Might be time to make a mad scramble for the ole’ betting apps, dear punters. Nat Fyfe has been suspended, and the cat has been well and truly thrown amongst the football pigeons.
The star Fremantle midfielder has been offered a one-match suspension for a contentious hit on Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood during yesterday’s clash at the MCG.
Footage shows Fyfe leaving his feet and collecting Greenwood in the head with an elbow during yesterday’s third quarter, in a clash that the AFL’s match review officer ruled as intentional, low impact, and high contact. Despite Greenwood not suffering an injury in the hit, Fyfe was still offered a one-match ban.
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If the ban stands and Fyfe misses this weekend’s vital clash against Adelaide, it will also rule him out of contention for this year’s Brownlow Medal.
The betting market for the league’s highest individual honour has already reacted to the suspension. Up until then, Fyfe was the runaway bookmakers’ favourite to take out the award after a blistering first half of the season.
Now, the odds are shortest for Hawthorn ball magnet Tom Mitchell ($3.25) and last year’s winner Dustin Martin ($5.50), with Bulldog bolter Jack Macrae ($8.00) and Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn ($12.00) following not too far behind.
AFL.com.au’s Brownlow Medal predictor has Fyfe miles clear ahead of the pack with 17 presumed votes amassed to this point in the season, leading Carlton’s Patrick Cripps on 14, with Macrae, Martin, Richmond’s Trent Cotchin, North Melbourne’s Shaun Higgins, and Melbourne’s Jesse Hogan, all trailing behind on 11.
Those measures are (clearly) only speculative, but it’s a fair indication that a suspension for Fyfe would shake the Brownlow Medal race up in a severe fashion.
Fremantle are yet to announce whether or not they’ll challenge the suspension.Image: Getty Images / Daniel Carson