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"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
"Thanx for all your good work Fatcat, much appreciated."
John H from Gosford
(After spending the 17 weeks before Round 26 firmly entrenched in the top 3)
"My God, why have you and the Panthers forsaken me?"
Mark C from Balmain
"Thank you for another outstanding year of running this."
Alan K from Puncbowl
(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
"Thank you once again for another great year."
The Malones from NSW North Coast
(After finishing in a 3-way tie for 2nd place and collecting $833.34, the avid St.George supporter who backed them at 150/1 to win the premiership had the gall to say)
"I'm still not break-even yet. I can't believe those guys picked St.George."
Danny D from Alexandria
"Thanks for the job you do - it's a great comp and a lot of fun."
Shaun F from God's Country
(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
"Just when I thought I was going alright ... thanks for another 'enjoyable' season. Cheers mate and see you soon."
"Ralphy" from Engadine
The Earlwood Social Golf & Euchre Club, a magnet for under-performing golf and euchre players from Earlwood and surrounds, is running it's innovative rugby league tipping competition, "A Competition With A Difference", again this year. An $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 our 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 1. 6 winners from any of the 8 games. Second, we add a another class of selections to the mix - handicap selections. The underdog in each game is given a points start and you must select 4 more winners, again from any of the 8 games, taking these starts into account.
Further, besides our major prizes we have 10 opportunities during the season for you to win some cash And finally, we conduct an entertaining, professional and transparent competition as evidenced by the fact that in 2017 nearly three-quarters of participants had been tipping with us for over 10 years.
1. In season 2017 with 85 participants, a weekly average of 8 tipsters selected all 6 "Scratch" winners and just 7 tipped all 4 "Handicap" winners
The National Rugby League's (NRL) twenty-five week minor premiership commences on Thursday, March 8. The four-week Finals Series begins September 7 and concludes with the Grand Final on Sunday, September 30.
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.
The only restriction is that you cannot "box" a game to ensure a winning selection in that category.
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 2. 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.
2. 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 13 and 17) 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 97 starters prizemoney is:
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. This maximum 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. 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 selections in 5 of the last 6 weeks (Rounds 21-26). 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 Round 25 score to their Round 26 score. If still equal, go back to biggest difference between their Round 24 and 25 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: