Mon, Sep 11, 9:09am by Head Editor
The Richmond Tigers won their first final for 16 years on Friday night at the MCG, by a whopping 51 points, in front of a record Qualifying Final crowd of more than 95,000 people.
The dominant performance was enough for many punters to jump on them, which sees the Tigers shorten from $6 to $3.25, to win their first Premiership since 1980.
The only thing that kept Geelong in the game until ¾ time was Richmond’s failure to convert, but seven goals to one in the final term had the MCG rocking, and had Tigers fans believing.
While Richmond were the biggest shorteners of the weekend, Geelong’s poor showing has seen them drift out from $6 to $16. Dustin Martin finished with 28 touches, but it was game-high six score assists that stood out.
A night earlier in Adelaide, it was the Crows who ran out winners over the Giants by 36 points, which sees them secure a home Preliminary Final, and sees their quote move in from $3.25 to $2.75.
Despite their best midfielder – Rory Sloane – missing with injury, the Crows led at every change. Star forward Eddie Betts finished with three goals, and All-Australian midfielder Matt Crouch racked up 31 disposals.
The Giants now face a must-win semi-final, which has seen their quote for the club’s first Premiership move out from $5 to $8.
The first of the do-or-die Elimination Finals took place at the SCG on Saturday afternoon, when the Sydney Swans hosted the Essendon Bombers.
Joe Daniher took a spectacular mark and kicked truly for the Bombers in the opening minutes, but after that, it was all the hosts, as the Swans piled on 10 second-quarter goals to setup a match-winning lead.
The win was so impressive that the red and the white are set to go in favourites for Friday night’s Semi-Final against Geelong, at $1.35, while their quote for the flag has come in from $5 to $4.50.
The last final of the weekend was easily the most dramatic, with Eagle Luke Shuey kicking the match-winning goal after the final siren in extra-time.
The 2-point win sees the West Australian side move on to a semi-final match up with the Giants, and ends Port Adelaide’s season.
The match was an instant classic, with the hosts coming back from 31 points down at the 10-minute mark of the second quarter, to force extra-time.
The Eagles ($3) now have to fly all the way across the country, to Sydney, to play the Giants ($1.40) on Saturday night, with a spot in the Preliminary Final against the Tigers up for grabs.
Finals Week 2
Geelong $3.20 v Sydney $1.35 Line: 17.5
Greater Western Sydney $1.40 v West Coast $3 Line: 17.5
Greater Western Sydney $8
West Coast $18
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