bouts of weekly angst.
There are a few things that make this competition stand apart from all the others. The first is so very simple and yet fiendishly difficult - you don't make a selection in every game. On a normal weekend, you "only" need to pick 6 winners from any of the 8 games. These 6 picks are known as your scratch selections.
Second, another class of selections is added to the mix - handicap selections. The underdog in each game is given a points start and you must select a further 4 winners, again from any of the 8 games, taking the starts into account.
Besides the major prizes, there are 3. 10 opportunities during the season to win some cash. And finally, Fatcat conducts an entertaining, professional and most importantly a transparent competition as evidenced by the fact in 2019 just under two-thirds of tipsters had been involved for 10 years or more.
1. Fatcat's "A Competition With A Difference", although sharing sporting, pseudo-celebrity and gambling interests and greatly admiring the now defunct charity's business acumen and chutzpah, was regrettably never associated with The Shane Warne Foundation
2. This sophisticated ponzi (or pyramid) scheme does not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or absolute greed and you should seek appropriate independent advice from clairvoyants, tarot card readers and/or alchemists prior to entering into any monetary commitment described herein or relying on notional prizemoney pools to place a deposit on a harbourside penthouse
3. Based on the 2019 competition with 99 tipsters
The National Rugby League's (NRL) twenty-five week minor premiership commences on Thursday, March 12. The four-week Finals Series begins Friday, September 11 and concludes with the Grand Final on Sunday, October 4.
You lodge selections on-line each round of the minor premiership. These picks are a mix of "Scratch" (where no starts are involved) and "Handicap" selections (where starts are taken into account). On most weekends, you're required to select 6 Scratch and 4 Handicap winners from the 8 games. Your scratch and handicap selections can come from the same or different games, you can pick one team as a scratch winner and their opponent as a handicap winner - the choice is entirely yours.
Winning selections receive 2 points with 1 point given for a draw. If none of your Scratch or Handicap selections lose (includes drawn games), you receive a bonus point in that category. For picking the 4. perfect round, all your selections winning (excludes drawn games), you receive a further bonus of 2 points. On a regular weekend (10 selections), that's a total of 24 points.
The competition accepts the score at the conclusion of normal time, i.e. 80 minutes, as the result for regular season games. Any result coming from "golden point" extra time is ignored.
4. Last season there were just 29 occasions when all 10 winners were selected and 16 of those occurred on one weekend (Round 20)
Most weekends have two fixed cut-off times which are updated weekly on this site's Games & Starts page and are also included in the email reminders you receive. If there is no reminder/update provided, the default cut-offs are the scheduled kick-off times for the opening game and Saturday's first game. It is important to understand that if the first game is scheduled to start at 8.05pm Thursday then that means 8.05pm Thursday is the cut-off - it is not linked to what time the game actually starts.
To have your selections accepted and eligible for all bonus points, they must be lodged, preferably on-line, before the initial cut-off time. Email or phone can be used very sparingly as an emergency option.
Tipsters can email late selections up until the second cut-off time but they are penalised one Scratch game. These nine picks (5 Scratch and 4 Handicap) can only be chosen from the remaining games (refer to "Late Lodging" for details). Once the second cut-off time has passed, no further selections are accepted. If you fail to lodge selections there is a set, sliding scale of points (refer to "Not Lodging Selections" for details).
This season there are 2 weekends (Rds 12 and 16) with just 4 games. On those weekends, all selections must be in by the start of the first game and the usual mix of 6 Scratch and 4 Handicap winners will be changed to 4 and 4.
With 96 starters prizemoney is confirmed as:
Completely independent from the above prizemoney, 5. The Gilling Legacy will provide one very ordinary tipster with a refund of their entry fee.
5. Jeremy Gilling, an old work colleague and a stalwart of Fatcat's tipping competitions, passed away early February 2019 after a long battle with brain cancer. A wonderful human with a sharp intellect and a passion for sport, he often urged me to allocate prizemoney for last place with his rationale being picking losers was just as difficult as picking winners. So, for season 2019 and beyond, I've introduced the Gilling Legacy. Whoever finishes bottom of the ladder at season end, provided they have lodged tips in at least 23 rounds including all of the last 5, will get their money back. If last place is ineligible, then second last place and so on up the ladder until someone benefits from Jeremy's benevolence
All selections lodged by the first cut-off will be published on the web site by the next morning, along with a summary of those selections.
