AFL Teams – Rd 9, 2013

afl round 9 teams

Collingwood v Sydney

Collingwood

B: N.Brown, B.Reid, H.O’Brien
HB: J.Russell, N.Maxwell, M.Williams
C: S.Sidebottom, D.Swan, L.Ball
HF: J.Elliott, Q.Lynch, B.Macaffer
F: B.Kennedy, T.Cloke, S.Dwyer
Foll: D.Jolly, S.Pendlebury, J.Blair
Int: A.Krakouer, M.Clarke, J.Witts, P.Seedsman
Emg: A.Didak, J.Thomas, B.Sinclair

In: M.Clarke
Out: J.Thomas (Omitted)

Sydney

B: N.Malceski, T.Richards, N.Smith
HB: J.McVeigh, H.Grundy, D.Rampe
C: L.Jetta, R.O’Keefe, D.Hannebery
HF: M.Morton, S.Reid, J.Bolton
F: L.Parker, A.Goodes, B.McGlynn
Foll: M.Pyke, J.Kennedy, K.Jack
Int: C.Bird, A.Everitt, J.Lamb, S.Mumford
Emg: T.Armstrong, T.Mitchell, T.Walsh

In: J.Lamb
Out: T.Walsh (Omitted)

Port Adelaide v Geelong Cats

Port Adelaide

B: C.O’Shea, A.Carlile, C.Heath
HB: Bra.Ebert, T.Jonas, T.Logan
C: K.Cornes, T.Boak, M.Broadbent
HF: A.Moore, J.Westhoff, A.Monfries
F: C.Wingard, J.Schulz, R.Gray
Foll: J.Redden, H.Hartlett, O.Wines
Int: K.Mitchell, S.Colquhoun, M.Lobbe, M.Thomas
Emg: C.Hitchcock, L.Stevenson, T.Clurey

In: T.Logan, M.Thomas, C.Heath, S.Colquhoun
Out: D.Cassisi (Hamstring), P.Stewart (Omitted), L.Stevenson (Omitted), J.Neade (Rested)

Geelong

B: A.Mackie, T.Lonergan, C.Enright
HB: C.Guthrie, H.Taylor, J.Thurlow
C: M.Duncan, J.Bartel, S.Motlop
HF: M.Stokes, S.Johnson, G.Burbury
F: A.Christensen, T.Hawkins, J.Podsiadly
Foll: T.West, J.Selwood, J.Corey
Int: B.Smedts, J.Hunt, J.Caddy, M.Blicavs
Emg: M.Brown, J.Schroder, S.Kersten

In: S.Johnson, G.Burbury
Out: J.Schroder (Omitted), G.Horlin-Smith (Soreness)

GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles

GWS Giants

Backs: J.Bruce, S.Gilham, T.Mohr
HB: M.Buntine, A.Corr, A.Miles
C: D.Smith, T.Greene, R.Palmer
HF: A.Treloar, J.Cameron, L.Whitfield
F: T.Adams, A.Tomlinson, C.Ward
Foll: D.Brogan, T.Scully, S.Coniglio
Int: C.Hampton, D.Shiel, J.Giles, A.Kennedy
Emg: J.Townsend, S.O’hAilpin, T.Downie

In: C.Hampton , A.Treloar , M.Buntine
Out: T.Bugg (Illness), T.Golds (Omitted), M.Whiley (Omitted)

West Coast Eagles

B: J.Brennan, D.Glass, M.Brown
HB: S.Hurn, E.Mackenzie, S.Butler
C: A.Gaff, S.Selwood, B.Dalziell
HF: M.LeCras, J.Darling, C.Masten
F: D.Cox, JJ.Kennedy, D.Kerr
Foll: N.Naitanui, M.Priddis, L.Shuey
Int: M.Rosa, J.Hill, B.Sheppard, M.Hutchings
Emg: A.Embley, A.Hams, B.Wilson

In: S.Butler, M.Brown, B.Dalziell, M.Hutchings
Out: A.Selwood (Quad), B.Waters (Quad), W.Schofield (finger), S.Wellingham (Ankle)

St Kilda v Western Bulldogs

St Kilda

B: R.Stanley, J.Gwilt, J.Newnes
HB: S.Dempster, S.Fisher, J.Webster
C: F.Ray, L.Hayes, D.Roberton
HF: N.Dal Santo, B.Maister, J.Geary
F: T.Hickey, N.Riewoldt, S.Milne
Foll: B.McEvoy, L.Montagna, J.Steven
Int: S.Ross, A.Siposs, D.Armitage, A.Saad
Emg: C.Jones, T.Milera, J.Saunders

In: L.Hayes
Out: T.Milera (Omitted)

Western Bulldogs

B: L.Picken, J.Roughead, J.Johannisen
HB: T.Young, D.Morris, B.Goodes
C: M.Boyd, R.Griffen, R.Murphy
HF: L.Dahlhaus, L.Jones, J.Stringer
F: D.Addison, T.Williams, D.Giansiracusa
Foll: W.Minson, C.Smith, T.Liberatore
Int: J.Macrae, N.Hrovat, K.Stevens, N.Lower
Emg: M.Wallis, D.Cross, L.Markovic

In: D.Addison , T.Williams , N.Hrovat
Out: D.Cross (Omitted), A.Cooney (Hamstring), L.Markovic (Omitted)

Richmond v Essendon

Richmond

B: S.Morris, A.Rance, T.Chaplin
HB: C.Newman, B.Ellis, B.Houli
C: S. Grigg, T.Cotchin, D.Jackson
HF: B.Deledio, S.Edwards, J.King
F: T.Vickery, J.Riewoldt, D.Martin
Foll: I.Maric, N.Foley, N.Vlastuin
Int: M.White, J.Batchelor, L.McGuane, S.Lonergan
Emg: A.Edwards, R.Nahas, M.Dea

In: C.Newman, S.Lonergan, I.Maric
Out: R.Nahas (Omitted), O.Stephenson (Omitted), M.Dea (Omitted)

Essendon

B: J.Carlisle, D.Fletcher, C.Dempsey
HB: D.Heppell, C.Hooker, M.Hibberd
C: B.Stanton, J.Watson, J.Melksham
HF: J.Winderlich, S.Crameri, B.Goddard
F: D.Zaharakis, T.Bellchambers, M.Hurley
Foll: P.Ryder, H.Hocking, B.Howlett
Int: M.Baguley, D.Myers, N.Kommer, L.Jetta
Emg: J.Ashby, E.Kavanagh, S.Gumbleton

In: C.Dempsey , L.Jetta
Out: E.Kavanagh (Omitted) , J.Merrett (Omitted)

