Archive for March, 2014

The Three Tenners – Week Two

 

Last Week

Apart from North Melbourne not showing up against Essendon, last week was a successful week. I managed to double my money and open ‘The Trip Fund’ tipping five out of six results. The Dodgers saluted for the double in Sydney, and a 90th minute winner to Tottenham saved my bacon and give me a return of $68.48; not bad from an outlay of $30. Now onto next week and thankfully the good people at the AFL have given me a full schedule to choose from after their debacle of the opening round.

Here are my Week Two selections, fingers crosses we can keep the account in the black.

Bet One – Single

Port Adelaide to win Showdown XXXVI. (36 for those who don’t remember roman numerals, shame on you) Adelaide Oval plays host to South Australia’s biggest home and away clash, Port Adelaide showed a clean set of heels in the last quarter against Carlton and I expect them to get the four points over Adelaide.

Port Adelaide $1.70 – Return $17

Bet Two – Double

Back to the Premier League for our double again this week and another blockbuster. Manchester City travel to Arsenal and at $2.10 are too good to pass up. Fellow high fliers Everton travel to Championship bound Fulham and should continue their winning run. Both teams won 3-0 midweek and hopefully both will get the three points again.

Manchester City ($2.10)/Everton ($1.80) – Return $37.80

Bet Three – Treble

Playing it a little safe this week taking three well priced favourites. First up is A-League Champions Brisbane Roar taking on Melbourne Heart. I see this as a ‘Men v Boys’ clash as Heart look towards the future and Brisbane look at a finals campaign. Next I have chosen Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL.   All three teams are well priced and should salute.

Brisbane ($1.57), Sydney Roosters ($1.45) and South Sydney Rabbitohs ($1.36) – Return $30.96

That’s it for this week, if you’re having a punt over the weekend, but don’t bite off more than you can chew; especially if downing your favourite amber fluid at a fine drinking establishment.

The Trip Fund – $38.48 (Return train trip from Melbourne to Nagambie with a Pie and Coke from the local bakery, take some time out to see the Black Caviar statue)

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The Three Tenners – Week One

  

I have decided to dip my toe in dangerous waters and starting a weekly betting blog.  Dangerous for two reasons; firstly I’m the ultimate mug punter and secondly meeting the demands of a weekly blog.  Oh well here goes nothing.

Firstly I’d like to point out I’m not a massive fans of betting on the horses, trots or the dogs.  I’m much happier betting on sports and sports that I will actually watch or have a following of.  Apologies if you were looking at ‘The Three Tenners’ for advice on the Norwegian curling or Dapto dogs.

Every week I plan to have three $10 bets, and a light hearted look at the sporting weekend ahead.  Feel free to follow my advice, or blatantly ignore it, one hopes ‘The Trip Fund’ will stay in the black.

Week One

What a week of sport we have ahead of us.  MLB comes to our shores for the first time, the AFL continue their ten day opening round and the English Premier League battle heats up.  With Union, League, AFL, Football, MLB, NBA and everything else going on there is plenty to choose from.  Here goes nothing.

Bet One – Single bet

LA Dodgers – Win both games in Sydney series ($2.55)

It’s only early in the season but expect the Dodgers to make a fast start to the season.  Last season they finished 11 games ahead of the Diamondback and this season should be no different.  Last season the Diamondbacks had a 10-9 head to head advantage but Sydney will be a different story.

Return – $25.50

Bet Two – Double

Chelsea ($1.91) and Tottenham ($2.25)

Getting to the pointy end of the Premier League season and Chelsea will be keen to keep to spot with a win against London rivals Arsenal.  The game should be an absolute cracker with much on the line for both teams.  On Monday night Tottenham host Southampton to keep their European hopes alive.  Everton and Manchester United are hot on their tail and Spurs will need a repeat of their 3-2 win earlier in the season over the saints.

Return – 42.97

Bet Three – Multi

West Coast 40+ ($2.50) North Melbourne Over 15.5 ($2.20) Adelaide United ($1.80)

West Coast has a great record over the Bulldogs and has shown great preseason form.  North Melbourne has never won a first round under Brad Scott but they should account for Essendon coached by a nervous Mark Thompson.  Adelaide United will be too strong for SydneyFC at Hindmarsh and are great value at $1.80

Return – $99 ($9.90)

The Trip Fund: $0.00

Betting account: -$30 (This week’s bets)

The writer of this takes no responsibility for following his poor betting advice.  Remember if it’s no longer fun walk away or delete the betting app form your mobile phone.

Storm in a D cup

I’m not sure if it was the slippery conditions, the closeness of the contest or actually seeing the game live, but I actually enjoyed a game of rugby league. Don’t get me wrong, sure I’ve watched plenty of matches on television in the past, and another one live but up until this point haven’t had much desire to attend the unskilled (okay, apologies less skilled) game those north of the border refer to as league.

 
I tend to watch 5-10 games of league during the course of the season; the three State of Origin contests, grand final and the occasional Melbourne storm game. To me watching any more games would be as pointless as a rugby league scrum (see I’m even using the terminology). Through a Facebook competition (Thank you Team Up Victoria – see link at the bottom of the page) I managed to swindle some tickets for the clash against the Penrith Pink Panthers and arrive just before kickoff.

 
The game contained impressive big hits and tackles throughout the match (think when AFL was called VFL and you were actually allowed to tackle), a few superstars of the game (Cam Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk), and even some cheerleaders. The quality of the match wasn’t super impressive, and I think Billy Slater has a poor game by his standards but because of the final result and last minute win for the home team it was thoroughly enjoyable. The rain probably didn’t help the players but you could see both teams should finish in the top half of the table.

 
Penrith seemed unlucky during the contest, and appear to be a team on the rise; although this could just be because I thought they were terrible at the onset. Storm has been one of the better teams of the last few years (extra payments included) but could be in for a tougher season in 2014. Having a limited knowledge of the rules helped me enjoy the game as I failed to become frustrated at poor refereeing decisions; maybe Ben Williams applied this to his performance on Sunday at the Melbourne Heart match.

 
Three observations I did make over the course of the match were
1) It was good to see Vulcan from Gladiators back in the public arena (Jamal Idris)
2) Sisa Waqa is a very good player for the Storm and a crowd favourite, next time I attend a match I promise to call out your name as opposed to “Go number 2”
3) Storm D (defence) is an absurd but fun concept. Sure I don’t think it made too much difference to the end result but it got the crowd involved which was fun.

 

It will never be the most skilled football game, but it provides a night of entertainment and I will be back again for more. One thing is for sure, Melbourne Storm gave me more joy than Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park over the weekend.

 

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