Tue, Aug 14, 12:55pm by Staff Writer
Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt has made a late charge to claim his third Coleman Medal and first since 2012 after a 10-goal haul against the Gold Coast Suns in round 21.
Riewoldt starred for the Tigers as he took 14 marks and had 16 shots on goal, converting 10 of them into majors.
He is $2.05 at Sportsbet to win the Coleman Medal, awarded to the player or players who score the most goals during the home and away season.
Richmond’s remaining matches are against Essendon on Friday night and the Western Bulldogs in round 23.
He is in a rich vein of form, booting 21 goals in his past four matches, after a lean spell to start the season where he only kicked 11 goals between rounds four and eight.
Just one month ago, Riewoldt was an astonishing $26 to win the Coleman Medal.
The current Coleman Medal favourite is North Melbourne’s Ben Brown.
He is priced at $1.70 to win his first Coleman Medal and the Kangaroos will need plenty of goals from the tall full forward if they are to play finals footy this season.
The 200cm lynchpin of the North forward line started the season with a flurry, kicking four or more goals in five of his first six games this season.
Prior to his four-goal outing against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday, he had managed on four goals in his previous three matches against Collingwood, West Coast and Brisbane.
Brown looked the certain Coleman winner before last round, but after being as short as $1.30 a month ago, he has firmed in the market.
The Roos are an incredibly slim chance of playing finals footy this season, but their final round match against St Kilda, which is the final game of the home and away season will give him a goals target to aim for, should he be trailing in the Coleman race.
Sydney’s Lance Franklin is $41 to win his fifth Coleman Medal after taking out the accolade in 2017.
Franklin has played in 17 of a possible 20 matches this season but has kicked 52 goals for the Swans.
He appears in ominous form after kicking 2.5 against the Demons and a few more majors in that match would have had Buddy right in the Coleman race.
As it stands, he needs a Jack Riewoldt-like bag of goals to shoot up the standings and with remaining matches against the Greater Western Sydney Giants and Hawthorn, he may struggle to catch Brown and Riewoldt.
Franklin booted two goals against the Giants in round three this season, while he missed the Swans win against Hawthorn at the MCG.
Geelong’s Tom Hawkins is an interesting contender, priced as third-favourite $23 at Sportsbet.
Hawkins has kicked 50 goals from 18 matches this season, but has two remaining matches in Geelong against Fremantle and Gold Coast to end the season.
With Geelong needing to win both matches to potentially figure in the finals and against suspect defence, Hawkins should draw closer than his current eight-goal deficit.
Hawthorn’s Luke Breust ($101) and Melbourne’s Jesse Hogan ($251) are outsiders and trail by eight and 11 goals respectively, with the latter already surpassing his previous seasons best goal-kicking number of 44 goals set in 2015.
Coleman Medal Odds – Sportsbet
Ben Brown $1.75
Jack Riewoldt $2.05
Tom Hawkins $23
Lance Franklin $41
Luke Breust $101
Jesse Hogan $251
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