AFL Round 17 Review

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The AFL has just seen the 17th round come and go with nine important games being played from Friday, July 24th to Sunday, July 26th.  As always, there were a few surprising scores, especially in the match between the Hawthorn Hawks and Carlton Blues. Fans and bettors should be sure to check out the weekly CrownBet Promotions and betting odds before making their picks for each round of the footy season. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers from the last weekend of action along with the updated 2015 ladder.

AFL Round 17 Review

Friday, July 24th

Carlton Blues vs Hawthorn Hawks

Seventeenth round AFL action kicked off at the Etihad Stadium on Friday, July 24th when the 16th-place Carlton Blues clashed with the third-place Hawthorn Hawks. The Hawks hammered the Sydney Swans by 89 points at ANZ Stadium last week while the Blues were taken down by 42 points at the hands of the league-leading Fremantle Dockers at Domain Stadium. The fact that the Hawks beat the Blues in this match wasn’t a shock, but the score line for the Blues vs Hawks result 2015 certainly was as Hawthorn laid a 138-point beating on Carlton. It was the worst defeat in the Blues’ 119-year history. A total of 26,815 fans were on hand to see Carlton go 0.2  2.5  2.7 4.11 (35) while the Hawks were 5.2  13.4  20.8   27.11 (173). In addition, Nick Holman of the Blues was reported for striking the Hawks’ Luke Breust during first-quarter action. The Hawks are certainly red-hot at the moment as they’re seven for seven in their past seven matches. The struggling Blues have now lost their past four outings. Not surprisingly, the Hawks were listed as the solid favourites at $1.01 to win with CrownBet in the head-to-head odds with Carlton at $15.00. The Hawks now occupy third place on the league ladder as they’re 12-4 on the season while Carlton remains in 16th position at 3-13.

Saturday, July 25th

Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Geelong Cats

The action shifted to the Star Tack Oval on Saturday where the 11th-place Geelong Cats took on the seventh-place Greater Western Sydney Giants. The Cats took down the Western Bulldogs by eight points at Simonds Stadium in the 16th round while the Giants were busy beating the Gold Coast Suns by 15 points at Metricon Stadium. The Giants were looking to win their third match in a row in this outing, but they failed to get it as the Cats clawed them by 27 points in front of 14,667 fans. Greater Western Sydney went 1.1  2.3  4.6  6.6 (42) while Geelong was 3.6  5.10  6.10  9.15 (69). The Cats were the underdogs with the CrownBet odds makers for this encounter at $2.02 while the Giants were $1.82 to win. The Giants vs Cats result 2015 proved the bookmakers wrong though. The win gives Geelong an 8-7 record on the year and they’ve moved into 10th place while the Giants fell to ninth at 9-7.

Adelaide Crows vs Gold Coast Suns

A crowd of 42,656 flocked to the Adelaide Oval on Saturday for the clash between the eighth-place Adelaide Crows  and the 17th-place Gold Coast Suns. The Suns were 15-point losers in the last round as they were beaten by the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Metricon Stadium while the Crows sneaked past the Port Adelaide Power by three points at the Adelaide Oval. The Crows entered this match with three wins in their past five contests and now have four in their last six as they took the Suns down by 45 points. Gold Coast continues to struggle as they’ve now tasted defeat in six of their last seven outings. Adelaide went 4.1  9.5  11.10  19.11  (125) and Gold Coast was 4.1  7.4  10.7  12.8  (80). The Crows were the favourites in the head-to-head market with CrownBet at $1.27 with the Suns coming in at $3.75 to win. Adelaide improves to 9-6 on the year and sits in seventh place while the Suns are in 17th place at 2-14. Fans and punters should remember to take advantage of a CrownBet Bonus Bet when making their picks for the next round.

Richmond Tigers vs Fremantle Dockers

Fans headed to the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday to watch the showdown between the fifth-place Richmond Tigers and the ladder-topping Fremantle Dockers. The crowd of 39,777 saw the Dockers eke out a four-point victory in this showdown as Richmond went 1.4  5.8  8.14  10.18 (78) and the Dockers were 1.4  5.6  8.9 12.10 (82) The Tigers took care of the St Kilda Saints last weekend at Etihad Stadium by 16 points while the Dockers handled the Carlton Blues by 42 points at Domain Stadium. The Tigers were one of the hottest teams in the league with four straight wins while Fremantle had won four of their past five. Also, the Tigers handed the Dockers their first loss of the season just a few short weeks ago so Fremantle has now avenged that defeat. The Tigers were favoured at CrownBet in the head-to-head matchup at $1.82 to win with the Dockers at $2.02 to take the points. The bookmakers were also wrong on this one as the Tigers vs Dockers result 2015 was a mild upset for many bettors. Fremantle still leads the league with their 14-2 record while the Tigers are now 10-6 and sit in fifth place.

