How expert trio tied in retirement village tipping
A TRIO of keen footy followers are still basking in the rare feat of a triple tie in this season’s footy tipping competition.
A stunning finish to the Geelong Grove Retirement Village footy tipping resulted in three star tipsters sharing a top prize of $150 each — all with their own lucky strategies.
Mary Cromer, Thais Dad- swell and Bill Gibson were crowned joint winners of the competition after tipping 141 winning teams in 2018.
With 60 people involved in the tipping at $25 entry, competition organiser Ray Irwin said it was an extremely competitive series.
“Sometimes it might be too competitive,” Mr Irwin joked.
“They have a good time. We display it on a big board — it’s very popular.
“Bill Gibson, it was his first year, and Mary and Thais have been in it every year for the six years that I’ve run it, but they haven’t won it before.”
Ms Cromer has a particular tipping strategy that worked well for her this year, especially considering Carlton, Fremantle, St Kilda and Gold Coast had lean seasons.
“She tries to always pick an animal, so in other words, if the Cats are playing St Kilda, she’ll pick the Cats,” Mr Irwin said.
Ms Dadswell came from the clouds, tipping nine winners in the last round to finish equal first.
She took a punt on Essendon against Port Adelaide on the road, and then tipped Hawthorn to beat Sydney in Sydney and Melbourne over the Giants to tie the comp.
The retirement village welcomed former AFL umpire Brett Allen to its end-of-season celebrations to present the winning prizes earlier this month.
THREE-WAY TIE: Mary Cromer, Thais Dadswell and Bill Gibson.