Round 16 of the AFL season saw three top-four sides beaten in a hugely entertaining weekend of footy that threw the race for finals wide open.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
Underdogs deliver…yet again
Last weekend, in round 15, four considerable upsets took place. And this weekend, we saw another three. The Western Bulldogs ($3.35 pre-game with Palmerbet), Brisbane ($3.07) and Hawthorn ($2.78) all saluted to keep their finals’ hopes alive. What made the results all the more amazing was they were all against top-four sides (at the time) in Geelong, Collingwood and GWS. The Dogs were particularly impressive in their win, and overrun the ladder-leading Cats (who had won nine of their last 10) in one of the performances of the AFL season. Two weeks ago the Dogs’ AFL season appeared shot, but upset wins over Port Adelaide away, and now Geelong on the weekend has seen them back in with a top eight chance (click here for updated futures markets).
— Michael Willson (@MichaelCWillson) July 6, 2019
Pies slip further
While the Cats went down unexpectedly, the small blip has done little to dent their premiership chances. The same can’t be said, however, for Collingwood. In losing to Hawthorn on Friday, there is now serious questions being asked of Nathan Buckley’s side. The Pies have lost back-to-back games to sides outside the top eight, and appear structurally wayward. And with games against West Coast, GWS and Richmond to come, things will need to change, and fast. Palmerbet’s early market has them as $2.85 outsiders for Friday night’s clash against the Eagles in Perth.
Leigh Matthews on 3AW prematch yesterday. “Collingwood looked passive” at the first bounce. Remarkably Steele Sidebottom agreed. Matthew Lloyd: “I would love seven days with Mason Cox. He has a massive technical issue. Imagine what McGovern will do to him.”
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) July 7, 2019
When do we consider Chris Fagan’s Brisbane side a genuine AFL premiership chance? Now? In knocking over the Giants away from home, the Lions again showed they’re not content with a mere finals spot in season 2019. No, they want top-four and the premiership. Brisbane’s first success at the venue coincided with the home side’s first loss there this season. The 20-point win takes them to fourth, and shortened them in almost all futures markets (click here to see updated prices).
— AFL (@AFL) July 7, 2019
Brisbane has played with intensity associated with playing in September. This is Brisbane's biggest win under Chris Fagan. The Lions have been simply outstanding. #AFLGiantsLions
— Adam White (@White_Adam) July 7, 2019
Tigers quietly go about business
And finally, after welcoming some senior players back and registering two comfortable wins, things have settled back at Tigerland. Their 56-point opening terms against the Suns was the highest of any side this AFL season. One of the more interesting tweets to come out of the weekend was the one below. Is this 2017 all over for the Tiges?
— George Megalogenis (@GMegalogenis) July 6, 2019