Essendon Bombers vs Port Adelaide Power

The 14th-place Essendon Bombers squared off against the 12th-place Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium on Saturday and came out on the wrong end of a 13-point decision in a high-scoring affair. A crowd of 23,705 took in the action as Essendon went 6.1  8.9 12.12 17.14 (116) and the Power went 4.3   10.5  13.6  20.9 (129). The Bombers were beaten last week as well as the North Melbourne Kangaroos handed them a 25-point defeat and The Power were also losers as they were edged by three points by the Adelaide Crows at the Adelaide Oval. The Bombers entered the game with four defeats in their past five outings while the Power had also lost four of their last five. Port Adelaide was listed at $1.48 to win in the head-to-head marked at CrownBet with the Bombers at $2.65. Port Adelaide remains in 12th place at 709 while the Bombers are still in 14th position at 5-11. The Port Adelaide vs Essendon result 2015 was predicted by most fans and punters.

Brisbane Lions vs North Melbourne Kangaroos

The Gabba hosted the Saturday encounter between the last place Brisbane Lions and the 10th-place North Melbourne Kangaroos and this one was all North Melbourne as they thumped the Lions by 72 points. A crowd of 15,563 was on hand to see the Lions go 1.1  4.4  4.5  5.8 (38) and the Kangaroos go 5.5  7.7  9.11 16.14 (110). The Kangaroos were 25-point winners over the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium in the previous round while the Lions were dropped by 24 points courtesy of the Melbourne Demons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. North Melbourne has now won three straight contests and the Lions have lost all six of their past half dozen matches. The Kangaroos were the expected favourites here with CrownBet at $1.33 in the head-to-head market with the Lions at $3.35. Fans and punters should make sure they take advantage of a CrownBet Bonus Bet before each round of the 2015 footy campaign. The loss means the Lions are still sitting in the cellar at 2-14 while North Melbourne moves up to eighth place at 9-7.

Sunday, July 26th

Western Bulldogs vs Collingwood Magpies

It’s was back to the Etihad Stadium for 40,581 spectators on Sunday when the sixth-place Western Bulldogs hosted the ninth-place Collingwood Magpies and beat them by 18 points. The Bulldogs went 5.5   9.6  13.9  15.14 (104) and Collingwood was  3.4  7.7  9.7   13.8  (86). Jack Macrae of the Bulldogs was also reported in this clash for rough conduct on the Magpies’ Brayden Maynard during the final quarter. Collingwood was beaten by 31 points at the hands of the West Coast Eagles at the Etihad last week while the Bulldogs dropped an eight-point decision to the Geelong Cats at Simonds Stadium. The Bulldogs had four wins in a row before losing last week and have now gotten back on the right track. The Magpies were hoping to snap a four-game losing streak, but it’s now been extended to five. Collingwood was favoured with the CrownBet bookmakers in the head-to-head market at $1.70 while the Bulldogs were tipped at $2.15 to win. Some punters and fans may be a bit surprised with the Bulldogs vs Magpies result 2015. The Western Bulldogs remain in sixth place on the ladder at 10-6 while Collingwood has now dropped to 11th place at 8-8.

Melbourne Demons vs St Kilda Saints

The Melbourne Cricket Ground saw some more action on Sunday when the 15th-place Melbourne Demons squared off with the 13th-place St Kilda Saints and were beaten by 37 points in front of 22,945 fans. Melbourne went 1.2  3.6  5.9  6.10 (46) and St Kilda went 4.4  4.7  10.8  12.11  (83). The Demons handled the Brisbane Lions by 24 points last week at the MCG while the Saints were taken down by 16 points by the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium. St Kilda snapped their losing skid at two and the Demons have now lost four out of their past six matches. St Kilda was favoured to win this showdown with CrownBet at $1.86 while the Demons were close behind at $1.98. The margin of victory in the Demons vs Saints result 2015 may have took some fans and bettors by surprise. Melbourne is now 5-11 on the year and remain in 15th place while the Saints are 6-10 and still sitting in 13th position.

West Coast Eagles vs Sydney Swans

Round 17 AFL action wrapped up at Domain Stadium on Sunday when the second-place West Coast Eagles battled it out with the fourth-place Sydney Swans and handed them a 52-point defeat with 38,760 fans in the stands. West Coast went 5.0  8.5 12.10  15.13 (103) while the Swans went 0.5 1.6     5.7  7.9 (51). The Eagles manhandled the Collingwood Magpies by 31 points at Etihad Stadium in round 16, while the Swans were blown out of the water by the Hawthorn Hawks to the tune of 89 points. West Coast has now gone six for six in their past half dozen fixtures while the Swans are slipping a little with just three victories in their last six. Most fans and bettors realized Sydney was in tough again this week and it showed in the betting odds as CrownBet listed the Eagles as the favourites at $1.50 to win while the Swans were $2.60. The Eagles vs Swans result 2015 may have disappointed some fans, but it wasn’t completely unexpected. Sydney remains in fourth place in the standings with their 11-5 record while the Eagles are still in second position at 13-3. Don’t forget to take advantage of a CrownBet Bonus Bet on a weekly basis when making your footy picks.

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