For the first time this season, the Western Bulldogs are the punter’s pal.
Having beaten the likes of Richmond, Geelong and Sydney in round 1 at big odds and lost as a short priced favourite to Gold Coast, Carlton and the Kangaroos, the Dogs were more punter’s poison than pal.
As they continue to turn around their season, the 2016 premiers have also turn around their fortune as a well-backed favourite.
Hawthorn were also kind to punters at the weekend as they took care of Fremantle in Launceston for the 10th time. They must really hate dropping anchor in Tassie.
It was a Friday Fill Up for bookmakers as punters deserted Collingwood after a run of poor form.
The money on the Eagles looked set to salute before a late charge from the Magpies ensured a soild start to the weekend on the Ladbrokes trading floor.
The Blues shock win over Sydney and the Bombers last gasp victory over North also proved a dagger for punters who were no doubt cursing Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti.
Eddie Betts isn’t done with yet and it’s fair to say there are a lot of punters hoping he plays forever.
The Crows excitement machine nailing the opener against the Suns was a horror show for Ladbrokes at $14 while the $41 for him to kick five goals was also well found and left a black hole in the book.
One punter wagered $150 on Eddie kicking five and collected $6000 for his foresight.
A complicated bet but a profitable play indeed.
One punter combined three selection of his own with two pre-built multis on the Ladbrokes website.
He had, Essendon’s Jayden Laverde (anytime goal kicker) / Richmond -15.5 points / Bulldogs or Melbourne to win under 15.5 points into St Kilda +49.5 and Under 158.5 match points in the Saints versus Geelong game into the Crows win, Crows over 94.5 match points and Matt Crouch 30+ disposals.
His $25 investment resulting in a $1874.90 pay day.
The 2019 Cricket World Cup trophy was awarded to England after they tied with New Zealand in the final on not one but two occasions.
This is not the first time that a winner has not been properly decided in a high-profile sporting event and we have come up with this list of eight thrilling ties.
2019 World Cup Final – New Zealand vs England
Did England deserve to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup? Probably not.
England had plenty of luck on their side in the concluding stages of their run chase and they were still unable to beat New Zealand, with both sides finishing on 241 runs apiece.
The drama didn’t end there.
After a pair of ‘Super Overs’ both teams were once again deadlocked on 15 runs.
England were awarded the win on countback, for having hit the most boundaries, and New Zealand failed to win the World Cup despite failing to lose the final twice.
England vs New Zealand - Match Highlights | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - YouTube
The Tied Test – Australia vs West Indies
This might be the greatest Test Match that has ever been played.
Australia went into the final over of the Test at 7-227 and needing six runs to win.
They secured one run in the opening ball of the over before Richie Benaud was dismissed with the second ball.
The Aussies claimed runs on the fourth and fifth balls of the over and claimed two runs on the sixth ball before Wally Grout was dismissed attempting a third run, which would have led to an Australian win.
Aussie number 11 pushed the ball to square leg on the seventh ball of the over and try to scamper through for a single, but West Indies fielder Joe Solomon was famously able to hit a single stump for a run out to ensure the first Tied in the history of Test Cricket.
The first Tied Test Australia vs West Indies 1960 - YouTube
The Second Tied Test – India vs Australia
The second Tied Test came 26 years later in a truly epic clash in Mumbai.
Australia were in the box seat for the majority of the Test Match, thanks to 210 runs from Dean Jones in the first innings, and set India a total of 348 runs to win in the final innings of the match.
India went into the final over of the match needing four wins to win with only one wicket in hand and Ravi Shastri was able to tie the scores in the third ball of the over.
That left Indian number 11 Maninder Singh with one run needed for a famous victory, but he was give out LBW with the fifth ball of Greg Matthews’ over.
*** Rare *** India V Australia - Tied Test - 1986 Good Quality Video - YouTube
1999 Cricket World Cup Semi Final – Australia vs South Africa
This may now have been pipped for the title of the greatest match in the history of the Cricket World Cup, but it was still a thrilling contest in its own right.
Australia set South Africa a total of 2013 and the South Africans went into the final over of the match needing nine runs to win with only one wicket in hand.
Player of The Tournament Lance Klusener hit the first two balls of the over for four and South Africa were level on runs.
Allan Donald was almost run out with the third ball of the over before Klusener’s infamous meltdown on the fourth ball.
Klusener hit the ball straight to Mark Waugh at mid-off, but still sprinted down the pitch and left Donald stranded at the non-strikers end.
Waugh threw the ball to bowler Damien Fleming and he rolled the ball of Adam Gilchrist who whipped the bails off to send Australia into the World Cup Final due to the fact that Australia had been South Africa earlier in the tournament.
