With four rounds of the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership in the books and the fifth set to bounce, we had a check-in with one of the bookmakers to see if and how the premiership market had shifted from prior to the beginning of the season.
Prior to the start, we were somewhat miffed that West Coast was on the third line, despite entering the season as the reigning premiers.
They are now on top of the futures market with Ladbrokes, while the pre-season fancies Richmond have dropped down to fifth.
West Coast was clawed by Brisbane in Round 1, but have since rebounded with wins over GWS, Collingwood and Fremantle.
The top six in the league for the moment are all tied on 12 premiership points and that group has several surprises, with Gold Coast in sixth, trailing equally surprising St. Kilda by less than a percentage point. That is an intriguing figure, since the Saints beat the Suns by one point in the opening round.
Gold Coast is facing its first real test of the season when they play Adelaide in Adelaide, but the Crows have slipped to 14th in the current season and have nothing to show for its season other than a win over Sydney in Round 2.
Prior to the start of the season, if we had suggested Brisbane, St. Kilda and Gold Coast would comprise half of the top six, we would have ridiculed ourselves, just in case all the others needed the help.
Richmond has gotten its level up to even, but GWS added the Tigers to the endangered list with a 125 – 76 sledging in Round 3 and Richmond was nearly hunted down by Port in Round 4.
It is interesting to listen to the talking heads supply analysis around why this team cannot beat another and why this player is not playing equal to his pay envelope, but at times, it seems as though it is a body part other than their heads that is doing the majority of the talking.