It was another unforgettable summer of GAA, especially for Dublin and Limerick.
Dublin’s dominance continued as they steamrolled to a fourth successive All Ireland senior football championship and the ‘Drive For Five’ will certainly be the focus in 2019 for Jim Gavin’s side.
Limerick, meanwhile, ended the 45-year wait for an All-Ireland as the Liam MacCarthy cup finally returned to Shannonside. This year’s hurling championship was the story of the summer and the Treaty County were deserved winners after coming through a difficult run by producing some exciting hurling.
Sure, the official statistics partner of the GAA, have produced a number of interesting statistics behind Dublin and Limerick’s respective successes.
They provide a good insight into why these teams were so dominant and successful throughout the summer.
- Dublin’s average score in 2018 was 27.5 points per game. This is up from 25.7 points in 2017, and 20.9 points in 2016. That represents an increase of 6.6 points or 32% between 2016 and 2018
- Dublin’s scoring average for 2018 is alsohigher than any other season in the last 10 championships, with the second highest average coming in 2014, when they scored 26.4 points per game
- Dublin appear to have adopted a slightly more open game plan. Despite an increase in scoring, their average score conceded has increased to 15.4 points in 2018 from 13.2 points in 2017, and 14.6 points in 2016
- Discipline has also been a notable improvement. Average frees conceded per game has decreased from 17 per game in 2017, to 13 in 2018.
- Meanwhile, Dublin managed to avoid picking up a black card throughout the entire 2018 championship, compared with the two picked up in 2017
- Also, the number of yellow cards received has dropped from 19 in 2017, to just 9 in 2018
- Limerick’s average score per game has increased significantly in the 2018 championship, scoring 28.9 points per game. This compares favourably with an average score of 19.5 points in 2017, and 20.3 points in 2016
- The focus on scores has yielded success despite an increase in points conceded. Limerick conceded 26.4 points per game, compared with an average of 23 points in 2017 and 19.3 points in 2016
- Limerick’s ability to retain possession from their own restarts appears to have provided the platform for their level of scoring, as they won 70% of their own puckouts. This compares favourably with Galway for example, who managed to win 52% of their puckouts
Josh Plimmer, Sure Brand Manager, Unilever UK and Ireland, said:
“This is the third year of our partnership with the GAA which is really gathering momentum in terms of the back catalogue of stats we have available to us and the growing appetite of GAA fans to embrace stats as part of the experience whether they’re at home, in stadium or in conversation with their mates.
“Our goal for the 2018 Championship was to expand the discussion around the games by making innovative statistical information more accessible for fans, and we hope that our real time and preview content has done just that.”