NAB Challenge Round 1 Results

The first week of the NAB challenge is over and I’m happy to say that I picked 6 out of the 6 right. Too bad I didn’t place any bets on the NAB Challenge round 1.

NAB Challenge Round 1 Results

Nab challenge round 1 results

I have to admit that getting that result was a complete fluke. The problem with betting on the NAB Challenge is that getting a winning result is harder than when the AFL season actually starts. That’s probably why Fortuna has refused to giving us any tips on any of the NAB Challenge games.

I think the problem lies in the fact that you just never know who’s going to be in any of the actual games. Let’s face it, the NAB Challenge games aren’t really all that important. That being the case I’m sure the coaches aren’t going to risk any good players before the actual AFL season actually starts.

Take the Adelaide Crows vs West Coast game on Sunday. That fact that the Crows thumped West Coast doesn’t really mean all that much. West Coast obviously didn’t play a strong side, if they did I’m sure it wouldn’t have been such a thumping. As I said in my last post I wouldn’t be able to watch the game because I had to work. The first thing I did though when I got home was to ask my son who won. He said the Crows did but that it was a pretty boring game. There just wasn’t excitement in the game. It was all just one sided.

He also said, “Why would anyone even waste their time betting on the NAB Challenge?” Like I told him, there are those who probably like the NAB Challenge. It’s always interesting to see how the coaches play their teams. I’m sure they use it to gauge their players and for the new recruits to find their places within the teams.

Shit, I would’ve won some serious cash if I had thought to place a MultiBet with SportsBet. Oh well, maybe next week.

NAB Challenge A Waste Of Time?

Nab Challenge what's the point

I’ve been thinking about the NAB challenge the last couple of days and I’ve been wondering if the whole NAB Challenge is a waste of time? Why? Because, to me, it just doesn’t feel like the AFL has their heart in it. Here’s a list of reasons why I think the NAB Challenge is a waste of time.

Why The NAB Challenge Is A Waste Of Time

Matches Are Held All Over The Place: If you have a look at the NAB Challenge fixtures for 2015 you’ll notice that a lot of the matches are being held at smaller insignificant ovals rather than the mainstream ones. Some are way out in whoop-whoop. This means a lot of the time they’re not even televised. For example, do they honestly think that footy fans are going to drive all the way to Port Lincoln to see the Adelaide vs Nth Melbourne game?

I wrote about my disappointment in not being able to watch that match on TV in my Winning Bets post.

Then there’s the Showdown between Port Power and the Crows. It’s going to be held at the old AAMI Stadium. As reported in Adelaidenow they’re doing fans an injustice by holding it there.

Port Adelaide and the Crows are going back to Football Park. Surely not. No, no, no. SA football fans do not need to be sent to a concrete bowl — that has had seats ripped out — to be reminded during a hot summer day why the game is better off at Adelaide Oval.

Watered Down Teams: It doesn’t matter which football team you support I’m sure you’ve noticed that they’re not playing their best players in the NAB Challenge matches. Can you blame them when they see that the AFL doesn’t seem to give a shit. That’s the impression I get anyway.

If they’re not fielding their best players then you’re not going to get the best games are you?

For me AFL Football is all about the crowds and the mind blowing atmosphere you get when fans get behind their teams. You just don’t get that when they play at these insignificant ovals. It’s almost like going to a SANFL game.

So, can someone out there tell me, what’s the point of having the NAB Challenge?