This year’s AFL competition started on Thursday with the opening game between Carlton and Richmond.
Richmond won the game 105 v 78. In doing so, Richmond confirmed its higher ranking status over Carlton from the 2014 regular season.
In 2014, this was my record of the AFL season by team and performance against 2013 ranking.
An expected win based on the 2013 regular season finishing positions is recoded as green. An expected loss is recorded as blue. An unexpected win is recorded as gold and an unexpected loss as red.
The graphic visualises, for example, St Kilda’s occasional breakout from a season confirming 2013 ranking. It illustrates too, Collingwood’s difficulties in the second half of the season compared to Richmond’s recovery.
Overall, the colours of 2014 indicate how each football department responded to 2013 performances. One team that made significant progress in the first half of 2014 was Port Adelaide.