08 Jan 2022

 
   
 

 

 
 

Average Margins: Rounds 1897-2021

 
     
 

Smallest average margin in a 2-match round - Round 3 1916

Margins Average
Carlton 9 12 66 Richmond 7 19 61 5 2.5
Collingwood 6 14 50 Fitzroy 7 8 50 0

Smallest average margin in a 3-match round - Round 6 1917

Fitzroy 8 9 57 Carlton 4 17 41 16 6.33
Geelong 6 14 50 Sydney/SM 6 11 47 3
Collingwood 6 14 50 Richmond 7 8 50 0

Smallest average margin in a 4-match round - Round 13 1922

Richmond 12 17 89 Geelong 11 13 79 10 5.5
Essendon 15 7 97 Fitzroy 12 16 88 9
Melbourne 10 4 64 Carlton 8 13 61 3
St Kilda 10 15 75 Sydney/SM 11 9 75 0

Smallest average margin in a 5-match round - Round 12 1908

Melbourne 9 12 66 Geelong 7 6 48 18 10.8
Collingwood 3 13 31 University 2 2 14 17
Essendon 6 6 42 Carlton 4 5 29 13
St Kilda 5 4 34 Sydney/SM 4 5 29 5
Richmond 5 4 34 Fitzroy 4 9 33 1

Smallest average margin in a 6-match round - Round 4 1926

Richmond 16 16 112 Hawthorn 14 16 100 12 7.17
St Kilda 9 8 62 Fitzroy 7 9 51 11
Geelong 7 16 58 Nth Melbourne 7 8 50 8
Carlton 10 11 71 Sydney/SM 9 12 66 5
Collingwood 12 12 84 Melbourne 12 7 79 5
Essendon 6 13 49 WB/Footscray 7 5 47 2
 

Smallest average margin in a 7-match round - Round 5 2011

Collingwood 16 11 107 Essendon 11 11 77 30 12.43
Geelong 17 15 117 Hawthorn 15 8 98 19
St Kilda 13 11 89 Brisbane 11 10 76 13
Richmond 17 10 112 Nth Melbourne 14 19 103 9
Fremantle 12 13 85 WB/Footscray 11 12 78 7
Carlton 11 19 85 Adelaide 12 7 79 6
Gold Coast 15 14 104 Port Adelaide 15 11 101 3

Smallest average margin in a 8-match round - Round 2 2005

Melbourne 20 17 137 WB/Footscray 15 21 111 26 12.25
Nth Melbourne 12 10 82 Sydney/SM 7 17 59 23
West Coast 12 12 84 Geelong 8 14 62 22
Richmond 16 7 103 Hawthorn 12 17 89 14
Adelaide 12 9 81 Collingwood 10 15 75 6
Carlton 16 14 110 Essendon 17 4 106 4
Port Adelaide 11 9 75 Brisbane 11 7 73 2
St Kilda 8 11 59 Fremantle 8 10 58 1
Smallest average margin in a 9-match round - Round 4 2019
Gold Coast 8 11 59 Carlton 8 9 57 2 14.0
GWS Giants 11 13 79 Geelong 11 9 75 4  
St Kilda 10 14 74 Hawthorn 10 9 69 5  
Richmond 15 9 99 Port Adelaide 14 8 92 7  
Nth Melbourne 9 17 71 Adelaide 8 11 59 12  
West Coast 10 9 69 Fremantle 7 14 56 13  
Collingwood 11 12 78 WB/Footscray 9 10 64 14  
Melbourne 15 10 100 Sydney/SM 11 12 78 22  
Essendon 17 10 112 Brisbane 9 11 65 47  
Smallest average margin in a 2020 9-match round - 18 pts. in Round 4
 

