Round 21 of the AFL season saw some of the lowest scoring in recent memory, with several blowouts having huge ramifications for the finals race.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Dreadful Bombers

Undoubtedly the biggest story of the round was that of Essendon, who were dismantled to the tune of 104 points by the Western Bulldogs. Going into the game as even $1.90 chances with Palmerbet, the Dons were inept. After kicking the first goal, they went onto concede the next 21 in a row – the second-most ever. Just two weeks ago the Bombers were almost nailed-on certainties to make the AFL finals. In fact, they were just $1.02 to finish in the top eight. Two thrashings later, they’re all of a sudden $1.50, and with games against Fremantle (away) and Collingwood to come, there are huge question marks hanging over their head. They’ll likely need one win from their last two games to cement a spot, but can they do that?

Suddenly, the Dogs are in with a chance to make the finals. The percentage issues that looked set to be their downfall come the end of round 23 has dramatically turned on its head following the huge win. After round 14 Luke Beveridge’s side were a distant $13 to make the top eight, but are now into $3. Similarly, Port Adelaide’s big win over the Bombers last week, then their 47 point humbling of the Swans on the weekend, has seen them move from $4.50 into $1.45 to make the AFL finals.

Unwanted Roos record

The Dons weren’t the only side to disappoint on the weekend, with North Melbourne now the new owners of another unwanted AFL/VFL record. The Roos kicked just one goal in their 55-point loss at the Cattery. Their total of 1.8 (14) was the lowest score in the club’s 94-year history. Despite starting as $3.42 underdogs against the Cats, Rhyce Shaw’s young side were expected to provide a good account of themselves, especially as the home side had won just three of their last seven AFL games. But like the Bombers, they failed to fire a shot.

Interestingly, a total of just 83 points were scored in that game, well short of Palmerbet’s pre-game line of 146.5.

Giant disappointment

The stakes were high for Leon Cameron’s GWS side going into their Friday night clash against the Hawks in Canberra. A game outside the top four, they knew they would have to get four points to remain in the hunt. And in truth, they were expected to win. The Giants started as strong $1.32 favourites with Palmerbet. What followed, however, was one of their most worst efforts for the AFL season. In kicking just four goals, they too were held to their lowest ever AFL score (29 points) as the Hawks routed them by 56. With it, they’ve all but kissed their top four hopes goodbye (slipping from $1.90 to $8). Richmond’s win over Carlton means Cameron’s side is now two games out of the top four with just two games to go.

And while the Giants were disappointing, the game will likely be remembered for something else altogether…

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