The challenge

Update on the cable: Optus initially said “Well, we don’t prune bushes”, but after hearing the whole story (especially the bit where it’s at risk of damaging lots of their equipment if it comes tumbling down) have been convinced to come and get their cable. They say they’ll be out on Thursday morning to take it away.

This week the ultimate contest begins. Yes, it’s footy tipping time again. It’s been some years since I entered a footy tipping competition — in fact it was the first and only one I have ever properly participated in. I knew as much about football then as I do now — almost nothing beyond the team names and colours. My tipping method was a mix of reading the footy columns in Friday’s paper, random guesses and a good deal of cynicism about how my own team would do.

And I won it.

Not sure how, but I did. This year, I’m entering two separate competitions — the work one (which has several dozen entrants) and another run by a friend. The work one involves money, the friends one involves a most impressive perpetual trophy. (And the glory of it all — which is probably more prized than the trophy.)

So, the challenge is on, and just maybe I’ll relive those glory days of 1999.

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