Mon, Oct 2, 7:50am by Head Editor
Richmond have ended 37 years of heartache with a 48 point win over Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday. The result sees the yellow and black lift the Premiership cup for the first time since 1980, and sent not only the 100,021 people in the stands into hysteria, but also the inner-Melbourne suburb of Richmond, which went into lockdown, as supporters spilled onto the streets.
On the betting front, it was the second massive upset in as many years, following on from the Western Bulldogs last year, who started the season as $81 shots, the Tigers weren’t far behind that mark. After a 13th placed finish last campaign, the Tigers were 10th pick to lift the cup, at $51 before the season began.
They were also underdogs before the ball was bounced on Saturday, with online bookmaker Sportsbet listing them at the $2.15 mark to make history. The Crows were favourites at $1.72, but seemed to get stage-fright in front of the biggest Grand Final crowd since Hawthorn defeated Carlton in 1986. 3.5 million people also tuned in to the event nationally.
The Tigers sealed their 11th flag with seven unanswered goals in the third term, but the Tiger Army refused to believe until deep into the final quarter, having been heartbroken too many times since 1980.
Adelaide’s star-studded forward line that included skipper Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts and Tom Lynch, were held brilliantly by the Tiger defenders, including All-Australian full-back Alex Rance, who was the best man on the field in the first half, when the game was there to be won. Rance finished with 11 possessions, and six marks, three of which were contested.
Dustin Martin became the first man to win the Norm Smith and the Brownlow in the same year, with a 29 possession game, 22 of which were contested. The 26-year-old is at the peak of his powers, and it was his second goal at the 22 minute mark of the last term, that gave the thousands of Richmond fans around the country the signal that they could stop stressing and start enjoying.
The victory by the Richmond Footy Club is still sinking in, and while some punters were lucky enough to snap them up at the odds of $51, there were many who didn’t see it coming. As this year showed, the earlier you get your bets on, the better the odds will be, so if you’re keen for a flutter, here’s the very early odds for the 2018 Premiership.
AFL 2018 Premiership Odds – Sportsbet
Port Adelaide $12
Western Bulldogs $14
West Coast $26
St Kilda $34
North Melbourne $81
Gold Coast $81
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