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Impact of the Bye Week: AFL 2013

Introduction Last weekend saw the completion of Round 18 of the AFL. I have been thinking about the impact of the bye week on teams and am interested in whether the rhythm of a season changes as a result of the bye week. After this Round 18, the Ladder was: Bye Weeks This year the bye weeks for the competition were in Weeks 11, 12 and 13. Yoon Tae Sung and Scott Tainsky (2012) have discussed the impact of a bye week in NFL. They noted the success of away favourites in the week following the bye. Going into the bye weeks, the AFL ladder...

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 2011 NRL fixtures in Australia who were able to overcome a deficit within a game to win in the regular season (before the finals' rounds). In the table below the first named team (in bold) overcame a deficit to win. There was one draw that was not resolved in extra time. This season the four largest deficits were overturned by the away...

Home Ground, Home Advantage

I have been thinking about home a great deal lately.  In May I wrote about my hometown memories and the experience opened me up to other narratives about home. Three items (see Talking About Home below) have attracted my attention recently just at a time when I am talking with coaches about planning their competition programs. These coaches are involved in 'home' and 'away' fixtures and we have been discussing what home advantage might mean in performance terms. Sport There is a fascinating research literature about home advantage. In the last decade there has been discussion of: Association Football (2010, 2009,...

GWS and the University of Canberra (2)

On Thursday 9 September the University of Canberra signed a memorandum of understanding with the GWS AFL club. The formal signing took place in the atrium of the new NATSEM Building on the University's Bruce Campus. Dale Holmes (left) CEO GWS and Stephen Parker (right) Vice Chancellor, UC In a previous post I wrote about GWS coming home to Canberra through a remarkable link with Tom Wills. Hosting the MOU signatures in the NATSEM Building adds another dimension to the GWS-UC relationship. The NATSEM International Microsimulation Centre is the second project completed under the Commonwealth Government’s Education Investment Fund, with the...

GWS and the University of Canberra

On Thursday 9 September the University of Canberra will sign a memorandum of understanding with the GWS AFL club. The ACT4GWS campaign statement is: After years of false starts and short term playing deals with cash strapped Melbourne based AFL teams, supporters of AFL in Canberra and the region have been offered a partnership that will benefit the game at all levels. This partnership will enrich the AFL community of the ACT and Southern NSW region, grow participation numbers and assist AFL to compete more effectively with the other professional football codes (League, Union and Soccer). The...