AFL – Round 20 in Review

Round 20 of the 2022 AFL season saw a Sunday thriller with huge Top 8 ramifications, while Collingwood hit a perfect 10 on Saturday afternoon.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Tigers stay alive

What. A. Game.

If Richmond’s Round 15 clash against Geelong at the MCG was the best game of the season, then the Round 20 game against Brisbane at the same venue was a close second. At 42 points down in the second term, the Tigers (marginal $1.78 favourites pre-game) hauled back Brisbane in stunning fashion as the Lions’ MCG hoodoo continued. But this result was all about Richmond. Six points outside the Top 8 with their AFL season on the line, they delivered in a fashion that will give them huge belief heading into September.

The result has enormous ramifications for the Top 8. Not only are Richmond back in contention (and now $1.91 fancies with Palmerbet), but Carlton (who lost to Adelaide despite starting $1.38 favourites) will likely need to win one of their remaining games — each against top-five opponents in Brisbane, Melbourne and Collingwood — to seal their first AFL finals berth since 2013. While they’re still $1.14 fancies to get there, it’s nervy times at the Blues.

Noah’s five delivers big return for punters

Few players have had as noteworthy a start to their careers.

After booting five goals in his first and second starts, Noah Cumberland then became a source of controversy in his fourth AFL game when, last week against Fremantle, he played on at the 50 arc just as the siren was sounding to — heartbreakingly for Richmond fans — ensure the first draw of the season. But in Round 20, he repaid Damien Hardwick’s faith in extraordinary fashion. Cumberland banged through FIVE classy goals to deliver the Tigers a much-needed four points.

Unsurprisingly, the effort delivered a healthy return for any punters who put their faith in the youngster. Palmerbet was offering $61 pre-game for the raking left-footer to put through five majors.

A perfect 10

They’ve done it again. Another heart-stopper at the MCG, and another four points for Collingwood. It wasn’t after-the-siren like in AFL Round 19 but, incredibly, for a seventh time in their scarcely believable winning streak, the Pies ($1.67 pre-game with Palmerbet) got the chocolates by a single-figure winning margin with victory over Port Adelaide by six points. Their rise in 2022, as we outlined this week, is nothing shortly of remarkable. Seventeenth last season, new coach Craig McRae has now pushed the side into not only a Top 4 hope (from $26 after Round 9 now into $2.25), but a genuine AFL Premiership hope. At one stage huge $101 outsiders, the win over the Power has seen them shorten into $13 with Palmerbet.