Brayden Maynard is back for Collingwood’s title push
The jury was very much out for Brayden Maynard following his hit on Angus Brayshaw, but the Magpies defender has been found not guilty.
- Collingwood fans feared Maynard would be missing for the remaining final matches.
- The panel found Maynard not guilty after a 4-hour tribunal.
- Melbourne are yet to give an update on welfare of Angus Brayshaw.
- Magpies are hoping Maynard can inspire them to 2023 AFL glory.
No AFL Finals series is complete without a disciplinary drama and Brayden Maynard was on the receiving end of that following his crunching hit on Angus Brayshaw last week.
Many AFL betting sites and punters alike were quick to jump on the situation, with Maynard expected to be sanctioned for the incident, which saw Brayshaw left unconscious.
However, the Magpies defender has been cleared to play again in the AFL finals and with Collingwood surging towards the Premiership, his presence will be felt.
With some betting sites even offering odds and markets on the availability of Maynard moving forwards, it has been a blockbuster week for Brayden Maynard and surely he is now ready to let his football do the talking.
Can the AFL stop concussions?
Away from the conjecture of Maynard and whether he will be playing again for Collingwood this season, the problem of concussions continues to trouble the AFL.
Only Maynard will know how much malice was in the crunching hit and it will not only be Angus Brayshaw that suffers as a result, but also Melbourne.
With innovations happening in the world of rugby, cricket and football, the AFL has to be careful that it is not left behind in the concussion discussion.
Clashes and injuries are part of the game and they always will be but fans, punters and new betting sites alike are all keen to see the best interests of the players protected.
Maynard back for Collingwood’s Premiership push
With the tribunal having ruled that Brayden Maynard is innocent, the Magpies are now the favourites for AFL glory with many betting apps.
Collingwood haven’t won a AFL Premiership since 2010 and they do look to have momentum on their side this year.
Performances have been consistently good and there is no sign that the pressure of the campaign is getting to them yet.
The presence of Maynard in defence will be a welcome one and Collingwood are currently $2.50 with Bet365 to get over the line.
Carlton up next for Melbourne
The absence of Angus Brayshaw certainly isn’t a new thing for Melbourne, who have often suffered without his presence due to his frequent concussion concerns.
However, losing to Collingwood and losing Brayshaw is a double hit for Melbourne, who have the small matter of Carlton up next.
The Blues beat Melbourne a few weeks ago during the regular season and have been the form team over the closing weeks of the campaign.
Melbourne will have home advantage in the semi-finals and are the favourites but as all live betting sites know too well, anything can happen in the AFL finals.