YouTube 1999 World Cup Semi Final Australia vs South Africa Last Over Drama - YouTube
2002 State Of Origin Game 3 – Queensland vs New South Wales
Queensland and New South Wales went into the 2002 State Of Origin decider with one win apiece and it would remain that way after 80 minutes.
The Blues scored a try with three minutes to go and looked as though they had won the series, but with the final play of the game Queensland’s Dane Carlaw produced the best play of his entire career to score a try.
Lote Tuqiri missed the conversion and the game finished at 18-18, but the rules at the time, which didn’t include Golden Point, meant that Queensland retained the State Of Origin shield!
2017 All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions Game 3
The All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions split the opening two games of the series and it all came down to a decider.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a result.
New Zealand moved away to 12-6 lead at half-time, but the Lions kicked their way back into the game, in typically British fashion, to finish level on 15 points apiece.
This was the first drawn series between the All Blacks and the Lions and the first drawn Lions series since 1955.
HIGHLIGHTS: All Blacks v British & Irish Lions Third Test - YouTube
2006 Football World Cup – Australia vs Croatia
One of Australia’s most memorable ‘wins’ in their football history was not actually a win at all.
The Socceroos went into their final 2006 World Cup pool requiring either a win or a draw against Croatia to progress to the knockout stages for the first time.
We got there in the end, but not without plenty of drama.
Croatia scored an early goal and Australia equalized thanks to a Craig Moore penalty before a Zelko Kalac error gifted Croatia a second goal.
Harry Kewell was able to equalize for Australia in the 79th minute and looked to score a winner in the final play of the game, but it was disallowed thanks to some embarrassing incompetence from referee Graham Poll.
It didn’t matter though as the draw was enough to send Australia through to the round of 16 and an eventually heart-breaking date with Italy.
2010 AFL Grand Final – Collingwood vs St Kilda
The 2010 AFL Grand Final had just about everything.
Collingwood went into the match as clear favourites and they held a comfortable 50-26 lead at half-time, but they failed to kick a goal in the third quarter and let St Kilda back into the hunt.
Deep into the fourth quarter, St Kilda hit the front for the first time in the game before Collingwood hit the front again in the 26 minute thanks to a Travis Cloak goal.
In the 30th minute of the quarter, a Lenny Hayes kicked rolled through for a behind and the scores were level.
The Saints applied some late pressure, but were unable to score and the match ended as a tie.
Collingwood comfortably won the replay a week later and St Kilda haven’t been near a Grand Final since.
Sydney’s form might have improved in recent rounds but their abysmal record not beating the Bombers at the MCG for almost a century clearly proved a key stat for weekend wagering.
The Bombers and reigning premier West Coast, who are warming nicely into their title defence, were the punter’s dearest friends in round 16.
It had been a long time since Collingwood had lost two games in succession but even longer since the Hawks had dropped five in a row. Regardless, it the was the Magpies who punters sided with and it was to their detriment.
Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs, who shocked the Cats with only their second victory over them in a decade, were the bookie’s best for the weekend.
FIRST GOAL FILL-UP
Punters well and truly got the better of things in first goal betting at the weekend putting a big dent in the Ladbrokes book.
The best of the best were Brody Mohocek at $15 on Friday night and Tom McDonald for the Demons against Carlton on Sunday.
For McDonald, it looks as if that will be his final highlight of a forgetful 2019, after he tore his meniscus later in the match.
In a round where no outrageous multis landed, we’ve gone with the following for our legendary land this weekend which was capped by a Lions win.
The wager of Xavier Coates (Broncos) first try / Brisbane Broncos 1-12 / Lions WIN at $157.36 saw the $30 bet return a princely $4720.80.
BACKING THE FUTURE
West Coast is the big mover after the weekend which saw both the top two teams on the ladder lose. The Eagles have now replaced the Magpies as the second favourite ahead of a mouth-watering clash between the teams this Friday night. The Lions were also trimmed from $29 into a season-low $17 having been $51 three weeks ago
It was an unthinkable proposition not too long ago but betting against the Hawks at the MCG now seems a smart betting play and there were plenty of smart punters at the weekend.
In a tough round for punters with only five of nine favourites winning, the Eagles appeared the surest bet to many and the reigning premiers didn’t let them down.
It looked a simple start to round 15 but, as the famous saying goes, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” And that was certainly the case at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night.
The Giants were backed as if near on unbeatable against the inconsistent Bombers but, as we approach the home stretch, the kids from Sydney’s west showed they still can’t be entirely trusted when on an excursion to Melbourne.
