We’re back for Round 15 of Zero Hanger’s weekly ‘five useless stats’ series.

Every week Aaron Delaporte from Useless AFL Stats will take a look at the most useless statistics from the weekend just gone, the absurd, the ridiculous and just the plain outrageous.

Round 15 did not disappoint with a plethora of Useless Stats to choose from however these are the most captivatingly Useless Stats from the round just gone.

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2. Richmond v St Kilda: Part 2

Reigning premiers Richmond’s score of 2.10.22 is the lowest score by a defending champing since Melbourne scored just 2.7.19 against Collingwood way back in Round 4 1960. Overall it’s the fifth lowest with Essendon holding the record scoring one less goal 1.10.16 in Round 12 1902 against Carlton after winning the 1901 flag.

Richmond received 23 free kicks in the match, one more than their total score - and this has been done many times over the years. Fremantle most recently did it in 2020 scoring 2.4.16 whilst receiving 19 free kicks against Geelong but the record for this is truly staggering. In Round 16 1971 South Melbourne scored 3.15.33 but received 72 free kicks in an era where the whistle was blown with alarming regularity. The 39 free-kick to score differential a record that surely will never be broken.

Samson Ryan became the tallest ever Tiger to grace an AFL field at a towering 206cm, however he unfortunately had a debut to forget. His first contest saw him concede a free kick whilst in his second he had the absolute stuffing knocked out of him. He then went on to record just the solitary hit-out for an AFL Fantasy score of -2.

This surprisingly ranks him as the equal 18th lowest fantasy score on debut. The record for the lowest is held by St Kilda’s Jackson Ferguson who in his only game had three handballs and conceded four free kicks before his coach Scott Watters subbed him out and later delisted him. Let’s hope young Samson has a better fate and can get another crack at it.

However of course our favourite stat from the weekend was that Dustin Martin became the first player ever to grace a football field having won more Norm Smith Medals than his team kicked goals during the game, Dustys three medals trumping the two Richmond goals, of which he actually kicked one. That stat has had over 9000 reactions and half a million views on our Facebook page - sometimes it’s the simpler the stat the more amusing it becomes.