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Thursday June 3rd
It should be easy pickings for AFL
tipsters this weekend. All games have short priced
favourites with Essendon the shortest at $1.10. Many
punters will bet at the $1.90 line but Sportsbet have
listed a pick 4 and two pick fives. Simply select
AFL-Round 11 matches and then select pick 4 or pick
5 from the Bet Type Box. You may of course pick your
own multi with any combinations as usual.
The big betting game of the round
13 should be Fridays nights clash between the top
of the table Roosters and fourth placed Canterbury.
Roosters are firm favourites at $1.48 but there will
be big betting action at the line of 6 @$1.90 for
both teams. Value of the round may be the Warriors
$2.10 at home to Canberra after the exit of Warriors
coach Daniel Anderson. Teams who change coaches mid
season have a habit of playing above themselves next
Rugby League - Bulldogs Out For
The match of round 13 will be the
clash between the Bulldogs and the Roosters in Friday
night football. When Canterbury and the Roosters met
in round three, last year's finalists held the Bulldogs
to nil while scoring 35 points before the game was
plunged into anarchy as fans rioted at Aussie Stadium.
Officials will be hoping the scenario won't be repeated
this Friday. The Bulldogs could be without Braith
Anasta and Tony Grimaldi as both are struggling to
recover from injury. The Roosters have no such concerns
and will have Craig Wing and Anthony Minichiello back
in the side after their suspensions following the
infamous Origin One bonding session.
Meantime, the Rabbitohs have the bye
this weekend following another week of turmoil which
has seen the sacking of coach Paul Langmack. Premier
league mentor Arthur Kitinas has been named as caretaker
until the end of the season.
In upcoming games, the Storm meets
the Tigers, St George-Illawarra takes on the Cowboys,
Newcastle is at home to Parramatta, the Warriors play
Canberra, Manly hosts the Panthers and Brisbane tackles
AFL - Barry, Not So Big and Bad
Full-forward Barry Hall will suit
up for the Swans when they meet front-runners St Kilda
at the SCG this Sunday. Hall has been cleared of striking
at the AFL tribunal because of a lack of evidence
and will take his place in a Sydney side looking to
break St Kilda's unbeaten run so far this season.
Swans forward Nick Davis is in doubt for the match
with an ankle injury while the Saints have no notable
injury worries although fatigue could be an issue.
Coach Grant Thomas called off training earlier in
the week believing many of his players were tired.
Thomas says the small SCG will also prove a challenge
for his big forwards.
Meantime Collingwood has the chance
to move further up the ladder after a horror start
to the season when it takes on West Coast on Friday.
The Magpies are going for three wins in a row but
will probably be without skipper Nathan Buckley as
team management doesn't want to risk Buckley's hamstring
Also playing: Hawthorn and Essendon,
Adelaide and Carlton, Brisbane and Port Adelaide,
the Kangaroos and Richmond, the Western Bulldogs and
Geelong and Fremantle and Melbourne.
Tennis - Coria on Track at Roland
The Argentines have shown their prowess
on clay with three making it to the men's semi-finals
of the French Open. Argentina is guaranteed of at
least one countryman in the men's final at Roland
Garros as three are contesting the semi-finals with
Great Britain's Tim Henman the odd man out. Henman,
the number nine seed, takes on Guillermo Coria who
is arguably the favourite to win the title. The
number three seed beat Carlos Moya in straight sets
to advance while Henman only needed the three sets
against Juan Ignacio Chela to go through. Gaston Gaudio
takes on ninth seed David Nalbandian in the other
semi after easily disposing of Australia's Lleyton
Hewitt. Nalbandian had the toughest quarter final
of them all, taking four sets to defeat former champion
Argentina is also still represented
in the women's draw with 14th seed Paola Suarez playing
Russia's Elena Dementieva (9) for a berth in the finals.
Another Russian, Anastasia Myskina, is the highest
seed still left in the draw after the quarter final
departure of Serena and Venus Williams and Amelie
Mauresmo. The sixth seed takes on America's Jennifer
Capriati (7) in the other semi.
