Domestically, the Toyota 2017 AFL Premiership will take centre stage for those in the states of Victoria and South Australia, even though it appears that certain teams from New South Wales intend to have an impact.
The Sydney Swans are soaring along and as this is being typed, the finals matches are not yet engraved in stone, but it is hard to imagine any of the final eight wanting to meet the hot Swans. Then, there are the GWS Giants. They can always field a strong side, although at times during the home-and-away season, it was hard to tell from week to week which Giants side was going to show up.
The AFL finals will consume the month of September, with the Grand Final set for the last day month.
The Telstra 2017 NRL Premiership competition will also be staging a finals series that will serve to determine if any of the top seven can dislodge the Melbourne Storm from the top. The NRL Grand Final is not until October 1.
Those two leagues alone, for any punters who might have been waiting for a prime opportunity, should give you more than adequate incentive to bet on this event.
Australian Thoroughbred racing will be in top gear during September.
The appetisers from August will be out of the way, and the first Group 1 of the 2017 – 2018 season, the 1400 m w.f.a. Memsie Stakes will highlight a Caulfield spring meeting dedicated to the sprinters on September 2. There is a nice meeting to the north at Royal Randwick that same day, with the 1600 m Group 2 w.f.a. Chelmsford Stakes sure to feature some of the handy Sydney milers.
Flemington comes online later in the month with the 1600 m w.f.a. Makybe Diva Stakes on September 16. Randwick is in the picture that same day with the Group 1 George Main Stakes, which is run under the same conditions, so we feel it is safe to tell you that top level Australian thoroughbred racing in back with a vengeance.
The final week of the month, all eyes will be on Randwick. On September 30, they will stage three Group 1s, the Epsom Handicap, the Metropolitan, and the Flight Stakes, along with two Group 2s, the Hill Stakes and the Premier Stakes.
You might need some extra screens to keep up with all the action just from the footy and racing action.
Now that sanity has been restored to the sedate world of cricket, all of you cricket punters have an embarrassment of riches in September. International cricket takes the stage, with Australian and Bangladesh on September 3. Later in the month of the 17th, India and Australia will clash.
For our final look at domestic punting opportunities for September, we have the Virgin Australia Supercars with the Wilson Security Sandown 500, which will occupy the three-day span of September 15 – 17.
We will use motorsports as our segue into international markets, of which there are more than a few in September.
Formula 1 is back in action, first with the Italian Grand Prix on September 3 and the Singapore Grand Prix on September 17. The season to this point has been interesting in that, unlike last year, Mercedes to vincible and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has a 14-point advantage over Lewis Hamilton and Valterri Bottas is not out of the picture. While it is doubtful that Perth-born F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo can overtake Bottas and earn a season-podium, he might start driving the way he did last season that got him up the final standings.
Leading off the action in the U.S., without doubt, is the 2017 U.S. Open Tennis Championships at Flushing Meadow, New York. The final Grand Slam event of the season looks to be a juicy one for tennis fans. The event actually kicks off on the final three days of August, concluding September 10 (29 Aug. – 11 Sept. AEDT). The draw has just been announced and it looks as though if there is a showdown between ageless Roger Federer and world number one Rafael Nadal, it will be a semifinal, as they are on the same side of the draw. Mercurial Nick Kyrgios will meet compatriot John Millman, like Kyrgios, from Brisbane, in the first round. That should be on interest to the one or two tennis fans of Queensland.
The big U.S. news would seem to be the start of the NFL gridiron season early in the month. There is a mild form of the Aussie invasion of the NBA going on in the NFL, as the secret of Aussie footy players as kicking specialists is an inescapable trend that looks to continue for the foreseeable future. We know the day of an Aussie quarterback in the NFL in inevitable and could happen soon if an Aussie code hopper wants to have another go at professional gridiron.
Ladbrokes’ futures markets show the New England Patriots as prohibitive $4.25 favourites to win Super Bowl 52 in early February, 2018, but it is a long season and there is always a possibility that one of the teams quoted as far back as $31 might sneak in, and almost every NFL season has twists galore to challenge the savviest handicappers.
September is inarguably a top month for watchers of Major League Baseball. There seems to be an elite cadre of teams leading the Division races in the American and National Leagues. The Los Angeles Dodgers have destroyed highly competent completion in the National League West, amazing from the view that they have recently been missing once-in-a-generation ace Clayton Kershaw. The regular season seems to be brewing up an interesting tea for the playoffs, as second-echelon teams battle for wildcard berths in the Fall Classic.
Finally, the U.S. PGA Tour is featuring its annual playoff series, the FedEx Cup final. As this is being typed, the first tournament of the finals, The Northern Trust Open, has competed two rounds with big names swarming the leaderboard. A four-way tie at the top finds Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, along with Jhonattan Vegas, knotted for the lead. Jason Day is the top Aussie and is six shots back.