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.
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