Earlier this year
Perth away games:
249 fouls on Perth, 251 fouls on opponents
20.8 fouls per game on Perth, 20.9 fouls per game on opponent
Perth home games:
139 fouls on Perth, 203 fouls on opponents
13.9 fouls per game on Perth, 20.3 fouls per game on opponents
2 questions jump out here.
Firstly, why is there such a discrepancy between home and away?
Fouls are basically even when the Cats play on the road. When the Cats play at home, their opponents have been called for SIXTY FOUR more fouls in 10 games. That's 6.4 fouls a game, or roughly 1.6 extra fouls per quarter! For every 2 fouls called on Perth at RAC arena, 3 are called on their opponents.
Secondly, why don’t the Cats get called for fouls when they play in Perth?
In 12 away games, Perth has been called for at least 16 fouls in every single game. They have committed at least 20 fouls in 7 of their 12 away games.
In Perth, they’ve been called for 15 fouls or less in 7 of their 10 home games (including two games in single digits - 7 vs United yesterday and 8 vs NZ early in the season). Perth has not been called for 20 fouls in any home game this season. Not once.
Is this a case of MasterChef Trev’s home cooking? Or do Perth just coincidentally play totally different defence at home than they do on the road?
Or is this just a statistical anomaly based on a small sample size of 22 games?