Time will tell if the Cats keep us this form and claim the ‘flat-track bully’ crown for 2007. Ironically enough, if they do, the team they would be taking over from is… Richmond. The Tigers racked up nine out of their eleven wins over bottom-eight teams last year, scoring on average 21.9 points more than their opposition. In contrast, against top-eight teams, they scored on average 44.2 points less than their opposition – a differential of a whopping 66.1 points.
Does this mean Geelong is doomed to finish ninth this year? We’ll see. In the meantime, here’s the ‘flat-track bully’ ladder for 2006:
Average point differential against bottom eight teams less average point differential against top eight teams: 2006