After burning them almost weekly for the first month of the season and looking a shot duck (Swan), punters are back in love with the Sydney siders.
In a battle of the birds, the Hawks proved easy prey for the Swans gifting punters a Friday night fill-up.
Just one outsider was successful in what proved a rough weekend for the bookmakers but that outsider was as unloved as it gets.
Port Adelaide’s upset win over the ladder leading Cats was a much-needed victory for Ladbrokes and had the bookies dancing up a Saturday night storm on the trading floor.
FIRST GOAL FILL-UP
Whilst Thursday night footy proved a rough start to the round for first goal bettors with Andrew McGrath nailing the opener at $41, they bounced back on Friday courtesy of Buddy Franklin.
Franklin was backed into $6.50 and had the opener on the board in the first minute.
He also kicked the first of the second and third quarters, before injury cost him a chance at doing something truly remarkable.
Whilst no market is offered on a player kicking the first goal of each quarter, the traders did some sums and Franklin would have been a 1784-1 chance prior to the opening bounce.
As mentioned, only one outsider got the win but one punter saw it coming.
His six leg multi nailed the round with a $270 bet on West Coast/Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Port Adelaide/Collingwood at $25.60 resulting in a collect of $6912.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Geelong has held onto outright premiership favouritism despite easing narrowly following its loss to the Power whilst the Magpies remain steady after an ugly and unconvincing win over the Bulldogs.
Geelong – $3.25 > $3.50
Collingwood – $3.75 (steady)
GWS Giants – $5.00 (steady)
West Coast – $8.00 > $7.00
MOST LOSSES MOVES
Gold Coast – $1.50 > $1.44
Carlton – $2.60 > $2.75