The A Game – 3 strike comp

The Rules

The first to ten points wins. There are prizes for first, second and third place. Every time you tip a winning team you receive a point. Three strikes (i.e. three losing tips) and you are out. You can't tip the same team more than once, unless your tip loses. If the team you tip loses (one strike), you are allowed to tip that team again. The competition commences this week (round 8). In the event of a tie for any of the prizes they will compete in a tie-breaker to determine the prize winner.

All registered tipsters are eligible to play, and we have a few spots open for non-tipsters so if you would like to get involved do so quickly as spots are limited. Just add your tip for round 8 in the comments section on this page.

The prizes

First prize – $75 to spend on NRL merchandise (prize donated by Mark Ashford)

Second prize - $50 to spend on NRL merchandise (prize donated by 'a')

Third prize - an NRL or State of Origin cap (prize donated by The Thinker)

Results after round 19

10 points and 0 strikes

  • Rick (Roosters, Titans, Sharks, Broncos, Raiders, Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Dragons, Eels) – first prize winner
  • Lillychino (Cowboys, Titans, Roosters, Broncos, Raiders, Storm, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Dragons, Eels) – second prize winner

10 points and 1 strike

  • Mary S (Cowboys, Titans, Broncos, Raiders, Dragons, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Roosters, Eels, Bulldogs) – third prize winner
  • Christine (Broncos, Titans, Panthers, Storm, Raiders, Dragons, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Roosters, Bulldogs)

Mary S and Christine are in a tie breaker to determine the winner of the third prize. Thanks to everyone else who participated in the A Game. Can Mary S and Christine select a team and a margin in each of the six games in round 19 (e.g. Warriors by 4, Raiders by 10 etc) and add them in the comments section here. The competitor that is 'nearest the pin' gets the third prize. If you have any questions just ask.


The Thinker's picture

The Tie-Break

Rick and Lillychino

I'd like the two of you to post a winner and a margin in each of the four games in round 18.

For eg. Roosters by 2, Sea Eagles by 4, Storm by 4, Bulldogs by 8

The person who gets the most winners wins this comp. In the event that you pick the same number of winners I will use your margins to determine the winner. The person whose margins (added together for all four games) are closest to the actual results will win (i.e the lowest total is the winner).

If you want to clarify any of that further just let me know.

The Thinker's picture

Rick wins the first prize in the tie-breaker

Lillychino wins the second prize

I'll be in touch with you both once I work out how to organise prizes and the like.

Mary S and Christine are competing in a tie break in round 19 to claim the third prize. The same rules apply as the tie break between Rick and Lillychino, but if you have any questions just ask.

I'll update the results on this page as soon as I can.

The Thinker's picture

Mark Ashford and a

Thank you again for the generous donations for the prizes. You didn't have to but I genuinely appreciate it, and I'm sure others do too.

I'll be in touch to work it out with you both. I'll get in touch with myself to organise the third prize for Mary S or Christine.

Note that three of our top four in this comp are female...well done ladies.

Thanks again to a for the idea for this comp, keeping up with the results and fixing my errors whenever I stuffed things up.

And thanks to those that took part. I think we can look to run this again in season 2018 from the very first round.

All the best

a's picture

Yep the comp will be back up again in 2018 first round

Steel Panther's picture

Congrats to Rick...well done mate. Good luck to Christine and Mary S in the battle for 3rd prize.

Thanks to Mark Ashford and "a" for donating the prizes. Legend guys!! And thanks for the comp "a"....really enjoyed it!!

Mary S's picture

Rick & Lillychino, congratulations on a job well done.

Christine, it will be interesting trying to pick winners and points - I have enough fun trying to pick points for 1 game in the work comp. let alone 6!!!! All the best.

To Mr 'A' - it has been a great comp - congrats on your concept - I have really enjoyed it!

Rick's picture

Thank you Steel Panther yes it was an excellent comp and really went to the wire.
Lillychino congrats on second place good work not easy these comps.
Thank you for your congrats Christine and Mary S and well done to be where you are good luck with next round.
Great comp 'a' and we all appreciate the effort you put in well done mate!
Mark A thank you for the prize!
Thank you to all who participated!

a's picture

Yeah I can't wait to run it again next year

christine's picture

Thinker I know what you want us to do in the tie breaker for third place but do we still have to pick a team for the three strike comp out of the teams we have left as well as the margins ?

The Thinker's picture

Hi Christine

Not anymore. We just need you to pick a team and a margin for each game. Good luck.

All the best

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Hello 'a', just wanna say, thanks for this amazing comp looking forward to participate in it again next year. :)


a's picture

Yeah I'm sure you will

Dragons-fanboy's picture

Yes 'a' you're damn right I'll join again next year. I'm looking forward to it. ;)


lillychino's picture

Congratulations Rick!
Thank you Mr a and the thinker for the great competition. Thoroughly enjoyed myself!
Looking forward to doing it again next year.

christine's picture

My tips for rd 19 are as follows:
warriors by 8
raiders by 12
broncos by 10
sharks by 8
manly by 20
cowboys by 16
my first attempt at margins see how I go all the best mary s & good luck ...

Mary S's picture

Hi Mr 'a' and Thinker,
I have had the following guess at winners and margins for Round 19.
It will be interesting to see how far out I am!!!
Warriors by 8 points
Raiders by 8
Broncos by 12
Sharks by 8
Sea Eagles by 18
Cowboys by 18
Cheers to all and best of luck with your pick Christine.

The Thinker's picture

Greetings football fans

Mary S and Christine gave us a nice close contest in the tie-break for third place, but it was Mary S that prevails with a score of 63 (versus 69 for Christine).

An NRL or Origin cap is on its way to Mary S...thank you to some knucklehead called The Thinker for donating the prize.

I'll start tracking down the prize winners and givers and start organising things now that the competition is over. Thank you to everyone for taking part...and thank you 'a'

a's picture

Yeah it was a good comp and I can't wait to run it again next year

Christine 's picture

Well done mary s I didn't think I had a chance really anyway when the thinker said margins but I gave it a go anyway so congratulations & wear it with pride ...

Mal g's picture

How many perfect rounds has the thinker picked this season not including the rounds with only four games. And do you think you mite have this one.

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