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AFL Wrap: Blues, Pies, Saints and Demons all salute as underdogs

Mon, May 1, 9:55am by Head Editor

The sixth round of the AFL season delivered its fair share of surprises, with four of the nine games going the way of the underdog. We also have a new Premiership favourite after the Adelaide Crows beat Richmond in their top of the table clash on Sunday. The 76-point win sees the South Australian club move into $3.75 for the flag.

Speaking of Premiership favourites, the round started way back on Friday night when two of the top three in that betting market met in the nation’s capital. The Western Bulldogs fell agonisingly short of the Giants in one of the games of the season.

The Dogs, who were way overs at $3.42 before the match began, covered the generous line of 20.5 points easily, and had it not been for some poor kicking in front of goal, they would have been another outsider to get the four points.

Down in Tasmania on Saturday, the Saints started as slight outsiders to beat the Hawks, but you could have put the $2 quote in the bank as early as half way through the third term, as St Kilda banged on eight goals to one.

Speaking of outsiders, Carlton were a $6.70 shot at the MCG on Saturday, but made a mockery of that quote with a 19-point win to keep the Swans winless. It was also the third quarter of this game where the winners made their move, booting five goals to two.

While Carlton was kicking away in Melbourne, Port Adelaide were making light work of the Lions in Brisbane. The 83-point win was the biggest of the round and sees Port move into $13 for the flag.

As that game was drawing to a close, North Melbourne were aiming for their first win of the season when they ran out onto Etihad Stadium against the Gold Coast. Just as they’ve done in four of their previous five games, they took a lead into the last term, but this time – thanks to six goals to Ben Brown – they hung on to win.

As Big Benny Brown was nailing goals at Etihad, across the Nullarbor, West Coast and Fremantle were slugging it out in the 45th Western Derby. It was a huge build up as it always is for this fixture but it was over early in the second term with the Eagles responding to their critics by thrashing their biggest rivals by 41 points.

On Sunday, Essendon hosted Melbourne at Etihad Stadium in a match that never reached any great heights. The Demons bounced back from their loss to the Tigers on ANZAC day eve with a 38-point win to square their season up at 3-3.

That match was an upset, but only just, as the Demons started at $1.92 and the Bombers $1.88. The upsets continued just a few kilometres away at the MCG, when the Magpies – who were a $4.70 shot – stunned the previously unbeaten Cats by 29 points.

As mentioned earlier the Crows are the only unbeaten side left in the competition following their 11-goal demolition of the previously unbeaten Tigers on Sunday.

Round Seven kicks off on Friday night when St Kilda ($3) host the Giants ($1.37) at Etihad Stadium. Once again, there are many matches to look forward to, including the Western Bulldogs ($1.34) hosting Richmond ($3.30) at the same venue on Saturday.

Arch rivals Collingwood ($1.35) and Carlton ($3.20) meet at the MCG on Saturday while Melbourne ($1.47) host Hawthorn ($2.69) at the same venue on Sunday.

Round Seven (Sportsbet)

St Kilda ($3) v Greater Western Sydney ($1.37)
North Melbourne ($6.40) v Adelaide ($1.12)
Collingwood ($1.35) v Carlton ($3.20)
Port Adelaide ($1.38) v West Coast ($3.07)
Gold Coast ($3.78) v Geelong ($1.27)
Western Bulldogs ($1.34) v Richmond ($3.30)
Sydney ($1.13) v Brisbane ($6.05)
Melbourne ($1.47) v Hawthorn ($2.69)
Fremantle ($1.63) v Essendon ($2.28)

Premiership

Adelaide $3.75

Greater Western Sydney $4

Geelong $7

Western Bulldogs $7

West Coast $11

Port Adelaide $13

Richmond $18

St Kilda $34

Essendon $34

Melbourne $41

Collingwood $51

Fremantle $67

Hawthorn $101

Gold Coast $101

Sydney $126

North Melbourne $301

Brisbane $501

Carlton $501


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