PUNTING SPECTATOR: Gold medal tips

The Olympic games are finally here and Dr Turf is very excited. On top of tips for the rowing, athletics and swimming, he's also got tips for the AFL and NRL.

The sporting weekend kicked off last night with the Beijing Olympic games opening ceremony. It bothers me this opening ceremony. Thousands of the world’s greatest athletes in one of the world’s greatest sporting arenas, and try as I might, there was nothing to bet on. Why do they bother having it?

Before we get onto the Games, let's have a look at this week's AFL action. The prices this week are from Betstar and as always, will change.


Team
Price
Carlton
1.27
Port Adelaide
3.90
Hawthorn
1.23
Brisbane
4.35
Sydney
1.46
Fremantle
2.75
Collingwood
2.32
St Kilda
1.63
North Melbourne
2.32
Western Bulldogs
1.63
Adelaide
1.63
Richmond
2.32
West Coast
2.55
Essendon
1.53


Saturday night see Fremantle, who’ve had a miserable season, take on the Sydney Swans whose season is turning miserable. But I do feel compelled to have something on Fremantle at the $2.75, and back it up with something and a bit more on the line of -15 ½ points.

Adelaide superstar Andrew McLeod plays game number 300 against the Tigers at AAMI Stadium on Sunday, and while I hate backing against a team involved in such a great milestone game, I will be having something on the Tigers at the $2.32. Despite being well beaten by the Cats last week the Tigers have continued to improve. I can’t see where the Crows are going to get their goals from and the Tigers are well worth an investment.

And just for an interest, I’m going to couple up three shorties in Carlton, Hawthorn and Essendon. It’s about $2.30 and should be rather painless.

Now to the NRL.


Team
Price
Canterbury
2.52
Nth Queensland
1.54
NZ Warriors
1.97
Brisbane
1.85
Cronulla
1.37
South Sydney
3.15
Canberra
1.58
Penrith
2.42
Sydney
1.18
Parramatta
5.00
Gold Coast
2.70
Newcastle
1.48



The Brisbane Broncos have been knocked around with injuries and suspension this week, and if that wasn’t enough they will now be without Sam Thaiday and David Stagg. His partner is due to give birth, so I guess that it’s fair enough excuse for bailing out, but what about Thaiday? He has been stood down for sleeping in and missing training.

Now there is a first: a footballer who has been pinged for staying in bed. They are normally copping it for not being in bed!

Anyway, champagne comedy aside, that all spells trouble for the Broncos, who have to fly across the ditch to take on the Warriors. The two teams have met 10 times in New Zealand, with the spoils evenly spread at five wins apiece, but with the Warriors having Wade McKinnon back in the side, I think they will get the cash.

Whatever is left over from that bet, throw the lot on Canberra to beat Penrith. For once the Raiders are favourites, they just don’t seem to get the accolades they deserve. Forget about their score line against Brisbane last week, the final score was not an indication of how good Canberra were.

I can’t let the Beijing games go without a mention and a few tips.

Let’s start with track and field and in the glamour event, the men's 100 metres, the mail is for Asafah Powell. It can test your patriotism when you back a competitor from another country, but in a way you get to cheer for two competitors in the one event.

I’m also told there is a good double in the rowing, with the Australian men’s pairs into the Australian women’s lightweight double sculls.

In the pool, there’s mail for Zimbabwean Kirsty Coventry to win the women’s 200 metre backstroke and Park to won the Men's 400 metre freestyle.

Now there’s a punting weekend with the lot. Have fun watching but remember, let’s be careful out there.

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