No Shaun Burgoyne, no Liam Shiels and still no worries for the Hawks and the plethora of punters who felt they were still a good thing to bounce back from last week’s implosion and beat the Kangaroos.
One interesting quirk with the Hawks – which would have been ‘write your own ticket’ type of odds, could you actually bet on it – they have scored 87 points in each of their first three games and also in a JLT match as well.
It’s as if people haven’t learned a thing from the Demons being punter’s poison for the best part of decade because Melbourne was backed as if unbeatable against the Bombers, despite not having won a game either.
Essendon’s first win of the season proved a huge win for the bookies and another lesson for punters when backing the Dees.
FIRST GOAL FILL UP
Saturday was a paradise for first goal punters with four favourites opening the account.
Lance Franklin started the rot for the bookies when he kicked the opener against the Blues and the dominos fell from there.
Jeremy Cameron nabbed the first against the Tigers, Eric Hipwood saluted for the Lions against the Power and then to cap it off, the excitement machine that is Jordan De Goey slotted one through for the Magpies in the grand final re-match at the G.
Not too many punters found the Suns ahead of their upset win over the Bulldogs and only one found them as part of a six-leg multi which delivered an outstanding round four fill-up.
The Ladbrokes client had a $30 multi at $101.09 on Sydney Swans / GWS Giants / West Coast Eagles / Brisbane Lions / Gold Coast Suns / Hawthorn / Fremantle for a cool $3000 collect.
BACKING THE FUTURE
The Lions, and in particular Lachie Neale, are the flavour of the first month of football. The boom recruit was as much as $41 for the Brownlow Medal in pre-season but, after a stellar opening few weeks in his new colours, all of which have been in winning teams, he’s now a $7 second favourite.
The Lions unbeaten start to the season – their best since 2009 – has also seen their premiership odds crunched from $67 to $19
Richmond – $10 > $15
Geelong – $7 > $5 (equal favourite)
Collingwood – $4.33 > $5 (equal favourite)
West Coast – $7 > $5.50
Brisbane Lions – $26 > $19 (opened $67)
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Carlton – $4.00 > $2.50 (new favourite)
Gold Coast – $1.80 > $3 (opened $1.45)
North Melbourne – $9 > $6 (opened $15)