BOOO! BOOO! BOOO!
- Feb 19, 2019
- AFL Club
- Gold Coast
- Other Teams
The 22 years final drought by Melbourne is quite incredible, as I hadn't realised they never really looked liked challenging for finals.The Western Bulldogs after their loss to Fremantle last night slumped to a 2-4 win/loss record and while there is plenty of time for the Bulldogs to turn this around especially in a very even and unpredictable season like this one, it is looking more likely that the Bulldogs will not be playing in September this year.
If the Bulldogs don't qualify for the finals this year, it will be the third successive year that they have missed the finals since their premiership in 2016. It got me thinking; how many other teams have missed the finals for three consecutive years or more immediately after winning the flag? It was actually quite rare, and while plenty of teams have gone into medium to long term decline after Grand Final victories, most of them managed another finals appearance or two soon after their premiership. These were the only four examples I could find, and all many years ago:
HAWTHORN - 3 YEARS - 1979-1981: After beating North Melbourne in the 1978 Grand Final, Hawthorn did not make the finals in 1979, 1980 and 1981. However the Hawks quickly turned this around, finishing 3rd in 1982 and thrashing Essendon to win the 1983 premiership.
MELBOURNE - 4 YEARS - 1942-1945: The Demons ruthlessly dispatched Collingwood, Richmond and Essendon to win three successive premierships in 1939, 1940 and 1941, but the Second World War had an effect on Melbourne's team and the red and blues failed to make the finals at all in 1942-1945. The Demons returned to September action in 1946 finishing runner up to Essendon, remarkably the first time that Melbourne had finished runner up.
ESSENDON - 9 YEARS - 1913-1921: In fairness to the Bombers this drought is technically only 7 years as the club was in recess for two years (1916 & 1917) in the First World War, but it is still remarkable that close to a decade went by after Essendon beat South Melbourne in the 1912 Grand Final (second flag in a row) until they returned to the finals in 1922.
MELBOURNE - 22 YEARS - 1965-1986: This is the most amazing statistic, and unlikely to be broken. After beating Collingwood in the 1964 Grand Final, Melbourne would have to wait 23 years to appear in the finals again in 1987. And most remarkably, in all but 1976 when the Demons got sixth position, the Dees never really looked like challenging for the finals in these 22 seasons. Imagine if the Demons' 1964 premiership team got into a time machine the day after winning the Grand Final and went forward in time to the day of the Demons' next finals match, the 1987 Qualifying Final against North Melbourne. They would have found the world a very different place - decimal currency, color television, VCR's, video games, push button telephones, fax machines, Walkmans, MTV, new wave music, space shuttles, an actor holding the position of United States President and many other changes. In the VFL, they would have found no South Melbourne Swans but Sydney Swans following the relocation of the club in 1982, and two strange new entities called the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Bears which had just completed their first seasons in the league.
great site. One of my favourites for looking up quick score stats - virtually everything except scoring shots and score by score available on that website (and for games from 2008 onwards, score by score is available)Geelong and the Eagles have played 52 times, with the Eagles having 26 wins, a draw and 25 defeats. But in those matches according to AFL Tables, Geelong's got a considerable percentage lead over them, having scored 5138 points for to 4478 points against. That's a percentage of 114.78, a pretty massive number over that many events. By contrast playing North, Geelong has 98 wins and 65 losses, and an overall percentage of 113.96 despite the 35 extra wins.
One can click each club and see their results against all other teams as well on this wonderful site.
First 6 rounds for Geelong
This year: Collingwood (MCG), Melbourne (KP), Adelaide (AO), GWS Giants (KP), Hawthorn (MCG), West Coast (KP).
6-0 - 2013, 2011, 2009, 2008
5-1 - 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2000
4-2 - 2012, 2010, 2005
3-3 - 2018, 2015, 2007, 2002
2-4 - 2006, 2004, 2001
1-5 - 2003
Funny how we have the lowest scoring in most of our lifetimes yet we have a player on track to kicking 90+ goals, the most since 2008.
Today was the first time he has not kicked 3 goals in a game this year, in fact he did not kick a single goal. Now on target for 82 goals.Jeremy Cameron is on target to kick 94 goals this year.
2016 - last time anyone kicked > 70 goals
2009 - last time anyone kicked > 80 goals
2008 - last time anyone kicked > 90 goals