Weekend Performances

I have been following a number of competitions this weekend.

Each of them has got me thinking about the phenomenology of moments as well as the flow of games and seasons.

In the deciding Rose Bowl game between Australia and New Zealand women’s cricket, I noticed this over:

Alyssa Healey had come to the wicket in the 45th over. She batted down the order in this game. I thought her innings was a great example of tempo and temperament. It was an over that transformed the game.

Super Netball is developing into a fascinating competition. My data so far are:

The WNBL semi final games were completed at the weekend. I have been interested in seeing any differences between winners in regular season and winners in the finals.

It was the first weekend of the NRL season.

Round 2 of Super Rugby was completed:

In Europe, the Aviva Premiership rugby union completed round 17 and Top 14 round 19. I use a colour code to note outcome of games: green is an expected win based on previous year’s ranking; blue an expected defeat; gold an unexpected win; and red an unexpected loss.

The Aviva games followed last year’s ranking:

Top 14 … was typically Top 14!

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Swoop (Twitter)

Michael Klein (Twitter)

ABC Grandstand (Twitter)

Western Force (Twitter)

2015 Super 15 Rugby After 6 Rounds


I have been reading the most recent edition of Ben Darwin’s Gain Line Report. Ben provides a teamwork index (TWI) for all fifteen Super Rugby teams.

Ben’s insights have taken me back to look at my metric for Super Rugby performance. I use performance in the current season compared to previous year’s ranking as my starting point for thinking about organisational change.

After six rounds of this year’s competition, this is my record of performance against 2014 ranking:


In this legend, green is an expected win, blue an expected defeat, gold an unexpected win and red and unexpected loss. This legend indicates that the Hurricanes have had a steady, successful start to their season. They have defeated teams they are expected to defeat and in Round 6 had a narrow away win against the Highlanders ranked one place above them in 2014. The Stormers have had a good start to their season with unexpected wins early.

The ladder in 2015 after 6 Rounds is:


The combination of blue and red for the Blues and the Force has pushed them to the bottom of he ladder. The Reds have played above their 2014 ranking once in six games, a win at home against the Force.

My data resonate with Ben’s observations about TWI. It will be interesting to observe how teams overcome their ranking and TWI index in the next few weeks as they start to make longer journeys for away fixtures.

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Super XV Waratahs v Force (Simon_sees, CC BY 2.0)

Visualising Sport Performance Data

I find the quality and quantity of website data about sport performance staggering.

I wrote about the possibilities of secondary data analysis at the Asian Football Cup 2011.

Recently I have been looking at data from the ICC Cricket World Cup and noticed this Cricinfo game summary:

There is a dropped catch iconĀ  and a wicket icon that provide links to text summaries of the event.

I have been looking at some rugby union sites too.

Foxtel have a record of game events in Super Rugby that I have found particularly useful in tracing sequence of scores:

The RSB Six Nations’ website provides a data report of each game available for download:

I like the elegant simplicity of the Cricinfo graphic, the concise information in the Foxtel graphic and the detail in the RSB Six Nations’ website data.

I acknowledge that these are secondary sources but they do provide a great permanent record for investigation. Perhaps it is my fascination with Edward Tufte‘s work has nourished my interest in visualisation.

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World Wide Web Visualization 4717