Mon, Jul 16, 11:09am by Staff Writer
Richmond’s winless season outside of Victoria continued on the weekend with a narrow two-point loss to the GWS Giants in Sydney.
The Tigers remain Premiership favourites at $2.75 despite their poor form interstate.
It was the best performance of the season for the Giants, who were without star forward Jeremy Cameron. They dominated the third quarter before withholding a final quarter surge by the Tigers, as is their trademark.
The victory was important for the Giants as it propels them back into the top eight. They are $16 to win the flag and $1.55 to play finals.
Another undermanned side, the Sydney Swans managed to snatch a late victory in their match at Etihad Stadium against North Melbourne.
The Swans trailed by seven points with less than five minutes remaining, but scored three goals in quick succession to rattle North Melbourne.
The Swans are second favourites to win the flag at $7 at Sportsbet. That loss nudges North outside the top eight. They are $67 to win the flag and $2.50 to play finals.
Collingwood suffered its first loss in nearly two months of football as the Eagles dominated from the second quarter onwards to record a 35-point win at the MCG.
That win was the first for West Coast against Collingwood at the ground since 1995, with the visitors crisp ball movement and sharp forward line too much for the Pies inexperienced backline to handle.
The Eagles have shortened to $9 to win the flag and are $1.16 to finish in the top four after a lean past month.
The Pies are $1.80 to finish in the top four and are currently third on the ladder. They are $11 to win the flag.
Port Adelaide squandered an opportunity to move into the top four this weekend with a nine point loss to Fremantle in Perth.
The match was a low-scoring affair for the first half, with a combined three goals scored.
Injuries to Paddy Ryder and Robbie Gray lessened Port’s chances for victory and they may come to rue this loss later in the season. The Power are $10 to win the flag and $2 to finish inside the top four.
Brisbane continued their rich vain of form, defeating Hawthorn by 33 points in Launceston on Saturday afternoon.
It is the second time the Lions have defeated the Hawks this season, who are now 10th on the ladder. They are $41 to win the flag and $2.10 to make the top eight.
Melbourne has kept its chances of a top four finish alive with a 50-point win against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon.
The Dees booted 12 goals to four in the second half to move just one game outside the top four.
They are $10 to win the flag and $3 outsiders for a top four berth.
Essendon kept its slim finals hopes alive with a 44-point win against Gold Coast on Saturday night.
The Bombers were poor in the first half but used a nine goal to two second half to easily beat the Suns, who have lost 11 matches in a row.
The Dons are $101 to win the flag and $8 to play finals, with their poor percentage counting against them.
Adelaide are another team who remain in the hunt to play finals, after a rousing 15 point win against the Cats on Thursday night.
The home side were ferociously attacking the contest at every opportunity and overwhelmed the best defensive side in the league, scoring 112 points.
Adelaide are now $4.50 to make the eight, with bookmakers suggesting they may have a late surge this season.
The Cats up-and-down form continues, as they are unable to string multiple wins together. They are sitting just inside the top eight on percentage and are $15 to win the flag.
Despite their shaky form, they are a narrow $1.28 to play finals.
Friday night football saw St Kilda crush Carlton by 64 points at Etihad Stadium.
The Blues were woeful once again and have managed only the solitary win this season.
That victory for the Saints was their third in four games after a largely disappointing season.
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