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AFL Free Kick Ladder R15 – Eagles flying high again

West Coast Eagles have surged to the top of Footy Prophet’s AFL Free Kick coming from as far back as 11th seven weeks ago to move clear after Round 15.

After Round 9, the Eagles had just four free kick tally wins for the season and were languishing just eight points off the bottom of the ladder.

But they have won their past five free kick tallies, including Saturday’s win over the previous competition leaders, the Western Bulldogs 25-19. That win saw them leap to the top, a place they have been accustomed to being when it comes to free kicks.

A look back over recent years reveals the Eagles are a powerhouse when it comes to winning free kick tallies.

Last year saw them finish sixth, 20 premiership points behind the Bulldogs in the free kick ladder, but in previous years they have been one of the top two contenders. In 2015, the year they made the Grand Final, they finished on top, in 2014 they finished second, in 2013 they were top, in 2012, they were top while in 2011 they were second.

A 1 or 2 finish this year would mean the Eagles have finished top two in the free kick tally in six of the past seven years.

While the Eagles have been going up the table, their cross-town rival the Dockers have been going the other way. They have lost four free-kick tallies on the bounce and have now dropped to 13th.

The bottom three teams on the Free Kick Ladder all won their tallies on the weekend, meaning the bottom-four teams, Sydney, Geelong, Hawthorn and GWS are all on level points with five wins, eight losses and a draw in FK tallies.

Anything else you notice about those bottom four? Yep, they are the teams who finished top four on the actual ladder after Round 23 in 2016.

West Coast 14 9 5 0 36 261 217 120.28% 1
Port Adelaide 14 8 4 2 36 270 264 102.27% 2
Western Bulldogs 14 8 5 1 34 281 241 116.60% -2
Brisbane Lions 14 7 5 2 32 292 261 111.88% 3
Carlton 14 8 6 0 32 274 248 110.48% 1
Collingwood 14 7 5 2 32 235 225 104.44% -3
St Kilda 14 8 6 0 32 244 249 97.99% 2
North Melbourne 14 7 6 1 30 272 255 106.67% -3
Melbourne 14 6 6 2 28 260 264 98.48% -1
Gold Coast 14 5 6 3 26 234 233 100.43% 4
Adelaide 14 6 7 1 26 271 267 101.50% -1
Essendon 14 5 7 2 24 244 258 94.57% -1
Fremantle 14 5 7 2 24 249 267 93.26% -1
Richmond 14 6 8 0 24 252 292 86.30% -1
Sydney 14 5 8 1 22 257 273 94.14% 1
Geelong 14 5 8 1 22 269 286 94.06% -1
Hawthorn 14 5 8 1 22 216 238 90.76% 0
Greater Western Sydney 14 5 8 1 22 231 270 85.56% 0

 

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