The 2018 AFLW competition started last weekend. There were four first round games.
I am using the AFL’s match centre for my secondary data collection.
My median profile of points scored per quarter after Round 1:
My record of the 4 games played:
There were 6 quarters in which a team did not score a point, and 3 quarters in which a team scored 1 point. There were 35 goals scored (compared to 28 in Round 1, 2017).
I am hopeful that my monitoring of the competition will be a contribution to issues raised by Richard Hinds. (I am mindful that the data shared here is from 4 games.)
In his discussion of Round 1, he observed:
But after a promising start the prime time marquee game descended into a low-scoring, error prone stalemate in which poor ball handling, wayward kicking and the Magpies’ miserly defensive tactics left the scoreboard attendant virtually redundant.
Carlton’s 22 to 14 victory came from a combined 11 scoring shots. In the second half just four points were scored.
He asked “Can we say an AFLW game was disappointing?”.
How symbolic is this photo? (Leigh Ritchie, Twitter)