Peter Higginbotham’s NEW AFL Fantasy Punt Machine

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The Machine is dead. LONG LIVE THE MACHINE(or “DOM” as I shall christen thee).

DOM is my short nickname for Dominance Matrix

That is right friends. For those of you who have been following The Machine over its 10 week life, I have officially pulled the plug on it. I released its excel engine last week for all to inspect. By all means, tinker with it as I have. And create your own game point margin predictor.

Out of respect for The Machine; here is a summary of its 10 week life;

48 bets, 25 wins, $240 worth of bets, $237.50 worth of collects, net loss of $2.50

DOM, as his name suggests, runs predonminately off a dominance matrix(Supercoach team list value and home advantage overlays its output). This is a big excel grid which holds all previous game data on who played who and the margin ….. ranking teams performance against each other in terms of a dominance factor. If interested I suggest you google it – fascinating stuff!

After running DOM back over the last 6 weeks, its accuracy is far superior to that of The Machine.

Without further ado, here is DOM’s Week 1, or Round 17 predictions;

(the same simple rules apply, must differ by 2 goals, only place $5 line bets)

Round      17 Machine Winner  Machine Margin   Sportsbet Line   Difference  Machine’s Bet Stake
Geelong V Essendon Essendon 26 3.5 22.5 Back Essendon at the line $5
Collingwood V Hawks Collingwood 18 0 18 Back PIES to win   (no line) $5
Adelaide V WCE WCE 30 (Adel)14.5 44.5 Back WCE at the line $5
GCoast V Brisbane Brisbane 28 24.5 3.5 No bet
Bulldogs V Carlton Carlton 14 13.5 0.5 No bet
Melbourne V Port Adel. Port 22 7.5 14.5 Back PORT at the line $5
Sydney V St.Kilda Sydney  21 17.5 3.5 No bet
Richmond V North Melb. Richmond 14 (North)4.5 18.5 Back TIGERS at the line                            $5
Freo. V GWS Freo. 102 84.5 17.5 Back FREO at the line            $5

To help you understand what a dominance matrix does, lets look at the interesting Richmond V North game. DOM takes into account the teams that they have played and their performance against them. Interestingly, North got, as Jock would say, “flogged” by West Coast while the Tigers were narrowly beaten. North also got flogged by The Hawks while Richmond beat Hawthorn soundly. These factors help to gain a clear analytical team comparison tool. Of course, there is a bit more to it than this …. worth googling!

You may well have a passionate or even some factual arguments as to why Richmond can’t win this game. The beauty of using mathematical systems is that it takes any bias or irrational thought out of the argument and makes all decisions on an even playing field(pardon the pun).

I am looking forward to a new week of calculated, careful punting with my new mate DOM.

Yours in mathematical adventure,

Peter Higginbotham

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I think you've got the WCE/Ade line incorrect. Should it be (Ade) 14.5?


YES! I misread the line based on DOM's output.

I will fix this now.


Peter Higginbotham


what no punting machine this week?!


lol, what pathetic results! I wouldnt be advertising it this week either…

Tom's keys


Appears the DOM died as soon as it was christened. Pretty ordinary effort from you. Jock would be disappointed.

Perhaps mathematics isn't always the answer to tipping?

I love your work though mate, you bloody legend. You're a mathematical genius.

I reckon you'd be a good maths teacher!