Results are posted shortly after the final game of the round. Tipsters are listed on the results sheet by overall score, then score this round, then Handicap score this round and then by position from the previous week.
I trust that the information provided here will overcome any and all obstacles encountered during the season but if something unforeseen comes along I, Fatcat, am the sole arbiter of issues that occur during the course and conduct of this competition.
Most weekends, tipsters who miss the first cut-off can lodge late selections but they are restricted to:
Any late tips that include 10 picks will not be accepted either in part or in full.
On the first two occasions you receive a maximum of 10 points (7 Scratch and 3 Handicap), the 3rd and 4th times a maximum of 8 points (5 and 3) and on the fifth time a maximum of 6 points (3 and 3). If you fail to lodge selections a sixth time, you are eliminated from the competition. These maximums will be reduced if:
Are accepted up until the start of Round 2, and will be given a maximum score of 10 points for Round 1 as per the "Not Lodging" conditions. The Round 1 miss does not count towards their "not lodged" total.
The starts used in this competition are closely matched to the NSW TAB's FootyTAB "Pick the Winners". On odd occassions, generally because of time constraints, it may be neccessary to draft starts from other sources.
Starts are allocated to the lesser-fancied team in each game. If you pick the Warriors with 3.5 points start playing Newcastle, the Warriors can lose the game but they must be no worse than 3 points behind Newcastle at full-time to win as a Handicap selection. If you pick Newcastle, they must win the game by at least 4 points to be a succesful Handicap selection.
Starts with your Round 2 picks and you need a minimum 2 winners from your 4 Handicap selections to stay alive. After 5 weeks the minimum number of winners required will increase to 3 and after 8 weeks it can be increased to a minimum of 4 winners. If you fail to lodge selections you are eliminated. If there is no outright winner a count back will determine one, and only one, from those who went to the final week.
Our lucky door prize for 6 tipsters. Participants will be asked to list the order in which they believe the 8 teams will finish the Finals Series e.g. the Grand Finalists obviously finish first and second, the two teams eliminated in Week 3, 3rd and 4th, the two teams eliminated in Week 2, 5th and 6th, and the two teams eliminated in Week 1, 7th and 8th.
The team with the smaller losing margin each weekend will be given the higher finish. If the two losing margins are the same, the team which scored most points in their game will be given the higher finish. And if that's the same, the team with the better ranking at the beginning of the FS will be given the higher finish.
Each position carries a points value - 1st=36 pts, 2nd=28 pts, 3rd=21 pts, 4th=15 pts, 5th=10 pts, 6th=6 pts, 7th=3 pts and 8th=1 pt. If you nominate a team to finish 4th, you cap their points at 15. If they finish 1st, 2nd or 3rd, you still only get 15 pts. If they finish worse than 4th, say 6th, you receive the points for 6th place. If you nominate the finishing order correctly, you would score 120 pts.
Based on your position in Round 1, you are teamed with other tipsters and also linked to an NRL club. If we use the full alphabet, tipsters in positions 1, 52, 53 and so on will be in team A, positions 2, 51 and 54 etc. will be in team B, through to team Z.
For your NRL club, people in positions 1, 17 and 33 and so on will be linked to Brisbane, positions 2, 18 and 34 to the Bulldogs and through the rest of the clubs in alphabetical order.
To participate in this end of season competition, you must have lodged tips in at least 23 rounds including each of the the last 5 and not have won major prizemoney e.g. overall 1st - 5th, in excess of the Finals Series prizemoney. The two means of entry, in order, are:
Will be used to decide ties in some of the minor competitions. For the alphabetical teams in the Finals Series, the team with the biggest increase from their second last round score to their last round score. If still equal, go back to biggest increase from their third last to second last round scores. For the Handicap Knockout, take those with highest score from final week back to previous round, others eliminated. Check for highest score/s amongst this group, others eliminated. Continue going back round by round until there is one winner. If not possible, allow them to carry over into next competition. For the Finals Series, whoever had the Grand Final winner best placed will win. If they have the GF winner in the same position, then whoever had the runner-up better placed and then through the rest of the teams in order.
The "full-time" score is the final score. Post match decisions by the NRL do not change the final score of any game for the purposes of this competition.
If a game is:
If more than one game is not played before the next round, all scores from the original round will be voided.