AFL – Round 15 in Review

Round 15 of the 2022 AFL season saw the Saints’ struggles continue, while West Coast could finally sing the song again after a torrid few months.

Here’s how it looked for punters: 

Saints flounder in Sydney

St Kilda’s finals hopes are fading fast in 2022.

A torrid post-bye period continued for Brett Ratten’s men with a third-straight loss, this time to the Swans on Saturday night. While the Saints started the clash as outsiders, the 51-point margin would see the Swans (-14.5) easily cover the pre-game line. St Kilda failed to kick a goal for over 60 minutes of general play — a damning indictment on the club’s on-field confidence. Since the AFL bye rounds, Ratten’s men have won just two quarters. And their finals hopes have copped a beating, lengthening from $1.25 out to $2.80. With Carlton, Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs to come, they’ve got a mountain to climb.

A sigh of relief

For most of the last six weeks, West Coast and North Melbourne have been nearly inseparable in Palmerbet’s ‘least wins’ AFL market for 2022. But now, the Eagles have lengthened. A drought-snapping 10-point win at home despite starting $2.56 outsiders was, above all, a high sigh of relief. Conversely, and similarly to St Kilda, the result was a damning indictment on Essendon. First, in kicking 107 points the Eagles notched their first 100-plus score in a whopping 28 games. And second, after the confidence of the St Kilda win, the Bombers go back to square one and remain rooted in the bottom three.

Damning defeat

The common thinking heading into Thursday night’s blockbuster between ladder leaders Brisbane and Melbourne was that whichever side walked away with four points was likely to finish the Round as AFL Premiership favourites with Palmerbet. The end result, however, was utterly damning for the Lions. Smashed to the tune of 64 points (well beyond the pre-game line of +10.5), the result has had a damning impact on their flag price. Prior to the clash Chris Fagan’s men were $5.00 for the ultimate prize in 2022. Afterwards, they pushed out to $8.00.