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Balancing AFL Odds - Will Hawthorn Hawks Rookie Gamble
In a season where literally anything can happen, the
AFL's Hawthorn Hawks are making a bold move in a bid
to secure a place in the top eight. With bye rounds
out of the way and the official run towards the finals
now in progress, the Hawks have looked in supreme
form for much of the season. However, a loss to Melbourne
and an injury blow to defender Ben Stratton have made
the league leaders vulnerable.
While a place in the top eight is still on the cards,
the side's for and against percentage could see them
falter at the final hurdle. For some, this was always
going to happen. According to AFL.com's
Ashley Brown, West Coast were the hot favourites
for the Premier title heading into the season, while
the Hawks were destined for third place on the 2016
Odds Favour Hawks but Pundits Pick West Coast
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As events have played out, the Hawks have risen up
and the odds now reflect that. According to the oddsmakers
at William Hill, 13/4 says that the Hawks will clinch
the Grand Final later this year. In contrast, when
here to get the best AFL odds for the 2016 season,
you'll notice that many people's early pick, West
Coast, are now 20/1 outsiders for the title.
For those with an eye for value, 20/1 on a team like
West Coast could be too good an opportunity to pass
up, but it could all depend on whether the Hawks'
gamble pays off. In a bid to maintain their dominant
position and prevent a side like Sydney (15/4 odds
at William Hill) from making a late surge, the Hawks
their faith in Ryan Burton. The first-round
draft pick might not be a household name for AFL fans,
but with his injury worries behind him it could be
his time to shine. Although few are expecting miracles
on his debut, the 19-year-old kicked three goals and
took nine marks in a recent VFL game and looks to
be a hot prospect for the future.
Can Fresh Blood Keep Hawks' Dreams Alive?
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In fact, with seasoned players like Stratton succumbing
to injury, many are suggesting that the Hawks' ability
to call on fresh talent could make the difference
as the season draws to a close. However, while players
like Burton will bring a flush of youth into the side,
the fate of Hawks' season will still rest on the shoulders
of the old guard and, according to the Herald Sun's
Sam Landsberger, the club's physios.
With Paul Puopolo and Cyril Rioli putting their bodies
on the line as the games pile up, the physios are
working double-time to keep things ticking over. Indeed,
with Stratton sidelined, the Hawks can't afford any
more injuries as they walk what Landsberger has described
as a "tightrope" into September.
Success and Defeat Just a Kick Away
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In a season where league success can hinge on a single
game, making a bold move by starting a rookie like
Burton could payoff for the Hawks. Of course, while
the odds might favour the Hawks at this stage, there
are several sides that could still nip in and upset
the odds. Whether it's West Coast as the outside shot,
Sydney Swans or Adelaide Crows at 4/1 with William
Hill, the only thing that is clear this season is
that literally anything could happen.
Will the Hawks' big play prove decisive or will recent
results come back to haunt them? At this stage, only
time will tell.
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