Brisbane Lions v Carlton

Brisbane

B: J.Adcock, J.Patfull, A.McGrath
HB: E.Yeo, R.Lester, B.Staker
C: A.Raines, S.Black, J.Polkinghorne
HF: R.Bewick, J.Brown, P.Hanley
F: D.Zorko, J.Lisle, T.Rockliff
Foll: M.Leuenberger, B.Moloney, J.Redden
Int: J.Green, S.Mayes, M.Golby, S.Michael
Emg: S.Docherty, T.Banfield, P.Karnezis

In: J.Green, S.Michael
Out: D.Merrett (Suspension), J.Clarke (Suspension)

Carlton

B: M.Robinson, M.Jamison, L.Henderson
HB: Z.Tuohy, D.Armfield, S.White
C: K.Lucas, C.Judd, K.Simpson
HF: E.Curnow, A.Walker, J.Garlett
F: B.McLean, J.Waite, M.Kreuzer
Foll: R.Warnock, M.Murphy, H.Scotland
Int: T.Bell, J.Bootsma, J.Cachia, B.Gibbs
Emg: T.Menzel, L.Casboult, J.Laidler

In: B.Gibbs
Out: T.Menzel (Omitted)

Fremantle v Melbourne

Fremantle

B: L.Spurr, Z.Dawson, M.Johnson
HB: G.Ibbotson, L.McPharlin, A.Silvagni
C: C.Sutcliffe, R.Crowley, P.Duffield
HF: M.Barlow, C.Mayne, N.Fyfe
F: M.de Boer, Z.Clarke, H.Ballantyne
Foll: J.Hannath, D.Mundy, C.Pearce
Int: N.Suban, D.Pearce, T.Mzungu, M.Taberner, H.Crozier, J.Simpson, V.Michie

In: V.Michie, H.Crozier, M.Taberner, J.Simpson
Out: M.Walters (Ankle)

Melbourne

B: L.Dunn, J.Frawley, D.Terlich
HB: J.Watts, J.Sellar, C.Garland
C: J.Trengove, M.Evans, M.Jones
HF: L.Tapscott, J.Howe, N.Jetta
F: M.Gawn, C.Dawes, A.Davey
Foll: M.Jamar, N.Jones, J.Magner
Int: S.Byrnes, J.McKenzie, J.Strauss, D.Nicholson, T.Gillies, R.Bail, J.Spencer

In: S.Byrnes, T.Gillies, J.Spencer, J.Watts
Out: J.Toumpas (Ankle)

Hawthorn v Gold Coast Suns

Hawthorn

B: B.Stratton, B.Lake, B.Guerra
HB: S.Mitchell, J.Gibson, G.Birchall
C: I.Smith, L.Hodge, L.Shiels
HF: P.Puopolo, L.Franklin, J.Lewis
F: J.Gunston, J.Roughead, L.Breust
Foll: M.Bailey, B.Sewell, S.Burgoyne
Int: M.Spangher, J.Simpkin, S.Grimley, B.Hill, T.Duryea, K.Cheney, M.Osborne

In: J.Gibson, K.Cheney, S.Grimley, B.Hill
Out: D.Hale (Ankle)

Gold Coast Suns

B: T.McKenzie, J.Hutchins, D.Stanley
HB: D.Swallow, R.Thompson, T.Murphy
C: M.Shaw, G.Ablett, J.Harbrow
HF: G.Broughton, TJ.Lynch, J.Lonergan
F: C.Brown, S.May, A.Hall
Foll: S.Day, J.O’Meara, D.Prestia
Int: D.Gorringe, B.Matera, J.Brennan, L.Russell, T.Nicholls, K.Horsley, J.Wilkinson

In: T.Murphy, K.Horsley, J.Wilkinson, T.Nicholls, D.Gorringe
Out: Z.Smith (Knee), H.Bennell (Hamstring)

North Melbourne v Adelaide

North Melbourne

B: A.Mullett, S.Thompson, J.Macmillan
HB: D.Wells, N.Grima, M.Firrito
C: S.Gibson, S.Atley, R.Bastinac
HF: B.Cunnington, D.Petrie, B.Harvey
F: L.Thomas, M.Daw, L.Adams
Foll: T.Goldstein, A.Swallow, J.Ziebell
Int: L.Hansen, J.Gysberts, S.Wright, T.Hine, W.Sierakowski, A.Black, S.McMahon

In: W.Sierakowski, J.Gysberts, T.Hine
Outs: nil

Adelaide

B: L.Brown, B.Rutten, A.Otten
HB: B.Reilly, D.Talia, B.Smith
C: B.Vince, P.Dangerfield, D.Mackay
HF: R.Sloane, J.Jenkins, J.Lyons
F: S.Kerridge, T.Lynch, R.Douglas
Foll: S.Jacobs, S.Thompson, N.van Berlo
Int: M.Wright, J.Petrenko, S.McKernan, I.Callinan, J.Porplyzia, R.Henderson, R.Laird

In: J.Petrenko, I.Callinan, R.Henderson
Outs: nil

Best value round of the year

sherrins

Last week was the first time the weekly punt made a loss; this despite three out of the five bets coming up. That is the nature of the beast, the bookies always take a cut and you need to be a really good punter to come out on top. But it was only a small jab to the cheek, incidental contact and play-on, the weekly punt still has more than tripled its staked amount this year. This week the weekly punt formula has detected a half a dozen line bets offering excellent value which will put it back on the winners list in fine fashion.

The Hawks performances on the betting lines this year has been average, only beating them half the time but last week they beat GWS by 84 points at half pace. While it cost the weekly punt last week, it will not this week. The Suns are having their best ever season, having beaten their previous season record of three wins after only eight rounds but they have lost more key players again. Still, the Hawks will not take the Suns lightly and will be at full throttle as they comeback from their weekend getaway in Launceston. The Hawks line is at only at -66.5 with Betstar at the moment, so take it quickly before the bet of the round balloons out.

It is a pretty simple recurring equation when it comes to Essendon. They are starting to lose players yet again, their mid-form slump has come again and generally speaking the weekly punt thinks the Tigers are a better team. It was proven last year back in round 22 when the Tigers won by 45 points. Expect the same result this week in the Dreamtime match. The line at the moment is +4.5 for the Tigers with Sportsbet but expect that to be closer to even money before Saturday night.

The Dogs are out of form – having lost 17 of their last 18 games – and they have only beaten the betting lines twice this season. They play the Saints who in contrast have beaten the betting lines on five occasions. Last time these two played the Saints won by 76 points. The Dogs are still wounded with several key outs so expect a similar result. The Saints line of -29.5 offered by Betstar is too small considering the Dogs have lost by more than that margin already five times this year.

