No fidget spinners: six-year-old Perth girl too young for AFL tipping prize

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The Game is run in conjunction with the West Australian. Photo: www.anu.edu.au

A Perth girl has been denied her first place prize after beating out more than 53,000 people in thegame.com.au tipping competition last weekend.

Kelsey Jones tipped nine out of nine for AFL round 15, a feat  many football fans would applaud in this unpredictable 2017 season.

However the $1000 prize went to the second highest tipper - because despite her amazing footy foresight, Kelsey is only six-years-old.

Mum Candice Jones submitted the family's tips, and was overjoyed when she received an email letting her know her daughter had beaten out 53,108 other tippers to take out top spot.

However when the winner was announced – a punter who only managed to pick eight out of nine correct tips – Ms Jones realised there was something wrong.

She attempted to get into contact with the website, but soon realised her mistake.

In the competition's terms and conditions, it states a player must be over the age of 18 in order to be eligible for the prize.

Unfortunately for six-year-old Kelsey, she wouldn't be able to buy the 500 fidget-spinners and a football she had been coveting.

While Ms Jones said it was lucky her six-year-old didn't understand the value of her win, she would still be submitting their tips as a family in the future.

"At the end of the day I'm still so proud of our little tipster and I think I can get her the fidget spinner she was chasing… and maybe a celebratory family dinner for her efforts," she said.

Ms Jones said if anyone were to start a tipping competition where juniors were able to take home prizes, her family would be the first to get on board.

"I've learned to always read the terms and conditions, and kids are bloody good tipsters."