Round 13 of the AFL season saw fan troubles dominate the headlines but on the field, two interstate clubs particularly impressed.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Favourites salute

It was a round in which all six favourites saluted. Carlton, who started as $2.52 outsiders in their clash against the Dogs, were the closest in upsetting the applecart. 34 points down late in the last quarter, the Blues appeared down and out. But they banged on five goals in less than 10 minutes to set up what could’ve been the comeback of the AFL season. Charlue Curnow’s seven goals had the home crowd humming, and interim coach David Teague was looking like he could follow in Rhyce Shaw’s footsteps with two wins from two to start his tenure. But it wasn’t to be, with some late free kicks going the way of Luke Beveridge’s side.

Crows continue charge

Adelaide were clinical is defeating an undermanned Richmond on Thursday night. Don Pyke’s side started as strong $1.37 favourites with Palmerbet despite sitting on equal points. But such was the spate of injuries at Tigerland, the Crows were very much expected to win. And win they did. Four more points takes them from $16 AFL premiership hopes into $11. After starting the season 1-3 and with considerable quesion marks hanging over them, the Crows have won seven of their last nine games to now be a top-four chance. Before the game, they were $2.50 with Palmerbet to finish in the double-chance spots, but the win over Richmond has seen them shorten (click here to see updated AFL prices).

Finals-bound Freo

Similarly, the Dockers are also on a roll. With an impressive 21-point win over Port Adelaide (in which they started as slight $1.74 favourites) on Saturday afternoon, Ross Lyon’s side look on-course to make their first AFL finals series since 2015. With three wins on the bounce the Dockers now sit at 7-5, and sixth on the AFL ladder. Starting the game as $1.85 finals hopes, the men in purple have shortened further after the win (click here to see updated market). Like Richmond, Freo face a mounting injury list but continue to defy expectations in 2019. One man who is leading the charge is Michael Walters, who’s recent purple patch culminated in a six-goal effort at Optus Stadium.

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