Stats Entertainment Round 10
By Andrew Gigacz
47TH HEAVEN FOR THE SAINTS
St Kilda cemented their reputation as the 47-point specialists with their win over Adelaide on Saturday night. Since 2004, there have been 11 games that have had a final margin of 47 points. Four of those have involved the Saints and they’ve won all of them. The Dogs in the same period are two from two while Richmond have won two of their three 47 point games over the same time, including their drought-breaking win against Port on Sunday. Collingwood, on the other hand, have lost all three of their 47-point games since 2004.
THIS WEEK’S LOOPY LADDER
And while we’re on the subject of that particular margin, looking back to the year 2000, every team has been involved in at least one 47-point game since then. Here’s the ladder based on all 47-point games since that year:
What does this ladder tell us? I’m not sure but, gee, it’s good to see a ladder that has Collingwood outside the top 8.
Still on 47 (just to prove how obsessional I am), the two 47 point margins we had this week were the first occurrences of it this year. Other first-time margin appearances this week were 2 points (Hawthorn’s win over Sydney) and 54 points (Geelong over Melbourne). 3 and 36 still lead the way, each having registered 4 times so far this year. Hot on their heels are 8, 9, 12, 50 and 56, all on three. As yet we’ve had no draws and no 5- or 6-point margins.
Meanwhile in the final score department, Round 10 was distinguished by an amazing 11 of the 16 final scores being registered for the first time this year. 30 (Port), 67 (Melbourne), 76 (Adelaide and West Coast), 77 (Richmond and Sydney), 80 (Collingwood), 90 (Western Bulldogs), 99 (Essendon), 105 (Carlton) and 139 (Fremantle) all occurred for the first team this season in Round 10. The leading score of the year remains the even ton, 100.
77, 88, 99…
A couple of other quirks to note amongst this weeks’ final scores:
(a) a consecutive run of scores (76, 77, 78, 79 and 80) was registered this week and
(b) 77, 88 and 99 were all registered in Round 10. It’s the first time since Round 7, 1957 that a single round has featured those three final scores
The Round 10 ladder has two teams topping the ladder with eight wins, followed by two teams on seven wins and another two on six wins. This is all good news for Cats fans and Magpie haters, because the last time we had such a configuration after Round 10 was in 1952. In that year Geelong won their second consecutive flag, beating Collingwood in the Grand Final by 46 points.
ANAGRAMMATIC POSTCODE OF THE WEEK
The Cats scored 5, 1, 2 and 5 points in each of their four quarters on Saturday, as they delivered a gradual series of knock-out blows to the Demons over the course of the match. It was not unlike a 15 round fight, with the Cats winning on points. Fitting, then, that 5125 is the postcode of Golden Grove Village, which is an anagram of GEELONG GLOVED RIVAL.
YEAR OF THE WEEK
North Melbourne went to Perth on Sunday keen to atone for their 70-point loss to the Dogs a week earlier and to conquer the Dockers. Their attack was short-lived and they were summarily defeated by Fremantle. It reminded me a lot of when the Bulgarians tried to reconquer land taken by the Byzantines at the Battle of Adrianpole. The Byzantines made short work of the Bulgarians. That was in 1254. No wonder the Kangaroos’ quarter by quarter points tally was 1,2,5 and 4.
RIDICULOUS ANAGRAM OF THE WEEK
The human headline has certainly lived up to his nickname lately. Jason Akermanis seems to lurch from one controversy to the next. It seems the Dogs might be losing patience with Aker and might see him as more of a risk to success than a vital cog. But typically defiant, AKERMANIS would probably just say, “ME, A RISK? NA!”