Betting on the AFL is never. ever a sure thing. That’s because there are no sure bets in the AFL. Even when you’re sure that a team you’ve backed is going to win they go and let you down.
The Collingwood vs Richmond match is a good example. Another is the Essendon vs Melbourne game. Who would have thought that Essendon, with all the problems they’re having would ever win against Melbourne. I suppose that doesn’t say much for Melbourne’s effort. :tongue_out:
But Screw all those games. I want to talk a bit about the Crows latest Showdown win. Yep the Crows win Showdown 40. Now you guys all know how much I love the Crows. I’ve even backed the Crows when Fortuna said they would lose. This time I followed Fortuna’s lead and backed Port Power As much as I wanted the Crows to win I thought that Port Power would win this Showdown. Imagine my surprise when the Crows kicked their bloody arses to actually win. Man what a game and what a resounding win.
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CROWS WIN SHOWDOWN 40 By Thrashing Port Power
It’s always great when the Crows win but its so much better when the Crows win Showdowns. And what a win it was thumping Port Power by a whopping 58 points!
Before I look at who I think will win Showdown I reckon I should look at how the Crows and Port Power did in round four. If you read my last post on the SportsBetbonus bet offer you know that I backed Port Power to beat Hawthorn. That’s even though the Hawks were the favourite to win.
Port Power vs Hawthorn Results
I don’t know why I backed Port Power, but I’m glad I did. Perhaps it was because I was using Sportsbet free bet offer and it didn’t really matter if I lost. Either way I backed them and I won. Will they have it in them though to beat the Crows in Showdown 38?
I’ve spoken to several Port Power fans and they’re so jubilant about the win and they are confident they will beat the Crows in this weeks Showdown. I’m not so sure. I watched the Port Power – Hawks game and they dominated in the first half. Lucky for them to because their huge lead was the only thing that saved them. The Hawks came back in the second half. This is even though they had two good player taken off half way through the game due to injuries. Namely, key defender Brian Lake and Paul Puopolo.
Yeah, sure a win is a win but to throw away a commanding lead like that can’t be a good thing. They need to fix their second half game if they’re going to be finals contenders.
Adelaide Crows vs Western Bulldogs Results
I’ll be the first to say it, the Adelaide Crows played like shit. Unless they improve their game they’re not going to win this weeks Showdown.And I’d hate it if they didn’t put Port Power in their place.They came back a little in the final quarter but it was too bloody little to damn late.
So, why did the Crows perform so dismally? There’s no doubt that the Crows were out played but I’m wondering why the hell they were so layback? Especially after playing so well in the first three rounds. Is it because they thought the Western Bulldogs would be a pushover and just weren’t prepared for the type of contest that confronted them? To tell you the truth, I don’t really care what the reason was. As long as they pull their finger out for Showdown 38.
Showdown 38 Go The Crows
As to who’s going to win the next Showdown? I’m not as arrogant as those Power supporters who are already counting it as a done deal. I know that when it comes to Showdowns it’s anyones game. One thing I do know is that both the Crows and the Power are going for broke, like they do for all Showdowns. That why Showdowns are so popular, and this one won’t be any different.
If you have anything to say about the performance of either Port Power or the Adelaide Crows why not leave a comment. Who do you think will win Showdown 38? Me, I’m putting my money on the Crows.
I was lucky enough to score tickets to the Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne game today. I was sitting in the Riverbank stand in Row C. It’s the first time I’ve been to an AFL match at the new Adelaide Oval and it was bloody fantastic. So much better than the old AAMI Stadium. Even the atmosphere as you walk into the stadium was great. So much more atmosphere than I’ve been accustomed to.
The game itself is best described by the Age who called it an Ugly Dirty AFL Match! Even though the stats show that the Crows had more frees, 21 – 15, I reckon they could have easily got way more than that. Those damn umpires just seemed to ignore so many instances that should have resulted in frees.
I didn’t place a bet on any of the games this week because the odds on the games that I was interested in were pretty dismal. I’m not going to bet on anything just for the sake of it either because that doesn’t fit into my responsible gambling regime. I certainly wasn’t going to bet on the Crows as their odd was a low 1.08. I have to admit though that over half way through that first quarter I was wishing that I backed Melbourne whose odds were around 7.50. Luckily they came good shortly after.
Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne Final Scores
As you can see from the image above it wasn’t until the third quarter that Adelaide started to pull away from Melbourne.
I have to admit it’s a lot more exiting to watch and AFL match live than watching it on the TV. not just for the general atmosphere either. Some of the colourful comments coming from the spectators are quite amusing. One has to wonder how many of the umpires ears were burning from all the names they were being called. Even the poor weather wasn’t enough to dampen the excitement. Lucky for me we came prepared and had our plastic ponchos handy. Not like those guys behind us that were waiting for the ‘poncho salesman’ to come around. :tongue_out:
I took a few photos with my iPhone, and while they looked good when previewing it through the phone in reality the image was pretty poor. The poor lighting didn’t help much. Of the photos I liked this one of Eddie Betts the best.
As you can see Eddie put a lot of effort into that kick but unfortunately that particular one resulted in a behind. Check out how his leg curves past the knee. Almost looks painful doesn’t it?
Even though I expected the Crows to slaughter Melbourne I’m happy that they won. That’s three in a row,
Next week they’ll be playing the Western Bulldogs and I reckon they’re going to find them a little harder to beat.