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Western Bulldogs in the 2016 #AFL Finals

Western Bulldogs played in each of the four weeks of the 2016 AFL Finals. My record of their performances is: Week 1 v West Coast: A Contested 1Q Game Week 2 v Hawthorn: A @Q Contested Game Week 3 v GWS: A Contested 4Q Game Grand Final v Sydney: A Contested 3Q Game I think this is a very impressive portfolio of victories. My interest in developing a taxonomy of games is to create a macro indicator that can lead to conversations about strategy, preparation, and tactics. I am becoming more and more interested in the situational awareness of players and coaches as well as their...

What kind of game? #AFL Grand Final 2016

I have been monitoring winning performances in the 2016 AFL season. Western Bulldogs' win in the Grand Final had the characteristics of a Contested 3 Quarter Game. Their performance against the median for this type of game was: I thought this was the only game of its type in the Finals rounds in 2016. I had recorded 21 examples during the regular season. One of these games was Western Bulldogs' round 10 win over Collingwood. The Bulldogs had lost one of these games as well (round 23 v Fremantle). The Bulldogs' fourth quarter performance against Sydney in the Final was, I thought, a...

Play and Display

Two items this week have prompted me to think again about Gregory P. Stone's distinction between play and display (American Sports: Play and Dis-Play, in Eric Larrabee and Rolf Meyersohn (eds.), Mass Leisure. Glencoe, Ill.: Free Press, 1958. See too his discussion of wrestling, 1971). The ABC reported that "Western Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade says he would not be surprised if AFL opponents were eavesdropping on his match-day coaching instructions." The report notes that "While other clubs use more secure digital communications system that are encrypted, the Bulldogs have a cheaper analogue system, which Eade said needed upgrading." Rodney Eade...

NESC Forum 2009: Western Bulldogs

The final session of Day One was introduced by Ken Norris. James Fantasia (Director of Football), Rodney Eade (Head Coach) and Bill Davoren (Head, Physical Conditioning) presented The Team Behind a High Performing Sport: A Case Study. James Fantasia introduced the talk. He shared a video of  a week behind the scenes with the Bulldogs club in Round 15 week v Collingwood (one point loss 110-111). Channel 7 filmed the week's preparation. James provided some historical background to the Bulldogs (Founded 1877, entered the VFL in 1925). he noted the development of a Learning Centre at the club (a $30...