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 a come back within a quarter.

In the table below the first named team overcame a deficit to win. There were three drawn games in the regular season.

To Win Team Opponent Round
36 Suns v Tigers Round 17
32 Hawthorn v Saints Round 8
30 Magpies v Crows Round 9
28 Suns v Port Adelaide Round 5
27 Port Adelaide v Crows Round 4
25 Melbourne v Lions Round 3
24 Kangaroos v Demons Round 8
23 Magpies v Essenden Round 19
22 Bulldogs v Crows Round 13
22 Richmond v N Melbourne Round 5
20 Geelong v Suns Round 10
19 Crows v Hawthorn Round 1
19 Hawthorn v Melbourne Round 2
18 Hawthorn v Dockers Round 11
17 Geelong v Hawks Round 12
17 Swans v Essenden Round 2
16 Essenden v Port Adelaide Round 23
16 Tigers v Crows Round 23
15 Saints v Carlton Round 24
15 Essenden v Eagles Round 7
14 Crows v Suns Round 8
14 Carlton v Swans Round 6
14 Carlton v Richmond Round 1
13 Eagles v Lions Round 23
13 Crows v Lions Round 20
13 Essenden v Swans Round 20
13 Brisbane v N Melbourne Round 9
13 Geelong v St Kilda Round 1
12 Kangaroos v Richmond Round 24
12 Hawthorn v N Melbourne Round 20
12 Kangaroos v Bulldogs Round 17
12 Swans v N Melbourne Round 10
12 Geelong v Carlton Round 9
11 Hawthorn v Suns Round 24
11 Carlton v Kangaroos Round 19
11 Freemantle v Brisbane Round 14
11 Lions v Crows Round 10
11 Geelong v Magpies Round 8
10 Swans v St Kilda Round 22
10 Eagles v Crows Round 12
10 Collingwood v Bulldogs Round 6
10 Hawthorn v Eagles Round 4
10 Freemantle v Brisbane Round 1
9 Essenden v Tigers Round 16
9 Richmond v Brisbane Round 13
8 Richmond v Demons Round 22
8 Richmond v Swans Round 21
8 Geelong v Brisbane Round 17
8 Lions v Port Adelaide Round 15
8 Hawthorn v Port Adelaide Round 7
8 Geelong v Hawks Round 5
7 Geelong v Magpies Round 24
7 Collingwood v Lions Round 22
7 Crows v Swans Roung 15
7 Demons v Essenden Round 11
7 Geelong v Swans Round 4
6 Swans v Lions Round 24
6 Richmond v Lions Round 6
6 Swans v Eagles Round 3
5 Freemantle v Suns Round 15
5 Carlton v Port Adelaide Round 11
5 Hawks v Swans Round 9
5 Saints v Lions Round 5
4 Port Adelaide v Demons Round 24
4 Carlton v St Kilda Round 7
4 Swans v Bulldogs Round 7
3 Eagles v Dockers Round 18
3 Bulldogs v Carlton Round 16
3 Kangaroos v Port Adelaide Round 14
3 Geelong v Saints Round 13
3 Essenden v Lions Round 8
3 Essenden v Bulldogs Round 1
2 Tigers v Dockers Round 7
2 Eagles v N Melbourne Round 1
1 Eagles v Essenden Round 22
1 Tigers v Essenden Round 9
1 Magpies v Carlton Round 3
To Draw
18 Carlton v Essenden Round 4
14 Melbourne v Swans Round 1
14 Richmond v Saints Round 2
7 Saints v Richmond Round 2

Photo Credit
AFL Kangaroos v Magpies

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.


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 time was played).

The higher FIFA ranked team won 6 of the 8 games played:


Germany (2) lost to Japan (4)

USA (1) lost to Japan (4)

Goals scored in the Knockout Stage (team scoring goal in bold with link to video of the goals):

