Not that i always like to blame the umpires, but we do seem to cop a raw deal from them more so then any other.
So out of interest, I just went through and recorded the ladder position of every club based on the total “free kick for” count in each year since 2001 - 2015. I left out GWS and Gold Coast since they haven’t been around for the whole duration, so its based on all 16 clubs.
Now, i’ve had a strong gut feeling about what’s been going on, but the results were astonishing! and at the extreme end of what i suspected.
I suspected my beloved club we would be near the bottom, and that my other most despised club, the Weagles, would be near the top, since they always seem to be looked after by some higher,utterly biased source i cannot see, but WOW!!! have a look at the results…
Please remember i set up the afl.com.au stat page from using the advanced options button, and leaving just the frees for stats to show up, then pressed the total button to reflect the most frees for awarded from 1 on the ladder, to the least awarded, then recorded each teams positions on the ladder, and going through year after year from 2001-2015. My ladder adds up those positions i recorded and thus, the overall ladder is shown.(e.g… If a team was lucky enough to be awarded the most frees year after year for these 15 years, and came 1st on each years ladder as a result, this teams total score for the mother ladder would be 15.
So in this case “the Mother Ladder”, less is more)
The 2001 - 2015 Mother Ladder. The number next to each team is the ladder position total from 2001 -2015 for winning free kicks Proof, the AFL Footy God wears a Weagle Jumper, and Essendon is seen as the Dark force that must be stopped…this is the only way it makes any sense.
1. Weagles - 77 (Came 1st three times, and was in the top 10 every year but one)
2. Geelong - 90
3. Port Adelaide - 90
4. Hawthorn - 104
5. Sydney - 110
6. Carlton - 124
7. Collingwood - 130
8. North Melbourne - 130
9. St Kilda - 131
10. Fremantle - 136
11. Richmond - 138
12. Adelaide - 153
13. Western Bulldogs - 162
14. Brisbane - 162
15. Melbourne - 166
16. Essendon - 169
The “Free Kick For” Count Ladders from 2001 - 2015 as i found them.