In one of the best Grand Finals in recent memory, West Coast survived a first quarter barrage to secure a famous premiership win over Collingwood.

Here’s how it looked for punters:

Absorb then attack

Pre-game, much of the (considerable) chat was about West Coast’s experience going into the game. More than half their side had played a Grand Final before, and they possessed numerous experienced heads all over the ground. So when the Pies banged in the first five goals to lead by 28 points after just 22 minutes of play, this experience had to shine through. And it did exactly that. Without panicking, the Eagles slowly worked their way back into the game. And from the quarter time siren, they were the better side throughout the afternoon. Some punters, including one who put $8k on the Eagles (H2H) at $2.20 with Palmerbet, would’ve have had a nervous afternoon. But when Dom Sheed slotted a set shot that will go down in folklore, a heavy sigh of relief would have been felt by many.

Less is more

We’ve spoken throughout the finals series about how the pressure of finals brings out lower (total) scores. And it happened again in this Grand Final. Palmerbet’s total points line stood at 162.5 before the first bounce, and the total of 153 fell shy of that. Punters expecting a close result also benefitted, with many opting for either side to win by 1-39 points. West Coast paid $2.80 with Palmerbet to win within that bracket.

Dux of the class

Luke Shuey’s Grand Final performance stacks up with almost any other, and was a deserved Norm Smith medallist. His stats (34 possessions, nine clearances, eight tackles, eight inside 50s and one goal) gave him 11 out of 12 possible votes, in front of Taylor Adams (seven votes) and Dom Sheed (four). Before the preliminary final, the inside gun was paying $34 with Palmerbet to be bestowed the honour.

On the contrary, Norm Smith favourite Steele Sidebottom ($6 pre-game with Palmerbet) had a day to forget. Eagles’ tagger Mark Hutchings kept the Pies gun to a season-low 14 touches, with minimal impact on the day.

A day for forwards

Pies forwards Jordan De Goey and Mason Cox both had an impact on the game at different stages throughout the afternoon. But it was Josh Kennedy who would have the last laugh. The superstar Eagle would finish with three goals, his third of which a brilliant snap.

He was a $1.83 chance with Palmerbet pre-game to kick three or more goals.

Next year

Our trading floor has already priced up next year’s premiership odds, with both Grand Finalists in the mix. Richmond are still heavily favoured despite their shock preliminary finals exit. Click here to see the market.

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