After 57 long years, the Grand Old Flag is a Grand New Flag as Melbourne are premiers in 2021.
The scoreboard suggests it was a one-sided affair, but anyone who watched it knows it’s not the full story.
It was a great game and a fitting end to the footy season.
But how did the Punters fare on that one day in September?
We have one last five-leg multi of hindsight for season 2021 in 5 Lessons Learned.
(1) Every Punt beats True for the Red and the Blue
Just about anything and everything has already been said about the Dees drought-breaking premiership on Saturday, so here are some of the highlights of the Ladbrokes Punters who had a fill up on the Grand old Flag:
- In November of last year, Melbourne was paying $29 to win the 2021 premiership, a price no one took up.
- 104 Ladbrokes punters managed to jump on Melbourne when at $26 to win the flag.
- When trailing by 19-points during the third quarter, the Dees got out to $5 in the live betting for which one punter had a hunch that a comeback was on and put $200 on Melbourne to win for a nice $1000 win.
(2) Good Christian Values
Christian Petracca produced one of the all-time great Grand Final performances on Saturday with 40 disposals, nine clearances, two goals, 15 score involvements and was in absolute beast mode in the third quarter.
With a Norm Smith around his neck, it’s fair to say he sits at the same table as the likes of Dustin Martin and Dermott Brereton for Grand Final performances.
A shout out to these Ladbrokes Punters that enjoyed a fill-up on Petracca on Grand Final day including $9k and $7.5k at $6 for the Norm Smith.
And how about this Legendary Land from Saturday night?!?
The 25-year-old is only just getting started and is currently $10 to win the Brownlow in 2022.
Melbourne opens 2022 AFL Premiership betting as favorites to go back-to-back at $4.75.
Already, 26 Ladbrokes punters have already backed them to do just that, including one $3,309 bet at the $4.75 on offer.
While the Demons have finally broken their 57-year drought, there’s already talk of a new Melbourne dynasty on the cards amongst the many pundits and commentators this morning and rightfully so.
The top eight in the 2022 Premiership market is as follows:
(1) Melbourne $4.75
(2) Western Bulldogs $7
(3) Brisbane $8
(4) Port Adelaide $9
(5) Geelong $10
(6) Richmond $11
(7) Sydney $13
(8) West Coast/GWS $15
(4) Dog of a Night
It was all downhill for the Western Bulldogs from the 16-minute mark of the third quarter when Bayley Fritch kicked a goal.
The score from then turned into a 100-7 thrashing on the scoreboard and the stats sheet makes for grim reading, for which you can find elsewhere.
In what was a game of swings and roundabouts beforehand, there would have been 17,878 punters that backed the Western Bulldogs in singles/multis thinking they were on a big pay day, before the Dee-molition set in, including one punter that had $15k on a Dogs win.
(5) What Off-Season?
There’s no such thing as the off-season now.
When there’s the never-ending trade period, the draft, drip-fed leaking of the fixture, some off-field scandal, the AFLW kicks off in January, every club training the house down and having the best pre-season ever, practice games and then some, you’d be forgiven if the good people at the AFL would like to avoid talking or thinking about other sports.
If there is such thing as an off-season, bask in the glory Demons fans and enjoy the most blissful summer as Premiers.
There’s no better feeling.