FIRST GOAL FRUSTRATION
It was a frustrating round for first goal bettors which started with Dylan Shiel nabbing the opening against the Giants at $34 and continued the next night when Paul Seedsman booted home first for the Crows against the Cats at $41.
In the match which attracted the third largest amount of first goal bets – Collingwood v North Melbourne, Tom Phillips popped up with the opener at $41 with no more than a few dollars on him.
This was a no brainer if you had paid attention to our social channels and also some mainstream media late last week as one Ladbrokes client from Werribee in Victoria saw the last of his 12 legs home for a collect of $405,190. All for a $100 wager placed back in March.
The opening leg was over 2.5 goals in the Rennes v Arsenal Europa clash, the second was the Crows winning the AFLW premiership. The remaining 10 were all AFL bets in various rounds using Ladbrokes season pricing.
GWS Giants -5.5 v Essendon (round 1)/Gold Coast Suns +31.5 v Freo (round 2)/Essendon -10.5 v North Melbourne (round 5)/Geelong to beat Hawthorn (round 5)/GWS Giants to beat Sydney Swans (round 6)/ Gold Coast Suns +70.5 v West Coast (round 7)/Adelaide -6.5 v Port Adelaide (round 8)/Geelong -13.5 v Sydney Swans (round 11)/ Essendon -15.5 v Hawthorn (round 13)
And the final leg on Saturday, Gold Coast -59.5 v Sydney Swans. A line which has shifted from that mark when he placed it in March, to +33.5 at the bounce.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Geelong has increased its stranglehold on the AFL Premiership according to the Ladbrokes bookmakers if closest rivals in the race both suffered losses in matches they were heavily fancied.
Richmond, which continues to see a host of stars return from injury, is being kept very safe by bookies with the Tigers price slashed from $15 to $8.50.
One Ladbrokes punter has put their bonus bet to phenomenal use, spending $50 on a five leg, AFL multi over the weekend that netted a phenomenal return of almost $23000.
We’ve all thrown a bonus bet on a long shot multi figuring “what’s the worst thing that can happen” but not only did this punter nail all five winners, but also backed the correct margin in every game.
It started on Friday night with the Bombers and Hawks facing off at Marvel Stadium and it was a very tight contest for the first half before Essendon kicked away to build a huge lead midway through the fourth quarter.
No harm, no foul and probably no second thoughts if this multi fell at the first hurdle, but Hawthorn kicked their way back into it with 20 of the last 21 points of the game to make the final margin 19 points.
Up next was a trip to Townsville where our punter backed the Saints to beat Gold Coast by 1-24 points.
It probably was a lot closer than… well pretty much everyone expected but the Saints held on to win by four to get this second leg over the line.
There was another close call at the other end of the 1-24 margin at Optus Stadium as Fremantle very nearly kicked away by too many in the fourth quarter.
A scoreless effort from Port in the final term cost them the lead as Freo put on the all 22 final quarter points and there would have been some sweaty palms in the closing seconds.
Leg number four took place back at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night as the Bulldogs survived a back and forth encounter with Carlton, who put up a surprising amount of fight.
It was all Bulldogs early before Carlton took the lead in the third quarter, only for the Blues to fall away again before getting within three with four minutes remaining.
That would be it for the scoring though as a much more exciting than expected game to send this long shot Legendary Lands down to the final leg.
On a cool day at Blundstone Arena, our punter abandoned their regular strategy of backing teams by 1-19/24 and instead backed a slightly bigger win for the Giants, by 20-39 points.
It was a very even first half with scores level going into the break but the third quarter was the decisive one as the Giants kicked clear and wound up cruising to a comfortable 23 point win.
That would seal one of the best Legendary Lands of the AFL season with a long shot bonus bet coming off in the best possible way.
As Richmond made public its mounting injury concerns last week, the punters push for Adelaide began and, despite a strong opening quarter from the Tigers, the money landed and opened the round in style. A round which was very friendly to those having a wager.
The other big-time win for punters was the final match of the round with the Giants getting rolling late to beat the Kangas at Blundstone Arena.
In a round of just six matches where the six favourites saluted, the only win for the bookies was a very minor one as the Bulldogs just outlasted the Blues.
Having burnt punters as favourite numerous times this season, there was very little trust in the pups and, rightly so.
First Goal Frustration
Slim picking for first goal punters with three of the first four to drop all doing so at $41. Port Adelaide’s Patty Ryder was the first to do the right thing by bettors as he nailed the opener against the Dockers.
For some, bonus bets can be a poison chalice. For the round 13 punters of the week, it was a gift from the Gods.
He turned a $50 bonus bet into $22,910 cash after combing Essendon 1-19 / St Kilda 1-24 / Fremantle 1-24 / Western Bulldogs 1-24 / GWS Giants 20-39 at the very nice price of $459.22.
