Telstra Tracker’s AFL mid-year report card
Posted on July 11, 2019
3 min read
Ever wanted to know if you had it in your legs to compete at the highest level of AFL? Well thanks to the Telstra Tracker, you have a few key benchmarks to aspire to after the first 16 rounds of this year’s premiership.
Thanks to the Telstra Tracker, fans can now get an array of insights that show how much distance their favourite team and players cover, and the speed at which they do it at.
When it comes to outright pace, 2017 Premiers Richmond are streets ahead of their competition rivals. Richmond has both the highest number of sprints (4,237) and the longest distance covered at high speed (623.7km) in the competition.
In terms of total distance covered by a team on the paddock to-date, the Sydney Swans lead all comers, clocking up over 4,360kms this season.
Despite coming second-to-last on the competition ladder, no one can question Carlton’s work rate. The Blues are among the best runners in the AFL. They rank second in the League for both total distance covered, and for distance covered at high speed, while they’re seventh for the most sprints.
With the quickest team in this year’s competition, its little wonder the game’s current fastest player hails from Richmond. Half-back flanker Oleg Markov has kept defenders and cameramen alike guessing in 2019, recording a blistering top-speed of 37.40km/h v Collingwood, round two.
As one of only two players across the competition to top 36km/h, Western Bulldog’s Jason Johannisen has been the second-fastest man in the AFL during the 2019 season, followed in third by West Coast Eagle Jack Petruccelle.
Both the Geelong Cats and West Coast Eagles are well represented at the pointy-end of the game’s fast-men, with three each in the top-ten.
When it comes to the game’s marathon-men, West Coast’s Andrew Gaff’s effort against the Crows is the most territory covered in a match by any player this season, logging 17.6kms. It’s Gaff’s teammate Josh Smith however that tops the mid-year report card for most distance covered on average per game, running 15.63kms, and edging North Melbourne’s Ben Brown by just 100 metres!
Smith has only played twice this year, which could inflate his numbers a touch, but there is no denying the ex-Pie is the Eagles’ aerobic king after winning the time trial and Yo-Yo tests pre-season.
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*Data accuracy may be impacted by factors including loss of match day connection to GPS, GPS positional inaccuracy, hard knocks to the player device and difference in live data rates at venues.