Posted: 2 October, 2016
by Footy Newsroom
2016 Grand Final Sets Free Kick Records
The umpiring caused a bit of a stir on grand final day.
Statistically speaking, it was the most one-sided free kick count in grand final history.
The Western Bulldogs recorded 20 free kicks to Sydney's eight, which by percentage is the largest chunk of free kicks ever received in a grand final.
The Bulldogs recorded 71.4% of free kicks given out on the day, which bests the 2012 grand final, when premiers Hawthorn recorded 21 of the 31 free kicks (67.7%) - also against Sydney.
It's not the largest free kick differential in a grand final - that honour belongs to Collingwood, when they recorded 17 more free kicks than Carlton (54-37) in 1979.
In terms of differential, though, it is the largest since the 1983 grand final, when Hawthorn won the free kick count once again, leading Essendon with 44 free kicks to 26.
Sydney's eight frees for the match is also the equal lowest ever received in a grand final.
It sits alongside North Melbourne in 1996 - against the Swans themselves.