The Swans drifted as far as $8 after losing their qualifying final to GWS. But last week’s win over Adelaide and a brilliant performance against Geelong on Friday night has restored punters confidence.
The victory also sets up the mouth-watering possibility of an all-Sydney final. With the Giants due to take on the Western Bulldogs at Spotless Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Cats disastrous night came after all bookmakers had them hot favourite to defeat the Swans, billed as short as $1.55 at one betting site.
But it was the bruising Swans who stole hearts on Friday, their toughness, midfield depth and one Lance Franklin the things that stood out.
Franklin was electric in the opening half and despite only booting two goals himself, had hands in may more, as his dominant midfield, led by the usual suspects like Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery and Luke Parker were ferocious at the contest. Silk was provided by Isaac Heeney, who played largely through the midfield.
Youngster Tom Papley, who was rookie listed and took the last position on the Swans list, is one step away from a remarkable fairytale. The small forward booted three goals and along with Ben McGlynn proved a handful.
I don’t think words can describe it. I just can’t believe it. I can’t wait for next week,” Papley said, moments after the game.
As predicted in our pre-match preview the Swans even spread of midfielders proved too much for Geelong, who were seriously reliant on Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood. Dangerfield was prolific but he his disposal let him down at times.
The Giants are a short-priced favourite to join the Swans in the decider with Crownbet having them at $1.38, while the dogs are a generous $3.35. There is not much love for the Dogs for the flag after drifting out to $8.