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August 14, 2011

Big wins in the VFL/AFL

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 4:03 am

In recent times there have been some big winning margins in AFL football. This table shows that five of the biggest wins in the 115-year history of the VFL/AFL have come this season.

# Marg Team 1 Score Team 2 Score Gnd Rd Date Year
1 190 Fitzroy 36.22 (238) Melbourne 6.12 (48) Wav 17 Sat 28th Jul 1979
2 186 Geelong 37.11 (233) Melbourne 7.5 (47) SS 19 Sat 30th Jul 2011
3 178 Collingwood 31.21 (207) St Kilda 3.11 (29) VP 4 Sat 28th Apr 1979
4 171 Sth Melb 29.15 (189) St Kilda 2.6 (18) AP 12 Sat 26th Jul 1919
5 168 Richmond 30.19 (199) Nth Melb 4.7 (31) PR 2 Sat 9th May 1931
6 165 Hawthorn 31.11 (197) Port Adel 5.2 (32) MCG 21 Sat 13th Aug 2011
6 165 Essendon 28.16 (184) Sth Melb 2.7 (19) WH 18 Sat 22nd Aug 1964
8 164 Geelong 37.17 (239) Bris Bears 11.9 (75) Car 7 Sun 3rd May 1992
9 163 Sydney 36.20 (236) Essendon 11.7 (73) SCG 17 Sun 26th Jul 1987
10 162 Bris Bears 33.21 (219) Sydney 8.9 (57) Gab 8 Sun 16th May 1993
11 161 Geelong 23.24 (162) St Kilda 0.1 (1) CO F3B Sat 9th Sep 1899
12 160 Hawthorn 32.24 (216) Essendon 8.8 (56) MCG 20 Sat 1st Aug 1992
13 157 Geelong 35.12 (222) Richmond 9.11 (65) Eti 6 Sun 6th May 2007
13 157 Hawthorn 36.15 (231) Fitzroy 11.8 (74) NHO 6 Sun 28th Apr 1991
15 152 Richmond 34.18 (222) St Kilda 11.4 (70) SCG 16 Sun 20th Jul 1980
16 151 Richmond 28.19 (187) Fitzroy 5.6 (36) MCG 21 Sun 25th Aug 1996
17 150 Geelong 29.14 (188) Gold Coast 6.2 (38) SS 20 Sat 6th Aug 2011
17 150 Fitzroy 34.16 (220) Nth Melb 10.10 (70) JO 13 Sat 18th Jun 1983
19 147 Collingwood 30.20 (200) Essendon 7.11 (53) VP 14 Sat 3rd Jul 1971
20 146 Essendon 32.16 (208) Footscray 9.8 (62) WO 22 Sat 28th Aug 1982
21 143 Hawthorn 28.26 (194) Footscray 7.9 (51) Wav 3 Sat 10th Apr 1982
22 142 Essendon 25.10 (160) West Coast 1.12 (18) WH 15 Sat 15th Jul 1989
23 141 Bris Lions 29.15 (189) Adelaide 6.12 (48) Gab 17 Sat 24th Jul 2004
23 141 Nth Melb 32.17 (209) Richmond 9.14 (68) MCG 2 Fri 6th Apr 1990
23 141 Melbourne 21.28 (154) Hawthorn 1.7 (13) MCG 9 Sat 26th Jun 1926
26 140 Essendon 29.20 (194) Bris Bears 8.6 (54) MCG 9 Fri 27th May 1988
26 140 Carlton 25.19 (169) St Kilda 2.17 (29) Mor 2 Sat 6th Apr 1985
26 140 Nth Melb 27.23 (185) Sydney 5.15 (45) SCG 3 Sun 10th Apr 1983
29 139 Essendon 31.11 (197) Gold Coast 8.10 (58) Eti 6 Sun 1st May 2011
29 139 St Kilda 28.18 (186) Bris Lions 7.5 (47) Eti 22 Sat 27th Aug 2005
29 139 Adelaide 26.15 (171) Richmond 4.8 (32) AAMI 16 Fri 16th Jul 1993
32 138 Collingwood 23.21 (159) Port Adel 3.3 (21) AAMI 20 Sat 6th Aug 2011

The Collingwood-Port Adelaide game was the first time a team only had 6 scoring shots (3 goals + 3 behinds) in a game since 1971. Only 68 times has a team had 5 or fewer scoring shots, only 4 of which were after 1915. In the following week against Hawthorn, Port Adelaide only had 7 scoring shots. As a result their percentage went down from 69.7% to 61.2% in two rounds. Geelong’s percentage went up from 138.5% to 160.4% from their two huge wins. Both are massive changes this late in the season.

References

Fewest scoring shots from afl.allthestats.com

Greatest margins from afl.allthestats.com

AFL Tables – 2011 Season scores

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