This is a twenty-second post about performance against ranking in three football codes in Australia in the 2013 Football season.
The codes are Australian Rules, Rugby League and Rugby Union. The Super 15 Rugby Union season has concluded so this post reports on Australian Rules and Rugby League.
You can find some background information about this project here.
Seven of the nine games in Round 22 followed 2012 rankings. The exceptions were Geelong’s defeat of Sydney and Essendon’s defeat of Carlton. For the fourth time this season, Essendon overcame an end of Third Quarter deficit. As in Round 14, they overturned a 17 point gap. Essendon held Carlton to 4 points in the final quarter whilst scoring 27 points themselves.
Average cumulative season and Round 22 profiles for winners were:
Four of the eight games in Round 24 did not follow 2012 rankings. The Warriors and Wests won away from home (against the Titans and Dragons respectively). The Panthers and the Rabbitohs won at home against higher ranked teams from 2012 (against the Broncos and Bulldogs respectively). The Sharks defeated the Roosters to inflict their first loss for six games. Wests win was their first victory in six games.
Cheering schoolboys (State Library of Queensland, no known copyright restrictions)
Melbourne Cricket Ground (National Archives UK, no known copyright restrictions)
Sydney Cricket Ground (State Library of New South Wales, no known copyright restrictions)