Greatest average margin in a 2-match round - Round 6 1916

Carlton 14 8 92 Richmond 3 13 31 61 37.5
Collingwood 11 13 79 Fitzroy 8 17 65 14

Greatest average margin in a 3-match round - Round 6 1917

Sydney/SM 14 14 98 Geelong 6 13 49 49 33.0
Collingwood 11 19 85 Richmond 7 7 49 36
Carlton 8 11 59 Fitzroy 5 15 45 14

Greatest average margin in a 4-match round - Round 16 1919

Fitzroy 21 16 142 Melbourne 2 5 17 125 68.5
Collingwood 17 11 113 Carlton 5 16 46 67
Richmond 14 16 100 St Kilda 5 11 41 59
Essendon 9 18 72 Geelong 6 13 49 23

Greatest average margin in a 5-match round - Round 3 1942

Richmond 25 25 175 Collingwood 5 7 37 138 69.8
WB/Footscray 17 15 117 Hawthorn 5 11 41 76
Sydney/SM 22 24 156 St Kilda 11 16 82 74
Fitzroy 20 13 133 Melbourne 11 11 77 56
Essendon 11 9 75 Carlton 11 4 70 5

Greatest average margin in a 6-match round - Round 21 1986

Hawthorn 35 15 225 Geelong 13 12 90 135 77.33
Collingwood 23 18 156 Richmond 8 7 55 101
Melbourne 28 14 182 Nth Melbourne 14 13 97 85
Carlton 23 13 151 WB/Footscray 10 12 72 79
Fitzroy 14 12 96 Essendon 8 13 61 35
Sydney/SM 20 20 140 St Kilda 16 15 111 29
 

Greatest average margin in a 7-match round - Round 20 1992

Hawthorn 32 24 216 Essendon 8 8 56 160 69.14
West Coast 29 12 186 Brisbane 8 7 55 131
Adelaide 24 19 163 Richmond 7 11 53 110
WB/Footscray 24 8 152 Nth Melbourne 16 9 105 47
St Kilda 14 18 102 Fitzroy 10 24 84 18
Carlton 21 13 139 Sydney/SM 20 10 130 9
Melbourne 16 13 109 Collingwood 14 16 100 9

Greatest average margin in a 8-match round - Round 22 2008

St Kilda 21 21 147 Essendon 5 9 39 108 66.88
Geelong 24 20 164 West Coast 10 5 65 99  
Richmond 18 13 121 Melbourne 6 5 41 80  
Hawthorn 24 15 159 Carlton 12 9 81 78  
Port Adelaide 23 10 148 Nth Melbourne 10 12 72 76  
Sydney/SM 17 12 114 Brisbane 6 17 53 61  
Fremantle 12 8 80 Collingwood 8 8 56 24  
Adelaide 10 16 76 WB/Footscray 9 13 67 9  

Greatest average margin in a 9-match round - Round 18 2012

Collingwood 26 18 174 GWS Giants 7 12 54 120 63.56
West Coast 28 7 175 Brisbane 12 5 77 98  
Hawthorn 27 18 180 Essendon 12 14 86 94  
St Kilda 16 22 118 WB/Footscray 6 6 42 76  
Sydney/SM 19 12 126 Gold Coast 8 6 54 72  
Nth Melbourne 19 13 127 Melbourne 11 7 73 54  
Geelong 15 12 102 Adelaide 11 9 75 27  
Fremantle 11 9 75 Port Adelaide 6 12 48 27  
Carlton 14 11 95 Richmond 13 13 91 4  

Greatest in a  2021 9-match round was 44.22 pts. in round 22

Prepared using TMRdb

 

 

From 1897 to 2021 the League has conducted 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 match rounds. The table at the left shows the round in each category that had the smallest and greatest average margin. (Results are to round 23 2021).


 
  • There were 17 rounds where the average margin has been less than 10 points from 1903 to 1950
  • There were 48 rounds where the average margin has been less than 12 points from 1897 to 1975
  • There have been 117 rounds where the average margin has been 15 points or less from 1897 to 2021.
  • The average margin for all rounds 1897 to 2021 is 32.3 points.
  • There have been 35 rounds where the average margin has been 60 points or more from 1905 to 2021. (highest in  2016 - 50.4 pts., 2017 -  46.7 pts., 2018 - 53.4 pts., 2019 - 45.7 pts. and 2020 - 39.4 pts.)

