Amazing coincidences in football

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Dexter6

Draftee
Mar 14, 2021
15
20
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Luke Beveridge's first four seasons at the Bulldogs follows a first 6 round pattern of AABAAB:
2015: WWLWWL
2016: WWLWWL
2017: WWLWWL
2018: LLWLLW

If this is reduced to just the first 3 rounds, 2021 is the only year an AAB pattern isn't followed.
2015: WWL
2016: WWL
2017: WWL
2018: LLW
2019: WWL
2020: LLW
 

Werewolf

Moderator
Feb 12, 2010
10,940
12,227
Adelaide
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Western Bulldogs
Other Teams
Footscray
Amazingly, the AFL ladder is mirrored after round 7. This may not happen again this year:

One team is 7-0, another team is 0-7

One team is 6-1, another team is 1-6

Two teams are 5-2, two teams are 2-5

Five teams are 4-3, five teams are 3-4

The last time a ladder was symmetrical after round 7 was 1994, when only two teams had played every match. Everyone else had one bye due to the 15 team competition. I like symmetry :)
 

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Back One Out

Brownlow Medallist
Mar 2, 2015
15,336
26,541
AFL Club
Hawthorn
We've seen many many games which have been over-umpired so far in 2021. I thought it was an amazing coincidence that Mathew Nicholls was the umpire who looked the other way and called play-on 3 times in the final 30 seconds of play of the Sydney v Geelong game at the SCG.

0:32 Tom McCartin's 40m clearing kick from defence straight towards the boundary line with no Swans player within 20 metres. This is normally a free kick every day of the week for deliberate/not keeping the ball in play. "Throw it in" said Nicholls... Really?

0:10 Jeremy Cameron clearly marking a kick that floated about 20m while Nicholls was erroneously shouting "Not fifteen! Play on! Not fifteen! Play on!" WTF?!!?

0:04 James Rowbottom taking possession from the resultant throw-in, immediately tackled by Selwood, making zero effort to dispose of the ball, just flopping to ground and hatching it as time expired. Should've been holding the ball. "Time!" said Nicholls. Wow!!!

Three decisions in 30 seconds of play which normally would've resulted in a kick to Geelong.
A remarkable coincidence that Mathew Nicholls was able to view things differently and none of the other umpires stepped in to overrule him.
 

The Tilt

Debutant
Oct 12, 2020
65
61
AFL Club
Sydney
Amazingly, the AFL ladder is mirrored after round 7. This may not happen again this year:

One team is 7-0, another team is 0-7

One team is 6-1, another team is 1-6

Two teams are 5-2, two teams are 2-5

Five teams are 4-3, five teams are 3-4

The last time a ladder was symmetrical after round 7 was 1994, when only two teams had played every match. Everyone else had one bye due to the 15 team competition. I like symmetry :)
Like it. Now do the percentages!
 

Vaccination

Debutant
Oct 29, 2020
68
71
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
San Jose Sharks
Amazingly, the AFL ladder is mirrored after round 7. This may not happen again this year:

One team is 7-0, another team is 0-7

One team is 6-1, another team is 1-6

Two teams are 5-2, two teams are 2-5

Five teams are 4-3, five teams are 3-4

The last time a ladder was symmetrical after round 7 was 1994, when only two teams had played every match. Everyone else had one bye due to the 15 team competition. I like symmetry :)
After round 11 2019 the same phenomenon occurred.

Geelong were 10-1, Carlton 1-10

GWS, Collingwood and West Coast were 8-3, Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast were 3-8

Brisbane and Richmond were 7-4, North and Western Bulldogs were 4-7

Adelaide, Port and Freo were 6-5, Essendon, Hawks and St Kilda were 5-6
 

lumpinee

MK ULTRA
Jul 18, 2019
1,350
1,494
across the park from commission flats
AFL Club
Richmond
We've seen many many games which have been over-umpired so far in 2021. I thought it was an amazing coincidence that Mathew Nicholls was the umpire who looked the other way and called play-on 3 times in the final 30 seconds of play of the Sydney v Geelong game at the SCG.

0:32 Tom McCartin's 40m clearing kick from defence straight towards the boundary line with no Swans player within 20 metres. This is normally a free kick every day of the week for deliberate/not keeping the ball in play. "Throw it in" said Nicholls... Really?

0:10 Jeremy Cameron clearly marking a kick that floated about 20m while Nicholls was erroneously shouting "Not fifteen! Play on! Not fifteen! Play on!" WTF?!!?

0:04 James Rowbottom taking possession from the resultant throw-in, immediately tackled by Selwood, making zero effort to dispose of the ball, just flopping to ground and hatching it as time expired. Should've been holding the ball. "Time!" said Nicholls. Wow!!!

Three decisions in 30 seconds of play which normally would've resulted in a kick to Geelong.
A remarkable coincidence that Mathew Nicholls was able to view things differently and none of the other umpires stepped in to overrule him.
over umpiring is being polite,id call it cheating
 

Vaccination

Debutant
Oct 29, 2020
68
71
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
San Jose Sharks
Got a pretty weird one. Tom Harley and Luke Mcpharlin were some of the better if not best defenders in the 2000's. Both legends at Geelong and Fremantle respectively. However both of them scored goals with their first kick in AFL whilst being at their lesser known clubs.
Harley kicked his first goal while playing for Port
Mcpharlin kicked is first goal while playing for Hawthorn
 

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