AFL – Round 4 in Review

Round 4 of the 2022 AFL season saw excitement tempered around the Blues, while another loss for the Power sees the history books against them.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Hopes tempered

It was fun while it lasted.

Carlton had high hopes of extending their unbeaten run, and further push their 2022 credentials, with a trip up to Gold Coast to round out the weekend. And at $1.58 pre-game, they were expected to go on to a dream 4-0 start. But by the end of the first term the Blues were not only down, but had no Patrick Cripps (injured) and Marc Pittonet (pulled out pre-game) to pull them out. The eventual 30-point loss has tempered hopes around Carlton this season. While most Blues fans would have taken a 3-1 start in a heartbeat, they showed on Sunday that this year could well be a rollercoaster season. Their AFL Premiership hopes shifted from $10 to $13 on the back of the defeat.

Timely Tigers reminder

Speaking of rollercoasters, Richmond’s continued its completely unpredictable run in 2022 with a clinical victory over grand finalists the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night despite starting $2.98 underdogs with Palmerbet. After disappointing defeats to Carlton and St Kilda, victories against the Giants and now Dogs have been equals parts impressive. So, where will they finish this year? That’s anyone’s guess. But Saturday night’s win saw them shift from $2.00 in the Top 8 market, into $1.80.

The Dogs, conversely, have big issues. Inaccurate kicking again hampered Luke Beveridge’s side against the Tigers. And they’ve paid the price, slumping to 1-3. The Dogs, who started the season as $6.50 second favourites for the AFL Premiership with Palmerbet, are now out to $10.

History against them

Port Adelaide went in $3.10 at home against the all-conquering Dees and unsurprisingly walked away with a loss. While it was nowhere near as damning as the fortnight prior — where Ken Hinkley’s men went down by over 10 goals to Hawthorn at the Adelaide Oval — their situation in 2022 is now even tougher. At 0-4, the Power will have to become just the second club since 1975 to face that win-loss predicament after four rounds and go on to make the AFL Finals. But, Hinkley hasn’t lost hope. “Why not? It’s a long season,” he said post-game. “I get that people are going to question my belief, but I’m strong in it.” Starting the season as strong $1.33 Top 8 hopes, the Power are now out to $3.00.