The final week of the home-and-away season has wrapped up and AFL fans are preparing to head into the first week of the finals. But, before we look ahead, let’s have a look at how things shaped up in round 22. Who won? Who lost? Who’s in? And Who’s Out?
There were a couple of shockers in this final week of the home-and-away season, starting with the Dockers and the Blues. It seems that Fremantle’s decision to rest their 11 starters in round 21 paid off in a big way as they managed to squeak out a 93-87 win over the Carlton Blues. The Dockers made an astounding 11 changes to last week’s side. While unconventional to say the least, the well rested legs of this week’s squad is likely what got the win for the Dockers as they were able to hold off a very hard last minute surge from the Blues. Victory has secured a home elimination final for Fremantle.
Elsewhere, Sydney also earned a home elimination final after a 38-point blowout over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba. It was a disappointing loss for Brisbane who went into the halftime break one point ahead of the Swans. But, Sydney turned up the heat in the third with five unanswered goals to put them up 32 points. While the Lions tried to put together a last ditch defensive effort, it was too little too late for Brisbane. They finished out the season 13th on the ladder.
The Hawthorn v Collingwood match was a game that had the fans on both sides of the field on their feet. It was a nail biter that was decided by just three points. Thanks to a late rally, the Hawks were able to overcome a 19-point deficit in the fourth. They kicked the last four goals of the game to earn the 98-95 victory, and thus ended Collingwood’s nine game winning streak. The Hawks finished the season in the number seven spot on the AFL ladder, and will go on to face Fremantle in week one of the AFL finals.
Punters who picked the Magpies for a Minor Premiership title at Ladbrokes.com.au will be very happy indeed as Collingwood finished the season at the top of the AFL ladder with 70 points. Though the Geelong Cats weren’t far behind as they finished in second place with 68 points. St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs rounded out the Top 4. Sydney, Fremantle, Hawthorn, and Carlton took the final four positions respectively to complete the Top 8. On the other end of the ladder, the West Coast Eagles finished out the season on the bottom rung, making punters who put their money on the Eagles for the Wooden Spoon very happy indeed.
Here’s a look at the rest of the results for the final round of the home-and-away season. Stay tuned to FootyBet.com.au for all of the latest updates on the upcoming finals, and don’t forget to get to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best odds. They’re not only offering head-to-head odds on the upcoming finals fixtures, but they’re also offering early odds on the overall winner. Geelong is currently listed as the $2.50 favourites. Collingwood is sitting at $2.90, and St Kilda is at $4.50. For those of you with a more daring nature, Carlton is listed at $101.00. Check it out at Ladbrokes.com.au.
|27/08/10||Fremantle Dockers – 93||Carlton Blues – 87|
|28/08/10||Brisbane Lions – 68||Sydney Swans – 106|
|28/08/10||Canterbury Bulldogs – 107||Essendon Bombers – 78|
|28/08/10||Adelaide Crows – 65||St Kilda Saints – 37|
|28/08/10||Hawthorn Hawks – 98||Collingwood Magpies – 95|
|28/08/10||Geelong Cats – 112||West Coast Eagles – 68|
|29/08/10||Melbourne Demons – 103||North Melbourne Kangaroos — 113|
|29/08/10||Richmond Tigers – 112||Port Adelaide Power — 122|