2 DAIANE (USA v Brazil) (own goal)

9 Lauren CHENEY (USA v France)

10 Josefine OQVIST (Sweden v Japan)

11 Therese SJOGRAN (Sweden v Australia)

16 Lisa DAHLKVIST (Sweden v Australia)

19 Nahomi KAWASUMI (Japan v Sweden)

29 Lotta SCHELIN (Sweden v France)

40 Ellyse PERRY (Australia v Sweden)

52 Lotta SCHELIN (Sweden v Australia)

55 Sonia BOMPASTOR (France v USA)

56 Elodie THOMIS (France v Sweden)

59 Jill SCOTT (England v France)

60 Homare SAWA (Japan v Sweden)

64 Nahomi KAWASUMI (Japan v Sweden)

68 MARTA (Brazil v USA)

69 Alex MORGAN (USA v Japan)

79 Abby WAMBACH (USA v France)

81 Aya MIYAMA (Japan v USA)

82 Alex MORGAN (USA v France)

82 Maria HAMMARSTROM (Sweden v France)

88 Elise BUSSAGLIA (France v England)

Extra Time Goals

92 MARTA (Brazil v USA) (Penalty)

104 Abby WAMBACH (USA v Japan)

108 Karina MARUYAMA (Japan v Germany)

117 Homare SAWA (Japan v USA)

120+2 Abby WAMBACH (USA v Brazil)

Penalty Shoot Outs

There were 3 penalty shoot outs in the Knockout Stage two in the quarter finals and one in the final:

France defeated England 4-3. France took the first penalty. Sequence:

0-0 (France miss), 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 2-3, 3-3, 3-3 (England miss), 4-3, 4-3 (England miss).

USA defeated Brazil 5-3. USA took the first penalty. Sequence:

1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-2 (Brazil miss), 4-2, 4-3, 5-3.

Japan defeated USA 3-1. USA took the first penalty. Sequence:

0-0 (USA miss), 0-1, 0-1 (USA miss), 0-1 (Japan miss), 0-1 (USA miss), 0-2, 1-2, 1-3.

Referees in the Knockout Stage:

Jenny Palmqvist (SWE) England v France (2 goals scored)

Quetzalli Avarado (MEX) Japan v Germany (1 goal)

Silvia Reyes (PER) Sweden v Australia (4 goals)

Jacqui Melksham (AUS) Brazil v USA (4 goals)

Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN) France v USA (4 goals)

Carol Anne CHENARD (CAN) Japan v Sweden (4 goals)

Kari SEITZ (USA) Sweden v France (3 goals)

Bibiana STEINHAUS (GER) Japan v USA (4 goals)

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


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









FIFA Ranking

Pool B








New Zealand

FIFA Ranking

Pool C






North Korea



FIFA Ranking

Pool D








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 v New Zealand)

