The Colours of the 2014 AFL Season


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.

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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.

Photo Credit

AFL – Richmond v Essendon (Round 9) (Charlievdb, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

AFL 2014: Overcoming an End of Third Quarter Deficit


North Melbourne overcame an end of third quarter deficit of 9 points to defeat Essendon in the 2014 play offs.

During the regular season there were six occasions when teams overcame a larger deficit. Carlton overcame a 14 point deficit at the end of their third quarter in Round 6 against West Coast.

There were 28 games in which a team overcame an end of third quarter deficit to win in the 2014 season. Carlton overturned an end of third quarter deficit of 7 points to draw with Essendon in Round 23.


Photo Credit

Adelaide v North Melbourne (Adriano Rotolo, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

AFL 2014: Qualifying Final 2 Sydney v Fremantle

Sydney plays Fremantle today in the second preliminary final of the 2014 AFL season.

The spectroscope of Sydney’s season is:


For Fremantle:


The teams met once this year in Round 5 in Sydney.

The scoring pattern by quarter was:


The data suggest a Sydney win notwithstanding the team’s defeat by Richmond in last week’s final game of the regular season.


Sydney won this game 93 v 69.