Howdy sports investors.
One round down for season 2012 and what a cracking bunch of games, goals and gutsy performances we were able enjoy. Matthew Scarlett lost his cool, the Demons lost the gameplan, and the Buddy and Cyril show was at it’s delicious best – settling an old score with Geelong from 2011.
But this post is about seeing who covered and got us paid, so let’s strap in for the round 1 wrap up.
Saturday March 24th saw Greater Western Sydney [$26.0, +88.5 @ 1.91] play Sydney [$1.01, -88.5 @ 1.91] at ANZ stadium. Sydney were far from impressive and the game in general lacked atmosphere. Playing on a surface not made for covering monster lines, the Swans fell short of covering the boomakers line by 25.5 points.
Thursday March 29th saw a promising Tiger outfit [$2.57, +13.5 @ 1.91], against one of our favourite investment options from 2011 Carlton [$1.55, -13.5 @ 1.91]. With this being the only other game our investment team liked, Carlton -12 points or better would have seen us interested in a small position. As it happened we didn’t get to that number. Carlton’s depth showed in the final result, with them kicking away to a comfortable 30.5 point cover (44 point win) of a line over-inflated with Richmond expectation.
Friday March 30th took us back to the MCG for a re-match of 2011 preliminary final as Hawthorn [$1.65, -7.5 @ 1.91] took on Collingwood [$2.32, +7.5 @ 1.91] in a high scoring, high intensity game. We found the bookmaker’s number to be spot on here and were treated to a very watchable Hawthorn bringing some intensity which a slightly under strength Collingwood couldn’t match. This Hawthorn team will cover plenty of times this year.
Saturday March 31st had the red and blue out in force as Melbourne [$1.45, -15.5 @ 1.91] hosted Brisbane [$2.90, +15.5 @ 1.91]. A sad week for the ‘Dees was compounded by a second half fade out that saw the first underdog for the year come in with Brisbane victorious by 41 points. Melbourne, while very disappointing, will be better this week, and will surely abandon the “long kick forward” gameplan against the Eagles in Perth.
Saturday March 31st. The Gold Coast Suns [$4.60, +27.5 @ 1.91] hosted the Adelaide Crows [$1.22, -27.5 @ 1.91] up at Metricon Stadium. Our first investment of the AFL 2012 season saw us take Adelaide -24.5 @ 1.952 early in the week, investing 16 units to win 15. Adelaide closed the game out and won by 69 points, and we added +15 units to the fund.
Saturday March 31st evening had Fremantle [$2.20, +6.5 @ 1.91] hosting the Cats [$1.72, -6.5 @ 1.91] over at Paterson’s Stadium. This game had at least two incidents that will face tribunal scrutinity (edit – Matthew Scarlett this week accepted 3 weeks for striking the serial pest Hayden Ballantyne), and was the match of the round with a heart stopping finish that left Fremantle covering the line AND winning outright 105 – 101.
Saturday March 31st also featured the twilight Essendon [$1.80, -3.5 @ 1.91] vs North Melbourne [$2.10, +3.5 @ 1.91] face off at Docklands. A real see-saw game that came right down to the wire as the line predicted. A missed kick to after the siren handed a hard-working Bombers outfit an important 4 point victory.
Sunday April 1st, and the first of two games had West Coast [$1.65, -8.5 @ 1.91] visiting the Western Bulldogs [$2.32, +8.5 @ 1.91] and showing that last year’s late season form is still very much with them. They covered easily, giving the ‘Dogs a 49 point going over, and they could be top of the ladder this time next week.
Sunday April 1st Port Adelaide [$3.05, +17.5 @ 1.91] hosted St. Kilda [$1.40, -17.5 @ 1.91] and ran away with a cheeky 4 point win largely thanks to substitute specialist David Rodan. Not panic stations for the Saints just yet, and encouraging to see Port start off 2012 with a win and put that horror 2011 behind them.
Favourites went 5 – 4 against the bookmakers line.
Underdogs won straight-up three times.
That was AFL round 1 2012, with the professionalgambler team going 1-0, +15 units.
May round 2 bring you profits.