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May 26, 2012

Winning an AFL/VFL game after being goalless in the first half

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 5:20 am

On the 21st of April 2012 the West Coast Eagles managed a feat not performed since 2004 – winning a game after being goalless in the first half.

Here are the instances since 1920 that this has occurred. This used to be a more common occurrence in the lower-scoring early days of the VFL pre-1920.

  • 1927 : Collingwood def Essendon [Match stats]
    0.1   0.4   1.8  3.13   31
    2.2   3.4   4.6   4.6   30
  • 1936 : North Melbourne def Fitzroy [Match stats]
    0.5   0.5   4.9  9.11   65
    2.3   3.8  3.10  3.12   30
  • 1956 : Richmond def Hawthorn [Match stats]
    0.6   1.8  2.10  3.13   31
    0.0   0.4   3.5   8.6   54
  • 1959 : Fitzroy def Collingwood [Match stats]
    0.3   0.4   2.8  5.10   40
    1.1   2.4   2.8  3.12   30
  • 1964 : Geelong def Hawthorn [Match stats]
    0.3   0.9  4.11 10.15   75
    2.2   2.4   3.6   3.8   26
  • 1968 : Essendon def Carlton [Match stats]
    0.6   0.7  1.10  1.11   17
    0.1   0.5   3.6   7.8   50
  • 1984 : Essendon def Footscray [Match stats]
    0.3   0.7   0.8  3.14   32
    0.6   0.7   3.9  4.10   34
  • 2004 : Adelaide def North Melbourne [Match stats]
    0.3  0.10  2.17  5.19   49
    1.7   1.8  2.10  5.12   42
  • 2012 : West Coast def Hawthorn [Match stats]
    0.8   0.12 2.16  5.21   51
    0.4   2.7  3.13  5.16   46

In the 1964 game Geelong managed to pile on 10 goals in the second half while in the 1968 and 1984 games both teams were goalless at half time! The only games in the above list to have been as early in the season as April were 1968 and 2012. Also 30 looks like a common losing score. 🙂

References

[1] JPB: Goalless at half time: 1897 to 2011

[2] AFL Tables – Match Scores 1897-2012

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