It’s difficult to assess players’ performance without knowing what role they’re playing. But classifying players’ positions is harder than it might seem.
Over the course of the home and away season, the Bulldogs received 451 free kicks, while they gave away only 370. That left them with 81 net free kicks, the biggest differential of any team. The Kangaroos came in second with 67 net frees, with daylight third.
Are players more likely to swap clubs than they were in the past?
When is a game truly lost, or won? What’s a safe margin at three-quarter time, or half time?
None of this year’s preliminary finalists played in a prelim last year. That’s the first time since 2007 that the final four teams have completely turned over, year-to-year.
Yes, but the relationship is weak and noisy.
How do the 2016 Giants compare to new clubs of the past?
The early rounds of the 2016 season were notably high-scoring compared to recent years. It was thought, including by me, that this could be a result of rule changes, including the interchange cap and deliberate out of bounds interpretation. But by the middle of the year, average scores had drifted down to the level we’ve been used to in recent seasons, and the uptick in the final rounds wasn’t as dramatic as in 2014 or 2015.
Do teams that make more changes to their lineup tend to lose?