There’s no doubt about it – Melburnians love a big sporting event, and while rugby league isn’t their code of choice, Wednesday’s State of Origin at the MCG is still the $1.60 favourite to have more TV viewers in Victoria than Thursday night’s Adelaide v Hawthorn AFL game ($2.25).

Online bookmaker has a host of novelty bets on Origin 2 including $26 for the MCG siren to go off at quarter time or three-quarter time in a sport that only takes a break at halftime.

It’s a $51 chance that the AFL goalposts will still be in the ground rather than the two uprights and crossbar, and punters can get $101 for the ball boys to run out with a Sherrin instead of a Steeden.

One thing’s for sure – it’s going to be bloody cold. The favourite for max temp during the game is between 10 and 11.99 degrees Celsius ($2.90), and rain during the match is a $1.20 chance.

“Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and we expect more Victorians to tune in to Origin 2 than the following night’s Crows clash with the Hawks, even if they don’t fully understand what they’re watching,” said’s Christian Jantzen.

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Melbourne doesn’t get Rugby League
$26 Siren to go off at 20 or 60 minute mark (1/4 time/3/4 time)
$51 MCG to have AFL goals set up on Origin night
$51 The Referee to signal AFL goal when awarding a try
$51 Sideline judge to make a backwards throw
$101 The referees to run out with a Sherrin

State of Origin v AFL viewers (VIC only)
$1.60 State of Origin game 2
$2.25 Hawthorn v Adelaide

State of Origin Viewers
$1.15 Sydney
$5.00 Brisbane
$21 Melbourne

Will It rain during Origin Game 2
$1.20 Yes
$4.20 No

Melbourne Weather Specials
$11 The pitch to be completely flooded
$51 Players to refuse to take the field because of cold weather
$51 To snow during the game
$101 Yarra River to Freeze over

Max Temp during the game
$6.00 Under 8 degrees
$5.00 8.00 – 9.99 degrees
$2.90 10.00 – 11.99 degrees
$3.00 12.00 – 13.99 degrees
$9.00 14.00 – 15.99 degrees
$11 16.00 – 17.99 degrees
$9.00 18 degrees or over