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1. Which team ended England's
six-match Test winning streak
with an upset victory at The
2. Which Port player required
a knee reconstruction after
Sunday's match against
3. How many points does the
star on Pakistan's Test cricket
4. Which AFL coach came under
fire for resting up to eight players
in round 21?
5. What property, now up for
sale, is home to the Hayes
family's racing dynasty?
6. When did Collingwood last win
the minor premiership?
7. Which Melbourne player took
a spectacular mark at AAMI
Stadium in Sunday's game
8. How many goals did Chelsea,
Arsenal and Newcastle each
score in the EPL last weekend?
9. Which Australian swimmer
won two gold, three silver and a
bronze medal at the Pan Pacs?
10. Who scored twice to lift
Adelaide United to its first win of
the new season?
11. Which team won South
Australia's domestic basketball
title, the CABL, last weekend?
12. How many goals were kicked
in the match between West and
Port at City Mazda Stadium last
13. The Los Angeles Dodgers
were orginally based where?
14. Which country is the
reigning basketball (FIBA) World
15. What was special about
Arjun Atwal's win in the Wyndham
Championship in North Carolina
16. When was the first Pan Pacs
Swimming Championships held --
1955, 1965, 1975 or 1985?
17. What does the term "LARS"
surgery stand for?
18. Against which team did
Andrew McLeod average the
most possessions and kick the
19. Who is leading the race for
the Ken Farmer Medal?
20. Which country has hosted
the Pan Pacs most often?
0-10 Sporting dunce.
11-20 Need more work.
21-30 Strong showing.
31-40 Bright spark.
41-45 Borderline genius.
46+ Sporting guru!
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ONE-POINTERS: 1 - Pakistan.
Mark Harvey. 5 - Lindsay Park.
TWO-POINTERS: 6 - 1977. 7
- Liam Jurrah. 8 - Six. 9 - Emily
Seebohm. 10 - Iain Ramsay.
THREE-POINTERS: 11 - Sturt
Sabres. 12 - Five. 13 - Brooklyn.
Indian to win on the US PGA
tour. FOUR-POINTERS: 16 - 1985.
17 - Ligament Augmentation
and Reconstruction System. 18
- Fremantle. 19 - Glenelg's Todd
Grima. FIVE-POINTER: 20 - Japan.
In the 70s and 80s SANFL was noted
for high scoring and attacking
football. From that day in 1975
when Glenelg fell one goal short of
the magical 50 (49.23) against Central
District, through to the magical period
from 1982 to 1988 where every year had
at least one player kicking 100 goals in
a season. 1983, in fact, had four players
break the ton.
Fast forward to 2010. The league
leading goalkicker, Todd Grima, is on
52. Sturt s Brant Chambers booted 106
goals in 2007 but suddenly, the 100 goal
tally is looking a distant memory for
an individual goalkicker in SANFL.
When looking at team achievements
for attack, the picture becomes even
more interesting. The leading attack
in the competition, Central District, is
averaging nearly 92 points a game. The
least potent, that of sixth-placed West
Adelaide, only boots 66 points a match
and won last week against Port by
kicking only three goals.
The trend toward more defensive
football in SANFL has been building
slowly for some time, but for no attack
this year to average more than 16 goals
a game is of some concern. Compare
this with the AFL, where the top attack,
Geelong, averages 114 points a game,
while Collingwood kicks around 107
points a match. Some of this needs to
be tempered with the fact that all teams
play some matches indoors at Etihad
Stadium, which will forever result in
scoring records that are "tainted" to a
In the SANFL, however, this low
scoring is making for defensively-based
games where score lines of 10 goals to
eight are not uncommon.
Nobody expects clubs to suddenly
decide to play solely attacking football
to entertain the crowds, but the current
styles are not making for attractive,
memorable games. The offshoot
from this is that, with so many pack
situations and bodies around the ball,
the free kick count in games is slowly
creeping up also. Last Friday night,
45 frees were paid in the West v Port
match, while the umpires blew the
whistle 60 times for infringements
across town at Norwood v Sturt.
The high number of stoppages,
leading to high free kick numbers,
allows the opposition time to flood
numbers back into defence, which
starts the cycle over again. Many
games seem to be just moving in
packs between the forward 50s, with
subsequent low scores as coaches look
to minimise the scoring opportunities
for the opposition.
What can be done to improve this
notably? One idea that has previously
been mooted is to introduce a bonus
point system, where a team that
kicks 20 or more goals in a match is
given an extra point, on top of the two
points for winning the match. This
idea has some merit, in that it will
encourage more attacking football
and allow clubs that play attacking
football all year to be rewarded for it.
The downside is that it may lead to a
much more "forward oriented" style
of player being recruited, while we
see scores akin to NBA All Star games,
in the pursuit of the record. If a cash
incentive was introduced, sponsored
by a local business, for the team that
kicks the highest overall score over
the season, that could encourage some
more attacking football. This would not
then "tarnish" previous records, as the
introduction of the bonus point system
could do. The same could be introduced
for the leading goal kicker award --
increase the cash incentive already
on offer, but make the prize equally
payable between the player and team, to
avoid any degree of selfish football on
the part of an individual.
After growing up for so long with
goals being so plentiful, I, for one,
really hope that score lines like last
Friday night at Richmond of 3.4 to 2.4
don t slowly become more the norm
than a real exception.
Sturt's Brant Chambers kicked 106 goals in 2007, but no one will reach the mark in 2010.
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