AFL ROUND 11
The round kicked off overnight at the Adelaide Oval where Port Adelaide were clinical in their demolition of Hawthorn winning by 51 points. Power Forward Charlie Dixon starred up front for the home side bagging four majors.
Friday night Footy sees Geelong play host to Adelaide at Simmonds Stadium and it promises to be a stellar contest. The Crows blew away Fremantle last week while the Cats snuck home against Port. It’s a tough game to assess.
On Saturday West Coast head up to Metricon Stadium to take on the Gold Coast Suns. Gary Ablett returns for the Suns and West Coast will be minus the services of their gun forward Josh Kennedy who will be on the sideline for at least the next three weeks with a calf injury.
Fresh off a big win on the road against West Coast the GWS Giants return to the comfort of their home deck at Spotless Stadium where they take on Essendon. The Bombers have played some solid footy this season but the Giants look to hold a class edge in this one.
Richmond and North Melbourne clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night in what looks to be another great contest. The Tigers returned to the Winner’s List last week in the Dreamtime match but North were also good in their win over the Blues. I lean slightly towards the Tiges in another tight one.
Finally on Sunday Collingwood head to town to take on the Fremantle Dockers. Freo were dismal last week on the road and need to return to their best for this clash with the dangerous Pies.
ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY
Over the next three weeks the best eight teams in World Cricket will compete in England for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
Australia boast their most potent lineup I have seen in quite some time. Our four best pacemen Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson are all fit and firing and the batting lineup is dynamite with Warner, Smith, Finch, Lynn and Maxwell all capable of scoring at an exceptional rate.
Australia’s first game of the tournament is on Friday night where they play New Zealand in Birmingham.
TABtouch are offering $4 about an Australian win in the tournament and personally I think that is a great price – I’m all in here and will be cheering hard for the Aussie’s to get the cash.
The dream finals matchup of Golden State and Cleveland has again come to fruition with Game 1 on Friday morning.
The Bookmakers have installed the Warriors a short price to win the series at $1.40 but you can never underestimate Cleveland with LeBron James a proven playoff master.
The best of seven series is sure to provide some epic sporting drama.
The feature race of the weekend takes place at Doomben on Saturday with the running of the Group 1 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks.
The quinella from the recent Group 1 SA Oaks in Egg Tart and Kenedna are set face off once more and the market suggests they can again fill the first two spots.
At Belmont the Group 3 Belmont Sprint over the 1400 metres has drawn together a quality lineup headed up by recent Roma Cup winner Rock Magic and Railway Stakes Winner Scales Of Justice.
Earlier in the afternoon My Magic Miss gets her chance to return to the winner’s circle after an eye catching placing at her most recent start.
This weekend my best bets are as follows :
Doomben Saturday Race 7 Number 2 Egg Tart ($3.30 win)
Doomben Saturday Race 8 Number 8 Bonnie O’Reilly ($3.40 win)
Belmont Saturday Race 6 Number 4 My Magic Miss ($3.30 win)
Mandurah Greyhounds Friday Race 7 Number 7 Shared Bonus
Cannington Greyhounds Saturday Race 6 Number 1 France Soir
All the best if you are having a punt this weekend – you’re sure to be on a winner if you’re visiting the Gate, the Ashby or the Brook.