Backing The Future
Geelong and Collingwood remain steady at their pre-round 13 prices having had the week off, whilst Richmond continues to blow out after a horror fortnight.
Gold Coast and Carlton are now out of the premiership market having eased beyond 5000-1
The best results for punters bookended the weekend as the two premiership favourites yet again flexed their muscles.
Geelong was well found to take advantage of an undermanned Richmond team on Friday night, whilst Collingwood was seen as a certainty against Melbourne as punters looked to make bank on Queen’s Birthday Monday.
The home ground advantage is very much alive and well as Sydney and Adelaide proved in getting a couple back for the bookies against more fancied opposition.
A fit and firing Lance Franklin makes any team he plays for a tough matchup, whilst the Eagles troubles away from home must surely see questions begin to be asked of the reigning premiers.
FIRST GOAL FILL-UP
It was a genuine first goal fill-up for punters in round 12 as the best-backed player in five of the six matched nailed the opener.
The average price of those five – Dustin Martin, Eric Hipwood, Josh Jenkins, Lance Franklin and Jaidyn Stephenson – was $10. Not huge odds, but for the masses who found them, there was no complaining.
The best backed of the lot was Collingwood’s Stephenson who is starting to gain very high recognition among first goal bettors.
Sure, tipping the round in a six-match weekend is statistically easier than normal but, given a couple of upsets, credit must go to the Ladbrokes punters who had the first five winners into Collingwood 40+. The only margin bet in his multi.
A late charge from the Demons would have made for nervous moments but ultimately his bet saluted and his $20 wager returned a very nice $2262.21
BACKING THE FUTURE
Geelong and Collingwood remain clear top picks in the premiership market as the Tigers eased to their biggest price since round three. GWS remain steady despite their loss but moves are afoot in the most losses market.
Bookmakers are clearly expected David Teague to continue to have an influence on the young Blues as they drifted significantly while the Suns had their price slashed.
West Coast has featured before as the punter’s pal and do again now.
In the final match of round 11, the Eagles proved a good old fashioned ‘Get Out Stakes’ for punters who hadn’t already bounced back and assisting many, they covered the line with ease.
Whilst the first two games of the round were shock upsets, the following seven went the way of favourites as punters filled their boots with multi bets.
North Melbourne made for a huge start to the weekend for bookmakers.
As a largely friendless $3 outsider, the Kangaroos did it comfortably against the Tigers before Fremantle stunned a Collingwood team which was viewed by many as the round biggest lock, sending both head to head and early multi bets down the toilet.
As previously mentioned, the punters clawed back in a reasonably big way.
FIRST GOAL FILL-UP
After consecutive weeks where the average price of first goal kickers was in excess of $29, the favourites found their range again and delivered some big results to punters.
The two best-backed players of the weekend, Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey and Richmond’s Tom Lynch, both took care of business and put a dent in the Ladbrokes book.
One punter kept things simple and filled their account accordingly selection Geelong Cats 1-24 / Brisbane Lions 1-24 / Adelaide Crows 1-24.
His $100 wager at $34 netted him $3400.
BACKING THE FUTURE
Having opened his senior coaching career with a win, Rhyce Shaw has been wound in from $11 to $5 to get the job beyond this season. That sits him second in the market behind John Longmire at $4.50
It might sound like an additional verse to Old MacDonald, but the two leading candidates to land the now vacant Kangaroos coaching job are men known colloquially as ‘Ratts’ and ‘Horse’
Ladbrokes today installed former Carlton coach, Brett Ratten and current Sydney Swans mentor, John Longmire as equal $6 favourites to be calling the shots at Arden Street come 2020.
“They need a brand name and a former champion like Longmire, who has built his reputation at one of the great clubs of the modern era is certainly that,” Ladbrokes spokesman Roger Oldridge said.
“Ratten probably didn’t have a lot of currency when he finished up at Carlton but his record now doesn’t look so bad.
“Plus he was at the right hand of Clarkson in the Hawks threepeat and is getting rave reviews at St Kilda.”
Former Lions coach and now Port Adelaide assistant Michael Voss sits just behind Ratten and Longmire in the Ladbrokes market at $6.50 alongside Power premiership player, Adam Kingsley, who is currently an assistant coach at Richmond continuing his more than decade long apprenticeship.
Rhyce Shaw was named North Melbourne’s interim coach for the remainder of 2019 and is considered a $10 chance to land the permanent gig, whilst WA based AFL coaches, Ross Lyon and Adam Simpson are at $15.
Dual Geelong premiership coach Mark Thompson is $41 in the market but his availability for the position will depend on Victoria’s legal system.