AFL Rd 3 - Collingwood v Brisbane
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Brodie Grundy of the Magpies and Tom Fullarton of the Lions compete in a ruck contest during the 2021 AFL Round 03 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium on April 01, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Introducing Zero Hanger’s new weekly ‘five useless stats’ series.

Every week Aaron Delaporte from Useless AFL Stats will take a look at the top five most useless, but captivating, statistics from the weekend.

Kicking off with Round 3!


1. Ruck and Rolled

Round 3 started with an amazing kick-after-the-siren win by Brisbane over Collingwood, but the biggest fascination stats-wise came from the hit-out column, which Brisbane lost 4-63.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley later labelled hit out stats as a “furphy,” and Buckley would know, given the fact that Collingwood lost the 2019 Preliminary Final to GWS on a day where Brodie Grundy had 73 hit outs, which is the most by any ruckman in a losing side.

His team’s tally on that day was 78-16′, which at +62 is the biggest differential in a losing effort. The slim total of 4 hit outs by Brisbane on Thursday night is the equal lowest for a winning side, and the fourth time it has occurred. Interestingly, every occasion featured Brisbane – albeit twice as the Brisbane Bears in Rd 22 1989 and Rd 11 1991 – the only time they were the losing side was against GWS in Rd 6 2018.