Fremantle last week were unlucky to take the full chocolates against the Swans at the SCG, but had you had taken the Dockers line the last three weeks you would have taken chocolates each week. Fremantle are in really good form and as stated last week, they are showing to be a premiership contender. Their opponents this week are on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Demons are the least competitive team so far this year and expect Lyon’s boys to eat them up in Perth. With Fremantle continually underrated by the betting market expect another week of profit on the line with Betstar offering -61.5 and more easy money.

The Lions are starting to impress after their last fortnight. After beating the Bombers at Etihad last week, they were within a kick of taking the lead late in fourth quarter against the Eagles at Gabba the previous week. The Blues are going to have a tough time at the Gabba and the weekly punt suspects the Lions may just get over the line. Contentious late decisions and draws get always get in the way of a punter’s bet, so betting on the line here is the best bet again. The Lions have beaten the lines the last fortnight and expect them do so again and Sportsbet will give you the best odds at $1.92 and the best line at +16.5.

GWS cost the weekly punt dearly last week but it will not this week as we are betting on them against the Eagles. The Eagles have only beaten the betting lines twice this year, equal least in the AFL. They are just a little overrated as mentioned in previous weeks and this week should be no different. GWS should be able to cover +70.5 offered by Sportsbet with the Eagles missing key outs again.

Normally the weekly punt does not take special offers but Sportsbet are offering money back on head-to-head bets for the Friday night clash between Collingwood and Sydney at MCG. The weekly punt almost took the line but it is very close to its predicted margin. Take the Pies with odds of $1.57 and if they lose by 20 points or less you get your money back. Done deal.

 

Current Betting Fund:  $1,590.50

Total staked so far: $513.50

 

 

Hawthorn v Gold Coast – Handicap (-66.5) – $200 @ $1.91 Betstar

 

Richmond v Essendon –Handicap (+4.5) – $200 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

St Kilda v Western Bulldogs– Handicap (-29.5) – $200 @ $1.91 Betstar

 

Fremantle v Melbourne –Handicap (-61.5) – $200 @ $1.91 Betstar

 

Brisbane v Carlton –Handicap (+16.5) – $150 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

GWS v West Coast –Handicap (+70.5) – $150 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

Collingwood v Sydney –Head-to-Head– $100 @ $1.57 Sportsbet

 

 

(Bet is on team in Bold)

Odds correct at time of posting

 

West Coast Eagles v North Melbourne – AFL Round 8 2013

west coast eagles vs north melbourne
WEST COAST EAGLES v NORTH MELBOURNE
When: Friday, May 17
Where: Patersons Stadium
WEST COAST EAGLES
FB: Jacob Brennan, Darren Glass, Will Schofield
HB: Shannon Hurn, Eric Mackenzie, Beau Waters
C: Matt Rosa, Scott Selwood, Andrew Gaff
HF: Mark LeCras, Jack Darling, Chris Masten
FF: Josh Hill, Josh Kennedy, Daniel Kerr
R: Nic Naitanui, Matt Priddis, Luke Shuey
I/C: Sharrod Wellingham, Dean Cox, Brad Sheppard, Adam Selwood
EMG: Mark Hutchings, Bradd Dalziell, Mitch Brown
IN: Daniel Kerr, Beau Waters, Adam Selwood, Chris Masten
OUT: Mark Hutchings, Ash Smith, Mitch Brown, Bradd Dalziell (omit.)
Milestones: Darren Glass (250 games), Scott Selwood (100 games)
Last 5: W – L – L – W – W
NORTH MELBOURNE
FB: Scott McMahon, Scott Thompson, Jamie Macmillan
HB: Daniel Wells, Nathan Grima, Michael Firrito
C: Sam Gibson, Shaun Atley, Ryan Bastinac
HF: Ben Cunnington, Drew Petrie, Brent Harvey
FF: Lindsay Thomas, Majak Daw, Leigh Adams
R: Todd Goldstein, Andrew Swallow, Jack Ziebell
I/C: Sam Wright, Lachie Hansen, Aaron Black, Aaron Mullett
EMG: Will Sierakowski, Kieran Harper, Taylor Hine
IN: Nathan Grima
OUT: Will Sierakowski (omit.)
Last 5: L – W – L – W – W
Forecast: Shower or two, 20 degrees
TAB: West Coast $1.35, North Melbourne $3.20
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Overview
After a poor start to the season, both West Coast and North Melbourne have made attempts to get back on track and stay in the hunt for a finals berth in 2013. The Eagles suffered three consecutive losses at their home ground within the first four weeks of the season, going down to Fremantle, Hawthorn and Carlton. Added to that was an incredibly disappointing loss to Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium after being in control for nearly 75% of the game. Since then, the Eagles have comprehensively beaten the lowly Western Bulldogs, and managed to get over the line against the Brisbane Lions last Saturday at the Gabba. With the return of Nic Naitanui two weeks ago, the West Coast line-up is already looking more stable and dangerous. With the inclusions of Daniel Kerr, Chris Masten and Beau Waters, they are only going to from strength to strength.
The Kangaroos lost four of their first five games of the season to highly-rated teams in Geelong, Sydney, Hawthorn and Collingwood, with a big victory over Brisbane amongst them. Like the Eagles, North go into this match with a two-game winning streak after knocking off the previously undefeated Port Adelaide at Blundstone Arena, and last week powered away in the final quarter against the Bulldogs to record a nine goal rout. Both sides sit outside of the top eight by one game and have a large percentage.
Retribution
The night is finally upon the thousands of North Melbourne supporters that sat through the horrible, graphic thumping handed down by the Eagles in last year’s Elimination Final at the same venue. After an impressive end to the season, which saw them win 10 of the final 12 games of the season, the Roos ran out of steam and were no match for West Coast, who went on to win by 96 points.
Things are different now though. The legs are much fresher than then, another pre-season is under the belt, and the temperature is not going to be in the 30’s like last time. A revamped forward line featuring the athletic Aaron Black and the impressive specimen that is Majak Daw (who kicked six last week, for those that missed it), North are terrifically placed to challenge the Eagles on their home deck. With the confidence of beating the Bulldogs and Power behind them, along with the experienced heads of Brent Harvey, Daniel Wells and Drew Petrie, revenge will definitely be on the minds of the players.
Utilising advantages
This is what West Coast need to do to ensure victory. They boast the best one-two ruck set-up in the league, with All-Australian ruckman in Dean Cox and Nic Naitanui set to go up against the in-form Todd Goldstein. Goldstein is no doubt sure to be run off his legs, and will need help from his teammates in Daw, Petrie and even Lachie Hansen. Last season in Round 15, these sides played a close encounter in Hobart, and it was West Coast who won thanks to the sheer dominance of Cox. After an even first half, Goldstein suffered a head knock and was ruled out of the game due to concussion. Enter Cox. The big guy finished on 21 disposals, took 15 marks, won 24 hitouts and kicked three goals. It was one of the best games by a ruckman ever seen, and the vision of him taking marks up forward to kick crucial goals, then floating back to take a pack mark to save the game in defence is truly remarkable.
It’s unlikely that Cox will have the same impact on this game, but with the combined effort of Naitanui and himself, it will be a tough ask for Goldstein and his teammates to combat. Giving the midfield first use out of the centre is crucial for both sides, with the likes of Kennedy, Darling and the resting ruckman up one end ready to take the mark, while Petrie, Daw and Black sit waiting up the other. Not to mention the crumbing genius of LeCras, Hill, Masten, Thomas, Harvey and Adams.
SuperCoach
He was one of the most popular SuperCoach ruckman picked last season, but a groin injury hampered Nic Naitanui’s start to the season. So much so, it is only recently in Round 6 that he has resumed playing. Priced at $611,000, he has a hefty price tag, but his score of 102 from last weekend against the Lions is sure to sway some of the coaches looking to offload someone like Mark Blicavs or Dale Thomas up forward.
For those coaches that have Daniel Wells in their midfield, they might be a bit upset with Brad Scott after he started with the substitute vest last weekend against the Bulldogs. He returned a score of just 28, but ignoring that, he’s in career-best form fantasy-wise, averaging 108 points from his first six games. At $557,400, he has risen in price by $27,700, but that is sure to keep rising. As long as he keeps away from that pesky green vest!
History
Since 2000, West Coast and North Melbourne have played 20 times. In 2012, the Eagles were the Kangaroos’ opponent three times, the most out of any side in the league. They lost all three games. From left to right, this is the result of each game from the start of the millennium.
WC – K – K – WC – WC – WC – K – WC – WC – WC – WC – WC – K – WC – K – K – WC – WC – WC – WC
Overall
West Coast: 14/20
North Melbourne: 6/20
West Coast home game (Patersons Stadium)
West Coast: 7/10
North Melbourne: 3/10
North Melbourne home game (Etihad Stadium, Manuka Oval, MCG, Blundstone Arena, Carrara
West Coast: 6/9
North Melbourne: 3/9
Finals
West Coast: 1/1
North Melbourne: 0/1
Prediction
This should be a quality encounter, much unlike the last time these two teams played. Both sides are in good form after shaky starts to the year, and are looking to build on that platform as they head into the bye. North, despite having the best disposal efficiency in the league and West Coast ranked second-last, will struggle to overcome the Eagles, but hopefully some sort of effort is made this time.
WEST COAST EAGLES by 14.
First goalkicker: Majak Daw.
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AFL Teams – Round 8 2013

