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THE second-biggest plunge of the season went astray when St Kilda toyed with Adelaide last night.

Betting shops throughout the country were hit late and hard with an avalanche of money for the Crows.

Centrebet's Neil Evans summed it up best.

"The Crows were $3.80 into $3.15 and a stack of late money crunched them into $3 by game time.

The Saints drifted from $1.28 to $1.41." Only the Brisbane Lions, backed from $3.75 into about $2.30 against a depleted Geelong two weeks ago, have been a bigger mover this season.

Sports Alive's Gerard Daffy said the Saints' win was a huge statement.

"They should be flag favourites, but they're not because the knockers keep waiting for them to fall over," he said.

"They were coming off the Geelong game and a tough Perth road trip, but the Saints keep defying statistics.

They are the real deal." TAB Sportsbet's Gary Davies said the Saints would firm from $3 to $2.80 with the unconvincing Cats at $2.40.

"That's a weight-of-money thing with the Cats, so they are a much worse result for us than the Saints.

The punters still haven't really warmed to the Saints for the flag." TAB Sportsbet and Sportingbet Australia lost on yesterday's first draw of the season between Richmond and North Melbourne.

"The Kangaroos were a big go, $1.90 into $1.75 pre-game, but there were plenty of $200 and $300 punters who backed the draw from $67 into $51," Sportingbet Australia's Bill Richmond said.

How sick must the punters have felt who backed the Tigers at $1.01 on Betfair after Shane Edwards' goal put them 43 points in front at the eight-minute mark of the third quarter? There was no mercy, with Betfair not having a draw option.

Dead-heat rules apply and those who backed the Tigers or the Roos are paid half the face value of their ticket.

Big punters were on target with short-priced favourites Geelong, Brisbane and Port Adelaide.

Bets on the Cats included $200,000 at $1.05 and $150,000 at $1.45 in the double with Brisbane at $1.45 (Darwin Sportsbet); $150,000 at $1.03 (TAB Sportsbet) and $40,000 at $1.06 with Sports Alive.

Darwin Sportsbet took a $100,000 bet at $1.37 on Brisbane, while Sportingbet Australia reported an $80,000 bet at $1.36.

HAWTHORN'S stunning return to form must have pleased one Betfair punter who snapped up $90 for the flag during the week.

"It's still a big ask, but they are into $27 for the flag, so that guy's shopped well," Norton said.

"All the momentum has been with the Pies, but going down to the Hawks so easily saw its flag odds drift from $9.60 to $13." THE NAB Rising Star is all Daniel Rich's, according to Betstar's Alan Eskander.

"He's been so dominant he was into $1.05 before the weekend, then he plays a pearler against Fremantle." FREMANTLE is challenging Melbourne for wooden spoon favouritism.

Losses to both teams has the Dees $2.30 and the Dockers at $2.44.

"Next round is important to the spoon with Melbourne playing the struggling Swans at Manuka and Freo having the Eagles at Subiaco," Davies said.,26576,25806086-19742,00.html
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