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Mid ‘bull’ favourite

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MELBOURNE midfield bull Christian Petracca is seen as Dustin Martin’s most likely heir apparent in Norm Smith Medal voting. Petracca, an onballer who kicks goals, tops the TAB betting at $7 to be named best on ground for Saturday night’s AFL grand final at Perth Stadium.

Richmond champion Martin is the game’s only triple Norm Smith Medal winner – 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Sitting behind Petracca in the market are Clayton Oliver ($7), Marcus Bontempell­i ($8) and Max Gawn ($9), while Demon hard nut Jack Viney is considered a strong outsider at $21.

Oliver, who was an $11 chance when TAB released the Norm Smith market on August 23, is responsibl­e for 22 per cent of the money wagered on that market, including a $2500 bet at his current price of $7.

Marcus Bontempell­i (opened $21, now $8) and Max Gawn (opened $13, now $9) each account for 10 per cent of the market with $6 favourite Petracca (opened $11) the next most popular at 9 per cent.

TAB ODDS NORM SMITH MEDAL

$6 Christian Petracca $7 Clayton Oliver

$8 Marcus Bontempell­i $9 Max Gawn

$11 Jackson Macrae

$15 Bailey Smith

$17 Tom Liberatore

$21 Jack Viney

$26 Jake Lever, Caleb Daniel, Christian Salem, Adam Treloar

$34 Bayley Fritsch, Ben Brown, Steven May, Aaron Naughton

$41+ Others

TAB ODDS FIRST GOALSCORER

$10 Ben Brown, Bayley Fritsch, Aaron Naughton

$13 Tim English, Cody Weightman

$15 Tom McDonald, Christian Petracca, Kysaiah Pickett $17 Marcus Bontempell­i $21 Max Gawn, Charlie Spargo, Mitch Hannan, Josh Schache, Bailey Smith

$26 Jason Johannisen, Luke Jackson, Alex Neale-Bullen, Tom Liberatore, Adam Treloar

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