AFL Teams Round 8

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West Coast v North Melbourne

Fri May 17, 18:40

WEST COAST

B: J.Brennan D.Glass W.Schofield
HB: S.Hurn E.Mackenzie B.Waters
C: M.Rosa S.Selwood A.Gaff
HF: M.LeCras J.Darling C.Masten
F: J.Hill JJ.Kennedy D.Kerr
R: N.Naitanui M.Priddis L.Shuey
I/C: B.Sheppard S.Wellingham D.Cox A.Selwood
EMG: M.Brown B.Dalziell M.Hutchings

In: D.Kerr , A.Selwood , B.Waters , C.Masten
Out: M.Brown (Omitted) , B.Dalziell (Omitted) , As.Smith (Omitted) , M.Hutchings (Omitted)

NORTH MELBOURNE

B: S.McMahon S.Thompson J.Macmillan
HB: D.Wells N.Grima M.Firrito
C: S.Gibson S.Atley R.Bastinac
HF: B.Cunnington D.Petrie B.Harvey
F: L.Thomas M.Daw L.Adams
R: T.Goldstein A.Swallow J.Ziebell
I/C: L.Hansen S.Wright A.Black A.Mullett
EMG: K.Harper T.Hine W.Sierakowski

In: N.Grima
Out: W.Sierakowski (Omitted)

Essendon v Brisbane Lions

Sat May 18, 13:45

ESSENDON

B: J.Carlisle D.Fletcher C.Hooker
HB: E.Kavanagh M.Hurley M.Hibberd
C: B.Stanton J.Watson D.Heppell
HF: D.Zaharakis P.Ryder B.Goddard
F: D.Myers S.Crameri J.Winderlich
R: T.Bellchambers H.Hocking B.Howlett
I/C: J.Melksham J.Merrett N.Kommer M.Baguley
EMG: W.Hams T.Pears N.Lovett-Murray

In: B.Stanton , P.Ryder , E.Kavanagh , J.Merrett
Out: N.Lovett-Murray (Omitted) , A.Davey (Hamstring) , S.Gumbleton (RESTED) , K.Hardingham (Omitted)

BRISBANE LIONS

B: M.Golby D.Merrett A.McGrath
HB: J.Patfull J.Clarke E.Yeo
C: J.Adcock B.Moloney P.Hanley
HF: D.Zorko J.Brown R.Lester
F: J.Redden J.Lisle J.Polkinghorne
R: M.Leuenberger T.Rockliff S.Black
I/C: R.Bewick B.Staker A.Raines S.Mayes
EMG: S.Docherty J.Green P.Karnezis

In: B.Staker
Out: J.Green (Omitted)

Hawthorn v GWS Giants

Sat May 18, 14:10

HAWTHORN

B: T.Duryea B.Lake L.Hodge
HB: S.Burgoyne B.Stratton G.Birchall
C: I.Smith S.Mitchell B.Hill
HF: M.Osborne L.Franklin L.Shiels
F: D.Hale J.Roughead L.Breust
R: M.Bailey B.Sewell J.Lewis
I/C: M.Spangher J.Simpkin J.Gunston P.Puopolo
EMG: K.Cheney B.Guerra S.Grimley

In: M.Spangher
Out: J.Gibson (Ankle)

GWS GIANTS

B: S.Gilham J.Bruce A.Corr
HB: A.Kennedy T.Mohr T.Greene
C: L.Whitfield C.Ward M.Whiley
HF: T.Bugg A.Tomlinson R.Palmer
F: T.Adams J.Cameron D.Smith
R: J.Giles T.Scully S.Coniglio
I/C: D.Shiel T.Golds A.Miles D.Brogan
EMG: C.Hampton K.Aylett S.Frost

In: A.Miles , T.Bugg , T.Golds , M.Whiley
Out: S.Reid (Omitted) , A.Treloar (Omitted) , J.Townsend (Calf) , Z.Williams (Ankle)

Gold Coast v Western Bulldogs

Sat May 18, 16:40

GOLD COAST

B: T.McKenzie S.Day D.Stanley
HB: D.Swallow R.Thompson G.Broughton
C: M.Shaw G.Ablett J.Harbrow
HF: H.BennellTJ.Lynch J.Lonergan
F: B.Matera S.May A.Hall
R: Z.Smith J.O’Meara D.Prestia
I/C: J.Hutchins C.Brown J.Brennan L.Russell
EMG: C.Cameron T.Sumner T.Nicholls

