AFLW in Early Going Appears to be Kangaroos then Everyone Else
First one to blink loses? More like first one to lose blinks.
The AFLW is having its first season using the rare in Australian sports format of conference play. It is so rare, in fact, that the creative brain trust that is doing such a good job, could come up with only Conference A and Conference B for names.
Fremantle beat Brisbane for the first time, which is hardly noteworthy, as this is just the third season for the AFLW, but they are unbeaten in the 2019 AFLW Premiership competition.
The challenge the Dockers face is that both North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs have yet to lose. The true challenge for Fremantle is that the Kangaroos have a hard-to-believe percentage of 256.4.
Yes, the season is far from over and if someone can beat North Melbourne, or slow them down at least, Fremantle and Western Bulldogs can close the gap, but anything other than winning is not an option.
Historically, for an entire season, the best percentage belongs to the men’s Collingwood Magpies of 1902. They won 15 of 17 games that season for a percentage of 199.47. Collingwood was undefeated in 1929, the most recent year in which an AFL/VFL team finished with a percentage making the top 10 of the all-time list.
Back to the current year and the AFLW, the outlook in Conference B is well below that of Conference A.
Brisbane holds a narrow 3.2 percent advantage over Geelong and both of those clubs have won one and lost one game this season.
Fremantle has to have gotten a boost from the 27-point win over the side that made the Grand Final the first two years of the AFLW competition. The final score was 67 – 40. The Dockers kicked 10 goals, so it would seem that they have the sort of scoring firepower that the AFL is seeking.
The Bulldogs hold the scoring mark from accumulated 12 goals and 14 behinds (86) in the 2018 AFLW competition.