I read today with profound sadness of the death of Stephen Wooldridge.
I thought of the lines of Mary Frye‘s lament:
… I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the gentle showers of rain …
and how shocked and bereft those who loved and knew Stephen must be.
Stephen (Australian Sports Commission)
I am monitoring the goals scored in the EPL 2017-2018 season. I am using secondary data from worldfootball.net.
I have two specific interests in monitoring goals scored:
- When are goals scored?
- What is the outcome of scoring first?
In week 1 of the EPL season, 31 goals were scored. There were eight wins, one score draw and one 0v0 draw.
When are goals scored?
I use 15 minute game intervals for the timing of goals scored. My record for week 1 is:
Scoring the first goal
Eight of the ten games played in week 1 were won by the team scoring first. Watford scored first in their 3v3 draw with Liverpool.
The eight teams that scored first and won were divided equally between home (4) and away (4) teams. Arsenal, Everton, West Brom and Manchester United scored first at home. Burnley, Huddersfield, Manchester City and Tottenham scored first away from home.
Scramble (Matthew Wilkinson, CC BY 2.0)
I was in Dublin last week and had the opportunity to meet Alan Swanton, Performance Analyst Lead, and Daragh Sheridan, Head of Capability and Expertise, at Sport Ireland Institute.
Alan has made a brave decision to invite me to participate in the HPX 2017 Knowledge Exchange Conference in Dublin in October. I am delighted that Daragh supported Alan’s decision.
My participation has two parts. The first is a one day hackathon (#abbotsthon17) with performance analysts on 5 October the day before the start of the conference. The second is a presentation on the first morning of the conference. It is titled Performance Analysis and Data Analytics – Are we there yet? (There is a draft of the presentation on Google Slides.)
This blog post is a place holder for resources I am developing for the workshop and conference. It is connected also to a MailChimp autoresponder idea for the workshop.
By coincidence, shortly after my meeting with Alan and Daragh I saw Oisin Kelly’s sculpture, the Chariot of Life. The publicart.ie website notes:
Kelly’s large copper-bronze sculpture depicts the figure of a charioteer said to represents reason controlling the emotions.
This seems a great starting point for a conversation about performance analysis.
Chariot of Life (Keith Lyons, CC BY 4.0)