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  1. What do the last ten premiership teams have in common? They were all ranked in the top 6 in the following statistical categories in their premiership year: Shots at goal differential (all ranked top 4) Total points conceded Opposition shots at goal Opposition goals Percentage Inside 50s Following on from the thread H&A % as an indicator of team chances to win Finals, I decided to look at what stats (including percentage) recent premiership teams have in common using a somewhat simplistic methodology. I have analysed the ranks of the last ten premiership teams against a large number of statistical categories in their premiership year. There are 26 statistical categories in which at least eight of the last ten premiers ranked in the top 6. The list of the 26 categories are in the images at the end of this post. Nine of the last ten premiers were ranked in the top 6 in at least 21 of these 26 categories (the Western Bulldogs ranked in the top 6 in 18 categories in 2016). Melbourne ranked number 1 in 16 of these categories last year, more than any other premiership team in the last ten years. There are currently three standout teams this season for these "premiership metrics" - Geelong, Melbourne and Sydney. "Premiership Metrics" ranked in the top 6 in 2022 25: Geelong 24: Melbourne 19: Sydney 14: Brisbane 14: Richmond 13: Fremantle 11: Collingwood 10: Western Bulldogs 8: Carlton What are the Premiership Metrics? Where do teams ranks against these metrics in 2022?
  2. 50 years ago this week Melbourne was the undisputed best team in the competition. The then VFL competition would commence on 17 April and until then, Melbourne supporters basked in the glory of being champions. However, this particular week - the week of 20 - 28 March 1965 (OK, that's eight days...but eight days for a reason) is one of the most famous weeks in history. Here's why. Let's hope that 2015 is a great year for the Melbourne Football Club. And let's hope it all starts with a great first week in April.
  3. Who do you fancy? Who do you really want to win? Do you really even care? I'm hoping for Port to get up for the following reasons: Sydney, Hawks and Geelong have had too much success for my liking. Can't stand Freo which is a by-product of living in WA and having to listen to these clowns bang on that it's still the 'VFL'. Port - this team has proved to me that with the right coach and some handy trading anything can happen, and in no time at all. North - nuff said Essendon - nuff said Richmond - nuff said
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