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AFL Round 21 Review: Opportunity missed for North Melbourne

Mon, Aug 13, 7:16pm by Staff Writer

Richmond remains the Premiership favourite after a 74-point win against Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers are $2.50 to win back-to-back flags and are assured a top-two finish this season.

Saturday’s game was a regulation victory for the Tigers, with forward Jack Riewoldt starring with 10 goals.

It is the first 10-goal haul by an AFL player this season and it is has catapulted him into Coleman Medal favouritism.

Riewoldt had an astonishing 16 shots on goal, as well as 14 marks.

GWS continue their assault on a top four berth with a tough 14-point win against Adelaide in Canberra.

The Giants are now $7 to win the flag, equal second favourites with West Coast.

Five players for the Giants scored two goals in an even contribution, with star Jeremy Cameron among them.

That loss for the Crows ends their season and what is a disappointing campaign after making the 2017 Grand Final.

The West Coast Eagles have now made a habit out of stealing a late win at the Adelaide Oval against Port Adelaide.

Trailing by nearly five goals at one stage, the Eagles staged a miraculous comeback to defeat Port by four points.

West Coast are in second spot on the ladder and eyeing off a home final after a tough week off the field, with Andrew Gaff’s suspension dominating the news.

Jeremy McGovern took a mark after the siren and kicked a goal from 40 metres out to notch a famous win for the Eagles, in similar fashion to Luke Shuey’s goal in extra-time in the 2017 finals against Port.

West Coast are $7 to win the Grand Final, with Port slipping to a $34 chance. It is a costly loss for Port, who drop to seventh on the ladder.

Hawthorn withstood a late Geelong surge to beat their arch rival by 11 points at the MCG on Saturday.

The Hawks are knocking on the door of the top four, currently in fifth position. They are $12 to win the flag. The Cats are outside the eight by a game after that loss and will need to win their last two home games against Fremantle and Gold Coast to play finals. They are $21 to win the flag.

Essendon has kept its slim finals hopes alive with a 43-point win against St Kilda on Friday night.

The Bombers had to deal with no fit players on the interchange bench in the final quarter, but had already built a match-winning lead to that point.

They are $251 to win the flag and are a game and percentage outside the eight as it stands. They face ladder leaders Richmond on Friday night.

Collingwood’s top four hopes remain alive after a 30-point win against Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.

The Lions led at quarter time, but the Pies banged on seven goals in the third quarter, sparked by the return of forward Jordan De Goey who had four majors.

The Pies are $11 to win the flag this season, with remaining home-and-away matches against Port Adelaide and Fremantle to decide their top four fate.

North Melbourne’s Premiership hopes took a hit on the weekend after a seven-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.

The Roos are $151 to win the flag and $8 to make the top eight this season.

Melbourne’s top four aspirations were dealt a blow with Sydney beating them by nine points at the MCG.

The Swans are back in the Premiership hunt after back-to-back wins and are $12 to win the flag.

It is a crucial loss for the Dees, who drop to seventh on the ladder, a game outside the top four. They are now $6 for a double chance this season.

Carlton was denied their third victory of the season in Perth, as the Dockers dominated the second half of that game to win by 29 points.

Sportsbet Markets Premiership Top 4 Top 8
Richmond $2.50 N N
GWS $7 $1.50 N
West Coast $7 N N
Collingwood $11 $1.85 N
Hawthorn $12 $1.85 N
Sydney $12 $3 $1.10
Melbourne $14 $6 $1.18
Geelong $21 N $1.20
Port Adelaide $34 $51 $1.75
North Melbourne $151 N $8
Essendon $251 N $21


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