Sunday, September 1, 2013

AFL Power Rankings: Round 23 2013


Throughout 2013 St. Kilda has been highlighted so much in the ‘Falling Down’ section that it seems only fair to give them a run here after gaining over nine ranking points on the weekend. The Saints moved up to fourteenth spot after thrashing the depleted Dockers to put a positive end on a dismal year. The largest gain over 2013 though belongs to North Melbourne, who gained 24 ranking points and almost finished the home and away season in third spot, despite missing the actual AFL finals.


The Fremantle Dockers fall down to their lowest placing of the year after getting thrashed by the lowly Saints. Dockers’ fans (and others) would no doubt note that their team rested twelve players on the weekend, and therefore their drop in ranking points this week doesn’t reflect the true quality of their team. And they may well be right. However, a similar thing might have been said when Collingwood switched places with Geelong after getting touched up the Cats in the final home and away round in 2011, and that proved to be prescient in terms of the results of the subsequent finals series. Meanwhile, the Dockers’ cross-town rivals, the Eagles drop another three ranking spots, and end up with the largest decline in ranking points for the season.


After very little happened last week in the Power Rankings, nearly early team moved places this week, with the exceptions being the two teams, Melbourne and GWS, who have not moved at all in 2013.

Below is a summary of where each team has been during the course of the 2013 season (click to enlarge). As you can see, most of the movement was in the middle of the pack, in positions 5-10. 

And here is a summary of where each team spent the most time in the rankings this season, along with their highest and lowest rankings, and the variation (standard deviation) in their positions.

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