Last week’s draw between Greater Western Sydney and Hawthorn featured the rare double of scores being level both on the scoreboard and on the free kick count.
Not only were scores locked at 97 apiece when the siren went, but the umpires also paid both sides 19 free kicks each. That’s the first time that has happened in a draw since Round 2 2011, when St Kilda and Richmond drew and were both paid 26 free kicks each.
The drawn result saw both Hawthorn and GWS lift themselves off the foot of the Footy Prophet Free Kick Ladder, condemning Sydney to the bottom once again.
The Swans may have thrashed Gold Coast by 67 points last week, but somehow they managed to lose the free kick count 13-14. The Swans may have won eight of their past nine matches but in just three of them have they won the free kick count.
The least in-form team in the league when it comes to winning free kicks is Fremantle, who lost their sixth straight free kick count thanks to the controversial late free to North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein.
Goldstein’s last-minute free was the Kangaroos’ 17th free kick of the match, one more than Freo. Thankfully for the Dockers, his kick from 20m out missed and they won the game.
At the other end of the spectrum are West Coast, who despite losing to Port Adelaide on the scoreboard notched a sixth straight free kick tally win 22-16.
The Eagles are two points clear of the Western Bulldogs, with just four points separating the top six teams on the ladder.
2017 AFL Free Kick Ladder after Round 16
|Greater Western Sydney||15||5||8||2||24||250||289||86.51%||2|