6 Yuki NAGASATO (Japan v New Zealand)

8 Leena KHAMIS (Australia v Equatorial Guinea)

10 Kerstin GAREFREKES (Germany v Canada)

12 Amber HEARN (New Zealand v Japan)

12 Heather O’REILLY (USA v Columbia)

13 Homare SAWA (Japan v Mexico)

15 Shinobu OHNO (Japan v Mexico)

15 Ellen WHITE (England v Japan)

16 Lisa DAHLKVIST (Sweden v USA) (Penalty)

18 Sarah GREGORIOUS (New Zealand v England)

21 Fara WILLIAMS (England v Mexico)

21 ANONMAN (Equatorial Guinea v Australia)

22 MARTA (Brazil v Norway)

24 Gaetane THINEY (France v Canada)

25 Kerstin GAREFREKES (Germany v France)

29 Maribel DOMINGUEZ (Mexico v New Zealand)

32 Inka GRINGS (Germany v France)

33 Monica OCAMPO (Mexico v England)

35 Nilla FISCHER (Sweden v USA)

39 Homare SAWA (Japan v Mexico)

42 Celia OKOYINO DA MBABI (Germany v Canada)

46 ROSANA (Brazil v Norway)

48 Emily VAN EGMOND (Australia v Equatorial Guinea)

48 MARTA (Brazil v Norway)

49 ERIKA (Brazil v Equatorial Guinea)

50 Megan RAPINOE (USA v Columbia)

51 Lisa DE VANNA (Australia v Equatorial Guinea)

54 Lauren CHENEY (USA v North Korea)

54 ROSANA (Brazil v Australia)

54 CRISTIANE (Brazil v Equatorial Guinea)

54 Simone LAUDEHR (Germany v Nigeria)

56 Marie-Laure DELIE (France v Nigeria)

56 Marie-Laure DELIE (France v Germany)

56 Elise THORSNES (Norway v Australia)

57 Jessica LANDSTROM (Sweden v Columbia)

57 Carli LLOYD (USA v Columbia)

57 Kyah SIMON (Australia v Sweden)

60 Gaetane THINEY (France v Canada)

63 Jill SCOTT (England v New Zealand)

64 Lisa DAHLKVIST (Sweden v North Korea)

66 Camille ABILY (France v Canada)

66 Rachel YANKEY (England v Japan)

67 Abby WAMBACH (USA v Sweden)

68 Aya MIYAMA (Japan v New Zealand)

68 Inka GRINGS (Germany v France) (Penalty)

72 Laura GEORGES (France v Germany)

73 Perpetua NKWOCHA (Nigeria v Canada)

78 Rachel BUEHLER (USA v North Korea)

80 Homare SAWA (Japan v Mexico)

82 Christine SINCLAIR (Canada v Germany)

83 Elodie Thomis (France v Canada)

83 Jessica CLARKE (England v New Zealand)

83 ANONMAN (Equatorial Guinea v Australia)

84 Emilie HAAVI (Norway v Equatorial Guinea)

87 Kyah SIMON (Australia v Sweden)

89 Celia OKOYINO DA MBABI (Germany v France)

90 Rebecca SMITH (New Zealand v Mexico)

90 + 3 CRISTIANE (Brazil v Equatorial Guinea) (Penalty)

90+4 Hannah WILKINSON (New Zealand v Mexico)

When Goals are Scored

The official website uses a 0-90 minute running clock for goal times. I have used these times to allocate the goals scored into four quarters of the Group games (notionally 0-22, 23-45 (end of first half), 46-68, 69-90 (end of second half)).

Scoring the First Goal

The team that has scored the first goal has won 19 games, drawn 2 games and lost 2 games of the 24 games played. There has been one 0-0 draw.

Exception 0-0 Draw

North Korea v Columbia

Drawn Games

Mexico v England

Mexico v New Zealand


New Zealand (FIFA Rank 24) scored first and lost to England (FIFA Rank 10) (Game 12)

Norway (FIFA Rank 9) scored first and lost to Australia (FIFA Rank 11) (Game 24)

FIFA Ranking

The higher FIFA ranked team has won 16 games, drawn 3 games and lost 5 games of the 24 games played.

Drawn Games

England (FIFA Rank 10) drew with Mexico (FIFA Rank 22)

Mexico (FIFA Rank 22) drew with New Zealand (FIFA Rank 24)

North Korea (FIFA Rank 8) drew with Columbia (FIFA Rank 31)

Lost Games

Canada (FIFA Rank 6) lost to France (FIFA Rank 7)

Japan (FIFA Rank 4) lost to England (FIFA Rank 10)

Canada (FIFA Rank 6) lost to Nigeria (FIFA Rank 27)

USA (FIFA Rank 1) lost to Sweden (FIFA Rank 5)

Norway (FIFA Rank 9) lost to Australia (FIFA Rank 11)

Referees in the Group Games

The referees who have officiated the Group games are:

Jacqui MELKSHAM (AUS), Germany v Canada (3 goals)

Kari SEITZ (USA) , Nigeria v France (1 goal), Brazil v Norway (3 goals)

Kirsi HEIKKINEN (FIN), Japan v New Zealand (3 goals), France v Germany (6 goals)

Silvia REYS (PER), Mexico v England (2 goals)

Carol Anne CHENARD (CAN), Columbia v Sweden (1 goal), England v Japan (2 goals)

Bibiana STEINHAUS (GER), USA v North Korea (2 goals)Equatorial Guinea v Brazil (3 goals)

Quetzalli ALVARADO (MEX), Norway v Equatorial Guinea (1 goal)

Jenny PALMQVIST (SWE), Brazil v Australia (1 goal), New Zealand v Mexico (4 goals)

Etsuko FUKANO (JPN), Canada v France (4 goals), Sweden v USA (3 goals)

CHA Sung Mi (KOR), Germany v Nigeria (1 goal)

Christina PEDERSEN (NOR), Japan v Mexico (4 goals), North Korea v Colombia (0 goals)

Therese NEGUEL (CMR), New Zealand v England (3 goals)

Estela ALVAREZ (ARG), North Korea v Sweden (1 goal), Norway v Australia (3 goals)

Dagmar DAMKOVA (CZE), USA v Columbia (3 goals)

Gyoengyi GAAL (HUN), Australia v Equatorial Guinea (5 goals)

Finau VULIVULI (FIJ), Canada v Nigeria (1 goal)

Photo Credits

Iceland v Serbia