 

Smallest difference between greatest and smallest margins:
 4-match round

Fitzroy 14 9 93 St Kilda 12 13 85 8
Geelong 11 16 82 Collingwood 10 16 76 6
Sydney/SM 11 12 78 Carlton 10 12 72 6
Richmond 13 9 87 Melbourne 11 17 83 4
Round 7 1924 - 4 points

 

Smallest difference between greatest and smallest margins:
 5-match round

University 6 11 47 Carlton 3 14 32 15
Fitzroy 10 12 72 Collingwood 9 7 61 11
Melbourne 11 8 74 Richmond 9 9 63 11
Essendon 6 18 54 St Kilda 6 8 44 10
Sydney/SM 8 5 53 Geelong 6 8 44 9
Round 1 1909 - 6 points

 

Smallest difference between greatest and smallest margins:
 6-match round

WB/Footscray 13 14 92 Carlton 12 7 79 13
Richmond 15 19 109 Collingwood 15 10 100 9
Sydney/SM 16 7 103 Hawthorn 14 10 94 9
Essendon 15 12 102 Nth Melbourne 13 16 94 8
St Kilda 8 6 54 Geelong 6 12 48 6
Fitzroy 7 10 52 Melbourne 6 11 47 5
Round 17 1950 - 8 points

 

Round 5 2011 has the smallest difference in a 7 match round - 27 points. 
See: 
Smallest average margin in a 7 match round - left column.

 

 

Smallest difference between greatest and smallest margins:
 8-match round

Adelaide 21 12 138 WB/Footscray 14 11 95 43
St Kilda 22 8 140 Carlton 14 13 97 43
Collingwood 13 11 89 Richmond 7 7 49 40
Geelong 14 11 95 Essendon 8 8 56 39
Brisbane 17 15 117 Sydney/SM 12 7 79 38
Fremantle 15 10 100 West Coast 11 4 70 30
Nth Melbourne 14 15 99 Port Adelaide 10 10 70 29
Hawthorn 14 9 93 Melbourne 9 13 67 26
Round 16 2002 - 17 points

 

Smallest difference between greatest and smallest margins:
 9-match round

Hawthorn 12 8 80 Port Adelaide 6 13 49 31
Geelong 13 13 91 Gold Coast 9 10 64 27
GWS Giants 14 10 94 Melbourne 10 8 68 26
Nth Melbourne 18 7 115 WB/Footscray 13 12 90 25
Richmond 10 13 73 Essendon 6 14 50 23
St Kilda 9 14 68 Carlton 8 7 55 13
West Coast 13 7 85 Adelaide 10 13 73 12
Collingwood 11 14 80 Sydney/SM 11 7 73 7
Fremantle 10 13 73 Brisbane 10 12 72 1
Round 10  2019 - 30 points

 

Average Season Margins 15 year Periods
+ Last Four Seasons

1897-1911

27.5

1912-1926 25.4
1927-1941 28.7
1942-1956 29.2
1957-1971 28.8
1972-1986 34.3
1987-2001 37.0
2002-2016 36.1
2018-2021 30.3

 

Average  Margins: Finals Series 1994-2021

1995 47.4   2001 38.0   2010 29.6
2017 47.2   1994 35.6 2011 29.6
2000 47.1   2019 33.9 2015 29.2
2007 45.9   2004 33.0 2012 27.0
2021 43.3   2014 32.7 2006 26.4
1999 42.1   2009 32.6 1997 24.1
1996 42.0   2005 32.3 2020 23.4
2008 39.4   2002 31.6 2013 22.0
1998 39.2   2018 30.9    
2003 38.4   2016 30.1