Balls of Steel’s AFL Beat – Round 2

Typical Friday night

Unfortunately, I got sick this weekend, so I wasn’t able to watch any of the matches.  It’s a good thing too, because boy oh boy Geelong is sucking the royal balls!

This week’s loss to Fremantle is worrying.  Two straight blowout losses is not a good start to the season.  If things don’t improve, I may be cheering for the AFL equivalent of the Bucs.

Here are the rest of the results:

Friday, April 10
WCEvCARL
West Coast Eagles 20.11 (131) Carlton 9.8 (62)
DS6:10PM
Saturday, April 11
RICHvWB
Richmond 9.12 (66) Western Bulldogs 12.13 (85)
MCG1:45PM
GWSvMELB
GWS Giants 15.11 (101) Melbourne 8.8 (56)
SO2:10PM
COLLvADEL
Collingwood 9.9 (63) Adelaide Crows 12.18 (90)
ES4:35PM
GCFCvSTK
Gold Coast Suns 10.16 (76) St Kilda 16.8 (104)
MS7:20PM
PORTvSYD
Port Adelaide 6.8 (44) Sydney Swans 14.8 (92)
AO7:10PM
Sunday, April 12
GEELvFRE
Geelong Cats 9.6 (60) Fremantle 15.14 (104)
SS1:10PM
ESSvHAW
Essendon 12.6 (78) Hawthorn 11.10 (76)
MCG3:20PM
NMFCvBL
North Melbourne 20.13 (133) Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51)
ES4:40PM

So far, Adelaide look to be the best team in the league. Hawthorne lost a close one, but are probably better than the rest of the unbeatens.  If you click on the link, you will see the headline of the year.  We all need more Hooker heroics in our lives.  Let’s watch them on video:

It is interesting to note that there are only 5 unbeaten teams after two rounds, which speaks to how even the teams are.  After next week, we may only have one or two unbeatens.

Let’s take a look at the standings, shall we?

Pos Club C P W L D F A % Form Next Pts
1 ADE No Change 2 2 0 0 230 126 182.5 WW MELB 8
2 SYD Up 2 2 0 0 164 104 157.7 WW GWS 8
3 GWS Up 2 2 0 0 188 134 140.3 WW SYD 8
4 FRE Up 2 2 0 0 179 128 139.8 WW WCE 8
5 WB Up 2 2 0 0 182 153 119 WW HAW 8
6 HAW Down 2 1 1 0 199 139 143.2 WL WB 4
7 WCE Up 2 1 1 0 218 159 137.1 LW FRE 4
8 STK Up 2 1 1 0 182 163 111.7 LW COLL 4
9 RICH Down 2 1 1 0 171 163 104.9 WL BL 4
10 NMFC Up 2 1 1 0 196 191 102.6 LW PORT 4
11 ESS Up 2 1 1 0 138 148 93.2 LW CARL 4
12 COLL Down 2 1 1 0 149 164 90.9 WL STK 4
13 MELB Down 2 1 1 0 171 190 90 WL ADEL 4
14 GCFC Up 2 0 2 0 165 219 75.3 LL GEEL 0
15 PORT Down 2 0 2 0 112 167 67.1 LL NMFC 0
16 CARL No Change 2 0 2 0 140 236 59.3 LL ESS 0
17 BL Down 2 0 2 0 125 219 57.1 LL RICH 0
18 GEEL Down 2 0 2 0 121 227 53.3 LL GCFC 0

One thing you will notice is that they call the standings the Ladder. That makes sense since teams try to “climb the ladder” to success.  Also, it is sponsored by a company that makes ladders.  Corporate synergy!  I’m surprised Goodell hasn’t gotten in on this prime sponsorship opportunity!

Another thing you will notice is that they use a percentage to distinguish among tied teams. This percentage is based on the number of points you score divided by the number of points your opponents score. It’s actually a great metric since it essentially says that a 5 point victory in a low scoring game is more important than a 5 point victory in a high-scoring game. Yet another thing that makes a lot of sense that the NFL should implement but probably won’t!

Apologies for the abbreviated post, but I’ve been in bed all weekend and not the fun way.   See you all next week!

 

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3 thoughts on “Balls of Steel’s AFL Beat – Round 2

  1. “And now, your NFL standings brought to you by Cialis”

    That would have happened years ago, if not for the fact that there’s no way the NFL or its sponsors will actually acknowledge sex (despite using it to sell, sell, sell!).

    Good on ya for fighting through the pain to keep this going. Total grititude. Feel better soon!

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