AFL Round 2 Wrap-Up
Round 2 Summary
Season To Date Summary
Wow - what a week of upsets! Whilst TipBetPro's 4 correct tips doesn't sound all that flash, it was a highly unpredictable round with just 3 pre-match favourites recorded victory.
From a TipBetPro perspective it started wonderfully when a dying moments Brodie Grundy goal secured TipBetPro followers both an underdog tip winner and a handy collect as Collingwood defeated Richmond. Sadly that was where the good times ended.
The Port Adelaide bet recommendation was already looking shaky following the pre-match withdrawals of Jay Schulz and Hamish Hartlett but it is hard to imagine that duo would have made a difference such was the dominance of a revitalised Adelaide playing exciting football under new coach Don Pyke. It was a good Saturday afternoon for ex West Coast players with John Worsfold leading Essendon to a shock victory over Melbourne that left the Demons promising start to the season in tatters.
So come Saturday evening, there had still yet to be an away side record a victory but that all changed at the most unlikely of venues where Gold Coast proved to be ruthlessly efficient up forward in exposing a surprisingly fragile Dockers defence for a shock victory at Domain Stadium. Only the Western Bulldogs who were too strong for St Kilda and North Melbourne managed to buck the trend of underdog victories on Saturday, and even then one wonders what could have happened had Brisbane kicked accurately early.
Sunday continued the trend of surprising results. Geelong looked a genuine premiership contender on Easter Monday but were found out by an exuberant Giants who set the game up early and survived a late Cats comeback to open their season account. Meanwhile to completely make a mockery of the form from Easter Monday, an undermanned Hawthorn came out an annihilated the highly fancied West Coast in a match scarily reminiscent of the 2015 Grand Final. In the last game of interest for TipBetPro followers, Sydney for the second consecutive week were forced to show that the TipBetPro model continues to under-rate them as any hope of a shock Carlton victory was quickly shut down in an easy 60 point victory.
So, like 2015, a rough start from a betting perspective for TipBetPro followers (you may remember that despite finishing 20%+ up in Head to Head, we were down through 5 rounds last season) but we remain confident that as more current season data is fed into the model to reflect player improvements (and declines) that accuracy will return sooner rather than later. And in the meantime, isn't it great to have a highly competitive AFL where anything can happen!