The past weekend was bliss for women’s football and the AFLW Australia. It was also the landmark’s weekend not only for the Australian Football League for Women but women’s sport in general.
The AFLW launched its Football competition in a rather awesome way. The league was forced to lock the gates at Carlton’s Ikon Park on Friday night with the 24,500-capacity venue full. The Australian Football League CEO was also present and apologized to the AFLW who could not watch the sold out game at the stadium.
The AFLW Premiership Market
Significant changes were implemented to the premiership market. The Western Bulldogs moved into outright premiership preference with their win leading over Fremantle on Saturday. A female team from West held the blustery conditions well compared to their fellow Premiership contender and ran out winning with 32 points. Emma Kearney of the Melbourne Stars racked up to 21 disposals that helped lead her side to the first-up win. Collingwood Magpies also won over the Pies, winning 7.4 (46) to 1.5 (11). Darcy Vescio won four of the Blues seven goals and took many high-flying grabs in a best-on-ground presentation. Brisbane and Adelaide were also firmed in betting following opening round wins.
“Fans voted with their feet in favor of the Australian Football League Women’s competition, and punters did the same over the course of the opening round.”- said Sportsbet’s Christian Jantzen. Those were the words from the sportsbet man Christian Jantzen, reporting on how the games went.
Even though most punters did not gain entry to the stadium, they still turned up in large numbers.
Sportsbet also reported that in one round more bets were placed on Collingwood Magpies vs. Carlton Blues clash than all the other games that took place on the same weekend. Other games that got more bets are the Dockers vs. Bulldogs and Brisbane vs. Melbourne matches; the games also got more support from the Bettors than Wanderers vs. Phoenix and Jets vs. Glory A-League games.