As the finals of the 2010 AFL Season draw ever closer, seemingly easy-to-pick matches suddenly become so much tougher – and round 17 certainly proved just that!
The upset of the weekend was the final fixture of the round as Port Adelaide overcame bitter rivals Adelaide with a 19-point victory at the AAMI.
It was a weekend which saw the Aussie rules punter who went against the odds, or even followed a few of our specific tips come away with some convincing payouts, and if you are looking for the best odds for this weekend, head to Ladbrokes.com.au before the bounce.
Kicking off the weekend was one of the trickiest to tip seeing as the top eight sides of St Kilda ($1.72) and Hawthorn ($2.12) were battling it out – so the second draw of the season was a rather fitting outcome, although resulted in the Saints losing their strangle-hold on Geelong.
The Hawks will be devastated seeing they were 13-points up three minutes out from the finish line, with Saint Ben McEvoy levelling the scores and so lost two crucial points at this time of the year.
Collingwood ($1.11) retained their new-found spot at the top of the ladder with a convincing 82-point win over Richmond ($6.70) – cementing themselves as strong contenders for the 2010 AFL flag which they are at $4 to win at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Geelong ($1.06) made the comeback from their devastating round 16 defeat which many knew they would deliver over the Brisbane Lions ($9.30).
It as a combination of both superior play from Geelong’s Gary Ablett, as he proved a return to form booting five, and the lacklustre effort which seems to be ever-present when the Lions hit the oval as they lost by 73 points.
On Sunday afternoon the Western Bulldogs ($1.33) leapfrogged Fremantle ($3.35) into fourth position on the ladder as they came away with a huge 82-point win.
The Bulldogs set themselves up as strong contenders for the flag this year as they sent the Dockers into a vulnerable state at such a pivotal place in the season despite off-ground attention on the sacking of Jason Akermanis.
The upset of the weekend was the final fixture of the round as Port Adelaide ($3.80) overcame bitter rivals Adelaide ($1.27) with a 19-point victory at the AAMI, which saw the Crows’ hope for a top eight spot come crashing down.
Round 18 of the 2010 AFL Season bounces off on Friday night when Essendon welcomes St Kilda to the Etihad Stadium for a crunch match, so make sure you head back here before the weekend rolls around for an in-depth overview of all the action and crucial tips, then head to Ladbrokes.com.au to really get your money’s worth!
AFL Round 17 Results
|23.07.10||St Kilda 87: 87 Hawthorn||Etihad Stadium||7.40pm|
|24.07.10||Collingwood 127: 45 Richmond||MCG||2.10pm|
|24.07.10||Geelong 127: 64 Brisbane Lions||Skilled Stadium||2.10pm|
|24.07.10||North Melbourne 119: 122 Essendon||Etihad Stadium||7.10pm|
|24.07.10||West Coast 83: 109 Carlton||Subiaco Oval||5.40pm|
|25.07.10||Western Bulldogs 158: 76 Fremantle||Etihad Stadium||1.10pm|
|25.07.10||Melbourne 142: 69 Sydney||MCG||2.10pm|
|25.07.10||Port Adelaide 88: 69 Adelaide||AAMI Stadium||4.10pm|