AFL’s free kick winners and losers revealed with the Bulldogs and Magpies coming out way in front: See how your team has been hurt or helped by the umpires this year
- Want to settle the argument on which AFL team gets the most free kicks?
- Here is all the data you need, with team and individual free kick results
- After four rounds it might surprise you which teams (and players) make the list
- Spoiler alert, Richmond might not be the umpire’s darling you think they are
We’ve all heard the jokes, ‘free kick Richmond’, ‘free kick Sydney’. There is always a perception that the ‘glamour’ clubs get the rub of the green when it comes to the umpire’s whistle.
But what if we told you that Richmond and Sydney are at the bottom of the table when it comes to free kicks so far in 2022? After four rounds, SEN Radio compiled the data on team and individual free kicks across the league and there are some surprising results.
Some of the findings won’t shock you, like Collingwood getting the second-most free kicks in the league with 106 while only having 78 blown against them.
Scott Pendlebury is one player who has earned plenty of free kicks this year. His Magpies have earned a staggering 106 free kicks after just four rounds.
But Richmond (80 frees for, 98 against) and Sydney (79 frees for, 108 against) sitting at the bottom of the table might surprise a few people.
The Bulldogs have had the most discipline or the most luck, depending on the lens you are viewing them through, with 105 free kicks for and just 65 against.
North Melbourne can’t use the umpires as an excuse as to why they are rooted to the bottom of the table as this data shows they have had plenty of opportunity through free kicks.
Likewise the eternal battlers St Kilda, who sit 3-1 on the ladder if you don’t mind, who sit a respectable middle of the pack with 96 frees for and 96 frees against.
|Position||Club||Frees for||Frees against||Differential|
How about individuals? Well it should come as no shock that it would be a Western Bulldogs player that has had the most free kicks and that honour goes to Tim English with 14 opportunities for his club.
Yes Tim, you are number one. You have the most free kicks in the AFL so far this season and that is something to celebrate.
St Kilda occupy second and third sport with Rowan Marshall and Brad Crouch respectively, who are both enjoying a fine start to the season to help their club’s chances of returning to finals.
Tied for third place is Collingwood veteran Brodie Grundy, who knows his way around an AFL field and how to get free kick opportunities.
|Tim English||Western Bulldogs||14|
|Rowan Marshall||St Kilda||12|
|Brad Crouch||St Kilda||11|
|Jason Horne-Francis||North Melbourne||10|
Now what about the loosey gooseys. The ones giving away the most free kicks. The coach killers.
Lucky Melbourne’s Max Gawn knows how to kick a goal or two, because he gives away plenty of free kicks – at least in 2022
Well that answer may shock you as well, because that gong goes to Max Gawn from the unbeaten Melbourne Demons with 14 free kicks given away. Luckily he knows how to score a few himself to make up for it.
Clayton Oliver from the Dees also makes the list in equal third spot, while Ned Reeves from the Hawks sits outright second after surrendering 12 free kicks so far this season.
|Nic Naitanui||West Coast||11|
|Matt Rowell||Gold Coast||10|