The NRL has been dominating the headlines recently with transfer rumours and cocaine scandals, has anyone stopped to look at how exciting this AFL season is becoming.
A couple of weeks ago we touched on how so many short priced favourites as low as $1.17 were being upset. This week, it was all about the comebacks!
Collingwood lead the way, overcoming a 43-point deficit to end up winning by 18. You knew when Darcy Moore practically ran it between the uprights that this had the makings of a historic comeback.
The Pies were relentless in their mission. Pendlebury and Elliott had fine games and led from the front booting important goals down the stretch.
Just as you thought Hawthorn were off their skid they fell back into it with a collapse like that.
The Giants did their best to join in the fun. Jeremy Cameron booted his 3rd of the game with 59 seconds on the clock to hand the Giants a morale boosting comeback victory over a very competitive Tigers outfit.
This brings the Tigers to three consecutive losses by under a goal. A gut-wrenching feeling for Tigers players and fans.
For those footy punters who keep their eyes on trends, a team on the back of three losses is a good betting proposition. I’d expect to see Richmond take out some of that frustration on the Bombers next week. They’re currently sitting at $1.84 odds. Savvy punters saddle up on the Tiggies.
Otherwise, the Giants have truly underperformed recently. Their last two wins of three points hopefully signal a stabilizing force. They need to reshape their season.
Their performances have lacked the heart we saw all of last year. A hangover from last season is definitely in the mix here. Something that is commonly seen but rarely acknowledged.
Safe to say, if you’re having a bet on the AFL, don’t blindly put short price favourites in your multis. Similarly, don’t expect your team to be a guarantee just because they go into the 4th quarter with the lead.
The AFL is becoming an interesting spectacle this season. Who knows what next week’s narrative will be? Whatever it is, it’s sure to excite fans and viewers.
By Nik Hatzi