AFL Sides Suffer Somewhat Disturbing Lack of Kicking Efficiency in 2018

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The Richmond Tigers took six rounds of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition to do it, but they now find themselves at the top of the ladder.

They have scored more points than any of the other teams in the league. Only number three Greater Western Sydney Giants and number eight North Melbourne Kangaroos have held their opponents to fewer points, so with the early season jitters behind them, the Tigers seem to be settling in nicely, quite nicely, in fact, as they are the holders of a lofty 141.6 percentage.

The Tigers have no doubt benefitted from five of their first six games being held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, even if for some of the fixtures, they were listed as the visitors. The only true road game of the season for the Tigers was the trip to the Adelaide Oval, where the Crows had home-and-away revenge for the loss in the 2017 AFL Grand Final with a 36-point win over the premiers.

Tied with the Tigers in overall record, with five wins against one loss, are the West Coast Eagles, who have the identical 20 premiership points following the first six rounds. The Eagles trail the Tigers by 13.1 points in terms of percentage.

A disturbing trend thus far this season has been the inability of the sides to kick goals. Accuracy in the AFL is the worst it has ever been since the AFL banner was raised in 1990.

The accuracy figure for the first six rounds this season is 51.67 percent. It would almost seem as though the AFL has deployed keepers and if the boots do not find their marks, this season could surpass 1990’s 51.53 percent kicking efficiency percentage.

It may be too soon to sound the alarms, however, as a look at the figures since 1980 reveals that the top mark for goals versus behinds came in the early part of the century, where it was just over 55 percent, so a drop-off of around four percent hardly seems like a catastrophic emergency.