In all of AFL/VFL history, no reigning minor premier had ever lost their first seven games of the season, until the 2016 Dockers wrote their names into the record books. Here are the worst 20 starts to the season by any reigning minor premiers from 1898 to 2016:
It’s going to be interesting to watch Freo do battle with the 1984 Kangaroos and the 1983 Tigers for the worst season record for a reigning minor premier since 1970. At this point you’d have to bet that the Dockers will trump the 2005 Power for the worst record of a reigning minor premier in the AFL era.
We’ll keep this graph updated throughout the season, after taking a break for the next few weeks.