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 sportsbet.com.au 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 sportsbet.com.au’s Christian Jantzen.
Markets courtesy of sportsbet.com.au
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
Will It rain during Origin Game 2
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