An upset-filled opening weekend of the AFL season saw tipsters struggle, while the courageous punters thrived.
Here’s how it looked for punters:
Consider this: Round 1 saw six upsets take place, the EQUAL MOST in a round of footy. The biggest of these were Port Adelaide ($3.40 head-to-head against Melbourne with Palmerbet), Hawthorn ($3.15 against Adelaide) and Brisbane ($2.80 against reigning premiers West Coast). The results spelt carnage for tipsters, whose only solace was that most others struggled, too.
One out of nine.#afl
— Greg Baum (@GregBaum) March 24, 2019
Don't worry about the person who got 9/9 this week winning your footy tipping comp. They clearly know nothing about football.
— Scott Dooley (@scottdools) March 24, 2019
While the six upsets took the headlines from the weekend, another key headline was the low scores on offer. The first eight games of the round were ALL under the ‘total points’ line offered by Palmerbet. It took until the final game, Fremantle v North Melbourne, for the total points line of 175.5 to be exceeded. In fact, it was the lowest scoring opening round since 1965.
— AFL (@AFL) March 24, 2019
Blight: "I'd have to say the scoring so far, when I thought there'd be many many more goals in games, has been low because the touch of players has been poor. They're just rusty in round one"#AFLCrowsHawks
— AFL Nation (@AFLNation) March 23, 2019
Slow start for grand finalists
As both West Coast and Collingwood fell, this was just the eighth time both grand finalists lost in round 1. Collingwood ($1.63 favourites) went down to the Cats in a Friday night classic that they arguably should have closed out, while the Eagles ($1.43) fell to an exciting Brisbane outfit at The Gabba. Thankfully for both sides, neither loss was a distinctly poor one. Oh, and we should remember that the AFL season is a marathon, not a sprint…
Going to be hard for West Coast, Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne to turn their seasons around with just 22 rounds to go.
— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) March 24, 2019
Without doubt the most disappointing performance was from Essendon, who fell to a 72-point loss to GWS. The Dons were described by some as ‘insipid’ as the Giants ran riot at the Showgrounds. Expectations for John Worsfold’s side were strong about six weeks ago. In January, they were even $10 fifth-favourites for the premiership with Palmerbet. Further, various pundits picked them in their top-four. But after a lacklustre JLT campaign and news of Joe Daniher’s further delayed return, they aren’t viewed in the same light. This result will give punters even less hope in the Dons. Thankfully for them, however, they face St Kilda this weekend in a game they should prevail in.
We kept hearing about team defence at Essendon over summer. They just gave up 32 shots at goal. Players intensity spectacularly lacking. Inspid really #AFLGIANTSDons
— Jon Ralph (@RalphyHeraldSun) March 24, 2019
Essendon’s heaviest round one loss since 2004.
— Sam McClure (@sam_mcclure) March 24, 2019