Monday, April 13, 2009

Aussie Rules

Aussie Rules -- it's sorta like rugby but much more fun.

Math teachers - the information between the lines without the later description makes for a great puzzle for your students. Just tell them it's the score of a game with only two ways to score points (goals and behinds) and see how long it takes them to figure out the conventions and the point values.

MCG             Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FullTime 
  BLUES  4.6  7.10  13.13  16.16  112
  BOMBERS  1.4  8.6  15.7  17.14  116

For those reading the score saying "Whot?"
The format is goals.behinds and it's a running total each quarter. Goals are worth 6 pts and behinds are 1 each. For example, at the end of the third, Essendon Bombers were 15 goals *6 pts + 7 behinds*1pts for 97. Carleton Blues had 13.13 for 91. By the final siren, Essendon'd scored two more goals and 7 more behinds for an additional 19 points and held on for the win.

Four points for a win, 0 for a loss and 2 for a tie, though ties are rare.

Essendon's now 2-1-0 with 8 points and is finally in the top eight where they belong. About bloody time.

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