Rugby Union - Sorry Scots
Test rugby returns to Australia in
less than a fortnight's time with Scotland and England
both touring ahead of the Tri-Nations in July. Scotland
plays a test against Samoa in New Zealand then the
Waratahs next Tuesday ahead of the first test against
Australia on June 13 in Melbourne. So far, the Scots
have been walloped by the Reds and while they did
post a win over New South Wales Country, many believe
the game showed the lack of confidence the side is
feeling. Since the World Cup last year, Scotland has
been decimated by both retirement and injury and since
the team's arrival in Australia a number of players
have gone home after suffering tour-ending injuries
already. A win over Samoa in the test on Friday will
provide a huge boost for Scotland as will a win over
an under-strength New South Wales side. The Waratahs
will be an unfamiliar team as many are away with commitments
to the Wallabies, under-21 and sevens teams. Australia
will play two tests against Scotland on Jun 13 and
19 before the World Cup final re-match against England
on June 26.
League - Terrible Tigers
Wests Tigers have been forced to go back to the drawing
board, again. Tigers fans would have thought the team
couldn't sink any lower after being thrashed by the
Dragons but then came the game against the Roosters.
The Wests Tigers have now conceded 106 points in two
weeks and have recorded nil. They've slipped out of
the eight and are facing a tough away match against
the Raiders next weekend. Canberra produced the biggest
upset of the round last weekend, beating the Broncos
to sneak, once again, into playoff contention in eighth
Newcastle was another side to put 50 points on a team
in round 16, annihilating Manly. The Knights needed
the win for self confidence as much as for their finals
hopes as the side hadn't won a game in four matches.
Newcastle meets Cronulla next weekend, the Sharks
coming off the bye. All teams next week will be without
their representative players ahead of the third State
of Origin match as both teams will be selected this
- Henman in the Scud's way to the Quarter Finals
A tough year for Mark Philippoussis is a few Wimbledon
games away from turning into one of his best. Coming
into the third grand slam of the year, the Scud hadn't
won a singles match in months. Philippoussis has now
made it to the fourth round where he will meet British
hope Tim Henman. The pair has played each other six
times with Philippoussis winning four of those matches
including their only other Wimbledon encounter in
2000. A win will set up a quarter-final match against
either Belgium's Xavier Malisse or Mario Ancic from
Hewitt has also made it to the fourth round and has
a very tough opponent in Spaniard Carlos Moya. They've
never played against each other on grass and Hewitt
should have the edge. The winner will play either
defending champion Roger Federer or big Croatian Ivo
Karlovic in the quarter finals.
are no Australians left in the women's draw but still
a number of big names. Fifth seed Lindsay Davenport
takes on number twelve seed Russian Vera Zvonareva
in the round of sixteen while Serena Williams (1)
and Amelie Mauresmo (4) are still in contention after
easy third round wins.
2004 - Greece Looks to Continue the Fairytale
make-up of the Euro 2004 semi-finals has been determined
with the biggest surprise being the inclusion of Greece.
Greece hadn't won a game in a major tournament coming
into this year's European Championships and now finds
itself facing a semi-final against the Czech Republic
on Thursday in Porto after beating France. The Czech
Republic has made it to the final four after a convincing
win over Denmark in the quarter finals. The Czechs
are in fantastic form, winning all their games so
far in Euro 2004 and with a host of players performing
at their peak such as Milan Baros and Pavel Nedved.
Greece will be boosted by the probable return of midfielder
Stylianos Giannakopoulos who missed the quarter final
with a calf injury.
plays the Netherlands in Lisbon on Wednesday in the
other semi-final amid rumours of a rift in the host
nation's team between coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and
skipper Luis Figo who was angry about being taken
off early in the win against England. The Dutch are
likely to be without captain Frank de Boer who has
suffered an ankle injury.
- Soaring Swans
are going back to normal next weekend after the split
round 13. Sydney's victory over Collingwood at Telstra
Stadium finished round 13 and also possibly the Magpies
hopes of a finals berth. The Swans travel to Optus
Oval for Carlton next weekend with no injury concerns
after the Collingwood game. In an added boost injured
players Adam Schneider and Andrew Schauble could also
return for either the Blues game or the match against
Adelaide in round 15. Carlton will be without Brendan
Fevola through suspension and Lance Whitnall who has
been injured. The Swans are currently in eighth position
while the Blues are sitting two spots behind in tenth.
still hopeful of making the finals despite the loss
to Sydney, next takes on Hawthorn - a team having
a more terrible season than the Pies. Collingwood
don't have any injury worries ahead of the match.
Meantime Adelaide takes on Melbourne in their round
14 match. It will be the Crows first game following
the retirement of football great Wayne Carey.
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