By Sam Watson

AFTER 11 rounds, Joan Hoober sits firmly atop the Sentinel-Times’ footy tipping leaderboard.

Hoober, who owns Wonthaggi Tile and Heating, is on a massive total of 77, averaging seven correct tips per round.

Her huge score would see her well on top of most tipping competitions with the next closest in the Herald Sun on 73.

And her secret to success is pretty simple – she’s watched a lot of football.

Her father played football for Richmond, her son now plays Super Rules, she has four grandsons who are just starting out and her partner Gwynne Pugh is a champion Wonthaggi footballer.

Hoober also had a lengthy netball career, mostly in Frankston, so she knows what makes a good sporting team.

And she doesn’t fall into the trap of tipping with her heart, but as a die-hard Richmond supporter, she would’ve been alright over the last few years tipping the Tigers.

Despite her sporting knowledge and clever tipping, she’s still surprised with her success so far, especially with the tips having to come in every Monday.

All Sentinel-Times tipsters must have their tips in on a Monday for the Tuesday paper, leaving a long time in between their tips and the weekend’s games.

But that hasn’t bothered Hoober, and it also hasn’t bothered Warren Stewart from Wonthaggi Toyota, who sits one tip behind Hoober on 76.

But Hoober said she won’t be fazed by any tipsters hot on her trail.

And she had one final message to anyone wondering how she was on such a huge total.

“All those men who think women don’t know a thing about football, have a look at Erin Phillips.

“I might be the Erin Phillips of Wonthaggi.”