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Thursday May 5th 2005

The Rugby League representative season kicks off on Friday night with the City vs Country game. Country has selected a very strong forward pack and the early money has been for them. It is traditionally a very close game but punters have warmed to Country this year.

Many of the NRL games this weekend will depend on how players back up from the Friday night game and punters have warmed to the sides with little representation in the game. Brisbane has been heavily backed against Canterbury with money coming both straight out and at the line. There has also been good money for the Warriors who take on Cronulla in Perth.

In other games, the Cowboys have been well backed to beat Parramatta and Canberra have had some support as outsiders against Penrith who do have a number of players backing up.

The upsets continued in the AFL last weekend and there a number of interesting clashes again this weekend. Friday night sees Melbourne taking on Adelaide at the MCG and all the early money has been for the Demons despite their loss to the Dockers last weekend. Punters have forgiven the Demons loss in what was a Goalathon last weekend and have backed them both straight out and at the line.

The match of the round looks to the clash between Geelong and St. Kilda at the Telstra Dome. Geelong has been backed into slight favourites following Fraser Gehrig's suspension for a 'love tap'. The Cats have looked impressive all season and the punters have certainly stuck with them this week to down the hot and cold Saints.

In other games, the Kangaroos have had some support to maintain their stellar record against Port while punters haven't warmed to the Tigers as favourites with some support coming for Carlton.

Rugby Union
This season has seen the transformation of the Waratahs from pretenders to contenders. While the Reds have not been able to produce consistent performances through the Super 12, they always lift to beat the old enemy. This could be the year the Waratahs turn it around and finally beat Queensland and prove they are the real deal. Or they could just falter again. The Waratahs have been sensational this year and surely if they are to ever beat Queensland this is the year. They have been installed as short price favourites and with Queensland missing some key players, the money has been all for the Waratahs with few giving Queensland a chance. But that is how the boys in red love it.

Formula 1
The Spanish Grand Prix is on at Catalunya this weekend and after a slashing drive through the field to finish second at the last GP, Michael Schumacher has been installed as favourite despite the fact Fernando Alonso has won the last three races. Schumacher and Alonso have certainly been the two best backed but there has also been some money for Giancarlo Fisichella and Kimi Raikkonen.

Thursday May 12th 2005

Geelong take on Carlton at the Telstra Dome on Friday night and punters believe the Cats are the way to build the bank for the weekend. Geelong are ruling favourites in the game but they do look near good things to take care of the out of form Blues.

West Coast has also been well supported to down the Saints and stay top of the table after another convincing performance against the Hawks last weekend.

Melbourne has also been well backed this weekend to down Hawthorn following their return to top form against Adelaide last weekend.

In other games, the Kangaroos have been well supported against the Bulldogs and there has been good early money for Sydney who host Port Adelaide.

The Dragons take on the Panthers on Friday night and both teams are desperate for a win following indifferent starts to the season. Both sides look to be returning to top form with a number of key players returning and the early money has been for the Dragons to maintain their excellent record at WIN Stadium.

The match of the round looks to be the clash of the Queenslanders with the Cowboys hosting the Broncos. Punters have not been able to split the two sides at this stage but the Cowboys have a great record at home and will be keen to bounce back after a very disappointing display against Parramatta last weekend. However, the Broncos have won their last five and tend to produce their best form as State of Origin approaches.

Canberra produced another courageous win last weekend but they have gone up as outsiders against Cronulla and despite the fact the Raiders keep winning, the early money has been for the Sharks.

In other games, there has been good money for the Roosters to beat the Warriors and for the Bulldogs against Manly.

Rugby Union
There is an important weekend of Rugby this weekend with the final round of the Super 12. The Waratahs finally broke their hoodoo with a clinical win over the Reds last weekend and have been well supported to beat the Blues and secure the minor premiership.

The Reds and Brumbies do battle at Lang Park with both sides desperate to salvage something from disappointing seasons. The Brumbies have been well supported as favourites with the Reds in terrible form and without key playmaker Elton Flatley and possibly backline spark Chris Latham. The Brumbies will be without Stephen Larkham but should have the depth to cover his loss and get over the top of the Reds.

Horse racing
There is a big weekend of racing in Adelaide this weekend with the Goodwood Handicap the feature on Saturday and the Adelaide Cup on Monday. There are plenty of interstate raiders who have come to take on Adelaide's best sprinters with the Matthew Ellerton trained Foreplay the favourite. Glamour Puss has also attracted support while there has been plenty of money from the West for star Perth sprinter Ellicorsam. Concinero has been specked at big odds and probably represents the best of the local hopes. Of the roughies there has been some support for old timer Bomber Bill and last year's winner Super Elegant.

Thursday 19th May 2005

This week's NRL action is complicated by the absence of a number of star players due to Origin duty. Parramatta host Manly on Friday night. The Sea Eagles will be without key forwards Ben Kennedy and Anthony Watnough. Parramatta are an improved side and they have been the subject of good early support both straight out and at the line.

Newcastle has their best chance of recording a win for a while with St. George losing many of their best players to the Blues. However, Newcastle have been terrible all season and without their first choice halves and Danny Buderus it is hard to see them breaking their duck and recording their first win for the season.

