It’s been a tough season for the Swans and they haven’t exactly been kind to the punters throughout but they finished off providing a fill up for many.
With some club favourites retiring and Buddy Franklin finally playing game 300, punters piled into the story of the round and what a profitable play it was.
The bookie’s best for round 23 is the best of the season as Hawthorn defied the doubters and basic football logic to upset the Eagles. A result which cost the premiers a top-four finish, making their chances of back to back flags very tough.
91% of all head to head bets on the Eagles Hawthorn clash with Ladbrokes were on the home team, who also anchored many round 23 multis.
Surprisingly, the size of Geelong’s victory was also a good result for bookies.
With the Blues having played good football of late, many punters took the Cats to win by 1 to 39 points, so a 40+ victory by the home team gave bookmakers an unlikely win.
FIRST GOAL FILL UP
It is almost as if punters had an Almanac on hand at the weekend such was the magnitude of first goal betting.
Brodie Mihocek was a $10 second-favourite but the best-backed player in Collingwood’s win over Essendon in a result which started the rot for bookies.
Josh Bruce for the Saints and Jack Ziebell for the Kangaroos were also well found before Patrick Dangerfield and then Jeremy Cameron both saluted with some serious coin behind them.
It wasn’t massive odds but it was astute punting nonetheless to include Hawthorn in your weekend AFL multi.
Our legendary land for the final home and away round saw this punter take four favourites – Port Adelaide, GWS, Western Bulldogs and the Tigers – and combine them with the Hawks for $300 at an odds boosted $11.92
BACKING THE FUTURE
West Coast cost itself a double chance and immediately bookmakers wound the Eagles out to double-figure odds.
A joint-favourite just two weeks ago, the Eagles are now on the fifth line of betting at $10 with Richmond heading into the finals as flag favourite and the Bulldogs the biggest mover of recent times.
Richmond – $3.50 > $3.00
Geelong – $4.50 > $4.25
Collingwood – $7.50 > $5.50
Brisbane – $6.50 (steady)
West Coast – $4.50 > $10.00
Western Bulldogs – $21.00 > $15.00 ($201 after round 14)
GWS Giants – $23.00 > $29.00
Essendon – $51.00 > $67.00