Round 16 of the AFL home-and-away season was another nail-biter as 16 of the teams took to the field for a chance to claim a win and vie for their positions on the all important AFL ladder. The round was full of shockers as there were plenty of upsets all around, starting with a big win for the underdog Adelaide Crows. Punters that backed the Crows on the home ground at 3.72 will be very happy with their 74-63 win.
Game day got off to a tragic start with Geelong Cats’ doctor Geoff Allen suffering a heart attack during pregame on-field warm ups. It was a startling occurrence to say the least; though, the Cats didn’t look shaken when they took to the field. They started out with obvious determination, kicking the first three goals of the game. By the end of the first half, the Crows were down six points, but the second half saw two very different teams taking to the field.
Youngster Taylor Walker was the highlight of the second half as he kicked four goals to help the Crows back into the game. Rory Sloane and Ricky Henderson each kicked two apiece as the team’s only other multiple goal scorers. Though it wasn’t a blowout by any means, the 11-point win was the best of the season for the Crows. It’s also a huge morale boost for the Crows who are currently sitting on the number nine rung of the AFL ladder. The Cats remain at the top in the number two position with 48 points. That’s just two points behind the leading Collingwood team, making the Cats a decent Minor Premiership bet at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Another round 16 shocker was the clash between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at the Bomber’s Etihad Stadium. The underdog Eagles managed to pull off a major upset when they took the 132-100 win over the home team. It marked the Eagles’ first win since round 8.
West Coast forward Mark LeCras was the player of the night with a very impressive 12-goal performance. Adding to the artillery was Ashton Hams with 18 touches and three goals and Matt Priddis with his 33 disposals and nine clearances. Though it was really LeCras that had their crowd on their feet (even the Bombers’ fans had to admire the man’s efforts) as he set a new goal record for Etihad Stadium.
Despite the big win, the West Coast Eagles are still sitting on the bottom of the AFL ladder. Check out Ladbrokes.com.au to put down a Wooden Spoon wager. Essendon remains toward the bottom middle in the number 12 spot.
Here’s a look at how the rest of the field shaped up in round 16:
|16/07/10||Adelaide Crows – 74||Geelong Cats – 63|
|17/07/10||Collingwood Magpies – 100||St Kilda Saints – 52|
|17/07/10||Hawthorn Hawks – 118||Brisbane Lions — 43|
|17/07/10||Essendon Bombers – 100||West Coast Eagles – 132|
|17/07/10||Western Bulldogs – 83||Port Adelaide Power – 47|
|18/07/10||Carlton Blues – 68||Sydney Swans – 107|
|18/07/10||Richmond Tigers – 53||North Melbourne Kangaroos – 103|
|18/07/10||Fremantle Dockers – 82||Melbourne Demons — 71|
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