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Hawthorn Peaking Too Soon?
2015-07-28 13:05:37 GMT
Hawthorn's run of impressive floggings has seen them achieve their highest ever FF rating of +55.27. In FF parlance, that makes them a 55-point better team than the competition average.
FF has a total of more than 7000 round ratings of the 18 clubs, from the year 2000 onwards. Hawthorn's rating of +55.27 is the 6th highest round rating ever recorded.
- +60.81 Collingwood (2011 Round 20)
- +58.72 Collingwood (2011 Round 16)
- +57.90 Collingwood (2011 Round 21)
- +57.10 Essendon (2000 GF)
- +55.84 Geelong (2011 GF)
- +55.27 Hawthorn (2015 Round 17)
Over the course of FF history, ratings of +50 have been rarely achieved, and never sustained. Only the four clubs mentioned above have reached that level, with the longest streak being Collingwood's 7 rounds from 2011 Round 15 to 2011 Round 21; a year in which they failed to win the flag, denied by a 3-title team that reached its zenith just weeks later.
Indeed, even ratings of +40 have been rarely reached, and rarely sustained. The only clubs to do it, and the total number of rounds above 40:
- Adelaide: 4 rounds
- Carlton: 2 rounds
- Collingwood: 18 rounds
- Essendon: 22 rounds
- Geelong: 32 rounds
- Hawthorn: 17 rounds
And the best streak above +40 that each club managed:
- Adelaide: 4 rounds (2006 Round 13 to 16)
- Carlton: 1 round (2001 Round 18)
- Collingwood: 15 rounds (2011 Round 9 to 23)
- Essendon: 10 rounds (2000 Round 17 to GF)
- Geelong: 13 rounds (2008 Round 15 to 2009 Round 1)
- Hawthorn: 12 rounds (2012 Round 15 to PF)
For those with good memories, the long streaks haven't reliably coincided with premiership years. Also interesting to note that a rating of +40 was never achieved by Brisbane's 3-peat side, Port in the early noughties, Sydney 2005/06 or West Coast 2005/06.
Hawthorn are presently on a +40 streak of 2 weeks, and a +50 streak of 1. With West Coast threatening to break +40 for the first time.