It was truly a remarkable weekend of footy and with four teams remaining, we’ve reached the pinnacle of the season – Preliminary Finals weekend.
Did we witness the game of the year?
Who do we think will play in that one day/twilight/evening in September?
Is there a sneaky bet ahead of the Brownlow?
Find out in that five-leg multi of hindsight we like to call – FIVE LESSONS LEARNED.
(1) Lions v Dogs was Game of the Year
As of right now, we have a clubhouse leader for the game of 2021 being Saturday nights epic semi-final between Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs.
The game had it all.
High stakes, constant lead changes, questionable umpiring, injuries, heroes emerging and the heart rate pulsating in those later stages of the game.
It’s fair to say, any Brisbane Lions supporter would like to have a word with the umps after some questionable decisions, but kicking the ball out of bounds on the full when having a direct shot at goal will cost you – I’m looking at you Dayne Zorko.
The Western Bulldogs won by a point and Taylor Duryea will never buy a beer around the company of the red, white and blue faithful ever again with that effort on Charlie Cameron in the last 80-seconds.
Much will be said and written about the Lions v Bulldogs semi-final, and we’ll have many screenings of the replay in years to come.
It was a beauty, but don’t take my word for it, just ask Thor himself…
(2) Cats are Week 2 Specialists
Geelong’s win over the Giants on Friday night makes it the sixth time in seven matches when the Cats have gotten the job done in week two of the finals.
Much was said in the lead-up to the game about the Cats finals record but Geelong knuckled down with composure and pressure and had a business-like approach to getting the job done.
It’s fair to say, Geelong didn’t send a message to the rest of the competition but they are still standing and in yet another Preliminary Final for which is an outstanding achievement.
Can they back it up and deny the Demons a fairytale Grand Final berth?
The biological premiership clock is ticking down at the Cattery.
They better get a move on.
(3) The Top 4 we had to have
…and then there were four.
Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Geelong, and the Western Bulldogs.
With all due respect to Brisbane and GWS, these are the teams that are very much worthy of being the final four left in the competition.
At the time of publishing, the premiership market is as follows:
Port Adelaide $3.00
Western Bulldogs $ 6.00
Now is an excellent time to get around our AFL Futures markets including our Exacta and Quinella as to who will feature in that one day in September.
For those of you playing at home, the Exacta is the winner and runner-up in the Grand Final and the Quinella is for the two teams that play in the Grand Final…but you knew that already.
(4) Touk a look at this market.
The Brownlow is just around the corner and it’s time to study the form.
Some clubs have already had their best and fairest awards, including the Gold Coast Suns for which Touk Miller won by the length of the Flemington straight.
While Miller is ineligible to win the Brownlow due to his one-week suspension back in Round 9, he’s every chance to poll highly.
Averaging 31.8 disposals this season in a standout season for the Suns, Touk Miller to poll in the top five at $2.40 is one of the best bets you can make before Gill counts to votes on Sunday, September 19th.
(5) The Best Bet You Can Make
Compare the pair.
College football in the US with packed Stadiums of 100,000+ fans dancing to Jump Around at the Penn State-Wisconsin game
A man in a protective hazmat suit spraying down the goalposts at Optus Stadium after Geelong hosted the Giants in a hub environment.
It’s not ideal is it?
There’s a simple solution that can ensure we can all get back to the footy, the pub, and the track = Get Vaxxed.
It’s the best bet you can make to ensure you’re no longer subject to lockdowns, restrictions, footy being played in strange locations, and getting back to normal.