AFL 2014: After Round 10

S10This was the third bye week of the 2014 AFL season.

Six games were played.

I have compiled a brief infographic about the Round  using Sprites.

Richmond led the Round with their 154 points against GWS.

Collingwood overcame a 6 point end of Third Quarter deficit to defeat West Coast. Carlton overcame a 1 point deficit at the end of their Third Quarter against Adelaide.

AFL 2014: After Round 7

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Introduction

Round 7 has been completed in the 2014 AFL Competition.

The Competition ladder is:

Ladder R7
Source: http://www.afl.com.au/ladder

After seven Rounds, the average points gap per game between winners and losers is:

AFL R7

Top Four and Bottom Four

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The top four teams’ performance against their 2013 Ranking and points scored per quarter are:

Hawthorn

H7

Port Adelaide

PA7

Geelong

G7

Collingwood

Col7

The bottom four teams’ performance against their 2013 Ranking and points scored per quarter are:

Brisbane

B7

Melbourne

M7

Carlton

Car7

Western Bulldogs

WB7

Discussion

I visualise performance against ranking with this legend.

NRL Legend

I anticipate that highly ranked teams from 2013 will be predominantly green if they are performing to their ranking. Lowly ranked teams who continue with their previous season’s form will be predominantly blue.

If a team can beat a higher ranked opponent then this has important consequences for progression. To date at the top of the Ladder, Collingwood has beaten two higher ranked opponents (Sydney and Richmond), Geelong defeated Hawthorn and Port Adelaide defeated Geelong.

At the bottom, Brisbane’s loss to the Gold Coast in Round 3 was an early alert to the threat the team faced during the season. Melbourne’s loss to GWS in Round 3 has been lessened by wins over Carlton (Round 4) and Adelaide (Round 7). Carlton’s season faced difficulties after successive defeats in Round 3 (Essendon) and Round 4 (Melbourne). Western Bulldog’s season has followed the 2013 season Ranking with the exception of a victory over Richmond in Round 3.

Photo Credits

AFL Western Derby 2010 (Michael Spencer, CC BY-NC 2.0)

Hawks “Cheer” Squad (Drew Douglas, CC BY-NC 2.0)

 

AFL 2014: Winning and Losing Round 1

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Introduction

This year’s AFL Tournament started with a split Round 1.

The Round was completed by West Coast Eagles’ victory over the Western Bulldogs.

Seven of the nine games played in Round 1 followed the end of 2013 season rankings. The exceptions were victories by the Greater Western Sydney Giants over Sydney and the Gold Coast Suns win over Richmond Tigers.

The Giants’ win was particularly noteworthy as they were the only team in Round 1 to overturn an end of Third Quarter deficit (3 points).

Winning and Losing

Round 1 performances give a first opportunity to look at how the eighteen Football Departments in the AFL have worked to transform (or build on) 2013 performances.

The average winning and losing profile by Quarter for Round 1 was:

2014 R1 WL

The average gap between winners and losers in Round 1 was 40 points. There was a substantial difference in performance in the Fourth Quarter. Winners averaged 36 points and losers 17.

2013

Round 1 in 2013 was a different kind of Round to its 2014 counterpart. Six teams outperformed their 2012 end of season ranking position. The average gap between winners and losers was 31 points. Losers were much more competitive in the Fourth Quarter of these games. Winners averaged 29 and losers 22.

The average winning and losing profile was:

2013 R1 WL

Discussion

The Gold Coast Suns won their 2013 and 2014 Round 1 games. The Greater Western Sydney Giants recorded one win in their 2013 season (Round 19 at home v Melbourne).

It will be interesting to see how both of the newest teams in the AFL progress this season. In my observation system, the Giants’ defeat of Sydney is particularly worthy of attention. There was a great disparity in ranking and the Giants overcame an end of Third Quarter deficit. Their ability to do this at home has very important implications for its supporters. It was a local derby win too.

Photo Credit

Richmond Tigers Vs GWS Giants (Aff Photography, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)