How ex­pert trio tied in re­tire­ment vil­lage tip­ping

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - DAMIEN RACTLIFFE

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.

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