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AFL 2011: Winning from behind in the regular season

This is a companion post to NRL 2011: Winning from behind in the regular season. I am interested in the ability to win in invasive team games. This season I have looked at winning behaviours in association football, Australian rules football, rugby league and rugby union. In this post I list those teams in this year’s AFL fixtures in Australia who were able to overcome a deficit within a game to win in the regular season (before the finals’ rounds). The measure of a deficit was at the end of a quarter and does not reflect in every case the scale of...

Performance at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup: Knockout Games

The teams that qualified for the Knockout Stage of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in FIFA World Ranking order (18 March 2011) were: USA (1) Germany (2) Brazil (3) Japan (4) Sweden (5) France (7) England (10) Australia (11) In the Knockout Stage: 26 goals were scored in the 8 games played. The team that scored first won 5 games out of the 8 games played. Exceptions England (FIFA Rank 10) scored first against France (7) but lost (in a penalty shoot out after extra time was played). Sweden (5) scored first against Japan (4) and lost. USA (1) scored first against Japan (4) but lost (in a penalty shoot out after extra...

Performance at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup: Group Games

Background The 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup is being played in Germany from 26 June to 17 July. The official website provides information about the Tournament and shares performance data (the English language website is here). The Group games in this Tournament are played in four pools of four teams. These pools and teams (with the FIFA World Ranking, 18 March 2011) are: FIFA Ranking Pool A 2 Germany 6 Canada 7 France 27 Nigeria FIFA Ranking Pool B 4 Japan 10 England 22 Mexico 24 New Zealand FIFA Ranking Pool C 1 USA 5 Sweden 8 North Korea 31 Colombia FIFA Ranking Pool D 3 Brazil 9 Norway 11 Australia 61 Equatorial Guinea Goal Scoring 60 goals have been scored in the 24 games played. Goal Scorers (Country of goalscorer in bold with hyperlink to game highlights in player's CAPITALISED name) 2 Stephane MAYOR (Mexico...

Sydney Sax Oration 2011

The ACT Branch of the Public Health Association Australia presents the Sax Oration each year in honour of the late Dr Sidney Sax to promote discussion on issues of importance in public health in Australia. This year's oration was given Chris Rissel, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Chris's research interests focus on obesity prevention and active travel. He is one of the authors of  Cycling: Getting Australia Moving (other authors of this report are Adrian Bauman, Jan Garrard, Ian Ker, Rosemarie Speidel and Elliot Fishman).  Chris has just completed a three-year project to promote increased use...

Braidwood Billy Cart Derby 2011

Braidwood, NSW, held its second Billy Cart Derby over the weekend. Details of the event are on the Braidwood Community Bank Billy Cart Derby blog. Like last year it was a glorious late Autumn day. There were some changes to the format of races from last year: Maximum wheel diameter was increased to 315 mm. The same cart was not used by more than one driver in each category – this prevented stoppages waiting for carts to be returned between heats. The course for the under 8’s was shorter and with the finals of this category late morning to make the day shorter for the...

Autumn in Mongarlowe 2011

It is a most beautiful Autumn in Mongarlowe. A Summer of rain has encouraged trees and shrubs to flourish.

Closing the Gap: Winning from Behind in Football

Background In my analysis of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Asian Football Cup I looked at the probability of not losing after scoring the first goal. These are the summary data for both tournaments. In the 2010 World Cup: In the 64 games played three teams scored first and lost. Nigeria scored first in Game 19 of the tournament. Greece won the game 2-1. It is interesting to note that: Greece was higher in the FIFA ranking; Nigeria had a player sent off in the 33rd minute; both of Greece’s goals were scored after the sending off. In Game...

Learning from Karen

Mrs Carey's Concert is having a world premier at the Adelaide Film Festival on 24 February 2011. This looks like a great resource for teachers and coaches. The film opens in Australian cinemas on 28 April. This is the story: At a Sydney girls’ school, music director Karen Carey prepares her young students for a concert at the Opera House. Believing in the transformative power of great music, Carey insists upon a classical repertoire, sets a dauntingly high performance standard and requires the participation of every girl in the school. Carey inspires many of her girls, but not everyone shares her...

Rugby Union Six Nations' Tournament 2011: Winning Performances

This year's Rugby Union Six Nations' Tournament started on 5 February 2011 and was completed on 19 March 2011. The official website for the tournament is provided by RBS. The site provides detailed match data and video highlights. The International Rugby Board (IRB) rankings (31 January 2011) of the teams (England, Ireland, France, Scotland, Wales, Italy) in the Tournament  were: Fifteen games were played in the 2011 Tournament. Home Advantage There were nine home wins and six away wins. Performance Against IRB Ranking The higher IRB ranked team won ten games and lost five games. Exceptions Scotland (7) lost to Wales (9) Ireland (5) lost to France (6) France...

Judging Canoe Slalom Gates: Mangahao 2011

The 2011 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships are being held at the Mangahao Whitewater Park in New Zealand. The qualification course on Saturday had two sections of gates that challenged the paddlers and judges. Gates 3, 4, 5 and 6 offered a choice of direct negotiation of gates or a spin within the sequence. Here are some examples from the C1M class. Gates 9, 10, 11 and 12 provided similar challenges. Here are some examples from the K1W class.