Alan Eskander, Managing Director of Betstar, doesn’t know what to believe when he tosses up whether 2012 could well be the first time since 2004 that there is no drawn match in the AFL Home & Away season.
Heading into Round 16, we see two games which have had significant interest in the draw. The Collingwood vs. Geelong game and Sunday’s West Coast vs. Sydney game have attracted punters attention, due to the traditional rivalry between the sides and their close proximity on the ladder. Eskander, however, admits he genuinely is not sure whether there will be a draw or not.
“This season has been one of the most even in decades – the ladder is proof of that,” says Eskander. “But we haven’t necessarily seen any correlation between the constant jockeying for ladder position and close results. Hawthorn have been thumped by Richmond, yet comfortably accounted for Carlton and Collingwood; the Bombers thumped the Eagles, yet lost to the Dees and were annihilated by St Kilda last weekend.”
“However season 2011 showed that sides can surprise in the draw market – lowly Melbourne and Richmond drawing against finalists Sydney and St Kilda respectively – so there is definitely still plenty of time for sides to pick up the two points, and with the season being so even it could well help to determine home finals and Top 8 places in the end.”
In response to the constant speculation of whether we will hear Hunters & Collector’s ‘Search for the Holy Grail’ instead of a victorious team’s song at the end of a game in the next eight weeks, Betstar have introduced a unique AFL special that is sure to have punters licking their lips.
“We have an AFL special where you can get $10 on a draw in any game throughout the round of footy,” said Eskander. “It is worth remembering that the last time we had a full AFL Home & Away season without a draw was well back in 2004. “
“In 2004, Port Adelaide were victorious in the Grand Final against the Brisbane Lions, Fraser Gehrig won the Coleman Medal, Jared Rivers was the Rising Star and Lance Armstrong was winning an unprecedented 6th consecutive Tour de France; it seems an absolute age ago, and barely conceivable, yet with the exception of Lance it is all legitimate.”
“If you really believe that the 2004 season will continue to stand out as an oddity, and that there will be a drawn game in the next eight weeks, then this market is perfect for you.”