Round 14: Gigs’ Stats

by Andrew Gigacz   In arguably the most anticipated moment in sport since Steve Harmison bowled the first ball of the 2006/07 Ashes series to Andrew Flintoff at second slip, the Saints and Cats made a slightly better fist of it than Steve. A game of relentless pressure produced highlights galore, culminating in Michael Gardiner’s [Read more]

The Gigs Guide to School-holiday Fun

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS IN THE ’70S – WESTERN SUBURBS STYLE By Andrew Gigacz School holidays are here again and parents everywhere have got their kids organised for a five-day tennis program, a one-day Flash animation course or an all-day video gaming fest at someone’s house. Thinking back to my childhood term breaks, my family had no [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round 13 Stat. Declaration

ERATOSTHENES’ GUIDE TO TIPPING 8 WINNERS Mathematicians use the “Sieve of Eratosthenes” to come up with all the prime numbers in a list from 2 to any specified integer. The process involves eliminating all multiples of 2 (which is a prime) and then 3 (which is next prime) and so on until only the prime [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round-12 Stat. Declaration

By Andrew Gigacz STATITORIAL — DEMETRIOU’S VERSION OF EVEN-HANDEDNESS In his role as AFL CEO, Andrew Demetriou often has to perform delicate balancing acts in order to keep all parties happy. But he has taken that concept to a new level over the past couple of weeks. With the decision not to move the Round-14 [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Mega mid-season stat declaration

Forget all the other mid-season reviews. Here are the four most important things so far gleaned from this season: 1.    FOOTY TIPSTERS TIPPING TIP – WHEN TO PICK CARLTON So many factors come into play when deciding which team to pick on a Friday afternoon. Is player X in this week? Is player Y carrying [Read more]

Understanding Richmond: How Helen D’Amico caused the demise of a once great football club

  By Andrew Gigacz   Putting a finger on the cause of Richmond’s woes over the last quarter of a century is no easy task. There are myriad variables that could have had an influence on the Tiger down-turn. Could there have been a single pivotal moment in the Tiger time-line that can be pinpointed [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round 11 Stat Declaration

 by Andrew Gigacz As most footy fans would know, round 11 was declared by the AFL to be Women’s Round. The final scores, however, suggest that naming it the Bill Collins Round would not have been inappropriate either. And by Bill Collins, I don’t mean the film buff (though there’s no shortage of good acting [Read more]

Gigs’ [extra] Stats: Amazing potential ladder, if all falls the right way

by Andrew Gigacz   Knackers   I’ve just taken a break from working on the Pensky file and have come up with the following potential results for the next 12 rounds. If all 96 of those results eventuate, the Round 22 ladder will have all 16 teams on 11 wins and 11 losses.   Who [Read more]

Poetry: Twilight by Andrew Gigacz

Twilight   by Andrew Gigacz     Footy is not for Twilight   Footy is for Highlights and Lowlights And Friday night Floodlights   Twilight is not for footy   Twilight is for Goths For Stephanie Meyer and Bella Swan   It’s not for footy   Twilight is for teenagers and Kristen Stewart It’s for [Read more]

Round 10: Gigs’ stat declaration

By Andrew Gigacz   With the World Twenty20 due to start this week, the mind of the sports fan is turning towards cricket. Of course in the quick-fix form of the game the focus is on runs, not wickets. And as if in anticipation of the event, Round 10 was full of runs of its [Read more]

AFL Round 9: What pain is that?

By Andrew Gigacz   When my son Oliver was about three, he took an interest in birds. Living near a park afforded us an opportunity to be exposed to all manner of feathered creatures. Many were easy to identify: magpies, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets.   But Oliver has an eye for detail and he soon became [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Round 9

by Andrew Gigacz     Round 9 was officially Indigenous Round but it could have just as aptly been named Paradox Round. With St Kilda in danger of losing their first game of the season until deep in the last quarter against Brisbane, and Geelong relying on a post-final-siren miss by the Bulldogs Brad Johnson [Read more]

General footy writing: Away strips make me want to look away

By Andrew Gigacz It shouldn’t bother me but it does. On Friday night Hawthorn played away and wore a guernsey that was wrong on just too many levels. It was ugly – not just ugly to look at, but a representation of the ugliness that is modern footy marketing. Of course the AFL will tell [Read more]

Gigs’ stats: Round 8: Unbeaten pair in line for record

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 8 Stat. Declaration It appears that these are days of Dual Dominance. Last year, for the first time since 1936 and only the second time in history, we had two teams undefeated after eight rounds (Hawthorn and Geelong). It’s happened again in 2009, with St Kilda and Geelong both on eight wins. [Read more]

Gigs’ Stats: Gigs’ Round 7 Stat Declaration

by Andrew Gigacz     They say a week’s a long time in footy but what about 100 years? It was about this time last century that Geelong and St Kilda were the embarrassment of the VFL, becoming two of only three teams in history to lose to University by more than 50 points. Now, [Read more]

General footy writing: Chelsea’s pain is small fry for a Bulldogs fan

By Andrew Gigacz I’m not a big follower of soccer but I’m aware of the controversy surrounding Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Conspiracy theorists say the referee was “encouraged” to assist in avoiding a second successive all-English final. Chelsea players, officials and fans clearly were in pain after getting [Read more]

You’ll be shocked by Richo’s anagram. Or maybe you won’t

  Andrew Gigacz’s Round 6 Stat. Declaration As we bask in the aftermath of the AFL’s (under-publicised) Star Wars Round (May the 4th, be with you) Geelong and St Kilda continue to dominate the data deliberation. Actually, when you think about it, there’s a strong link between Star Wars and the Saints. Luke Skywalker was [Read more]

The Bulldogs and that Other Side

by Andrew Gigacz Q. Why didn’t the athiest chicken cross the road? A. Because it didn’t believe in the other side.   At this time of year, it’s hard not to think about what lies on the other side. As we commemorate ANZAC Day and the leaves fall from the trees, thoughts turn to what [Read more]

How low can you go? Goals washed away in the rain

Andrew Gigacz’s Round 5 Stat. Declaration It’s only Round 5 but are we already seeing the men separated from the boys? Has the wheat already been sorted from the chaff? Has the cream already risen to the top? Can I use any more metaphors to say the same thing again? What I’m trying to get [Read more]

Round 1 Stat Declaration

By Andrew Gigacz Can we really glean anything from a Round 1 Ladder? Well if 2008 is anything to go by, the answer is yes. This time last year Hawthorn was on top and the Demons on the bottom. By the time the season was done and dusted, those two teams were still there. So [Read more]