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September 5, 2011

Best VFL/AFL Home and Away Seasons

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 12:05 pm

Despite Collingwood’s final round loss by 96 points to Geelong, they still ended up with the highest percentage in a 22-round VFL/AFL season (best in any season since 1929). The following table is taken from [1]. In the final round their percentage dropped 14%! It was the first time since 1911 the top two teams played in the final round with their positions already guaranteed.

Best Record – Home & Away Season
Team P W D L For Ave. Agn Ave. % Win% Year
Collingwood 18 18 279. 244 1918 106.56 156. 181 1117 62.06 171.71 100.00 1929
Geelong 22 21 1 392. 320 2672 121.45 237. 229 1651 75.05 161.84 95.45 2008
Essendon 22 21 1 415. 326 2816 128.00 259. 216 1770 80.45 159.10 95.45 2000
Carlton 18 17 1 153. 207 1125 62.50 84. 160 664 36.89 169.43 94.44 1908
Essendon 18 17 1 286. 226 1942 107.89 167. 195 1197 66.50 162.24 94.44 1950
South Melbourne 14 13 1 134. 166 970 69.29 89. 144 678 48.43 143.07 92.86 1918
Collingwood 22 20 2 381. 306 2592 117.82 222. 214 1546 70.27 167.66 90.91 2011
St Kilda 22 20 2 322. 265 2197 99.86 206. 175 1411 64.14 155.71 90.91 2009
Carlton 22 20 2 340. 317 2357 107.14 246. 235 1711 77.77 137.76 90.91 1995

Interestingly, 3 of the most successful home-and-away seasons have come in the past four years (neither Geelong nor St Kilda won the premiership in those respective years). The West Coast Eagles previously had the record for the highest percentage in a 22-round home-and-away season: 162.2% in 1991 after a 19-3 season (also losing in the final round).

This year the 4th placed side (West Coast) had a 17-5 record. This is the most games a team has won while missing out on the top 3. Back in 2008 a 13-9 record was enough for St Kilda to claim 4th spot after the home-and-away season! Also, the last time the 5th-ranked team had a percentage above 130 (as Carlton did this year) was 1963.

Reference

[1] AFL Tables – Season Records

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