'Unmitigated Disaster': Officially The Worst Kicking Performance In AFL History
In a weekend of upsets in the AFL, one result was more shocking than most.
Look, nobody really expected huge things from the Fremantle Dockers after they lost at home to Carlton last week, and after they'd lost to the Melbourne Demons the week before.
But maybe they'd lift for the western derby against reigning premiers, the Eagles. Maybe they'd at least, y'know, put up a fight.
In fact, the Dockers -- who were actually in the top eight until recently -- put up one of the most insipid performances seen by any AFL teams in many, many years, kicking just two goals for the match.
The Eagles won 19.8 (122) to 2.19 (31), in a lopsided scoreline made so much worse by Freo's unbelievably inaccurate kicking.
In fact, according to the stats we just crunched, this was the seventh most inaccurate performance of all time (AFL/VFL era) -- and the most inaccurate of the AFL era, which started in 1990.
(For the record, the site from which we gathered this statistic, AFL Tables, defines inaccuracy by the ratio of goals to behinds, for games where teams had 15+ scoring shots -- including rushed behinds.)
Yes, it really was that bad.
As you'd expect, Freo fans are not happy. Indeed, the calls for the sacking of coach Ross Lyon grow louder every week.
It was a tipster's nightmare across the AFL this weekend, with Hawthorn pipping Collingwood, the Bombers edging out the Swans and the Bulldogs beating Geelong -- who saw that last one coming?
But for sheer ineptitude, no one topped the Dockers. And if you'll excuse the pun, their season is now officially in Fre-fall.