Luxbet.com.au account holders deem AFL Grand Final Betting as an important event of the sporting season. The Australian Football League Grand Final is the last game of the AFL season and the match which decides the premiership champions. The AFL Grand Final takes place on the last Saturday of September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and attracts an annual audience of nearly 100 000. This gives it the significant status as the largest non-international club championship in the world.
From 2007 to 2009 Geelong Football Club took the title as Grand Final champions, but in 2010 Collingwood Football Club claimed victory against St Kilda. The first of the two matches played ended in a draw; the third time in the Final’s history to happen. Then the replay saw Collingwood succeed by 56 points.
AFL GRAND FINAL BETTING OPTIONS
In 2010, punters were able to bet on these AFL Grand Final Betting Options: Half Time/Full Time Double, Winning Margin, Winning Margin in 10 Point Gaps, Highest Scoring Quarter, Norm Smith Medalist, Most Goals Kicked, First Goal Scorer in Each Quarter and Most Free Kicks; amongst others. Statistical packages can even give pointers to pick the winner.
Although, over time it has been made obvious in AFL Grand Final Betting that any team can reign supreme. A team may be tagged as the favourite, but not take the title on the day. So ensure your betting is balanced between what you want and what is logical.
AFL GRAND FINAL BETTING OPTIONS – MOST POPULAR
The betting types with the greatest popularity include match odds and handicap betting. This allocates a spread and calls for the margin of success to be either bigger than the spread (if you punt on the favourite) or smaller than it (if you punt on the outsider) to collect on the stake.
Another particularly popular AFL Grand Final Betting option is the Norm Smith Medalist, which is presented to the best player on the field. Maurice Rioli from Richmond was the first to claim the prize on a losing side, whereas in 2005 Chris Judd was the last. The only two team members to win two Norm Smith Medals are Andrew McLeod and Gary Ayres.
AFL GRAND FINAL BETTING – STATISTICS
Statistics are a major factor in AFL Grand Final Betting, since football’s level of professionalism is constantly increasing. Therefore the need for statistics rises too. But, additional factors exist which fail to be accounted for by player and match statistical perspectives when AFL punting. There is the weather, unexpected player injuries and other elements which may impact a team’s performance. Plus, many more main games will be played at interstate venues since the popularity of interstate teams and quality of their talent has grown. This ‘home-and-away’ feature may gain or lose value. As a result, rules are regularly assessed and fresh ideas are given a test-run during the pre-season competition.