All-Time Most Mysterious Games

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Most surprising results are put down to poor match-ups, fatigue, a heavy favourite taking the opposition lightly or the occasion getting the better of one team (poor Grand Final performances).

Then there are some where the cause of the result was never really identified.

Geelong only dropping one game in the 2008 Home and Away season but somehow losing by 86 points is the first that comes to mind!

Carlton getting smashed twice by the two bottom teams in 1995 and never losing another game would be up there, although this one is suspected to have financed their end of season trip that year.

Can you think of one game that's always been a head-scratcher?
 

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Fremantle v Richmond 2015 Round 10

9-0 Dockers, only given up 3 60+ scores all year. Richmond weren't a bad team but were only 5-4 with 3 wins over bottom dwellers Essendon and unconvincing wins over midrange sides Port and Collingwood in the 3 weeks previous. The Ross Lyon grind was in full swing with the Dockers 2 wins clear on top and a percentage of 151%.

Richmond had 8 goals by 20 minutes into the first quarter. Reached the 60+ mark 9 minutes into the 2nd. Didn't run away to destroy them or anything but they blew them off the park early and coasted.

Similarly, with a minor premiership a possibility for the Eagles coming into the final fortnight of 2015, they needed to win their final 2 games and hope the Dockers dropped one. We will never know what Ross would have done had they needed to win to finish top, but he rested the stars with top spot sown up after the Eagles capitulated spectacularly to the Crows in round 22.
The Eagles came into round 22 sitting 2nd with a record of 15-1-4 and a percentage of 150%. The Crows were much like Richmond, a good team but not much more.

By quarter time Adelaide were up 51-1 and Ross Lyon was pencilling his stars in for a rest, knowing they had to only beat the lowly Demons to secure top spot (which they did). It was 57-1 3 minutes into the 2nd quarter, Jenkins with 4.

In hindsight these results make sense with teams rising/dipping etc but leading up to it no one could have seen these coming, and I prepare to stand corrected but I don't remember the `flu/gastro` excuses coming out either as often happens when a team has an unexpected loss.
 

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Mark Neeld’s Melbourne bearing Essendon in 2012 is the first that comes to mind :). The second is Essendon’s top ups beating us in 2016 :oops:
In a way both being such mentally weak and mediocre sides (despite being well above their opponents) neither should have been EXTREMELY surprising. Not saying I tipped them at all of course but neither were brilliant sides on a bad day (Essendon I guess did start 2012 on fire but it was a matter of time - June, July whatever, winter was coming and it was gonna freeze em up).
 

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Most surprising results are put down to poor match-ups, fatigue, a heavy favourite taking the opposition lightly or the occasion getting the better of one team (poor Grand Final performances).

Then there are some where the cause of the result was never really identified.

Geelong only dropping one game in the 2008 Home and Away season but somehow losing by 86 points is the first that comes to mind!
Huh? 26 points not 86.

Eleven rushed behinds by Hawthorn led to a change in the rules.
 

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Adelaide getting demolished by North in Hobart last season is one that comes to mind as inexplicable.
The score being 64-0 at quarter time was amazing in itself.
West Coast beating Adelaide by 135 points in 1995.

We were a better side sure, but not that much better. Was seriously WTF
The Eagles were the reigning premiers, at home (9-3 in Perth that year, including a 1-point loss to eventual premier Carlton), headed to another finals series, against a Crows side without their star forward (Tony Modra), star ruckman and reigning B&F (Shaun Rehn) and Captain (Tony McGuinness), who were going through the motions towards the end of a season where they eventually finished 11th (with a putrid percentage of 80.08) in a 16 team comp.
 

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He means the H&A game against Collingwood, where out of absolutely nowhere they made us look like a Z-grade suburban side...
Was a precursor to the "forward press" that Collingwood perfected in 2010/2011.

The Cats got bullied on a wet night with 85 tackles from the Pies, which was an obscene number at the time (AFL teams each averaged 53.56 tackles per game in 2008, compared to 68.51 in 2017).
 
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West Coast v Crows in r 12 2016

We’d never had a great record in Perth and the Eagles were a very decent side finishing second in the minor round the year before.

Half way through the 3rd term and we’re 26 points down.

Kick the next 8 goals and win for a famous away victory

Still have no idea what the hell happened to the Eagles that night
 
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