Grand Final Glory: A Race To The 2014 AFL Premiership
August 24, 2014
It’s AFL’s magic moment. 100,000 screaming fans at the MCG hoping they’ll witness their club lift the trophy. But which two teams will take part in the glorious Grand final on September 27 and who will be crowned kings of 2014. If we cast our eyes back before a ball was kicked, many had Hawthorn to securing back to back flags. Sportsbet had the Hawks outright favourite at $4.75 while Sportingbet and Centrebet had 2013 grand finalists Freemantle, and Sydney equal favourites with the Hawks at the same price. On the fourth line of betting with all 3 bookmakers were Geelong, Collingwood and somewhat surprisingly North Melbourne, rounding out the top 6.
Sydney can wrap up the Minor premiership with a win in their final game of the regular season and Centrebet who welcome new customers with up to $200 in free bets have the Swans outright favourites to be the Premiers with the Red and Whites under $3. While Sydney is even shorter to be playing in the decider, this wasn’t the case earlier in the season. The Swans drifted out to $9 on Sportsbet’s Premiers market in round 7 after a slow start to the season which saw them lose to both Collingwood and North Melbourne in Sydney.
Bookies and Punters alike believe it’s a 2 horse race for the title with the Hawks on the second line to secure consecutive flags. With most of the opinion we’ll be seeing a repeat of the 2012 Grand final between Hawthorn and Sydney.
The Cats Moved in the market when they went above Hawthorn into second in round 21 with one punter putting $5000 on Geelong to be top of the pop with Centrebet. But after being hunted by the Hawks in round 22 can they recover in time for a likely re-match in the finals. There’s still faith Freemantle can come home strong. The Dockers are third in 2014 Premiership markets, above Geelong, despite sitting below the Cats on the ladder.
And what about Port Adelaide? The Power opened the season at $51 with Sportsbet to win the comp, now their under $20 to claim all before them. Can the Power surge at the pointy end of the season and surprise some of the bigger names?
While some teams are still fighting for a spot in the top 8 others already have their eyes on the main prize. Who’ll hit top form when it really counts and when we finally get down to two, who’ll outplay outwill and outlast to earn 2014 Premiership Glory.