AFL tip­ping comp starts

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AFL kicks off this week, and the chances of win­ning the Whit­sun­day Times AFL footy tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion are higher than ever.

With six tip­sters par­tic­i­pat­ing, the com­pe­ti­tion will be in­tense.

Al­lan Robin­son from All Ma­rine Ser­vices and Dale Mack­rill from Whit­sun­day Pool Ser­vices have re­turned again, de­ter­mined to out-tip Don Cameron from Mas­ter Butch­ers who won the com­pe­ti­tion in 2012. All three have been in the com­pe­ti­tion since it started in 2011 and the ri­valry is friendly but fierce.

Mack­rill, a pas­sion­ate Blues sup­porter, said he en­joys the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion and the cov­er­age it brings his busi­ness. He is hop­ing for a win this year, say­ing it’s his turn, but ad­mit­ted to tip­ping from the heart, which can some­times prove detri­men­tal to his form.

Two new­com­ers, Jack Pat­ton from Whit­sun­day Auto Re­pairs and Michael Ber­tram from Bert’s Bistro at Ban­jos, are keen to prove their AFL ex­per­tise.

Ber­tram, known to many lo­cals as Bert, said it was a good op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to get to know the face be­hind the food at Banjo’s. And beat­ing Mas­ter Butcher’s seems a com­mon goal for the tip­sters.

“I’m pretty pas­sion­ate about footy,” he said. “I’m go­ing for a win, look out Don Cameron.”

Whit­sun­day Auto Re­pairs is also look­ing for a win.

“I love AFL,” Pat­ton said. “I’ve seen the com­pe­ti­tion in the Times over the years and I wanted to get in­volved.” The mad keen Tiger’s sup­porter added “I want to see the Blues go down at the end of the sea­son.”

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