Round 3 of the 2021 AFL season saw Sydney shift from exciting young side to premiership hopes, while overs punters rejoiced again.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Swans announce themselves in 2021

Things just keep getting better and better for the Bloods.

A Round 1 win over Brisbane was incredible, but seen as a first-up anomaly. A Round 2 win over Adelaide was also impressive, but expected at home. So, Saturday’s matchup against the reigning premiers was seen as the ultimate test of where this young list is really at.

And they passed with flying colours.

Going in as $4.35 outsiders, the Swans completely dismantled Damien Hardwick’s side, and ran out 45-point victors. This was all the more incredible given Richmond’s pre-game line was 26.5. The Swans started the season as $51 AFL Premiership outsiders but are already into $11. How high is the ceiling for this exciting team?

Overs punters rejoice again

We’re 27 games into the 2021 AFL season and can now say that, without doubt, rule changes for this season have created higher scores. Seven of nine games in Round 3 finished above the pre-game Total Points line, including two games over 200 total points. Teams are averaging over 85 points each per game and, as we said earlier this season, overs punters are revelling.

Three young Swans now four

Last week we spoke about how the Swans had the top three favourites in the 2021 AFL Rising Star. Well, they’ve now made it four. Incredibly, Chad Warner (now an $8.50 Rising Star chance with Palmerbet) has joined Errol Gulden ($3.50), Braden Campbell ($5.00) and Logan McDonald ($7.50) as the favoured hopes to take out the award. Warner managed just two games in his debut season in 2020 before being dropped, and was unable to reclaim his spot. But this year the quick and aggressive midfielder has made a huge impact, and has booted four goals in the last two weeks.

Tex on top

We also spoke about how Adelaide’s Taylor Walker had smashed his pre-season Coleman Medal price of $81 into $8 after 11 goals in AFL Rounds 1 and 2. Well, Tex has now moved into the outright $4 favourite with Palmerbet. Another bag of six against the Suns saw the big forward moved to 17 goals in three games and three clear in the race for the Coleman.

Harry McKay (Carlton) booted seven against the Dockers and was the other key mover, from $13 into $9.