In: L.Russell
Out: T.Murphy (Concussion)

WESTERN BULLDOGS

B: J.Johannisen J.Roughead D.Morris
HB: A.Cooney T.Young B.Goodes
C: C.Smith M.Boyd R.Griffen
HF: R.Murphy L.Jones D.Cross
F: L.Dahlhaus J.Stringer D.Giansiracusa
R: W.Minson L.Picken T.Liberatore
I/C: J.Macrae K.Stevens N.Lower L.Markovic
EMG: M.Wallis T.Williams T.Campbell

In: B.Goodes , K.Stevens , J.Stringer , J.Macrae
Out: D.Addison (Omitted) , M.Austin (Omitted) , J.Tutt (Omitted) , M.Wallis (Omitted)

Collingwood v Geelong

Sat May 18, 19:40

COLLINGWOOD

B: N.Brown B.Reid H.O’Brien
HB: J.Russell N.Maxwell M.Williams
C: S.Sidebottom D.Swan L.Ball
HF: J.Elliott Q.Lynch B.Macaffer
F: B.Kennedy T.Cloke S.Dwyer
R: D.Jolly S.PendleburyJ.Blair
I/C: A.Krakouer J.Witts J.Thomas P.Seedsman
EMG: A.Didak B.Sinclair C.Mooney

In: L.Ball , J.Russell , J.Witts , M.Williams
Out: D.Thomas (Ankle) , H.Shaw (Suspension) , M.Clarke (Illness) , C.Mooney (Omitted)

GEELONG

B: A.Mackie T.Lonergan C.Enright
HF: C.Guthrie H.Taylor J.Corey
C: M.Duncan J.Bartel S.Motlop
HF: M.Stokes S.Johnson B.Smedts
F: A.Christensen T.Hawkins J.Podsiadly
R: T.West J.Selwood G.Horlin-Smith
I/C: J.Hunt J.Schroder J.Thurlow M.Blicavs
EMG: J.Caddy S.Kersten G.Burbury

In: J.Corey , J.Hunt
Out: J.Kelly (Suspension) , T.Hunt (Shoulder)

Sydney v Fremantle

Sat May 18, 19:40

SYDNEY

B: N.Malceski T.Richards N.Smith
HB: M.Mattner H.Grundy D.Rampe
C: L.Jetta R.O’Keefe D.Hannebery
HF: J.McVeigh S.Reid J.Bolton
F: T.Walsh A.Goodes B.McGlynn
R: M.Pyke J.Kennedy K.Jack
I/C: M.Morton S.Mumford C.Bird L.Parker
EMG: T.Armstrong A.Everitt J.White

In: M.Morton , S.Mumford , T.Walsh
Out: J.White (Omitted) , T.Armstrong (Omitted) , J.Lamb (Omitted)

FREMANTLE

B: L.Spurr Z.Dawson M.Johnson
HB: G.Ibbotson L.McPharlin A.Silvagni
C: D.Pearce R.Crowley P.Duffield
HF: M.Barlow C.Mayne N.Fyfe
F: M.de Boer Z.Clarke M.Walters
R: J.Hannath D.Mundy C.Pearce
I/C: C.Sutcliffe H.Ballantyne H.Crozier N.Suban
EMG: T.Sheridan Ta.Smith T.Mzungu

In: Z.Clarke , N.Fyfe
Out: J.Griffin (Knee) , T.Mzungu (Omitted)

Carlton v Port Adelaide

Sun May 19, 13:10

CARLTON

B: M.Robinson M.Jamison L.Henderson
HB: Z.Tuohy D.Armfield S.White
C: K.Lucas C.Judd K.Simpson
HF: E.Curnow A.Walker J.Garlett
F: B.McLean J.Waite M.Kreuzer
R: R.Warnock M.Murphy H.Scotland
I/C: T.Bell J.Bootsma J.Cachia S.Hampson A.Joseph T.Menzel S.Rowe
In: J.Waite , S.Rowe , A.Joseph , T.Menzel , T.Bell , J.Bootsma
Out: E.Betts (Suspension) , D.Ellard (Injured) , C.Yarran (Injured)

PORT ADELAIDE

B: L.Stevenson A.Carlile C.O’Shea
HB: D.Cassisi T.Jonas A.Moore
C: K.Cornes T.Boak Bra.Ebert
HF: M.Broadbent J.Westhoff A.Monfries
R: R.Gray J.Schulz C.Wingard
R: J.Redden H.Hartlett O.Wines
I/C: K.Mitchell J.Neade S.Colquhoun C.Hitchcock M.Lobbe T.Loga P.Stewart

In: D.Cassisi , T.Logan , M.Lobbe , P.Stewart , C.Hitchcock
Out: D.Stewart (Omitted) , C.Heath (Omitted)

Richmond v Melbourne

Sun May 19, 15:20

RICHMOND

B: S.Morris A.Rance T.Chaplin
HB: C.Newman B.Ellis B.Houli
C: S.Grigg T.Cotchin D.Jackson
HF: B.Deledio S.Edwards J.King
F: L.McGuane J.Riewoldt D.Martin
R: O.Stephenson N.Foley N.Vlastuin
I/C: R.Nahas J.Batchelor M.Arnot M.Dea A.Edwards T.Vickery M.White
In: A.Edwards , M.White , T.Cotchin , T.Vickery , M.Arnot , M.Dea
Out: S.Tuck (Shoulder) , C.Knights (Knee) , I.Maric (Ankle)

MELBOURNE

B: N.Jetta J.Frawley D.Terlich
HB: D.Nicholson J.Sellar C.Garland
C: J.Trengove J.McKenzie M.Evans
HF: L.Tapscott L.Dunn J.Howe
F: M.Gawn C.DawesJ.Toumpas
R: M.Jamar M.Jones N.Jones
I/C: J.Strauss J.Magner D.Kent A.Davey T.Davis J.SpencerR.Bail
In: M.Jamar , J.Magner , J.Trengove , N.Jetta , T.Davis , J.Toumpas
Out: S.Byrnes (Wrist) , C.Sylvia (Suspension) , J.Viney (Toe)

Adelaide v St Kilda

Sun May 19, 16:10

ADELAIDE

B: A.Otten B.Rutten L.Brown
HB: D.Mackay D.Talia B.Reilly
C: B.Smith S.Thompson N.van Berlo
HF: P.Dangerfield S.McKernan B.Vince
F: S.Kerridge J.Jenkins T.Lynch
R: S.Jacobs R.Douglas R.Sloane
I/C: M.Jaensch M.Wright J.Lyons I.Callinan J.Porplyzia R.Henderson R.Laird

In: M.Jaensch , I.Callinan , R.Henderson

ST KILDA

B: J.Geary S.Fisher J.Gwilt
HB: S.Dempster D.Roberton J.Newnes
C: F.Ray N.Dal Santo A.Siposs
HF: T.Milera R.Stanley L.Montagna
F: T.Hickey N.Riewoldt S.Milne
R: B.McEvoy D.Armitage J.Steven
I/C: C.Jones S.Ross A.Saad J.Blake J.Webster B.Maister S.Dunell

In: J.Blake , B.Maister , C.Jones , S.Dunell
Out: N.Wright (Jaw)

BigFooty Podcasts – Round 8 2013

AFL podcasts

Over the last couple of months BigFooty moderator The_Wookie has been honing his podcasting production skills.

