AFL BETTING TIPS – SHOWDOWN AND DERBY REVIEWS
For South Australian and West Australian AFL supporters it was a Super Saturday of AFL. Saturday twilight was the S.A. Showdown between Adelaide and Port Adelaide whilst in the west it was West Coast versus Fremantle.
ADELAIDE SHOWDOWN PORT TRUE TO FORM PYKE “SORRY”
On paper our AFL Betting Tips twilight game for the Showdown between Port Adelaide and Adelaide Crows shaped as a battle for the ages.
Don says sorry as Crows turn it up
It turned out to be anything but that with Port Adelaide dominating their cross town rival in a stunning second half of footy. Don Pyke took the extraordinary step of apologising for his side’s performance and putting himself up as responsible for the terrible performance. Mind you, sitting in the coaches dug out post game staring into outer space for 5 minutes would hardly fill the Crows faithful with confidence.
Not so “untrustworthy” this week Ken!
Port’s Coach Ken Hinkley was once again full of praise for his group. The same group that just a week earlier was “untrustworthy”. The same group whom the week prior best AFL leader Geelong. That’s win-loss-win-loss-win-loss-win…you get the picture! So a loss this week based in the norm?
The real test for Port will be to maintain the “win week’s” effort against Brisbane and not ride the rollercoaster up and down week to week that they have done since round six. Make no mistake Port Adelaide were super impressive, their work rate was elite and their hunger and desire around the contest was huge. And there young guns were highly impressive.
Crows Schoolboys versus Ports Men
Adelaide looked like schoolboys against men and with the exception of the 2017 Grand Final this was clearly their worst effort under Pyke. That is two weeks in a row Adelaide have turned it up after half time, not a “trend” just yet but it needs urgent addressing. 0.2 in the last quarter when it desperately needed leadership was a terrible result. Their in paly spread was awful and Port were strong away from the contest as well and their slicing handball cut the Crows to shreds.
This loss has Adelaide right back in the pack at 8-7 holding onto 8th by percentage only. The challenge for Port is not to get to happy with themselves and they need to bring the same next week or this win means nothing.
EAGLES MAKE IN 9 IN A ROW AS DOCKERS TURN IT UP
We went from Showdown in the south to Derby in the West for the West Coast Eagles versus Fremantle battle. Our AFL Betting Tips Saturday night game was looking for a beauty in the crosstown Derby.
Two goals 19 points…”WTF” Dockers
West Coast made it a record equalling 9 Derby wins in a row as they absolutely got hold of the Dockers recording the second biggest margin in Derby history. It was a second quarter rout with the Eagles 8.2 to 0.5 that put the game beyond doubt. An atrocious score line by the Dockers of 2 goals 19 points in a bizarre score. It is really hard to believe you can have a goal to point ratio of 9.5% in modern day AFL.
Nic-Nat is back and the ace in the Eagles pack
It was the Nic Nat influence that was most noticeable and at his second game back he gave some real insight into what the Eagles may be able to produce with the 6-6-6 rule.
Natanui was hugely responsible for the 11 goal to zero stat from stoppages and his physical presence once the ball hits the ground is phenomenal. It’s a big plus for the Eagles as they head for September. The ace in the pack for West Coast players with Nic Natanui is that the Eagles will be indebted to the big man. They will feel they “owe him” (and Gaff) as they missed the 2018 premiership and it may well be a very powerful emotional draw.
Dockers “indefensible”…thanks Ross
We love Dockers Coach Ross Lyon and his press conferences are the best in the AFL since bristly Mick Malthouse retired (got sacked we mean). So we were somewhat disappointed in the tame language of Ross after his side kicked a measly 31 total game points. The Dockers were slaughtered on the scoreboard, and Ross Lyon post game said “I wont defend the indefensible”. He did point to the side having more inside 50’s as a view that they “didn’t turn it up”. But for a side that was looking a hope of September action (now a game and percentage outside) they need to be doing better than that.
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