Bombers’ fan hits target

By Gus McCubbing

Sometimes loyalty does pay off.

Essendon were at long odds to grab a win in Perth — West Coast had only been beaten by Sydney this year and the Bombers were still missing spearhead Joe Daniher to a groin injury.

But Greg Beer backed in his side to deliver against the Eagles and after Devon Smith booted three goals in a match-winning performance, Mr Beer came out on top in The Telegraph’s weekly tipping competition.

‘‘Does supporting Essendon affect my tipping? It probably does. But luckily they’ve started to come good,’’ Mr Beer said.

‘‘No one would have been silly enough to tip the Bombers over in Perth, so I guess loyalty does pay off.’’

But while he is happy with Essendon’s recent form, Mr Beer said he isn’t getting carried away just yet.

‘‘They might scrape into the eight, but I don’t see them as a real contender — realistically they’ve let too many games slip this year,’’ he said.

“You’d still have to say Richmond would be there in the Grand Final ... and the challenger could be Geelong or Port Adelaide or Sydney. But as long as a Victorian club wins it I’d be happy.’’

Mr Beer, who said he’s looking forward to handballing his $100 voucher to his wife, Belinda, to spend at Avenel Meats, also had a word of advice for his favourite player.

‘‘Dyson Heppell is gun, but he needs to tidy himself right up with a haircut,’’ he said.