Now BigFooty has three podcasts, with more on the way:

BigFooty Blues – With The_Wookie, The Old Dark Navy’s, DevoidOfCaring and Chief.

Official BigFooty – With Messenger, Higgs Boson, The_Wookie and The Old Dark Navy’s.

BigFooty Dockers – From Centurions, whiteoak and Seppo.

More coming soon…

Premiership favourites best bets this week

pile of cash

Last week the weekly punt had its best betting round yet and that is saying something as it has yet to post a loss in any week this year. Last week four out the five lines paid out and there are five more lines again this round to double your funds with.

Hawthorn last week was the bet of the round and it is no different this week. The Hawks are in superhot form, having played all of last year’s finalists and are six wins and one loss with the second best percentage to boot. If that is not enough to indicate the gap between them and GWS who lost last week by 135 points then I do not what is. Hawks at Aurora with Sportsbet and the -95.5 line is the bet of the round.

If the Cats did not convince you last week they probably never will. If you are still hopeful about Collingwood chances this year then you must know something the Weekly Punt does not know. The Pies have only beaten the line once this season, equal last in the AFL along with Brisbane. The Cats are way too confident and way too good right now so they should easily account for the -20.5 handicap this week with Sportsbet who offer best value at $1.92.

Fremantle have defied bookmakers twice this year beating the Eagles and the Pies after starting as non-favourites. The play Sydney this week who after a relatively soft draw have shown they cannot dance with the big boys. Fremantle may not yet be a big boy but they are on their way and currently on a roll. Expect this game to go right down to the wire at the SCG. Take the Dockers line with Centrebet who will give you +18.5 head start.

Even though it was only GWS last week, 135 points is still a significant win. What was more significant is that Adelaide found another viable scoring option up forward with Walker out in Lynch booting ten. He will not to that this week against the Saints but the Crows are looking good now. Two weeks before they nearly knocked the premiership favourites Hawthorn at AAMI. Expect another excellent performance from the Crows in front of their supporters and they should easily account for the -22.5 line offered by Sportsbet

The Lions did perform well last week against the Eagles and the bet that was put on them last week was the first time this season they beat the line. This week they face the Dons and the Bombers have hit a bit of a road block after their excellent start. Essendon have not paid out on the line in the last two weeks and usually the trend follows for a third week. The Brisbane +53.5 line is a very good bet this week with Sportsbet.

 

Current Betting Fund:  $1,624.00

Total staked so far: $513.50

 

 

Hawthorn v GWS – Handicap (-95.5) – $200 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

Collingwood v Geelong –Handicap (-20.5) – $200 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

Sydney v Fremantle– Handicap (+18.5) – $150 @ $1.91 Centrebet

 

Adelaide v St Kilda –Handicap (-22.5) – $150 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

Essendon v Brisbane –Handicap (+53.5) – $100 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

(Bet is on team in Bold)

Odds correct at time of posting

 

AFL Teams Round 7 2013

number 7

GEELONG v ESSENDON

Geelong

B A.Mackie T.Lonergan C.Enright
HB C.Guthrie H.Taylor T.Hunt
C M.Duncan J.Bartel S.Motlo
HF A.Christensen S.Johnson B.Smedts
F M.Stokes T.Hawkins J.Podsiadly
R T.West J.Selwood J.Kelly
I/C: G.Horlin-Smith J.Thurlow J.Schroder M.Blicavs
EMG: J.Hunt J.Caddy J.Walker

In: J.Schroder , J.Thurlow
Out: J.Corey (Knee) J.Murdoch (Omitted)

Essendon

B K.Hardingham D.Fletcher M.Hibberd
HB M.Baguley J.Carlisle D.Heppell
C D.Zaharakis J.Watson J.Winderlich
HF A.Davey S.Gumbleton B.Goddard
F M.Hurley S.Crameri N.Kommer
R T.Bellchambers B.Howlett J.Melksham
I/C: C.HookerH.Hocking N.Lovett-Murray D.Myers
EMG: T.PearsP.Ryder J.Merrett

In: N.Lovett-Murray , J.Winderlich , M.Hurley , D.Heppell , J.Carlisle , D.Fletcher
Out: D.Hille (Omitted) B.Stanton (Groin) C.Dempsey (Ankle) L.Jetta (Omitted) T.Pears (Omitted) J.Merrett (Omitted)

 

BRISBANE LIONS v WEST COAST

Brisbane Lions

B M.Golby D.MerrettA.McGrath
HB J.Patfull J.Clarke E.Yeo
C J.Adcock B.Moloney P.Hanley
HF D.Zorko J.BrownGreen
F R.Bewick J.Lisle R.Lester
R M.Leuenberger T.RockliffJ.Redden
I/C: S.Black A.Raines J.Polkinghorne S.Mayes
EMG S.Docherty B.Longer J.Crisp

In: A.Raines , J.Lisle , S.Black
Out: A.Cornelius (Omitted) , B.Longer (Omitted) , M.Paparone (Omitted)

West Coast

B E.Mackenzie D.Glass W.Schofield
HB S.Hurn M.Brown B.Sheppard
C M.Rosa S.Selwood A.Gaff
HF M.LeCras J.Darling S.Wellingham
F J.Hill JJ.Kennedy N.Naitanui
R D.Cox M.Priddis L.Shuey
I/CL J.Brennan B.Dalziell M.Hutchings As.Smith
EMG J.Cripps A.Hams C.Sinclair

In: M.Rosa , M.Hutchings , B.Sheppard
Out: D.Kerr (Knee) , C.Masten (Foot) , C.Sinclair (Omitted)

 

PORT ADELAIDE v RICHMOND

Port Adelaide

B: C.O’Shea A.Carlile C.Heath
HB: L.Stevenson T.Jonas D.Cassisi
C: K.Cornes T.Boak M.Broadbent
HF: C.Wingard J.Schulz A.Monfries
F: J.Neade J.Westhoff R.Gray
R: J.Redden H.Hartlett Bra.Ebert
I/C: K.Mitchell, O.Wines, S.Colquhoun, A.Moore
EMG: P.Stewart, T.Logan, D.Stewart

