Cats drift in wooden spoon betting after victory

Friday, April 19
Geelong Advertiser

THE Cats are no longer favourites to win the wooden spoon.

The dubious honour is now with St Kilda.

TAB Sportsbet's Gary Davies said the Saints were new favourites at $3.50 to finish last on the AFL ladder.

The Cats, who were $3.20 favourites for the spoon before their win over the Kangaroos, had now drifted out to $4.50, he said.

The Western Bulldogs were second favourites at $4.

In this weekend's footy action, Sportsbet had received solid backing for longshot Adelaide Crows to beat Essendon, Davies said.

``The Crows have been backed from $3.80 to $3.20, including one bet of $8000 at $3.50,'' he said.

``Essendon has eased from $1.22 to $1.30 as a result, and if there's more money for the Crows, the Bombers will ease out to $1.33,'' he said.

One punter had placed a bet of $10,000 on Melbourne at $1.55 to beat the West Coast.

``Melbourne has firmed from $1.60 into $1.50 and consequently West Coast is out to $2.40,'' he said.

Sydney Swans have firmed from $1.55 into $1.45 to defeat the Kangaroos at $2.55.

Betting for the Sunday matches had been quiet, although Davies said Geelong had attracted some support to firm from $1.50 into $1.45, and St Kilda had eased to $2.55.

This week's free $25 Sportsbet was won by Joe Collins, of Herne Hill. He has backed Essendon at the short odds.

Last week's free punter Michael Puche, of South Geelong, won $63.25 for his loyalty to the Cats.