Mon, Apr 3, 11:27am by Head Editor
Unlike the first round, when five of the nine games were won by the underdogs, the second round of the season went much more to script, with Richmond’s win over the Pies the only upset of a round where the punters came out on top.
That win by the Tigers was the first match of the round, way back on Thursday night, when Trent Cotchin led from the front, finishing with 26 disposals, two goals and a couple of important last-quarter tackles.
The result is sure to see even more pressure heaped on Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, especially given their next assignment is Sydney at the SCG.
Speaking of the Swans, they lost to the Dogs in a contest worthy of the Grand Final rematch that it was. The losers were certainly not disgraced though, hitting the front early in the last quarter, thanks to four-goals in a row by Lance Franklin.
The Dogs steadied though, kicking the last four goals of the game to run out 23-point winners. They shortened from $6 to $5.50 to repeat last season’s heroics. The Swans drifted – but only slightly – from $10 to $11 to go one better than last year.
On Saturday, Hawthorn let a four-goal quarter-time lead slip when they hosted Adelaide at the MCG. The Crows kicked five goals to two in the last term, to run out 24-point winners.
Their forward-line is super-impressive, with so many different avenues to goal. Eddie Betts and David Mackay combined for six goals while returning captain Taylor Walker kicked two majors.
Hawthorn slipped to 0-2 for the first time in seven years, and have been backed into $2.15 to miss the top eight for the first time since that season – 2009.
The Crows on the other hand, have been backed in from $9 to $8 to win their first flag since 1998.
The other Adelaide club, Port, have been the biggest surprise packet of the season so far, they sit on top of the ladder, with a massive percentage of 184 after dispatching of a hapless Fremantle outfit by 89 points.
This has seen them backed in from their pre-season quote of $3.75 into $1.78 to make the finals.
Fremantle have now lost nine of their last ten games with an average losing in the last six of 71 points. Their premiership quote has ballooned out from $31 to $101.
It’s better news for the other West Australian club, West Coast, who remained unbeaten with a 19-point win over a wasteful St Kilda in Perth.
Zach Merrett again starred for the Bombers in their 27-point win over the Lions in Brisbane on Saturday night. This has seen the 21-year-old Brownlow quote slashed from the $36 it was in the pre-season to $18. He could well have five votes from a possible six.
The Giants bounced back from their first-round loss in the best possible way, belting the Suns by 102 points, which saw them move in from $5 to $4.50 for the flag, and confirm their favouritism.
Geelong got out of jail against North Melbourne on Sunday, winning by the smallest of margins, despite trailing the contest for all but four minutes of the match.
Goerge Horlin-Smith kicked truly from a free kick with just 60 seconds to go, to give the Cats a 2-0 start to the season.
A couple of hours later, Melbourne beat Carlton by 22 points at the MCG. It is their first 2-0 start to a season since 2005 but it was far from convincing.
The Demons were heavy favourites but found themselves three points down at the last change. They kicked six goals to two in the final term to ensure they got the four points.
Onto our best bets and after a poor start, we were once again we were in the winner’s circle.
On Thursday, we had the Pies to win but we bounced on Friday with a $1.83 collect for the smart bet of either side to win the Grand Final rematch by under 25 points.
On Saturday, we took the Crows to win ($1.65) and on Sunday we took the overs (187.5) in the total match points market in the Geelong-North Melbourne match for a $1.90 collect.
The Dees win over the Blues ended our betting weekend on a high as we had them by 1-39 points for a handy win of $2.25.
Round Three kicks off on Friday night when Sydney ($1.27) are red-hot favourites to beat Collingwood ($3.87) at the SCG. Once again, there are many matches to look forward to, including the Showdown on Saturday night.
Round 3 (Sportsbet)
Sydney ($1.27) v Collingwood ($3.78)
North Melbourne ($5.50) v Greater Western Sydney ($1.15)
Richmond ($2.38) v West Coast ($1.59)
Geelong ($1.46) v Melbourne ($2.75)
Port Adelaide ($2.72) v Adelaide ($1.46)
Fremantle ($4.45) v Western Bulldogs ($1.21)
St Kilda ($1.19) v Brisbane ($4.70)
Carlton ($3.90) v Essendon ($1.26)
Gold Coast ($3.06) v Hawthorn ($1.38)
Greater Western Sydney $4.50
Western Bulldogs $5.50
West Coast $8
Port Adelaide $21
St Kilda $31
Gold Coast $151
North Melbourne $151
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