In: A.Moore , J.Redden , S.Colquhoun
Out: B.Renouf (Omitted) , M.Lobbe (Omitted) , P.Stewart (Omitted)

Richmond

B: S.Morris A.Rance T.Chaplin
HB: C.Newman B.Ellis B.Houli
C: S.Grigg S.Tuck D.Jackson
HF: B Deledio S.Edwards J.King
F: L.McGuane J.Riewoldt D.Martin
R: I.Maric N.Foley N.Vlastuin
I/C: C.Knights, J.Batchelor, O.Stephenson, R.Nahas
EMG: A.Edwards, M.Dea, M.White

In: S.Tuck , N.Foley , R.Nahas , O.Stephenson , J.Batchelor
Out: M.White (Omitted) , R.Petterd (Calf) , T.Cotchin (Knee) , T.Vickery (Concussion) , D.Grimes (Foot)

 

NORTH MELBOURNE v WESTERN BULLDOGS

North Melbourne

B: S.McMahon S.Thompson J.Macmillan
HB A.MullettM.Firrito B.Harvey
C D.Wells S.Atley R.Bastinac
HF A.Black M.Daw S.Wright
F L.Thomas D.Petrie L.Adams
R T.GoldsteinA.Swallow J.Ziebell
I/C: B.Cunnington, S.Gibson, T.Hine, W.Sierakowski
EMG: B.McKenzie, L.Hansen, K.Harper

In: B.Harvey
Out: N.Grima (Soreness)

Western Bulldogs

F: D.Morris J.Roughead L.Markovic
HB: L.Picken T.Young J.Johannisen
C: T.Liberatore M.Boyd N.Lower
HF: C.Smith L.Jones D.Giansiracusa
F: L.Dahlhaus R.Murphy D.Addison
R: W.Minson, A.Cooney R.Griffen
I/C: M.Wallis D.Cross J.Tutt M.Austin
EMG: K.Stevens, C.Howard, T.Campbell

In: D.Giansiracusa , R.Murphy , R.Griffen , L.Markovic
Out: K.Stevens (Omitted) , C.Howard (Omitted) , J.Stringer (Soreness) , J.Macrae (Soreness)

 

HAWTHORN v SYDNEY SWANS

Hawthorn

B: J.Gibson B.Lake L.Hodge
HB: B.Guerra B.Stratton G.Birchall
C: L.Shiels S.Mitchell B.Hill
HF: P.Puopolo L.Franklin S.Burgoyne
F: J.Gunston J.Roughead L.Breust
R: D.Hale B.Sewell J.Lewis
I/C: M.Osborne, I.Smith, T.Duryea, J.Simpkin
EMG: M.Spangher K.Cheney M.Bailey

No change

Sydney Swans

B: N.Malceski H.Grundy N.Smith
HB: M.Mattner T.Richards J.McVeigh
C: L.Jetta R.O’Keefe B.McGlynn
HF: D.Hannebery S.Reid K.Jack
F: A.Goodes M.Pyke L.Parker
R: S.Mumford, J.Kennedy J.Bolton
I/C: T.Armstrong, C.Bird, J.Lamb, D.Rampe
EMG: M.Morton, T.Walsh, J.White

 

FREMANTLE v COLLINGWOOD

Fremantle

B L.Spurr Z.Dawson M.Johnson
HB G.Ibbotson L.McPharlin A.Silvagni
C T.Mzungu R.Crowley S.Hill
HF M.Barlow C.Mayne H.Ballantyne
F M.de Boer J.Hannath M.Walters
R J.Griffin D.Mundy C.Pearce
I/C H.Crozier N.Suban P.Duffield D.Pearce
EMG: T.Sheridan Ta.Smith C.Sutcliffe

In: S.Hill
Out: C.Sutcliffe (Omitted)

Collingwood

B N.Brown B.Reid N.Maxwell
HB M.ClarkeH.Shaw H.O’Brien
C S.Sidebottom D.Swan D.Thomas
HF J.Elliott Q.Lynch B.Macaffer
F B.Kennedy T.Cloke S.Dwyer
R D.Jolly S.Pendlebury J.Blair
I/C: A.Krakouer J.Thomas P.Seedsman C.Mooney
EMG: J.Russell J.Witts M.Williams

In: N.Maxwell , C.Mooney
Out: T.Goldsack (Hip) , J.Witts (Omitted)

 

GWS GIANTS v ADELAIDE

GWS

B T.Mohr S.Gilham A.Kennedy
HB T.Greene J.BruceS.Reid
C A.Treloar C.Ward L.Whitfield
HF J.Cameron J.Giles R.Palmer
F D.Smith A.Tomlinson T.Adams
R D.Brogan T.Scully J.Townsend
I/C: S.Coniglio S.Darley S.Edwards S.Frost A.Corr D.Shiel Z.Williams

In: D.Brogan , S.Darley , A.Kennedy , S.Edwards , L.Whitfield
Out: C.Hampton (Omitted) , T.Bugg (Omitted)

Adelaide

B A.Otten B.Rutten L.Brown
HB D.Mackay D.Talia B.Reilly
C B.Smith S.Thompson B.Vince
HF P.Dangerfield S.McKernan J.Porplyzia
F T.Lynch J.Jenkins M.Wright
R S.Jacobs R.DouglasR.Sloane
I/C: N.van Berlo M.Jaensch S.Kerridge J.Lyons I.Callinan R.Henderson R.Laird

In: N.van Berlo , I.Callinan , R.Henderson , R.Laird
Out: R.Tambling (Omitted)

 

MELBOURNE v GOLD COAST

Melbourne

B: L.Dunn J.Frawley D.Terlich
HB: D.Nicholson T.McDonald C.Garland
C: R.Bail J.Viney M.Jones
HF: J.Howe C.Dawes C.Sylvia
F: L.Tapscott M.Gawn S.Byrnes
R: J.Spencer M.Evans N.Jones
I/C from: J.McKenzie, D.Rodan, J.Strauss, J.Sellar, D.Kent, A.Davey, T Davis

In: A.Davey , D.Rodan , J.Sellar , C.Dawes , T.Davis
Out: J.Grimes (Collarbone) , J.Trengove (Calf)

Gold Coast

B: T.McKenzie T.Murphy S.Day
HB: D.Swallow R.Thompson G.Broughton
C: M.Shaw G.Ablett J.Harbrow
HF: H.Bennell TJ.Lynch J.Lonergan
F: B.Matera S.May A.Hall
R: Z.Smith J.O’Meara D.Prestia
I/C from: C.Brown, J.Hutchins, C.Cameron, J.Brennan, D.Stanley, L.Russell T Sumner

