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Wins With Fewer Goals 1897-2021:
(Thanks to Julien Peter Benney for suggesting these and contributing to the content.)
  • There have been 292 matches won by the team scoring fewer goals (1.83% of matches). In 267 matches the winning team kicked 1 goal fewer, in 24 matches 2 fewer goals and in 1 match (round 13 1944), 3 fewer goals.
     
  • The teams winning these matches scored a combined total of 318 fewer goals than their opponents but 2,880 more behinds. 
    3,144 goals 5,239 behinds to 3,462 goals 2,359 behinds. (8,383 scoring shots to 5,821)
  • 141 of  the matches occurred before 1970  (1.97% of matches played), and 151 since (1.71% of matches.) There were 3 in 2017, 4 in 2018, 3 in 2019, 4 in 2020, and 5 in 2021.

     
  • The longest sequence of matches without a win with fewer goals is 342 matches from Round 18 of 1982 to Round 5 of 1985. (Which is contained in the longest sequences of matches without a draw.)
  •  The shortest period containing four matches won with fewer goals is four rounds (Rounds 10 to 13 of 1932 and Rounds 8 to 11 of 1972). The shortest period containing five matches won with fewer goals is five rounds between Round 8 and Round 12 of 1972.
     
  • Since 1964 there have been 6 seasons without a match won with fewer goals, 2006, 2001, 1984, 1983, 1979 and 1971 . Before 1965 there were 8, 1963, 1962, 1924, 1922, 1919, 1908, 1902 and 1900.
  • The highest winning margin by a team kicking fewer goals is 16 points. Hawthorn also have the 2nd highest winning margin - 14 pts v Fitzroy R14 1935, 14.26-110 v 16.6-96. (The highest in 2021 was 3 pts. Sydney 11.17-83 vs Essendon 12.8-80 and Hawthorn 15.12-1-2 vs  Adelaide 16.3-99.)

  • The highest winning margin by a team scoring 2 fewer goals is 7 points.

  • The highest score by a team winning with fewer goals is 137 points.

  • The lowest score by a team winning with fewer goals is 19 points.
    (In 1995 Richmond defeated Hawthorn 5.4-34 with a score of 4.16-30 which was the lowest winning score with fewer goals since Melbourne's 4.15-29 v WB/Footscray 5.4-34 in 1935.)

     

  • The last match won with 2 fewer goals was in 2016. Previous: In 2013 Geelong 15.22-112 vs Brisbane 17.9-111-and before that Nth Melbourne 12.21-93 vs Melbourne 14.8-92 in1999.



  • Only one Grand Final has been won by the team scoring fewer goals.

  • Only 7 other  finals have been won with fewer goals.

Semi Final 1956 

Semi Final 1965
Qualifying Final 1994
Preliminary Final 1997
Qualifying Final 1998
Preliminary Final 2012
Preliminary Final 2013
  • The most matches won with fewer goals in one season is 7 in 1980.

  • The highest percentage of matches won with fewer goals in a season has been 5.63% in 1901 (4/71).

  • The most victories with fewer goals in one round of matches is 3.
        Round 13, 1938,Round 14, 1978 and Round 14 2017

  • The most matches won with fewer goals by one team in one season is 3.
         Melbourne rounds 5,12 & 13 1934.
         Sydney/SM  rounds 11,17 & 22 1988.

  • On only two occasions has a team team defeated the same opponent scoring more goals twice in a season.

  • Combined scores for the season: Essendon 9.39-93 v Sydney/SM 13.8-86, WB/Footscray 14.32-116 v Hawthorn 17.11-113



 


Table shows how many matches each team has won with fewer goals and how many each team has lost with more goals.


Table shows percentage of matches played that were wins 
with fewer goals.

  • Until 2020 when it won 2 matches with fewer goals, Brisbane's only wins with fewer goals have been against St Kilda in 1998 and Gold Coast in 2018.
     

  • Carlton  have defeated Essendon  with fewer goals on 5 occasions. They have defeated Melbourne and Richmond with fewer goals only once each.

  • Collingwood have defeated Essendon and Melbourne 4 occasions each and St Kilda 5 times with fewer goals. They defeated Sydney/SM with fewer goals for the first time round 14, 2011.

  • Essendon have defeated Richmond 6 times with fewer goals and Carlton 5 times. They have never defeated St Kilda with fewer goals.

