The 2019 AFL Grand Final went offered according to script for the bookies, with favourites Richmond saluting for a second flag in three years.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
Glory again at Punt Road
It all went to script, didn’t it? Richmond, the $1.37 pre-game favourites with Palmerbet, would go on to win the 2019 AFL Grand Final by a whopping 89 points – the third-highest margin ever. After conceding the first goal (Jeremy Cameron, $9.50 pre-game with Palmerbet), the Tigers would go to to kick the next eleven in a game that was ostensibly over midway through the third term. The pre-game line of 17.5 points was smashed as GWS were overawed on the big stage. In fact, it took until the final stages of the third term for the Giants to kick their second goal. Punters who jumped on Richmond to win by 40+ points ($3.75 pre-game with Palmerbet) were kicking their feet up early as the Tiger train was simply unstoppable at a sun-bathed MCG.
🐯🏆 The ultimate performance on the big stage!
— Richmond FC 🐯 (@Richmond_FC) September 28, 2019
Biggest winning margins in V/@AFL Grand Finals
119 – geel v port 2007
96 – haw v melb 1988
89 – RICH v GWS 2019
83 – haw v ess 1983
81 – rich v coll 1980
— Swamp (@sirswampthing) September 28, 2019
The man who is built for the big stage did it again. Dustin Martin’s four-goal, 22-disposal effort gave him the perfect 15 votes from five experts to crown him the AFL Norm Smith medalist for a second time. The 2017 winner was the $6.50 pre-game favourite with Palmerbet in this market. Martin cheekily told the Punt Road faithful on Sunday it was all about the ‘team effort’, but with a caveat. “We don’t care who kicks the goals and gets the touches…even though I kicked four,” he said. In fact, he was $11 with Palmerbet to kick four or more. And even though he spent much of the game in the forward-50, he still managed to pass 20 disposals ($1.62 pre-game).
"I've never seen anything like it!"
— AFL (@AFL) September 28, 2019
Debut for the ages
Perhaps the biggest individual story on the day was, incredibly, of a debutant. Picked to play his first AFL game on the biggest stage (the first time someone has done so in 67 years), Marlion Pickett showed he too was unfazed by the 100,014-strong crowd. The $51 Norm Smith hope would end up running third (behind Martin and Bachar Houli) such was his individual brilliance. His first goal, which prompted a mobbing by his teammates, was one of the Grand Final’s enduring images.
First game, first Grand Final, first goal.
What a roar!!!
— 7AFL (@7AFL) September 28, 2019
Little solace for the Giants
The orange tsunami was a mere ripple on the day, and there was little to cheer for for GWS fans. Despite their brilliance in the AFL Finals this September, few players turned up on the day. Tim Taranto led the line for his side, collecting 30 disposals ($2.30 pre-game with Palmerbet). Heath Shaw’s 29-disposals also collected $2.63 (for 25+) pre-game. But otherwise, with no multiple goal kickers, it was slim pickings for Leon Cameron’s men.
Hard to put into words how disappointing yesterday was, but congratulations to Richmond on an outstanding season. To all the Giants fans out there, thank you for everything you give this club! See you in 2020 🍊🍊
— Phil Davis (@phildavis_1) September 28, 2019
A eye forward
It would be remiss not to mention the fact that the Tigers are already $4.50 favourites to claim a third flag in four years. Oh, and that man Dustin Martin? He’s $7 to claim a second Brownlow medal in 2020 if you fancy jumping on early.