Round 11 of the 2021 AFL season saw the Dees stamp their mark, while the Dons continued their surging run with a win for the ages.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Is Don, is good

There was just two upsets in Round 11 — the ladder-leading Melbourne ($2.35 pre-game) putting down yet another marker in season 2021 against the Dogs, and Essendon ($3.78 pre-game) with a win for the ages against the Eagles in Perth. The young Dons were electric in the West, their pressure game proving too much in a usually tough environment. After languishing to 2-6 due to a number of close defeats, Ben Rutten’s men are all of a sudden back in the hunt this season. With three wins in a row, they’ve gone from $17 into $3.50 AFL Finals hopes. Outsiders still, yes. Exciting? Absolutely.

Musical chairs

Melbourne are the new $4.50 premiership favourites after their dominant win over the Dogs. The win continues the musical chairs at the top, with new fancies fluctuating with results each week. In the last month, we’ve had Richmond, Geelong, Western Bulldogs and now the Dees as AFL flag favourites with Palmerbet. It’s not surprising to see changes at this stage of the season. But the frequency with which change is occurring at the top shows exactly how closely run season 2021 will be.

Monday Blues. Again

Yet again, the Blues put up a good fight in Round 11, but couldn’t get over the line. It’s the (recurring) story of their 2021, just as it was in 2020. The 22-point loss to the Swans at the SCG also likely puts the nails in the coffin of their season. Now $8 AFL Finals hopes (after starting the year at $2.37), the Blues look set for an eighth-straight season without September action.

King consistency

And to round things off, a positive story out of the Gold Coast. Young forward Ben King kicked four goals in the win over Hawthorn on Saturday night — the seventh time this season he has kicked three or more. It takes his season tally to 32, now just six behind leading goal kicker Harry McKay. While twin brother Max struggles at St Kilda, Ben is flourishing up North. He started the season at $51 in the AFL Coleman Medal market, but has now shortened into $17.