Giga Bites 4 – Director’s Cut

Below is an extended version of Giga Bites, which appeared in the Saturday Age on 19th February, 2011.


by Andrew Gigacz

DRAWN-AGAIN SAINTS

There appears to be something about drawn matches that attracts the St Kilda Football Club. Last Friday night the Saints drew with Essendon in Round 1 of the NAB Cup. This came, of course, after their drawn Grand Final against Collingwood last year. And just weeks prior to that, a thriller against Hawthorn culminated in scores tied at 87-apiece. A scan of VFL/AFL records going back to 1980 shows that St Kilda has been involved in nine draws since the start of that season. Only the Bulldogs, with ten, have registered more.

With St Kilda’s draw against the Bombers coming in the first week of the NAB Cup, it means the Saints have technically played two draws in three rounds (separated only by their thrashing at the hands of Collingwood in last year’s Grand Final replay). The last such occurrence of a side playing two draws within three rounds was in 1977 and that team was – you guessed it – St Kilda.

For the record, the Saints tied with Footscray in Round 5 of that season and with South Melbourne in Round 7.

THE KX FACTOR

Richmond’s mature-age recruit from Claremont, Tom Derickx, will make history if he cracks it for a game with the Tigers’ senior side this year. Not only will his surname become the 12th in VFL/AFL history to end in the letter X, it will be the first ever to end in the letters “kx”.

The 11 “X-men” surnames to have made it to the top level of footy are: Box, Bux, Cox, Fox, Knox, Le Deux, Maddox, Mannix, Rix, Strownix and Wilcox.

YEAR OF THE WEEK

The fifth race at Launceston last Wednesday threw up an interesting result. Old Hands, trained by Charlie Goggin, just missed out on a place but was part of a First 4 that produced the numbers 1-9-6-3. And Charlie’s brother, Bill, just happened to be an integral member of Geelong’s flag-winning side of… 1963!

A RICHMOND FLAG – HOW LONG SINCE THEY’VE “WON ONE”?

This coming Monday won’t just be the last day official of summer. It will also mark 11,111 days since Richmond won their last flag, on September 27, 1980. Tigers’ fans are certainly hoping that drought will be broken soon as the “Premierships Won” column for Richmond since that day contains nothing but zeroes.

POSTCODE OF THE WEEK

Marion Bartoli’s 6-1, 6-0 defeat of eighth seed Shahar Peer in the second round of this week’s Qatar Ladies’ Open, was perhaps not just a warning to her fellow players about her form. She might just have been giving us her tip for this year’s AFL flag. 6160 is the postcode of Fremantle.

SPORTING ANAGRAM OF THE WEEK

England received a real scare in their opening Word Cup match on Tuesday. The Netherlands made Andrew Strauss’ team chase down a formidable total, thanks largely to a brilliant century by Ryan ten Doeschate. Ten Doeschate’s 119 came from just 110 balls and in the latter stages of his innings, there weren’t too many “dot” balls to be seen. All of which makes it particularly appropriate that RYAN TEN DOESCHATE is an anagram of THE SCENE: NARY A DOT.

THE LAST WORD

An important reminder to all sportsfans that the end of summer is nigh and that Monday will be the LAST day of the LAST month of the LAST season of LAST year.

For more of Andrew Gigacz’s weird facts and figures from the world of sport and beyond, visit www.footyalmanac.com.au

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Well, here we are. The Bulldogs have won a flag. What do I do now?

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