NAB Cup Betting - February - March 2015
After a long summer of cricket, tennis and (if you swing that way) lawn bowls, the NAB Cup pre-season competition is a bit like a nicotine patch for a recovering smoker: it’s not the real thing, but it helps take the edge off. It marks the start of the footy season, a return to hot pies, cold days, bumps, brawls and bounces. It’s a chance for the AFL to test new rules (some more successful than others), clubs to test new recruits, and players to test new hipster beards.
Of course, after such a long off season, NAB Cup betting is pretty open and NAB Cup odds are tricky to pin down. Is it best to take a punt on the strength of last year’s results, or on the health of the list moving forward? Will your team’s high-altitude holiday training camp have any effect, or was it just a chance for the players to get drunk and visit Vegas? You won’t know until that first bounce…
NAB Cup BBQ Facts
- The AFL trialled 18-straight games over 18 consecutive days, like some sort of football equivalent of speed dating. Only four sides went through undefeated: Hawthorn, West Coast, Adelaide and Geelong.
- NAB is only the pre-season’s most recent sponsor. Before that the competition was known as the Ansett Cup and, for four years, the Wizard Home Loans Cup. Catchy.
- A NAB Cup 2015 win is no guarantee of a strong season. In 2007, Carlton won and finished 15th, and in 2013 Brisbane won and finished 12th. That’s awkward.
NAB Cup Winners and Runners Up
The title of most successful AFL side in pre-season/NAB Cup history over the past decade is shared by four clubs. The Crows, the Saints, the Blues and the Cat all have two to their name since 2002.
The pre-season- premiership double is an elusive title. Since 1988 – the start of the pre-season era – only five clubs have achieved the milestone; Hawthorn (1988 and 1991), Essendon (1993 and 2000) and most recently Geelong in 2009.
|2010||Western Bulldogs||St Kilda|
|2001||Port Adelaide||Brisbane Lions|
What happened in the 2014 NAB Cup?
The AFL trialled 18-straight games over 18 consecutive days, like some sort of football equivalent of speed dating. Only four sides went through undefeated: Hawthorn, West Coast, Adelaide and Geelong.
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