There is at least one punter who thinks the Kennett Curse is well and truly broken, betting $40,000 with online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au that the Hawks ($1.50) will smash the Cats ($2.60) this Friday night.

It’s been all one way traffic in this match, with more than eight times the money bet on the Hawks over Geelong.

Making matters even more daunting for the Cats, the Hawks are the best backed of any team in the finals this week.

“On paper this match should be close, but the money suggests otherwise. The majority of bets have been on the Hawks and punters think they are the safest bet of the weekend. One punter hasn’t been shy betting $40,000 on Hawthorn. After his comments about us a few weeks ago I think it’s a pretty safe bet that it wasn’t Jeff Kennett who put the bet on!” said sportsbet.com.au’s Shaun Anderson.

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Premiership winner
$2.75 Sydney
$3.25 Hawthorn
$5.00 Fremantle
$7.00 Geelong
$28 Port Adelaide
$41 Essendon
$41 North Melbourne
$41 Richmond

Finals
(Prices in brackets from Tuesday 2 September)
$1.50 Hawthorn (in from $1.52)
$2.60 Geelong (out from $2.55)

$1.45 Sydney (steady)
$2.80 Fremantle (out from $2.75)

$1.43 Port Adelaide (steady)