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July 18, 2010

Fewest behinds in an AFL game

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In the Australian Football League, July 17 2010 saw the Brisbane Lions score just one behind (Hawthorn 17.16 118 d Brisbane 7.1 43). This prompted me to find the VFL/AFL games with a team scoring the lowest number of behinds. Using the AFL tables here I came up with the following list. I found that such an incident has not happened since 1966! As expected most of the instances were in the early years of the competition.

0 behinds (5 times)
St Kilda 3.0 18 vs Geelong 14.12 96, Round 14 1897
St Kilda 1.0 6 vs Collingwood 8.17 65, Round 13 1898
St Kilda 1.0 6 vs Essendon 11.19 85, Round 9 1899
Hawthorn 7.0 42 vs Essendon 16.16 112, Round 12 1949
Fitzroy 1.0 6 vs Footscray 10.6 66, Round 5 1953

1 behind (24 times)
Geelong 3.1 19 vs Melbourne 9.10 64, Round 2 1897
Carlton 2.1 13 vs Essendon 5.12 42, Round 10 1897
Essendon 8.1 49 vs South Melbourne 6.9 45, Round 13 1897 (win)
St Kilda 3.1 19 vs Fitzroy 9.13 67, Round 10 1898
Carlton 1.1 7 vs Fitzroy 12.18 90, Round 16 1898 (Sectional Round 2)
Carlton 3.1 19 vs Melbourne 6.9 45, Round 3 1899
Geelong 3.1 19 vs South Melbourne 5.5 35, Round 6 1899
St Kilda 0.1 1 vs Geelong 23.24 162, Round 17 1899 (Sectional Round 3 – most lopsided game in history)
Essendon 2.1 13 vs South Melbourne 3.10 28, Round 17 1899 (Sectional Round 3)
Carlton 4.1 25 vs Collingwood 0.9 9, Round 5 1900 (win)
South Melbourne 3.1 19 vs Essendon 9.5 59, Round 15 1900 (Sectional Round 1)
St Kilda 3.1 19 vs Essendon 9.14 68, Round 2 1901
St Kilda 3.1 19 vs Collingwood 7.11 53, Round 7 1901
St Kilda 1.1 7 vs South Melbourne 7.14 56, Round 8 1901
Collingwood 5.1 31 vs South Melbourne 7.9 51, Round 10 1901
St Kilda 4.1 25 vs Carton 9.7 61, Round 11 1904
Fitzroy 3.1 19 vs Collingwood 5.11 41, Round 8 1905
Melbourne 2.1 13 vs Fitzroy 17.18 120, Round 15 1906 (Sectional Round 1)
St Kilda 5.1 31 vs Fitzroy 11.11 77, Round 16 1909
St Kilda 1.1 7 vs Carlton 5.15 45, Round 9 1915
North Melbourne 8.1 49 vs Melbourne 12.34 106, Round 7 1940*
Fitzroy 5.1 31 vs Geelong 20.24 144, Round 9 1966
Footscray 4.1 25 vs Carlton 12.14 86, Round 17 1966
Brisbane Lions 7.1 43 vs Hawthorn 17.16 118, Round 16 2010

* The Round 7 1940 game deserves a special mention since Melbourne scored a whopping 34 behinds in the same game! Only two games have seen more behinds scored by a team (Hawthorn with 41 vs St Kilda in Round 6 1977 and Geelong with 35 vs Melbourne in Round 16 1981).

No team has ever gone scoreless in a VFL/AFL game. The fewest behinds by a team in a finals game was 2 in the 1960 Grand Final, this 1909 Semi-final and this 2007 Qualifying Final. Two behinds have been scored by a team 67 times, most recently in Round 12 of the 2009 season.

Corrections are most welcome.

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