PLAYED at Sydney’s iconic Olympic stadium, the NRL grand final is one of the most unique sporting events in Australia, given it’s a night-time decider that leads into the NSW Labour Day holiday.
The NRL grand final is a pub and nightlife institution – the perfect setting for fans who want to have dinner and drinks over a quality game of footy.
It’s the biggest game of rugby league in the country and arguably in the world, so understandably the big-time bookmakers come to the party and open up the myriad of extra markets for the game.
Once the prelims are finished, the final Clive Churchill medal and try scorer markets are online, while later in the week any bookmaker worth its salt will open a plethora of betting options on the confirmed line ups including carries, tackles and other key statistics.
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NRL Grand Final facts
• 107,999 fans packed into Sydney’s Olympic Stadium for the 1999 grand final between Melbourne and St George Illawarra, as of 2016 it is the largest crowd in rugby league history.
• In 2015 4.4 million Australians tuned in to watch the NRL grand final, a record for the rugby league, which also defeated the next best football code in the country – the AFL – by almost half a million viewers.
• While 1887 reads more like a year that something incredible happened, it was actually the record amount of metres ran by the Melbourne Storm in the 2007 hammering of the Manly Sea Eagles 34-8.
• Only three men in NRL history have won the Clive Churchill medal in a losing grand final side. Bradley Clyde in 1991, Brad Mackay in 1993, and Daly Cherry-Evans in 2013.
• Former Raider and Bulldog Bradley Clyde is the only man to win the Clive Churchill medal on more than one occasion, both in 1989 and in 1991.
• The quickest try in NRL history was scored in just two minutes and eight seconds by Canberra Raiders back-rower David Furner in 1994.
• In 2009 Parramatta Eels brute Nathan Hindmarsh laid an NRL record 64 tackles against the Melbourne Storm including an incredible 13 in the opening 10 minutes.
What bookies are best to bet with on the NRL Grand Final?
There are a litany of sports betting agencies on the market right now competing for your hard earned cash, and they all claim to have the best deals just in time for the football codes culminating matches.
How can you tell who you can trust? Lucky you do not have to go through a process of trial and error because we have compiled a list of our most trusted bookmakers.
Sportsbet.com.au has been committed throughout the NRL season to offering its clients the best possible deals and they have come to the grand final party this year.
Sportsbet is offering punters the chance to double their winnings – up to $50 in bonus bets – on their head-to-head NRL grand final bets. Alongside this, if you place a first try scorer bet on the Storm vs. Sharks decider and if your player crosses the chalk at any time but fails to score first you will get your stake back up to $50.
WilliamHill.com.au has been giving its clients the best deals on the NRL throughout the season, and they will be one of the go-to bookmakers for the NRL grand final.
William Hill is already offering boasted line betting odds on the NRL grand final. Its premium price specials will fire up closer to Sunday’s decider to gift clients some amazing deals on the big dance.
Head-to-head betting and line betting
A head-to-head to bet on the NRL grand final is a simple bet, all you have to do is select the team you think will win the premiership.
Because the match pits the two best teams in the NRL against each other, the odds are invariably closer than they would be in a regular season game.
Line betting gives a team a head start, or a handicap depending on who enters the match as the favourite. Similar to the head-to-head market, the line betting market is much tighter than a regular season match up.
Clive Churchill medal
The Clive Churchill medal is awarded to the player adjudged best afield in the NRL grand final by the Australian selectors, and is atypically the most bet upon exotic in the biggest match of the year.
The Clive Churchill medal can be placed as a futures bet prior to the commencement of the game, and can be bet upon throughout the duration of the 80 minutes.
Only three players will enter the 2016 NRL decider in single figures for the Clive Churchill medal at WilliamHill.com.au.
Try scorer markets
Outside of the Clive Churchill medal betting, the try scorer betting markets are the most popular NRL bet type for the grand final.
The simplistic nature of the try scorer market is exactly what makes the investment so popular.
The first try scorer market is as easy as picking the player to cross the stripe first in the grand final – our recommended bookmaker to place a first try scorer bet with is Sportsbet.com.au who is offering cash back up $50 if your player fails to score first but registers a try at any time throughout the 90 minutes.
A bet can also be placed on a player to score a try at anytime as well as scoring multiple tries throughout the 80 minutes.