Bookies facing huge payout if Swans win AFL premiership

Can Lance Franklin and the Swans pull off the unthinkable?
The bookies will be praying they can’t. Picture: Getty
Images

IT’S the greatest comeback since Lazarus, and
bookmakers are facing an almighty payout as the Sydney Swans
charge towards an unlikely premiership.

After losing their first six matches the Swans were written off
— and with fair reason.

No V/AFL team has recovered from 0-4 or worse to play finals
since North Melbourne in 1975, who went on to secure their
maiden premiership that year.

But that didn’t deter a host of punters who got on at the long
odds of $101 when they lost to Carlton at the MCG in round six.

CONTENDER: SWANS PROVE PREMIERSHIP CREDENTIALS AGAINST
GWS

Can Lance Franklin and the Swans pull off the unthinkable? The bookies will be praying they can’t. Picture: Getty Images

Can Lance Franklin and the
Swans pull off the unthinkable? The bookies will be
praying they can’t. Picture: Getty
Images
Source:Getty Images

BRIDGE BATTLE: SWANS GO FROM 0-6 TO TOP FOUR

Since then they’ve won nine of their next 10 — no other team
has won more than six during that time.

Their victory over GWS on Saturday night confirmed the Swans
are the form team in the competition.

A Swans premiership would be a disaster for the TAB.

“We won’t be cheering for the red and white if they reach the
grand final,” the TAB’s Trent Langskaill said.

“Sydney are easily the TAB’s worst result in 2017 premiership
betting. The biggest bet on the Swans to win this year’s flag
was a $9000 wager at $13 which was made on April 6 the day
before they lost to Collingwood.”

It’s been rollercoaster ride for punters invested in the Swans.

They have gone full circle from the $6 price quoted after last
year’s grand final loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Tom Papley celebrates a goal with Lance Franklin. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Tom Papley celebrates a goal
with Lance Franklin. Picture: Phil
Hillyard
Source:News Corp Australia

Josh Kennedy’s final term against the Giants was one to behold when the game was there to be won. Picture: Getty Images

Josh Kennedy’s final term
against the Giants was one to behold when the game was
there to be won. Picture: Getty Images
Source:Getty Images

Since breaking their drought against Brisbane in round seven
and going on their run they have been wound back to $6 which
has them equal third in premiership betting alongside Geelong
and behind Adelaide ($3.50) and GWS ($4.50).

There have also been plenty of bets on Sydney finishing in the
top eight with one punter investing $1000 at $6 in May. They
are now into $1.10 to play finals football.

Swans young gun Isaac Heeney believes their horror start has
helped keep their minds on the job knowing just how tight the
competition is.

“It’s an equal playing field at the moment,” Heeney said.

“You look how close the ladder is and any little slip up you
will lose. If we can hold our spot in the top eight it could be
something extremely positive for our season knowing when we’re
not performing anything can happen.”

Heeney was again one of the Swans best in his 50th game in red
and white. It’s a remarkable achievement for the 21 year old
who was struck down with glandular fever earlier in the year
forcing him to miss the first four matches.

Isaac Heeney’s return has been a driving force behind Sydney’s rejuvenation. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Isaac Heeney’s return has been
a driving force behind Sydney’s rejuvenation. Picture:
Phil Hillyard
Source:News Corp Australia

“I still have those occasional times when my fatigue levels are
down,” Heeney said.

“When that happens I just go out and do half a session rather
than a full one.”

When the illness was at it’s peak Heeney was bed ridden for two
weeks forcing him to sleep up to 13 hours per day.

As well as he is playing the Novocastrian believes he will not
achieve 100 per cent health this year.

“That is still to come,” Heeney said.

“I don’t believe I’m there (full health). I felt extremely
strong and fit after and was ready for a big season so it was
really frustrating to be struck down after working so hard. I
don’t think I’m quite there (full health) and I don’t know
whether I’ll get there this season.”

Originally published as
Bookie’s face huge payout for Swan miracle

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