Round 12 of the AFL season saw the Cats and Pies further underline their flag credentials, while the new-coach-bounce worked for the Blues.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Big questions over Richmond

Prior to Friday night, there were hopes the clash between Geelong and Richmond could be a brilliant contest. The dominant Cats were facing the Tigers on their own turf at the MCG – surely a leveller despite the difference in form lines. The ladder leaders started as $1.60 favourites with Palmerbet, but some still tipped an upset for Damien Hardwick’s side at $2.35. As it turned out, however, it was a blowout. The Cats banged on 15 goals in the second and third quarter to trounce the home side by 67 points. The loss, unsurprisingly, has serious repercussions on Richmond’s flag chances this season. It also sees them lengthen from $9 chances pre-game out to $13 in the aftermath. Geelong, on the other hand, shorten yet again – now into $3 for the 2019 AFL Premiership.

Life in the Bloods

Perhaps the most impressive – or at least, most surprising – performance of round 12 was by the Swans, who thrashed premiers West Coast by 45 points despite starting as $2.20 outsiders. Buddy Franklin and Tom Papley (five goals apiece) stole the show as the Bloods extended West Coast’s SCG hoodoo. The result also puts the Swans back in the AFL top eight frame. Before round 12 they were considered big outsiders at $13 with Palmerbet to make September action yet again. But the win sees them into $4.50. Could they do it again?

A fresh start for Carlton

We asked last week whether the new-coach-bounce would work for Carlton. Lo and behold, despite starting $2.93 outsiders, they caused the round’s biggest upset. A Patrick Cripps masterclass led them to just their second win of the year. An almost-certain three-vote effort has also moved the Blues skipper into outright Brownlow favourite at $4 with Palmerbet, having overtaken Lachie Neale ($4.60).

Across town at North Melbourne the caretaker spike also continues to work a treat, with young coach Rhyce Shaw notching his second AFL win in two games. Despite sitting a game out of the top eight, however, the Kangaroos are still $5 to finish in the finals’ placings.