The match of the round looks to be Sunday's clash between Penrith and Cronulla. A number of Panther's players have been snubbed by Origin selectors and will be keen to prove a point with a big performance. The Sharks are in good form but without playmaker Brett Kimmorley all the early money has been for the Panthers.

The AFL action kicks off this weekend with the Saints hosting Adelaide at Telstra Dome on Friday night. St Kilda have some key players retuning to form but there has been plenty of punters sticking with Adelaide after a game performance against Brisbane last weekend. St Kilda are clear favourites but the early money has all been for the Crows to cause the first upset of the weekend in a season of surprises.

Melbourne were shock losers to Hawthorn last weekend and there has been plenty of money to suggest they could go down as favourites again this weekend. They take on Carlton who play their last ever game at Optus Oval this weekend and with a number of their legends present, the Blues will have plenty to play for. There is an argument that it is hard to pull your socks up if you aren't wearing any but the Blues will surely be up for a big performance this weekend.

There has also been some support for Richmond who take on Brisbane at the Gabba. The Tigers have already won more games this year many thought they would win all season but they looked like a team who knew how to win against Collingwood last weekend and Brisbane are still struggling a little.

Rugby Union
The Super 12 semi-finals are on this weekend and the Waratahs will be looking to secure their first Grand Final appearance. The Waratahs are clear favourites for the game but the Bulls are also in good form and this game will definitely be a true test of whether the Waratahs are the real deal or the pretenders of previous seasons.

In the other semi, the Crusaders are dominant favourites over the Hurricanes. The Crusaders accounted for Wellington comfortably last week and punters don't see this week being any different with all the money being for Canterbury.

Horse racing
The racing focus shifts to Brisbane this weekend with the Doomben 10,000 being the feature. Boom sprinter Takeover Target is the favourite for the race and if he is at full fitness it is hard to see him being beaten. He has clearly been the best backed runner at this stage. Of the other runners, there has also been good money Doncaster winner Patezza, St Basil and champion mare Regimental Gal who looks to have returned to her true form.

English s occer
The FA Cup final is on this weekend with fierce rivals Manchester United and Arsenal fighting for glory in Cardiff. Arsenal has been in sensational form late in the season and have been well supported as favourites. However, United have proven time and again they cannot be written off and will certainly provide the Gunners with a challenge. The Champions League final is also on next weekend with Liverpool taking on AC Milan. AC are clear favourites for the game but Liverpool have played above themselves right through the tournament and if they continue to do so could cause an upset. However, all the money has been for AC and they certainly deserve to be favourites for the game.

Thursday 26th May 2005

The in form Richmond take on Melbourne at the Telstra Dome in Friday Night Football this weekend and there has been good early money for the Tigers as outsiders. The Tigers have consistently been outsiders this year and have provided plenty of loyal punters with some very nice results. However, Melbourne has also been traveling well and with some key players returning to full fitness do deserve to be favourites.

The Hawks caused a boilover last weekend by thrashing the heavily supported Dockers at Subiaco and they take on the other conquerors of the West in Collingwood who provided one of the shocks of the season by rolling the Eagles. Hawthorn has been well supported early as favourites and their form this season looks good enough to take care of the Pies who have been terrible for much of the year.

In other games, there has been support for the Bulldogs against Essendon and Sydney against St. Kilda while West Coast, Adelaide and Geelong have all been very popular with multi punters.

The Bulldogs take on the Cowboys in Friday night's NRL action and with the Cowboys having six players backing up from Origin, the Bulldogs are slight favourites with Sportingbet Australia despite giving up home ground advantage to play the game on the Gold Coast. The Bulldogs produced a courageous victory over the Storm last week and despite still being without a number of key forwards punters have come for them early.

Cronulla won their fourth consecutive away game last weekend, defeating a very disappointing Panthers outfit and they take on the improving Parramatta this weekend. There has been good early money with Sportingbet Australia for the Sharks who welcome back key playmaker Brett Kimmorley from Origin duty.

Manly have also been well supported to maintain their outstanding record at Brookvale with a win over the hopelessly out of form Panthers this weekend. They have been well supported both straight out and at the line with Sportingbet Australia.

In other games, Wests have had some support to beat the Warriors while St. George have been backed as outsiders against the Storm despite having a large contingent backing up from Origin 1.

Rugby Union
The Super 12 Final is on this weekend with the Crusaders hosting the Waratahs in Christchurch. The Crusaders are deservedly ruling favourites for the game as they have been there and done it before while the Waratahs are looking to shred their pretenders tag once and for all. The Crusaders smashed the Hurricanes in their semi while the Waratahs put in a courageous performance to down the Bulls who had a first half lead. All the smart money has been for the Crusaders to cover the line with Sportingbet Australia and there is plenty of value for Waratahs supporters who believe their team can do the job.

Kostya Tszyu has arrived in England for his clash with Manchester hero Ricky Hatton for the Undisputed Light Welterweight Title next weekend. Kostya is the reigning champion and as such deserves in mantle as a well fancied favourite. The Poms have big wraps on Hatton but he may not have the firepower to take care of Tszyu and Sportingbet Australia expects the money to keep coming for the Aussie.


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