Patience paid off in a big way for one Ladbrokes punter over the weekend with a long term Legendary Land saluting on Sunday evening.
Placed back at the start of the year, our punter put down $100 on the New England Patriots to beat the LA Rams in Super Bowl 53, Novak Djokovic to win the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title and Jeremy Cameron of the GWS Giants to win the Coleman Medal.
The first leg was a test of patience in & of itself as the Patriots topped the Rams 13-3 in Atlanta.
Many expected a high scoring clash between two of the best offences in the NFL but instead it was a defensive struggle as Bill Belichick flexed his strategic muscles.
In the end it was a missed field goal from Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein that ended any hope of a Rams comeback, giving the Patriots their sixth Super Bowl win.
The next leg to result was our punter backing another dominant figure in his sport to claim a title, as Novak Djokovic won a classic Wimbledon final over Roger Federer.
Backed to lift the trophy at $3.25 odds, Djokovic and Federer played out one of the most memorable finals in Wimbledon history over the course of almost five hours.
It went all five sets and was the first time a fifth set tiebreaker was needed to decide a Grand Slam final despite Federer having two match points at 8-7 up in the fifth set.
In the end they couldn’t be split so at 12-12 they played their third tiebreak of the match, with Djokovic winning the last two.
As if the nerves of any spectator weren’t frayed enough, our punter would have been attached to their chair by the smallest of margins as it played out, with Djokovic eventually winning that one 7-3.
To close it out, our punter had to wait until this weekend to find out if they had a payday coming their way.
They backed Jeremy Cameron at $21 to win the Coleman Medal and the GWS sharpshooter stormed home with a nine goal effort in the Giants win over Gold Coast in the final round.
It was a bet that had a few nervous moments throughout the season but came home in the strongest possible fashion.
A two game goalless drought in Rounds 8 and 9 against the Hawks and Blues set him back a bit and even with a final round game against the Gold Coast, an injury which ruled him out of Rounds 20 and 22 would have made our punter more than a bit nervous.
By the opening bounce, Cameron knew that Ben Brown from North finished on 64 goals for the season, so he needed to match his career high of seven majors claim the outright honours.
He eventually reached that mark with a set shot after the three quarter time siren which gave him plenty of time to celebrate with his teammates.
Two more in the final term gave him a final tally of 67 on the season and the Tigers and Lions playing each other worked out perfectly for him, as the only players that could catch him faced off and, perhaps unsurprisingly neither Tom Lynch or Charlie Cameron kicked the 14 or 15 goals they each needed to overtake him.
That sealed this legendary land for our punter that needed seven months to play out but gave them a story (and win) they will be able to dine out on for a while.