In: C.Brown , L.Russell , S.May , J.Hutchins , T.Sumner, C.Cameron
Out: M.Rischitelli (Omitted) , K.Hunt (Hamstring), C.Dixon (ankle)

 

ST KILDA v CARLTON

St Kilda

B: N.Wright S.Fisher J.Gwilt
HB: S.Dempster D.Roberton J.Newnes
C: L.Montagna N.Dal Santo A.Siposs
HF: A.Saad R.Stanley J.Geary
F: D.Armitage N.Riewoldt S.Milne
R: B.McEvoy S.Ross J.Steven
I/C from: B.Murdoch, J.Webster, T.Hickey, T.Milera, F.Ray, C.Jones, J Saunders

In: F.Ray , J.Gwilt , T.Milera , J.Webster , T.Hickey
Out: J.Koschitzke (Suspension) , S.Gilbert (Knee)

Carlton

B: C.Yarran M.JamisonL.Henderson
HB: Z.Tuohy D.ArmfieldS.White
C: K.Lucas M.RobinsonD.Ellard
HF: C.JuddA.Walker J.Garlett
F: E.CurnowS.HampsonM.Kreuzer
R: R.WarnockM.Murphy H.Scotland
I/C: K.Simpson, B.McLean, E.Betts, J.Cachia, A.Carrazzo, L.Casboult, A.Joseph

In: A.Carrazzo , M.Kreuzer , A.Joseph , L.Casboult
Out: J.Waite (Suspension)

Round of the year provides extra value

afl-footy-betting

The Weekly Punt has now more than doubled its amount staked for the year just as promised and just as it was this time last year. This is due to a perfect record of profit each week on the line bets. There should be no drop off as the weekly punt will continue to give the edge in the betting lines with its unique formula. This week provides plenty of value with plenty of grudge matches.

Grand Final replays are always difficult to pick but this year the Swans have not been at their best. Premiership hangovers are usually part and parcel of the AFL. Hawthorn knows that too well and they will want to exact revenge. The Hawks will be way too good for the Swans in front of their home supporters, and the -9.5 line is best taken with Sportsbet at $1.92 and the bet of the round.

Fremantle continue to win without much fuss, and could easily be 5-1 if Mayne (as he usually does) had kicked straight against Essendon. Their only other loss and performance against Hawthorn at Aurora was not too bad either. On the other hand many are tipping Collingwood to be up there at the end of the season when they get a full team back. But that would be to discount that Fremantle have been doing it without some of their star players. Expect Fremantle to easily cover the line against the Pies, as the Pies have only managed to beat it once this year. Freo should win the game so the +6.5 line from Sportsbet provides excellent value this week.

The Eagles may start to get a little overrated now that their big drawcard Naitanui is back. Not saying the dread-locked superstar is not an important player for the Eagles, but they have only beaten Bulldogs and Melbourne so far. The Lions are not travelling any better but they are playing at home and therefore it means Eagles are playing away and we saw what happened last year when these two teams met at the Gabba. Lions are a very good bet this week with Centrebet who will offer a +26.5 handicap.

If the Kangaroos were a good team, last week they would not have just managed to scrape only their second win of the season. The Dogs have not been that bad this year having a very tough draw but equally they have had a fair few players injured. With a few their key classy players back expect a dog-fight for this game, the Dogs +43.5 line is very good bet this week with Sportsbet.

After GWS impressive performance last week against Essendon it appears the market has now swayed back in their favour. Don’t be fooled by last week’s form as it was only the second time this year the Giants had beaten the line. The Crows on the other hand last week almost snatched a win against premiership favourite Hawthorn. Last year the Crows walloped the Giants at Skoda stadium by 119 points and Patton played. Expect Cameron to get double teamed this week and the Crows should not have much problem in beating the -49.5 line offered by Sportsbet.

 

 

Current Betting Fund:  $1,177.50

Total staked so far: $513.50

 

 

Hawthorn v Sydney – Handicap (-9.5) – $200 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

Fremantle v Collingwood –Handicap (+6.5) – $200 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

Brisbane v West Coast – Handicap (+26.5) – $150 @ $1.91 Centrebet

 

Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne –Handicap (+43.5) – $150 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

GWS v Adelaide –Handicap (-49.5) – $100 @ $1.92 Sportsbet

 

(Bet is on team in Bold)

Odds correct at time of posting

No White Knight

knights-charge

The Switkowski report is out, and no heads have been called for. While broad statements have been made about who should have been responsible for what, and what should and should not happen in the future at AFL clubs in relation to supplements and sports science research, there is no blood on the floor, no scalps for the media, no heads on a spike carried around by a rabid supporter base like the end of That Scottish Play.

While the first few non-events are matters for the current Essendon board, the last one isn’t. The reason why there is no uproar from a disenchanted supporter base is because there is no disenchanted supporter base.

Almost to a member, the Essendon faithful have fallen in behind their board, their coach, and their playing group. On the one hand, it’s been quite remarkable to see the solidarity the Essendon family have shown, particularly the playing group, who are undefeated after six games and appear to be genuine premiership contenders.

On the other hand, considering what Essendon are accused of, isn’t a little troubling that no one is making too much noise about perhaps mounting a challenge to the current board? Wouldn’t this sort of “internal ruction” be the usual course of events when a scandal of this magnitude surrounds a club and its board?

Considering the responsibility the board should carry for their part in this entire sorry saga, you would have thought that there was a possibility of a group of high-profile supporters, such as the former Federal Treasurer Peter Costello, calling for a spill of positions on the board at the next Annual General Meeting. Not so.

Maybe I’m not reading the right papers or looking in the right places, but it would seem that at the most basic level, something happened at the Essendon Football Club that should not have happened, and even the extract from the Switkowski report confirmed that. They hired a bloke as a sports scientist who wasn’t accredited, and for whom they checked no references. That is a failure of process and structure at the club, for which the board is ultimately responsible. Yet Bomber fans seem happy to let the board continue.

Yesterday David Evans declared that he will vacate his position at the AGM at the end of the year, and will re-contest the presidency of the club. It will be interesting, and perhaps educational, to see if anyone else nominates for the job.

What worries this correspondent is that this silence equates to acceptance and even approval of what has happened at Essendon in the last eighteen months. Essendon already has runs on the board with trying to stretch and bend the rules as they relate to the salary cap, although those days are well behind them. Supporters raised on premierships between 1984 and 2000 have been starved of success recently, and may support a “whatever it takes” attitude. Hey, it was even their membership motto for 2013.

So the football world waits for the next development in this story, and we hope it provides more illumination of the attitude of the Essendon Football Club. Maybe we shouldn’t hold our breath.