  • Fitzroy never defeated either Essendon or Geelong with fewer goals.

  • Geelong have defeated North Melbourne with fewer goals on 5 occasions and St Kilda on 4.. They have never defeated Essendon with fewer goals.

  • Geelong defeated Richmond for the first time with fewer goals in 2014 and repeated the feat in 2016.

  • The only teams that Hawthorn have defeated more than once with fewer goals are Fitzroy (3 times) and Geelong (twice - last in 2018) They have never defeated Collingwood, North Melbourne, or WB/Footscray with fewer goals.
    (They defeated Sydney/SM for the 1st time with fewer goals in 2010 and Geelong for the first time in the 2013 Preliminary Final.)

  • Melbourne have defeated Hawthorn 5 times with fewer goals. They have never defeated Carlton or Sydney/SM with fewer goals.

  • North Melbourne have defeated Sydney/SM and WB/Footscray 3 times with fewer goals. They have never defeated Collingwood, Essendon or Geelong with fewer goals.

  • Richmond have defeated Carlton 6 times with fewer goals and Geelong 5 times. They have never defeated Collingwood, Melbourne or WB/Footscray with fewer goals. Three of Richmond's last 4 wins with fewer goals (1995, 2004 and 2005) have been against Hawthorn.

  • St Kilda haven't defeated any team with fewer goals more than twice. They have never defeated Melbourne or WB/Footscray with fewer goals.

  • Sydney/SM have defeated Essendon 6 times with fewer goals (last in 2021), North Melbourne and St Kilda each 4 times. They are the only team to have defeated all 12 teams competing before 1987 at least once with fewer goals.

  • WB/Footscray have defeated Geelong on 3 occasions with fewer goals. They have never defeated Collingwood, Essendon, Melbourne, Richmond or Sydney/SM with fewer goals.

  • The most wins against a single opponent without a win with fewer goals are 143 by Essendon against St Kilda.

  • The most losses to an opponent with fewer goals in one season is 3. Essendon in Rounds 4, 15 and 16 of 1980 and Nth Melbourne in rounds 2, 8 and 9 of 2013.

Teams that have played 200 or more matches against an opponent and never defeated them with fewer goals.

Geelong v Essendon 220
Essendon v St Kilda 217
Melbourne v Carlton 215
St Kilda v Melbourne 218
Richmond v Collingwood 213



 

Wins with Fewer Goals 1897-2021 - Team v Team

 
  Ade Bri Car Col Ess Fitz Fre Gee GC GWS Haw Mel NM PA Rch StK Syd Uni WB WC Total 
Adelaide   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 - 1 0 6
Brisbane 0   0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 - 0 0 4
Carlton  1 1   2 5 2 0 4 0 0 1 1 3 0 1 2 2 0 2 1 28
Collingwood  1 0 1   4 2 0 2 0 0 2 4 1 0 1 5 1 0 1 2 27
Essendon  0 0 5 1   2 0 3 0 0 1 4 2 0 6 0 3 0 3 1 31
Fitzroy 0 0 3 1 0   0 0 0 0 0 3 1 - 0 1 2 0 1 0 12
Fremantle  2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 - 1 0 9
Geelong  0 2 1 3 0 2 1   0 0 2 3 5 0 2 4 2 0 2 0 29
Gold Coast 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0
GWS Giants 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 - 0 0 1
Hawthorn  2 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 0 0   1 0 0 1 1 1 - 0 1 14
Melbourne  0 0 0 2 2 1 0 3 1 0 5   2 0 1 2 0 0 3 0 22
Nth Melbourne  1 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 2   0 1 2 3 - 3 0 19
Port Adelaide  0 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 0 0 - 1 0 3
Richmond  0 0 6 0 1 1 0 5 0 1 4 0 1 0   1 2 0 0 0 22
St. Kilda  1 1 1 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2   2 0 0 0 16
Sydney/SM 0 1 1 1 6 2 0 3 0 0 2 1 4 0 1 4   1 3 0 30
University - - 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 - 0 - - 0 0 0   - - 0
WB/Footscray 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 -   1 12
West Coast  0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 - 0   6
Totals Against 8 8 23 14  22 20 3  27 4 1 21 21 26 2 18 26 20 1 21 6 292

Table originally prepared by Julien Peter Benney

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