Week 3 of the AFL Finals Series saw Richmond continue their relentless push for a flag while the Giants stunned the Pies to book their first ever Grand Final berth.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
A Giant upset
The ‘big, big sound’ coming out of Greater Western Sydney on Saturday evening elicited a stunned silence at the MCG as GWS recorded an incredible four-point win over Collingwood to seal their first ever Grand Final appearance. Going into the game as $3.59 outsiders with Palmerbet (and with a 21.5 point head start) the Giants turned it on in quarters two and three in tough conditions. And after Jeremy Cameron kicked his third early in the final term to extend the lead to 33 points, the win looked all but certain. Cue a Pies comeback for the ages, booting five goals to cut the margin to within a kick. But the Giants desperately hung on for a famous win. Scenes aplenty at the MCG.
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Tiger train rolls on
While the Giants hung on with every fibre of their being, Richmond did it comparatively easy in their preliminary final win. Despite being down by 21 points at the main break, the Tigers always looked dangerous. After a dominant second half they would eventually run out 19-point winners. Damien Hardwick’s side justified their pre-game $1.34 favouritism with Palmerbet. Further, they only just covered the pre-game line of -18.5. They’re through to their second AFL Grand Final in three years, and they’ve done it in style.
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Years where neither of the top 2 sides on the ladder have made it through to the V/@AFL Grand Final
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From cold to red hot
It’s an incredible run by both Richmond and GWS to make the Grand Final. The Tigers were way out at $18 in Palmerbet’s premiership market after round 14 after a host of poor results. Since then, however, they’ve won eleven on the bounce. More incredibly, the Giants were out to $34 on the eve of the AFL Finals series. One of these two will taste the ultimate success by 6pm this Saturday afternoon.
— Michael Willson (@MichaelCWillson) September 21, 2019
Early Grand Final markets
A week of selection intrigue looms after two bruising preliminary finals. https://t.co/BVp9GQIHZ2
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